I decided though — with a midterm paper bearing down on me, pathfinders to create and CSS to code for my Web class — that I needed my desk back. I needed a place to sit and just hammer it out. Jacob had taken my old one and since has decided that "Megadesk" really just meant another flat surface in his room to gather dust and crap, so he was happy to return a desk to me. He was not, however, thrilled about giving up the Jerker (which is this crazy desk that nerds love from IKEA), so I got his old desk. It's taking up a little corner of the dining room and I'm actually quite liking the arrangement.
This weekend, a sparrow couple built a nest in our pine tree in the front yard. This morning, thanks to the new desk being nicely situated between two windows, I got to see them having a little lovefest on the branch. So, I guess that means this spring we will be hosting a family of sparrows. I need to get some off-the-ground bird feeders so that they don't fall prey to the feral cats. Not that those fatties are too interested in birds, really. I see them messing with snakes, cicadas and grasshoppers here and there, but they leave the birds well enough alone.
I feel very strange about this weather and spring breaking out all over the place. I have been waiting for winter to happen and aside from a few cold days and one day of sleet, nothing has really happened. Now everything is in bloom. My pear tree, sages, rosemary, phlox and whatever that thing is in the side yard are going crazy. Echinacea is putting leaves out all over the place. Onions have some buds shooting up. The chocolate mint is coming back with a vengeance and the succulents are going wild with new growth. Pine trees have yellow bundles ready to explode.
I have a bad feeling about it all. I fear that lots of bugs and pollen (and other allergical things) and sweltering temperatures are just around the corner. How mild has this winter been? I cut down the stalks of my pepper plants a month or so ago, thinking that they were all dead, of course and wanting to get that space ready for something else. Now, I have a new poblano pepper plant growing from the stalks, straight out of the ground. Not kidding. Pretty freaky.
On that note, I've decided that I am not growing any veggies this summer. I'm going to be too busy and if this summer is like last, then screw it. I'm done with that. I am going to grow some herbs in pots, though. I can't do without fresh herbs. Especially basil.
In other news, I'm toying with the thought of eating more raw foods. I never thought I'd say that. Maybe it's because summer will be here soon with its bounty of handheld, grab-and-go foods or maybe it's just because I'm sick of cooking right now with school and all. It may be because I had two severe reactions to coconut this last week, both requiring massive amounts of Benadryl and albuterol and one almost requiring the epi-pen. It's had me freaked out about food quite a bit and I'm finding myself drawn to known foods and single ingredient items only. I think I'm going to buy myself a Vitamix for graduation.