Lent

Gosh Lent rolled around quickly. This year, I want to learn Japanese for 40 days. I started Tuesday on an app called Human Japanese. Reddit recommended it. I’ll just see how far I get in 40 days. To put it in “giving up” terms, I’ll be giving up free time to do this. Whatever. It’s just something fun to do until Spring rolls around.

The Annual Prognostication

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It looks like we’re having an early Spring! Duh. This year, I didn’t need a groundhog to tell me that Winter is just about done. Besides an odd spell of winter weather, it’s been spring-like the majority of this winter. Before and after Snowzilla, temps have been really mild. 50s to 70s. This weekend, people were out and about in t-shirts and shorts!

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Are we fer reals here? There’s a day for appreciating houseplants?? And that day is today? Well slap my pothos and call me Lulu.

Winter is the toughest time for me in caring for my houseplants. There’s already not enough sunlight as it is even during the warmer months so these plants really have to hang tough for a few months. At the same time I have to adjust my watering habits. I’ve already rotted out a succulent. Luckily they’re easy to propagate so I’m hoping to rescue it.
This christmas cactus is my newest planted propagation. There’s a tiny flower bud forming on it already.
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This weekend I went to a gardening store to look at all the houseplants they have. There were so many I’ve been wanting that they had. If I had more sunny windows or better yet, a sunroom, I would be in houseplant heaven!

2016 – The year of more sleep

It is 2016.  Good.

I can tell I’m getting older because this year, I didn’t stay up to do the countdown.  I was in bed by 11 (actually I was napping after dinner and drifting in and out of sleep the rest of the night).  I briefly woke up at 30 seconds before and then fell right back asleep after “Happy New Year.”
My resolution is to get more sleep and go to bed earlier. But it feels like no matter when I go to bed, I still feel like I could use more sleep at 5:30 in the morning when it’s dark and frigid outside.
In college, kids would brag about pulling all nighters like living off so little sleep was normal. I could never pull off an all nighter.  I mean I’d done it but was basically not functional.
My coworker, who’s close to retirement, told me enjoy this ability to sleep while you can.  As she ages, she finds it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
So this year, I’d like to sleep as much as I can.
We went out to Shaw/U Street this past weekend and after dinner and drinks, eyes bleary, round robin yawning, we called it a night and hugged good-bye.  It was 9 ish.
And for the rest of this week I’ve been aiming to go to bed by 9 and get my hibernation on.

Woosh

It’s Autumn.  Woohoo.  I’ve been waiting for pumpkin spice whatevers and the mild temperate weather.  I have 2 kinds of pumpkin beer (ACE pumpkin cider and Pumking) chilling in the fridge.  I just went to Trader Joe’s and got canned pumpkin and a jar of pumpkin pie spice.  And the weather is actually acting like the season.  I’m ready to make my seasonal clothing swap this week.  The A/C has been off for 2 or 3 weeks now.  It felt like the season was slow to come and then woosh, it arrived.

Pumpkin Spice Season

Have you noticed temps have gotten cooler? I’ve noticed. Instead of 90s, our highs are in the 80s. I’ve been wearing long sleeves all week. Every morning, I debate whether I ought to wear a light jacket. I haven’t. Yet.

Ooh AND we’re waking up in darkness now. Have you noticed that? It’s pitch dark at 5:30, maybe even 6:00.

Last weekend I saw pumpkin spice or Oktoberfest beer. I didn’t get any.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. In the past, it was probably dread of the shorter days. And my plants look a little sadder, grow a little slower, so that’s a bummer. But I’m ready for some pumpkin spice, and the holidays that come in succession. That’s always nice.

Balcony

After being closed off for several weeks of renovation…

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Our balcony is back in business.
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Now that it’s been cleaned up though, I don’t want to ruin it by putting all the box planters on it, which I later realized, stained the ground, so I only brought the aloe outside – to strengthen it up before the winter.

Romaine Lettuce Experiment

My last kitchen scraps experiment, growing pineapple tops failed. And this is the summary of my romaine lettuce experiment, which I would also conclude as a failure.
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I found it dried out last night and added water to it. Still, it was looking pretty sad so I took this last photo before I tossed it out. It was growing a pretty healthy root system in the water. I think if I’d added some fertilizer or maybe even something as simple as epsom salts, it might have done better? Either way, it didn’t seem like I was going to grow another head of lettuce big enough to eat.

Tennis

It was Winter WINTER spring winter Spring… and boom – it’s Summer. Like 80 degrees Summer. Since it’s still only early May, we just keep our windows open. It’s about 80 some degrees in our house which is quite warm but tolerable. And in the evenings when a cool breeze comes by, it’s perfect.

Lately we’ve been spending a good amount of time trying to learn tennis. We have lessons and also go to the park to play a little. I’m horrible at it and mostly just run around chasing after the balls. Now I sort of understand why dogs love chasing after tennis balls. It’s kinda’ fun.