Its days like today that I remember the old adage about March…"In like a Lion, out like a Lamb." Where is the freakin’ Lamb? I am seeing NO signs of Lamb. I hear no "Baaahs" just "Blaaahs!" I don’t think we have had a sunny St. Patrick’s Day in years. Its days like today…and yesterday…and Saturday…that drive the point home that I would NEVER want to live in Seattle. Or Forks. :::raises eyebrows as more of her girlfriends just perked up at that little joke…you Closeted Geeky Girls. Embrace your inner Geek. You know I love ya.::: Cold. Rainy. Wet. Miserable. Makes our beautiful spring days seem so much more shiny and pretty. We had a few days of having our windows open followed by misery. I just want to plant some damn flowers!
So today was fun. About 1:00 p.m. I started to feel dizzy, light headed, and then felt like I was going to faint. So I wrapped things up at the office and came home. Laid down…and couldn’t sleep! WTF? My jaw hurts and I feel like my ears are under pressure. Its definitely sinus / lymph node related. I just want to sleep! After laying there desperately trying to sleep and failing miserably I finally got up and started planning for the real reason we all enjoy March…that doesn’t involve Leprechauns, of course.
St. Patrick’s Day Rant: I’m Irish. I love me some St. Patrick’s Day…but some of the stupid excuses people make to drink is just plain silly. Its MISERABLE outside…but people just have to go to an outdoor festival and drink over priced cheap green beer and be in a crowd full of other miserable asshats who just want to hit on one another? I’ll celebrate being Irish (and German…yes, I’ve got both good drinking holidays and frankly the Germans have it WAY better with Oktoberfest. Its a MONTH. Well played, my kindred.) whenever I go to a pub. Order up a Smithwicks and ahhh..I’m happy. Some of my friends love going to Fado on St. Pat’s and standing in line for hours to get beer and listen to a U2 cover band. After a few years of this type of activity I have decided I’m over it. However, Fado is a step up from the ridiculous St. Patrick’s Day event I went to in Smyrna a few years ago. The square was just roped off and it was a giant block party with crappy beer and a long line to get in. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll go to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day eventually and enjoy the hell out of myself but on a random Tuesday in the middle of the week in a closed off parking lot for spillover crowds and port o’ potty’s? Nah. Y’all can keep your questionable hygiene to yourselves. If I do go out for a beverage tomorrow night it will be at a small local Pub, not some festival where people confuse St. Patrick’s Day with Mardis Gras and have decided that beads are necessary. I know a lot of true Irish folks and none of them wear frickin’ beads. One Irish guy got really really drunk and put on the silly Leprechaun hat and made fun of the stupid Americans pretending to be Irish…now THAT was a great memory. He also decided to say hi to me while I was standing in line INSIDE the women’s restroom at Fado. I don’t know what was funnier…him literally shrieking my name while wearing the stupid hat and making fun of the "Stupid bloody Americans" while slurring or doing it WHILE charging into the Ladies room at Fado. I laughed, gave him a hug…and then pointed out where we were standing. The stupid bloody American women were laughing AT him. He laughed it off and offered to buy them all a pint. God I miss that guy.
What I’m really planning on? Its time for me to finally give a crap about college basketball! The March Madness has BEGUN!!
So…keeping with tradition I will not be making my picks based on rankings, statistics, or even logic. I will be making my pics for each round based on bias, innuendo, politics, friendships, mascots, geography, and rivalries. Let the fun begin!
So for my friends out there who are NOT sports fans…64 teams battle to make it to the tournament. Its an honor to be nominated and all that crap. The real shizzle hits the fizzle around the end of the month…March 26th and 27th when the Sweet 16 play. So, here is a blank version of the brackets so you can see what all the fuss is about. I’ll publish my overall picks and then blog about each round. Alex P. Cheatin’ must be getting so pumped this time of year! Neighbor Girl actually cares about sports right about now.
Off to bed to take some nyquil and try to get some sleep!
Just Read: AURALIA’S COLORS by Jeffrey Overstreet. I really didn’t enjoy this one. The plot was choppy, you didn’t get to know any of the characters, I had trouble keeping up with who was the narrator in each chapter…no one was really likeable…and to top it off the entire plot was about a crazy king who decided to take COLORS away from his kingdom (and all other fun, shiny objects and art) because his wife was a lunatic. There are other kingdoms somewhere that have no real purpose other than to be bad guys and one kingdom is run by Beast People (so help me God I had images from Beast Master in my head). So the entire plot centers around a little girl who is, of course, MAGIC…and she creates art from the colors she finds in nature and weaves a magical technicolor dreamcoat… As a matter of fact, I would have enjoyed it more if there had been an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice soundtrack to go with this book. I just really didn’t enjoy it. I will not be getting the sequel.