Sprang

I had my trainer at 7:15 today, which I forgot till 7:10. I mean, I knew I had her, but I was thinking 7:30, and then when I realized I was off by 15 minutes, there was a … a rush, if you will, that may have been less than dignified. But I got there on time, and by “got there” I mean I clicked Zoom at 7:15 and 30 seconds or so. And then once that was done, I ran around here in what might be called … another undignified rush, as we had a team meeting at 9 a.m. and I wanted to look presentable.

Not that we have to turn on our cameras, but I was worried they might mention me and for some terrible reason they’d say, “June! Turn on your camera so we can gaze upon you!”

I realize that is self-centered and absurd, but there was a ghost of a chance that could happen, and I will tell you why. Remember how I said I had good news I could not tell you yet? I have signed all the paperwork and had a bust of myself made, so it’s official and I can tell you. I applied for a different position at work and after some suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock black-and-white camera tilted funny moments, I got said job.

So now at work I have to stand like this.

…Oh my god, I Googled weird positions and was gonna put one on here to be hilarious, but don’t ever do that to yourself. Don’t Google weird positions.

Anyway. What I mean is, now I write all the time at work rather than edit all the time at work. I have a new boss, but it’s someone I know already so it’s not scary or anything. And it’s officially a promotion, and I know this because my offer letter read, “Congratulations on your promotion.”

In sum, I’m fancy.

So, I thought, Oh lort, what if they tell everyone at the team meeting about my new position (really, every time I say that, I picture me standing like a little teapot) and I have to, like, wave hello loftily or something? So I went to all the bother of putting on one of my nicer sweatshirts from The Gap that I got on sale after Christmas, and I also put on mascara, and then?

I started working early, so I could get stuff done before that 9 a.m. meeting, and then I worried about why my machine wasn’t alerting me that the meeting was coming soon, so then I looked at my calendar and?

Meeting is tomorrow.

Ding-DANG it. Waste of a good sweatshirt. Also, it’s scary that we wonder things like, Why isn’t my machine telling me something.

So, since I already am ahead of myself workwise, I decided I should blog. I wanted to show you all my cheerful spring pictures, which I took yesterday from the confines of my yard. I really should get out and photograph other things, because spring is my favorite season and I know the dogwoods and tulip trees are out there showing off and I’m not looking at them. So without further dos and as, without further hairdos, let’s look at June’s springy photos.

I don’t know what those little purple flowers are around my tree but they’ve come back every spring and I like them. This is also where I moved a rock and saw a snake, so I try not to go over here very often. But, pretty flowers! Pretty—ow.

Yell-o. They call me mellow yellow. I’m curious, George. OK, I’m done saying yellow things.

I call this plant Belle Watling. I’ve no idea what it really is. Someone out there will know. This plant will ring a bell.

I also don’t know what this tree is in my yard, but I adore it. I should really know things about things.

Naturally, I brought Edsel over to make him pose under said pretty tree.

Some day, Eds will write a tell-all. “Dog whoo force to be blog dogg.”

But wait! Those 49 photos were worth it, Eds, because look!

Here we have our ultimate spring shot, and it was so worth getting out the crop.

All right. I have to go do things.

Springing into her new position (teapot),
Joon

107 thoughts on “Sprang

  1. Congratulations on your promotion, fancy June!
    I ADORE the pics of Edsel under the (cherry?) tree. He knows he looks good. Who’s a good, handsome boy??? You are, Edsel.
    The headshot of Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle Rico came to mind when you mentioned some sort of pose for your work call. If you haven’t seen it, he poses for a headshot while standing up but resting his chin on his closed fist as though he’s resting his elbow on a table – which he is not. Omg that cracks me up just thinking about it!

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  2. Congratulations on your promotion!
    I love your pics, especially that money shot of Edsel!

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  3. 1 – congratulations! So exciting!

    2 – vinca minor.

    3 – forsythia.

    4 – lily of the valley.

    5 – dunno?

    Xoxo

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  4. HOORAY on your new position! A promotion well deserved. Oh Edz!! What a fantastic shot of him, sweet boy. I too have those little purple flowers in my backyard, no idea what the name is but they spring back each year and I love them. Belle Watling, I’m sure Rhett loves that flower too. Late reply, working way late but happy to end my day on this post and all the good news.

