I decided to try my hand at gardening this year. I picked up some planter thingies and bought some pretty flowers over the weekend and set about planting them in the front yard. I quickly discovered that you need a LOT of potting soil for container gardening. Like damn. Like I didn’t have nearly enough. I filled in with mulch, switching the ratio of soil to mulch up a bit in each container because I have no idea what I’m doing and figured maybe one of them will survive. This will likely be the bad pancake year of gardening but hopefully I’ll learn from my mistakes for next year.
What I’m reading:
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen – This is book two in a series written probably for middle schoolers but the story is fascinating and the main character is witty and someone you find yourself rooting for. Nielsen is a very good story teller, I recommend this series highly.
Movies worth watching:
It was a big movie weekend in our house. In totally late to the bandwagon fashion, hubby and I rented Lincoln last night and it was amazing. I’d been worried the movie would be too dry or hard to focus on after a long, fantastic mother’s day, but it’s very engaging and I can see now why it got so many awards and nominations. Everyone was superb, especially Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. We also rented Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler – a very cute, sweet, funny family movie. This is a great cross-generation kind of movie that the kids, parents and grand parents would enjoy. We watched Lady & the Tramp with the kids Friday night and they both really loved it. It is such a different experience watching beloved movies from my childhood again as a parent. This one holds up well. Yesterday morning we went to the theater and saw The Croods which was both terrifically funny and also made me cry a few times. I thought Nicholas Cage did a great job voice acting the father in the movie and really thought the movie as a whole was fantastic.
Mothers Day Recap:
Dan spoiled me all weekend with breakfast Saturday morning at the Egg & I, shopping for plants at Olbrich Botanical Garden and then the boys went camping with the cub scouts and the girls went out shopping, got BB a cute haircut, planted a garden (with moderate success) and had dinner at the Great Dane Pub, sharing a slice of cheesecake for dessert that was superb.
Monday morning Dan and the kids brought me breakfast in bed – homemade oatmeal made by my hubby and coffee of course. MM supervised by picking out what foods to bring me and BB helped by sharing my breakfast and being cute and cuddly. MM gave me a cute potted flower that he put together at school – the pot being decorated of course with foam stickers. He also had several drawings and homemade cards for me. Dan gave me a River Song journal courtesy of Think Geek.com so if you were wondering How big of a nerd is Jen? The answer is very. We went to the movies to see the Croods as I mentioned above, did some window shopping at Best Buy (momma is plotting future techy purchases) and ordered Thai food for dinner and watched Lincoln. Low key but fantastic and I felt very spoiled indeed.
Items of Note:
The weather has been all over the place lately – with rain and hail and then 60 degree temps, then down to the 30′s with blustery wind and I read that tomorrow we’ll have a high of 91. WTF? I just want to be able to put the winter gear away already, Mother Nature, it’s mid May now – get your act together! Also – needing to take two allergy medicines every day and sometimes reaching for Claritin D also is just evil. That shouldn’t be my new normal.
What I’m Looking Forward to:
My daddy is visiting us soon and I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve been missing him and the rest of the extended family a lot these past few months and right now I’m just focusing on his visit and then a trip to MA later this summer to see the rest of our family. I love our home here but sometimes being this far away from loved ones can sting a bit, so YAY for upcoming family time!
what are you into these days? Let me know in the comments below!