Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Budding Obsession

Before I start on this post, tomorrow is the 4 year anniversary of this blog. Just felt like I needed to make a note of it. Moving on to what this post is actually about....my new container garden.

I've been reading and studying my container gardening book for the past month, so when I walked into the nursery today with the girls today, I got a little excited. Mostly because as we walked around, I knew what I was looking at and understood the information I was reading on the little tabs inserted into the plastic tubs.

I really went just to get some ideas. It is too early to plant the few things I am going to try this year, but when I saw the Juliet variety of tomato plants and the banana pepper plants that were already producing veggies, I just could. not. resist.

I bought two tomato plants, a yellow pepper plant and the great banana pepper plant. Then we high-tailed it over to Lowe's so I could get my economical planters: five gallon and one gallon paint tubs, organic potting mix and paint sticks as temporary stakes.  They were recommended in the book as a great size and frankly, they really appealed to my sense frugality. I want to make sure I can make this work before I spend a lot of money.

What I have now are my beautiful plants...in my bathtub. It's the warmest and sunniest place in the house right now. None the less, here I go with what could be a new obsession pretty quickly. I will keep you posted on how things are going. And we are eating one of the banana peppers in a salad tomorrow! 

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Break 2009

I can't believe how fast this week has gone by. I was sure it would just poke along with Terry being gone for such an extended period of time. But we managed to keep ourselves busy! The girls and I traveled to Frisco, Texas for a few days to pass the time, see some friends and then bring my niece home with us for a few days. 

We started off at my friend Holly's house. She and I haven't gotten a chance to visit, really sit and catch up, for a very long time. I forgot how much we had to talk about! Plus we spent dinner on Saturday at Blue Mesa where I enjoyed my favorite avocado enchiladas. Yum-my. Made my mouth so happy.

After a night with Holls, we trotted over to IKEA to eat some Swedish meatballs, let our kids play in SmaLand while we strolled around trying to spend money. Oddly enough, I found only $10 worth of stuff I couldn't live without. 

The next day we took all the girls to a nail salon where Richelle and I got pedis and the girls got their nails painted. See below:







After our super duper time at Chelle's, we drove to my  mom's to spend the night. It was my grandfather's 87th birthday. For his birthday we all got steak and cake for dinner. I think it should be his birthday every day. Slept like a log that night. Partying with your friends two nights in a row will wear you out. (They will laugh if they read this. )

On our day to return home, Mom and I stopped in the TJMaxx Homegoods. (Yet another gem we need here in the OKC area. Hello OKC? Anyone listening? Chamber of Commerce? Anyone?) I bough this adorable top and shorts there. (See below for all purchases.) Gotta love a deal. Actually, I spent more on the shirt than I would normally, but just loved loved loved it. Besides, it looked so cute with the fabulous spring bag that Terry bought for me. (He's an amazing man people.) AND, I can wear them with the orange sandals I got a Target a few weeks ago. Now I have 3 outfits to go with those shoes. 

The Shoes:
Once back in OKC, we stayed very busy cleaning this house. It was a total pit! Frankly, this will probably be the last deep clean it will get until summer. 10 weeks away!

Lastly, and I need to throw a TMI alert in here because I am going to divulge some very personal information about me. If you don't want to know about bra sizes and how messed up women are when they buy them, stop reading now! (If you are leaving: Bye! Come back soon!)

Ok, part of the spring break festivities included going to Dillard's with my gift certificate on the hunt for a strapless bra. The nice lady in intimates (I should have know by the department name I would be more intimate with Joan than I wanted to be) asked me if I had ever been properly fitted. I asked her if by "properly fitted" she meant I took 14,000 different bras into the dressing room and tried them all on until I found the right one, then yes. Otherwise, no. So, she marched me back to a fitting room where I was completely mortified. I'm sure Joan sees all kinds of hooters, but only the only people who see mine are either married to me or giving me some sort of physical examination. Which is also very embarrassing. Joan knows too much about me now. I may have to "take care of her". 

She told me most women buy cup sizes too small, and the number too big. Needless to say, the 34B I was wearing was all wrong. And she showed me all the ways it was wrong. Who knew buying a bra was so complicated. She then told me the size I SHOULD be wearing, a 30D. At which point I had to burst out laughing. Because really people, when I think of women who wear a D, I think some pretty major bazoongas. Not little ole me. 

But let me tell you, here I sit, in that size, with an empty wallet, in the most comfortable bra I think I've ever worn. Amazing. It may make eating ramen noodles for the rest of the week totally worth it. 

Spring Break 2009. What an adventure it has been!





Monday, March 02, 2009

....and Counting

Normally, I don't start my End Of School countdown until after spring break. But since this is my last year of teaching for a while, I thought I'd get a head start. Without any further ado: Edmond Public Schools has 

12
 
weeks of school left! And no, I am not counting the last week that only includes one ridiculous snow day.

In addition to that little tidbit, we're only 2 weeks away from spring break. At which point I get to visit friends in Dallas and go to IKEA and Costco. I'm just all aflutter with anticipation.