Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thanks to the binoculars I got for my birthday, I saw all the fights in lip-busting detail.
A new chair and ottoman for the computer room! I needed a place to read/study where the TV downstairs wouldn't disturb me. Previously the only option upstairs was to sit on our bed and read. Trying to sit on the bed and read dry school material = me asleep in less than 15 minutes. At least this way I'll have to sleep sitting up which will be marginally more difficult for me.
This chair met all of my requirements: small-scale, upholstered, geometric print, and squishy cushions. Although this one is decidedly less squishy than the floor model at the store, the chapters in the textbook for my summer class are all 50+ pages long, so I'm sure I'll have it broken in in no time.
Here is a close-up of the pattern.
The cherry (or grape? I can never remember) tomato plant is doing well. It has little yellow flowers all over it.
The regular tomato plant is looking a little puny. BD is ready to give up on it and rip it out, but I think it will be okay if we just give it some time. It's growing, but it is not very full and bushy like the other one.
The cucumbers are growing like crazy. The protective cage has little tufts of white hair from the attempts of the four-legged predator, but so far he hasn't gotten to them (yet).
BD's sunflowers are doing great. The little seedlings are about 6" tall now.
They already turn and follow the sun each day.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Kip helped, of course.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In March he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In spite of facing a bleak prognosis, he was most concerned with how his absence was going to affect the team's workload. He took a few days off after the initial diagnosis to undergo surgery and then was back at work for a few days before being forced to take a leave of absence due to the ravaging effects of the aggressive chemo treatment.
Here is an exerpt from our electronic conversation on his last day of work:
Him: Alright, don't let this swell your head, but among all people you impress me the most in how you rise to the occasion. You have taken up much of my slack single-handedly and done so with grace and humor. This is in addition to working your butt off outside of [work] to get your degree. I am truly impressed and feel quite fortunate to have you on the team and have made [dept director] aware, though she already seemed to be aware. I will forever be truly grateful and hope you haven't grown to despise me or the job before I get back.
Me: head swelling in 3, 2, 1...
Him: I do mean it in all sincerity.
Me: Well thanks, I appreciate that. I hope you know that you are one of my very favorite people here and a main reason why I like this job. I have learned so much from working with you. If I handle things with grace and humor, it's because I've learned how to do it from watching you. You are not only my supervisor and mentor but also my friend. But there is no way I am capable of filling your shoes, so you need to hurry up and get better before this place burns down without you.
Him: head swelling in 3, 2, 1...
I attended his funeral last week - 7 short weeks after his diagnosis. The service was filled with lots of tears for a life too short but mixed with smiles and laughter over shared stories of how this man touched so many lives in one way or another.
Work is not the same for me these days. Life goes on, of course, as it should, and I am trying to honor his memory by handling things with grace and humor. But I often find myself listening for one of his trademark remarks: "Can I get a whoop whoop!" was a favorite of his on good days or "Son of a biscuit!" when things weren't going so smoothly.
Rest in peace, Carl. You are missed.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We also planted a magnolia tree. Magnolias are the state flower of Louisiana. Magnolia trees grow really slowly, and I usually don't like slow growers, but I love those big white blossoms. This one has tons of buds on it, so I'm hoping we will see some flowers later this summer.
We have also planted several azaleas and a dogwood tree this year. Dogwoods are the state flower of North Carolina. But I didn't get pictures of them before the blooms fell off, so right now they just look like green trees and bushes. The dogwood won't bloom again until next spring, but the azaleas should bloom again later this summer.
Monday, May 11, 2009
BD is growing sunflowers from seeds again this summer. He did this 2 years ago, and the sunflowers got over 6' tall. They were gorgeous! These are planted right outside the wooden fence. We don't have to worry about Kip bothering them, but they still have to have a chicken wire cage around them because the rabbits think they are delicious. The little seedlings are only about 2" tall so far.