Saturday, April 28, 2012
I survived April.
We had Arbor Day events every Saturday this month- I led half of them- and I survived. It's over. And my spouse finished our taxes (the biggest stress-producer of all).
While I'm on the career subject, I have a few thoughts about my BCMA credential.
Before I achieved this goal, I shared my ambition with a few of my colleagues (all of whom were male). The BCMA is a very exclusive club; there are fewer than 400 in the world. I sensed that the guys who'd achieved it seemed slightly smug about being at the top, and this perception stuck with me.
After I passed the BCMA, I noticed a difference in their attitudes. But not what you might think.
Whereas prior to my accomplishment, they'd all come off as very proud, and they all upheld the notion that the BCMA is a major achievement and every person who holds this credential is an expert among experts, AFTER the men learned that I'd joined the ranks, they CHANGED THAT POSITION and downplayed the significance of it! They agreed that the entire credentialling process was flawed and even suggested that many more people would be BCMAs if they could afford the expensive test!
I am just... appalled. Is the BCMA now devalued because it's been awarded to a woman, or is it just devalued because it was awarded to ME? I wonder which?
Far from congratulating me, and welcoming me into the ranks.
And I might add that ALL IN ALL, it's very clear that *I* think my achievement is a bigger deal than anyone I've told.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Our 15 yr old kitty died suddenly.
Of course, she was very frail, and we expected that this would be her last year with us, but still.
It was very sudden. We just found her. We're assuming her heart gave out.
While I'm glad there was no prolonged suffering, I'm so sad that she was alone when she passed. We were upstairs and heard nothing.
She was a real sweetie.
The silver lining? In my sorrow, I revealed one of my bucket list wishes to my spouse.
I told him that after all our pets pass on, I wanted him to take 3 weeks off work and take a road trip on Route 66 with me.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As of today, I am the FIRST FEMALE BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER ARBORIST in my region! Yes, not just in my state, in my whole region!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
After installing new door and window... after gutting to bare beams... after building a new floor... after building walls (installing drywall, taping, mudding, sanding, painting)... after installing crown moulding... we FINALLY have our wall cabinet. There's no glass now, but we have 12 little windows to install on the cabinet doors. After that we begin installing beadboard all around, then, we'll install the base cabinet and the massive cast iron sink. We'll finish with undercabinet lighting, and an antique reproduction ceiling fan / light fixture. Flooring will be 6x24" rustic porcelain plank.
We're going for a very rustic, farmhouse look here. This cabinet was actually an oak buffet hutch purchased from Unfinished Furniture. It is stained in "golden pecan" and "dark walnut" and finished in polyurethane. The base cabinet will be made from the buffet, but we will have to take it apart and rebuild it bigger and stronger to accomodate the heavy, 6' long sink.
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