Monthly Archives: April 2011

Any greener?

Oak leaves and dandelions

I don’t know if it’s because I am living in England or if it’s due to me not doing landscape maintenance this year, but I am enjoying all that spring has to offer in 2011.  It’s been spectacular to see the progression of Spring.  With all the little flowers on trees like sycamores, which you don’t really notice unless you’re looking for them.  And now this week to finally get the Oaks to push out some greenery is fantastic.  Yeah, I think it’s me not working in landscaping anymore which has brought this out.  Not having to worry about greening and watering turf has got my eyes turned up rather than down.

I’m just puttering along here in P-town.  I’ve got a week and a half to get two more essays done for my classes.  Nothing pleases me more than knowing I’ve survived a big portion of the MSc without catastrophe.  Now I’m nervously attempting to procure some sort of decent employment.  The job market certainly is not good in 2011, especially in the arboricultural field here in the UK.  Many tree officers are losing their jobs which means the pool of people looking for tree work is a lot more full than it has been in years past.  But I have applied for a couple jobs that I am quite excited about, so we’ll hope for the best.  Some in surprising locations and some in surprisingly different fields!

I think my push up resolution has hit a bit of a hiccup.  I was looking at how to do pushups online last week.  And a military push up (which I believe is the standard push up technique) is not what I was doing.  So I tried the military style ones and they are LOADS harder.  So I kind of feel like I’m back to square one with pushups.  I have also diversified my exercises a bit too, hoping for more strength in both the upper and lower body.  I hope to start building up my push up count again soon.

Besides exercising, writing and job applying, I have not much else to report from here.  Just looking forward to the end of next week when I get to celebrate the Royal Wedding in London.  Oh, I just purchased a new digital camera today (thanks Mom!).  My other one was suffering some issues with leaving spots on my pictures.  I can’t stand it anymore.  So, that should arrive just in time for the wedding.  My current camera had a good, long run and I think I got a lot of use out of it.  It has ended up taking more than 10,000+ in the last 4 1/2 years.  Pretty outstanding.

That’s it.  I promised myself I’d start writing at noon and it’s about the witching hour.  I must mentally prepare myself.  Have a good week everyone!

Song:  Dave Matthews Band “Kit Kat Jam.”  You may think I’m moving rather slowly through my itunes list.  Well, that’s partially true.  But I figured out 1/3 of my music collection is within the first 4 letters of the alphabet.  So, I’m getting somewhere! 2/3 through DMB, which is quite an accomplishment.

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Thank you weather gods!


I’m trying to type this post out through my coughing.  I just ran about a mile around the park and apparently that was too much for my lungs.  It loosened up something in the old wind bags!  Yikes.  I wanted to run longer but my right knee started feeling a little off, so I stopped running.  Bugger as I wanted to run 3-4 miles today.

Oh well.  None the less, it is gorgeous out today!  I foresee myself sitting outside working on my essay this afternoon.  Perhaps with an adult beverage in tow.  This whole weekend is supposed to be outstanding for weather here in the UK.  Tomorrow is the Fulham v. Man U game and it is supposed to be hovering around 70 and totally sunny here in the Northwest.  Spring is in full force!!!  Yey!  I was scheduled to ride my bike to Manchester tomorrow for the game, but I was getting hesitant as I didn’t want to miss the game in case something went wrong on my bike.  But now that I know the weather is going to be amazing and that I’ll be going through a lot of towns on the way, I think I’ll pedal down as planned.  Should be well worth it in the nice weather.  And I get to cheat and take the train back.

A quick new years resolution update:  I did 12 regular type push ups the other night.  I’m halfway to my goal!  I am also 3 assignments away from finishing my coursework for my MSc.  My reading of the 10 BBC books is going no where fast!  I think giving love to the world is going pretty well.  I think the love is picking up too. I might even be getting some back.  So that’s neat.  🙂

And as for my nails? Well….yeah, I’m failing on that.  But with a wedding coming up at the end of May, I’m planning on not biting my nails starting May 1st for that.  Hopefully they will look kind of ok for the wedding with 3 1/2 weeks of no biting.

Ok, I need to get cracking on some stuff for the day.  Looking forward to tomorrow in Manchester!  Go Cottagers!   Have a great weekend everyone.

Current song:  Citizen Cope  “All Dressed Up”

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crunch time

I think I’ve done 2 sets of 30 girl push ups today.  And I’ve definitely just done 2 sets of 10 regular pushups!  Booyah

A good day continuing to get better.  🙂

Current iTunes song:  Bob Marley “No Woman No Cry”

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Current song:  Black Eyed Peas –  “Hands Up”

I just braved the elements for my cat.  40 degrees, windy and rainy.  She better appreciate the sustenance and kitty litter I procured for her.  It looks like she’s reasonably happy about my decision.

I’m excited because I came back to an email stating that one of my assignments is due a week earlier than I anticipated.  Even though we discussed it last week and decided on a date.  And it says so on our assignment sheet.  So that’s neat.  I guess it’s ok as it shouldn’t be a problem to do.  It just means I need to get a lot more done today!

Any ways, I’ve been enjoying a couple days of no writing here since Friday.  My Cottagers had a very convincing win this weekend.  They’re headed to Old Trafford on Saturday and so am I.  I think it should be a pretty good game as both teams are on a bit of a roll at the moment.  Going to try and ride my bike down to Manchester as well and hopefully be lucky enough to get a couple pints at Marble Brewery.  It’s been a while since I was there and I can’t wait to go back.

Besides that I’m off to the Black Country next Tuesday night after class for a conference.  I’m really looking forward to it.  Hopefully getting to see a bit of the Midlands as well after wards.
Couple weeks later, I’ll be in LDN.  Then in May perhaps a long bike trip or two and maybe a visitor or two as well!  Fingers crossed.

Just chugging along!  Before I know it, I will be done!  Yey!  And I’ll think “that wasn’t so bad.”  How quickly we forget the pain and drudgery of the past…….

Best get crackin on my work.  Happy Monday everyone.  Have a good week.


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Made it

I’m out of the Beatles and Beck itunes jungle officially.

Thank you Bedouin Soundclash.  I have listened to other music this week, but it was on  So I think I’m ok.

This is my Friday night.  I’ll try to calm it down calm it down calm. it. down.

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