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Goodbye fence
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The big changes at Langus continue. That new parking lot I mentioned is behind a gate that I've always wished wasn't locked. Opening it would allow for a loop I've always wanted to do, combining the areas where I always walk as well as the trail near the entrance. Instead of having to choose one or the other and double back, I can see both in the same walk! Super nice. The gate's still locked, but when I stopped by on the parking lot side Sunday, I realized they've taken down the fence on either side of the gate, so I was able to pass. Here I am looking very satisfied as I approached my car from the other side.

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Of course, I still had to keep going to get my time lapse camera.

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Losing a big portion of the park hurts a lot less now that I have enhanced access to the remaining areas.

Loved the silly pose these geese were doing near my car.

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Had a nice lunch yesterday with Dale and took him to an artist friend's open studio event, then to Funko.

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A new shopportunity
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Several months ago, I noticed a sign at the empty Display and Costume near us and was so excited to learn it'd be our new neighborhood Grocery Outlet. It's always been one of my favorite stores, but except for the four months when we lived in Silver Lake, I've never lived very close to one. Our new neighborhood location is finally open, and I got to see it early because they partnered with Live in Everett to do a sponsored post and video! When they asked if I wanted to work on those, I was very excited to say yes. here's my blog post about it and here's the video that just came out today.


Frosty
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It's really cold here at the moment, and of course quite dark in the mornings. I'm staying in right now because of a 7am call with Sweden anyway. Monday I went to the marina and took exactly one photo, my favorite fall tree by the boat launch. I posted it to IG but not flickr because I've gotten better photos of it before.

To fight the chill yesterday, I did Japanese Gulch, climbing up from the bottom. This is a view of Boeing from the tracks near the end.

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There was a little light on the way down.

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Near the parking lot I found a Japanese Gulch Runners sticker on the back of a sign. Love their graphic.


Near and far at the same time
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Decided to push the distance a bit this morning by doing the paved loop at Langus and then all that's left of the Northern loop. When I turned around at the what's now the most remote part of the Northern section, I nearly missed a big change there.

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This week in the steam room at the YMCA
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Gentleman 1: Do you want to go to the chicken place and get a sandwich?

Gentleman 2: Yeah, that sounds pretty good.

Me: Are you talking about that new place on Hewitt?

Gentleman 1: What new place on Hewitt?

Me: It's a new chicken place called That Chicken Place, I think the opening has been delayed and I was hoping you had news. The name's not great.

Gentleman 1: I'm talking about that place on California with the giant chicken outside and chickens everywhere inside. It's called Wendy's, but you can't call it that because then people think you mean the burger chain.

Me: The name's not great.

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I can't move
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That's a bit of an exaggeration, but moving is definitely not fun right now. Someone I know locally posted on Facebook about the Strength Together class at the YMCA and swears by it, so I decided to check it out yesterday. Unfortunately my lower back issues crept up because we stood in place a lot lifting weights, but otherwise it's a pretty cool class! And highly effective. I was very weak and wobbly after, and now I'm very stiff and sore.

That's totally expected, but now I'm very motivated to get my back feeling better so I can go back to the class and do well in it. That means it's time for more yoga. Ever do yoga while you're exhausted from full-body strength training? That's what I did yesterday and it was pretty difficult. Today was even harder now that I'm sore all over.

That was this afternoon. I started the day with some time in the hot tub, then swimming that included a lot of stretching in the water. I even came up with a new way to stretch my back backward!

Anyway, the whole thing kept reminding me of the show L.A. Doctors from 1998. There was an awesome scene where one of the doctors went to talk to another in her office, and she looked like she was paying far too close attention to what he was saying. He finally asked what was up, and she said, "I can't move." I can't remember why, but she was paralyzed in her chair.

I decided to look up who it was, and it turns out it was Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks!

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Inverted weekend
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I wasn't in the mood for a walk or swim Friday after Thursday's excesses, and also stayed up way too late last night watching bad movies. So it was a rare Saturday walk instead. I didn't want to be out too long because we had brunch plans, but a trip North and back was a perfect three miles in the fog.

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Thanksgiving 2018
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After Banh-Meetup and Independence Day Resurgence, we'd pretty much spent our entertaining energy for the year and decided to keep Thanksgiving small, just us and Garrett's parents. I got pretty frustrated leading up to it because I thought it'd be nice to scale down the menu a bit, but very few cuts were made. It was fun once Bev and Dennis arrived, though.

I started the day with an excellent walk at Langus. I've been doing the paved trail lately since it's further from the hunters.

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Do not doubt my commitment to Sparkle Motion
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Recently when I was at the waxing salon, I mentioned that I write for Live in Everett, and the co-owner Brandi who works on me said she really wanted to be on it. She also mentioned that she tried before to get the guys to come down and film, but neither of them would get anything waxed. Of course I volunteered!

I chose Waxology because they encourage men to come in, which isn't always the case with salons. It's also a gorgeous, inviting place, which is very different from some of the waxing closets I've seen in the backs of nail and hair salons over the years.


In the thick of things
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I figured it was time to revisit the other side of Langus near the boat launch again since it had not only been a while, but so much of the area I've been going to is gone now. And it's hunting season. This morning's thick fog made the river disappear, which was cool for photos.

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My oldest sister's been in town because my niece just had her second kid, a daughter named Rauri. We met up for dinner last night at Avocados, and I really want this rooster from their front window.

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The orange reveal
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I'll have to scrape some orange paint off spots where it's not supposed to be, and use a little more to cover up some spraypaint I got on the wall while turning the heater silver, but the bathroom is done enough to show off.

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