I think acknowledging the fact that I've been a grouch lately has helped things start to turn around. So because I'm feeling rather more cheery today than I have been lately, I've prepared a little Bright Side list.
- My potted lime tree is budding! I bought this tree from Acorn Springs Farms a couple years ago (and apparently for considerably more money than they're going for now, bitches! But this is a bright side post, so, moving on--). A local coffee shop I used to frequent has a potted lemon tree with cute little lemons growing on it, and I was charmed by it and thought I ought to have a potted fruit tree of my very own. Of course, a lime tree would go nicely with my gin and tonic habit, so that's what I went with. But much to my dismay, I have not seen a single lime from my tree so far. I guess the problem is that Utah is not a very good citrus climate. But if I can just get these new buds to open up and become pollinated, maybe I will see a lime this year. And if I do, I am more likely to try to take the lime tree with me to Portland, which is a good thing if you ask me, but probably an annoyance if you ask Ian.
- Ian uses this Axe body spray that I find quite delightful and that he can find at the grocery store for about $5. I'm not much of a perfume user, but I thought it might be nice to have a body spray myself. But to my dismay, the scant few choices of female body spray at the grocery store smell like eau de cheap whore. So after cursing the fact that women have to pay more money to get the same quality products men can get, I decided I'd splurge on a more expensive but better smelling spray from Bath & Body Works, or Victoria's Secret, or some such. But then I had to deal with the fact that most female body sprays from these stores either smell like a flower shop or a candy store. As much as I love both flowers and candy, I don't particularly want to smell like either. Instead, I want to smell feminine. But not like a cheap whore. So after sniffing everything in BBW and VS, I finally found a body spray that does not smell like roasted cinnamon almonds in a field of poppies: Noir, by You Sexy Thing. Smells like a pretty lady. For $22. Sigh. But still, I found one!
- The weather is finally starting to look like it's supposed to at this time of year in Utah, which means I can ride my bicycle to work again. (Sure, I could have ridden when it was colder, like the real trooper commuters do, but I'm a sissy when it comes to cold. And I'm cold at like 70 degrees.) You would think after taking that cycling class from January through April I would be in tip top shape to get back up the hill to my apartment after work, but in truth it still kicks my ass. But it is ever so slightly easier than it was last year, so I consider that a victory. On a related note, I'm going to sign up for a two-day bicycle maintenance workshop next month. I figure if I'm going to become a more regular bicycle commuter when I move to Portland, I might as well know how to change my tubes and grease my chain.
- I love my iPod Touch. I got it in March right before embarking on my trips to Portland and Sacramento, mainly because I don't have a laptop and I wanted to be able to check my email while I was out of town. But I've found it to be a very practical portable entertainment device. In addition to my music, I can port along TV shows (like Gossip Girl, Californication, and What Not To Wear), movies (like RIP: A Remix Manifesto -- a documentary I've been meaning to see), podcasts (like B.R.'s cool Gendering the Media and De Amore series), and games (like Diner Dash, Bejeweled, and Wolfenstein 3D). I was worried about the hefty price tag on the Touch, and whether I might regret blowing that much money on this toy that arguably is not worth that much money. But for all the entertainment and convenience I've gotten out of it, I don't regret it one bit.