Random Thoughts Tuesday: Fully Vaxxed!

It’s late in the evening, and I’m exhausted from taking an exercise class at Pure Barre, which was a comedy of errors, but I had to take a quick moment to share that, as of today, I am fully vaccinated! Having had COVID-19, I cannot tell you how happy I am to be vaccinated.

I hope as many people as possible will get the vaccine. I want everyone to be safe. Love you all! Now I’m going to go to bed so my muscles can cry.

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Random Thoughts Tuesday: Easter, a Birthday, and Allergies

Happy Tuesday, all! I hope you’re doing well. I can’t believe I haven’t blogged the whole of April. Darn it. I’m so bad at this.

My baby turned 10 on Easter! I don’t know how that happened. I swear he was just born.
We had a small, family only, party, and Dad even got to watch on FaceTime, from Korea. It was 2am his time, but he wasn’t going to miss his boy’s party. Yay for technology!

Prior to the birthday party, the Easter Bunny came. So exciting! Our older son’s girlfriend lives with us (she has her own room), so this is the first time I’ve the Easter Bunny has ever had a chance to buy for a girl. The EB *may* have gone a bit overboard. Her basket was a pink makeup train case, filled with girly goodies.

People who don’t have allergies are the luckiest people in the whole wide world! I have terrible, terrible allergies. I’ve taken shots for more than 20 years (believe it or not they HAVE helped, because my allergies used to be worse), take meds every day, and have prescription eye drops, and I’m still miserable every single spring. My eyes sting, itch, water, swell, and loo,horrible; my throat gets itchy and raw, often leading to laryngitis; my inner ears itch; my sinuses get clogged and ache, and I’m full of gross snot; I sneeze constantly; I randomly break out in hives. And this is BETTER! I love all the beautiful colors of spring, but I dread it every year. I’m generally down for the count most of April and May. Sigh,

Here are a few funnies to get you through the week. Enjoy!

Still one of my favorite social distancing memes. Jane Austen would be proud.
100% Me. I’m an book 36 for the year.

Have a great day, everyone!


Random Thoughts Tuesday: Cherry blossoms (real and fake), tulips carrots, spring, and other stuff

Happy Tuesday! Look at me, posting 2 days in a row. I’m a wild woman.

If you’re not familiar with Random Thoughts Tuesday, it’s hosted by the convivial Stacey, of Stacy Uncorked.

Spring has sprung in the DC metro area and we are all on cherry blossom watch. Apparently they will be at peak bloom sometime next week. For those of you not familiar, in 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo gifted the US 3000 cherry trees. Mrs. Taft, then FLOTUS, and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador planted the first 2 saplings at the tidal basin. The rest were planted around the basin and in a few other areas of DC. Over the past 100+ years, the trees have grown and become an attraction all to themselves. DC holds a cherry blossom festival, and parking is more of a nightmare than usual. Every night on the news, in the weeks leading up to peak bloom, they give you info on the stages of the blossoms, and give you the “most recent” prediction for peak bloom. It’s all very interesting. I saw them in 2019 (remember the year that we all thought sucked, but now seems like a happier, simpler time?), the day after peak bloom. They were still stunning. The day was windy, so the petals fell like soft, fragrant, pink, snow.

-2019 Cherry Blossoms

The last craft workshop I taught before everything shut down last year was making cherry blossoms from napkins. It was a fun day, and I’m super happy to say that I will be teaching it again next week! We will all be socially distanced, masked, and taking al, the precautions required. There were only 6 slots available and they sold out! Woohoo! I love doing workshops! Many of the people who take them are 120% certain that they won’t be able to do it, and I get a thrill out watching how excited they get when they get it right. Yay! I have 4 different workshops coming up, and I am beyond thrilled. What do fake cherry blossoms look like? Well, since you asked:

This was the sample from last year! All napkins! These were bright, but the white and soft pink mix I makelooks surprisingly real.

Several years ago, on some blog (I can’t recall which), I saw a big carrot made from fake tulips, for the front door, and I have been DYING to do it since. Today, I decided was the day. I hauled my happy self to Michael’s, in my new car, Uma, found the supplies (and maaaaaany other things), came home, my wallet much lighter, and got to work. It shaped up BEAUTIFULLY, except…I ran out of tulips. D’oh! I only need one more tulip “bush” to complete it. Guess where I’ll be going tomorrow? Sigh. The following pics are some of the pile I started with, then what it looks like on the bottom. As soon as it’s finished, I’ll post another pic!

