Super Soil


Today we started composting at work. I’ve been going to the elementary school morning assembly for the past 5 days to share information about how and why our school is composting. So by today, they were all very excited to sort their lunch waste. The PreK asked if I could come in and talk with them one-on-one before lunch just to explain about the compost process. I managed to grab a bucketful of compost soil from a friend, complete with some broken eggshells and biodegradable plastics. The kids were in heaven; I’m not sure if they were more excited about playing with the pill bugs or sorting their lunch waste. Kdg saw me in PreK and asked me if I could come do the same presentation with them later, so I did it two more times. And they were also very interested in the bugs and identifying the leaves and other parts of the compost. One of them also thought to use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at a pill bug, so then they all had to do that too. It was pretty fun to watch they all be excited about playing in the dirt – something I kept advocating that the students would respond well to when we talked about starting this process. I feel somewhat vindicated that my gut is still pointing me in the right direction. And I’m happy that our first day went so well. The students are excited about the “super soil” that they will be helping to create by composting their food waste here at school. And after all this today, I am spent! Off to drag myself to zumba.



Babies are all I see on Facebook these days. And because I tend to stalk Facebook more toward the end of the semester when I have more work to do, I am seeing even more babies. Up until a few months ago, I remained pretty conflicted about when I wanted (at times IF I wanted) to have a baby. Now I am developing a healthy case of baby-envy. I am totally blaming it all on my college friend’s adorable 6 month old cutie, who I met in February while out in Denver on business. But really, I wonder if my biological clock and the human instinct to reproduce isn’t what’s giving me a kick in the dupa. What I do know is that I am SO.READY.TO.BE.DONE.WITH.SCHOOL! Amen!

Fill in the Blank Friday


Just something I found on Dodeline Design blog.

1. The love of my life is GB, the best husband, ever.

2. Falling in love is something I always dreamed about as a little girl watching Disney movies (I guess I fit the stereotype).

3. Marriage is the best partnership the two of us could have.

4. The longest relationship I’ve ever had is still going on… It will be 9 years this April that I met GB.

5. The key to a good relationship is communication. and love. and a strong bond of friendship.

6. I feel loved when I’m accepted for who I am, mistakes and all.

7. My favorite quote about love is Pablo Neruda poem. or Robert Browning’s poem “Rabbi Ben Ezra” that begins: “Grow old along with me!/ The best is yet to be.”



Pablo Neruda Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

25 Things at Random


Linking up to Shauna’s 25 Random Things party at Perfectly Imperfect.

  1. I love making lists.
  2. I made a list last week and the week before.
  3. I don’t often accomplish everything on my lists.
  4. This ^^ drives GB crazy because he crosses off everything on his lists.
  5. I should be reading Green to Gold so that I can finish my grad-school homework instead of making another list.
  6. Green to Gold is NOT a fairy tale with or about Rumpelstiltskin. It’s about companies using environmental strategies to “innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage.”
  7. Speaking of whom… I have a new guilty pleasure: Once Upon a Time.
  8. Have you fallen asleep yet?
  9. I tried to implement a detox last week.
  10. I started on Monday, I stopped on Thursday.
  11. We still make smoothies every. day. for breakfast.
  12. By we, I mean the only human being awake enough to work a blender at  6:30am.
  13. That’s not me, by the way.
  14. The detox got too boring. And I had a mammoth headache during the whole process.
  15. And I got really cranky not eating cheese OR meat or grains.
  16. I have noticed that I’m OK giving up milk.
  17. I think I shocked my system when I had a Starbucks cafe misto with 1% last Thursday.
  18. You don’t want details to elaborate “shocked.” It was not pretty. No more milk for me.
  19. I am NOT lactose intolerant, according to a test from a gastro-Dr.
  20. I love zumba, but I think I may be straining my back when I exercise.
  21. My Shenandoah observation went well.
  22. It is supposed to snow here today.
  23. I seriously miss having a snowy winter. And skiing. And sledding. And snowball fights.
  24. Shelfari, pinterest, and my google reader are necessary parts of my day.
  25. I think I spend too much time on/at the computer :-)

Thursday Thoughts


I seem to be in a groove here for blogging on Thursdays. Perhaps it’s because I made it through Wednesday and I’m now heading toward the dénouement of the week.

1.) Last weekend my car window wouldn’t roll up. I had driven to my chosen site to complete my ecology observation. The weather was beautiful, so I drove with the windows down. My trusty Cav decided to be cranky when I wanted to roll up the passenger side. Several phone calls to my brother, husband, and father, some banging, praying, and slamming (no cursing!), a little pity party and homage to Murphy, it magically went up again. I have to replace the part. But in order to do that, I have to order it. And today will probably be the day… see #2

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Civic Duties


Today I reported for Jury Duty for the first time in my life. Both GB and I were summoned, but my number was 22 (his was like 160 or something). I got called out for the first case and spent the better part of the morning in court room #10. The proceedings were somewhat tedious, but the judge was uber personable and managed to move things along. Read the rest of this entry