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I made a joke about Abelian grapes today and Kevin laughed. It is nice that despite the craptacular job market, unseasonably cold weather, and our unevenly stocked pantry, some things are still funny.

A happy part of what has been contributing to the unevenly stocked pantry is that a Tweet-length job-hunting story I submitted in February was chosen for a Golden Grant, so we received a dozen boxes of Golden Grahams:

Golden Grahams Golden Grant box

Laurel reports that they are good dry.

It's book fair time again, so my weekdays will be tied up with that through next Monday. Even though I feel exhausted before it even starts, I will bring my A-game because it's a whole week of new-book smell and talking about kiddie lit with real live people. Setup was today after the truck arrived:

Book fair truck unloading

I will be sick of the sound this book makes by Wednesday afternoon:

I Am an Ice Cream Truck

Since I missed taking a photo of the pink hyacinths I saw earlier this month before they went by, here's a blooming tree that doesn't smell like meat (*cough* Bradford pears):

Blushing tree

Also, the orchid that I have been watering for the past four years decided to bloom:

Orchid in bloom


Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Bradford pears must be the ones that I hate the smell of! I never thought of it as meat, but boy is it awful. Thanks for identifying them for me. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yes. They're also known as Callery pear (the botanical name is Pyrus calleryana) but the sickly-sweet smell is too much for me. A lady I know through PTA described it as smelling like slightly rotten meat a few years ago and it's stuck in my head since then.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
yay! congrats on your orchid! A lady I work with raises orchids. She has a greenhouse in her back yard with dozens of them. I myself am a gardener of questionable skill so I wouldn't dare trying to get an orchid to grow. Give me something super easy like swiss chard.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I am stunned it bloomed again. It's the second one we've had since 2004; the first one died of neglect. (We also have a cyclamen that I am pretty sure blooms to spite me because I hate it but I keep watering it out of habit.)

I am much better at caring for plants that can be eaten -- we have a bunch of herbs inside and the Meyer lemon is waiting for the last frost to be past before it goes out on the patio.


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