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Snow and ice
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We had snow on Valentine's Day and then again Sunday morning. I don't leave unless the roads are clear, and that took a while on Sunday. Thankfully we were still able to visit Garrett's parents at lunchtime.

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Normally on Presidents' Day, I drive further out for a hike somewhere I don't go a lot, but I didn't feel like dealing with the snow that was likely to be still around and deeper in those mountain areas. So I went to the normal Sunday spot, and it was nice.

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That was quite a week. Work's been busy, but not so much that I couldn't get out for a few walks. I did yoga today, though, to give my back a break. I really miss the pool, but even two weeks out, my tattoo isn't completely healed. It'll probably be fine to go swimming Monday. It probably would have been fine today, but I'd rather not risk it. The reason it's an issue is that there's a ring of heavy black parts around my wrist, and it takes a lot of coverage to do that. There's only two small scabs now, though.

One highlight this week was the arrival of my new time lapse camera! I decided last weekend that I wanted another and the Brinno got here Tuesday night. We woke up to Valentine's Day snow and my first test was to catch that melting. That trial run taught me a few things. First, to my relief, it's a regular lens and not a wide-angle one. I'm shocked that I allowed myself to order it without checking that first. It's nice that it's self-contained and I don't have to use an app on my phone, but of course it's a small screen so it's not as easy to see how a shot will turn out. It's important to make sure the shot's not washed out. And there was a timecode that I had to turn off via a setting.



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Easily-lost gains
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One of my boring goals is to walk the entire length of the Centennial Trail. It's 30 miles long, so I'll probably do it in nine or so sections. I could easily do it in four or five if I didn't have to double back each time to get to the car. But we don't have autonomous cars yet, so there's no easy way for it to be waiting for me up ahead.

I call it a boring goal because so far, the two sections of trail I've covered aren't that interesting. I've never been fond of overly-long, straight, flat trails where you have to occasionally cross a street and there's constant noise from a busy road that runs alongside. And one of the street crossings was quite dangerous! There are certainly some beautiful houses and farms, but it's not one of the areas I'd look at if a bunch of money fell into my lap.

Yesterday's walk was 7.3 miles total, so of the 30 trail miles, I added 3.65, for a total of 5. The first walk was pretty short because I stopped at a spot that would be easy to remember. I've checked the map up ahead, and thankfully in a few sessions, I'll reach a part that's further from roads.

Interestingly, because it's so flat and I wasn't stopping to take photos, I did 4mph instead of my normal 3. At 1pm, I was at my desk finishing a conference call, was on the trail at 1:25, and finished the walk at 3:15. It was terribly exciting how quick it'd flown by, but all that time I felt I'd gained was about to vanish. I turned the ignition key, and nothing happened because I left my headlights on the entire walk.

My car was free and I love it, but I look forward to the day when I eventually get a new one that's a little more modern and doesn't have the ability to drain its own battery just because you forget to turn the lights off on a bright day. While I waited about 90 minutes for AAA to come (for some reason, the guy's appointment before me just went on and on) I ordered a portable jump starter on Amazon. That'll be nice to have.

It was annoying to wait so long to head home after covering so much ground so quickly, but I have nobody to blame but myself, and mostly had to laugh. And be grateful it was at the end of the day and there were no more calls to jump on. Come to think of it, I still could have dialed in if there was. Phones are so handy.

That's more like it
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Just when I thought the winter darkness would never end, I finally got some relief. After I took this.

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The beginning
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Six years ago today, I posted this on Facebook:

Switching up my morning routine. Gonna try getting up at 4:50 and walking 2.2 miles to the far bus stop instead of 5:10 and .8 miles to the closer one.

Soon after that, I started taking the long way to the far bus stop. Then I started taking the bus all the way to the end of the route so I had to walk even more to get to work. Plus a really long walk on Sundays. Eventually we moved, and I got into a pretty good routine of walking six days a week even though I had nowhere to go because I worked at home. Four months later, we bought a house and moved again, and my old back injury returned.

The physical therapy exercises I used previously weren't really touching it, so I took up yoga, which I should probably do at least twice a week. Instead, I save it for when my back is bothering me. It helps enough that I can walk as much as I want. 

