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Sam's tail amputation is scheduled for Tuesday. Since there are mast cells in his tail, they gave him a chest x-ray to make sure there are no tumors there, because there's no point in cutting off a tail to prevent cancer if there's already cancer somewhere that's more deadly. We're still waiting to hear about that.

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Had an extremely productive morning at work and then went out to the pool for my hour of treading water. My iPod did such a great job today, somehow shuffling in about half the songs from Information Society's newest album, Orders of Magnitude. Also toward the end, I got to hear one of the mixes of "Light" by KMFDM, which is an exercise anthem for me. For the three years in college when I was on a very strict diet and worked out six days a week without fail, the only music I listened to while exercising was the CD single of "Light." I'm a little bummed to see that only four of the nine tracks are on our server at the moment, so I need to look into that.

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The other gulch
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Every once in a while, I like to cheat on Japanese Gulch with her neighbor down the road, Big Gulch. She's a fancier, simpler gulch, surrounded by even more expensive real estate. There's only one trail to climb up, so I always walk down via the residential streets, which have great views.

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Sun-Day
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I'm happy to report that I listed three air plants on Etsy yesterday and two friends made purchases almost immediately! So I listed three more today and am hoping for similar success. I also ordered some stuff to make very cool setups today and am excited about being able to put those together soon. The only bad part is that I'll have to go to the post office tomorrow. I may even go twice, once to pick up some boxes and envelopes to bring home and pack up, and then another time to drop them off. But it's not far.

We've arrived at that time of year where sunglasses are recommended for the morning walk.

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I had a really beautiful dream this morning in which Tatiana (suxdonut) and her brother Ian (drinkyclown) and I were having a grand time swimming and taking photos in strange and impossible natural waterways before making our way to the art school we all went to. Turns out I was being "laid off" from school even though I was very successful there and really well-liked. Lots of artwork I'd made was on display around the campus and I was trying to photograph an enlarged version of a page from a test I'd taken. It explained that I chose to draw the assigned cupcakes dancing down a waterfall because I wanted to work at JWT or BBDO and they needed to be dynamic.

This thing was about the size of a 2-car garage and hung over the main lobby. It looked great in person but none of the angles I tried on my phone worked. This is a common theme in my dreams, the phone or the computer just doesn't work. Tears rolled down my face because I just wanted a good photo and all I could get was a black screen. And it wasn't really clear at the time if all my work was staying up after I left.

On my way out, I saw Tatiana giving a tour through the student gallery, explaining that a lot of our stuff was going to be switched out soon because we'd all inadvertently used similar color schemes and they not only all looked too much like Instagram filters, but they were especially annoying to colorblind people. The works in question were made from pastel construction paper and hung down from the ceiling like banners, and I was shocked they were even staying together as everyone walked through and touched them.

And then I remembered I still had an office to clean out that had Zima and other neon signs, and I of course had no idea how I was going to get that all moved to or where it would go.

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I spent a good half an hour or so laying in bed basking in the amazing imagery from that dream and thinking about how in my real life, I managed to land a job in a JWT subsidiary and work my way from a hellish account service position into my branch's first traffic role, and finally a copywriting job that was what I'd always wanted, and turned out to be a huge disappointment. And I also can't get over how strange and fantastic the things I see in my dreams can be. They don't even feel like they come from my own mind sometimes.
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I had a very lovely time spending a vacation day with jameth! He came up from Seattle via Amtrak, and I picked him up at the station.

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Beach while you can
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I was pretty tired this morning after a night of bingo and figured a nice mellow beach morning today would hit the spot. Fortunately/unfortunately, I got to see Garrett before I headed out! He spent the night down by the airport but his flight to Mexico was canceled, and because it was such a short trip, so was the whole trip. I had a pretty late start and wasn't worried at all about the gate being closed.

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Bingo!
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I wrapped up my hour swim just as the ladies were starting their water aerobics. I thought I'd sit for a minute in the newly-renovated sauna that was closed for an additional three weeks beyond the six week renovation, but it wasn't hot for some reason, so I left.

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Easy like Monday morning
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I wasn't looking for a difficult walk today and because it rained all day yesterday, I figured I may as well avoid the gulch entirely. The Lowell Riverfront Trail always makes for nice, flat walk in any weather. I'm glad I've decided to always park in the street above the park because the gate is never open early enough. The park opens at 6am, but I happened to be walking by the gate when truck was pulling away at 6:40.

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Speak of the devil
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Those decals for my wall display came yesterday. I should have suspected by the price that there was a bit of false advertising going on. The pictures you see in listings for them show them set up on walls behind chairs and couches, but the furniture would have to be about a foot tall for the photo to be accurate. Much smaller in real life. No big deal, I'll just incorporate them in a different way.

