Busy Busy

Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:13 pm
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Things have been busy, but lots of good things have been going on at casa de omly.

We finished up my spring break with lots of work on the yard. We pruned the peach, pear, apple and damson plum trees. I think the damson plum trees need a bit more pruning, and we have not pruned the plum tree at all (waiting for leaves).

The corner raised bed that will become the altar garden is coming along well. The frame is built, and we put down marble chip around it. C started 2 of the nearby raised beds as well. We still need to order gravel and topsoil to fill them once we are done building.

The Friday of Spring Break, I went to see The Last Lions with Benn (sad! no more LJ). I was very amused that it is narrated by the voice of Scar in the Lion King. Hee! That was fun, and I got a chance to get a peek of his new apartment which is very snazzy and seemed like it would have amazing light in the day.

I have gotten 2 packages in the mail full of seeds, and Roger built me parabolic reflectors for the grow lights we bought to make them more focused (aka not in my eyes when sitting in the livingroom) and adjustable in height (so that I can easily lift them as the seedlings grow). I just need to find time to start the seedlings! I thought it was going to be today, but instead I cleaned and rearranged the living room.

Also exciting is the fact that the first of the plants have arrived, climbing blue roses for the trellis we bought the weekend at the end of Spring Break. Fortunately C was home to receive them so that they didn't have to sit out in the cold. We are expecting a bunch more packages as they will break up the plant orders to ship at the optimal time for each plant type.

This week and last I had an extra evening lab, as one of the other lab instructors has been away at a conference in Europe this week. I will be very glad to have my Wednesday evenings back! They are great kids though, and I enjoyed working with them.

So much grading to catch up on, but I am hopeful to make a bit of progress before next week. I would like to get a little ahead as the analysis of their screenings of potential antibiotics are going to take a bit extra work to go over carefully and grade.

Additionally I need to design and polish a lab practical for the end of the semester so that I can make sure we have everything on hand that we might need. Whew, not sure when that will happen exactly, but it should be soonish.

And last night, [livejournal.com profile] salvbard and I snuck away after dinner to go to the Foundry for poutine and drinks, which was a rare treat. (OMG the ginger smash was super yummy.) I have been super happy with everything I have had there, and the company was wonderful. It can be hard to find time when he is free, so I was very happy to have the opportunity.

Lots of crafting has been happening, though I need to take pictures for my craft blog still. I appear to be on a sock jag, but they just make me really happy. I should start the fingerless gloves for C soon though, as he has been fairly patient.

All that and lots more things, though this seems to have gotten a bit long winded so I will leave the others for another post.
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This is day 4 in the new house, and I totally admit to being exhausted.

There was much painting with [livejournal.com profile] jasra Friday. Then after she left I painted the cathedral ceiling-height walls in my bedroom. At this point my room is done as far as painting other than touching up the trim.

Saturday [livejournal.com profile] crazybone helped us move a ton of boxes despite the fact that I am a flake and technology hates me. Getting through all the large furniture with my sister's truck was amazing and made this a lot more managable. Also my family drives me crazy. (Family members on the f-list should know that this was a specific incident only I am referring to.)

Sunday [livejournal.com profile] cintyber, [livejournal.com profile] salvbard, and I took a trip to Home Depot to get more painting supplies. It is a good thing I really like both color and painting. By this point my feet started to hurt most of the time from all the standing between painting, packing and moving.

Also I went with Chiquita to see the Openair Circus. We had gone specifically because [livejournal.com profile] falathwen and company were involved, but it was also nice to see a number of friendly faces including [livejournal.com profile] roozle.

Today was more painting with [livejournal.com profile] jasra. We did a coat of paint in both Chiquita's and [livejournal.com profile] cintyber's rooms. Also I am almost done painting the table and chairs to better match the kitchen.

For now though I need to take a break from painting and unpacking to work on my "real" job. Tomorrow my last week of Summer session starts up and will finish Thursday. Then I will have a short period before the Fall starts back up, in which I need to prep my syllabi and get the house in order. Busy!

Carrots

Jul. 11th, 2009 06:44 am
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Sometimes my class is really inane. Out of the mouths of one of my chemistry students this week came the sentence "Carrots are pointy."

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