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Thursday, February 03, 2011

That stands for Board Certified Master Arborist. It is the highest designation of certification achievable through the International Society of Arboriculture.
It was 3 years ago, February 1st, that I became a (Level 1) Certified Arborist. My credential is up for renewal in June, and my goal is to renew at the highest level: a BCMA.
I suppose this is pretty ambitious, but it is certainly achievable. Someone may have already done it before; I don't know. But I do know that if my application is accepted, and if I pass this test, I will be the first female BCMA in my city. In fact, I will be the first female BCMA in this state.
It's not a sure thing: there could be a woman, somewhere in Virginia, taking the exam at this precise moment; and if she passes, she will be first. I requested the earliest possible test date, which is 12 days away. It is a solemn and privileged feeling. I certainly hope to be first.
Having said that, I expect the test to be VERY difficult, and cover a lot of material that is new to me. If I get my test date, I will have only a week to find and learn the information I will need to know. There is a very good chance that I will not pass the first time, but I am determined to retake the test as many times as I need to, and can afford to, to achieve my goal by my renewal date in June.

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SECRETFUN 2/5/2011 2:16PM

  Focus focus and do it! Wooooohooo! Eyes on the prize.

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TARABEAR 2/4/2011 5:17PM

    If anyone can do it, you can! Go get 'em!!!

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_UMAMI_ 2/4/2011 1:37PM

    emoticon That would be something to really be proud of.
(btw, one of my bros got his bachelor's in horticulture)

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NDORRIS 2/4/2011 10:18AM

    Wow, you go girl! You have those ambitions and make them happen!! You have my full support. Sending good energy and well wishes your way. Booyah.

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PHEBESS 2/3/2011 4:15PM

    I'm positive you will ace that test and be the first woman BCMA in your REGION!!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/3/2011 3:53PM

    Sending you positive vibes!

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February is the new January

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Something amazing happened today:
The arrival of these personal deadlines somehow breathed new life into my motivation. Tonight, as I thought about my goals, my spark reignited.
February 2011 involves some very big goals for me- goals I set for myself over three years ago. Now, the time has come; and suddenly, everything has changed.
I am focused on achieving those goals. Big landmarks that I created for myself revolving around my career. Now that February of 2011, my arrival time, is here, I feel so completely driven to make them all happen; every last beautiful and daring one of them.
Today, I started feeling like I haven't felt in years. More focused. More determined. More successful. And more in control of my destiny.
Today I wrote out my daily 'to do' list, mindful to put all my plans into motion. And amazingly, I accomplished everything on my list. I scheduled appointments I've been putting off for many months (ASAP- I will do this tomorrow!). I emailed people I've been ignoring and dodging for months, and confirmed appointments left and right. My dance card is now full. I even called my hairdresser, knowing FULL WELL it is time for a much shorter, much edgier cut, and some captivating color. And I'm months overdue for my pedicure.
I'm tired of bad news. February is the new January, and I'm a new person. I'm energized and excited, and I have some very big resolutions to launch.
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SECRETFUN 2/5/2011 2:22PM

  Good job! Keep it up (and your self!)

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NDORRIS 2/4/2011 10:20AM

    Go Blushing, Go Blushing, Go, Go, Go Blushing!

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_UMAMI_ 2/2/2011 8:00PM

    Huzzah, and toss some of that extra energy down South, please!

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MBSHAZZER 2/2/2011 9:36AM

    Awesome!!! :D

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PHEBESS 2/2/2011 4:52AM

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Kind of glad *the most expensive January on record* is over

Monday, January 31, 2011

Good news, and still some bad news, but I choose to focus on the good news and keep smiling:
The insurance guy called me back today, and to my relief, he seemed much more sympathetic and agreeable than the police officer about the hit-and-run damage to my truck. Because my truck is so thoroughly insured, I should only have to pay a $250 deductible. Yay!
I forgot to call the cabinet manufacturer today to authorize shipping of my order. Booo.
I also decided to listen less to the veterinarians, and more to my dog. The result is that she is EATING MORE and FEELING BETTER. Yay! If you have ever cared for terminally ill pet, you might agree that it's pretty much about quality of life. Following the doctors advice to the letter amounted to us torturing our dog: jabbing her with needles and trying to force her to eat horrible things. She was declining rapidly. Knowing that this course of action would lead to her death, I fed her something she WANTED to eat. Letting her choose more palatible food more than quadrupled the amount of food, and badly needed hidden medicine, she took in. Today, she's up and about, barking at noises in the back yard. A far cry from a few days ago, when she was listless and unresponsive, not wagging her tail or even lifting her head. Her blood glucose is better and she has more energy.
Watching your pet waste away is unbearable. At least, it was for me. All the medicine in the world won't help her if she won't eat. Calories made all the difference.

The cabinet guy is a little too chummy for words... really. It's even a little embarrassing to be more specific than that. It's good that the kitchen remodeling project is now moving past the cabinet phase.
As of today, my truck waits in what I hope is a very temporary home for her, at the body shop. I HOPE the repairs are done THIS WEEK. We have a lot of drywall to buy.

