Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's the Room, The Sun and the Sky

Hey, does anyone know what this plant is? I know it's not a great pic. This was taken right after I uncovered it from a bunch of leaves. I checked on it again today and it has had time to photosynthesize, so it's way more purpley.

Today was the first really warm day of the year and I think I can speak for all Iowans when I say it was about fucking time. JAYSUS! but it was a long Winter. I walked around downtown during my lunch and on my 3 o'clock break. It was like everyone finally emerged from their lairs to get their share of vitamin D. I saw so many people I didn't even know still lived in town. I walked past one of the lawyers who used to frequent the coffee shop where I worked in the 90's. He stopped me when he recognized me and asked me how and what I was up to. I filled him in very quickly and he informed me that he had 7 grand kids now. Then he said, "Well, I guess time marches on..." It certainly does.

I rode my bike home from work and opened up every curtain and blind I had. Over the Winter I kept things pretty closed up, and so I was a little worried my house wouldn't provide enough sunlight for me in the warmer months. Luckily, I found out I was wrong. It should be nice and bright when I keep everything open this Spring and Summer.

I ran about a 7 mile route and saw some of the other runners on my route for the first time of the season. The one shorter lady with the glasses who swings her arms from side to side in front of her, still wouldn't smile or wave at me but B., this guy I know who waits tables at 126, ran past me wooo-hooing and raising both fists in the air, so I guess he made up for it.

When I got home, I started in changing out my storm windows for screens. I've never done that before, and wasn't quite sure how tough it would be or how heavy the windows would be, but it was all pretty easy. I was able to clean and change about half of them before it got too dark to see.

Tomorrow is supposed to be another glorious day, before the weather turns back again late on Friday for the weekend. Awesome. So, I was thinking I'd see if my boss would let me take half of a furlough day tomorrow afternoon. It would be so great to get off at noon, go running, take Stinky to work at 2'ish and then spend the rest of the afternoon doing yard work. I could easily spend at least a week just raking the last five years of leaves and sticks in my yard. Keep your fingers crossed that my boss lets me go. That would give me the other half of a furlough day saved for later in the month when it gets warm again.


Mnmom said...

Beautiful here too - we have most of the windows open! Say Hello to IC for me!

rel said...

Aye, the first warm days of spring are so energizing....Amazing.
Speakin of years of leaves; I'm seeing some payback time coming this weekend. My youngest son invited us to spend Easter with him and said: Oh dad, could you bring along a rake.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

The weather this time of year can be so finicky, but it's nice to be able to get out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.. we have about 10 yrs of raking to do.. I do anyways.. I will have to ask for help though.. Payment is to be fed a really nice meal..

Have a great Easter and hope you get that half day off..

Tara said...

I went for a walk yesterday after work and everyone and their dogs were out walking and bike riding. The dogs weren't on bikes though.

It was so nice, and we'll have a repeat of it today.

Pamela said...

Hmm.. not sure what it is. purple=y is weird. It's not day lily. Hosta? even then, it's not pointy. hmm.. make sure you say when you find out!

SkylersDad said...

You need to move here. We have su all the time, even though the winter months. Of course we also lead the nation in skin cancer...

laura b. said...

Sounds like a whole new world with everyone out and about. I'm glad you house will be light and airy during the warmer months. That has been one of my favorite things about moving upstairs.

booda baby said...

Now THIS is what vicarious thrilldom's all about. Yes, Santa Barbara's nice all year long, but those first SPECTACULAR days are the very best things in the whole world. I also love knowing that all of history thinks that's true. yay for you!

Churlita said...

MnMom, I certainly will. You should just come visit us though.

Rel, Ha ha. Your son sounds smart..Very tom Sawyer'ish.

Mrs. I got it off!

Tara, I'm glad you got a walk in and the dogs weren't riding bikes...That could be kind of dangerous.

Pamela, Maybe today's photo will help me better in finding out.

Skylers', I grew up in Arizona, so I'm sure I'll get all the skin cancer I need from that.

LauraB., I like those upstairs apartments that feel kind of tree houses. We had one like that when my girls were very young.

Booda Baby, Maybe we appreciate it a little more, when it's been gone for so long.