Monthly Archives: September 2009

Suggestion

a few beers deep.  dressed up with tera.  it’s an awesome night.  i love these times……..

any ways, a suggestion.  kid cudi.  song:  make her say.  featuring yeezee and common.  soooo good.  my new hot jam of the moment.

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UF

Well, I logged on this morning to get my first reading assignment for the class I’m starting on Monday.  I decided to go ahead and get the reading out of the way this weekend since I have a free weekend to enjoy some quiet time to myself.  After finishing the first chapter of the urban forestry book I can hardly contain my excitement to get into this field.  It feels like such a perfect fit for what I want to be doing with my life.  It’s a really good hybrid of natural and social/cultural influences.  My interests have always been in the way humans interact with the natural environment and the way they can work together.  It seems as though the last 10 years of work and last 10 years of learning have really led me to this point where I can finally synchronize my interests into one field.  My knowledge in both humanities and horticulture are forming a beautiful symbiotic ($5 word) relationship!  And I really am not trying to toot my own horn, but that’s the way everything inside me feels.  I hope most people get to feel this in their life, where things are beginning to lay out in front of them.  You know where you’re going and you’re reasonably sure what you need to do to get there.  I’ll be totally immersed in arboriculture for the next few months on my way to getting the arborist cert, so if any of you out there want to talk trees let me know.

What is everyone doing out there?  I haven’t gotten any comments on my postings lately.  Shout me a holler, dogs!

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51

Ok, so I said I doubted whether I would make it 30 minutes running.  I made it 51 and I felt as though I could make it another half hour at least.  It’s incredibly humbling to think I am allowed to get off the couch after drinking two beers and run 51 minutes.  Life is good.

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Keeping my head down

Well, it was a 84 degree first day of Autumn here in Central Oregon, a 45 degree temperature swing from when I biked to work this morning.  It’s a beautiful evening.  I’m about to go for a run.  My running legs are not what they used to be.  I’ll be lucky to make it 30 minutes.

It’s been a hectic week and half.  My PLANET testing is finally completed for the weekend.  I believe I mentioned I did pass one test and I should get results for my other one here in a couple weeks or two.  You’ll be reading the blog of one of the most qualified workers at the Team.  Impressed, aren’t you?  At least I hope my clients are.  They more than likely don’t have a clue.  Oh well.  On top of that, this guy Eric wants to hang out CONSTANTLY, so I do him a favor and oblige.  It seems to suck up my nights, but tonight he’s out working in beautiful Culver so I have a bit of time to fuss about here on this here computer of mine.

This weekend looks to be a relaxing one.  There are no plans (studying, Colleen?) as of yet.  Probably the usual good times with good people.  Perhaps a beer or two thrown in as well.  I’m coasting into the Fall, with most of my “extra” work done at work.  It should be a smooth trip to the finish line.  My cash situation is bleak (purposefully)  as I am trying to be able to make it through this winter.  Does anyone have any predictions on snow fall this winter?  It would be beneficial to have a busy snow season.  With no travel plans for this winter, I’ll be more than willing to work as much as I can.  Well, from inside a warm truck that is.  My pretty hands would get too cold to work outside.

Alright, I’ll go give this running thing a try right now.  Got to keep fit, right?  Keep it real kids!

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I'm going to get there

I will get to London.  There’s no doubt.  Pretty soon preparation will meet opportunity.

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Ready to get it started

Yesterday I drove over to Eugene to take the silly landscaping test I’ve been gearing up to take for the last couple months.  I was actually kind of disappointed in how easy it was.  Really, I was expecting much more from the test, but it ended up being the same questions that were in the study guide.  It was good news as I cruised through it.  My knowledge should have been tested more intricately.  There weren’t even any pictures to identify stuff.  Oh well.  Another certification under my belt.  It certainly will not hurt me in my career path.

On my way over to Eugene I could not take my eyes off of the trees as I tried to identify all of them along the road.  I could have been way off on the tree names, but I was trying.  This was the umpteenth trip for me over santiam pass and I have never experienced the trip in that way.  It was refreshing.  I’m amped up to take my arborist test here in the next few months.  This week I will start hacking away at the study guide and soon enough try to pass the exam.  this new path down the tree road is revitalizing my whole career path.  Suddenly I feel as though I’m on the brink of a big change.  A giant step up from where I’ve been.  I’m so ready and almost prepared.  The formal certifications and such are a confidence booster for me.  I may in fact have a clue what I’m doing out there in the landscape.  And those improbable dreams (well improbable to other people) that I’ve been putting out there for myself for all these years may be closer to becoming to reality than I realize.

Any ways, tomorrow is back to the good old grind.  Fertilizing AND edging week.  Woot.  I can hardly contain myself.  Bye kids.

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Force of Nature

I am on my way upstairs to do some studying, but felt there was a little bit of procrastination left in my body that needed to get out.  Plus I’m feeling a little agitated over issues that will do nothing but keep coming up almost daily are driving me nuts.  It will take all my strength to keep my cool but I’m already slipping.  Stay strong, Colleen.  Keep your level high………  So this Red Tail Ale will calm my nerves, I hope, and give me the patience to do the studying that needs to be completed.  I’m stoked to keep up my learning crazy high over the next few months and see where it leads me.  Only good things are in my future, at least me work future, I predict.  And that’s the thing.  If I can keep my focus, the other crap won’t matter.  I’ll be too busy to be fussed.

