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What I've been up to [Oct. 7th, 2009|03:05 pm]
Doug Ayen
Well, it's been a while since my last update.

The big change is the new job. IP-Engineering is a bit more demanding than NOC, and a lot less stressful (at least so far), so I think it was a good move. Still in the steep part of the learning curve in terms of lab work, new applications, and learning the thought processes required to do the job.

At home, not much has changed, though I've started cleaning up again in preparation for winter -- got to have the radiators clean and obstruction-free, or bad things could happen.

Now that the weather has cooled off, I've spent the last few weekends fixing up the front yard. I decided that a couple of the bushes (lilac and I believe forsythia) were overgrown, vine-infested messes and cut them down to stumps; they should survive and re-grow in the spring, but if not, I won't shed a tear. In addition, I'm removing quite a number of those green ash trees that are growing everywhere -- about a dozen sapings and half again as many actual trees so far, with plenty more to go. If anyone wants some ash poles, now's the time to ask.

As part of the cleanup, I've bought a few new tools. The big one is a wood chipper -- not actually required, I suppose, but it both makes handling the waste much easier, and provides a nice mulch for the garden and flowerbeds. I've also picked up a good axe -- a Fiskars poly-handled one -- which has been a great tool. It's sharp enough that, right out of the box, it can cut a 2" sapling through with a single cut, which has come in handy when trimming off branches and cutting some very tough vines. I also splurged on a new chain for the chainsaw, which was a big improvement. A resharpened chain is adequate to do the job, but over the years they stretch and loosen up, and eventually a new one is just the right answer. The old one will go into the forge; I hear you can make some interesting damascus with them.

In other news, I'm still not spending enough time in the forge; still not hanging out with friends as much as I'd like; still not enthusiastic about much of anything; still not really feeling on top of things.