Roman Sturgis Take care of each other and make good decisions.

August 9, 2010

Suburban Farming — The Adventure Begins!!

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 9:33 pm

At long last, we are starting our first legitimate growing season. We missed the train on getting a summer garden going, but took the opportunity these past weeks to prepare the soil for a fall garden. Our composting method is simple, and unlike previous attempts at composting, (see vermiculture here) we are able to compost just about all our raw veggie and food waste (minus strong citrus), PLUS all our egg shells, coffee grounds, and tea bags. Quick aside: Tonight is Trash Night in Seneca, and I noticed when changing the bag that we were on our last bag from a box of 20 that we bought when we first moved here on May 15th. When you compost, you don’t need to change bags as much, and bugs are not attracted to your garbage. Composting with worms is cool, and is a good option for people without access to a yard that they can dig around in, but worms have a limit to what they can process, as well as a limited palate, compared to micro organisms. (more…)

May 23, 2010

Moved In

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 9:27 am

We are moved in to our new house in Seneca! The house has good bones but certainly has its fair share of needed repairs. Thankfully nothing too major, and thankfully we are just renting, so that things like the plumbing aren’t coming out of our pocket. But in terms of deep cleaning, gardening, and drape hanging, we have been putting our all in these past seven days. (Has it really been a week already?)

I’ve got a To Do list three pages long which includes such gems as “build shelves for books” and “prune trees in front yard”. Fun Fun.

On the job front, I’ve got two irons in the fire, one glowing red hot, the other whose temperature I’m not quite sure about. Hopefully I will know which one to use on Monday morning. At that point, I expect to be employed as an HVAC technician.

April 6, 2010

The Hammock Coast

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 8:02 pm

On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in Litchfield, South Carolina, a federally recognized Retirement Zone on the Hammock Coast of Georgetown County, the seagulls wheeled over the Bi Lo parking lot, waiting for Jo to take her seat at the bench under the live oak trees, as she did every morning, weather permitting. There, she sipped coffee from a stainless steel travel cup and threw crusts of bread and raw vegetable scraps which showed up sharply on the fresh blacktop that still smelled of kerosene. Large white gulls descended around her, screaming. The pecking order that was established during these feeding frenzies fascinated Jo. It was one of the highlights of her morning routine. (more…)

March 17, 2010

Wrestling Practice

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 9:17 pm

After classes were over, Craig had a 30 minute window before he needed to be suited up for wrestling practice. As a senior he was given no special consideration for a spot on the varsity bench, so the practice before every meet he had to wrestle off against two of his teammates in the same weight class. Craig had won the spot for the last meet against St. Thomas, right before winter break. The Thomas squad was small, and had to forfeit three spots. It was a complete shut out. Craig pinned in the second, tossing his opponent over his hip and landing him in a head lock for the win. It had been a great way to leave for the holidays. (more…)

March 10, 2010

Float On

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 4:05 pm

Craig took a moment to rest, the Pelican riding a nice wind, gaining altitude a little bit. The air passing over the cockpit hood rubbed against the skin of the glider and that friction made a squeaking noise, like wet yellow dish gloves on a soapy plate. His view out the cockpit bubble: A wet road edged in salt crust rolling past. Snow in the trees. Ahead, the JV football field and the woods. Then the cross country course with its wild grasses more than waist high. Over there, a wind came rolling up a long, wide hill creating some interesting conditions. You could use that wind to do some pretty gnarly gliding. This time of year, there was the added bonus of all that snow on top; not that you’d want to take a nose dive, but it would soften a belly landing if you had to bail. In theory. (more…)

February 24, 2010

Back To School, Flying Birds

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 5:30 am

In the past, Jay Hougart enjoyed first days, the most important being the first day of the fall semester, but the first day after winter break was also significant. This year, with his arm in a sling, and a nagging cold to boot, Jay was not feeling as chirpy as he knew he could have been. The pain in his shoulder was a constant nag, never going away, and if he took the meds his doctor in Boston prescribed him, he felt loopy and not as sharp as he knew he needed to be. Simple things like opening the door and carrying two things at once took on new perspective. At home, Laura had to cut his food for him. (more…)

February 17, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Hougart; Real Books; An interesting look at the stars.

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 5:30 am

Mr. Hougart was almost a relic of the past. When he and his wife had students over to visit, they put out colorful fabric napkins, even if they were just serving ice-cream. They had been at Standish for almost 50 years, during which time Mr. Hougart, known to his peers as Jay, had taught every course in secondary English at one time or another. Eventually he settled on indoctrinating only the first and fourth years. “I am your Alpha and your Omega,” he told freshman who were lucky enough to be placed in his Rhetoric and Composition course. “If you make an A in this course you are automatically guaranteed a spot in the storytelling workshop three years from now. That is a year long course, as this will be. My expectations of you are great, because I expect great things from you.” He was a god of sorts to students, honored summer after summer during alumni reunion weekends. (more…)

February 10, 2010

Final Jeopardy

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 5:00 am

By nine thirty most of the alcohol was gone, and everyone had a pretty good buzz. Inhibitions lowered and Elize and Randy whipped up some group enthusiasm for the hot tub. (more…)

February 3, 2010

Laura Feeds Roman. Husband Very Satisfied.

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 8:07 pm

Laura made a great meal tonight. Very yummy, super healthy. Check it out on her new blog!!

Everyone gets together; Craig meets someone special.

Filed under: Between Worlds — Roman @ 5:00 am

Around nine o’clock, Randy and Craig turned off the car racing video game they had been playing and checked on the tea in the freezer. They had made it in two big pitchers, a combination of soda, beer, vodka, and frozen Lime-Aid concentrate. Technically they were supposed to add Everclear, but they couldn’t get their hands on any, and Randy said his friends would probably call them pussies, so whatever. Randy had been to parties where they real stuff was served, and he couldn’t tell the difference between this and that. “But I don’t know, because I was usually pretty fucked up at the time,” he told Craig, laughing. They weren’t sure if the two batches were even, but when they tried some, it seemed fine. Randy got a text from Ali that they were on the their way over, so the boys decided they’d kick things off with one of the dark beers that they had debated over mixing into the tea. Music was selected, they found a football game to watch, and Randy went upstairs to change his shirt. (more…)

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