Thursday, April 17, 2008

the sniffles...

A cold is such a misleading name. Most of the time, when I hear "a cold" I associate it with minor ailments and usually accompany it with thoughts of "suck it up, you just have a little cough or runny nose."

I think it is because of my bratty little judgements like this- that I get blasted with a doozie of "a cold." It has been going on for over a week now- and every morning, with all my stubbornness, I wake up and think- whatever it is just a cold- and go to work anyway. Then by the end of the day, I end up wondering how "a cold" can kick my trash so much and all I want to do it curl up and sleep for days. However, various aspects of "the cold" then keep me from the sleep I crave.

I'll spare you the rest of the unappealing details of the cold--

But yesterday, while I have finally begun the recovery path, I discovered that as bad as being sick is, it is worse to have your husband be sick! Yesterday Bobby came home from studying with a fever and a case of the sniffles. I immediately wished the cold back on me if only I could somehow take it away from him. I wish that I could make it better- and I hate seeing problems that I can't do anything about. With finals starting TOMORROW and us going on vacation next week- I wish this little cold of ours would just GO AWAY!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Stunted Spring

At Christmas, my dear friend Meesh gave me this pot that she had made and a hyacinth bulb to grow in it.

I was so excited, thinking that this would bring a little Spring into what can sometimes be a long winter in Utah.

So what you see here is the results of my attempt to force the bulb. It was planted shortly after Christmas and shot up about 1-2 inches, and then has stayed there, or grown only slightly more in the 3 months since.. I moved it near the window and have continued to faithfully water it- hoping for a revival in its growth. Then recently I noticed the leaves pushing out, and then to my surprise, though less a third its normal size, it is bringing me its beautiful blossoms anyway!

I feel like this little bulb is somewhat like the Spring that we are having- it may be struggling a little (as in still waking up to SNOW!) but I know it is beautiful in there somewhere!