It was windy and rainy all night. The kind of night where you wake up constantly but don't really mind because it sounds neat. I decided partway through the night that I wasn't in the mood to walk in the rain, so I turned off my alarm and slept until 6:40! That's very late for me. We're having a nice day hanging around the house. Garrett made us bloody caesars and I made bagels.

Bagels

On the left, a sandwich for him: Onion bagel, a little plain cream cheese, egg, turkey, smoked gouda.
On the right, my onion bagel has plain cream cheese, sardines packed in spicy tomato sauce and olive oil, and green onions. One half has capers.

Oh yeah, along with those decals were five more air plants. Spiky ones with a reddish tinge. That brings my total up to over 33, but I gave an air plant as a birthday present yesterday, so it's 32 now. I think.

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I'm so thrilled with how well my air plants are doing. My original one almost looks like a sea creature that could swim away any moment.

This air plant is doing so well, I love it.

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Lake Twenty-two on 4/22
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I recently learned that I have 4.5 vacation days to use up before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, or I'll lose them. I didn't really want to take a week off all at once right now so I chose various Fridays off, as well as a Thursday. A few three-day weekends and a four-day one sounds pretty great right now because I'd like to get some local hikes in, on weekdays, before the weather warms up too much. I've had my eye on Lake Twenty-two for a while, and someone I know on tumblr was there recently, so that sealed it.

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Going where the people aren't
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My strategy for a long time has been to go to the pool as soon as possible, then to the grocery store. But the pool is less crowded later, and the store is less crowded earlier, so I swapped the two. I was also planning on driving to a vet office for pill pockets for Sam, so it made sense to be heading back from WinCo a little later. But I ended up popping into the emergency vet which is open all night, so it didn't really end up mattering when I went there.

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Wrong turns
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I've been thinking about how the beach's walking area's days are numbered, and wanted to start there today. It also would have been a convenient place to park since I'm not using the gulch's parking area until the water main work is complete. I tried to drive the most direct way there, and you can see in the video that I took a wrong turn, and that the beach parking area was closed.



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Tests upon tests, with a side of tests
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Yesterday was busy with work and we also had a vet appointment, so I decided I'd do some afternoon yoga. Sam's had a bump on his tail for years and it's never been an issue, but recently he's started chewing on that area and has licked the fur off. So we scheduled an appointment for him, and the confirmation email indicated Steve was due for annual bloodwork. We packed the boys up and went to their least favorite place.

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Strapping
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I was very much looking forward to going to the gulch again after having watched some more videos about trekking poles. It was surprising to end up behind a truck that was also heading there to work on the water main construction since it was not only Sunday, but quite early on Sunday. You can see in the video that I wasn't sure he was going to pull into the lot, so I did a loop around the block to confirm, then drove on up to the business park by Paine Field. I won't be using the parking area at the gulch until they're finished with their work because they've been triple-and-quadruple parking and are probably expecting to use the whole thing. It worked out fine, there was a nice sunrise to see when I parked.



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A twist on a tradition
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Dina Martina is a Seattle institution, and one of the best things about living there was being able to walk down or take a ten-minute bus ride to see her. The 90-plus-minute ordeal to get down there from Everett on the bus once we moved away really sucked the joy out of it, though. I'm glad I drove us down today. The drinks were $14 so I didn't mind that I could only have two before the show started, and it was nice to be able to get back home quickly. Not sure why it took 45 minutes for us to get a pizza to go once we were back in the neighborhood, but it was nice to be back.

Dina Martina!

It was shocking to see the rest of the block that Re-Bar is on is being developed. Not that it wasn't obviously going to happen, but I always figured if it did, it'd be the whole block and that nothing that's already there would be spared.

I had a really great hike with the poles this morning but I'll write about it tomorrow.

Polester
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I knew all week that I would for sure be visiting Japanese Gulch to try out my new walking poles. I wish I'd had a little more time to do some research about them before heading out, though. Coincidentally, the only video I saw beforehand gave advice nobody else does. She said not to use the wrist straps, whereas everyone else says you definitely want to use them almost all the time. Since I wasn't using them, my hands got very sweaty the whole time, and I wondered if I would have to get some sort of fingerless gloves. But as I've learned since then, you barely have to hold on at all if they're strapped on, so the next walk with them should be much easier.

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The free ride is over
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The sauna and hot tub are still unavailable at the pool, but I got charged today anyway. Two free swims is pretty good, so I'm not disappointed. I rarely use those amenities anyway, or it's just a few minutes if I do. I didn't realize until I'd been at the front desk for a few seconds that Zoey, the cat who lives at the swim center, was sitting right by me on the counter.

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