Last night was Erin’s senior prom and we’re all still recovering.

She began at about 9:00 am with manicure and pedicure.  Mel went with her and sat in.  After that it was a meetup with her friend Jana at the hair place.  They both got a fancy do and came back to our house to finish the prep work.

After a long session with the makeup, Jana’s sister showed up to see the dress before she returned to college.  Then they both got their dresses on.  By this time it was 4:30 and various parents began to arrive to make some photos.  Then the dates showed up (and their parents) and more photos were made of the pinning on of the flowers.  Finally after all this, we all saddled up and headed off to Woodward Park where the azaleas are in full bloom this time of year.

As usual, everybody else in Tulsa County had the same idea and so there was a bit of a panic over parking spaces but everyone found a place for their cars (because nobody thought it was a good idea to carpool; unlike several other groups that actually rented tour busses and streetcars.  We saw them there.).  We took hundreds of photos it seems and then Mel and I followed them to the Mayo Hotel downtown where they were all going for dinner.  By this time the other parents had  had enough.  We took a few more photos and then finally left them to it.

I stayed up until Erin got home although she was only just changing out of the dress and into regular clothes.  She and her date went on to Annie’s house to sleep over.  A few guys went too but the parents assured us that girls were upstairs and boys were downstairs.  I believe it; that mom is one of the youth directors for her church.

Erin arrived home at around 9:00 am this morning and only answered a few questions before returning to bed.  Mel followed soon after and now the house is quiet.  It will be interesting to see all the other kids’ photos when they finally all wake up and start posting them to Facebook.


I bought Erin’s laptop for college Saturday.  And managed to plant some flowers.

Erin has been ready to leave for college since about October of last year.  She’s been asking about the laptop for the same period.  She started politicking long ago for a nice one rather than the $500 entry-level ones that I shop from.  Evan has a long history of complaining about his laptop as being inadequate to his tasks although that comes mostly from the fact that laptops improve so dramatically from one year to the next.  Erin responded to the overheard complaints by wanting a nicer one and volunteered to pay the difference.  In the end, I agreed to this.

As it turned out, when we went shopping, the landscape has changed a bit.  First, I had stumbled upon an article about reliability and so we just chose the most reliable brand (Toshiba) and didn’t look at the rest.  But we also found out that the price only varied between about $500 and $800.  A few years back you could easily top $1300 if you weren’t careful.  Plus, the $500 ones are as good as the $1000 ones used to be.

In the end, I only spent approximately another $55 than I did on Evan and she’s thrilled with it.  And another nice thing is that it did not come larded with all sorts of crapware that I had to uninstall.  In fact, I had no uninstallation to do at all.

This left me time to go buy the spring flowers that I always put out on either side of our mailbox.  This year, I also had a new bed in the back yard to plant.  We’ve always had an awkward northeast-facing corner that gets no (or very little) sun and so last fall I grubbed it all up and attempted to plant some things there.  They were plants from the end-of-season sale at Home Depot.  They were Gardenias which are totally the wrong thing and are not suited to survive the winter but I studiously kept them covered all winter whenever the temperature went below freezing and uncovered them when it was sunny.  So they’re looking pretty bad but still alive. 

I went to the nursery and bought some shade-loving plants (hostas and impatiens) and got some of them planted before the in-laws came over to discuss their search for a new house. 

The weather was glorious for this sort of work and so it was a pleasant weekend.  I got the rest of them in on Sunday.  So here’s hoping they all thrive.  I hired another lawn service to do the mowing and although we’re in an unfortunate drought, my grass seems to be coming up anyway.  I’ll be glad when the mowers show up. 

My house unfortunately sits on a bed of almost pure clay.  When I dig down an inch or two I encounter something that I think potters would love to have.  I’ve even thought of trying to find some people who like to throw pots and seeing if they would come dig up some of mine.  That could be a win-win where they get free clay and I end up with space to bring in topsoil.  But that’s just dreaming.  Potters probably want special stuff – not just any old crap.