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Friday, May 12, 2006

What I have learned while housebound for 7 days:

1. The house is dirtier than I even imagined
2. I go crazy with no outside stimulation
3. The girls go even crazier than me when they can't leave the house
4. Our phone rings A LOT!
5. We do not stock junk or comfort food
6. Salad doesn't sound appetizing when you are sick
7. I can make lots of lists of things I need to do when I feel better
8. When no one does laundry, the first things to go are underwear and nightgowns
9. Blogs are dry and unimaginitive when we have done nothing
10. Did I mention that I see an enormous amount of dirtiness?

Can you tell I have hit that point where I feel well enough to start thinking of all the things I need to do, but have little energy to actually DO them? I've tried to whittle away at the laundry (out of necessity; call me crazy, but I do enjoy wearing underwear) and have actually found myself sitting on the bed to fold because I'm too exhausted to stand up! But I have a mean list going that has already caused Tracy to roll his eyes.

I had high hopes for the prednisone. When I was pregnant with Kate I had to take the stuff, and it gave me so much energy that Tracy found me hanging pictures on the wall at 3:30am.
Tracy: "What the hell are you doing?"
Amy (calmly): "hanging pictures."
Tracy: "Okay. 'Night."


No such energy boost this time around. I did feel well enough to make gingerbread pancakes for dinner last night (breakfast stuff is about all that is left in the larder). Clearly Kate likes her syrup. We listened to a little Billie Holiday and Kate, hearing her for the first time, was just enchanted with that unique voice. She stared at the stereo and "sang" along...so sweet! The pictures below are of the girls listening to Billie.

Anyone who likes that Billie Holiday sound should check out the Squirrel Nut Zippers (or, as my friends' daughter calls them "Girls with Zippers"). They are an incredible group from North Carolina who have what can best be described as a jazzy, big band sound with swing, bluegrass, mambo, punk, rock, ska influences. They have a great sense of humor in their music and the mood is infectious. I don't know a soul that I've introduced to SNZ that hasn't fallen in love with them. They are named after an old-fashioned candy kind of like a Mary Jane...I've seen them in a few old general stores. A quick check did not reveal a website that plays their stuff but I'm sure Limewire or Napster will have 'em. Check it out!
postscript: thanks to Delane, I found a link for you to scope out SNZ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ7tyAqDW70&search=squirrel%20nut%20zippers

12 comments:

Clare said...

I love that picture of Kate with her mouth open, she looks like a little baby bird, soooo cute! Give the girls a big hug from Auntie and Unkie D.

Delane said...

We got to see the Squirrel Nut Zippers once at South Main Cafe in Blacksburg when our friends in Poverty Creek opened for them. That was years ago, but I remember that it was a fun show. Glad the youtube link helped out, I liked the video.

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