oh, it's just a list of random

1 Well. I tried to get clever with my self-pedicure yesterday. I layered two glittery colors - Revlon "Firecracker" and Sinful Colors "All About You". Turned into a hot mess. But its a hot mess I will live with for two weeks til I paint my nails again. At least its sparkly.

2 Aside from having to watch the starlings attack the little finches all day (darn Circle of Life), yesterday's outside office rocked! Spent the whole day on the front porch, sipping lemonade and reconciling budget spreadsheets. Ahhh! Nothing says summer like budget analysis.

3 The good news is that my analysis shows we can, in fact, afford our anniversary trip. (One year coming up! w00t!) Even on our Diet Coke budget, some of our champagne wishes can come true.

4 We are totally loving our new bicycles! Mine is a beautiful grey-purply-sparkly color with white "tatoos", two-toned seat, and a sweet chimey bell. MM's old Raleigh is two-toned brown and cream (reminds me of a rootbeer float), and he looks dead sexy cruising along in his checkered vans and black leather helmet. (And clothes. He wears more than shoes and helmet, just to clarify. I don't think we live in an area that could handle nude bicycling. Also, that doesn't sound at all comfortable. Youch!) Anyway, we do a lot of fully-clothed bicycling all over the neighborhood, and hope to head out on bike trails once we get our mad skillz sharpened.

5 MM and I are discussing some growth projects for the summer. He has a few writing projects he wants to work on, and I want some sort of learning/reading project to prevent brain atrophy while I'm on sabbatical. We both want to learn Spanish. So I think we're going to figure out some sort of study plan and set aside at least one night a week to work on this stuff. I expect that once we get rolling, we'll find more time interspersed in our days as well. My husband is an autodidact, and I love to learn new things, so I think we'll have fun with this. Hooray for libraries!

6 I have the car today, and soon I'll collect a friend and make the rounds of grocery stores and food co-ops and whatnot. Becoming a one-car household has been good on many levels. We paid off debt and reduced expenses, of course, but its more than that. We are more conscious of car usage now, thinking and planning ahead about errands and appointments. This weekly grocery trip has turned into a community-building event instead of just a round of errands. On days when I have the car, I drive MM to work and pick him up, giving us extra time to talk and connect. And when I don't have the car, I get to bike around town on my sparkly, tatooed cruiser. Good stuff.

7 Happy Thursday, peeps!


hooray for summer!

Well, summer is here at last! And none too soon. Three months of March is enough, thank you.

MM and I retrieved my gas grill from friends storing it, and it promptly rained for three weeks or so, making it difficult to BBQ. We bought bikes a week ago, and along with hail, wind, rain, thunderstorms, and tornadoes, we both got sick, so no riding for us. The late spring blossoms and baby birds in our neighborhood have had a rough time of it with the cold and inclement weather. The mold in our bathroom came back a thousandfold, and everything has that cooped up, musty smell of a Long Winter.

But the last two days have been sunshiney all over, and Accuweather shows me 15 suns on the calendar. Amen and hallelujah!

I converted my cargo pants to capris yesterday and spent five hours sitting in the sun making Vitamin D. Last night MM and I (healthy again) rode our bikes to the park for a picnic dinner. Today I hauled the card table to the front porch and set up my out-of-doors office. If I must work on spreadsheets and filing, I will do so amidst birdsong. (And garbage trucks - Trash Day may not be ideal for outdoor officing.) During my lunch break, I'm going to paint my toes. I may grill some chicken for dinner.

Oh, this feels good. So good!

My soul has been through the ringer since December. It has been a long, dark, and stormy spring inside and out. I know there are more storms ahead, but I am so glad for this respite.

Today I will alternate work with sabbath moments. I will sit in the white wicker rocker, sipping lemonade and peeking through the tree branches at blue sky. I will find a patch of sun and stand barefoot in newly-cut grass, soaking in warmth and light. I will breathe in the fragrance of sunscreen and jasmine and lavender. I will listen to the birds squawk and squabble overhead and the dogs bark down the street.

Amen and amen!