We traveled east for St. Patty's Day this year to celebrate with Josh's family who has walked in the annual Quad Cities Parade forever and ever. The weather was super amazing parade weather and totally uncharacteristic for March in Iowa. Josh kept joking that 20 years from now we'll be cursing the warm temps that we reveled in on March 17, 2012 from our post global warming wasteland.
Speaking of a future wasteland, if you were ever wondering what a zombie apocalypse looks like all you need to do is take one 80 degree day + a bunch of cheap Mardi Gras beads + throngs of crazies, including children who have been encouraged to say "beads, beads, beads" in a dead voice and voila! It was insane, man. People were acting like they could feed their families or fill their gas tank with those beads. The crowd pushed in on the route and it was a little intense. The craziest people were actually stepping out onto the route to make requests for a specific color of bead. I definitely gave those people a um, negative. This is not proper parade etiquette and your behavior will not be rewarded look. Sorry, zombies, you won't win this one!
On a lighter note, our group had a Western theme going on so we made chaps. We used flannel, felt, yarn, lots of hot glue and even more fabric glue. Because that's what happens when you're terrible at sewing, so terrible that your stuffed swan in 7th grade family/consumer science almost ends up headless. So apply yourself, kiddies, in Home Ec because you'll never know when you have to make chaps for a zombie apocalypse. You heard it here first.