Another work week looms and I’m starting it out exhausted. We had a fun weekend, lots of the usual running around – but no birthday parties to throw or attend this weekend! – but there was also a lot of bickering and backtalk and not a lot of cooperation from certain quarters. Anyway. Saturday morning saw us out the door bright and early to see the cherry blossoms blooming around the Tidal Basin. We usually don’t go, because pollen and crowds, but I just felt like adding it to the agenda this year and so we went. It was gorgeous. And swarming with people. At one point, I said to Steve, “I thought by going early we would miss the crowds,” and he replied, “I think this is missing the crowds.” Later on Saturday I went by myself (!!!) to the garden center and picked up the first few plants for this year’s patio garden. (Neither of the kids wanted to go with me, which was a first.) I got lettuce, mint and thyme, and I’ll be going back to – I hope – pick up the rest of the plants in another week or two. I spent the afternoon happily planting and watering the few plants I was able to get. Sunday dawned very early – too early – as Nugget was up long before the crack of dawn to demand breakfast. I mean, not that I don’t enjoy making eggs in the pitch dark, but the result was that I was tired and cranky all day. I mustered up enough energy to paint Nugget’s face like a tiger cub (Peanut was supposed to be a cheetah – her request which led me to buy the face paints to begin with – but she got cold feet at the last minute) and we headed to the zoo. The only animals we saw were the great cats and the cows, goats and donkeys at the kids’ farm, because Peanut and Nugget refused to budge from the playgrounds otherwise. But it was fine. We’re zoo members so we get free parking and we’re going back when Grandma visits in two weeks anyway. And that’s about it – a busy and tiring weekend. Nugget burned off the rest of the energy he still amazingly had (despite waking up at an ungodly hour) on the playground on Sunday afternoon, and I ended the weekend curled up on the couch with a book, as usual. And now, somehow, I will summon what little energy I have and face the week ahead.
Reading. I’ve been having a busy bookish week as I continue to make my way through the (still robust and ridiculous) library stack. I finished Moon Tiger early in the week and moved on to A City of Bells, which was about as different from Moon Tiger as you can get – except that both were wonderful reads. Next I turned to the latest Maisie Dobbs, The American Agent, and enjoyed it as much as I always enjoy a visit with Maisie. I finished that on Sunday morning as the sun was rising (thanks, Nugget) and turned to The Familiars – I’m about 100 pages in now, and enjoying it immensely.
Watching. No screen time for me this week, unless you count watching a video of a humpback whale doing a sounding dive in the middle of a marina way too many times (thanks, Facebook!). But I spent a lot of time watching my munchkins run around various playgrounds, which is much nicer than any screen.
Listening. The usual smattering of podcast episodes. I think the highlight was listening to the hosts of Vegetarian Zen interview The Unkempt Gardener. He was totally approachable and inspiring, and made me even more eager to break ground (well, planter) on the 2019 garden.
Making. And break ground I did! I made progress on the back patio and potted three starter buttercrunch lettuces (my favorite!), some thyme, and spearmint (in its own pot, naturally). I also cleaned up the other pots and revived the chives and rosemary that survived the winter. The garden center didn’t have much in the way of edibles yet, thanks to a cold snap we had, but hopefully there will be more in the pots soon.
Blogging. I have some springy content for you this week. On Wednesday, my April to-do list for the garden, and on Friday, an A.E. Housman poem that is so on point I am literally unable to even. Check in with me then.
Loving. This is going to sound weird, but go with it. Of all of the many, many, many things I am self-conscious about, perhaps the strangest is… my eyebrows. Over the past few years they have gotten lighter (while the hair on my head has gotten darker, insert shrugging emoji here) and the result is that they look thinner than they used to. I finally got tired of cringing at them in the mirror and decided to try a brow gel. I got this one from Thrive Causemetics, mainly because I saw an ad promising that it would permanently thicken brows in just a few weeks. I’ve been using it almost every day for about two weeks now, and I don’t know if it is delivering on the permanent thickening thing or even if I am applying it correctly, but I definitely feel like my brows look better after I’ve applied it. Who knew? I am as low-maintenance and casual as it gets and I rarely wear more than a quick dash of makeup, so this is new territory for me. Beautycounter also has a brow gel, so I might try that after I run out of the Thrive Causemetics one. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Who even am I? (If I start raving about lip liner, send help.)
Asking. What are you reading this week?