January 25, 2011
Bear with me — I’m going to talk about the SFG yet again. By far the most exciting development this week (in terms of gardening) is that the spinach has sprouted!
Look closely: There’s a tiny seedling (with its seed leaves visible) in the upper part of the photograph (near the center of the pic), and one just starting to poke through the soil in the lower right hand corner
According to the book, you can plant nine spinach per square foot. So I’m still waiting for six of the seeds to sprout. They might not all sprout, but I’m hopeful. I just saw the first seedling yesterday, and today two more followed. So perhaps I’ll get a few more in the next couple of days. I’m still waiting for the sugar snap peas, but I’ve read that it can take 10-15 days for the seedlings to poke through the surface.
Meanwhile, my broccoli plants are doing really well. They’ve grown a lot in the last week and are getting taller every day.
I also planted onion and shallot sets over the weekend. Those were really simple to do. This upcoming weekend, I’ll put in the baby carrot seeds. Johnny has also hung up the nylon netting for the trellis, so we’re in full swing!
I also wanted to share a picture of my strawberries (which are in the hanging planter, not in the SFG). They’re coming out of dormancy. If last fall was any indication, these berries will be very flavorful.
OK, enough about gardening; moving on to the family. This past weekend was the last one that my in-laws spent at our house (for this year). Saturday night, all for of us adults went to dinner at a fusion tapas place (Orris) in West LA. My in-laws generously paid for our sitter and for dinner. Gotta love parents!
Unfortunately, I spilled half a glass of red wine on this gray sweater dress. It’s at the cleaner’s — I hope they can get all the stains out!
We also spent lots of time goofing around with the boys. They love giggling together on Jack’s bed.
And Mr. Derek loves to ham it up for the camera. I was looking at pictures on the camera at the end of dinner one night, and when he saw the camera, he said “CHEESE!” and wouldn’t stop until we took his picture.
Yeah, he probably knows he’s cute! Oh, and he’s mastered eating with a spoon (apologies if you’ve already seen this on Facebook):
This week will be a hectic one. Derek has a cold and a little stomach bug (he’s recovering nicely, but it still sucks when your toddler is sick!), Johnny’s gone to New York for work (will be back late Thursday night; he’s also sick, by the way), and I start Saturday morning tutoring this weekend. I recently finished up with two weeknight clients — one took his SAT, and the other had a crazy mom who started making insane/unethical demands — and accepted a job tutoring on Saturday mornings at a local tutoring agency. The pay is good, and the owner of the agency is really nice. She’s lining up private sessions back-to-back for me, so that I only have to go up there once. I’ll probably be there from 9 to noon, or maybe 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Saturday during the school year. Of course giving up a Saturday morning is a drawback, but it’s better than going out at 7 p.m. every evening, after a 12-hour day with the kids. Now I’ll get to stay home on weeknights, and I won’t have to pay a sitter when I tutor (Johnny doesn’t get home on weekdays until close to 9 p.m., so I was paying a sitter $10/hour while I went out to tutor). Small price to pay for a few hours on the weekend, plus it’ll give Johnny the opportunity to spend quality time with the boys, which he’s looking forward to. And, during school breaks and in the summer, we’ll have our whole weekend back. Not bad! Anyway, after this week we get a bit of a respite, where we don’t have much going on, and then Johnny goes back to New York (for New York Toy Fair) from Feb 11 – Feb 16. Yuck. Luckily, Michelle’s going to come visit me for a few days during that time — something to look forward to! Honestly, I don’t know how you military spouses do it. A separation of that long would be unbearable!