Saturday, March 28, 2009
I have participated in the local 10k several times. There's always a great turnout, and it's a lot of fun. This event celebrated it's 10th anniversary this year, and it's the first running race event I ever registered for, back in 2003 (I think).
I have to admit, that on several occasions, I was not registered; but the festivities sucked me in still the same. On those occasions, I opted instead to walk alongside the course, on the sidewalk, and challenge myself to go the distance. I have no idea what my pace time would have been... I walked the whole thing, and usually had painful blisters on the 2nd half.
The last time I was a registered participant, that I have a recorded finish time, I weighed close to 300 lbs and took over two hours to finish.
This time, quite a bit had changed. I'm a hundred pounds lighter, and able to jog about half the course, finishing a whole hour faster than I did in 2006.
I'm still not much of a runner, but it sure feels great to make such huge strides in my fitness.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Nothing beats this feeling.
I'm never late to work, I get along great with my boss and all my coworkers (it's just me!). I will never get a pink slip or a bad review. I take lunch where and when I please. And I make more money than I ever I did working for someone else.
I'm self employed.
I attend professional events every month. I network and make associations. I shake hands and email, and top people in my industry introduce me to others as "my friend" and "my esteemed colleague". They ask permission to use photos I send them in lectures, which are then seen by thousands of people all over the world.
I love what I do so much, I could do it all day for no money at all. I'm constantly amazed that people pay me for doing what I do for fun. I never would have imagined what a great career move I made only LAST YEAR, when I decided to persue this profession, all the way to the top.
I'm an Arborist, and it's pruning season. I am booked SOLID.
You'd never know there was anything at all wrong with the economy to look at my calendar. I'm swamped, working in a desperate rush to complete contracts before the leaves come out on the trees... any day now.
I'm a Landscape Designer. I offer landscape and planting advice, and draw scale plans for clients. I never get tired of hearing comments like "I would never have thought of that!" -that's why you hire me!
Today, I arrived at my last appointment of the day a little after 5pm. I got right down to business doing the scheduled labor- a root collar excavation on a young tree in the client's front yard.
She greeted me and asked me to recap what was going to happen, and what were the implications. We walked over to the tree.
I pointed out the symptom that had prompted me to suggest this service: severe serpentine bark scald. I told her what it meant: the tree is dying unless immediate treatment can save it.
I had no problem identifying the tree, almost down to the cultivar, by the symptom alone. Red Maples show this symptom whem they are planted too deeply and roots girdle the trunk, slowly killing the tree. I told her I was certain this was what I would find when I excavated the buried root collar.
Sure enough, thirty minutes later I looked like a genius. She saw exactly what I said she would see. I root pruned about half of the problem, but the other half will have to wait to see how the tree responds... the girdling roots on the other side of the trunk were about 1.5" thick and it would have been too much of a dose in one visit. There will need to be follow up appointments. This is a client I'll be taking care of for as long as she lives in this area.
It never ceases to amaze me when clients sign my contract, thanks me profusely, and gratefully hand me a nice, fat check. It's so much to fun to do what I do, I almost feel guilty.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
To my extreme surprise, today I received an overdraft notice from a debt I recently made payment on.
I wrote the check for $39.00- not exactly a huge sum, but that's aside from the point.
The point is, I know I'm good for $39.00 because, according to every record, there is over $43,000.00 in the account.
So now I sit here, waiting for a response from my wonderful credit union, staring at this angry letter from my debtee, demanding I make immediate restitution, and include another twenty bucks for the pain and suffering my bounced check has caused them.
Nothing comes CLOSE to the incompetence of my credit union. I could expound, but I'd literally be typing all day.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Every day, I run a nutritional report, summarizing everything I've entered on my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. Every day, I get a lecture. It goes something like this:
'You're not getting enough potassium. Eat something with potassium. What's wrong with you- do you have something against potassium? You're playing a very dangerous game with your health here, missy. We'll be happy to tell you what to eat to get more potassium.'
Well, this begs the question, how do either ME or SparkPeople really know?
Because the law doesn't require potassium content to be listed on nutrition labels, most of of the time, it ISN'T listed. This missing information causes falsely low potassium reports.
Look at almost any nutritional label. Chances are, potassium isn't mentioned. That isn't because it has none (example: if an item has no fat, fat is still listed, but it lists as "0"). It's because the information is strictly voluntary. Only a tiny handful of companies CHOOSE to give us this information about their products.
Eating a few servings of fruits/vegetables every day, combined with the missing numbers, may in fact bring your potassium level up to snuff. And I'm fairly sure that on most days, I'M UP TO SNUFF.
Please, until Congress passes a law requiring potassium to be listed on nutrition labels, spare me the lecture.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
My hair is naturally frizzy. I flat iron it because I want a nice, smooth look. However, precipitation will usually undo all my effort in a matter of seconds.
It has rained all weekend, kind of a cold drizzle. The stuff of which hair nightmares are made.
This time, I used something different: Aussie.
Yep, you heard right. That drug store brand with the kangaroo on the label.
On my freshly washed, damp hair (2 DAYS AGO!) I applied a small amount of "TIZZ NO FRIZZ" gel, flexible hold. Then, I blow dried and ironed as usual, and finished with an all-over misting of "sydney SMOOTH 12hr anti-humidity hair spray".
I am delighted to report that although I have been outside in this weather at least 5 times, with no head protection, for up to a couple of minutes, I have virtually ZERO frizz. My hair is still totally smooth.
It usually takes just one exposure, a few seconds, in this kind of weather, for my smooth looking coif to be destroyed. This is REMARKABLE... and I had to share.
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