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  5. Awww Edz is Mr. Personality. You really are a good photographer – very artistic “eye.” And congratulations on the Writer position. If you miss Editing, no worries…there will always be awkward issues within my sentences for you to enjoy!

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  6. Belle Watling . Cracked me up. I’m in pieces. Many congratulations on your new job. I hope it is a calming transition for you. You need to send that picture of Edsel off to some sort of dog calendar. I sent a picture of one of our long gone dogs to a calendar and she made it in.

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  7. Congratulations on the promotion!
    Love all the spring photos, especially the last one of the Edz.
    Tee

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  8. Congratulations on your promotion. It will be nice for you to be able to use your gift for words.
    I was like Flo from earlier, imagining you tipping over with a handle and a spout in your new teapot position.
    Edsel is so handsome. And your yard and all its flowers (which I know nothing about) is lovely.

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  9. Congratulations on your PROMOTION. That is so exciting and I am happy for you. Your spring photos are also very pretty and exactly what I needed to see today, so thank you for sharing those with us. Spring is always a good time of year…fresh beginnings and new growth for all.

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  10. (All caught up with you again!)

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting to move up in the world!

    Second, the snow is gone in Minnesota–all gone–not a flake to be seen in my yard. It has rained all day today, which apparently is a precursor to the spring flowers that will make an appearance sort of soon…maybe? If it doesn’t snow again? Who knows. At some point we will have flowers. All this to make the very important point: I am jealous of your blooms.

    Edsel is SO cute. Your photography skills are amazing.

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  11. This is the best news today.
    Congratulations on your promotion!
    Beautiful photos of Eds and your blooming yard.

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  12. If the little white flowers smell like you’ve entered heaven they are lilies of the valley. If not, something else. The green ground cover with purple flowers is myrtle. Those are two of my favorite flowers which I no longer have in my sunny condo yard. I miss them very much.

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    1. Yeah; it’s def not lily of the valley. I know from that–it is one of my favorite smells. Snowdrops or something? Didn’t someone say that today?

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  13. I’m so delighted for you! Well done!!
    I covet your lily-of-the-valley. It’s too warm here for them to grow, so I’ve never seen any irl. Our sprang got frozen by the dumb snowstorm, so I’ve got a yard of dead stuff, some boxwoods that will withstand and apocalypse, and oak trees about to drop their pollen wormies. To sum up: spring was a bust around here. I’ll enjoy your pictures instead. That forsythia is lovely.

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  14. Congratulations on your new job! FYI, not lily of the valley, that blooms in May, it is snowdrops. And LOV had more oval leaves.

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  15. Congratulations on your new job! I hope you love it!

    Love all the spring pictures, and love the picture of sweet Edz under the weeping cherry tree. So handsome!

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  16. Congrats on your great new job! You will be amazing! Well, you already are but this will give you so many more options! Great job.
    Edz – Oh my gosh he just melted my heart! Sweet boy.
    Flowers! I know the Lillie’s of the Valley and the Forsythia – and maybe Periwinkle – and yes, some kind of gorgeous fruit tree. Not the pear tree?
    I have blossoms in my yard but noting as spectacular as all that beauty there. I have a “cocktail” tree in bloom – it is half oranges and half lemons!

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  17. Aw – sweet Edz! Lovely flers you have there, and big congrats on the new gig. It’s good they are finally recognizing your talents, and fingers crossed you will have fewer migraines to boot.

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  18. How wonderful to hear of your promotion. Congratulations! Hopefully this will mean fewer-to-none migraines and zero burnout potential. And also too, your flowering yard is beautiful and those photos of Edsel are magnificent.

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  19. That last picture of smiling Edsel should be enlarged, framed and hung in a prominent location in your home. Because it’s that good.

    Lovely post, Coot.

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  20. Oh I love love love the Edsel Smiling picture! Congratulations on the promotion. Your yard is so peaceful. Forsythia is my very favorite.

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  21. Congratulation on your promotion. Hope you love your new teapot position.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous flowering tree and plants. I’ve been enjoying all of the spring flowers here, too. It makes me happy to see them. Pollen? What pollen?

    What a terrific picture of Eds. I agree with whoever said it could be his handsome senior class photo. Edsel Gardens, most charming smile.

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  22. Congratulations fancy lady! I’m glad they acknowledged your talent and promoted you!
    Your Lily of the Valley flowers remind me of my Mom. She always had those and they smell heavenly.

