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I haven’t had this much fun since the turning lady:
Since last weekend wasn’t cooperating weather-wise, this weekend was the designated garden enhancement weekend. I was at the nursery when it opened yesterday morning promptly at 9am and picked up some more of the plants I put in the front beds last year, as well as some new varieties (some gorgeous chartreusey-lime sedum and a new echinacea varietal). I also splurged on a big pot that was already planted for the backyard, as well as some annuals to fill in the spaces and fix up the hanging basket that Sue gave me last year.
Spent the morning getting all of the plants in and since I was on a roll, then I cut the grass and pulled a couple hundred dandelions. I don’t know if was the perfect confluence of factors for dandelion growth, or that we’re paying the cost for banned herbicides, but the dandelions are out of control this year. Everywhere. Driving around town you can see numerous yards that are overrun with them. We’re not talking 30% coverage here, more like 80 or 90%, and I don’t think that many people are trying for the derelict look all at once. I think they (the dandelions, not the people) like a wet Spring. I think also that they suck.
In my case, I also lay full blame on the French Immersion school whose field is adjacent to my backyard. A field which is currently white with dandelion fluff. Excellent for my allergies.
Sure, I could be investigating the benefits of dandelion fritters (wtf?) but mostly I just curse while I’m pulling them out and then spend an hour on the couch recovering from sneezing/back aches.
Today, I went to pick up the “over the toilet” cupboard to finish off the bathroom. The box for which was just a few inches too long to fit across the back seats of the Subaru, and the width of which was just an inch to much to fit through the small pass-through in the trunk. I love my Subaru, but if I could redesign one thing about it, it would be to have at least one of the back seats fold all the way down for access from the trunk.
There was no way I was leaving it in the parking lot, so I figured out that I could recline the passenger seat all the way down and then fit the cupboard in like a supine sidekick for the drive home. Excellent until I started the car, because my car is a bit of a hardass when it comes to seat belt safety. It knows when someone is in a seat and doesn’t have on their seatbelt, and then reminds everyone in the car of this major transgression every 30 seconds with a series of seriously annoying pings. But, in one of those special radio moments, I soon found the answer…
Me: It’s not a person, it’s a cupboard.
Me: What part of “cupboard” don’t you understand?
Me: FU, you autocratic tattle-tale!
Car radio: White lines…. (vision dreams of passion) / blowing through my mind… (and all the while, I think of you)
Me: Crank it!
Me: Nah nah nah can’t hear you!Â ...Something like a phenomenon (baby), tellin’ your body to come along (baby)…
The cupboard and I sang it home in the sunshine – speakers cranked and sunroof open.
Went to see Star Trek on the weekend. Enjoyment was obtained. Overall, the actor selections were equal to our collective nostalgia – Chris Pine is a nice bit of toffee, and Zachary Quinto was made for the part. These two carried the show, as they should. Karl Urban and Simon Pegg brought great guffahs as McCoy and Scottie. John Cho got more action in this movie than Sulu did during the original series, I think. Zoe Saldana is beautiful and the role was meant to bring more “power” to Uhura’s part in the team, but she still seemed pretty superfluous. Though there is the connection to Spock that mostly worked even though the origins and duration were left off-screen–nevertheless, it was more about what makes Spock than what makes her.
The opening sequence wherein we see Kirk’s father was some pretty good film – visually stunning, it was surprisingly emotional and brought everyone in from the get-go.
The visual effects were pretty spectacular throughout, actually (though if that was a “mining ship”, I’d hate to see what the Romulans were spending on their primary fleet). Few too many scenes with Kirk hanging by his hands over a precipice and being choked (sometimes in the same scene). Minor quibbles, though, really.
There was enough there for Trekkies and for newbs. I think I clapped a couple of times in the middle. I know some people aren’t too happy with the alternate timeline, and I think there’s a point to be made that there was a little too much time with Spock Prime.
Still and all, what makes the weekend absolutely a geekgasm is…
1. Dollhouse is renewed
2. Chuck is renewed.
This past week, Melle and I attended the Commuitech Tech Leadership Conference – it was a one-day event, with Seth Godin as the featured speaker, along with a keynote address by Jeremy Gutsche of trendhunter fame and Paul Kedrosky.
The crowd was a mix of startup types, executives, marketeers from some of the big local companies, as well as a bunch of headhunter/recruiting reps. The keynotes were entertaining and they offered a few aha moments. Everyone was “just so happy” to be in the K-W area, where we don’t know the word “recession”.
I’ve been using a hand push mower for a few years even though my yard is a bit big and rugged for it. So I finally broke down on the weekend and purchased a new power mower–but it’s a rechargeable electric one!
It’s very cute and enviro-friendly and all that. The battery is good for about 250 charges, which should take me through about 10 years or so. It’s also very quiet – just a little vroom vroom and that’s about it. Even comes with mulching or leaf bag capabilities.
This is the neatest my yard has looked in a while. So much fun!
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