Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Plants plants plants

So it is springtime and I am excited. Like always, this time of year has filled me with a great desire to grow plants. My mother is a hard-core gardener, and every springtime I decide that I am one too. I buy garden stuff, play around with dirt, and sometimes even make some seeds sprout. But then something always happens and the plants end up dying. (By "something always happens" I mean I don't water them for a month or two).

Well, this springtime appears to be like every other one---except this year I will succeed of course. I have taken some pictures of my newly sprouted friends for your viewing pleasure. Ahem.

The three yogurt containers in front are my abundant and flourishing tomato plants. Don't they look sprightly? The two in the back are supposed to be pepper plants. I don't know what their deal is. I am still watering them. Hopefully something will happen.

These little monkeys are part of a Christmas gift from my brother in law, David. According to the box they are called THE AMAZING SENSITIVE PLANTS! I am sure that is the Latin name.

Anyway, when you agitate the plants either by touching them, making loud noises, or moving them, the leaves close up. Or they are supposed to. I have definitely been agitating them but so far, no dice. Don't worry, I will keep you guys posted about that. I am actually pretty excited about this plant because there were tons of these in Honduras. I remember playing with them a lot at our bus stop.

This is the last thing I am growing right now. It was also a present from David. It's called THE AMAZING DINOSAUR PLANT! Apparently this is one of the longest living plants in the world. It came as a little dried up bundle of leaves and roots. Just add water, said the instructions, and it will come back to life. In fact, it can survive without water for up to fifty years. Pretty resilient little stinker.

Here's the problem: I'm killing it. The most hardy and indestructible plant I have ever met is dying because of me. I don't know why. It's not like it is hard to take care of. You can't tell so well from the picture, but it is growing progressively brown and sickly (I think I heard it give a dry raspy cough the other day). I'm giving it direct sunlight today, and if that doesn't work I am going to slip some prescription drugs into the water.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sammy Jaybird: Baby Clothes and Accessories

This is the name of a sweet little home grown business that officially started this week. If you like cute baby clothes and accessories check it out here. Soapy received a couple of these onesies for Christmas and they are super charming. I will have to post some pictures of them.

Friday, March 6, 2009

I Am Phoenix

It's true. I am. That guy in the picture above, he's me. Well almost. I just finished my training to teach English for the University of Phoenix online. This means they are ready to give me sweet cash for my sweet skills. I am not officially faculty yet: the first class is a mentorship, and they can fire me if they don't like me. But they will be paying me so I figure I just need to not mess up and I am in.

This is pretty awesome news because now I have a part time, stay at home job that I can take with me wherever we go. Whoop Whoop!