Monday, July 26, 2010
-Okay I've known this for a while but for some reason my clock didn't go off this morning. I blame technology. And Damn kids.
2. Getting ready for work the night before is beneficial when your wake up call is your carpool arriving
2.5. My carpool is amazing people. Is. Amazing.
3. I can feasibly get ready for work in 2 minutes and a shit ton of adrenaline
4. Wearing my boots without socks doesn't result in blisters but does result in pools of sweat. GORTEX RULZZZZZZzzzz....?
5.When you have to go back to the parking lot to turn off your dome light, don't forget to lock your doors. Nothing bad happened but just a reminder IRENE
6. That sandwich you made on Saturday, took out into the field then didn't eat? Not still good on Monday.
7. A covey of quail wait until the very last second to startle and fly away. Probably out of spite so that I get startled too.
8. Ocotillo is so pretty when it is in leaf. I just want to pet it all the time.
9. Pin cushion cactus. Adorable. I feel bad for whacking it with my hammer on accident a lot.
1o. Question game. Question game FOREVER
11. Buying slurpees and doritos for carpool seems a sufficient apology for being a hot mess in the morning.
12. Put emergency socks in the office. Not on kitchen counter.
13. For having awful luck today, my luck isn't so bad
HERE'S A PICTURE OF A BOBCAT KITTEN I SAW (photo credit, my co worker)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
HERE IS A PICTURE OF A RAIN STORM
But I did some restoration work down there and met some interns who are working for the BLM who called us fancy because we work for a different agency. I can't disagree with that. My agency is fannnncy...for an agency.
"It's too hot! I've only lived in Arizona for three years, I'm not used to the heat!"
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
In Seattle, a nice summer day is defined by sunshine, blue skies and, basically, a lack of cloud cover.
In Tucson, a nice summer day, is when it's over cast, grey and hopefully(!) a little rainy.
I spend a lot of my time pulling out tiny spines (glocchids) out of me. I will think I have found them all but there is always more
I heard from Pat yesterday. He wants to come down and see me. But he says he wants to come down on his bike. Hmmm, bad plan me thinks. It will be easy to talk him out of it.
Haven't seen a roach since Saturday. Got my license plates and an awesome sweatshirt from Cassie in the mail yesterday.
Today and TOmorrow I have off, which is good because I've got me one of them summer colds. Yesterday was a post nasal drip hell and today I've been groggily dealing with the exterior painters of my building.
Also Chex Mix. I love having a kitchen.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
2. Putting aforementioned photos on a social networking site to be viewed by everyone.
3. My lack of fear for spiders and other arachnids
4. My mild heart attack and subsequent murderous rage when confronted by a cockroach.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Holy shit balls. Is it ever hot out here.
I think I need to carry and drink my weight in water. I guess I could carry treatment tablets then treat water in the field. Oh wait. THERE IS NO MOISTURE WHAT SO EVER.
We were out from 6 to 12:30 and I was hurting HURTING at the end of it. I had a head ache, felt nauseous, wanted to die. I made it through but tried to discretely puke in the office bathroom when we got back.
As of late, meaning the past year or so don't you all get any ideas, puking has been my body's response to most things. Nervous for test? blarghhhh, Too many hot dogs? blooorrggggg, Haven't eaten anything all day? Baaarrfffff (because that makes sense?) and now, unsurprisingly, heat exaustion? BARRFFFFFF.
I wasn't all that dehydrated, I drank like 4 liters including some electrolytes (because it is what plants crave) but I think my body was just saying to me WHAT WHAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING? Are you not a temperate creature? Is your range not limited to areas of high precipitation? WHAT THE HELL ASS ARE YOU DOING IN THE DESERT WHERE IT IS 105 DEGREES EVERY DAY?!.!?1??
Sorry body, sorry to scare you like that.
I wasn't the only newbie hurting, but I was probably the only one who was honest about it. At the end of the day out boss asked how everyone felt, to which I responded.
"I AM DYING. BUT I THINK I'LL GET OVER IT."
Pull your shit together man, this is the best job you can get right now so pull. it. together.
I went at it full force, drank a shit ton of water the night before. So much so that I had to get up to pee in the night multiple times.
The morning. Drink more water! SO MUCH.
Get to work, pop some electrolyte tablets (it's easier than packing gatorade) Fill up my reservoir and pack my frozen water bottles. DESTROY THE DAY.
This day was easier, we weren't out as long, it was overcast and my section was in the shade for the most part. So, no great victory there, but I was feelin' mighty fine by the end of the day.
Also, we off trailed rock scrambled up a wash to get to our site with our clumsy gear on out backs. FINALLY, my childhood training of jumping over boulders has become useful.
