What have I been up to?

I know I know, I haven't been updating religiously like I used to and said I would start doing again. I'm such a slacker but I have updates both good and bad.

I bought plants that I will post up probably Friday. I got seed that I will post up hopefully on Saturday.

Now for what has been going on. My Internship is about to end. It has been fun and I have learned a lot at the wholesale nursery that I work it. Like I wanted, I can get a position in Propagation being a grower with maybe a bit of a raise. That is good right? Well yes and no. I wanted to work at the Botanical Gardens and there was an opening for Gardener that I applied for last week. Sadly I did not get selected for even an interview. I am sad because I wanted to experience being a gardener and just maintaining landscape and a beautiful place in this city. Also I think being a gardener at a Botanical Garden, Formal Garden, Estate Garden, or whatever else is what I would love to do for the rest of my life. I want something that makes me happy and keeps me learning and active. It's great working in a wholesale nursery but there is not that much intimacy with the plants and the surroundings. After not getting selected and being really sad I did a quick search to see if maybe there was another position similar out there for me. I found one, it's a high end condo that is looking for a gardener that loves plants and can beautify their area. It has wonderful flexible hours and no need to learn plumbing and electricity and be the maintenance person for everything there, just gardening and sprinklers and fence. I can do the gardening for sure and I have taken many woodworking classes so I am comfortable with wood and tools and building things. Sprinklers I know nothing about fixing but I can easily learn. Anyways I emailed about the position stating my case and my interesting and just put in my resume today. This is all good right? Well it would be if I didn't have to give an answer to the GM of the wholesale nursery on Friday before he goes on vacation. I'm either in or out and there is no in between I'm not sure, can you keep me in an area for another week. It's either yes I want to continue and take a position, no I don't want to work any more here, or maybe but I won't be working next week.So now I am awaiting to see if i get the gardener position that would be great for me and give me a head start. That is what is going on with my career.

Finals are coming up tomorrow!!! I haven't studied and I'm slacking. I'll go back to school again in the fall full time and I'll be taking 5 classes. For those that don't know...5 classes is pushing it. I'm scared really, I don't know how I will balance everything out. I got wonderful news today though! Back in May I applied for a scholarship through TNLA (Texas Nursery and Landscape Association). I hadn't heard anything so I thought for sure I had not gotten the scholarship. I wasn't even sure if my app was good since I had 3 transcripts to get in and was really cutting it close on the deadline. Well I got a call today and I did get the scholarship. This is wonderful since I don't have to stress about having to save up for school and not knowing if I will have the money to continue going at this pace. Well anyways, it's $1,000 that is split in 2 for next semester (fall) and next years semester(spring). It doesn't pay for everything but sure helps a whole lot.

That is pretty much everything in a nutshell. Well then there is the aphid, spidermite, whitefly, and mealy bug infestation on my balcony that is annoying me to no end. I'm not sure what is going on but everything has something and some have more than one thing. I spray but I practically went through a bottle of neem that I just bought today alone spraying every plant I have (50+). I hope this goes away soon or lessens.

Okay off to study now...maybe.

I also have a giveaway to do but it might be awhile. So keep your eyes pealed LADIES for an opportunity to win something great that you will love and will be useful to you.


Brenda Jean said...

Sorry about the job at the botanical gardens, but I know you'll get more opportunites along the way:)
Good luck with exams-- go study now...that's right, just get those notes out.

Cinj said...

Well, you're young. Most people don't start out with the "perfect" job right away anyway. Even if some are lucky enough to get the job they thought they wanted most become disenchanted. In other words, don't feel bad. I'm sure everything will work out great for you. Congrats on the scholarship, that's awesome! Every little bit helps, right? Good luck with your finals, I hope you remembered a few forgotten facts from your studies tonight!

Katarina i Kullavik said...

Oh, I do hope you get the last job you applied to - and that you get it quickly so that you know what do decide!

If you decide to stay - new opportunities at botanical gardens will surely turn up!
Good luck!

Element said...

Sorry to hear about everything. When I got out of college in 2004, I had the same problem, not enough experience just theory. It took me a long time to find a job that I liked.

Keep up the positive thoughts and something will come up.

Vanillalotus said...

Thanks for the positive thoughts everyone. I think my exam went okay...I hope so.