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Saturday, February 14, 2004

I think I may have to officially upgrade my condition from common cold to Asian bird flu. I am not a well bunny. But happily, Big Sis has caught it now too, so at least someone knows what I'm going through.

I had to leave my sick bed in the middle of the night to eat a medicinal banana and pop a couple more orange pills, whereupon I passed the living room window and discovered that a thick layer of snow had arrived from nowhere. It's now been snowing non-stop for about ten hours, and the local TV stations are declaring it a record-breaking Texas snow day. Or something. Apparently more snow has fallen today than should fall in the entire year in Texas. Which has kinda put the dampers on our trip to Southfork. Apparently the bridges between here and there are very icy, and not fit to be crossed by ill people who sometimes forget to drive on the right. By a fortuitous stroke of luck however, there are no bridges between here and the eyebrow waxers, so Big Sis has made the most of a bad situation and booked herself in for 2:15pm.

As for yesterday, we made it to Grapevine Mills, which in contrast to the Galleria Mall, stays open to the outrageously late time of 9:30pm on a Friday night. We arrived at 7:20pm, spent an hour in the first shop we went in, then had the misfortune of passing a nail bar. Or rather, NOT passing. I was confidently assured that it would take a mere 15-20 minutes to sort out my sister's nails, so I wandered off and looked in an autograph shop, where I considered buying a signed photo of Britney Spears for $250. And wondered why Steve Martin only cost $65.

Fifty minutes later, the nail bar finally agreed to tag and release my sister. The mall was about to close, but on the bright side, Big Sis had a nice new coat, and gorgeous nails. And I got to carry her bag.

We then went to the Rainforest Cafe, where they have a thunderstorm every twenty minutes, and animatronic animals to put you off your food. I pondered the fact that we were meant to be in a rainforest, and yet there were two big elephants nearby. I decided they were probably lost. Big Sis's pasta dish was so awful she had to send it back, but it was ok because my fish sandwich was actually really nice. So overall I liked the Rainforest Cafe. It would've been better if I hadn't had to look at a big hairy gorilla all evening, but what could I do - she's my sister.

(I apologise for that joke. Have I mentioned that I'm ill?)

It's Valentine's Day today, which is obviously a big date in the calendar for someone like me. Due to major snow drifts, I haven't been able to get out to check the mailbox yet, but no doubt it's creaking under the weight of cards from all the cowgirls and waitresses I've made a big impression on this week. Either that, or restraining orders from their lawyers.