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Author: Debra  //  Category: Art Department, Education

When I get back from vacation, disorder I’ll be sitting with a couple of school advisors to see if there’s a program locally that fits what I want to do.  If I have to take a lot of classes that aren’t interesting or what I feel is pertinent, anesthetist then I’m not going to bother. I don’t want to waste time or money. I am not after the degree, medications I’m after the education. And I want to learn what I want to learn. I’m at the age and stage in my life that I know what my goals are and if a degree program doesn’t get me there, that’s fine.  I have never performed well when being forced to learn/do things that feel like a waste of time.

In the mean time, I picked up a book on weather. It’s full of great photos and illustrations and covers all the basics in terminology and concepts. From there, I want to move on to basic weather forecasting. I’m enjoying learning more about weather patterns and how to better read the data. From there, I will probably look into space weather.

From Graphic Design to Meteorology, I’m really in a place to learn. Filling my head with lots of new thoughts is what is keeping me sane these days. For relative values of sanity, I guess.

And now…off to work.

Excuse me, what?

Author: Debra  //  Category: General

I got judged today and was found lacking.

What amuses me (now) is how little I cared that the judger did the judging, this site or that her assessment was so far off the mark to be laughable.

Seriously. Salespeople really need to be savvy enough to not assume anything about the people that they want to sell things to. Do not assume that since most smaller credit unions are not technically savvy that we are automatically one of those. Do not, hospital EVER, esophagitis talk to the person in charge of web technology as though she must just be a secretary given the task of maintaining the web because she could type well.

As a salesperson, talk to everyone as though they are at least a little bit smarter than you until they prove you wrong.  Because if you err to the other side, and I am part of that error, then I will make you look horribly foolish. In fact, it will be my pleasure to do so, so that you never, ever make this mistake again.

It is 2010. IE6 is NOT worth spending any time testing for website compatibility and meta commands are not the current “best practices” method for Search Engine Optimization. At this point, I’m really not going to be an easy sell for your services since I pretty much think you are living under a rock.

I’m not used to being underestimated and when it happens, I find that I enjoy making the offender very uncomfortable. Same thing when someone calls me Debbie a second time after being asked nicely to use Deb or Debra. You just don’t do it.

Queen of the Herb Garden

Author: Debra  //  Category: Gardening

The inside is nearly as green as outdoors today. I have some lovely basil, disinfection tarragon, and flat leaf parsley ready to be transplanted from their seedling trays. The rosemary I started from seed looks fabulous, but can stay in their tiny greenhouse a while longer.

I didn’t start a lot of plants yet, because I thought just a few would feed my urge to cultivate. I was wrong, so I placed a $24 seedman.com order yesterday. There were about 10 different types of plants that called to me. I love adding new things to my big herb garden.

Here’s a quick list of the new ones: Allheal, Belladona, Wolfbane, Ephedra, Witch Hazel, Horehound, and Motherwort for healing purposes. Culinary was simply wild ramp seeds. Then, for fun, some Japanese Maple, Witch Hazel, and real tea plants.

I went for a walk through my garden and saw both varieties of Wormwood came back. These are also in the list of my perennials: Lavender, Monskhood, Thyme, culinary Sage, White Sage, Yarrow, Savory, Foxglove, Mints, Lemon Balm, Oregano, Marjoram, Lungwort, Alfalfa, Meadowsweet, Creeping Charlie, New England Aster, Tansy, Germander, Chives, Echinacea, Angelica, Marsh Mallow, Pennyroyal, Valerian, Wintergreen, and Comfrey.

Also on the property, growing wild: Chickweed, Cleavers, Burdock, Mullein, Rue, Mayapple, Trillium, Cinquefoil, St. John’s Wort, Plantain, and of course, Dandelion.

I don’t know that I will have time to mulch before vacation, but if I can work it in, I certainly will. Mulching is one of the few gardening maintenance chores that I actually, truly enjoy.

Of course, there’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as my husband. But that’s not about herbs.

I am looking forward to stopping in Walker Farms to pick up some more herb plants from them. They have the best unusual herbs each year. This is where I got the hot oregano I loved. If I ever find it again, I will let it spread and not lose it again by forgetting (spelled: lazy) to winter it properly.

