Monthly Archives: June 2010

#27 Born to Be Good

Apparently we are all hardwired to be good to each other.  Science has now proved what us humanities majors have known all along: we’re compassionate creatures.  Dacher Keltner and others (including Darwin) proves it through facial analysis, touch analysis and I think just being alive.  The sub title of the book is “The science of a meaningful life.”  I guess we find meaning in being good to each other as humans.   Cool stuff.   I’m on a mind body and soul kick here kids.  Watch out.  No, Kris, I haven’t forgotten about Outlander…….

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Finally all in

Jam packed

Well today was the day where all of my plants and seeds finally made it into the ground.  The peppers and tomatoes are free from their starter trays at last.  The tomato plants look a little spindly, purply and weak, but I hope they’ll start looking better now that they are home.   The garden is over planted, but God has done a decent job of thinning due to inconsistent weather.

Also planted were some cucumber and spinach seeds.  I had planted spinach back in april, but the plants all took a hit in the frost a week and a half ago.  The leaves are all curled and the only thing left are flowers.  As far as I know, spinach flowers aren’t very tasty.

Flower power

News from the pea plants:  there are two plants with flowers!  That means peas are right around the corner.  I hope to be eating some in the next two weeks.  I’m not mad about it either.  By then I hope to also have picked a couple of radishes.  The one I checked out earlier this week should be about ready to pick (I hope).

If there’s one thing I learned this year is it that getting a vegetable garden to be successful in the desert is a long and arduous process.  And at the end you might not even be successful no matter how hard you may have toiled.

Also, my turf is looking nicely mowed and nicely dry!!!!!!   I do water it regularly, but this sudden onslaught of hot weather has made the grass mad as a hornet.  At least it’s not trying to provide water to a 6 inch crown.  A mere 2 inch crown now.  Let’s hope for green this week, so we can all enjoy it during the fourth of July holiday and get some good cornhole in.

It was a very quiet day around here.  Lots of reading.  Hope to read for another hour before I head to bed.  Hope you all had a good weekend.  Cheers.

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Don’t know if you heard……

But we’re in the round of 16.  Get your makarapas ready for work tomorrow morning against Ghana.

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#26 Drive

Wow, it’s been a while since I got to post a finished book up on here.  But I’m still ahead of schedule technically although I lost quite a bit of ground.  I’m in the middle of another book right now, but Drive finally came up for me on the reserve list at the library this week.  So I’ll be back to the other book when I go to bed tonight.

Back to Drive.  It was really good.  It was one of those life affirming books, which I don’t get tired of reading.  It’s about motivation really and how our current system of motivation at work is not working.  We need to find a new system which makes use of our desire to be creative and responsible and actually enjoy work.  Imagine….enjoying work!  Maybe not even thinking of it as work!  In all honesty I do like the actual work that I do.  It’s other things that bother me, but I won’t get into that here.  Yeah, so a good quick read.  It’s got me motivated again to pick up my reading pace.  It also listed a bunch of related books at the end which I will try to check out soon as well. Give this one a try!

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The Longest Day

I always look forward to this day every year.  But it’s always sad the next day knowing the day will be a bit less lighted than today.  But with any luck it will be warmer.

Any ways, I had a good day of work by myself.  I got to actually do some tree work for most of the day.  Mostly digging some 30+ trees out of mulch volcanoes, but it was still better than mowing lawns at this point for me.  The day went fast.  Perhaps I was in the “flow” as my latest book is telling me about.  It’s a good thing.

Yeah, so I haven’t been writing lately as you may have noticed.  My brain is mush and filled with lots of planning for the next 90 or so days of my life.  Right now I’m waiting for Barack Obama to give me some money for school.  That should happen after July 1st.  Once that occurs I can apply for my visa, get my plane ticket, get piccadilly’s plane ticket, find a place to live……etc.  Ugh.  So to occupy my waiting time, Colleen and friends have been working their way through a lot of good times.  And by good times I mean beer.  Oh and watching a lot of World Cup.  Don’t get me started again on that goal getting called back on the US.

That’s all.  Just wanted to say hi.  This week, I’ll post some garden pictures.  I thought I was going to be able to harvest a radish today.  I pulled it out a little bit and it was just a baby purple radish, so I pushed him back into the ground.  I hope he’ll be ok and not give up on life.  All the plants are outside now, but the peppers and tomatoes are still in the trays.  Tomorrow I’m mowing the lawn so I might be inspired to get all my gardening done.  Ok, have a good week everyone.  TTYL

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