A bit crabby.

Wt: 138.2
Mood: A bit crabby. I don’t know if I’m getting a cold or not.

We had breakfast at Old Country Buffet this morning, and then set about building our balcony garden. This year, we did it the smart way. We drew a diagram of the balcony on graph paper, and diagrammed where we wanted the plants and chairs to be. Then, we did some research on what kind of plants thrive in full sun. I learned that when you have full-sun gardens, it’s best to get plants that are brightly colored. Pastels will look washed out. Did you know that? I sure didn’t.

With our color palette already limited for us, we limited it further to reds, yellows, and purples. Thought that would look nice. Now, what KIND of red, yellow, and purple flowers? We decided on petunias, zinnias, snapdragons, and sunflowers. Off to Lowes, since we used their info on balcony gardens and container gardens to help us plan. We couldn’t find zinnias, but we did find some Celosia (in yellow/orange) to go into the side pots. We also bought some purple verbenia to trail out (hopefully) over the hanging boxes. We bought purple and red petunias, snapdragons, sunflower seeds (since they’ll grow all summer and bloom at summer’s end) and oregano, cilantro, and basil seeds. And two new chairs, so that we can enjoy our paradise.

The only thing we misjudged was the sheer amount of soil we’d need to get the jobs done. We went through two 1 cubic foot bags and two smaller bags of soil. We had to go to Target halfway through the gardening. It rained off and on, but we’re unfortunately used to that now. I took a few snapshots, and will post them on a new garden page shortly.

Planning really DOES pay off! Wish I had learned that before I turned 30.

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blogging LIVE from Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill, NJ

**blogging LIVE from Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill, NJ***

I very much enjoy working the IRA regatta. I see it as an online field day. I’m here in a little trailer by the finish line with a laptop and a dialup connection. (Ewwwww!) Races happen every twelve minutes. So every 12 minutes or so I update IRARegatta.com with a race result. That takes me approximately a minute. Then I get 11 minutes of downtime. Since I finished the voter guide and Spot news June update from here this morning, this afternoon I’ll sit in my beach chair and bask in the sun with Cosmo. Today is the sunniest day I think we’ve had in weeks. It does my soul good. I actually changed into shorts during the lunch break, which was between 10:15 and 11:15 this morn.

Rowing, as a sport, doesn’t really move me. I fully understand and am in awe of the amount of conditioning it takes to complete a race. Let alone win one. A lot of the successful schools are the ‘richer’ schools, naturally. Sure, you have teams from Rutgers and Stockton and Temple, but when the smoke clears, it’s the Harvards and Dartmouths and Browns that end up on top.

The whole event is also geared more toward the spectators than the college athletes. Frank Sinatra and Billie Holliday music dominate intermissions. Middle aged guys with binoculars and freakishly-white legs wander around with clipboards and alumni polo shirts. Needless to say, this is the whitest crowd I’ve ever seen. With my Italian-Irish background, I think I’m the most ethnically diverse person here.

But rowing is catching on locally. I’ve seen the crowd grow in the mere 3 years I’ve been here. And that’s a good thing, because it’ll stimulate the local economy. And because I know that every May, I’ll have a day in the sunshine.

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(yawn) EARLY morning blog

(yawn) EARLY morning blog. I got into work early this morn (5ish) because I have to be at Cooper River at 7:00am, and I have some stuff to kick out before then. :)

Wt: 138.4
Mood: Too sleepy to discern my own mood
Work docket: Hot Properties (waiting for ads), IRA Regatta coverage, finish Voter Guide. (For which I didn’t get the info until noonish yesterday…good thing primary elections are generally uneventful)
Lunch plans: Unsure. There’s an hour break in racing from 10:00 – 11:12 am, so I may go and grab a salad then. There’s also rumor that someone else will cover the afternoon and I’ll be back here at 10:00. This will be my third regatta, and I’ve learned NEVER to depend on somebody coming to relieve me on time.
Afternoon: YMCA
Evening: Unknown

And today’s Friday Five:
1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
Being a kind person who could make people smile.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
“My philosophy is this, if you don’t have a good sense of humor, you’re better off dead.” — Roger Rabbit.

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Losing the 41 pounds, because I tried a few times before to do it, and failed each time. It took a lot of discipline, willpower, organization, and planning. These are four traits that I feel I’m weak in. Everytime I see a ‘before’ picture, I cringe, but then I smile. I’m extremely proud of that.

4. What about the past ten years?
My tenure as Public Affairs Director at WGLS-FM, Rowan’s radio station. I recorded/scheduled PSAs, did news coverage, had a 3-hour daytime music shift, and booked/produced a LIVE weekly talk show. The show was boring as hell, but the fact that I managed to overcome my shyness and do that is something that I’m proud of.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself, because it doesn’t matter what other people think of you. Now, to be specific, that doesn’t mean to feel free to be impolite or disrespectful…it means that you can be a unique individual and still fit into society.

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It’s only been a week since Mickey died.

It’s only been a week since Mickey died. My mascara has been washed away yet again. But I did update my website. So now I can go to bed knowing I did SOMETHING productive.

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