I love spring. Love, love, love.

Sacred Geometry

Author: Debra  //  Category: Art Department

This topic fascinates me. This first video is so pretty to watch and gives the basics of how geometry is part of life’s patterns.

But there is so much more to it. I hated math thanks to a bad teacher in gradeschool who didn’t understand how to teach me. One size does not fit all. I didn’t get the beauty of mathematical patterns until my late twenties and can only imagine how knowing it from a younger age might have influenced every aspect of my life. Since discovering mathematical patterns I can honestly say that it provoked a response in my akin to spirituality. When I finally started reading books on sacred geometry, viagra 100mg I was, there figuratively, web in heaven.

I’m intrigued by the way this author has connected a mythos of sacred geometry to the book of Genesis. He does admit to some mistakes in part 2 (a mispronunciation, and 2 additional Archemidian solids that he left out) that don’t detract from the overview.

Even as a child, one of my favorite doodles was connecting circles and points. I think I’ve always known that patterns are a bit of the divine.

Sundays always seem like a good day for contemplation.

Weekend Plans – My Think Tank

Author: Debra  //  Category: General

I use OmniFocus on my Mac religiously. I love having a place to put down all the ideas I have and then organize them.

That way, health care when I have a weekend like this weekend where I don’t have many pressing pre-planned things, I can look through the list and decide what I’d like to do with my time.

I am not a fan of To Do lists. They feel oppressive and nagging and they kill my creativity. With OmniFocus I can put the time I think a project will take (if I want) and for items that need to be done by a specific date I can add that. I tend to do that for work stuff, but not for creative ideas.

The coolest thing is to look through all the ideas I’ve had and realize that boredom is a fallacy.

Truly, the only downside is choosing which of the multitude of really fun, creative things I should do next! I admit that sometimes I’ll choose one, but another keeps calling to me and I will stop one to go on to the other. Some projects take longer to accomplish that way, but boy do I sleep well after a day like that.

No wasted moments. Taking responsibility for my slack as well as my productivity.

Today? Breakfast, Farmer’s Market, working on the astronomy website. When I finish my coffee and updating OmniFocus.

Little Creatures

Author: Debra  //  Category: Wildlife

It was about 6:30 this morning and I was watching the news and the sunrise when I heard a big thump on the window. I saw a few feathers clinging to the outline of a bird, vitamin so went outside to see if the creature was ok.

On the deck, view just in front of the bench quietly lay a hermit thrush. So I picked her up and held her to see if she was stunned or hurt worse. Her heart never raced, unhealthy she never flinched. I stroked her back gently as she looked up at me and then all around. Brian found me sitting out there talking softtly to her and he snapped a few photos.

I gently pulled out each wing to make sure they were ok, then prodded her belly a bit. She finally stood up in my hand and just looked around. Brian’s cough made her turn her head sharply, but other than that, she was so calm. I convinced her to hop down next to me on the bench and she didn’t go far. After a little while she hopped about 2 feet away and was just looking around. When Brian stepped closer, she hop/fluttered onto the back of the bench. We encouraged her to give her wings a try and she flew onto an inner branch of the closest pine.

She’s still in the tree, occasionally hopping around. I keep listening for her song, which sounds a little like a flute.

I’ve never held a wild bird that was so at ease. I wish her well.

Projects

Author: Debra  //  Category: General

There are three web design projects on the top of my Current Projects list. (for the record; Main website at work, pilule Astronomy site redesign, visit Burton Kids Sight & Smiles) This makes me very happy. I had no idea this is where I would be in my career. It’s very satisfying for me to combine my tech and design skills.

Some days I look around and I really am amazed how I have all the things I ever wanted. Wasn’t an easy road, but they say that if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not making progress.

Life doesn’t quite look like I had thought it would during the first quarter of my life. It really picked up speed during the second quarter. I really got a lot accomplished, personally and professionally.

Now that I’m getting closer to finishing up the second quarter (what, doesn’t everyone plan on living to 100?), I’m wondering what the third quarter will look like.

Since my crystal ball is dusty and full of occlusions anyway, perhaps I’ll just spend some time thinking about what I might like to be in the next 28 years.