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I know at least once before I have mentioned my Star Tree here. For those of you that came in late, it's a huge HUGE Japanese magnolia here on campus that, once upon a time, I walked past in a tired fog on my way to an early morning class. Upon gazing at its bright yellow fuzzy buds, I decided, in my sleep deppy condition, that it looked like it was covered with stars. A little later in the season the buds opened, creating this hugemongous mass of pink and white flowers that was downright neublous, going along with the space theme. Either way, I think I can safely say that for these reasons, it's my favorite tree on campus.

I now, however, worry for its safety. The uni has turned its must-improve-must-construct-must-build-moooore eye onto the crop science building, where the Star Tree makes its home. Since then, in their renovation fervor, they have chopped down just about every tree surrounding the building, including a rather hefty Southern magnolia. About the only ones still standing are the Star Tree and its counterpart, another Japanese magnolia almost the same size. I'm hoping this means they're going to spare them. Or it could just mean they're saving them for last.

Uni, please no more chopping. You've done enough. I say you did more than enough after you chopped down that huge oak tree. Please, do not chop down my Star Tree, else you will have a very sad Ru on your hands. ;_;
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Let's see, what's been going on with me...

--My brother graduated high school on Friday. I'm incredibly happy for him. ^_^ Especially since the school system 'round these parts is going to hell in a handbasket. They really need to stop raising the bar so high. Exit exams, senior projects, block scheduling, extra math classes--and they wonder why the dropout rate is increasing.

--I wore my TARDIS shirt today, which ended up getting noticed by a couple of people. I was tickled that there are some in the vicinity that actually got it.

--Did a bit of vegetable tending today, including pinching the latent buds on the tomatoes (as recommended by one of the people I work with to encourage them to flower) and rescuing one of the peppers from the pumpkins. Apparently, while I thought that by planting the pumpkins in front of them, they'd be inclined to move towards the light (and away from them), there was still a rogue tendril that found the pepper and decided it would make an excellent support. So that tendril got cut in a hurry. It also appears that the pumpkins are fixing to flower, which makes me happy. ^_^ It also makes me cringe slightly, because once my veggies start fruiting, the real battle against the insects (and other critters) will begin.

--Speaking of insects, though, I was happy to notice a honeybee buzzing about the thyme today. I'm hoping that means there's a hive somewhere nearby with happy, healthy, not-abandoning bees. ^_^ I've seen a lot of bumblebees around too (they love the salvia), which is nice, but that honeybee really made me smile.

--Okay sinuses, the storm from yesterday has passed through. The pressure in the air has equalized. You can stop hurting now. Don't make me get a headectomy.
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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.
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Oh, also, items from yesterday:

--You know those duck crossing road signs that have the mother duck and the little baby ducks in a row behind her? They need to make one for geese as well. Traffic on a road we were on was slowed down significantly by a family of Canadian geese trying to get across. I think I squeed almost the entire time we were waiting for them to pass. One of the adult geese was in the front, with all the little baby goslings following in an almost-perfect row, and the other parent bringing up the rear. Too damn cute.

--I also went on a manga binge, and got the first volumes for three different manga. They all looked interesting, and I couldn't decide on just one, so I figured, well, what the heck. XD So I got volume 1 for Earthian, which looked like it had an intriguing story, Mushishi, because what I saw of the anime was right up my alley, having a very biological premise, and Genbu Kaiden, a.k.a. the Fushigi Yuugi prequel. I'm not quite sure what to think about this last one. I got it because I really enjoyed FY, and was always a little curious about the stories of the other two miko. But on the other hand, I'm worried it'll be a little like watching the Star Wars prequels--you already know that it's not going to end well. But, we shall see!
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Whilst waiting to go home today, I got a chance to take a good, long look at a Hummer that was idling across the street as the lights cycled. Normally, I only see them momentarily as we're on the road, so this was really the first chance I got to try and comprehend them.

Ultimately, I ended up having to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. I don't quite know what it was, but seeing the guy who was driving completely dwarfed by the massiveness of the Hummer tickled my funny bone. I guess because there's that idea that a guy who owns a huge vehicle is compensating for something, but a Hummer seems to be overcompensation--it's so big that the driver gets swallowed up by it and ends up looking utterly ridiculous.

On a different note, I put some new tomato seeds into the pot set-ups. I have no idea if they'll grow or not, but I figure it can't hurt to at least put a few in and see. There's a couple of plants that look like they might still be clinging to life, so I'm going to let them be. I went ahead and pulled out the completely dead ones so they wouldn't be a bad influence on the seeds.

"This is your stem. This is your stem on too much of the elements. Any questions?"
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Whilst waiting to go home today, I had to duck into the business building in order to get some relief from the pollen, which has gotten worse (on a side note, have you ever considered that during pollen season, we're all living, working, breathing, etc., in the midst of an orgy of epic proportions?). I was standing just inside, when I noticed somebody had scribbled in pencil on one of the pillars supporting an overhang. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the scribbling was from somebody working a Punnett square (those grid thingies from high school biology used to determine if organism 1 has genes A and B, and organism 2 has genes a and b, what will their kids look like, and how organism 1 will know if organism 2 has been sleeping around), apparently on a skimpy paper budget.

My thought upon seeing this (aside from "OMG the pollen is stabbing tiny knives into my eyes make it stop ;_;"), my thought was, "Bwahaha! Biology is taking over! First, the business building, then the English buildings, and sometime next week, THE WORLD. HA HA HA HA.".

On a different note, the posts on [livejournal.com profile] _fantasticons have been using nothing but series 3 lately. While they're spiffy icons, they're making me pine and yearn. I don't wanna have to wait until the summer to get my Doctor Who fix I wanna see series 3 noooooooow. *whinewhine*
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Signs spring is eventually coming:

--A warm breeze in the midst of cold air.
--Bodies lying out in the fields on campus, making them look a little like a battlefield post-war.
--Rain causing the asphalt to release that oh-so-euphoric wet-asphalt smell.

I am so excited that spring is sending out previews of coming attractions. <3 <3 <3
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I'm discovering that there are some very interestingly named landmarks in North Carolina, particularly when it comes to mountains. Some of them are just amusing. For instance, there's a Chunky Gal Mountain, and a Jump-Off Mountain (which probably has an interesting story behind it), and of course, the oh-so-well-known Booger Mountain.

And here I was thinking that towns were the only one with strange names. ^_^;

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