later, I went home and took a nap, watched a DVD (xx/xy), bought some groceries (several duplicate items -- how is this possible when I have almost no food in the kitchen? I really don't know.), had some tea at Victrola, and read some articles that I've been carrying around with me for the past couple weeks.
my ikea plant (gardenia?) is almost certainly dead, but I'll give it a week to perk up before sending it out into the wild to fend for itself.