Sunday in the South

It should not be 80 degrees on Easter Sunday.  Plenty of people love warm weather.  Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.  It’s rough living in the south when you’re a chionophile.

I think this is the first Easter that I’m not getting to spend the whole day with family.  My dad’s working, but at least we did have a nice pasta lunch together beforehand.  Of course my mom’s spending hers in Heaven, but I know she’s watching over us.

My family’s Easter meal tradition is to have a lasagna dinner and coconut cake.  My mom’s lasagna was seriously the best, and I still use her recipe when I make it now.  I wish I could have some delicious coconut cake from Ingles.  I haven’t been able to find a good substitute yet since moving to Tennessee.

Easter brings to mind memories of childhood egg hunts, goodie baskets, good food, and especially time with family.  This year I don’t have any candy aside from Cadbury caramel eggs.  Facebook reminded me of this quote from my dad a few years ago, “God gave us chocolate, because he wants us to be happy.”  What a gem!

Candy and goodies are not the reason for this holiday, though.  Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection after dying on the cross for our sins.  Something that upsets me about Easter is the people that refer to it as “Zombie Jesus Day.”  So disrespectful!

It’s actually pretty disillusioning when you realize that the commercial market came up with the Easter bunny, eggs, etc, from the Pagan festival celebrating the Spring Equinox and the fertility goddess, Eostre.  If you do your research, though, you’ll find that most holidays do have Pagan origins.

Even though my family is of the Christian faith, we’re not the churchgoing type.  We make our own church wherever we are.  I honestly think the most memorable Easter for me is from when I was 18.  We took a nature ride up to Highlands, North Carolina.  One of my favorite places, and a stop along the way, is Bridal Veil Falls.  (Photo collage below.)

Easter2008 collage

Today’s title is from a Miranda Lambert song that I love, “Another Sunday in the South.”  Feel free to click on the link and listen to the song on YouTube.

So tell me, what are your Easter traditions?  Did you do anything fun for the holiday this year?

Another fun thing going this month is Camp NaNoWriMo!  NaNoWriMo stands for the National Novel Writing Month of November, but NaNoWriMo actually hosts writing events all year long!  I’m participating, but a bout of sickness has kept from writing as much as I should.  Anyone else participating?  How is your writing project going?

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Dandelion Daze

Crayola has announced that they’re retiring the beloved dandelion crayon. You might think it’s strange for me to call a crayon color beloved, but people are already losing their minds over the news. 

EBay sellers are now jumping at the opportunity to make a pretty penny off of the remaining dandelion crayons. You can buy a 24 pack with a Buy It Now price of $44.99, or a starting bid of $29.99. If you’re seriously committed to the shade, you can even purchase 500 dandelion crayons. The current bid is $122.50. Many listings for these crayons have already SOLD OUT!

See what I meant when I said people were losing their minds?

That’s not all! In May, Crayola will be announcing a new color as dandelion’s replacement. There will be a naming contest for the new shade, as well.

Personally, I love the golden dandelion shade, and am saddened by the news. That doesn’t mean I’m ready to shell out an unreasonable amount of money for a piece of crayon history, though. In my opinion,  they should’ve picked a different shade to retire. I’m looking at you, green-yellow and yellow-green!

So tell me…What are your thoughts? Which color would you have chosen to retire?