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07:15 am: No foolin'
I intended to update yesterday on my day off, but then I thought that might be taken the wrong way by people expecting April Fool entries, so I had an excuse to procrastinate.

My first big news this week is that I sought out my local library on Sunday and acquired a library card. I haven't been to a library since grad school, mainly because my paycheck allowed me to buy any books that I wanted to read. However, I wanted to do some research on upcoming travel, but I didn't need a stack of travel guides cluttering up my apartment. The library is in the downtown shopping area, about a ten minute walk from my apartment. (Have I mentioned recently how convenient my location is?) The thing that seemed most different from my previous library experiences is that the checkout is self-service. There's a row of computers with bar code scanners, and the patrons just slide their books through a scanner. When finished, the machine spits out a receipt with the titles of the books and the due date. The library has a small section of foreign language books, including a few shelves of Japanese novels, though I think I have more Japanese books in my apartment than there are in the library collection. I did find a nice stack of things to borrow; the problem is not checking out more than I can carry.

On Monday I had another tae kwon do belt test, bringing me up to purple. I'm actually kind of impressed with myself that I've managed to stick with it for over a year. I generally tend to flit from hobby to hobby periodically. Knowing that I'm paying for the lessons is certainly a motivating factor, as is the fact that the other people in the class notice if you miss a lesson.

Now that it's spring, I've been working on fixing up my balcony plants after the winter. The mint, oregano, chives, tarragon, and some parsley all survived, some even after being trimmed down to ground level. I picked up a couple of window boxes for my balcony railing, and I'm planting a few strawberries there. I'm hoping the birds won't get them all.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 2nd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the purple belt!

the problem is not checking out more than I can carry.

That's what backpacks are for.

(Also, I'm totally weirded out by the self checkout system.)
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 2nd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm intimidated by self-checkout in grocery stores, but love it in the library. (In 25 years, when everyone and their dog has an RFID array set up to spy on me, I might love it less.)
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 2nd, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Have I mentioned recently how convenient my location is?

You know what's really awesome about it? The combination of the convenient resources PLUS that giant green space behind you. As much as I want a grocery store across the street, I want twice as badly for my balcony NOT to be cuddled up to the building next door.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 3rd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
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It's certainly going to be a challenge to find a house that's equally as nice.
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From:megory
Date:April 3rd, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
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Yay on the purple belt!

I like the idea for strawberries. I wonder if that could work here, too. The strawberries won't grow in the ground because of the black walnut trees nearby, but maybe they would in a container. I'm not sure they'd get enough sun, but if it works, it would be so convenient to pick them from the banister.

I love your green space, too. You do have a great location.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 3rd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Strawberries reportedly grow well in containers and hanging baskets. Some basket planters come with holes in the sides so that you can fit more plants in a single basket.
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From:megory
Date:April 4th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
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Hmmm...It seemed so easy at the farm. I guess I need to decide exactly when I am going to make a commitment to hang around long enough to take gardening seriously. I'm not there yet.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:April 3rd, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the purple belt! I'm so impressed by the progress you've made. It makes me want to try out classes, but I'm so woefully out of shape. There is a Tae Kwon Do studio around the corner, though...
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