Monday, March 31

Wildlife Seen in March

  • 37+ deer
  • bald eagle
  • geese
  • gray squirrel
  • grouse
  • hawk of some sort
  • kestrels
  • red squirrel
  • snow buntings
  • very large owl

March's Backyard Birds

  • bluejays
  • chickadees
  • common redpolls
  • downy woodpeckers
  • grouse
  • hairy woodpeckers
  • red-breasted nuthatches
  • white-breasted nuthatches

Thursday, March 20

The snow is melting

And so is our Snowhenge. In fact, amazing structure previously known to the world as Snowhenge is now so pitiful it is barely visible.

We went to the library the other day, and I didn't feel like looking at books, so I sat at the computer instead, and started playing with Microsoft Word. Would you believe I never play with that at home? Anyway, I wanted to do something impressive, you know, something that I could leave there for the enjoyment of future generations, so I began writing guitar tabs. Now I don't know if you've ever seen tabs, but they're not easy to read. And would you believe that they're not easy to write on the computer either? It's true! Honestly, I think it is easier to just sight read real music than to decipher tabs. But, after many long, hard minutes of trial and error, I finally had produced a true masterpiece; I wrote the entire intro to Everything Glorious in tab form, clearly enough that anyone brave enough to attempt it could play it on a guitar. Wow, huh? In fact, I will write it right here.


Yep, there it is. Impressive eh? So anyone who wants to can play that if they can read it, just keep playing it over and over through the whole song.(BTW, "h" stands for "hammer" and "p" stands for "pull off.")

The Third Day concert was really good. There were three opening acts, by Revive, Decemberadio, and Santus Real. It was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, March 19

Why I Don't Really Carry A Purse

Somewhere along the way, Loren put his car in a ditch and between that and us trying to pull it out, it acquired ~$3000 worth of damage. I guess that was over two weeks ago. Although we're not done with that chapter, Loren's car is back on the road this week, which means I've gotten my truck back.

In the process of cleaning it out, I removed the purse and small tote I keep in it. Yep, in plain view. Here's what I found:

  • 10 pencils
  • 5 pens
  • 3 sharpie markers
  • 3 Sonic straws (there are no Sonics up here)
  • a DQ spoon
  • a hat (I hate hats)
  • 3 ponytail holders
  • a hair clip
  • 2 inhalers
  • 2 kinds of mints
  • lotion
  • binoculars
  • a Great Lakes Aquarium window sticker
  • a mirror
  • mascara
  • nail polish
  • Burt's Bees lip shimmer
  • Coppertone Kids lip balm w/sunblock
  • Melagel
  • Cortizone 10
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • 4 boxes of dental floss
  • did I mention the hat?
  • 2 Tangle toys
  • a toy car
  • a frisbee
  • an email printed in October
  • Oust spray
  • Clorox wipes
  • stain remover pen
  • face cloths
  • hand sanitizer
  • 1 lonely bandaid
  • 5 pills melted together
  • binoculars
  • 3 coupons
  • a check Michael received for his birthday (oops!)
  • 3 different kinds of allergy pills
  • Imodium
  • 2 note pads
  • enough feminine products to last at least two months

Lynae pointed out that if someone had stolen my purse, they wouldn't get an accurate picture of me. There were no tissues, no nail clippers, and THERE WAS NO BLISTEX. I find that hilarious. I keep Blistex everywhere. In fact, just off the top of my head, I can tell you there's Blistex:
  • on my desk
  • in my desk
  • in my dresser
  • in my winter coat pocket
  • in my light jacket pocket
  • in my sweater pocket
  • in my wallet
  • on the lamp stand in the living room
  • plus at least 3 in the bathroom
So I think I'll reassemble my bags for the truck. I will do it with the thought that maybe, if I do it right, I'll actually want to carry my purse with me.

Soon I'll be adding a back up glucose meter. My numbers are looking really good this week, but before long I may have to watch out for lows. Today I checked my blood sugar before we went to Walmart, and it was 79. That's a new low for me. Thankfully, I didn't feel sick because it hadn't been high previously. In fact, it was 130 this morning. I still have a ways to go, but I remember when it was consistently over 300 in the morning. No wonder I was napping every day!

On an unrelated note, there was significantly less snow on the way home than on the way to town. I don't mind that a bit!

Monday, March 17

Imagine that I'm doing fine

I'm not up to blogging lately. Life is going on, but when it's not, I just want to hide in my shell and process the changes I've been going through.

A friend once compared conversation to playing catch. It seems that right now, more than usual, I might get the occasional urge to toss the ball, but even if I have the thrill of catching it, I'm not likely to want to toss it again.

Please don't take it personally.

I'm thinking in numbers. A radio station or time of day might now be considered "bad" if the number is too high. I won't even tell you the absurd mind game I play with the dehumidifier.

I'm logging everything I eat. I'm close to knowing just how many grams of pizza I can eat, and what else is best to have with it.

I'm exercising a little more, and looking forward to spring's invitation to drop everything and head outside.

But when I get out there, I'll wish we lived further out of town. Because while some of this is a phase, a lot of it is just me. It's been me since I was a kid living in the boonies. When my brother and I saw a car coming down our dirt road, we'd hide. I don't know about him, but I felt panic and terror at the thought of not sitting in the grass or ducking behind a tree fast enough, and possibly being seen. No reason, just 'cuz. And in some part of my mind, that still makes perfect sense.

But really, I'm fine.

Saturday, March 15

I'm part of a band!

It's a Christian rock band and I am one of their new official members. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

You see, yesterday there was this concert in Duluth to which we had 3 tickets, and since I got my school done right away, all the way, and with a good attitude, I was one of the lucky concert goers. We (Toby and Mom were my cool escorts) got some awesome front-of-balcony seats and prepared to have a good time. We were greeted by 'Revive', an Australian Christian band that was followed by the bands 'Decemberadio' and 'Sanctus Real'. All their performances were great.

Then came the long awaited moment, indeed, the moment everyone had waited for for days. And what happened you ask yourself, why is the moment so important? Why is she building the suspense? Let me tell you.

Third Day stepped onto that darkened stage in all their coolness and listened as lights came on and the house went up in cheers. And in that room a 12 year old girl was standing in the front of the balcony enjoying every single second of the 3 1/2 hours she was there. The best part was undoubtedly when everyone there was announced as part of Third Day.

Monday, March 3

So much for that!

I was going to show you a picture of my curly hair. But within a week, it was basically straight again. It has just enough curl at the ends to snarl horribly and break when I comb it. Maybe next time.