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Spring Fever

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Small signs of spring; the temperature was plus 8 degrees Celsius today; a veritable heat wave. I bought this bunny faery on the weekend to hurry things along. And when I am cranky I can imagine her pricking stupid people with her garden fork.

The babysitter is back and so ends that saga...I worked a real work day, from my office, and it dawned on me how secluded I have been from reality. I noticed small things, like how busy people acted, how they didn't have time to stop and be polite, how rude and even obnoxious people spoke on the telephone. Having spent so much time alone at home with two young children, and now I reenter the world of adults and everyone seems so juvenile and stupid.

I am looking forward to the Amazing Race again tonight; I am rooting for the two hilarious guys or the geeky couple; I always cheer for the underdogs; the nice guys.

How are things in your part of the world?...

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    Things here are crappy...hate to say it..South Dakota just passed a no abortion law..even for incest and rape..it seems like every day this country takes more and more of our rights away...*sigh*...

    Other than that...things are good! LOL Bring on spring! LOL

    Love ya,

  1. Blogger x said:

    isn't it ironic that adults are more juvenile than our kids.
    i like the bunny fairy. let her prick them with the fork all she wants.
    it's quiet here (of course it is, it is 4 in the morning). i am translating my recipe blog into english. and that's all!
    i am sending a hug, big and warm xoxoxo

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    Life in MN is ok. We lost our baseball legend yesterday but otherwise, it is good.

    We had the 40s and rain today. It is beginning to look like spring in these parts but it really is to early. I hope we don't get dumped on in the near future.


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I know about this; I have been following it in the news; I agreed it is a removal of rights and if I were in your state I would feel desperate about the decision. Hopefuly things will turn around.

    4am; my dear, no wonder you are tired! What on earth caused you to get up so early, and don't say work because that's no excuse! xo

    That's the trouble with these early hints of spring; we ususally get a huge snow storm just as we're ready to get out our spring bonnets :)

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Going for the geeks here too!

    I hear you re rude and obnoxious,I want that bunny! I called the mother of 2 clients yesterday afternoon, with the intention of letting them know the kids would not be required as witnesses (good news)....she told me to hang up that they were busy people, no time for me and that she was trying to get her dinner cooked!!! All this at 5pm! Unbelieveable.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    One thing I have noticed about adults is that they just don't know how to take their turn. I was at the Post Office and it says clearly to take a number. While I was there two people insisted they didn't need a number and they just got in front of me. It has taken me years to learn that I just take a deep breath and let the ignorant go because it isn't worth me getting upset...Although I would have liked to have had that fork with me.

    Take good care of that fairy,

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Hey now! Keep that thing away from me! It looks evil!

    Btw, people are really like that! You didn't miss much. ;)

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Amazing race.... the story of my life!

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Amazing race.... the story of my life!

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    I wish I could carry around a garden tool and use it to discipline stupid people! On the subway it would be very handy.

    It always warms me (and scares me) to be reminded that small children are, by nature, twice as polite and infinitely more kind than most adults.

    Here in NYC there are little things nagging-nagging-nagging at me to move elsewhere, but I'm never really sure if I'm ready. The weather is okay--not too freezing (Springlike indeed, by your 8 degree standards). It's that time in Winter where you're just ready to move on...blossoms would be nice. Not wearing socks would be nice. Not yet, though.

    My neighbor has lost her mind, unfortunately. Lots of screaming and swearing and weirdness next door. I've taken to chaining the door.

    All in all just a typical New York day!

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    Hi Cathy, love that bunny fairy !! Glad your babysitter is back, and you can get back to normal again. It's nice the weather is starting to improve. We are having a glorious 25ºC day today, just perfect. Hope you are well. Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    I hope here we have the last signs of winter, so people might become something more friendly.
    I want to see some smiles!

  1. Blogger christina said:

    Oh yeah! The bunny could poke someone's eyes out with that fork!

    I know what you mean about adults acting more juvenile than your own children. It's scary sometimes the way people treat each other.