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JLPNURSE 2/2/2011 7:32PM

    I hope when/if I get sick, I am treated as well as your dog. And that face you posted has been curious. Is he hitting on you?

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SECRETFUN 1/31/2011 10:35PM

  All in all, sounds like things are moving in the good direction!

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MBSHAZZER 1/31/2011 8:32PM

    I'm glad your dog is feeling better. It's the worst thing when your beloved pet is terminal. I know she appreciates your loving care and of course, eating what she wants!

Sending good, healing thoughts her way!

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PHEBESS 1/31/2011 6:01PM

    I hope everything continues to improve - you, the pup, the truck, and the kitchen!

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PLEASE, no more expensive bad news!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lord, have mercy!
I would like to get back to HAPPY and POSITIVE things now!

After I had signed the kitchen contract and paid for it, after we put off signing and paying for an extra day so my husband could be SURE the measurements were correct, AFTER all these things have come to pass, he and his father come to ME to tell me the measurements are off.
My reaction?
I have TWO adult children now, instead of just one (my spouse)?
So I am the one to fix this? Two grown men can't call the cabinet guy? or what, they need my permission? Are you KIDDING me?
WHY do I always end up in the "mommy" role, putting out the fires and solving all the problems? I thought that was what I had a husband for.
I am soooooo tired of holding up the universe on my own shoulders, unaided.

And the lastest log on the financial fire (you are NOT going to believe this):
Last night someone smashed into my truck, where it was parked on the street. Apparently, everyone who MIGHT have been a witness had a different opinion about what the car looked like. Meaning I will have to pay for the hit-and-run repairs myself.

I'd love to say that things are improving, but I'm STILL sick, my computer STILL doesn't work (meaning I will be forced to withdraw from my English class), the measuring error will be costly, my dog has diabetes, and my truck needs about $3000 worth of repairs.

I know things could be worse, but I really don't want another taste of how MUCH worse they could get!!!!

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JLPNURSE 1/29/2011 1:07PM

    I am SO SORRY! I hope things turn around soon.

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DANDELIONESS2 1/26/2011 4:56PM

  I am amazed you are still vertical. What a nightmare! Something's gotta give. And will.

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MBSHAZZER 1/26/2011 11:36AM

    GAH!!!! When it rains, it pours! I am so sorry that you are having such a run of bad luck.

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NONNYKATE 1/26/2011 10:54AM

    Wow, a perfect storm of bad news! On the up vent really well! And, as my married daughters are discovering...women actually run the world, we just don't get much credit for it. emoticon Hope things get better very soon!

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PHEBESS 1/26/2011 10:02AM

    Not much anyone can say. Just sending you lots of hugs.

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NDORRIS 1/25/2011 11:35PM

    *said in a Brooklyn accent*Girl, you need to write you a country song and sell it to make you some of that money back for all that grief you goin' through. That would only be right.(yes people in Brooklyn listen to country music, don't be judge-y) Seriously, I'm just sayin'

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(this is as close as I could get to some faces that say 'this is some b**ls**t')

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SECRETFUN 1/25/2011 10:31PM

  Honey you and those two men are in my prayers (the doggie too, but you three, each for different reasons, might need them more).

Peace and tranquility, and may the right things happen.

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KAYE454 1/25/2011 8:12PM

  So sorry I know exactly how you feel I have been in your shoes you are in my thoughts and prayers

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Still sick, and losing weight

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I guess being dreadfully ill is one way to do it. Since we got sick, the dog and I have each lost at least 5 lbs. I don't have a lot of appetite with bronchitis this bad, and I've been subsisting on about a thousand calories a day, which I figure is enough, because all I do is lie in bed, but I'm glad that I've had a small caloric deficit to boost my mood.
I've had about all the yogurt I can handle, but because I still have over a weeks worth of antibiotics left, I know yogurt will be a fact of life for at least as long. I have zero desire for the usual snacks my spouse parades out at night (good! I shouldn't eat them anyway), but I long for a REAL meal. I was sick on my birthday so I missed out, so now I have to wait til Valentines Day.

We're getting used to doggie's new medication routine, it's not a bad as I thought it would be. The remodeling project has come to a halt, because my father-in-law is sick too.

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MBSHAZZER 1/24/2011 12:33PM

    Ugh, well, at least there is a small bright side to the illness. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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_UMAMI_ 1/22/2011 11:26PM

    Yes, find your nearest Jewish deli and get some take out matzo (sp. here different?)!

And happy belated birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think you are owed a night out to celebrate, once you are well. (before Valentine's Day---way over-rated and overpriced anyway)

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PHEBESS 1/22/2011 9:22PM

    If I were nearby I'd make you some chicken soup with matzah balls, and you'd feel better right away!

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LBRYSON26 1/22/2011 7:36PM

    so sorry you are under the weather hope you feel better real soon! emoticon

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