senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Good grief, June is almost over. How did it fly by so fast?

The second week of June I had to go to a PFMC meeting in Spokane, WA. If you're wondering why a body having to do with mostly ocean-going fishing meets occasionally on the eastern side of Washington (and sometimes in Idaho), the answer is "salmon." Which I have nothing to do with, but salmon drags everything after it. My flight had a transfer in Seattle and I had a 2½ hour layover between planes. [ profile] tikistitch was kind enough to come down and meet me at the airport and chat between planes; we got some dinner and I hope I didn't babble at her too much - I really didn't expect that glass of wine to be so big, especially at an airport, and it turns out I'm really a lightweight lately. I brought her a little Stitch something from Downtown Disney she'd mentioned she couldn't find, just in gratitude for all the fun I've had reading her Mythklok stories. Really great to meet you, Pam, and thanks for putting up with me!

Boring fisheries shtufs... )

Geocaching, whee... )
senoritafish: (bugged)
I thought we were having some kind of bug invasion, but there must be some sort of training course for pest control technicians here today. There are about sixteen bright yellow trucks from Western Exterminators (all with their company logo, a guy in spats, sunglasses and a top hat, with a mallet behind his back mounted on the back end), a good six from Orkin, and a couple of other termite control companies in the parking lot.


ETA: Turns out it was a trapping permit test. One of the admin staff told me some of them have taken it about 6 times - but apparently it's fairly difficult.
senoritafish: (gardener vader)

My work family (and people here do seem like a family, especially those of us who've been here a long time) not only made a donation in my dad's name to the American Heart Association, but also sent us a tree seed from Seeds of Life. It's a Canyon Live Oak, a native Californian, as he was, so it's very appropriate. They even grow around Oxnard and Moorpark, where he was born and grew up.

We planted it in its biodegradable pot a couple of weeks ago, and the acorn is sprouting! Very exciting!

I don't know if we're going to be able to plant it here at the house, once it gets big. I'm wondering if maybe the Shipley Nature Center in Central Park might let us plant it there? Then it would still be here in HB, and we'd have a nearer place to go and visit.
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Looking for depictions of Native Americans swordfishing for a presentation for work and came upon this story, which is based on the Chumash legend, namely that the swordfish speared whales and threw them on the beach, thus providing people with food.

Swordfish Story

Swordfish seem to be a bit cruel, but then so do a lot of large predators.

Speaking of predators, I see there's a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out - the mouse people just sent me an email alerting me to the fact, but a day or too ago while looking for something else, I stumbled across a year-old blog entry saying that it may or may not be based on one of my favorite Tim Powers books, On Stranger Tides - which is also the subtitle of the movie. Apparently he sold the movie rights to the book to Disney back in the 80's. While this is one of their franchises I've been pretty pleased with, I hope they've adapted the story adequately. While it has none of the same characters, I can see a lot of parallels between them.

Also, I know getting up and walking away too fast can give you a head rush. I just wish it would occur a little closer to my office chair rather than when I'm halfway down the hall to the bathroom...
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Met one of the admin staff coming out the door as I was going in and noticed she had a supportive boot on one foot - she told me she'd been wearing high heels, stepped in a sprinkler hole and broken her ankle. Ow. But it went well with her other black sneaker with florescent pink laces.

She also warned me there was a skunk around the building that had already sprayed one person; the maintenance guys had already shooed it around the other side of the building where there aren't any doors, though. That's a brave guy; although she originally used the word "chased," she amended it to "ambled." In other wildlife news, there is a mother mallard raising about eight ducklings in the building's atrium. They paddle around in the fountain and must be eating whatever bugs and things are in among the plantings, which they hide in whenever anyone goes out there; the maintenance staff had been giving them a little extra but one of our biologists got after them about the prohibition on feeding wildlife. Mom can fly in and out, but I wonder if the babies going to be there until they learn to fly, too? I'll have to see if I can get some pictures of them before they leave.
senoritafish: (One true pairing...)

Sackboy with Darwin Francis Goyakai; our office mascot who is supposed to do the same thing as Sackboy, but he hasn't actually travelled much lately.

Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
16 June 2010

By the way, if anyone's interested, you can see the community's posts on his travels here, and I have all of mine here.
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
[ profile] mylife_onceaday has been having a project where we send Sackboy (crocheted by moderator [ profile] garnet62900's mom) to each other and spend a week or so taking photos with him around our hometown, or anywhere we happen to go. So he will be showing here in the next few posts. He actually arrived - all the way from Nottingham, England - the day after I got back from a Council meeting, so he missed going to the Bay Area with me - not that I saw anything interesting there.


In case everyone was wondering, Sackboy did arrive here in OC safely last week. He's been finding my backpack quite comfortable, and visiting quite a few places with us. He just missed going to the Bay Area with me, as he arrived the day after I got back, so I hope he'll be able to visit someone else there eventually.

Los Alamitos CA
LG VX8350Music/Phone Camera
15 June 2010

Out to the docks... )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

My work made me start carrying a work-issued cell phone (so I have to carry around two now :p ). It does have a slightly nicer camera than my own, and I pulled in out while collecting fish receipts. This is the wall outside the door to the reception area of one of the fish receivers we sample from. Left to right, an opah, Pacific pomfret, louvar, and the bill of a small swordfish on the right.

