I was quite pleased with my spring bulbs.
Um, OK, looking at my notes, we went to the beach! Yes, I have notes. I like to remember what I do with my life when the days are a big blur . . . and they're continuing to be a big blur. Yes, we went to the beach, and E. loved the water and didn't want to stop wading and playing, even when her feet turned blue! Ah, she takes after me!
Now for a few comics. Yes, I was inspired to draw a bit! It happens. I wish it happened more . . . but I just have to wait for when the inspiration coincides with the time to actually draw. I'm not going to worry about it; I'm living in the moment! Or something.
So, let's see here . . . we had baby's second Easter, which was momentous in that we actually did stuff for her, like dye eggs and hide toys and whatnot. She had fun running all over the place with her basket and just being adorable. By the way, this was the last time I'm buying the PAAS egg dye kit! Compared to, well, even a few years ago, the dyes are so crappy now . . . next time we'll just think of something else, like natural dyes, or whatever.
Moving on, A. and I were good neighbors at a couple community events! (Is this starting to sound like some Xmas letter? I'd better get some more photos in here soon.) Our local coffee shop houses the new neighborhood bulletin board (which A. also helped build, BTW), and we stopped by to help plant the landscaping around it. E. came too of course, and handed out water bottles to the volunteers -- completely her own idea!
OK! I adjusted a raised bed in my backyard, so it's on its way to being nice and not an eyesore! There are still plant pots in place of round pavers, but I'll get there eventually.
We went to the Master Gardener plant sale and enjoyed Mothers' Day. I became an official mom when I sat in a chair with MY feet in the baby pool, reading a book while E. played. (This was how my mom spent many a summer evening when I was in the baby pool!) We had all this hot weather a couple months ago, and now into June, I'm scared that the tomatoes I bought at aforementioned plant sale are really not going to do much of anything. Why? Because now it keeps raining!! :( We shall see.
I got a haircut! Here come the before and afters.
(Case in point, this old photo
came to mind whenever I looked in the mirror!)
It wasn't what I asked for (I brought a photo of myself with the cut I wanted and she still couldn't do it), but it was OK. I went around like this for a few days before I took scissors into my own hands and altered it myself!! It actually looks really cute now. I'll have to show you Part Two in a future post, because I can't find a good photo. Anyway, my current cut is Nerd Cut v. 2.0 -- it's like the B+W photo above, but with added sass and self-confidence and life experience. (More on my random soul-searching in a future post!)
Then, A.'s sister Marel came to visit us for a while! I don't even remember how long she was here, but it was something like 3 weeks. We did a ton of stuff! A. and I got a couple dates out (including seeing Dark Shadows, which was pretty funny and "interesting" but not my favorite or anything).
We built a new bed frame and got a new mattress! Thank goodness!! A. has been recovering from some serious back pain and we knew our old bed had to go. Note: When it comes to beds, NEVER PURCHASE THE COSTCO SPECIAL. That is all.
Anyway, we went to the Farmers' Market a couple times, and the Saturday Market, and dusted off the ol' Wii for some party games and Just Dance! We got a bunch of new iterations of Just Dance, and I plan to incorporate the games into my fitness plan (ABBA, anyone?!). Thank you, Marel, for reminding me that sometimes when you need energy or motivation, you really do just have to dance and fire yourself up and forget about why you were feeling so mopey and tired.
We watched the transit of Venus across the sun! Some of us (A. and Marel) were more excited than others (me and E.) about the whole experience, but that's OK.
Speaking of clouds, Marel and I almost thought we couldn't go berry picking -- the morning we wanted to go, it was POURING BUCKETS . . . but by the afternoon, it turned into a perfect, sunny day, and we went to Sauvie Island and picked 52 POUNDS OF STRAWBERRIES (more if you count the gallons we ate right off the plants)!!
The three of us made jam into the night!!
BEST and freezer jam made from them is the BEST.
Random photo time:
Oh, and if you bothered to read my comic above, you saw that I mentioned the mom's group at the coffee shop. Well, after the first month, the mom's group turned into . . . me. Sitting there with my baby, alone, for 3 weeks in a row. Then one time my book club friend was able to come (Hi, Kerry!) and another time I met a new person, but then it was back to me -- plus Marel while she was visiting.
Pretty much no one has been showing up either a) at all, or b) at the same time, enough to constitute an actual "group". Instead of getting sad and giving up, I have made it my goal to continue going at the predetermined time and get this group back on track! To help in this goal, I talked to the owner and made them a new sign, because their old sign was totally lame (sorry, but it's true)!
So there you have it. A retrospective of my activities while I was ignoring the internet. I still pretty much continue to ignore the internet, but I do like to share, so I should be around more often on the blog now. ^_^