Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The agony and the ecstasy

I love spring. How I love spring. The daffodils peeping their bright little faces out in a cheery row. The irises exploding in purples and bright whites. The forsythia, the puffy white pear blossoms, the warmer temperatures and longer days.

And the pollen. Lord, the pollen.

The truth is that, while spring is one of my absolute favorite seasons, I have developed yucky pollen allergies as I've gotten older. And the pollen? It is freakin' EVERYWHERE. My car has a yellow sheen. As we rake pinestraw, yellow clouds rise from the lawn. I spent most of today in a sneezing, teary mess. And the really sad part is that today was a beautiful day, probably one of the nicest we've had so far.

And you know how I love to garden and putter around in the back yard. And swing in the hammock. And booger so loves to play outside. I go with him, but I have to tote a box of Kleenex. Very uncool.

I took a Zyrtec this morning, but it apparently had no affect. Any ideas?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kiddie amusements.

Last weekend, I bundled Clay and up and took him to the family festival at the Hal and Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade. What fun! The festival itself is free, and we got there right at 9 a.m., when it opened. They had some fun kiddie rides - a big slide, and little obstacle course, something akin to Disney's teacups - as well as a clown making balloon animals, a giant inflated Kermit the Frog, craft booths courtesy of the art museum, fair games, and snacks for sale.

We had such fun! Clay rode down the slide, went through the obstacle course (which had seen better days, I must admit), and rode the teacup ride, then we went inside the art museum for storytime (10 a.m. or so). We saw the pet parade (He totally loved this. All the pets were dressed up! So cute!) and won a prize at the balloon dart game before having lunch at Sal and Mookie's.

This morning, we headed out to the zoo. We hadn't been since the fall, and Clay was completely jazzed about the giraffes, elephants, and zebras. I'm really proud of the zoo, too, for all of the renovations they are doing. It looks like the new tiger habitat is going to be really nice. (And, boy, do they need it. Tigers are big animals, and they deserve more space. I hope the leopards are next.) I read in the paper this a.m. that the zoo will have breakfast with the Easter Bunny next Saturday. (We'd swing by if we hadn't already invited the fam over for brunch that day.)

We rode the carousel three times (because Clay was not content until he had ridden the zebra, the lion, AND the leopard), then headed home for lunch and nap.

Anyway, all of this to say that you're only bored around here if you want to be. There's tons of fun stuff to do! The rest of the weekend awaits!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring!!






















Remember those daffodils Clay and I planted Thanksgiving weekend? They're starting to bloom! And some of them have the prettiest double flowers! I've posted a pic of them above. The daffs out by the mailbox are putting on a nice little show, too!

Also, the Japanese magnolia I planted last fall is budding with some beautiful, deep pink flowers. Gorgeous!

Some of the mums I had in pots last fall are still alive, so I'm going to plant a bed of them, interspersed with lantanas and lined with lilies. Hoping all that works together. The only thing I'm unsure of is the lilies. I bought a mixed bag, so some of them might prefer more shade than what I have in that area.

My only other big planting plans this spring are to re-plant all my patio pots with red geraniums (My, how I love a red geranium!) and fix up the front porch hanging baskets and big stone pots by the door.

Today, the weather was absolutely HEAVENLY! We had such fun being outside this evening! If it holds out tomorrow morning, we'll be off the the St. Paddy's Day Parade! Here's hoping!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's the end of the world as we know it.


I am on the e-mail marketing list of a national women's clothing store. Today, I received an e-mail promoting the clothing item pictured at left. According to the market-speak:

"What happens when the skinny jean meets the legging? The jegging is born - along with plenty of sleek attitude, day or night."

Seriously? That's what sleek attitude looks like? Because it kinda looks like even the stick-thin model they've had to pay to put those atrocious things on doesn't even look good in the "jegging." (Jegging. Ick. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.)

For the love of Pete, who is coming up with this dreck?

If you want to wear something that looks a tad more, er, like something you would actually put on your body, don't forget that Spring Market is coming to the Jackson Convention Center at the end of next week. Think Miseltoe Marketplace, but with only women's clothing and accessories (and a heckuva lot less crowded). I found tons of stuff at great prices there last year, and I can hardly wait to go back. Woo to the hoo!

If I see ONE jegging there, though, I'm gone. Gone, I tell you!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Adventures in healthcare

As the national healthcare debate rages, I've had my own personal run-in with healthcare back at the farm. See, my mom is on some drugs for her rheumatoid arthritis that affect the function of her immune system. As a result, she can't fight infection as well as the rest of us.

Anyhoo, when she came to pick up little man last Sunday, her eye was a bit red. By Tuesday morning, it was much worse, so she went to the doctor. Turns out, it was pretty bad. The doc immediately referred her to a opthamologist, who brought in a corneal specialist, who said we had better get cracking on this thing if we wanted her to keep her eye.

Ouch.

A round-the-clock schedule of five kinds of eye drops (plus a pill) was prescribed, and we finally seem to be at least moving in the right direction. I stayed over one night this weekend to administer the once-every-two-hours drops during the night and help with the once-every-hour drops during the day.

Mom was walking around looking like a cross between Rosemary Clooney and Stevie Wonder with her protective blackout glasses. Dad and I just tried to stay on top of all the little bottles of drops and the kitchen timer we were using to keep track.

This morning, there was a big article in the newspaper about the healthcare debate. Mom, a yellow-dog Democrat, naturally thinks that the Obama camp has it right. Dad is violently opposed to it. I awoke to the dulcet tones of them hashing it out over coffee.

Mom: "Most people who have Medicaid are pleased with it!"
Dad: "If the government was in charge of healthcare, you'd die waiting in line! You would lose your eye!"
Mom: "Government programs like Social Security have kept old people from starving to death!"
Dad: "I pay into Social Security all my life, and what am I going to get out of it? Welfare, too! Why would a guy take a job that pays him $200 a week, when the government will pay him $250 to do nothing?! The government screws up everything! I don't trust a single one of them!"

I nearly died laughing, listening to them. My parents. They are total, complete originals. I have yet to meet a couple like them!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Super Saturday

I cannot believe how much I did on Saturday. I truly boggles the mind. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

1.) Filled prescription
2,) Shopped at Repeat Street (found an awesome Liz Claiborne blouse for $8)
3.) Got my hair did
4.) Had my watch battery replaced (at Kay Jewelers, where I have a lifetime battery. It's no deal, though. While they are replacing my watch battery, what am *I* doing? Browsing jewelry, of course. I almost NEVER get out of there without buying something.)
5.) Got diapers (Because a house with a low supply of diapers is an uncomfortable house)
6.) Grabbed my favorite lotion in the world (I heart ULTA.)
7.) Went back home and changed for a charity event (strappy spring dress, huge pink straw hat, clicky sandals)
8.) Went to said charity event (The Little Light House hosts an afternoon tea once a year at the Fairview Inn. It's lovely. Everyone is welcome, and you write a check for whatever amount you are comfortable with. Besides being for a great cause, it's fun!)
9.) Found a replacement plate for the one Clay destroyed (Yes. Clay broke the plate I had hanging on the wall. The one hubs and I bought in SPAIN. ~Sigh.~)
10.) Loved on my boys (Made supper and did lots of kissing and tickling.)
11.) Took Grace to 119 Underground for drinks, snacks, and an awesome jazz saxophone performance (I had never been to 119 before, and I will definitely be back. Food was great, music started early, and we had a very enjoyable few hours there. Got in by about 8 p.m., so we didn't even have to pay a cover charge. Nice.)

Can you believe it? Read over that list again. Incredible.

On Sunday, I wasn't good for too much besides cleaning up the back yard (We put three big bags of pine cones and fallen limbs on the curb today, plus we hauled the hammock out of storage.) and doing laundry.

Hubs and I did get out of the house for dinner Sunday night. Grandparents kept little man, so the two of us stole away to Pan Asia, where we feasted on the crab and avocado spring rolls (OhmyLord if you have not had them, get over there to taste. AMAZING.), edamame, and lots of delicious sushi. (I love their spicy tuna roll and their spider roll. YUM!) We split the lime tart, which is wonderfully creamy and has the best crust EVER, for dessert.

Have I mentioned lately that I love weekends? If not, I love weekends.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Feeling green!

St. Paddy's Day is coming up! Last year, I marched in the Hal and Mal's St. Patrick's Day Parade. I'm not marching this year, so I was thinking I might take booger to the parade to see the sights. If the weather's good, I think he'd have fun and get tons of free stuff. (Because, let's face it, people, the kid is adorable.) He'd love it.

I also think I might make an Irish dinner at home to celebrate. Cooking Light has a whole Irish menu for St. Patrick's Day. (You can check out their Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe here.) We could do corned beef and cabbage or an Irish stew, some soda bread, some black and tan brownies. Fun, right? And I have some zany props from last year that I could pull out to decorate with.

After that, it will be a hop and skip to Easter brunch! The year is whizzing by!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Busy bees!

Clay and I were busy over the weekend!

We started off on Saturday morning at the new exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. If you live in the area and have kids, you should be taking them over there on a regular basis.

Clay loved the latest exhibit - a look at protecting our forests and living green. He put on his little life vest and climbed into the little boat they had over there, "rowing" through the "water" and catching little fish with a magnetized fishing pole. Then, we went over to the campground they had set up, played in the tent, practised setting up wood to make a fire, and putting the fire out so we wouldn't burn the forest down. Plus, they had a little house in the exhibit where you could recycle various boxes and cans, hands-on modules where you could see how groundwater makes its way underground, and lots of other cool stuff. Booger ran through there like a madman before remembering that he hadn't yet seen the FISH, which of course we had to visit before we left.

On Saturday night, I sneaked out to Sal and Mookie's with Sandi for a fabulous plate of fried calamari and two delicious cocktails. We talked, laughed and ate until nearly 11 p.m., at which time I figured I'd had sufficient merry-making for the day.

On Sunday, we went to the Mississippi Gem and Mineral Show. I remember going to these types of things all the time when I was a kid. They had booths at the perimeter where you could look at cool rocks, do crafts, and learn all kinds of neat stuff. (Plus, if you're cute, you apparently get lots of free stuff and all the cookies you can eat. Since we got back, Clay has not stopped talking about his "treasures.") With tons of swag and a mouth full of cookies, booger was occupied enough that I could do some dangerous jewelry shopping. Prices were so cheap that I bought a citrine ring and earrings; a peridot ring, earrings and bracelet; and a beautiful pair of amethyst earrings. Yes, I have a sickness. But at least I am well-accessorized, right?

After lunch and nap, we headed to my parents' house for dinner. After we ate, they kept Clay while I made a run to Kroger. They got to spoil Clay for a little while, and I got to do my grocery shopping in peace. (Clay has an unattractive habit of requesting sample after sample, which has led to some tense moments at the gourmet cheese counter.) I purchased groceries galore to make a week's worth (or more) of lovely dishes. Tra la la!

I returned to work this morning rested and rejuvenated. Weekends totally ROCK!!