Monday, May 2, 2011

Things I Love About Spring

1. Tulips and Irises. They're so cheerful. I especially love the color of the irises. In fact, I love all spring flowers. I like the daffodils as well, and the hyacinths. I'm kind of using the peonies (you can see them sprouting in the front of this picture) as a timeline for when the baby is coming. They usually bloom around the end of May or beginning of June, and I'm scheduled for my c-section June 9th. So as those peonies pop up, it reminds me of all the things I need to do before the baby is born.

*Above photo courtesy of Amanda Wiatr.

2. That first pedicure of the year. Sandal season has officially begun! Just in time, too, because my feet have been swelling a bit, and flip-flops always fit, no matter what. I love the way my feet feel after a nice spa pedicure.

3. The first frappucino of the year. I know I could order them in the winter but they just don't feel right until a warm spring day. I always order a tall, light caramel frappucino, but I make them add the whipped cream anyway. It's all about the trade-offs.

4. Little boys with worms. Aww. Enough said.

5. The gorgeous trees in my neighborhood that flower with lovely white flowers this time of year. They look just beautiful--see the one in the background of this picture?

6. The smell of spring. I don't have a picture for that, so here's a hyacinth. Oh, maybe I do have a picture for the smell of spring.

7. The fact that Panera has spinach again. They only have it in the spring and summertime, and it's back! I've been really, really craving spinach salads lately, and the BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is awesome when you substitute spinach for the lettuce.

It must be my anemia, but I have even been having dreams about this salad. I very suddenly got extremely anemic. Apparently the cute little parasite inside of me has sucked my entire store of available iron, leaving me exhausted and paler than death. I went today for my first IV infusion of iron, and had to stop on the way for this salad. I only ever eat the half-size portion, though. I guess desperately craving salad is far better than those red velvet whoopie pies I was craving last month.

8. Speaking of spinach, I love the way my spinach is actually growing this year. Thanks to the chicken wire, the bunnies haven't been able to touch it. I can't wait to taste my own garden grown spinach.


  1. I can't believe you have irises up already. That is a really late thing here...not till late may will I have irises blooming. I got a pedicure in April. Well, I get them all winter too, but I got my first 'spring' pedicure in april. My toenails are pink with daisies on them. My garden is coming, but coming slow. We have had so much rain that the sun hasn't been out much to make things grow. Looking forward to seeing some stuff take off now! And yay for worms and boys!

  2. It's 43 degrees and raining here now. We can't even get out and enjoy the irises. :( They'll probably be out of bloom by the time it warms up. This spring was nasty cold.

    I usually skip the pedi in the winter, but there's no getting out of it in the spring! I'm going to get a mani, too, right before I have the baby. I have my hands in lots of pics of Nick from when he was first born, and they were not in good shape. I want pretty fingernails with this baby.

    Nick sure liked the worm. I'm not sure the feeling was reciprocated, though.

  3. Planting my flowers is certainly one of my favorite times of year. I feel like the spring it like starting an awesome new chapter in a book that almost lost your interest. Boys and worms are pretty great too ;-)