Oh, and this beauty, is Uma. She’s a 2021 WV Atlas SEL Premium, and I love her. Isn’t she gorgeous?

March is my favorite month of the year. When I was younger, it was just because of my birthday (this coming Sat!), but then I got married in March, so that made it even more lovely, but now I realize I love it because March holds promise. Flowers push their way out of the sleeping Earth, buds appear on trees, mornings and evenings are cool, afternoons are warm, without being hot, and more often than not, there’s a gentle breeze full of soft scents. March is a unique month, where those of us in the northern hemisphere come out of winter and embrace the possibilities.

One of my favorite quotes about March. Isn’t it lovely?

Look, I get that people like spring. *I* actually like spring, but I have terrible, terrible allergies, and I dread the upcoming weeks of pollen. Be kind to people with allergies. We can’t help the sneezing, watery eyes, and snotty general misery.

Many people have been working from home, or just home, for almost a full year now. Do you think our pets are wondering if we’re ever going to give them some peace and quiet? I mean, my dogs LOVE having everyone home, but sometimes I wonder if they don’t think, “OMG! Would you all just leave for an hour or two so I can get some proper sleep? I haven’t gotten a good 22 hours in a year!”

Okay, I think that’s enough for now. I hope you all have a lovely (allergy free) day. Click the button below to join Stacey and get random.

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Random Thoughts Tuesday: 2020 is almost over!

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I’ve known Stacy, from Stacy Uncorked for several years. We originally met through the blogging world, then ended up living near each other, and becoming friends IRL. She’s hilarious, and MAKES HER OWN WINE! You should absolutely follow her. She hosts this wonderful thing called Random Thoughts Tuesday, where you can ramble about all sorts of things and no one thinks you’re (totally) crazy. You know, all those shower thoughts you don’t share, random tidbits of info you can never work in to a conversation, or musings you’d like to chat about, but aren’t enough to make a full blog post. It’s really cathartic, and I highly recommend you participate, if you blog. It’s like a brain dump!

So, let’s get on with the dumping random.

-It’s the last Tuesday of 2020! This crazy, awful, weird year is almost over! I remember last December how excited everyone was for the “Roaring 20s.” Ah, what optimistic fools we were.

-COVID-19 side effects SUCK. Despite being very careful, my teen (I don’t have his permission to use his real name yet) and I are just getting over active COVID, but the linger side effects are the WORST. Some days I feel fine, but then I’ll have a day where I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. The randomness of it makes it worse, because I never know when it’s going to happen. I also tire quickly, even doing the slightest thing. Teen occasionally gets out of breath just walking up the stair! I know some people who have these side effects MONTHS after getting over active COVID. That’s no way to live.

-My younger son had COVID back in Jan, before we even knew what it was. They tested him for everything, and couldn’t figure it out. He was sick for weeks and weeks and it was a very scary time. He eventually got over it, but still has days where he tires quickly. Now we know why.

-We found out he’d had it months later when a blood draw showed the antibodies. How did he get it? Probably from a kid at school whose parents had just come home from some deployment or TDY (temporary duty) in Korea. Maybe.

-The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, is in a series of commercials that all end with him saying: “Wear the damn mask.” They make me giggle for some reason.

-Do you watch The Mandalorian? If not, WHY NOT? IT’S AMAZING.

This is the best thing ever! Seriously, watch The Mandalorian!

-I really want to try aerial yoga, but I’m fairly certain I’d manage to fall off and make a fool out of myself. That or get tangled in the fabric and have to be cut out or something.

-I took our tree down early, to make room for packing boxes and it makes me sad. I love Christmas trees!

-I started working on my 2021 journal/planner. It’s always exciting to start a new year. I have such great intentions, and while I always finish the year, it never goes the way I intend. Stupid, non-predictable world. Why can’t things just go the way I plan?

If I had a doctorate, I’d have it embroidered on all my clothes and tattooed in multiple places in my body. Just saying.
I long to be a morning person, I really do, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t make it happen. How do people do it?

Okay, that’s enough for today, I guess. I mean, I have more to say, but I really have to get packing.

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