Garden envy

2015_05_21

What I Wore to Work Today: May 21, 2015

Blouse: Target
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

The bulbs are alive and growing! Still no sign of flowers, though, just leaves. Also, the marigolds in the pots on the other side of me definitely don’t make it, in this picture you can already see they’re on the way out. My balcony only gets about an hour of direct sunlight in the morning, which has made it harder to grow all those flowers that I imprinted on from my childhood gardens: marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos. Every summer I planted seeds in our Colorado garden and they turned into flowers. (Or they did it one summer and my brain overwrote the memories so I remember it as every time.)

The summer before 5th grade we moved to Minnesota and my mom created a smaller garden, mostly vegetables. (Over the years her gardening changed to flowers and decoratives with lots of perennials.) I planted lettuce seeds every year and I loved the tomato plants my mother planted. Every spring it looked like way too much space between the tomato sproutlings and pumpkin seeds and every August the garden was one giant jungle of intertwined plants and vines.

Sometimes I wonder how long I’ll live in this desert on the surface of the sun. I follow a couple gardens online, primarily this one in Vermont and this massive one in Indiana, and I think about what it would be like if I had a garden, from a single bed to a 30’x30′ backyard. Realistically, would I have the motivation to put in the necessary work and hours every single week? How much time is it, really? What would I grow?

One of these days I’ll take pictures of my balcony and plants. Basil is the only edible I’ve been able to grow so far, the tomatoes and lettuce and other herbs don’t make it. Most of the flowers die too, except for one hardy impatiens that survived last summer and has been blooming continually ever since. The spider plants are thriving. A bougainvillea has come back from the dead multiple times, saved only by my laziness. “Shoot, it’s dead. I’ll take it out to the dumpster another time. [four days later] Huh look at that, little leaf buds, I’ll be damned.”

2015_05_22 model-y

Advertisements

June 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Video, What I Wore to Work Today. 1 comment.

Romeo + Juliet

2015_03_04

What I Wore to Work Today: March 4, 2015
Shirt: Target
Pants: Target
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I’m listening to the Arms Full of Love Songza playlist and right now it’s playing I’m Kissing You (Love Theme from “Romeo + Juliet”) by Des’Ree. This movie was released the weekend of November 1, 1996, the same weekend I turned 15. I was a freshman in high school. I was part of the target market for this movie and we even studied Romeo & Juliet in English class that year. This movie is now 18 years old. It can vote, it can sign contracts, it is legally an adult. My god we’re all old.

Spoiler alert on the video: it totally shows the end of Romeo & Juliet.

March 24, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, Video, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Half-birthday

2013_05_02

What I Wore to Work Today: May 2, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Payless

This was my half-birthday! 31 1/2! Yee-ha! Six months from then, and several weeks from now, I turn 32. Yep. If I’ve learned anything from the internet, it’s a special, special age.

2013_05_02 hands on hips

puddling on the floor: never good

 

October 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Video, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Where is the love?

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Xi, came with in blouse
Shoes: Target

I bought this dress in summer 2003. To put that in perspective, the top songs from that summer included Clay Aiken’s “This is the Night”, Beyonce & Jay-Z “Crazy in Love, Lil’ Kim & 50 Cent “Magic Stick”, and Black-Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where is the Love?” I believe this dress can be considered vintage now.

 

October 8, 2012. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Video, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

“Dirty Dancing” move, kinda

A few friends came over to hang out in our pool on Saturday.  A couple tried to recreate the lift from “Dirty Dancing” but he wasn’t able to lift her all the way and when he mentioned the max weight he has pressed overhead at the gym it was a few pounds more than my body weight.  She suggested that he try it with me instead, adding “But don’t enjoy touching her.  I’ve got my eye on you both…”  We promised that neither of us would enjoy the required minimal physical contact.  We succeeded at the first try, and after moment feeling self-congratulatory at his own strength, he let go and stepped out of the way as I fell straight at the water in a full-body belly flop.  The others got water up their nose during the ensuing hysterical laughter.

“Uh, sorry about that,” he said.  “I didn’t think it would work so well, and I hadn’t thought what I would do if I was actually able to get you up there.  I didn’t have an exit strategy.”  We decided to try again and I’d work on keeping better form this time, and if things felt off he’d either let me back down gently or tip me forward so I could at least avoid the belly flop.  Somebody thought to get a camera this time and the results are above.  I still ended up face first in the water, but it didn’t hurt this time.  Expect more — and hopefully better — pool videos to come throughout the summer!

June 21, 2009. Video, Words. 2 comments.