I say that now but those long lonely winter hours sometimes drive me to the brink of insanity.  Not too unlike The Shining.  Be on the look out for the “all work and no play” post.  It may be a sign that you need to come rescue me from the depths.

My horoscope says I’ll be a force of nature over the next few days and to note which people around me are able to favorably respond to my outbreak of my elemental gifts.  Will do.

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It’s a Holiday!

This weekend has been so relaxing.  It’s always nice to have an extra day off from work, especially when work has become as grinding as it has in the last few weeks.   The major plans for today are watching more US Open, eating, and doing some studying for the test I have in Eugene this Saturday.  The big accomplishment for the weekend was creation of the Love Lounge!  Eric and I took a trip to the furniture store yesterday and scored a sweet futon for the upstairs of our house.  It still feels as though we have yet to totally move into our house after 2 months.  The futon purchase was a positive step forward.  We also went and got a bunch of pillows to make it more cozy.  We have a tv and the PS2 up there as well.  I hope to be utilizing the space regularly this winter.  Porch life is about to be shut down for the season.  Yesterday the weather was windy and cold as fall began to blow into Bend.  So we really needed an alternative space to read and chat.  Maybe I can rally some pictures of the Love Lounge up here soon.

That’s about it.  Tera and I need to get some food into our stomachs real soon like.  Hope you all enjoy your Labor Day!  Cheers, C-Unit.

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Poor little trees

This was the excitement of my work week.  Yeah, it’s a pretty crazy life I have here in Bend.  I was super duper uninterested in working on Thursday, but this reinvigorated my desire to keep doing what I’m doing.  Not that I was about to give up on it all, but this was cool to find and fix and, I hope, end up saving two trees.  These two Austrian pines have been struggling since I have been taking care of this account.  My co-worker thought it was a nutrient deficiency since they were on a bit of a berm and they do some heavy watering here.  Recently they were treated for an insect problem.  But me and my incredible landscaping skills noticed on Thursday that there was still nylon tied around the tree trunk on the first sad tree.  So I went ahead and pulled as much of it out from the trunk as I could.  When I got up I took a look at the other Austrians that we nere by and they were having the same problem.  I dug around the second one and found more nylon string.  The third Austrian didn’t seem to have any string around it, but it was doing a lot better than those other two.  I pulled the mulch away from the trunks a bit and put some fertilizer on all of the trees.  Actually I ended up finding an aspen with some nylon still taut around it’s wire basket as well.  It was a good feeling to know I probably just saved the trees.   It actually fairly common that the idiots who plant the trees don’t remember to take the string off from around the plants.  These guys have been in the ground for 5+ years.  It may have taken another year or two to totally kill them.  So make sure you dig down around the base of your plants if they start checking out on you.  Mechanical injury is a major cause of plant death. Also, I have no idea why these pictures are doing what they are doing.  WP is not allowing the pictures and the words to mix together apparently and won’t let me post them in any order.  Sorry, it’s super annoying.  And to complete the work picture fun, there’s a picture of my dog boyfriend Jackson.  He’s a stud and he knows it.

I’ve got to get back to my sport watching marathon.  Tennis and college football!  Too much.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Hot dog boyfriend

Hot dog boyfriendSad Tree #2's string

Sad Tree #2

Sad Tree #2

Sad Tree #1's string

Sad Tree #1's string

Sad Tree #1

Sad Tree #1

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Windy day

There is some truth to it being much calmer in the morning for wind conditions.  It seems weird to me, but I guess somewhere in the science of the earth there is a reason for it.  Luckily I got my 30 oz of glyphosate down at the Rim today before the wind picked up and I could no longer spray.  The headache I have today will be blamed on the high rate of chemicals I’ve touched today.  Pesticides AND fertilizer, JOY!   The ride home was a bit harder than normal since the wind was coming straight out of the southwest, which just happens to be the direction my house is from work.  On the plus side,  I rallied myself to stop at the store and pick up a new battery for the bike odometer/spedometer.  Back to ZERO for my miles.  Actually, it reset itself to kilometers which will have to be remedied.  But any ways, please remember I had about 140 miles on the bike when it reset so when I reach 1000 miles again, you’ll all be even more surprised to see how fast I do it.

In other exciting developments here, I bought a ball pump so I can now play with my soccer ball once again.  I’ve missed it.  That’s all I got.

I just tried to post a clever little video I recorded in the redwoods but it wasn’t going.  Instead you get this picture of a guy doing some fire dancing/juggling at a block party last Labor day weekend.  Arguably, it may be cooler than any picture I post from the redwoods.  I like it.  It’s something I don’t see myself doing anytime.   No, I shouldn’t put limits on myself, but I think putting limits on how close I will allow spinny fireballs to get to my body should be exempt.

Cheers.

Fireman

Fireman

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