Saturday, September 09, 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Drink green

Almost without fail, each day I drink at least a three cups of green tea. Actually, this time of year it is iced at least in the morning. Right now, I have a cup of decaffeinated hot green tea here by the computer.

I started drinking green tea because Prevention magazine praised its benefits. Presumably, it will, among other things, lower cholesterol, fight cancer and help with weight loss. I have continued to drink it because I enjoy it and, probably because of the caffeine, it makes me feel good. Two web sites I thought were informative are here and here.

I make my morning allotment of tea in a bottle. I drink while casing the mail but never quite finish. It’s become a habit to dump the remaining tea on my Peace lily when I come home. The plant absolutely loves it. It is healthy looking and continuing to shoot new leaves that are growing higher and have a healthier dark green color. I haven’t fertilized it any more than usual nor changed its location, the only difference is that I have dumped a little green tea on it each day.

I am convenienced that drinking green is good.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Green beans were a failure

Wait a minute!! Look what is cropping up on vines that we thought were dried up. Nothing like this , but a start.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Just get it done

Today was, as they say in the Postal Service, a double mail day. Yesterday generated mail but no delivery. Labor Day is the second heaviest double mail day. The first is Columbus Day in early October. This might be contrary to the belief that a major holiday would #1, but for the most part “Monday holidays” are big.

When I arrived at work this morning, there was a lot of mail, but that is what I expected. The challenge was laid out. Personally, I do not feel there is a need to discuss or complain about how big the job is because it changes nothing.

That is not to say I am not beyond having a “Whine & Cheese Party” about work I need to do. Most generally, though, this work doesn’t seem to have an end such as the cleanliness of our house. I tend to talk about how much I have to do and as if just talking about it makes some of it go away, then I head in to the computer or out to the flowers.

For me, though, the set workload of casing and delivering mail is comforting. I don’t have to think about what to do first or prioritize. I just jump in and work. Maybe it’s a little like running as exercise as apposed to a race. All you have to do is set your pace and go.

The other possibility for my feelings on this matter is my farm background. It did not set well with Mom or Dad to discuss our thoughts as to the work load. As anyone raised on a farm knows you "gettr done" . There weren’t many preliminary complaints as the work did not disappear.

One of my co-workers is a dear friend so she felt she could confide in me that sometimes on a heavy mail day, it just hacks her off that I don’t complain about the work load. She says I am just too happy for the occasion. I guess there could be worse office complaints.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Before last night's game, the University had a touching tribute to Bill Snyder and dedicated the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. He and his wife came in on a Mustang convertible and the rest of the family entered in a limo. All the years Bill Snyder was the coach, he seemed serious and humorless in interviews. So, it continues to amaze me how much he smiles while effortlessly speaking kind words for the University, his former coaching staff, the fans, and, most importantly, his family. He introduced each of his family members last night, and seemed especially proud of his grand kids. Who knew he had such a soft heart.

There was one small, probably insignificant situation that I noticed. Of course, there was a camera up close during the entire presentation to project on the jumbo-trons. At least twice I saw Kathleen Sebelius get very close to Snyder and one time managed to communicate by getting right up in his face. I realize this is an election year and politicians never miss an opportunity to get some free publicity, but this was a time for Bill, his wife and family. Shake hands & step back, Governor. This was not a campaign ad.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

KSU Football & Crew

Yesterday was the first Kansas State Football game. We arrived at the stadium at approximately 1:00 pm. We had to wait in line for at least 20 minutes to get into the parking lot five hours before the 6:00 pm kickoff on a rainy, almost cold afternoon. Faithful tailgaters met it head on with their grills and burgers. We were right in there, although we drove our Trekker so we had a few more of the comforts of home.

The little boys played catch and watched a movie. The rest of us talked football and coaches. KSU won by one point against a better than expected team. The jury is still out on how they will play against the big boys.

We learned one thing, though, and that is the stadium does not go to sleep after the game. We found that out because we spent the night there. The game was over by 9:30 and we were back to the Trekker shortly thereafter. Around 11:00 pm is when the action started. First, were crews of people picking up trash on the lot itself. Then sometime around 12:00 midnight they started with the vacuum. Yes, they vacuumed the stadium. We didn’t hear them finish entirely because we fell asleep.
We woke at 7:00 this morning to fog and two men going through the dumpsters picking out aluminum. On our way out of the parking lot, we drove by to visit a bit about the art of dumpster diving for aluminum. Here was their advice:

Never argue with a pro

Wear gloves…..

Find banned beer cans with confidence that they were only drinking soft drinks out of them

Start midway down the line of dumpsters because the first part is from the stadium itself and they only contain plastic

We asked if they ever find anything of value. We laughed at the story about the bag that was playing country music—someone must have been disgusted with their radio or more likely the score of the game & tossed it in the trash.

By the way, these two men were retired professionals who are doing their part for the environment and making a buck or two (50 cents a pound) on the side. Carry on KSU Wildcats and stadium crew.