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Bad Blogger! Bad!

I apologize. I haven't posted in weeks, and my last post was written in an early-morning, mid-launch stupor. Life is calmer now, but not by much. Of course, that's not really any excuse - I tend to post more when I'm busier, just like I tend to look for creative outlets just when things at work are at their craziest. I think it has something to do with a desire to take control over some part of my life, when the rest is spinning out of control. Either way, whenever I go for long periods of time and forget to post, I always vow to do better, and it doesn't happen. So there.

We're still going like mad at work, and now I need to keep coming home to make decisions on landscaping! Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I thrive on the chaos at work. I've been a little hesitant of late because my "handlers" are pushing me to take a more visible role. This is not something I'm terribly good at. I talk too much, and say things I shouldn't; I have opinions and I'm not afraid to voice them; I tend to be impatient. This does not necessarily make me terribly good at talking to management, but I do have to say that I am learning. At least that's what they tell me.

I've always very much preferred to be the one behind the curtain, sending the actors on stage at the right times, making sure their costumes are perfect, telling the sound guy how it sounds. I like to be behind the scenes, making it all happen. This new visible role makes me a little uncomfortable - not necessarily because I don't like the pressure, or because I don't like talking to people, or anything like that. I just prefer it in the back. Apparently I'm not allowed to stay there.

As for the landscaping, I'm thrilled to bits that it's finally happening, the timing is just not so good, what with the rainy season bearing down on us, and the madness at work, and the fact that it took them 4 months to get started. The good news is that they're seriously cranking through and should be fininshed in less than a week. This is great news for us because it means that we'll be able to spend a (rather cold) 5th Anniversary in our brand new backyard.

Every year we "give" each other something for the house - something expensive that we can both enjoy. This year, that thing is the yard. It's costing us a fortune, but we weighed the pros and cons and decided to go for it. If we had done it ourselves, well, it wouldn't have happened. So we talked about finding a random yard man and getting sprinklers and sod put in, and that probably would have been fine, but then we found these guys. If you ever need to know about some killer landscapers, give me a call. They're not cheap. Really, really not cheap, but the quality of their work has so far been absolutely amazing. And did I mention FAST? I plan to post some before and after pictures of the work, and I've been taking pictures each day after the workers leave.

On Friday, I worked from home to be here to make some decisions about plants and pavers and the like (a meeting that didn't happen and will now happen tomorrow morning), and happened to be walking through the kitchen when I got the pleasure of watching the workers enjoying the oranges from out tree. Really, I was pleased. We were a little... clueless about the implications of having an orange tree in our backyard when we bought the house. It hasn't really been bad, so much as annoying. I can't say I really recommend having an orange tree in your yard, except that it means you never have to buy oranges or orange juice again. That part is great. It's the getting of the oranges that's bad, and the preparing of the oranges that just doesn't happen. And since we cleaned out the lower branches earlier in the summer, we now have a bumper crop of fist-sized green oranges just waiting to ripen and fall on the ground. Oy.

So I guess that's it. Schondy's sitting on the couch behind me, playing Pokemon (yes, Pokemon) on his Nintendo DS, Miles is staring at me blankly, and Deliah is sleeping. The fish tank is gurgling along, which means I should be cleaning the algae off its overflow, and I was supposed to do a water change today. But now it's time to start thinking about cleaning up the house, doing the laundry and figuring out what's for dinner in preparation for another crazy week ahead of me.

Maybe I'll post again in something less than a month.....Ciao.

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