Things I’m loving this week

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ERIE TIMES-NEWS/Andy Colwell

1. Presque Isle Brass & Woodwind. Lauren dropped her flute and, apparently, bent a few keys. I dreaded a trip to World of Music. Maybe it’s just me, but every time I go in there I feel like my very presence is clearly annoying the moody girl behind the counter. So I asked a friend if there was another place — any other place — in town that repairs instruments.

She pointed me to Presque Isle Brass & Woodwind, which is tucked away in this tiny little shop on W. 12th Street. (Watch a great GoErie video about them here).

I stopped by at lunch time and they were so kind. The guy who helped me immediately identified the problem and told me it would cost $47 to repair (a bargain, in my book). I mentioned that Lauren had her band concert on Thursday, but that it would be fine if the repair took longer because her teacher gave her a loaner. When I got home from work at 4 p.m., he had called to say it was fixed and ready to be picked up. He wanted her to have it for her concert. (Awww…..).

While I hope Lauren’s flute doesn’t NEED anymore repairs, if it does, I know where I’m going.

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2. My dog.  He’s a good boy. And he never talks back or rolls his eyes and he loves constantly and unconditionally, which is more than I can say for the cats and kids in my house.  I’m still not a big dog-lover, but…I’m a big Sam lover. (Don’t tell the cats, or there will surely be hell to pay).

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3. Romolo Chocolates. Damn my running friends for introducing me to this sugerspun house of chocolate sin. Hey….wait….maybe this is an attempt to slow me down. (I’m on to you, b@#$^s).

Things I’m not loving this week

1.  A jam-packed schedule. Nothing stresses me out more than seeing big colored blocks on my calendar every single night of the week, even when it is stuff I want to do.

2. My lack of family photos. Perhaps you noticed I have a new blog header photo. I accidentally deleted the old one and can’t find it anymore. It was long past due to be updated and I’ve been wanting to do so for at least a couple years now, but…since Dan or I are always the ones behind the camera, we have very few photos with all four of us in them.  Or, we’re standing and he — at nearly 6 feet — towers above us all, so it won’t work in a horizontal photo slot. *sigh* First-world blogger problems, I know.  One of these days I hope to actually book one of my photographer friends to come take some real photos of us.

3. Paying shipping. Why is this such a thing for me? They could bury that cost in the price of the item and totally deceive me and I’ll buy it (and think I got a deal). But…tacking shipping onto the end of my order just irritates me and I usually click off. I’m spoiled, I know.