Here it is: the long-anticipated St. Patrick's Day 2011 post, with pictures! For those of you who didn't get to see me on this special green day, I hope these pictures will serve as an acceptable alternative. And to make it a little more interesting, I'd like to intersperse some narrative to take you through a St. Patrick's day in the life of yours truly.
As I have already shown, I start to get really excited for St. Patrick's day about week before the big day (for a refresher, see this earlier post). Why fight it? So I gave in this year and decided to extend my observance of St. Patrick's day by wearing green every day of the week. I was not as consistent in taking pictures, unfortunately, but I started off right! Here was Monday:
I started off small, and let the green grow in prominence a little bit each day.
If you didn't believe me when I said I'm like a little kid waiting for Christmas, perhaps these next images of my St. Paddy's EVE will convince you:
Yes, my celebration of St. Patrick's day includes a separate outfit for the night preceding March 17th. Sure some of it is trying out different ways to wear my accessories, but I definitely have St. Patrick's day-themed pajamas! You have to prepare for these things, because March 17th starts at midnight! Mustn't be caught unawares and without green! I for one was wearing quite a bit of green in one form or another for the full 24 hours.
Finally, the day arrived! I was up at 5am and fully dressed and ready to walk out the door by 6am (not that I did, I busied myself with some other things until a more appropriate hour and ended up leaving at about 7am). But here was my morning!
The leprechauns made some not-so-subtle suggestions for what I should do. Whether it was books, or music, or movies, or pens, they had made their point and offered whatever was up to their green standard.
Even my backpack was festive! It turned out to be quite a fun and enjoyable day at school. I didn't have class, but the leprechauns left a message on the white board in the grad lab AND brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Yum! I also had the opportunity to attend a thesis proposal meeting and even saw a couple clients. Was I wearing my green? Yes, yes I was. It's funny, it had been this big dilemma for me because we're supposed to dress in business professional clothes and I worried that my get-up would detract from the counseling. So, in truth, I had planned on bringing my nice pants at least to change into when I was seeing clients...alas, I forgot. Genuinely! It really wasn't on purpose! But I have to admit it was pretty fun. They didn't mind; in fact I think they probably appreciated seeing such a different side of me.
After my campus commitments were satisfied, I went and visited a dear, dear friend who has seen and been with me on this day in the past and appreciates "Jamie on St. Patrick's day." It was fun to see you, Traci! I'm excited the leprechauns visited your home too!
And to top off a wonderful day, I got to go up to South Jordan to my sister's because my dad came into town on Thursday afternoon!! How exciting is that?!
It was a bit of a late night getting back to Provo (not even that late, actually, I was just worn out!) so I went straight to bed (I even put off cleaning up after the leprechauns, which is the arrangement I've agreed to).
I slept in another St. Patrick's day-appropriate outfit and it was blissful. In the morning, I got up and the reality of a full year to go before another St. Patrick's day set in.
But I waved my traditional goodbye to the green greatness of March 17, 2011...
Thanks for visiting, old friend. Please, come again. How about same time next year? Sweet.