I Can Handle This

You guys, this is just a quick post to tell you how BUSY and STRESSED I am today.  I missed class because I fell asleep without turning on my alarm, but that’s not a big deal because we weren’t really doing much in there today.  The reason I’m stressed is this:

Due Thursday, 6/2 in class.  6-8 pages, double-spaced, Times Roman 12 pt, in MLA style.  Proper citation of sources in required.

For this essay you will need to research a current environmental issue of interest to you.  This environmental problem could be America or India, though I strongly suggest that you choose an issue which you already have some familiarity in order to reduce the necessity for lengthy research.

The essay must describe the problem and the different sides to the issue, suggest cultural and historical influences on the problem (using the historical background and concepts from the course reading where relevant) that complicate its solution, and, finally, apply any relevant concepts learned in this class (such as approprite scale, continuity between nature and culture, making room for gardens in the natural world, the ethics of care, the himility and responsibility of the hunter, a religious framework, or a land ethic) to suggest a set of actions to address the particular environmental issue.  These actions should not be purely a program of public policy and legislative agendas, but should suggest how human attitudes concerning the issue might be changed and behavios adjusted in appropriate and necessary ways, in accordance with the particular principles you think are appropriate to apply.

Complicated stuff.  And remember yesterday when I said I got good news in this class?  We had an assignment to work in the garden on campus and then write a “journal entry” for it.  I kept trying and trying to work in the garden, but I was constantly told that the weather was not appropriate.  I didn’t get a chance to work in the garden before the assignment was due, so I talked to the teacher and was told that I could just write about my experience with working in gardens before (I think I’ll write about my window-garden).

So, add those together (the journal has to be a minimum of 750 words), and that equals stress.  Both are due tomorrow (but I’m trying to get the journal done tonight).  But!  That’s not all!  We also have room checks today, which means there’s an extra stress-er (because I still haven’t unpacked from Wyoming and clothes are everywhere) that I have to prepare for.

This is going to be a long day.  Better get started.

 

A gratuitous picture of the plants for you:

Battle of the Plants

(I’m sorry I haven’t been very good at this post a day thing this month!)

You know how much I love my plants (even naming them), so you can imagine that I felt a little bad and a littler superior when Kyle’s pepper plants weren’t growing.  They weren’t even starting.  I helped him to take care of them so they sprouted, and lo and behold, they did.

But, I’m not so sure that I’m happy about this.  I’m actually a little jealous.

My Chammy at about 1.5 months old.

His pepper at about 1 week (the right one) and 1 day (the left one).

This is not fair.

New Home

I don’t have anything for you…yet.  I go to the dentist today (for the first time in oh, about 12 years), and I’m kind of turning into a nervous train wreck.

But, I did replant my rose last night (the pot was leaking), and I decided that my baby chamomile needed a new home as well (from now on, if you read “Chammy”, you’ll know that I’m talking about my chamomile.  I decided that if it knew how much I loved it, it would grow better.  I’m in the market for a name for the rose as well).

I think they like the new places…

And that makes me a very happy girl.

A Weekend Well Spent

As promised, here’s the picture heavy post.

On Friday, we went to Kyle’s house.  From there, we went out grocery shopping (for taco salad…yum!), and book shopping (a Borders here is closing and having huge sales).  I got a book: (for $4.80!)

The next morning, we all got up bright and early (7 a.m.) to go to Kyle’s grandparents’ house.  While there, I worked on my hat:

and met puppies:

We all had cake, ate a lot, and came back home.  I checked on my plants:

And planted more:

(spearmint in the pink, chamomile in the flowered)

This morning, after I got done with classes, I picked up the mail.  I got these:

(Atomic, Tahiti Sunrise, Palm Tree, Nuclear Energy. Lip balm in Bubblegum was a free gift.)

And these: (from John)

(“Bucking Bull with Rope”)

(“Duke and the Cats”)

(“Aunt Casse”)

It was really quiet walking back from class because I was the only one walking on the road.  The trees, which were covered in the rain from last night, froze, leaving tiny drops of ice on the branches.

When they fell, they made a tinkling sound as they hit the pavement.

Spring! (And Care Package!)

The snow is almost all melted off and I can see grass again!  Although it’s a little soggy, and not green at all, just the sight makes me extremely happy.  I’ve been keeping my window open at night, and I’ve been sleeping fantastically.

But even the nice, warm weather can’t make me feel better after forgetting about a mythology test.  I missed class the other day because I didn’t feel up to going, and now I regret it.  I finished in 30 minutes, and headed to the mailroom, hoping in my head, “I hope I get a care package to make me feel better….”.  Well, I did.

This was enough to make me feel better :) I’ll do swatches of the makeup soon.  Thank you, Stacia! <3

 

Edited to add:

You guys, I totally forgot to do my love list!  I explained this last Friday…It’s a list of the things I loved this week:

  1. Getting a care package filled to the brim with things I LOVE.  Thank you so much Stacia!  I feel like I can’t thank you enough!  You always cheer me up :)
  2. Spring is finally here!  The weather is warm enough that I actually wore flip flops for about an hour (but ending up with mud under my feet, and cold toes).
  3. Watching my plants flourish!  I actually tossed out my polka dot plant (it was dying so fast.  I didn’t have the heart to watch it.  I also felt really bad that I didn’t give it an extra week to possibly come back.  I almost cried.  Sad, right?) today to make room for the soon to be sprouted Spearmint and Chamomile plants.  I can’t wait.
  4. I’m only supposed to do three (I don’t know why, that’s just the rules!), but I’m also loving my new haircut.  It’s nothing special, just 3/4 inch off, and some bangs added, but I feel like a brand new woman!  With spring in the air, and a new look, I’m ready for a new season! :)

What did you enjoy this week?  Have a great weekend!

Seeds

I started with a TP roll (which I’ve been collecting covertly), and cut it like this tutorial says.  Then, I taped the bottom.

I filled them (two, because I’m growing two different plants) with soil, using a spoon.

I labeled them.

This is what I’m growing (both are good for tea!).

Spearmint.

Chamomille.

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

(Tuesday Questions tomorrow…!)