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05:47 pm: Sweeping the clouds away
There is not much to report on the work situation. After reading our proposal, the chief postponed the schedule change by two weeks and ordered all the supervisors to shadow two different canine handlers (one day each). Hopefully that will give them a better idea of all the factors we deal with daily. (She's not shadowing us herself, but she's making the supervisors turn in minute-by-minute reports of everything they do.)

I spent most of the morning on Saturday hacking down the weeds in the backyard so it doesn't look like such a jungle. I never managed to get all the strawberries transplanted, and the weather is now too hot to do so (particularly since it hasn't been raining much), which means the rest will have to wait until next year. My replanted cucurbit seeds are beginning to sprout, so if the cage works, I'll be able to transplant them out into the garden in several weeks.

I have a few more spears of asparagus sprouting, and my fruit-bearing plants are starting to go into action. I've begun harvesting a few early blueberries, and my fig and mulberry crops are looking promising. Flowers are appearing on the pomegranate, persimmon, and pie cherry trees. Even the artichoke has a number of nice buds that should be ready to pick soon.

The pea plants are drying down, so I should be able to harvest the dried peas in a couple weeks to use for the fall planting season. Once that bed is clear, it will be time to plant out the beans. I'm going to have to give some serious thought to which selections I can plant out for evaluation.

In the afternoon, I went to a four-hour Indian food cooking lesson. We got to watch the chef prepare everything from scratch, then when everything was done, we sat at a big table and ate together. They gave us containers so we could bring home the leftovers as well as printouts of all the recipes and a bag full of assorted spices. It was a lot of fun, and everything was delicious.

This morning I finally hunkered down and got my taxes filed. For some reason, this year my first name was one letter too long for the state return, which I don't recall happening before. I had to go in and delete a space for the program to accept it. I hope that doesn't cause any problems.

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From:megory
Date:March 30th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
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I'm homesick for your garden and the yummy food from it.

The cooking lesson sounds delicious!

I hope the name thing goes well for the state return. I've had to do that for my last name, and they accepted it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 30th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm homesick for your garden and the yummy food from it.

You're welcome to eat as much as you want of whatever's in season while you visit. There's still a ton of stuff in the freezer, too.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 30th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like tentatively positive news on the scheduling front? I mean, it's good that the chief seems willing to take I hope things turn out okay.

The Indian cooking lesson sounds awesome. I would love to go to stuff like that, but so many of them involve meat.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 30th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like tentatively positive news on the scheduling front?

We think it's the best decision she's made so far. (We were discussing it with one of the maritime supervisors, and he was worried that we might be upset at being "audited." We were like, no, we WANT them to see what we do all day.)

There are still other issues of concern, but we're hoping that once the supervisors have a more realistic idea of how the canine department functions, they won't make such outrageous suggestions.

I would love to go to stuff like that, but so many of them involve meat.

That's why I was so happy to find one that was completely vegetarian. All the people who attended were really nice, too.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 30th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
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the chief seems willing to take I hope

First day of class means lots of interruptions. This is what happens when you walk away from a comment, then come back and think, "I finished typing this, right?" *click submit without actually reading it*

I meant to say: "it's good that the chief seems willing to listen to your proposal and consider them before making her decision."
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 30th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Did you pick up any techniques from the cooking demonstration you think you might use in your own kitchen?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 30th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Did you pick up any techniques from the cooking demonstration you think you might use in your own kitchen?

They showed us how to make savory fried dumplings out of lentil puree that were really good. I hope to try that someday. And the vermicelli pudding was a quick and easy dessert.
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