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Gardening, Preparation II

It is finally warm enough in Anchorage for plants to start growing!  The summers here are so short, and the winters so long.  It snowed on May 17th; I was not amused.  However, I am now confident that summer is now here and I have constructed my garden bed for my little veggie garden!

I constructed it very simply and without any real knowledge of what exactly I was supposed to do.  I don’t know anything about gardening or plants, but did what made sense to me.  So get ready for not-so-good pictures, and not-so-good garden making!

I took four old 6ft fence posts that I had in my yard and nailed them together in the shape of a square.


Then I used newspaper to line the bottom since I heard that it helps kill the old grass so that it doesn’t pop up in the garden.  Zorro wasn’t too helpful . . .


Once the newspaper lined the bottom I sprinkled it with some water so that it would stay in place.


Then I piled on top some sticks and leaves which I had raked up the day before.  I figured that this would be a good to do, to provide drainage and good nutrients in the soil.


I also had some ashes from a wood burning chiminea so I sprinkled a bit of that on top as well.  I just remember hearing once that ashes are good for soil and plants and help things grow.  But once, again, I don’t know if this was a smart idea.  Once  that was done, I cut open my bags of store bought dirt and spread it evenly on top.  (I used 8 cubic feet of soil for my 36 sq. foot garden bed.)


Two types of carrots, radishes, snow peas, parsley, and cauliflower were the vegetables which I planted into the soil.  Between my inexperience, the weather conditions, and Zorro’s insistence on not walking around the bed it will be a miracle if anything grows.


Gardening, First Steps

Unemployment, or unEMMAployment as I call it, has given me a lot of free time.  Free time apparently leads to me trying out hobbies.  Since I’ve graduated I’ve done crocheting, puppy rearing, and nail stamping.  Not very well, mind you, but I’ve never let that stop me.

My new thing/idea/time-waster is gardening.  I’ve kinda always wanted to have a vegetable garden.  My yard is definitely big enough to handle it, but I never knew how to make it happen.  Either I was away, or remembered about it too late to plant anything.  Well this year, I have nothing better to do; so I think I may dabble in the art of plant growing.

Earlier in the week, I went to the only gardening center I know of and asked a lady there a series of weird and amateur questions.  However, she was kind and helped me out.  By talking to her, I learned that managing a vegetable garden isn’t as magically difficult as I thought.  You kinda just stick seeds in the dirt mid-to-late May.

Based on the things they sell at Home Depot and Lowe’s I believed gardening to be this thing that basically only botanists or wizards knew how to do.  I mean, there are so many verbs: sowing, thinning, spacing, germination.  So many soils, fertilizers, pH measurement thingies.   And don’t even get me started on the little shovels.  Why so many little shovels?!  Gardening seemed like a serious undertaking.  Like something that would require new clothes and new friends and a new taste in music.

Anyway.  Back to the lady at the gardening center.  She told me which vegetables grow well in Alaska, and which don’t.  I left the store with six little packets of seeds and a hope that my garden would produce something.

Radish, Champion
Carrot, Danvers Half Long
Carrot, Rainbow Blend
Parsley, Dark Green
Cauliflower, Early Snowball
Pea, Sugar Snap

It’s a bit too early to plant anything just yet, but I’m excited at the prospect of having a garden.  I like growing things, but don’t really have a green thumb.  All of my house plants have committed plant suicide, but I hope to have more luck with outdoor plants. 🙂



Written May 02, 2013:  I really wish I had kept up with these WordPress posts regarding my graduation.  I have forgotten now how exactly graduation day played out; but I know that it was really exciting. 🙂  I’m glad, however, that I made these vlogs.  Otherwise the day might have been lost forever since I seem to remember very little.

It’s now almost a year since I graduated, which is rather odd to think about.  Perhaps since I’ve done very little since then I feel like it just happened.  But at the same time I realize that it had been quite a while since I miss Laura, Greg, Pauli, and Una so freaking much.  It feels like it has been 5 years since I have seen then.  I have a weird relationship with time it seems.

Now my life is so different from the day in the vlog.  Less exciting.  Less remarkable.  Less social.  Sometimes I just wish I could go back.  The vlogs help a little with making me feel transported back there/then.

Much Love to Una, Laura, Pauli, and Greg, (and Mary).

G-1: Graduation Minus 1 Day


G-2: Graduation Minus 2 Days


G-3: Graduation Minus 3 Days


G-4: Graduation Minus 4 Days

BAM. Finished my thesis! WHhoooo!

I wish I would have had about an extra week to finalize it, but I probably would have procrastinated just the same.

I didn’t have the energy this morning to wake up and work on my final thesis chapter, so I ended up sleeping until 11:00.  But seeing as I went to bed at 03:00, it wasn’t quite oversleeping. 

What is rather lame about going to school here is that during finals week, those of us who have jobs through the school still have to go to our jobs.  So we have to juggle work, school, and thesis.  Real life learning and such.  At 12:00 I went to my job at reception, and quickly got all my tasks done so that I could spend the rest of the hour quickly finishing my thesis.

It was finally completed today at 13:30, and I bound it and turned it in to my three professors.  I didn’t have much time to feel relieved since immediately afterwards I had to sit at the finals tables once again.  At 15:00 there was no more food to give away and I left.  After once again breaking into LDV to return the stuff, I went home.

