Updates

Featured Image: First Morning Glory of 2015, by Heather Lee

It’s time for a collection of updates that didn’t fit in elsewhere. What’s been going on?

Work
The new job is fun so far. I’ve been training for the first two weeks and am about to be turned loose on my own documents (yay). These things require a lot of attention to detail, but I feel like I’m picking it all up pretty quickly. Being an editor, rather than a writer/editor/designer/all-the-hats-wearer, feels good. Focus is lovely. Also, the people are nice and the office is generally quiet. I like it there.

The routine change has gone better than expected, too. Thanks to the practice waking up at 5:00 a.m., I haven’t had any trouble booting up in the morning. Brian gets up with me to make my coffee, keep me company, and see me off. He is a god. And I’ve been able to build housekeeping into my evening list of stuff to do; now I just need to get the exercise back in. Working in an office has zapped my step count (sorry, Fitbit).

Garden
We’ve had metric butt-ton of rain over the past few weeks. Our garden has responded accordingly and gone utterly gonzo. In addition to this year’s planned crop, we had some happy surprise reappearances from last year’s crowd. All of the dianthus overwintered and was still blooming in January. It never stopped and has been riotous since the temperatures rose.

Dianthus! (Picture taken in March)
Dianthus! (Picture taken in March)

Our little pink lemonade calibrachoa also made it through the winter and has been blooming since the beginning of April. So did our mountain phlox. I didn’t get a picture of it in bloom this cycle, but it’s still pretty.

Happy little calibrachoa!
Happy little calibrachoa!

We discovered the first of the happy surprises a few weeks ago while weeding the south bed. Four of our wax-leaf begonias were beginning to poke their way out of the mulch and are now blooming merrily.

Pretty begonia blooms!
Pretty begonia blooms!

And up front, completely unbeknownst to us, last year’s marigolds had re-seeded themselves. They started coming up a little after the begonias did and one is even forming a bloom.

Secret bonus marigolds!
Secret bonus marigolds!

The birds have even pitched in, planting an extensive sunflower patch where our strawberry bed used to be.

Bird-planted sunflowers!
Bird-planted sunflowers!

Hair
The hair is growing out surprisingly fast. It’s gone from crew cut to Grace Jones to Gozer, and it’s even easier to fix in the morning. I’m still thrilled with it being short, and it’s about reached the Carol length. More entertaining bedhead pics will appear soon.

Grace Jones!
Grace Jones!
gozer
Gozer!

All said, we’re doing well these days. The rain has stopped, my Firebird is almost completely fixed (future post on that soon), and the flowers are blooming. I’m happy as a grig. How are you guys doing? Anything special going on? Let us know in the comments!

Similar Filth:

2 Comments

  1. So glad to hear the new job is going well! I sense you will rock it, especially if you are pretty comfortable already.

    And I bet you’ll start coming up with sneaky ways to get steps and other exercise in, I know you are a clever resourceful gal and it won’t be long until you figure it out.

    1. Thanks, Crabby! I’m enjoying it a lot so far. Things are a bit crazy right now with family visits and other work, but my grubby little brain is chewing on the exercise issue. Probably while I sleep. 😛

Use Your Words: