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Our cute little patio.

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring, and it was a beautiful beginning to the season. I’m quite fond of almost everything that comes with Spring: I love beautiful weather, spring showers, beautiful wildflowers and baby animals. I love spring planting, I get strange joy from seeing new leaves on trees, and I revel in the longer afternoons and evenings (although I hate getting up in the dark). I also love the freshness of Spring, and the feeling that everything is new and exciting and full of promise.

See that green tint? It's pollen. Nice.

See that green tint on Jamey’s car? It’s pollen. Nice.

What I really don’t like so much about Spring is spring pollen. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, where we live is covered in a thin layer of green pollen. It covers our cars, coats our porch steps, gets all over the house when you leave the door open…even the little feral kittens in our complex are walking around with green-tinged fur. But in addition to being omni-present, it’s also really tough on those of us who are allergy-prone. If I forget to take an allergy pill (and sometimes even when I take it) my head gets stuffy, my ears clog, my eyes itch, and I’m generally miserable. At least I’m not alone–there are lots of allergy sufferers in the region, and we’re all simultaneously rapturous about the weather and the flowers and miserable about their effect on our sinuses. I’m just glad I live in a time when there’s such a thing as Zyrtec. Can you imagine the poor allergy sufferers who lived at the turn of the century? They probably didn’t last very long. All hail pharmaceuticals!

On a good note, we did spend last weekend sprucing up our cute little patio, planting some fresh herbs, waterproofing our deck chairs (that were a wedding present, by the way, from my uncle and aunt), and adding some really pretty potted flowers so that now it’s a little haven where we can sit and drink our coffee and watch the birds and make plans for the Spring and Summer in between sneezes. 

I hope you all are enjoying your spring, regardless of whether you suffer from an overdose of pollen or have a nice garden project to pursue. Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the lists!

Oh, PS: I have a new blog. It’s at http://www.txbizblog.com, and it will probably be really boring to you, unless you’re into business, Economic Development, Texas, or a combination of those three things. Check it out. 

You can't tell, probably, because I'm a horrible photographer, but this is a calla lily on our back patio. It's really pretty.

You can’t tell, probably, because I’m a horrible photographer, but this is a calla lily on our back patio. It’s really pretty.

top 20

  1. spring!
  2. fresh herbs
  3. being able to work from home when I need to
  4. encouragement
  5. Target
  6. Instashare. If you have an Apple device and don’t have it, get it NOW.
  7. exploring
  8. completing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle in 12 minutes
  9. Girl Scouts
  10. transforming our tiny drab back porch into tiny colorful garden patio
  11. Easter candy
  12. calla lilies
  13. Dan Pollotta’s TED Talk about how we view charity
  14. QR codes on planting guides. Brilliant.
  15. travel planning
  16. being able to listen to my favorite Dallas radio station anytime I want, thanks to Internet Radio
  17. luring cardinals to eat out of our bird-feeders
  18. recycling
  19. weekend visits from my awesome step-daughter, Carly
  20. March Madness
I now pay attention to Pollen Forecast Levels.

I now pay attention to Pollen Forecast Levels.

bottom 10

  1. spring pollen
  2. pimples
  3. doing laundry
  4. sticky movie theater floors
  5. lack of air conditioning
  6. broken elevators
  7. megalomaniacs
  8. third world plumbing
  9. management with poor communication skills
  10. vacuuming stairs

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So I’ve been on hiatus for a while–sorry about that. It’s been a challenging few months and for one reason or another my top 20 and bottom 10 just haven’t made it onto the web. But I’m back now. Here are a few things that are new and different, in my world and beyond, since I’ve been gone:

Making pasta. We're kind of obsessed with it.

Jamey and I got a pasta maker, and we are now pasta making fools. My grandmother, who was in El Paso, is currently staying in Albuquerque with my parents. I bought lots of Girl Scout Cookies from my niece Olivia (and my waist-line is expanding proportionally).  Several amazing journalists lost their lives in Syria on February 22, and (some) people started taking notice of the severity of the situation there. The Republican Presidential candidates had about 75 debates and lots of primaries and still haven’t determined who their candidate will be. Winter came to Houston, then left, then came again, and then disappeared completely and left a really lovely Spring in its wake–and lots and lots of much-needed rain. Meryl Streep finally won a well-deserved Oscar. Jamey put almost 9,000 miles on his brand new Honda CR-Z with his daily commute to Huntsville. I wrecked our Honda CR-V with my daily commute on Fairmont Parkway in La Porte. 

And hey–we’re up to List 50! That’s a landmark of some kind, I’m sure, and I thank my readers, whoever you area, for continuing to read, even when I take very long hiati. FYI: If you’re interested in subscribing, just click the handy little “Sign me up!” button on the right-hand side of the screen and you’ll get an email message letting you know when there’s a new blog post.

Ok, you’re all caught up now! Enjoy this week’s lists, and I promise I won’t take so long to write the next post.

top 20

  1. Rodeo Time!

    A cowgirl tutu. One of the many wares for sale at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

  2. the return of spring
  3. Jamey spoiling me rotten with a luxurious weekend in Austin after a really awful few weeks
  4. The Girl Scouts turning 100. Happy Birthday!
  5. my parents taking my grandmother into their home
  6. the house concert we attended in Round Rock with pianists Mike Logozar, Kendra Springer, and Chad Lawson.
  7. H-GAC’s sustainability project
  8. hanging out with the Osborne clan
  9. friends
  10. The Rich family coming to visit in April–I’m so excited to see them!
  11. Jamey’s co-workers, who have welcomed him to his new workplace and made him feel like part of the team
  12. The film The Decedents. It’s just awesome all the way around.
  13. house hunting
  14. compromise
  15. Survey Monkey
  16. the NY Times Crossword Puzzle
  17. Getting reacquainted with the Janet Evanovitch Stephanie Plum series. It’s hardly high brow, but really really fun to read.
  18. Saint Bernards. If I didn’t live in a place where the heat index is regularly in the triple digits I’d totally have one.
  19. spring fashions
  20. Time Magazine’s obituary to slain journalist Anthony Shadid, particularly the last part: “The thing I like most about Arab culture,” he once said, “is that no one can enter a room without being acknowledged.” Pay attention. Everyone matters. (Read the whole thing online here. )

bottom 10

  1. discouragement
  2. feeling small
  3. Rush Limbaugh
  4. car accidents
  5. rude people
  6. midnight cat fights in the backyard
  7. migraine headaches
  8. passive aggression
  9. short-range thinking
  10. violence in Homs (and elsewhere, too, but it’s really, really awful in Syria right now)

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