Just today, there was an interesting post over at Your Rainforest Mind that really reminded me of my childhood and, really, most of my life. I was pretty much a loner for most of my youth, barring a few kids that I played with. Most of my peers just thought I was weird and didn’t want much to do with me. I was unusually good at answering questions in class, even though my grades didn’t reflect it (I was bored!). I was (and am) more of a deep thinker than many of my peers, and my sense of humor is, frankly, often too subtle for most of the people around me.
I am one of the lucky ones, though! I have been able to attract or otherwise surround myself with people who appreciate my off-beat humor, and my lovely partner in crime actually likes the way I think and see the world. Sure, we often go opposite directions to get to a solution, but we usually come to the same ideological place, just via different routes. We’re kind of funny that way.
I don’t have much to add to the original post, but I appreciate that I’m not unique in my experience. Us weirdos gotta stick together.
Much of the world knew of the former, while a significantly smaller portion knew the latter. I have cried over both of these men recently, much to my own dismay, as I haven’t been particularly emotional for many years. But, in their own ways, both of these fine fellows have touched my life. Continue reading
Ok, it’s not the same national significance as the Mercury program, but I’m watching the landing of the Curiosity lander on Mars. I see on Twitter that there are LOTS of people doing the same thing, even in my little “Twibe” of folks. The real-time coverage from the control room is really REALLY cool!
I have to wonder what it was like back in the 60’s when we had such hugely important NASA programs. Were they as excited and thrilled as I am right now? I know that my coverage is a lot better, what with the huge amount of news outlets and live streaming video that we have today.
Safe landing, Curiosity!
Kristen and the kids are at the Illinois Job’s Daughters Grand Session this weekend, while I am home nominally alone. That’s not a problem, though I have not done anything productive today. The problem is that there are problems issues with the event participation.
I am a Master Mason. I have been inactive for somewhere around 5 years, initially because I was working nights, then because the stated meeting conflicted with my daughters’ Job’s Daughters meeting night, then because of inertia. It wasn’t until recently that I had any impetus to go back, but I did, and am glad.
The store was closed and we were finishing up everything to go home. One of the team leads asked one of her subordinates to do something. Or should I say that she “asked” him to do it.
Well, he not only refused, but he rationalized (loudly) that she “only” asked him to do it, so he didn’t HAVE to do it. (Uh, whoops). He did this in front of the whole lot of us who were closing last night. This interaction kind of pissed me off, because he’s a punk-ass kid at the best of times.
Anyway, the manager on duty yelled at him in the “Mom” voice in front of everybody, since he caused a scene in front of everybody, too. Then she told him that she was writing him up again for insubordination.
When I told Tori about this, she was totally like “WTF, dude?!” After all, when someone who is the boss of you “asks” you to do something, it’s really just a nice way of them *telling* you do to it.
Damn kids. Some should be tied up and left in a closet until they mature.
Just a quick update: Today I took a look out in the garden and noticed that I have potato plants making an appearance! Pics tomorrow (been busy with homework today, so no pics) I’ve also seen cucumber seedlings of both types, as well as radish leaves. One of my basil plants looks iffy, but 5/6 is a pretty good number if you ask me!
Tomorrow I’ll be planting the jalapeño plants and the English lavender after work, if I have the energy. I will likely have to put my feet up for a while, though.
My cucumber trellises came in from Gardener’s Supply Company yesterday and I was excited to put in my cucumbers. I did that today. While I Was out there, Kristen decided to come help out some (Bless you!) by pulling some weeds out of the ground in and around the garden boxes. She also brought her camera with her to document our efforts.
Photo collage after the jump
First, about the pickled eggs. I am LOVING them! I now have to get more eggs to boil, and more vinegar to make another batch. These pickles are ALL mine. *grin*
I’m not anywhere near being done, but I have the first part in the ground. I have a potato tower with a couple of different types of potatoes, I have two tomato plants in the ground (Cherokee purple, as I recall, and Roma) as well as about 20 onion sets.