Only to find an email in my inbox from my professor saying that the title page and the contents page needed reformatting in order to be to standards.  I scurried around both campuses grabbing the faulty thesis, printing the new pages, binding it once again, and then running to give it back to the professor.  I finally got home around 18:30 and now I am allowed to just chill.  I’ve been watching episodes of IQ; just relishing the fact that I have no more thesis to write.


G-5: Graduation Minus 5 Days

My plan of getting work done in the early morning failed miserably as I peacefully overslept until 08:00.  I managed to wake up and write a paragraph or two, and then left for my library shift at 10:00.  I tried to work during my shift as will but sadly not much was done.  Why can’t I just be done already?!

After my library shift, I had to go to my Reception shift at 12:00.  It hasn’t been hard to juggle work with school until now.  I just felt like I didn’t have time or the energy to deal with work when all I could think about was my thesis.  It didn’t help matters when at 13:30 I had to run over to the other campus to sit and guard the Finals tables.  (Finals tables are tables with free snacks sponsored by Student Government Association, of which I am a member.  My job was basically to sit at the table in order to make people feel too embarrassed to take all the snacks.  Kinda ridiculous.)  I sat at the table and worked on my damn thesis some more.  I was supposed to turn it in today, but that didn’t happen.  It will tomorrow though.

At 15:30 I packed up the tables, and then headed over to LDV were I was supposed ot drop off the stuff.  I haven’t been in LDV for four years, and it was odd to be back there.  I even had to break in through the common room like I used to freshman year.  I felt an odd sense of nostalgia being there, and even went to see the door to my old dormroom. 304.  I noticed in the entry way that they still had the rocks that we had painted during one of our first dorm events.  While it was kinds of stupid, it was cool to see that they were still there.  I had completely forgotten what I had painted, and it took me a while to recognize my rock, but it’s still there which made me feel important for some reason.

I creeped around LDV a little bit more and then headed over to the library to get some work done.  I worked until about 19:15 and then went home.  At 19:45 I had to go help out set up and run another SGA event.  It was an evening breakfast event, and we had to set up and start making the pancakes.  The event was a little chaotic due to a lack of planning and direction.  But the good thing is that I don’t think anyone noticed, and people seemed very pleased.  We invited three professors and the president to come and cook for the students.  It was entertaining and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  Except maybe for those of us running it, since we were running around frantically, and in the end we didn’t really get anything to eat.  Oh well.  At least the student body was happy.

I just got back from the breakfast clean up and it’s already really late.  Must work on thesisssssss.  Must finish the stupid thing!

G-6: Graduation Minus 6 Days

So I have this habit of not wanting to sleep when I have things to be doing.  But not sleeping doesn’t increase my productivity really, well when it’s past 2 or so.  So I just end up depriving myself of sleep, when it probably would have been better for me just to go to bed at 23:00 and try to work in the morning.

Needless to say, I haven’t finished my thesis yet.  I have just a bit more to write, and it is the simplest part, but my brain is just done.  It doesn’t want to deal with this anymore.  Not really an option I’m afraid.  I woke up this morning at around 09:00, tried to write and then cram for my Global History final at 13:30.  I’m a little disappoint in myself.  All year I’d been really good about being prepared for my history class.  Doing all the readings, paying attention.  But the past two weeks or so I completely failed to do anything.  And to my disappointment, the final wasn’t as comprehensive as a would have hoped for.  The majority of the questions and essay topics were on the more recent material, so I’m not to happy with how I think I did.  However, it’s over and all I can do is wait for the grade to be posted in a week.

My muscles still are really sore from climbing the Monte Boglia on Saturday, but my toes seem to have healed and become normal shaped.

My parents came to the residence this morning, and dropped off a couple of things.  Although 2 out of 3 are rather useless:  (1) My mother bought the wrong prescription contact lenses for me so either I have to walk blindly across the stage at graduation or with glasses; (2) The inflatable mattress I needed for my visiting-Una doesn’t have its electric pump so I don’t know what to do; (3) Graduation shoes!

I know the shoes are rather ridiculous, but I really like them.  What do you think? ] I must learn to walk in them before graduation though, so I’m not that girl who trips and spectacularly falls when getting her diploma.

G-7: Graduation Minus 7 Days

Today was mountain recuperation and try to get work done day.

In the morning I went to the post office to pick up a registered letter that had come for me.  It was a graduation congratulatory card from my godmother. 🙂

I didn’t really progress much with my thesis.  I spent most of my day looking at the clock since my parents arrived in Switzerland today.  They came a week before graduation–I’m not sure why–and they arrived today at around 19:00.  Greg and Pauli came with me and we had dinner at a local restaurant.  The restaurant was rather poetic in a way.  Four years ago went my parents drove me here to Lugano to start my freshman year, we had trouble actually locating the campus.  We pulled into the parking lot of this restaurant and asked them for directions, not knowing that the school was across the street.  So now, four years later we are dining there; having learned something in a way.

The dinner wasn’t as awkward as I thought it would be (or at least I didn’t think so), and we ate tons.  Pizza, pasta, fondue, and dessert.

We got back to the residence at 23:00 and now there is little time, or motivation, for me do too much studying for my Global History midterm in the morning or any thesis writing.  It kinda sucks.  I really wish everything in my life wasn’t piled on to this one week.   Sooooo stressful!  Half of it is my fault, but the other is just bad planning on the school’s part I think.

Urg,  Wish me luck on my final history exam tomorrow!