This day we were doing some analysis on another groups plots alllllll dayyyyyy. No clouds, 1,000,000 degrees, from 6-2:30.
Following much the same plan as day two.
I DESTROYED. WOOOOO. Felt fine all day, got stuff done.
Nailed it! Out lived out played and outlasted and made sure we got the plots done that day. Yussssss
IN CONCLUSION: I feel good about how far I've come in being able to deal with the heat. Take that desert. This amphibian will not be killed by you yet
Saturday, July 3, 2010
There is pretty much nothing in
Everything wants to kill you, from the bugs to the animals to the sun its very self. These are the notes I took on the Critters talk we got in this Aid class. Yes I took notes. I cannot help myself.
“Bites Stings and Critters” AKA Things that want to kill Irene in AZ
Watch your hands, feet and seat and you’ll be okay. Don’t put anything where you can’t see it
Brown Spider: Not the same as Brown recluse spider, but related. The best part is, you don’t know you’ve been bitten! The bite will manifest to look like a bullseye. Causes skin necrosis that can go all the way to the bone. Get to a hospital or you might lose a limb.
Tarantula: No venom, but have irritating fiber glass loosely attached hairs. Just don’t touch them. They don’t want anything to do with you.
Centipedes: Don’t go after them, they live in crevices and rocks (Which is the ENTIRE FREAKING DESERT)
Scorpions: (all scorpions glow under a black light Oonse oonse oonse let’s go raving scorps!)
Bark: Smallest. Most venomous
Giant Hairy: Venomous, least venomous of the three. Wussy looking pinchers, tail still HUGE
Scorpions are not all that dangerous to adults but super dangerous for small kids and the elderly/frail
Bees: (AFRICANIZED KILLER BEES)
These are honey bees, all the bees in AZ are Africanized and super aggressive. You get near their hives and thousands will come at you focusing their stings on your eyes ears and mouth. Will not stop stinging you until you are dead. You can’t out run them, you can’t jump in water to avoid them. You need to get inside a house or a car.
They are harmless when they are foraging or when they are “swarming” which means traveling in packs (just like in cartoons!). When they do this they get tired and clump up on a branch. It looks like a black hive that is actually just a football sized wad o’ bees.
One of these landed in a tree right outside my apartment door! Holy cucumbers Batman! They were gone in the morning. Ain’t no thang.
Remember when this scare became a thing in the 90’s, well they never reached WA State, but I was terrified of them as a kid. Now they are literally my neighbors. Circle of life
P.S. What does Africianized mean? Were they not african before? We're these European Honey Bees that decided that africa was the mother land so they started affecting what they think are the behaviors of african bees while the african bees are all, dude, stop co-opting my culture, you're doin' it wrong.
Gila Monster: One of the most painful bites you can get because
1: they don’t let go
2: they are venomous
3: they gnash their teeth while biting
The good news is, they are slow as syrup. Just don’t freakin’ touch them you nerd wads. They won’t bite you unless you try to pick them up. They are rare and it is thought to be a luck thing to see one. I really want to see one. They look prehistoric. What a cutie
Western Coral snake: Elapid snake, venom is a neurotoxin. Get to a hospital!
These aren’t as bad as the E. coral snake, but still, hospital. Red touches yellow, you’re a dead fellow
Rattle snakes: Their bites are defensive, but they are a little more bitey than say, the gila monster, faster too. Their venom is a hemotoxin but some have neurotoxins. Get ye to a hospital, monitor the swelling, take of any rings or anything else that will constrict you. The anti venom is the same for all sps of rattle snake so don’t bother trying to figure out what kind of snake it is.
This is a red diamond back rattler
FUN RATTLE SNAKE FACTS:
· The average rattle snake victim, according to the poison control board, are males age 18-35ish who have tattoos and drink. Hmmmmm
Men are usually bitten on the hands/forearms, women on the ankles/calves.
Moral: Don’t pick up the snake dumbass
· Rattle snakes shake their rattles 500 times per minute. Shake it girl!
· Rattler venom travels through the lymph system, so your heart rate or using a constricting band isn’t gonna do you any good.
Not to mention the plants
Cholla (Choy-yah) which comes apart and whole pads stick to you)
Prickly pears (I got mashed by one of these when I was heat delirious, wicked hurtey. My coworker pulled out all the thorns for me. Thanks good buddy.)
I have about a million more things to write about including my first day of extended periods of extreme temps. It was X TREME.
I'm gonna go finish the Ale infused caramels with pretzel bits. I love new kitchen. Love. Even if I did find and kill a FAT COCKROACH in it today. Holt balls roaches are way worse than spiders.
Tomorrow I'm probably going to Pheonix with some friends. Guys! I made friends! More on that later.
(all these photos are from wiki commons)