Standards.

Standards.

I had the TV on in the background this evening, when I overheard something that made me pause. He said, “Maybe your standards are too high.”She replied, “Our standards are who we are.” They weren’t talking about dating. They were talking about quality of work. And again, I think it’s funny when things happen when you need them to happen, because I’ve been thinking a lot about my own standards both in my personal life and my professional life. My…

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Pride.

Pride.

Do you know a know-it-all? The type where they are so sure of their opinions that they actually believe their opinion as fact? Yeah. So do I. This particular know-it-all and I conflict, hard. We just don’t get along. Her presence alone sends tension up my spine and puts a stern look on my face. I dread when she opens her mouth and cringe when she speaks. But it wasn’t always this way. There was an incident or two ……

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Women.

Women.

I’ve recently seen comments on social media about women trying so hard to prove we are equal to men that we are losing our uniqueness, as women were created not do everything a man can, but to do everything a man can’t. As a woman in agriculture, who promotes women in agriculture, these comments made me stop and reflect on what I am doing and why I am doing it. Agriculture is a predominately male field. My desire to promote women…

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Work.

Work.

I’ve been working in the office a lot lately. While I don’t mind paperwork (to some extent), I really miss being out in the field. I miss the sunshine, the dirt, talking to our foremen, mud on my boots, and even the often miserable Santa Maria wind. I had to take a break from preparing for audits. My brain has been so overloaded that I couldn’t even think straight anymore. I’ve been going to lots of meetings, a training, and…

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Handwashing.

Handwashing.

Can we take a minute to talk about the new bathroom arrangement at Starbucks? You know, the one where they have the hand washing stations outside the bathroom. Because I hate it. First, let me paraphrase the rules for hand washing at the field level: Employees must wash their hands with soap and water, throughly scrubbing between fingers and under nails with a sudsy formulation for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing must take place after breaks, after lunch, after using…

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