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Work and Yard Work

weather: partly cloudy
outside: 14.0°C
mood: cheerful
I was hauled into my Departmental Big Boss' office with my Direct Report Boss today. It was to congratulate me on passing my three month probation period with flying colours. They're very happy with what I've done in the time I've been there. So, that was cool.

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I was helping my Mother-In-Law in the yard today in the early evening. Since she's been in Taiwan running the café with her sisters, our yard has become a sty. Weeds and random alien flora species were eating everything up. It wasn't quite as bad as "mow your lawn and find a car", but... it was pretty bad. =}

I learned very quickly that I should ask her before I pulled up anything. I can't tell the difference between weeds and purposely planted things.

"The good looking ones are the plants, the ugly ones are the weeds" she tells me.

Um. They all look the same to me. They're all green, leafy, have thorns, flowers and berries and stuff on them. So, I was relegated to snipping everything she pulled up into small pieces and putting them into garbage bags.

In about an hour or two, we collected up about four full bags for the yard trimmings collection folks. It looks awfully empty along the back fence now. I thought it looked better before we went at it — all wild and verdant. But I think she would have clod-beaten me with the broom if I said it out loud =D =D

We're talking while we're working. Well, she talks. I just listen, nod, laugh, etc. She likes to talk. I like listening because she has funny stories about the family in Taiwan. Then all of a sudden, she looked up and quipped at me, "Did you see that I straightened up the flowerpots by the steps?"

I think about it for a second and reply, "I walk by the steps every day without paying any attention to the flowerpots, so I can't tell anyway."

Her face drops and she says, "I'm going to beat you up." =D =D

The other night, we made 粽子 (zòng zi) for the 端午節 (Duan Wu) festival. She did most of them, but I helped wrap about a third of them. In the evening, she announces that she's not going to do the dishes that night. She meant that one of us should do the dishes. I said, "oh sure, you can do the dishes tomorrow morning..." She was going to smack me, but I quickly rolled up my sleeves and started towards the sink, so she stood down =) =) =)

That's the kind of relationship we have. XD



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Weeds vs Plants
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always had trouble telling the weeds and plants apart. As a little girl my job was to weed the garden. The only way I survived this chore without getting killed for pulling up all the plants was fairly simple I thought. I would look at all the plants/weeds and pull anything that was not in a straight line. It worked fairly well, as I seemed to only miss some weeds but rarely pulled up any plants. Alas, the same strategy never did work on the flower garden.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: Weeds vs Plants
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered."

That's so true. I've always liked dandelions (in their fuzzy, seedy state) and a lawn full of creeping charlies is so pretty to look at from a distance =)
Jun. 16th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Weeds vs Plants
Dandelions look so nice when they cover a lawn and are all in full flower bloom too. It makes a yard look so happy all covered in yellow (although I do automatically wonder why the owners let their yard be overtaken by them).
Jun. 16th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Weeds vs Plants
Hee, maybe they think it's pretty too =D
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)
Do you make your zòng zi with peanuts in them? I love the ones with peanuts in them! I tend to pick the egg part out.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Ooh, I forgot to mention, Congrats on your 3 months review! We're bypassing mine till 6 months -- boss is too busy, gave glowing verbal reviews but doesn't want to write them up now.
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks =)
Jun. 15th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
You and I have to get together for zòng zi. I'll trade you my peanuts for your egg. =D =D
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