||[Apr. 27th, 2008|08:14 am]
Going day after day through mostly the same routine, it's eay to let time slip by and forget to post.
We're in the thick of spring here, with temps swinging from the high 60's through the low 80's, mostly in the 70's. We've been getting a decent amount of rain which has thankfully been easing the drought, but unfortunately it appears to be timed to hit on the weekends. Yesterday was finally dry enough to get some yard work in, so I went nuts on the front flower bed. I pulled out all the abhorrent pine straw that seems to be so popular down here- I can't figure that out since it makes an ideal home for black widows and fire ants. I got some plants to fill in the big bare spot that was formerly occupied by plants that died off during the drought. I picked out just a few plants to start with; some green leafy things that like part sun and some begonias for some color. I discovered that digging holes in hard-packed clay isn't exactly a picnic. I also discovered that I have no clue as to what "make a water basin" in the directions means. I further discovered that, after many hours of putting a small flower bed in order, resulting in many sore muscles and an aching back, that I detest gardening and for the life of me can't fathom why some people enjoy this sort of thing. Today: the mulch. Oy.
The big 4-0 came and went quietly, just a quiet dinner out with the family, some flowers and a new Blu-Ray player from my honey. Someone at work noted that, out of 73 employees at our office, there are 4 women, all with April birthdays. There was a subsequent e-mail thread that went on all morning of people trying to calculate the odds of that happening.
I have now joined that popular statistical group from the past political seasons: the Soccer Mom. Alyssa has joined a soccer league and seems to have quite a talent for it. She's made some great stops as goalie and has a heck of a kick. The only downside is dragging ourselves out of bed at 6am on Saturdays for a few of the games.
Other notes: Hubby and I are still enjoying our respective work, we finally put in new carpeting downstairs, and we're slowly building friendships with our neighbors. I'm heading out to see Forbidden Kingdom with some friends today, since Greg volunteered to stay home with Alyssa.
I guess, in short, life is busy but good.