    -4°C here this morning with brilliant sunshine. I did poke my nose out the door but I think I'll need to hibernate a bit longer.

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    Bunny Fairy very funny!

  1. Blogger x said:

    i didn't get up, i just hadn't gone to bed yet. :)

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I think the bunny faery's working...feels like spring here.

    I'm not liking the people out in the world either, excluding those I already know, of course. I think the fact that my parents raised me to be a respectful and courteous person might put me at a disadvantage in today's world. The obnoxious sorts seem to be winning...

  1. Blogger Christopher D. Bate said:

    It's cold over in the U.K. Cold and wet. How typical.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deb said:

    I am so excited that Spring is but a few weeks away.

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    i have spring fever too! it's beginning to look like spring is starting here. :)

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    I am book shopping today-
    and my son is preparing for
    an audition - for the Fine
    Art's production of The Lion,
    The Witch and The Wardrobe -
    he want's to be Edmund.
    He has had a callback and is in
    a fever working on his bloody
    English accent!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    That really is unbelievable! Well, unfortunately not, actually...

    Nothing infuriates me more than poor line-up behaviour!

    Evil? No..she is very sweet and wards off rude people :)

    Jase Jase;)
    You're working too much ...

    Yikes; keep your doors locked and be careful!

    25 degrees; that's the heart of our summer :)

    Yes, you're right; people smile more when the sun is shining...

    Happy Hibernating!

    Yes, she wards of rudeness; do you need some magic anit-rudeness dust sprinkled your way?

    Hadn't gone to bed? By 4 am? What kind of magic anti-sleep dust are you sprinkling around your house?...

    This really makes me think, and unfortunately I think you may be right; I am so careful that my son is well-mannered and well behaved; but who gets the first piece of cake at the birthday parties?...the rude obnoxious little bugger. A metaphor perhaps for things to come. I will still insist on polite behaviour (and my son wants to be an artist anyway:)

    Soggy cold and damp; blech; try and stay warm and dry.

    Unfortunately more than a few here...

    I hope so:)

    Sounds wonderful! I didn't know you had a son:)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Sunny and Mild..Spring is almost here..I cannot wait to put away my bulky sweaters and unattractive winter boots.

    Amazing Race. I missed the first episode and taped last nights show.
    I will have to catch up.

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    I am a tad paranoid of the
    internet - since I used my
    real name - dweeb.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I couldn't stay up that late (11:00!) to watch it, so I taped it as well.

    We all have our different views on this here. Just being smart is the key.

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Funny, but I was just thinking the other day that little kids (not teenagers but the under tens) are usaully far more polite and honest than any adult ever is.

    We were taught these things as children, and told that's how to behave. Who taught us to stop behaving that way?

    I can remember as a child an instance where I told the absolute truth, as I was taught by my parents, but it embarassed my mother. It wasn't 'polite' in that instance to be truthful I guess.

    I think adults hsould have detention for misbehaving. I also think adults hsould have reces during their work day and go climb on the monkey bars instead of sitting around drinking coffee and smoking.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Temps are so back and forth that things are growing then stopping then growing then stopping...my allergies are killing me

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You are right; at some point, our culture breeds rudeness, but there are those who are not taught properly as well; I see it every time I go to a birthday party with my son...

    Our temps. were behaving like that but now they are pretty steady. I have been having allergies as well, though...

  1. Blogger JM said:

    Very cute buny.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    That is the cutiest bunny!

    I wonder how I will feel about people once I get back to work? Is that what I'm looking forward too?

  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    Love your bunny. Hey...can I borrow it for a day or so? I've run into some really stupid people that she can stick with her garden fork. LOL!

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    It's 42 right now!

    Could it be? Could winter finally be dead? Now if only this rain would go away...

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    What a lovely "springy" bunny - I feel like gardening just looking at him. In this part of the world it's been raining (again...which is odd!). I'm feeling really tired, the week is way too long for me to handle. I'm glad you've got a little more free time in your hands.

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