Enjoy the green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
“Untold suffering seldom is.” ~Franklin P. Jones
Word Of The Day: fanfaronade (fan-fare-uh-‘nayde) A noun meaning empty boasting: bluster. Sentence: We soon found out that Christopher’s claim that he could play the bagpipes was nothing but fanfaronade–he turned out to be just as bad as the rest of us. I know some people like this, don’t you?? I mean, I’ve always bragged about my bagpipe skills…thankfully no one has ever called me on it.
OY! The weekend is over again. The horror!
Last night, as Emma mopingly started to head up the stairs, she peeked back around the corner at me and said, in Whinese, “Mooooom, the weeeeeekend is never loooooong enough.” I generally don’t reply when my children speak in Whinese, but this time I had to agree with her and give her a hearty, “I knoooooow,” complete with head tilting and foot stomping. Waaaaah! Somebody call the waaaaaambulance!
So, that was that and it didn’t stop Monday from coming.
We are able to console ourselves with the fact that it is a 3 day school week. My kids’ spring break starts Thursday. And for the first time in 4 years, their spring break falls around Easter. In Iowa City, our spring break always coincided with the university, so it was NEVER around Easter. I found that to be a bummer. Previously, we had always had a week off from school in the spring and it always included Good Friday and Easter Monday. Always. So it was a bit of an adjustment when we moved to Iowa City. Now we’re back in the South, baby. We are going to go visit the in-laws for the weekend. It will be nice. Hubby is anxious to spend some time with his folks. I’ve mentioned before that his dad is in poor health.
The following week, the end of spring break, Emma is going on a trip. WITHOUT HER MOTHER!! I am a bit devastated, but I suppose I will survive. She is going to fly to Iowa to visit her peeps. What?? You may ask…BACKSTORY: It goes like this…hubby has 3 sisters. Sister One lives in NC. Sister Two lives in Iowa City, IA (they moved there a couple of years before we did and I think they will be living there for the rest of their natural lives) . Sister Three lives in SC, about 3 hours from us and she goes out to Iowa about twice a year to visit sister number 2. She has invited Emma to travel with her to Iowa so she can visit her peeps. Sisters Two and Three and the grandma have gone in together to get Emma her plane ticket as an early birthday present. Now you are all caught up…So she won’t be flying by herself. But still. I will miss her. She won’t miss me. And I’m sure she will have a great time.
Last Friday afternoon we visited a new bird store here in town. They have some way cool birds. For example, there is Rocky, a Moluccan Cockatoo. (The picture is not Rocky, but another like him.) The coloring is so beautiful and that dude can ring like a telephone! Not kidding. It is freaky. There was a fellow in there, not an employee of the bird store, but OBVIOUSLY an avid bird lover. He was just a wealth of information. Following us around the store sharing tidbit after tidbit. <insert awkward smile here> We finally leave the store, hop in Big Red and then Jacob says, “Mom, that guy was like an information desk…only, without the desk.” Oh, how I cracked up at that one. That kid is full of ‘ em.
I’m off to do some much delayed housework. We are expecting some friends in for a couple of days this week. I always find that somewhat motivational.