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  23. Way to climb that corporate ladder!!! So happy for you and sounds much more fun. The pic of Edz is just perfect. Now, get that book deal sista!

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  24. Congratulations on your promotion!!!

    Like you, I love spring!! Hopefully you can leave the confines of your yard soon.

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  25. What a beautiful picture of Edsel! And big congratulations on your promotion! Wishing you all the best. (First time commenting. Hello everybody.)

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  26. Congratulations June. I know you will be so successful at your new fancy job. Eds looks so proud of you. That is your job now, to show you animals that you can make it anywhere! Just like Mary Tyler Moore

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  27. Congratulations! That is very exciting news. Hopefully it will mean fewer migraines and less burn out. Your spring blooms are great. Here in KY I am about 1 -2 weeks behind you so all we have now are daffodils and hyacinths but it makes me happy to know that everything else is on its way. It’s been a disgusting winter. I am more ready for spring than I ever have been. Plus, I got my first vaccine dose this morning – Yay!

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  28. Congratulations on your power move. Up the corporate ladder you go!

    Eds is adorable with his big smile.

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  29. You have a dog who permits you to pose him for photos? I always knew you were a remarkable woman. You are also good at making words do what you want them to, so enjoy your new job!

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    1. Big congrats on the job! Are the teeny white flowers maybe lily of the valley? Edz is super handsome in his spring portrait. 🙂

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  30. Love the photo of Edz! The goodest of boys! My parents had those little purple flowers in their yard and we called them periwinkle, but when I tried to get some for my yard I found that a lot of folks called it vinca. 🙂 So there ya go. And yes, forsythia and I dunno from trees, but it’s very dramatic looking!

    Congrats on the promo AND on keeping it a secret from us until now! 😀 I’m glad it turned out to be good news. You had talked about moving to Michigan and I wondered if that was the secret. Does the new job mean that you cannot do that at some point in the future and work remote?

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    1. Once I got this job, and they were talking to me about it, it was on the tip of my tongue to ask, “So can I move to Michigan?” and I decided that would look very flakey. So the move is put off for now.

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  31. Your garden is so beautiful and that’s a great photo of Edsel!

    Congratulations on your promotion!

    I remember reading that the royal wave is designed so you can keep it up for hours without getting tired. You apparently pretend to screw in a lightbulb very slowly. I’ve practiced since I was a teen in case I ever need to wave to an adoring crowd but I assume it’s never too late to learn. You’re welcome.

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  32. That photo of Eds should be framed!

    I love seeing your spring photos, because up here in central PA, we are not even close to blooms yet. So it’s like watching a trailer for a really good movie “Spring at June’s.”

    Congrats on the work gig! I hope this helps with the migraines!

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  33. I love love love Edz’s photo! He looks so happy under the cherry tree. Congratulations on your promotion, too. You are an excellent writer and deserve the promotion.

    Best wishes, pretty Joon!

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  34. Wow, congratulations on your well-deserved promotion!
    Your yard & flowering everything is gorgeous.

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  35. Wonderful news about your new position! May your Teapot Dome be free of migraines.

    Personal note: you reminded me of seeing my mother entertaining my then-small children with I’m a Little Teapot: “Here is my handle, here is my other handle–oh, darn–I’m a sugar bowl.” I miss her, and I am ever a sucker for corny jokes.

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    1. Memory is a funny thing. Daughter says this happened when she was 10 or 12, and that the sugar bowl said, “oh, damn,” which was very surprising coming from her Grandma, who only said “damn” once in my hearing when she wasn’t quoting comedians or ceramics.

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  36. Congratulations on the promotion! I’m so happy for you! Also congratulations on getting the great photo of Edsel. I know how that goes.

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    1. Congratulations on your wonderful promotion! I agree with Arlene about burn out potential, your job will seem new! I am very happy for you, well deserved Pretty Joon. I think that tree is a weeping cherry too. My aunt would know but she’s three hours away. Eds photo is the best ever!

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  37. Wonderful news! Less editing, fewer headaches? I hope so. I have no doubt that your skills will be better utilized on creative side of things. I expect the promotion is well deserved. Congratulations!

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  38. Congrats on your new and fabulous promotion!!! I love seeing the Southern flora, as much of it can’t live up here in the tundra. Edsel would make a handsome spokesmodel for a local garden center. Hello Chris & Lilly.

    I am enjoying both a pot of tulips, and a bouquet of them as birthday gifts from yesterday. P.S. remembering lovely Lu as well.

