Storm In A B-Cup

Springtime Is Here

Spring is here. Officially. Undeniably. Spring is one of my favourite times of year. I revel in the sunshine, the warm breeze, the fresh, almost happy smell in the air. It feels like a whole new start for the world, and I just want to live outside and soak it all up forever. I take long walks through our local parks, where the local festival to my area “Tulip Time” is just taking off, and the display is nothing short of spectacular. It is lit beautifully at night time, and during the day, the colours are just as lovely. Each year the display is different, and this year it is spectacular. When I get a chance, I’ll take some photos and put them up, but for now, I have borrowed a few from around the web (and previous years) to give an idea of what it’s like.

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The weather is nice enough to take a day trip to the beach or the lake, or have a backyard barbecue. It is seriously perfect.

It is also seriously sneeze-inducing. I am one of those people who is just allergic to everything. Everything, but especially grass. And pollen. And dust. But mostly grass. I always forget that every year I get excited about spring, only to be disappointed by my eyes beginning to stream, my nose turning into a faucet and my lungs closing up until I feel like I can hardly get any air in at all. I live on asthma inhalers and allergy tablets – which I am incredibly grateful for, because they actually mean that I can enjoy the spring time like a (mostly) normal person.

But the thing that gets me down the most is my grass allergy; yes, it makes me sneeze when I go outside/live in an area where there is a lot of different grasses growing tall and flourishing and not being mown and therefore spreading their seeds everytwhere (hint: here), but also, it gives me an awful, itchy RASH. I keep hearing people talk about the feeling of walking barefoot through the grass. And lying on the grass, looking up at the sky, watching the clouds or the stars. And I want to do it. But it just makes me so itchy.

I have a confession. Today, I did it anyway. I walked around my back yard. I felt the grass beneath my feet, and reveled in it. The cool blades wrapping around and between my toes, tickling the soles of my feet. I sat down. I even laid there for a minute or two before it started and I knew I had to get up. The itching is maddening. Thankfully, it’s just on my feet and legs. The blotchy redness is mocking me and I can hardly stop scratching for long enough to write this post.

And you know what the worst part is?

I know I’m going to do it all again. I’ll forget the itching and give in to the lure of the outdoors. When this rash goes away, probably tomorrow, I’ll decide it wasn’t so bad after all, but think to myself that I probably shouldn’t do it again all the same. And then in a few weeks’ time, the sun will be shining, the birds will be singing, the breeze will be just right and all I’ll want to do is go and lie down in the sun and soak it in (while wearing an appropriate amount of sunscreen/hats/etc, already been there, done that with the skin cancer nonsense). And I’ll be too silly to think of the simple solution that I should have thought of all along. Oh picnic blanket, how I wish I had thought of you earlier.

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5 Things That Are Making Me Happy Today #5

As I struggle to get used to blogging from my phone (ugh), I thought a good post to do today might be a continuation of my “5 Things That Are Making Me Happy Today” series (haha the word series used here is laughable!). So here goes.

1. That I am getting back into blogging after a long-ish break

2. That T and I finally have a house again!

3. That as of next week I will have a car of my own again and can stop relying so much on trains.

4. Our fence on one side of the house is being replaced and it looks so much better.

5. I got season 6 of The Big Bang Theory on DVD this week so I got to actually see the episodes! The DVD was just released here in Australia and I seriously loved the season!

What is making you happy today?

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It’s Been A Long Time

I realized just now just how long it’s been since I made a post. Months. I can’t believe it has actually been months since I wrote a post. So much for “post a day” and all that. I swear I’ll be better.

Life has been crazy, which is the oldest excuse in the book. But it’s so true. T and I finally have a house of our own again, and let me tell you, that is seriously amazing. I love my parents, and I’m truly grateful to them for letting us stay in their garage (my phone just tried to autocorrect that to grave…I have serious concerns about this phone), but holy moly is it nice to have our own space and a real bathroom, and a kitchen, and a bedroom that isn’t in the living room!

We are working like crazy people to try to pay off our debts, of which we have many, and it looks like we will finally have one of the biggest ones GONE by February, at which point we still won’t be able to breathe a sigh of relief but we will be closer, since after that it’s just a personal loan of about $12000 plus a bunch of “small” bills (under $1000) to get rid of. And maybe after that we can focus on finally saving to buy a house. Because renting sucks and outer landlord hates putting any money into the house, which means our screen doors don’t have handles, the fly screens on our windows are torn and our carpets look like someone has poured ink all over them. And I don’t know, maybe they did. Before we lived here. Either way, I’m grateful for the house and the space that is our own.

But I’m back to blogging, baby! Maybe a little sporadically since we can’t get ADSL broadband here, so I’m blogging from my phone (and occasionally my laptop at Uni). But I’m back and I have lots of (probably potentially boring posts in the pipeline!

What’s been happening in your lives for the 2 months-ish I’ve been gone?

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