Saturday, May 09, 2009

Spring Fever

As we were riding back from our field trip yesterday, I was looking out of the bus windows and desperately trying to forget the fact that I was trapped with a bunch of kids who had an afternoon of testing ahead of them and the combined will to make my life miserable over it. I gazed at the trees, grass and flowering thing-a-ma-bobs and suddenly got that "Spring Feeling" for the first time.

That's sort of how spring goes around here. It hits fast. One minute you're swaddled in forty layers of clothing and the next you're in a t-shirt. With the recent rains and warmer temps, the blooming had commenced in earnest and it was hard to imagine ever having to find matching boots again.

Spring has its good side and its bad side. On the positive end of the spectrum, it is warm and colorful. You don't have to wear a jacket and I believe I've already mentioned that matching boot conundrum. That's done with, too.

On the down side, there is the sudden need for the school year to end even if there have been a billion snow days that need making up. I have to learn how to drive the car whilst wearing sandals all over again and that is always something of a trial. Today's drive from the grocery store (ten minutes at most) was fraught with peril since I couldn't seem to keep the back part of my flip-flop from catching on the accelerator.

Then there is the whole Seasonal Allergy Thing with which to contend. When everything blooms at once, the histamines have all kinds of things to choose from and can react with wild abandon. I'm kind of snuffly these days and I keep getting little hives at inopportune moments. Should I happen to find myself in a flip-flop related auto incident, I'm certain that I will present quite the pretty picture to the first officers on the scene.

That's OK. I'll still take spring over that wild and wicked winter we just experienced. If the price I have to pay is a case of the sneezes, then I'll gladly fork over an "ah-choo" or two. That's what OTC cold remedies were made for, after all. Besides, it's the weekend. I can even take a nip of that fun kind with the alcohol in it and just mellow the day away.

In fact, that is exactly what I did once the Flip-Flop Shop Event was over and done with. I can't think of a better way to spend the Saturday after a week of testing and multiple field trips with middle school students. I sat. I knit. I read. I napped.




It's all good. Even if that "Dishcloth" (with sleeves) doesn't seem to be getting any longer no matter how much time I spend knitting upon it. Must be the cold medications...


It was the perfect lazy day. Just the kind I like. While I lazed about and sneezed through the afternoon, the kitties were able to entertain themselves with various catly activities. The Big, Fluffy Kitty mainly napped and snacked. The Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty napped and tended to some much-needed grooming.


He fell over a lot doing this. That's probably why I didn't get too far with the knitting. I had to keep propping him up...



She lies. And takes too much cold medicine.



He doesn't have allergies so he is not the best judge of dosages, in my opinion. He also doesn't have to test middle school students or take them on two field trips in one week. All he has to do is find a way past his belly to clean his toes. Don't get me wrong. That is a mammoth undertaking and probably quite exhausting.

But not the same.

SA

8 comments:

yarnpiggy said...

I know exactly what you mean about re-learning to drive with flip-flops! I dragged mine out of hibernation last week and had a couple of hair-raising, clutch-burning drives!

kmkat said...

Sitting, knitting, reading, napping. What a perfect day!

Kath said...

My chunky cat has figured out how to prop herself up against a corner in order to reach her nether portions. Quite ingenious but not nearly as entertaining as all the times she toppled over before figuring that out. She still has a tendency to sort of roll forward out of grooming position, unlike the other cat who just gets up and walks away!

Donna Lee said...

I take the flip flops off and drive bare foot. I know it's probably illegal but much safer. My flip flops get caught too. It makes shifting gears an adventure.

The sneezing here has been non stop today. After all that rain and then two days of warm sun, the flowers and trees are having a field day.

Jeanne said...

His undertaking is quite mammoth, isn't it? ;-) Zander used to lose his balance, too. But he's slimmed down due to following the Katkins Diet, and it's no longer an issue.

Tyler, OTOH, seems to have gained every last ounce of Zander's weight loss, and has issues. Oh, crud. It's also his and Sam's birthdays today.

Enjoy spring...

Julie said...

Sneezing beats snow any day!

Knitting Linguist said...

Ah, yes, the flip-flop learning curve. I have enough trouble walking in the things! But this is the time of year when I have to relearn how to drive with barefoot, sandy feet -- weird...

trek said...

We here, or rather there, have been enjoying better living though pharmaceuticals this weekend.
In fact, without the pharmaceuticals, enjoyment of the weekend would not have been remotely possible.

Do not allow the AGK to influence your medication schedule.

The meds themselves should manage the influencing just fine all by themselves.