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      1. Thanks Sadie. Another trip around the sun, though better than the alternative. Had another celebratory event today!

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  39. Congratulations on your promotion! Our weeping cherry tree hasn’t bloomed yet so I will enjoy looking at yours.

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  40. Wow! Congratulations on your promotion! You deserve it and are a great writer! Thanks for the pretty Spring pictures. Your yard is lovely and Edz is too.

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  41. Congratulations on your promotion!
    Those are beautiful pictures especially the second one of Edsel.

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  42. Lovely post Coot.

    Pretty flowers. Our flowers are all freezer burnt, even the cacti melted in the snow.

    Great picture of the Edz. He is such a good boy. He looks so happy.

    Congratulations on the new position and promotion. I hope it came with a healthy raise.

    I was telling a story yesterday about a friend of mine who had taken a missionary position but then couldn’t finish my story because I was snickering like a 12 year old.

    Happy spring Joob

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  43. Congratulations on your new position! Michigan person here so my spring has not yet sprung. I’ll just enjoy your yard for now.

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  44. Congratulations! Huzzah and other expressions of excitement! I hope you will be very happy and fulfilled in your new role. It’s hard to put yourself out there when you’ve done the same thing for a long time — I’m so glad it went well. You’re such a talented writer. Love all the gorgeous spring flowers — Eds looks very dapper.

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  45. Weeping cherry trees are the best. I planted one outside my condo years ago and that is what I missed most when I moved. The Edsel pics under the tree are gorgeous! I envy people who have photogenic dogs. My Gryffin is perfect except he hates his picture being taken. Doesn’t stop me from taking 10 pics a day of him.

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  46. Great picture of Edsel. He looks so young and handsome. Also, congratulations on the promotion. Wonderful post!

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  47. Congratulations, you little teapot!!! I hope you love it. I imagine the copy editor won’t have much to edit on your pieces.

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    1. I PROMISED the copy editors that I would not send them work with one hour to go in the day, with the terrible line, “It should be pretty clean.” Copy editors hate that line. WE STILL HAVE TO READ EVERY WORD.

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      1. And it wouldn’t be tempting at all to to occasionally make an intentional error to see if someone catches it. No, only me would think about being that mean.

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  48. Periwinkle- the purple.
    Lily of the valley ?
    A weeping Cherry probably. Weeping fruit tree of some kind.
    Lovely photos!

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    1. I am so thrilled to hear about your promotion and am hoping that writing stuff equals fewer migraines because you aren’t experiencing the pressures of editing!

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  49. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PROMOTION!!!

    I only know the yellow ones are forsythia. I’m a city kid. I know pigeons, not flowers. But so pretty! Your flowers, not pigeons in general.

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    1. When my daughter lived in San Francisco, a pigeon had babies on her balcony. Those were honestly the ugliest babies of any species that I’ve ever seen. They had some horrible shade of yellow mixed in with other colors and appeared to be greasy. They were actually had to look at.

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  50. How exciting!! Congratulations!! And your plants are beautiful. I don’t know what any plants are called either. Edsel is adorable.

    This is a very happy post!!

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    1. Finally someone else who hates pigeon babies! I volunteered in a wildlife clinic years ago and couldn’t stand it when we got baby pigeons. They were sweaty and greasy and dirty, basically screaming little food bags until they grew up and turned into… pigeons. So gross.

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  51. In order of appearance, those are: Blue Vinca vine, yellow Forsythia bushes, clump of snowbell flowers, and some type of weeping cherry tree. Oh, and an adorable Edsul.

    But basically just all really pretty flowers! All I really have in my yard at the moment is clumps and clumps of daffodils that I guess I’m going to have to divide and redistribute this year.

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  52. Congratulations! I love your spring pictures, especially while sitting in my windowless office.

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  53. That last picture of Edsel melted my heart. Such a beautiful boy. Congratulations on your promotion, June!

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  54. I am so happy for you and the promotion! It is not hard for me to imagine how hard it was to put yourself out there like that, and not know, and then maybe have to keep doing what you’ve been doing even though you want to do more (bc yes, I am there, too). Yay for perhaps having fewer migraines, too!

    And old Edz has a spring in his smile, there! (bc he’s not stepping…)

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  55. A hearty congratulations on your new gig! I hope it is enjoyable and lucrative.

    That last shot should be Edsel’s senior picture. So handsome!

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