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Crazy sky
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Just went out to put a Netflix DVD in the mail and the sky looked really cool. I felt like I was in Poltergeist.

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Here's why our neighbor keeps giving us apples. His trees are doing quite well. I used to want fruit trees of our own, but I find this very intimidating. People in Seattle can at least take advantage of and donate to City Fruit.

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Sam and Steve being cute.

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Update: we got a rainbowww

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Sam update, me update
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He's spending an odd amount of time on the afghan we put on the couch upstairs for him, but that might just be because it's a new, soft place to enjoy and get his scent all over. If he wasn't there, he'd be on Garrett's bed all day. Once in a while he hangs out on mine. Other than that? So normal. I put out the last of vet-prescribed chicken and rice that I made, and whined for his regular wet food. Maybe whining isn't the right term, as he's quite demanding.

He'll get some regular wet food tonight and we'll see if he has a normal night. There's only been one real incident since the day he went to the vet, when he got into some dry food I didn't realize Sam hadn't finished. But that was the very next day, and he wasn't supposed to have any of his regular food yet.

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My back is already doing so much better. I wish a doctor would have recommended yoga as an alternative to PT years ago. It's just so much more effective for me. And less boring. And quicker. And easier. I think I'll finish this week out with yoga and do a Sunday morning walk. Assuming I feel as good Sunday morning as I do right now.

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Weekend update
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Friday was a pretty normal day until Sam started vomiting. Not just regular vomit like you expect from a cat who ate too fast or has a hairball or overdid it with the grass, but a complete evacuation of all stomach contents, followed by several rounds of foam. Plus diarrhea. That's how we found out the 24-hour emergency vet is just six blocks away.

They didn't find anything wrong with him, so he got subcutaneous fluids and some anti-nausea meds. He spent the next twelve hours or so sitting in the spot where we left him on the couch upstairs. Then I couldn't find him, which really worried me. When cats are dying, they go hide. Thankfully, he'd made his way downstairs and up onto their perch.

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He seems pretty normal now. Whining for his food. Glaring at us for not feeding him yet. All that Sam stuff. He's currently on a bland food diet of rice and chicken, which he's gobbling up.

Our neighbor left us another big bag of apples. I already had some that I bought, so it's apple central around here.

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RIP Alexis "Moe" Maxine, 1995-2015. You're missed in a big way.

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The spices have found a new home. I've already fixed a couple of alphabetization errors since I took this.

Much better.

Unrelated, check out this bird! I've been trying to get a good pic of one for ages. It happened to perch right by my bedroom.

8/28/2015

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No walk today. My back is still really stiff and it's not getting better, so just yoga today. If school was back in session, I'd also hit the pool this afternoon. Ha.

I'm all about the self care right now. Yesterday I did something for myself that's long overdue. I was cooking a batch of Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers and had to find a ton of different spices. They've been in a drawer since we moved into the house and I've been very frustrated whenever I try to find one.

This is how I organized the spices at the apartment we had for four months before we bought the house:

I alphabetized the spices

That was so great and I'd love to always do that, but our kitchen here has a bar so there's a lot less counter storage. I of course prefer having the bar seating. But yesterday, I'd had it. That spice drawer is very low, and my back was killing me while I looked for liquid smoke, and I had to completely empty the drawer to figure out that I'd put it somewhere else.

Once I got the "burgers" in the oven, I did this:

Self care of the day.

They're alphabetized again. They're also taking up space I don't want them taking up, but they'll stay here until I get a spice rack figured out. I'm eyeing a wall space next to the bar which would mean walking around the bar to get spices, but I'd happily do that if they were all on display and alphabetized. There are a couple of other options. We'll see.

I will say I'm disappointed in the selection of spice racks I'm finding online. So many choices where you have to transfer everything to new jars and make labels. So many ugly ones. So many small ones. So many gimmicks.

Landmarks: How do They Work?
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My back is still bothering me, so I decided I would definitely do my trusty yoga video when I got home from my walk. With that in mind, I kept today's walk short. All I wanted to do was enter from the West and find my way to the center using the "rusty car" trail. The thing I failed to do a couple of times already.

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I made dinner
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Salmon with lemon zest on quinoa cooked in clam juice, caprese with tomatoes from my mother-in-law's garden. I made it for both of us, but only one plate was pretty.

Salmon with lemon zest on quinoa cooked in clam juice, caprese with tomatoes from my mother-in-law"s garden. I made it for both of us, but only one plate was pretty.

The other gulch
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My mother-in-law had some tomatoes for us from her garden, so I had her leave them on their porch so I could swing by before my walk this morning. They live a good four miles South of us, so I figured I may as well visit Big Gulch again, since it's a pretty straight shot West from there. It was nice to cheat on Japanese Gulch again.

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I've always wanted to make and sell jewelry, but it's been pretty easy to talk myself out of it all my life. I was recently inspired again while looking for the aforementioned perfect keychain, and realized I'm finally in a great position to do it. It's easy to open a shop online, I've got lots of free time in the afternoons, etc.

So I finally set up my shop, TumbleTowne. I'll eventually do some nicer items with tumbled rocks and faux sea glass, but I wanted to launch with a bunch of Halloween items. Since it's coming up soon, it was a good motivator to buckle down and get enough stock made to do a decent grand opening.

I set it up to do US shipping only, because I didn't want to deal with international shipping, but I'd of course do it separately from the shop for people I know online.

