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Arbor Day and the BCMA

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.

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TARABEAR 5/10/2012 4:00PM

    I think it's an awesome achievement. You should be very proud. Isn't there a t-shirt that says "Boys are stupid. Throw rocks at them." Really. How ridiculous. Kick them in the shins.

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PHEBESS 4/29/2012 5:39PM

    Wow - sorry the guys are such schmucks about this! It sounds like they had a glass ceiling, you broke through, and they're freaked out!!!! SO two centuries ago!

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MAMAJAHMAI 4/28/2012 6:59PM

    Sounds to me that you just upped the game....and you've got them feeling very insecure and threatened...CONGRATS!! Enjoy your success!!! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 4/28/2012 2:54PM

    that's a really horrible attitude, but I have found that men have very.... interesting ideas about women who don't toe the party line. Sorry to hear this development. I think you totally rock in so many ways....

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JLPNURSE 4/28/2012 11:36AM

    Well bleh on them! Don't let them get you down. Your achievement is AMAZING!

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Lost a pet.

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.
He agreed.

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CHEVY_CHICK95 4/23/2012 7:37PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my older cat 2 years ago and I still miss her

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SECRETFUN 4/20/2012 8:05PM

  We are so sorry honey! peace and tranquility.

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NATHELESS 4/17/2012 10:51PM

    Very sorry to hear of your loss... Sounds like she had a good life and was well-loved. It's so hard to say goodbye to our furry family members, though.

Much sympathy.../julia

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SHORTY20 4/11/2012 8:21AM

    Oh no, I'm so sorry Janine :(

I'm dreading the day that my kitties pass, they're my children.

Hugs to you (and yay for your road trip!)

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TARABEAR 4/11/2012 12:41AM

    Very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you.
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WERNERETTE 4/10/2012 1:24PM

    So sorry! I know how hard it can be to lose a pet. (((hugs)))

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MBSHAZZER 4/10/2012 9:34AM

    I'm so sorry your sweet kitty died. Glad she didn't suffer though.


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PHEBESS 4/10/2012 8:15AM

    Oh NB, I'm so sorry about your kitty!!!! It's so difficult, they're like our babies, aren't they? You have my sincerest sympathies.

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JLPNURSE 4/9/2012 8:32PM

    I'm sorry about your kitty. So sad. But I am glad like you say it wasn't a long drawn out illness.

Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

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ERICAW2012 4/9/2012 4:23PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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LAC936 4/9/2012 3:55PM

    Sooo sorry! I lost my 20 year old cat and 16 year old cat in the past two years. It rips your heart out. We got two kittens (a brother and sister) after the 20 year old died so the 16 year old wouldn't mourn the loss, but it didn't really help, as he was brokenhearted and only lived a few months longer. The kittens are now 2 and although they can't replace our lifelong friends, they ease the pain. They'll probably outlive us ...LOL.

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    So sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet kitty. My cat will be 19 years old next month. She went completely blind 6 months ago and sleeps most of the time. I know I will be mourning her passing most likely this year. emoticon

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CHIEF_GEEK 4/9/2012 3:42PM

    Even from a dog lover, I am sorry to hear of your lose! Old Shred who you see in my pic, and a very loving and caring member of our family. We hate to think of time when he will not be around. So I understand you cat's passing.

But you now get to plan your trip and have wonderful time on old route 66!

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KMIRANDA2000 4/9/2012 3:41PM

    You should go on that trip as soon as possible. As a mom to one dog and 4 kitties I feel your loss immensely. It's never easy. Over our 20 year marriage, we've lost a cockateil, 2 cats and a dog. The day they pass and the days following are rough, but then you start to remember the good times and all the joy they brought you in those 15 years...and somehow your heart heals and you're ready to bring someone new into your life. Before that happens...hit the road...Route 66!!

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PARKERB2 4/9/2012 3:38PM

    Have a great time on your trip. Sorry for your loss.

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I passed the BCMA exam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

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TARABEAR 4/2/2012 4:49PM

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!! Woohooo! Hope you've been celebrating!

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JLPNURSE 3/28/2012 6:27AM

    Congratulations! That is so AWESOME! You should be so proud of yourself

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NOTBLUSHING 3/27/2012 8:30PM

    Shazz- I am also the only female BCMA in the Florida! I'm a member there too!

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MBSHAZZER 3/27/2012 7:48PM

    Wow, excellent! Nice going - I know you worked your butt off for this! Well deserved!

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PHEBESS 3/27/2012 7:11PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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(That's as close as I can get to a crown of laurel leaves!)

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Mudroom wall cabinet hung, finally... before & after

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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MBSHAZZER 3/26/2012 2:13PM

    Looks great!! Thanks for sharing before and afters! I love those!

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TARABEAR 3/26/2012 12:07PM

    Good job! I bet it's nice to have something to show for all your hard work! Can't wait to see the whole thing. I'm really looking forward to seeing that sink.

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JLPNURSE 3/25/2012 3:22PM

    It's coming along! Looks great!

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PHEBESS 3/25/2012 2:17PM

    Nice!!!!! I love the cabinet so far!!!

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Replacing a 40mpg car with something that's easier on gas

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This week I outfitted my new 'grocery getter': my 21-speed bicycle. After paying $126 to fill up the gas tank on my truck, I decided I didn't want to do that anymore. And my spouse (predictably) has not even LOOKED INTO buying another car to replace the one that's now rotting in our driveway.
The warm weather of spring always motivates me to bring the bikes out of their winter home in the basement, inflate the tires, and start spinning. I've walked to get groceries many times (it's exactly 1 mile from my house to the store), but carrying heavy groceries in a backpack is miserable... mostly due to hard objects (canned goods and glass bottles) poking out at odd angles into my back. Plus, after a mile, they seem much heavier. And frozen foods are out of the question: they thaw on the way home on a summer day. I needed a better system.
So, this week I bought a rack and two saddlebags.

Now I'm ready to get the groceries.

But I also have an appointment to look at a car tomorrow. I didn't mention this to the spouse yet.

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TARABEAR 3/26/2012 12:10PM

    Those are GREAT saddlebags!!! I LOVE this! I hope you're enjoying the ride. Unfortunately, our weather is still crap here. I hope to see my bike again sometime this year.

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NOTBLUSHING 3/22/2012 6:12PM

    SHAZZ- I carried 4 very full plastic grocery bags in those 2 things. If you shop for them, they're called "panniers".
Here's a link to what I have:

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MBSHAZZER 3/22/2012 11:50AM

    Totally agree on the backpack issue! I love the saddlebags! What a neat idea! I should look into those for quick grocery trips. Actually, I should have the BF look into those as he does all the marketing!

Good luck with your clandestine car shopping trip! The BF and I share a gently used Ford Escape hybrid and it's excellent on gas!

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PHEBESS 3/22/2012 11:11AM

    YAY!!!!! Have fun car shopping! And I seriously love the Yaris - people are amazed at how much stuff I can fit in there when I put the seats down. My friend the massage therapist can fit his massage table in there!

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NOTBLUSHING 3/22/2012 9:28AM

    PHEBESS: the car I'm looking at is indeed a smart, which is my first choice. I also am loving Yaris. My spouse definitely wants something bigger, like a Camry or an Accord. I think I will prevail because a) I usually do, and b) I am the only person taking any action.

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JLPNURSE 3/22/2012 6:21AM

    Awesome addition to the bike!

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PHEBESS 3/22/2012 6:07AM

    Great way to go!

Are you looking at a Smart car for the car? Would have loved one for here! Although my Yaris is wonderful, if you want something a bit bigger than the Smart car.

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