Monday, April 26, 2010

Been reading some Hercule Poirot lately. It's nice and non-threatening. I've also actually really been enjoying 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'. Very good. Sort of common sense, but very good.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Over a week of gorgeous weather, and now this soggy, boggy mess.

My grapes (and Yuki's garden) are flourishing, though. I think I might actually get grapes this year! O and I try to check on the progress every day.

This morning at work, it feels like someone exploded a giant full vacuum bag of dust and dander and other floaty, scratchy things into the air. Yuck.

I'm almost done with a three-week training initiative. This is the last day. Three more classes. Then, a massage, I think.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

this weekend

Camping this weekend. Lovely weather, and a site near the lake, at Lake Perry. We saw:
  • a heron
  • a vulture (we think)
  • an owl
  • a pheasant!
  • some whitetail deer
  • opossums (dead)
  • a fox
  • a raccoon
I'm finished with my free reading (Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun'). I try to alternate an 'easy' book with a hard one (either a concept I don't know about or some kind of professional development). My last 'hard' book was Edge of Physics by Anil Ananthaswamy. I think I'll try either something about Kirkpatrick's levels of training evaluation or How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Carnegie.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

lazy sunday

I've got a freshly mowed lawn. The allergies aren't as bad this year (knock on wood) as they used to be. O and I spent the day alternating between naps, outdoors, and the basement. Right now he's having a snack.

We made some delicious sun tea today, with some mint from the backyard. Also, my grapevines have developed some buds, and some of those buds are breaking open, revealing tiny pinkish green leaves. I'm hoping for some grapes this year. It's only my 2nd year, so we'll see what happens.

Yuki's started on the garden. We've got peas and lettuce, onions and potatoes so far. It's 10x10, and I think we're going to double it in the fall. Exciting!

I'm finished with O's blocks, the main part anyway. Now, we'll coat them with linseed oil and they should be ready to go.

I'm reading a book called 'the edge of physics', which is really good. accessible. You don't have to be a physicist to figure it out.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Spring is officially here. On the way home from work, the trees are in bloom. Light green and purple buds are breaking free from their woody winter sleep. Its been warmer than usual, and rainier than usual in the last week. Yesterday, we got 2 inches of rain in 2 hours!

O and I are walking or taking a bike ride almost every night. I've lost right around 60 pounds in the last 8 months or so, and I've got hopes to lose another 10 or so before I'm done. It's amazing how much better I feel!

My sister and her fiance are getting married this summer, and we've got tickets to Phish in the late summer. Hopefully it'll be a nice, peaceful stretch over the next few months.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


It's a new year. A new spring. And a new blog. With the same name. All of my old posts are somewhere in the internet ether.

O and I took a walk tonight, to the neighborhood park. I love when we have the park to ourselves (which is most times). I'm very happy to report that my former terrible allergies haven't been bothering me as much for the last two years. I was afraid that last year was just a fluke.

Look forward to new posts from me. Hopefully more frequently than every 6 months. Happy spring!