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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