Mom and I will go shopping, and then I'll try to plant some bulbs.
Later: Mom and I went shopping mid-afternoon, and made a few other stops. It started raining lightly and got colder during our excursion. I was exhausted when we got home.
Later still: I met the students I will tutor in English, F.J. and T.J., at the library in the evening. They said, "Teach us how to pass the placement test so we can get into college." The first group of passages for the TOEFL pretest were about Beowulf, and I thought that someone would need much more context in history, geography, and literature to actually understand the passages. They expect that in a couple of weeks they will know enough English to get a high college placement score. The tutoring coordinator said that they wouldn't learn that much English in a fortnight. She said to give them lots of homework.
When I got home, Mom and I watched a lot of the CNN coverage of the special election in Alabama. We were pleased that the Democrat won. Some of the commenters gave black women the credit, which was their due. I called H.M. and left a message saying that Mom and I were happy about it. H.M. is from Alabama, and had much to say about the backwardness of the state in general. The Republican candidate rode in on a horse to cast his ballot. A couple of the commentators said the message to him was, "You and the horse you rode in on."