Monday, July 18, 2011

3 Things I love about my JOB!

I guess fine gardening can be quite a mystery to some people. The question always comes up, "So... what exactly DO you do?" Well folks, I wish I could solve the mystery for you, but apparently it's... like... top secret information shared only among gardner's and hippies. Kind of like Free Masons only "greener."

Ok fine. Here's what I do. I work outside ALL DAY - literally! Come sun, rain or snow or tornado, we go out in all sorts of weather! And while I'm outside I prune trees, dead-head flowers, separate perennials, fertilize, water... and whatever else you can think of. I'm basically a glorified maid for your garden :) But I also get to do cool design work on theside. Only small jobs for now, but eventually I may work my way up.

So while I've been working, I have found some things that make me VERY happy.

#3 My Uniform

I know what you're thinking. Why the heck does she have her uniform here!? One reason...awesomeness!

So here's the skinny, I never have to pick out what I wear for work. I have six other outfits JUST like that! What a steal! Then there is the fact that it gives me the BEST farmers tan in the world! I have a permanent V stamped right below my neck :)

But the best reason of ALL is that it adds to my FINE-ness! I mean wouldn't you feel super hot dressed like that all day!? I mean the shoes alone are worth it all.

Woah just check out this hottie!!


So I have this terribly awesome habit of taking home flowers that we had to cut back and "throw away." I mean seriously!Who could look at those and throw them away!? Only in a man's world.

So I "steal" the flowers and put them on my kitchen table. Those 'lil hush puppies would cost a fortune at the flower store! Men, take note. If you want to save a pretty penny, get into GARDENING.

But really, these make me happy every time I walk in the door. That's worth a little stealing punishment, don't you think??

#1 Le Peeps!

For reals and in all seriousness, I LOVE the people I work with! This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but it was all the people I worked with the day I took these pictures. It's amazing how much you can love people in just a few short months!

Sergio - The lone member of my crew (that's right... we are a crew of two!) He rocks to socks off dead flowers heads!

Abel - The first guy to train me on the job. And the first Nicaraguan I've ever met. Booyah!

Francisco - That's fun to say! AKA - "The Terminator" He walks around like he owns the place.

Adrienne and her partner Pam - Adrienne is my "mentor" and I love her freakin GUTS! She really has helped me out so much in this process. Pam is amazing too! She is from London and does my"goa-jus" hair!

Chris - The level headed one :) I love Chris to pieces! Whenever she comes on a job I know all will be well with my day!

Well folks I hope you enjoyed the (not shorter) post today. I have more to blog about, so I'm sure you'll hear from me soon. But until then eat a big bowl of ice cream with hot fudge! It always does the trick for me!

Monday, July 11, 2011

And So it Begins

There comes a point in (most) everyone's life where they must make a critical decision... To start a blog? Or to not start a blog? From what I've heard, blogging seems to be like a gigantic whirlpool. Once you're in your STUCK with little chance of getting out. And while to some the risk seems exciting (or even desirable) other shudder at the thought of having another connection to the big bermuda triangle of the world wide web. I mean really -- facebook isn't enough?

Therefore, this is a big decision to make. It takes commitment, dedication, fast fingers, and enough money for serious therapy (if in case all goes wrong). So here I am. A new blogger, in a new world having new experiences. I wish you to wish me luck!

My decision to succumb to blogging came when my friend Elise said, "Jenny, you need to start a blog," and my vocal response was, "Sure thing! You bet!" Inside I said, "um, maybe I should post a status first? I mean it's been about 3 years." Nevertheless, I agreed. 

 So now let's get to the nitty gritty. Who is this self acclaimed "FINE GARDNER"?? First of all, this can obviously be taken two ways. The first is literal. The first job I had out of college was in Connecticut, and my official job title was "Fine Gardening Crew Leader." I tried to get them to add "Extraordinaire" to the end but I guess they didn't catch my vision. 

The second definition for fine gardner can be taken as you wish. I personally just like to think I'm dang FINE. That's right, I said it. I'm fine. And being a 25 year old girl working in the dirt with guys all day, I HAVE to believe I'm fine! Otherwise I'd wilt like a poor little flower without any water or fertilizer. And who wants a wilted flower? Actually one of my favorite things in the whole wide world is reviving plants. It's great to see them perk up after an especially harsh treatment. They are so happy afterwords and they almost always outshine themselves! Nevertheless, it's always better to keep a flower from wilting than to try and revive it. Therefore I will continue to wear makeup and paint my nails. What can I say? I'm a girly girl at heart.

So that's how the story goes. If you're interested in hearing more about it, stick around! I'm happy to open up my garden. Garden's are meant to be shared. And please feel free to share your garden with me. When it comes down to it, I just can't get enough!