Yes, “American Idol” is on Wednesday this week, but I’m sticking with the plan and posting Dispatches today. Ready, ’cause here we go!
• I brought a King cake to work today. (And am currently wondering what the proper way to write King Cake is. Caps? No caps? Is there a ruling in the AP stylebook? ) Anyway, I decided we needed one, and stopped by the official bakery of Mardi Gras, Kroger, on my way to work. I also have a couple strings a of pretty pitiful beads in my office (from a bracket party for the women’s basketball team at Belmont I once went to with my friend Brandon). I’ve offered to throw them at people when they walk past my office just to make the experience somewhat more authentic. I’ve had no takers. I wonder why?
• Yes, my back is doing weird hurt-y things again. I can’t really explain it. It’s my lower back and I’ve thought it was sciatica, but I should probably stop self-diagnosing and go to the doctor. It flares up from time to time and I think it may be running related. It could be that I’m more built for walking really, really fast.
• I’m going to Memphis on Friday. The ’rents and Jason and Amber (and most importantly Nephew Eli) will all be there. We’ve got free rooms at the Peabody (my dad has some ownership in a cotton gin and this is the Mid-south Farm and Gin show. (The gin refers to cotton gins, not alcohol. FYI) My mom and I have shopping plans for Saturday. My parents are leaving Saturday night, but Jason, Amber, Eli, and I are going to a free steak dinner at one of those Brazilian steakhouse things. I’ll let you know how aall of that goes. And probably post about it and have pictures. But I’ll probably password protect any posts involving my nephew and brother’s family because of the recurring problem with his ex-girlfriend/fiance stalking my blog. I’ll try to send those of you I know will be interested the password beforehand.
• I’m overly happy that Kate Winslet won the best actress Oscar. I haven’t seen The Reader and won’t because I read the book and that was enough for me, but the woman is legitimately talented and has been passed over WAY too often. Yay, Kate!
OK, off to do some work. I have a meeting at 10 and need to get something accomplished beforehand. It doesn’t really matter what I get accomplished. Just something.