Welcome to the Beehive!
This is a busy week for us, so I am going to apologize up front for being sluggish with answering comments and emails. Please know that, as always, correspondence from my friends means the world to me. :) I will forget none of you.
I am writing this from the ice rink. Bobby had a hockey game tonight; I have a skating practice tomorrow. On Thursday, we will drive to northern Virginia for a Hootie & the Blowfish concert. On Friday, we both have off from work, so we are visiting the National Aquarium and Inner Harbor in Baltimore with our families, then seeing the Ravens play the Giants in a pre-season game. On Saturday, if we get the fair weather we've been promised, we are finally going to hike the Cat Rock trail in the Catoctin Mountains.
So that's my schedule in ten seconds. Sunday, we have already declared as Do Nothing Day. Well..."nothing" might involve sitting around the pool or taking a nap or engaging in some light miniatures painting, but that'll be it.
Today was one of Those Days at work. Those of you who have been on my flist for a while now know that we experience periodic lapses in technology. This morning, when Johnny the Boss got into work, the power was out. It came back on before I got into work, but half of the network in our building does not work and my alternate printer--which is not attached to the network--copped out too. Johnny pulled out the panel furniture to try plugging into a different network plug (I'm sure there is a technical name for it, but I don't know it) and needed someone skinny to squeeze into the tiny gap. That skinny person being...me. I nearly didn't fit. I couldn't take a deep enough breath that my chest moved, nor could I turn my head, but I got that cable in the plug, dammit. Then...it didn't work.
So we have no means of printing and one of my computers doesn't work. Luckily not the important computer on which I write my stories!
While I couldn't do proper work today, I applied to volunteer at the National Aquarium next year. Bobby applied also; our hope is to get our foot in the door now so that when we have our degrees, we know of job openings as soon as they occur and also will have proven ourselves in a volunteer capacity and so might get a little priority. Also, it sounds really cool. We've applied as Certified Divers with Aquarist Assistant as our alternate. They accept twenty-eight divers per year, but I have no idea how many applicants they have. If they weight diving experience heavily, we won't get it. If they weight education, work experience, and ability to work with the public heavily, we stand a decent chance. *firmly crosses fingers*
But assistant aquarist would be cool too, and there's always next year to get diving experience and re-apply. But really: what could possibly be cooler than diving in the shark tank?
Oh, while I'm typing this: Bobby and I are getting ready to start a community in which we will keep our dive journals and also other posts related to ecology, conservation, and our forays into volunteer work and education. We wanted to call our community "Davy Jones' Locker" but someone is already using that username. We are both at a loss in the meanwhile. I was thinking maybe something based on a ship that had sailed around the world or based on a mythological being concerned with protecting the earth or the oceans. (I don't think he'll accept something like "Ulmo's Corner," so for once, I am asking for no Tolkien.) I would appreciate any ideas or leads my clever flist is willing to provide. Anything related to the protection or love of earth or ocean would work.