Winter? Summer? Spring?

Jen’s Law is the law that says if you are in a hurry at Target and you pick the shortest line, only after unloading the entire cart will you realize that either a) the cashier lives an alternate reality where efficiency is determined by the length of time it takes a person to perform the simple task of dragging an item over the scanner; b) the person in front of you with two items is arguing with the cashier about the $.03 difference between last week’s flyer and the price tag; or c) a combination of both. Meanwhile, all the long lines are moving at a much faster rate. And if you decide to take your stuff off the belt so you can move to another line, only after you’ve reloaded the cart will you realize the other lines now resemble I-95 during rush hour. I hate that law!

After my adventure in Target yesterday, I ran into A.C. Moore for a few little things and it made me very sad. It made me sad because I really wanted to go to Hobby Lobby, but the nearest one is in Virginia – a little far for me to drive for a decorative box.

It doesn’t seem possible that it was only a little over a week ago when we had all the sleet. Yesterday got up into the lower 80’s. It was nice, but I’d like a bit of spring, please. We’re supposed to be back to the mid-60’s for the next week or so – which is still above normal – and that’s the kind of weather I like best. Upper 60’s, lower 70’s, open windows, no air conditioner. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

I did have the windows open yesterday because there’s no way on God’s Green Earth I’m going to turn on the air conditioner in March. It’s unseemly. We have a huge side yard and after dinner Katie and some of her friends congregated there for a little game of softball. I sat in the empty dining room with my eyes closed and a smile on my face, listening to their screamings and giggles and good natured taunts and I thought, Life is good.


  1. Tara Marie on March 28, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    My supermarket has a traffic person, she directs people to the other open check out clerks if the lines start to get long. I hate when my cart is really full and they send me to express, then inevitably someone behind me complains about it being an express line…We don’t have any Hobby Lobbys but we do have one shopping center with an AC Moore, a Michaels, a JoAnn’s Fabric and a Wal*Mart, the Rag Shop that was there recently closed, I guess there was too much competition.It was beautiful here yesterday too, actually today is nice too, but a little cooler. I sent Junior out to play yesterday before doing his homework–wanted him to enjoy the afternoon.We had a “life is good” day Saturday, he went out to play with a couple of boys from down the street. We still had enough snow on the ground for them to have the last snowball fight of the year. They had a blast.

  2. JenniferTX on March 28, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    No A/C yet, Jen?!? Even if weren’t already hot here (and the humidity is already in the ‘sticky’ stage!), I’d have to have the A/C on because of all the pollen in the air. And windows open? *gasp* Simply not possible for me. Pilot Man did that 2 weeks ago when I was there . . . I woke up the next day sick as a dog with allergies. The pollen is honestly horrendous here this year!!You need something from Hobby Lobby? I can always go for you — when I get there I can call you on my cell and describe everything to you, or take pictures and send them to you. LOL Isn’t there at least a Garden Ridge near you??Hugs,Jennifer

  3. Jenster on March 28, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Tara – Hobby Lobby is infinitely better than A.C. Moore, Joanne’s, Michael’s and Wal-Mart combined. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite stores ever!And it was nice to have the kids running around outside, wasn’t it? Until they came in smelling. LOLJennifer – Yes! Windows open! No pollen or humidity yet. And thanks for the Hobby Lobby offer, but I’m making a list for when we visit Little Rock this summer. LOL And no Garden Ridge here, either. :o(

  4. Jen on March 28, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    I have never even heard of the Hobby Lobby – good thing too because I always buy a bunch of stuff and then never get around to doing it! I had the A/C on in my car the other day – when it gets about 50 degrees this time of the year, I get really overheated because I am used to 20 or so up here on the mountian! That will soon be changing, but for now, it snowed here all day yesterday!

  5. Bookwormom on March 28, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Jenster- I admit I was weak & turned the air on yesterday. Between the humidity & the pollen, enough was enough. It’s off now, though. For how long I refuse to promise. LOL 😉 What are you planning to do in the dining room?? After seeig photos of the bathroom & all the little tiles I can’t wait to watch your progress from afar.

  6. Jenster on March 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Jen – I read that Hobby Lobby’s HQ is in Oklahoma City and they won’t open stores more than 1,000 miles away. Total bummer for us because I’m telling ya, it’s awesome! And today is about 65 outside and it’s PERFECT! Almost hot. LOLAmanda – We must be just far enough North to where we haven’t had the pollen yet. Of course, yesterday was the only truly warm day we’ve had so far. As for the dining room, I want to do white wainscoting with a dark sage (maybe) green top. Nothing too daring (not for me, anyway) but something fun to do. LOL I won’t be starting on this project for a couple more weeks, though. I’ll be sure to take pictures and update everyone with my progress. :o) After the dining room I’m doing the powder room! Maybe more tile laying is in my future.

  7. radioactive girl on March 28, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    I almost turned on the air conditioning the other night. During the day I am totally fine and can handle anything, but at night since I can’t sleep without a blanket(don’t ask, I have no idea why) I really wanted to turn it on. Since I knew it was going to get cold again soon (I was right, it’s freezing right now!) I couldn’t justify it. Life IS good though, I have t agree with you on that!

  8. thethinker on March 28, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    We start using the AC at the beginning of March. It already feels like summer here.

  9. Katybug on March 28, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    My 7yo daughter LOVES Hobby Lobby! There’s one decor aisle at our nearby HL that is totally girly–pink, purple, teal blue, fluffy, feathery, puffy, dressy, heart-y. She always heads there first thing when we walk in, then tells me for the umpteenth time that she wants EVERYTHING in that aisle. 🙂 What she doesn’t know: I would do it in a heartbeat if I could!A/C, as well as ceiling fans, have been on for a couple of days already…80+ degrees and THICK. While I’m thankful for all the much-needed rain we’ve had lately, it is REEEEEEEEEALLY humid here in Austin. Can’t live without A/C here in Texas. The pollen is horrible already…my white car is now yellow. Yuck. But the wildflowers are starting to come out…it’s getting ready to be GORGEOUS!!! This is the time of year that is best to be in Austin, Texas.Jennster, I have been on I95, and while not fun in rush hour (what highway IS fun during rush hour?), it truly is the BEST toll road I have ever been on!!! FABULOUS on-off ramps!!! It’s where I got my first taste of heaven in a bun: Nathan’s hot dogs. 😉 And thanks for the reminder of just how good life is. I love little girl giggles. 🙂

  10. Em on March 28, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Those first warm spring days are so special. They feel so good…so freeing…after being bundled up in our homes all winter.

  11. T-girl on March 28, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    The weather is nice here today also. I went out with Baby J and pulled out my side yard. Hubby worked on his truck, half way through the neighbor showed up with his fourwheeler to help me pull out trees and bushes and to haul it to the woods to dump. Needless to say… I hurt but my yard is coming along AND… I got all the neihbor kids to help me pull weeds and such and it was fun to watch and listin to them. I love listening to kiddos play, it just is infectious… especially when they are pulling my weeds! LMAOHugs- T

  12. Swishy on March 28, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I had to turn on my AC. I HATE that, but opening the windows was NOT getting it done! I put the thermostat on 75, at least.I have a Hobby Lobby here! I’ll go for you!

  13. Burg on March 29, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I hate turning on my a/c too, but the pollen is so bad here that my white car is now yellow, so I’ll turn it on to keep from sneezing for a week.

  14. Dorky Dad on March 29, 2007 at 1:08 am

    I study the supermarket lines ultra carefully to choose the best one, and I routinely fail — usually because somebody has a ridiculous question about the price of sausage or something. GRRR!

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