Patches of Pumpkins - 1370°C
Oct. 20th, 2005
08:39 am - Patches of Pumpkins
This week has been astoundingly good.
Last weekend was mostly calm. The highlight, as i've alluded to already, was heading out to Moriarty to McCall's Pumpkin Patch. I didn't really know what to expect. They have a petting zoo (including a pretty cool goat...erm...climbing gym?), an old-west miner's area, a maize maze, the pumpkin patch, hay rides, and random other things to see. The 8$ entrance fee seemed a bit steep, but i still felt like it would be a bit of fun on a Sunday afternoon. However, surprise of surprises when i learned, while riding in the hay cart out to pick pumpkins (a bit disappointing, just a tractor pulling three way-too-crowded-with-screaming-kids carts with hay bales as seats, not really a "hay ride" at all), that all the pumpkins in the patch were priced between 1$ and 7$. Squoor. Better yet, once the screaming, teeming masses arrived at the patch itself, the pumpkin wonderland proved to be enormous. A prickly-filled trek later, i scored one nicely shaped, round pumpkin that's easily 40 or 50lbs, and one pear-shaped one about 30lbs as well as a little pie-pumpkin (going to try making pumpkin pie absolutely from scratch this weekend). Upon returning to the main area, the damage turned out to be 8$ for pumpkins. Mind you, i've seen smaller, but still big-ish pumpkins for sale in Wild Goats for around 40$. So. Double squoor. However, i did not go into the maize maze, because they do a night version of it that i will be heading out to on Friday (yes, all of you locals are invited, and more details in a separate post), and i didn't want to ruin the experience.
The new job is going swimmingly well. I adore the veterinarians i work for and the other veteran staff are all great. It's a bit too laid-back on formalities (like...when on earth am i working next week for gods' sake?) for the anal-retentive bit my taste, but i can live with that for the general competent but laid back atmosphere and the whole loving my job aspect. So far, it's fascinating, feel-good making, challenging, and fun all at once. The only actual downside happened just today. One of my co-workers is a bit of a pill. H is a new girl, like me, and she's already complaining about things in a way i find vaguely distasteful. Yes, this vet practice doesn't do things the way her old one did (and doesn't do things the way my old practices did either) and sometimes it seems a bit nonsensical, but they like it this way, it works for them, so suck it up. The combination of her complaints today, her indignant incompetence, and the Vet who owns the practice having to tell her "Don't argue with me" at one point today really turned me off enjoying her company. Still, i'll likely not work with her for much longer after my training, so it should be ok. In other news, since we have an in-service day to learn the new computer system on Sunday, i'll likely be working Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings. Eek. I'm betting i can ask to not work Monday considering that schedule. I'm just so not a morning person and am looking forward to finishing training and starting the afternoon shift.
On Wednesday, my life here (in the more real sense of the word) begun in earnest. Headed over to squishyent's to practice/re-learn bass guitar. Though we fairly quickly devolved into listening to music and chatting, he taught me how to read bass tabs, play scales (yes, i'm doing my homework for next week and practising them), and part of a David Bowie song. I have high hopes that if we do this once a week, we'll both be bass virtuosos in no time ;)
Yesterday, i headed down to the fancy paper store for more book-binding supplies. I've acquired enough supplies to make about 10 journals. While my short-term goal is to experiment with a few different and fancier binding styles, i'm going to take endon_neu's advice and if any of them come out well, i'm going to see if i can manage to sell them (possibly on ebay to start). I'm hoping that with the assistance of a dremmel tool, i'll be able to shorten the time it takes to cut the book-board, which is the bit that is simultaneously difficult, tedious, and time-consuming.
In other creative news, i've been working on nephster13's birthday present, which will be ridiculously late.
I've also managed to spend way too much money that i don't really have. I really wanted to start using my desktop again, but it was a mite useless without a monitor, having relegated my old, broken-ish CRT to the circular file. So i took advantage of a serious sale at Best Buy as well as some rebates and bought myself a really nice Samsung 19" LCD monitor (700:1 contrast ratio, 300 brightness, 8ms response time). Damn, it's big. And bright. I keep being surprised by it on my desk. So my desktop is quasi-functional again.
Aside from all of this excitement, i've managed to write a few pages on my Seamus Heaney essay. So, yeah. Feeling a bit productive and stuff.