ru: (love)
Okay, a quick update on things, seeing as it's been a while.

First, and most importantly, thank you all for your words of support and encouragement. They've been reassuring, and I feel blessed to know all you lovely and wonderful people. *collective hugs* Tomorrow, I go to take the test. I don't feel quite so much in the dire straits I was in before, but I am still quite nervous. The lengthy list of regulations and procedures doesn't help matters either. I feel like I'll be thrown out if I sneeze wrong, cough too loudly, or wear a red shirt. And if I bring a mechanical pencil? They'll string me up by my toenails for such blasphemy.

But anyway. Wish me luck. <3 <3 <3

On a different note, I've started my new job in the department, which is basically the old job I had last year, when I was helping with the plant systematics class, but more. I'm essentially being considered a TA, which is both exciting and terrifying. My main job during the actual class part is to help with fielding questions during the lab. Since it's a high-level class (seniors and post-grads), I don't need to worry about answering dumb questions like, "Which are the leaves again?". On the other hand, though, when they do ask questions, they ask doozies. Methinks class time will become my biweekly brain yoga session. ^_^;;

Avobaby and Hal status will be reported after GREs.

But on the vegetable front, my singular tomato is reddening! Joy! A few more days, and I think it'll be ready for picking. I'm horribly worried that something will happen to it beforehand, though, whether it be it gets eaten by a buggy creature, it gets eaten by a furry creature, it falls off, it decides to move to Nova Scotia, or something like that. So I'm guarding it carefully, and testing its firmness each day. Hopefully I can snatch it before the creatures do. I'm also hoping that since the weather should be starting to cool off now, I'll hopefully get more tomatoes. According to my Big Book of Gardening Questions, tomato pollen becomes unuseable when it gets above 95 degrees, which may, at least in part, explain my lack of produce, when combined with the aforementioned fertilizing issues. So hopefully I'll get at least one or two more before the season ends.

On a side note, I had a dream last night that I had grown oodles upon oodles of tomatoes, which were all hanging ripe and heavy on the vine, ready for the picking. Maybe that's a sign from the ghost of growing seasons future. XD

Definitely ready to get this test behind me, in any case. I'm going into creative deprivation, as indicated by things such as the itching desire to get my hands on some yarn and knit something. Well, I can try to alleviate it a little at least by doing some cooking, which is hand-oriented, anyway. Tonight, I attempt to make a vegetable hot pot with bready things which are apparently baked right on top of the stew part. This oughta be interesting.
ru: (Default)
I wanted to write a longer post, but I'm kinda buzzing and stressed out right now, so I'm just gonna do a quick message. Maybe I'll expand later.

1.) I have finished my stint in the horticulture department. I think I learned a lot, and it was definitely worthwhile, but I'm glad it's over. No more working in the heat for now! <3

2.) Instead, I'll be playing in the heat! Starting tomorrow, I'm gonna be down in Florida visiting relatives. I'll be there until the 8th of August. Kenaz, my trusty laptop, will be accompanying me, so I'll be online, but it'll be inconsistent. So if you see me online and need me for something, grab me then, for I can't guarantee when I'll be on next. ^_^;
ru: (strange)
To sum up my day, it sucked royally. I spent the entire day sweating in the humid heat with a 90+ degree sun beating down on me, wrestling with hoses of various degrees and quality, both empty and full of water, and huge pipes and crappy connectors and trying to water a huge study. It took way longer than expected, enough that I had to work way late. I was covered in sweat and sunscreen and grime and some sort of bizarre grunge that I couldn't quite identify. I'm not sure I wanted to. But anyway, it was bad. My shoulder hurts and my hands are raw and I know I'm going to be stiff as all tomorrow.

But. I've washed the grime off, and the new season of Doctor Who is on, after I patiently waited for 7 months. It is delivering like you wouldn't believe. I'm dying of SQUEE.

All is right with the world again. <3
ru: (strange)
Lo, I have achieved new levels of gooberness. I found old episodes of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" on youtube, and have thus been watching them and reminiscing over my youth whilst knitting up a storm on my sweater. In that I was knitting enthusiastically. Not that I was, you know, knitting a little hurricane symbol on my sweater. Anyway.