Fish Company
San Pedro CA
LG VX8350 phone camera
20 April 2010

90° to the left... )

28. wall ☺
29. ice ☺
senoritafish: (Jet - red)

Painting in the library at work; fishing boats at the cannery.

28. Painting ♥
senoritafish: (Grrrrr!)
grrr... I am just battin' a 1000 lately.

So far recently, I have misplaced my phone, the camera's battery charger, and my little green SD card reader.

too many details )
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)
So, first rain we've had in awhile, and of course I had to go run errands at lunchtime, no stamps and something had to be mailed today. There was a small patch of blue for a short while just now, but it's being rapidly subsumed by rolling shades of dark gray, then almost gray-orange - the clouds above must be catching the setting sun. Tappity-tappity on the window.Actually more of an insistent rapping now...

I've been helping my NOAA compadre organize a meeting for kicking of a sampling design project to be done by a contractor. We're having it at our office as it's central to everything and I'm trying to think of anything else needed - room, check; phone conference line, check (luckliy, the Feds have one they can organize almost anytime - we only have two, and they're almost always booked up all day); reserving equipment, to do; hotel list for participants, check; anything else for agenda, hmmm, suggesting restaurants for a social hour afterward...not sure I'll be able to participate in that one as I won't be travelling, and can't get reimbursed for it.

Should be interesting. And now, a dock report I'm behind on, fish receipts to edit and otoliths to start...
senoritafish: (pensive)

Sadly, I think this is the imprint of a deceased mourning dove I observed near the entrance awhile ago - tha glass outside my cubicle is just above the door. They only wash the second floor windows every month or two, and this appeared shortly after the last washing. It's been there for several weeks already. I'm actually kind of amazed at how detailed it is; you can see prints of individual feathers.

Bird Gyotaku?
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
29 September 2009
senoritafish: (That's Ms. señoritafish to you!)

While waiting for boats, I got to watch the Coast Guard helicopter doing an exercise with the LA County lifeguards, lowering and raising a basket from the heli to the small boat. They did this for about half an hour, with the aircraft leaving and flying in a circle, then rejoining the boat and lowering the basket again. I have a whole series of these that might make an animation if I can edit them properly.

Training exercise
Main Channel, LA Harbor
San Pedro CA
09 September 2009
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)

Bob is not quite officially retired just yet, and he and my boss visited our office as well...and he got another cake. I don't think I actually took this picture; Paul borrowed my camera and got this nifty angle, which I'll have to keep in mind.

Frosting Octopus
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
13 August 2009

(and I have to remember to make Bob a CD of all these pics and mail it to him in Utah...)
senoritafish: (headdesk)

Had to take an online ethics training course for work today. Some of the people's pictures they used just made me shake my head. This woman is supposed to be congratulating a co-workers retirement, but then finds out what he's planning after the big day. So glad most of the situations in the training I will never be in, as I'm hourly and not elected.

Ethics training
Los Alamitos CA
Canon EOS 1000D
04 August 2009
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)

Made trip down to San Diego today, ostensibly for a project staff meeting and to deliver things from our office to theirs, but also to take Bob, who is retiring, out to lunch. The Karl Straus Brewery there is situated right next to a beautiful Japanese garden. This was part of the view from our table. Good food, too - I heard the beer was great as well, but I'm not a beer drinker, so I'm no judge. Supposedly, Sony was supposed to move some corporate offices here and installed the garden in the office park, then backed out of the deal.

Karl Straus Brewery
Sorrento Mesa CA
Canon EOS 1000D
30 July 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (Ignore me!!!)
So, midsummertime. Angus's last day of summer school was yesterday, to his great relief. "Who invented summer school, to torture kids!" he said the day after regular school got out, and shook his first. The days of taking summer school for fun things is gone forever, I guess. His report card came back as everything "progressing towards goals." I think he's excited to go to Dwyer this fall; certainly he was disappointed that summer school didn't take place there.

I don't think we're going to be able to go camping this summer like we did last year; gas isn't so expensive, but with more than a month's salary gone...I don't think we'd better. John's been looking for something, but he just met yesterday morning with one of his old bosses, who told him Ralph's/Food 4 Less will be going through another round of layoffs, so not very likely there. He would love to go back to cooking, but we don't think his health could stand it, since his asthma seems to keep getting progressively worse. We are probably going to have to take out a loan to get tutoring for Avalon and cover a few bills we are short on.

Outside my office window, tiger swallowtails chase each other through the sycamores surrounding the building. They seem to be pretty aggressive for butterflies. I've been wondering why they seem to be attracted to these trees when I had thought that swallowtail caterpillars liked dill and fennel. Well, I should've searched earlier - it's Black Swallowtails that like those plants. These are Western Tigers (maybe explains the aggression, too, heh), and they do prefer trees.
senoritafish: (jet midol)

When you're a warden, you can park right the hell in front of the office door. The rest of us have to carry everything out to the parking lot.

(I should give him a break - it was very heavy and breakable computer equipment, but still...)

Los Alamitos CA
Canon 1000D
20 July 2009
senoritafish: (Default)
Hmm, L.A. County Sheriff and Coroner's Office trucks, and an otherwise unmarked Suburban with federal plates and a light bar on top out in the parking lot as I walked in today. Not to worry though, nothing exciting; they're just attending a meeting here, probably with the wardens...


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