24 February 2008

Miscellany

Lots of stuff over the last few weeks, spread all over my world:

1. My supervisor resigned at work, leaving me with the responsibility of the digitization repository and essential Webmaster duties of our website and intranet. We have multiple projects looming on the horizon: grants, OPAC changes, and Drupal. I am neck deep and loving it. I work best under pressure--so move up those deadlines and let me pour on the speed!

2. My children are enjoying their winter break at the grandparents. I am enjoying cooking for one - stuff that is not breaded or needs ketchup as accompaniment. Of course, I slobbed until this weekend, resulting in one of my usual rushes to get things DONE under pressure of time. But, as said, that is nothing new.

3. Knitting! I finally, FINALLY, picked up the stitches of the collar for my daughter's sweater. It will be finished and blocked this week. She will be excited to finally have the sweater I have worked on for many (ahem), many months, and I will finally have something to show Pixie for my certification! Sometimes procrastination doesn't drive accomplishment; guilt does. AND...I am taking a dyeing class with the Kangaroo Dyer and MelissaKnits' sock class this spring and summer! Yay for me!

4. Almost all of my seed orders are in, I think. Trying to decide what I can use, or preserve, versus what I look at and say "OOH! Gimme THAT!!!" was difficult at times. Right now I have coming:
  • Tomatoes - Gonzales, Roma, Royal Chico and Tumbling Tom. This last one I will try in a hanging basket on the porch. The others will go in paint buckets in the backyard.
  • Herbs - Genovese Basil, Cilantro, Chives and Rosemary.
  • Greens - Romaine and Shanghai Bok Choy
  • Other veg - Little Finger carrots and Munchkin broccoli
  • Fruit - Strawberries - Red Wonder and Temptation and Top Hat Blueberries
With an early birthday present of grow lights and a seed tray, plus a couple egg cartons, I should have enough room to start them one they arrive.

I leave for my parent's house tomorrow to attempt my daughter's surgery again. She fell ill the night before last month, causing the delay to now. Being the tween drama queen that I adore, it has been reported she has been stating she will be sick again. I fully believe in free will, but if anyone knows how to bind hers up until Wednesday afternoon, it would be appreciated.

09 February 2008

My New Adventure

I am reading a lot more than the books on my previous post.



I live in an urban area, and I definitely am not too fond of it. But, there is a front porch and a small back yard, which while shared with the two other apartments upstairs, should still be enough room for me to squeeze in some stuff to grow. My last three years in western MA developed my understanding of supporting local agriculture, and reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma describes in good detail where our food comes from now, and it usually isn't nearby or the healthiest way to eat.

While I certainly do not expect to feed my family of three with the meager container space I will be able to eek out around my house, I do think it will be a good way to supplement our diets and help me get back to some basics that I wish to have.

I used to have them. Growing up in my grandparents' house that my family moved into as a child. My grandfather had a huge garden, and while his love was his flowers, I can remember shucking corn and shelling peas out in the backyard. I remember turning up my nose at the rhubarb patch that always grew in the middle, but stuffed my face with the wild raspberries and blackberries that bordered the property.

It's time to reconnect. And time to see if the porch hook will support a hanging basket of tomatoes.


Book List

This week's haul from the library:

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry Kathleen Finn
*I have been trying to get this book for the last six months--FINALLY*

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Michael Pollan

A Murderous Glaze: A Clay and Crime Mystery Melissa Glazer

The Double Bind Chris Bohjalian

The Produce Bible Leanne Ktichen

The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner


05 February 2008

I Am Not Ready

Today is Super Tuesday. The day that people get to go and vote for who they want to be president, months before they get to go vote for who they want to be president. Kind of like warm ups.

I believe in voting. I think that everyone has a voice, and while yes, there are LOTS of voices out there, everyone should do their part and show that they are making an informed choice on who they believe can sit in Washington for the next four years and get done what needs to get done. And fix the things that need to be fixed, or at least acknowledge they need to be.

There is a lot of information out there about the candidates in the primaries: a lot of stuff that we normally wouldn't even want to know about our next-door neighbors cause don't we have enough in our lives to keep us busy besides knowing what the next person said about so-n-so/thought about people from 30 years ago/did in high school? But, the media keeps us very well informed.

It's just information overload. Because of that, I don't know who I want to vote for. So, today I don't. I'm not ready to make a non-informed decision based on too much information.

November will be here soon enough. Or not soon enough.