Here's my favorite piece, with a few others behind the cut.



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Go backward to move forward
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My lower back is so unbelievably stiff today, and I know exactly why. There was an article a while back about erotic dreams being more common for those who are sleeping face down. In my experience, one is also more likely to have longer, more vivid dreams that way, whether or not they take a naughty turn. It's because we experience the world mostly by observing what's in front of us, and when you're sleeping face down, the front of your body collects a lot of tactile input. The dream just has more to work with.

I can't really remember anything that happened in my dreams last night, but I remember moving in and out of consciousness, thinking, I should really flip over. Whenever I lay on my stomach too long, my back really hurts the next day. Stupid body.

Thankfully, it's while getting up or sitting down when I really feel the back stiffness. Walking was pretty much unaffected, so I set out today to take the "rusty old car" path up to the side, then be sure I could recognize where to walk back down that way in the future.

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Exploring a new strategy
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Garrett's cousin spent the night Saturday night and we were up late having a grand old time. I skipped Sunday's walk and have decided I'm not too worried about hitting 30 miles this week. Doing it across five days two weeks ago was unpleasant. As I set out today, I wanted to explore in both sides of the gulch and see how much of a climb I could get without ever leaving. I also wanted to try to emerge from the Western portion on the trail that wraps around the rusty old car. It's easy to find that trail from the center, but last time I was there, I tried to find it going the other way, and didn't manage to.

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It's only been a day and my file's already quite full, so you get an extra Caturday this week, brought to you by Shadow.



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RIP Blackie. Your human's world will never be quite the same.


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Easy like Friday morning
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I could have stopped after yesterday and been happy with this week's walks, but since I wasn't in pain or anything, I headed out for a nice, easy one at Langus Riverfront Park and Spencer island. It was a cool, cloudy morning, which is what I prefer generally speaking, but there were far fewer photos to take.

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My goal for today was to climb 700 feet, and I figured in order to do that, I'd have to not only start from or go down to the beach, but also climb the gulch twice. I decided to start at the beach today because I noticed the last couple of days, I wasted some distance on the roads getting from the normal parking spot to the beach. When I got there, I was shocked to find the gates open. They've never been open if I've tried to drive directly there, but by the time I got back, they would be. Pretty frustrating. Nice that it worked out today.

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A beach so nice, I went there twice
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I didn't climb all the way up out of the Eastern portion of the gulch, and really wish I had. I ended up climbing 656 feet, and if I went to the top, I might have gone over 700. That's kind of an arbitrary goal, and I really have no idea what my record is. Just checked an export of my lifetime stats, and gain isn't included in that view. That's too bad.

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A little rain never hurt
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I felt great when I got up this morning, and noticed the sunrise was really nice as I was driving to the gulch. I wanted to really take it in, so I walked down to the beach. As is often the case, I missed the really vivid red part. As the days get shorter, I'll get to see more of them, though. And there was still plenty to enjoy.

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Jinxed it
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After saying yesterday I'd rather be hung over than exhausted from staying up late, I of course woke up with the strangest hangover I've had in a long time. From when I got up at 4:00 until lunch time, I felt really weird and spacey. Kind of like being on really strong painkillers. Totally bizarre. I figure it's probably because I was so exhausted yesterday. Definitely wasn't up for a walk this morning, so I went this afternoon.

I really hate walking in the afternoon. Sunshine is stupid.

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Mission accomplished
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I ordered a few different keychains from Amazon the other day and they arrived last night. This morning, I chose this one.

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It's so pretty! I got this one because I typically only need my car key because I come in through the garage, and each of the smaller rings can come off. Perfect. I do prefer a chain with regular links to flattened ones, so I might swap that out at some point. No rush, though.

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I just realized I should have taken a picture of at least part of the dinner I made last night. Our friends Jenn and Jason have an excellent band, Mutiny Mutiny, and they played in Everett last night. We had them over for dinner beforehand, and since they're vegetarians, I went ahead and made a vegan dinner since I've been making so many vegan meals. It was a Thai noodle dish and some zucchini lemongrass fritters, plus they brought spring rolls from Tamarind Tree, one of the best restaurants in Seattle. I wasn't going to have them bring anything at all, but when Jenn offered, I asked if she would mind stopping for those. Best spring rolls I've ever had and I didn't have to go anywhere to get them!

What I wish I took a photo of is the little station I made up for herbs and toppings. It was a nice triangle of bowls with cilantro, shiso, basil, cashews, green onions, and a big bowl of pickled cucumbers and onions. I had everyone bring their bowl over to the stove to grab noodles and top them with their choices from that station. It was a hit. I also made a watermelon basil ice dessert, which was tasty, but also weird because it looked like salsa.

Mutiny Mutiny was the third act on the bill at the show later on, and had a lot of sound issues, so I didn't end up asleep until midnight. Still love seeing them perform.

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They're between drummers right now and were using a laptop as a drum machine. No big loss as far as I'm concerned, as their sound is very guitar-oriented.

Mutiny Mutiny at Firewheel Community Coffee House

You should all buy their music! It's very good. A new EP is coming out in a few weeks.

I swear, staying up late is the worst in terms of how I feel. I didn't just feel gross when 5am rolled around and it was time to get up for my walk. I also felt very gross every time I woke up throughout the night. I'd rather have a hangover than be tired from staying up late, any day.

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Neighborhood cat we call Janet

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