Another thing that helps is swimming an hour, twice a week. I've been doing that for a couple of years now, and love it. Four walks and two swims is a much easier routine to maintain than six walks in a row.

I now have 5,500 miles recorded on MapMyRun. Lots of fun times and photos. We're currently in the period where it's dark for most of the walk, and I'm looking forward to this summer more than I ever have since I finished school.



 

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It's going to be a very busy week, and I wish I had the option to run to the pool for a quick swim each day, but that's off the table because I have fresh tattoos. I guess that's the big news. I spent three hours on the table on Friday and now my left arm is completely tattooed! I'm going to wait to share photos, though. It's swollen and looks like there's red ink when there's only black, and the new black stuff is so dark it looks fake. Totally normal for heavy blackwork.

This last week was crazy, too, but I got out a couple of times.

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Icon origins
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Photo by Louie, formerly lj user ltorosf.

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Busy few days
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I'm doing some new stuff at work this week for the first time, and it's been uniquely challenging compared to the last couple of times things were added to my repertoire. It's just growing pains, and I'm finally over the hump.

I managed to make it to the pool today and Monday, and did yoga yesterday because I couldn't work anything into the morning schedule because I also had a followup appointment with my doctor, who incidentally, really liked all my current results and statuses.

Knowing it'd be a busy few days, I decided on Saturday after I posted Caturday to sit down and write my latest for Live in Everett. It wasn't originally supposed to be about three kinds of duck soup, but when I ordered the wrong thing for the piece I meant to write, I made the best of the situation.

Thankfully tomorrow, while busy, will be the regular amount of busy I'm used to.

Soaked
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It was a windy, wet morning, and I didn't even realize how bad it was until I got out to Langus. But I hadn't been there in a while and wanted to walk anyway, so I pressed on. Since I knew there was no way to keep the rain off the Podo no matter what, I decided to point it more down. There's some sky in the video, but the highway was the focus.

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Some firsts
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Construction continues on the new ferry terminal in Mukilteo. They've taken another chunk out of the walking loop. I'm not able to say how big the loop is now, though, because it rained all night and the water was too deep on one of the huge concrete parts. this was an issue last time around, and the construction crew was nice enough to make a gravel path. Hopefully by next week they'll have one in the new spot where it's needed.

Obviously trains go onto the pier to grab cargo that comes off of barges, but I'd never seen a train there before this morning.

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Some cute graffiti on a train car near the station.

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Later on back home, I was surprised to see two hummingbirds peacefully sharing the feeder. They're so territorial.

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Icon challenge
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kazzy_cee picked three of my lj icons that she wanted to know more about.



I use the handle christopher575 on just about every site and app I'm on, except Instagram and Snapchat. It was already taken on those, so I'm xtopher575. Lots of people know me as christopher575, and thus send me photos whenever they spot a 575 somewhere. I almost always make them into icons, and between the ones people have sent and the ones I've spotted myself, I have 36 "575" icons. This particular one was spotted by my friend Aengus on a cab. The full sign read, "computer dispatch."



The lj community owlihotornot was fun for a while, but fizzled out. If memory serves, I continued to post a lot of owls on my own page for a while. This was just funny to me because most owl stuff is very cute even though owls in real life are quite tough.



The title of this icon is "butter milk eggs" because this little memo recorder came free with something that was sold on TV, and they always showed a woman reciting her shopping list into it, saying "Butter, milk, eggs." A voice recorder is a terrible way to do your shopping list! I also liked this particular photo of the recorder because it looks like a little robot.

I'm not confident anyone will, but please comment "me too" if you'd like me to pick some of your icons so you can post about them.

Missing a colorful opportunity
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Since it was a holiday yesterday, I didn't leave super early for my walk. I'm used to them being so dark lately, it didn't even occur to me that there would be a good opportunity for a time lapse.

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Late in 2017 I finally decided I didn’t have to post every single day on LiveJournal. This was after years of daily posts that I mainly did out of spite for the people who say they miss the site but never actually read it or post anything.

I just noticed the “Your 2017 on LJ” link at the top, clicked it, and found out I did exactly 365 posts last year. Haha.

Relax and jump back in
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We spent last weekend in my favorite cabin and had a fantastic time. As usual, we set up some cameras to watch the cats while we were gone. Here's the first shot from the kitchen cam just before we left.

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