For super turbo boost, throw in a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Mmmm. <3 <3 <3

On a different note, I'm gonna be unavailable tomorrow, as I've been summoned to go back down to the research station, which'll be an overnight thing. I've been assured we'll be back by 5 on Friday, which is a good thing, as my brother graduates from high school at 7 that night, so theoretically that'll give me enough time to eat and wash off the first couple layers of grime before going. I really should go to this. He's sat through two of my graduations. It's about time I attended one of his. ^_^
ru: (Default)
Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that I'm back from outer space! The weather was indeed uncooperative, thanks to some front moving through the area. As a result, the winds were way up and we kept having spotty showers, both of which combined to create conditions in which it's impossible to treat plots, let alone seed pots without said seeds blowing away, or go through the day without looking like a hairy monster-creature by the end. So, the executive decision was made to pack things up after we got the site set up, which was finished Wednesday night, and try to finish next week, weather permitting.

So yes, I've returned. Please, hold your applause. I'm banged and bruised up all to hell, mostly on my legs and on one of my arms, and I appear to have pulled a muscle in my rear region, which makes walking interesting. I did, however, manage to scrape away without any sunburns, an accomplishment considering pictures of the sun can start to make me turn red. In summation, the trip involved potting up some 3000+ plants and then 5000+ more pots to seed weeds in, then moving them into position at the research station. Thank goodness for huge-ass potting machines and hoardes of assistance.

Interesting things seen on the trip:
--A mailbox done up to look like R2-D2.
--Bluebirds! They apparently like the research station.
--An amusing road sign. Unfortunately, I didn't see it directly since I was zoned out in la la land, but the prof mentioned its existence to me as we drove past. See, the research station is right outside of Wilmington, a.k.a. the eastern end of I-40. The road's other end is somewhere in California. Therefore, there was a sign that said basically, "California: 2000 miles". Hee.
--Another amusing road sign, this one actually seen by my person, saying something to the effect that I-40 ends in five miles. Which makes me wonder, what's at the end? Does it fall into the ocean? Is there a sign further along that says only amphibious vehicles are allowed beyond this point? The mind wonders.

Oh yeah, I need to post stuff on the books I've read recently, as I've finished a few more. I'll do that later.
ru: (sad)
Welp. I've packed my bags, watered the hoardes, and for all intents and purposes, am ready to head off to parts unknown. I'm going to be at a research station down near the coast all week helping to set up some studies.

Honestly, I'm not looking forward to it. Not only is it going to be four days of hard labor, but I'm realizing that I'm a terrible home body, and the idea of being away from home is, well, it's like my body's going and my heart's being left behind. I know, it could be a whole lot worse. I could be leaving for a year. Which is why I'm kinda irritated at myself for feeling the way I do, but still. Maybe it'll go quickly.

Hopefully, we'll be back Thursday night, assuming the weather cooperates (weather, please please please cooperate). Don't have any wild parties while I'm gone!
ru: (Default)
Well, today has certainly been a day, and I'm friggin' exhausted, which might explain why this is probably going to sound a little disjointed. But anyway.

I drove by myself for the first time today. I don't know how I managed to do it, and I had to have a moment of total PANIC!, but I did it. It was not a normal car either. It was a truck. A covered pickup truck, which was impossible to see out the back of. Not exactly the easiest thing to manuever. All I have to say is that I'm glad I wasn't going far and that the traffic was light. I'm not exactly as elated as I think I should be over the whole thing, getting through that whole first time driving by myself thing. Relieved might be a better term, though I'm still not looking forward to the next time.

And now that I think about it, a trial by fire is rather apt--the truck was bright red.

On a different note, though, I learned today that mulberry weed, Fatua villosa is the Tribble of the botanical world. Apparently it grows flowers not only on the first set of true leaves it gets, but also on the cotyledons (also known as the leaves it has as an embryo and are the first leaf-like organs it shows when it sprouts). In other words, it's born pregnant. XD

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