Friday, March 24, 2023
Spring in a Box
This house down the street is being renovated, and I was amused at the way the boxed-in little tree is blooming out the top of its protective enclosure. Hello!
Yesterday was another half-day for students. The school is gearing up for various spring trips and they take some preparation, so the kids were involved in activities associated with their chosen journeys. In the library, for example, a group of high schoolers met to plan their visit to Valencia, Spain. Apparently part of the agenda is making paella, and they were discussing the ingredients they might want. Some of the girls were adamant that rabbit couldn't be part of the dish.
"Rabbits are too cute," one girl said.
"But what about chickens?" said one of the boys. "Chickens are cute too!"
Snails got the thumbs-down from everybody.
I think the boys were kidding about the chickens, but it sounded like vegetarian paella was going to be the only possible option -- and I'm not sure how authentic that is. It would probably prompt heated exclamations from any traditional Spaniard.
Anyway, while all that was going on, I worked on catching up on some neglected library tasks like managing the incoming magazines and re-shelving.
We never got anything close to torrential rains yesterday. There was a continuous weak drizzle in the evening, but that's as dramatic as it got. Our hyacinths are loving the cool, damp weather!
I haven't been on Facebook much for months -- I find it overwhelming. I have something like 500 "friends" and the idea of trying to keep up with all those people just bowls me over! But I went on last night and I must admit it was good to catch up with some of them. I learned about the deaths of a few former co-workers from my days working in Winter Haven, Fla. -- some of them right around my age. Sobering.
I also got lots of reading done, which felt great. Usually when I get home from work, Dave and I catch up for a half-hour or so and then we watch TV. That's our daily "together activity." But last night we left the TV off and I was reminded what a time-waster it can be. Maybe we should strive for a night or two with no TV each week?
We've been watching "Fleishman is in Trouble." Since I finished the book I've been curious to see how it adapts to TV, and so far we like it. We're about four episodes in.