Saturday, October 5, 2013

where's my car?

So my home has one parking spot but since we have two cars, whoever gets home first gets a guest spot so the person getting home later doesn't have to search and search.  Sadly, I seem to have a real issue with remembering where I park in the morning, especially if I am running late (which happens 5 of the 7 days a week). If I am on the phone when I park, I'm really in trouble.  Well, this week they closed the lot where I work.  We had to park on the street. The first day, when I parked, I heard some dog barking and then as I walked, I turned around and realized I was being chased down the street by a Chihuahua.  It startled me so much that I jumped...into a puddle.  Do you know that at the end of the day, I walked to the wrong block?  When I said to the security guard that I forgot where I parked he said "remember the Chihuahua?"  Oh yeah.  Maybe I was so traumatized by being chased and then having wet feet that I blocked the whole episode out?  I did better the rest of the week but seriously, why is it so hard to find a car?  Does this happen to everyone? (the car part not the Chihuahua chasing you).

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

what is this seasoning?

Happy Fall.  (Yes, I realize it started a few weeks ago).  Fall in South Florida is a bit of a mental challenge.  I know that I have lived here for over a decade but since I spent the first 20 something years of my life in New York, I still can't quite wrap my mind around fall in Florida.  I taught preschool for 7 years.  Have you ever tried to teach the seasons to preschoolers?  First you explain that the season is called fall because the leaves fall from the trees....except no they don't, so you have to then add "in other places." over and over again.  Anyway, it's a challenge to feel fallish when it is about 85-90 degrees every day and rains almost daily.  Maybe I should have explained fall as the season that raindrops fall all over you?  Oops.  Here's what does happen gets into full swing and a routine starts and I bribe myself to stay awake midday with a pumpkin latte from Starbucks at least twice a week.  I secretly eye my scarves and sometimes put them on in the morning...and then think about how hot that will be and put them back until November (December?). Oh, and my email is full of coupons and free ice cream because three years ago I started this blog with the quest of getting as much free junk out of my birthday as possible.  That is still paying off!  I did have one important fall discovery today though. One of my patio trees had a bunch of yellow leaves falling off of it!!!  This is very very exciting!!  Fall to a pineapple plant.  That is sooo this season!!