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Inspired by a question from kazzy_cee, I set up both my time lapse cameras in the same spot facing the same direction this morning to compare results.

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The Podo is a small camera with a sticky pad that was marketed to fans of social media as a way to set up an impromptu photo booth. I like it because of its size and the waterproof case I got for it is great. But there's a dark spot in all the photos, and creating a time lapse from photos is time consuming, but not to the degree that I won't do it. It has a regular lens, so while you won't see as much of its surroundings, you don't have to deal with the warping around the edges that you get with a wide-angle lens.



The clear winner today is my Brinno Pro with its wide lens because the subject matter is a layer of cloud fluff with few details, so the more you pull out, the better everything looks. This Pro model has lots of controls that I've never learned anything about, and I should, because I usually brighten up the video in editing and that makes the lightest parts wash out.



I ordered another flexible tripod so they won't have to share next time, and that will give me more options for placement. Today's spot was pretty great, though, so I'm looking forward to trying again there.

On the way back to the car I found another camera and put it to use.

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I know for next time I can get a better picture if I step out into the road. There's only a farm and a parking lot off to the left so there's no traffic.

Finding studs, solving problems
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The paint that we chose when we remodeled the bathroom upstairs and added laundry is lovely, for sure, but as with all non-glossy paints, it's delicate. That probably wouldn't have been an issue, but Steve likes the bathroom window. It's high up, so when he jumps up, he has to dig his back claws into the wall, which eventually collected lots of scratch marks.

We like to keep that door propped open so rather than change that, I decided to give Steve (and potentially Sam) a little help. I like this cat shelf that they have at the vet's office, but I did the measurements and realized the lower shelf would make it too easy and tempting to fool with the toilet paper roll, and moving it over would interfere with the cabinet door.

We went to the vet. Sam was less than thrilled.

So I set out to find something smaller. There's no shortage of options, but I was able to eliminate a lot of them because I didn't want anything with fabric. I don't care how easy it is to clean, I don't want to have to. Steve's fur is especially annoying. It's very sleek, so you can't really brush him, and any dark fabric surface has some of his white hairs on it.

I found a wood one that's really simple and matches the decor quite well. When it arrived I went to the hardware store for a painting kit and stud finder, grabbed a tarp from the garage, and got to work.

The leftover paint was annoying because it was an unused second can, completely full but in need of mixing. That was messy. The fresh paint and new shelf look great, though.

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As a homeowner it's really hard to do anything without wondering, do I have to undo it later if we sell the place? But I'd be comfortable leaving this shelf in place and putting a plant on it for a showing.

You're not seeing things, there's a light in the toilet with a motion sensor that activates if it's dark enough.

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I hit 575 Timehops today, and of course had to make a 575 icon. It should be 852, but the app screwed up on my original day 277.

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Big and bright
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I didn't bring any time lapse cameras Tuesday morning because it's really dark at that time since DST started, and the skies were also very clear. Of course at the time I didn't know the moon would be so crazy bright. I had to pull the car over on the road leading down to the beach because the scene was so stunning.

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When in doubt, try anyway
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My Podo camera quit working a long time ago, but on a whim I decided to see if it'd connect to my new phone, and it did! I don't have a second tripod for it, but I still have the waterproof case that's designed to point in lots of different directions when you put it down, so I brought it along with my Brinno yesterday for my walk at Langus. The sky was pretty clear when I got there, and I knew it wasn't fully charged, so I left it in the car. The gate at the new north entrance was locked, so I decided to try a new spot at the south end.

It was sad to see how many great views there were on the way to that spot that I couldn't use because there was nowhere to leave it. This is what I really wanted to show.

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An oddly productive period
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I'm really bad about getting stuff done. Great about getting ready to, though! Ok, just good at buying things online. It's so easy these days to get the stuff you need, but harnessing the energy to then use it can be really tough. Sometimes I wonder if the online shopping component has something to do with that. Like, when you have to go to the hardware store, it's pretty easy to ride the momentum to project completion. I need to do this > I have to get the stuff > I'm ready to be finished.

When you buy something online, it and the task you need it for enter a holding pattern. It'll show up eventually > I'll get around to it at some point after that > now's not a great time.

I'm starting to find it's so much easier to get my writing projects done if I hurry, though. If time permits, banging a piece out right after I get home from talking to the subject is the way to go.

And something about being tired this week because of Daylight Saving Time put me in a very productive frame of mind. Like, if I stopped to rest, I wouldn't be able to start again.

Thursday really blew by and I couldn't believe everything I got done. Had a walk, then wrote about a new place I like in Marysville as soon as I got home and showered. While working on my normal Thursday chores, which are to water the plants and clean my CPAP, I noticed the large fern in the top section of my wall garden was dying. I pulled it out along with a couple of smaller ones, which made several huge messes, so the five-minute watering chore stretched out into nearly an hour. I got a chance to move a tall plant up to the top section, though, I think it'll work better there.

I had to pop by the VFW during their Veterans Stand Down so I could get a couple of pictures and talk to some people to work it into my followup story about their remodel. It was great to find out that just as I'd arrived, they'd signed up their 100th homeless vet, and 17 of them so far were women. I found representatives from the county who chatted with me and gave me a business card so I could get the day's final numbers for my piece later on, and they told me it's much harder to find the women they're serving. I think their idea to create a women's pavilion with services provided by women was really smart.

It's been great working with the VFW on my pieces and my contact there said venue bookings are way up since the first one, and they found their new muralist because of me!

There was a lot of time to kill until 4:30 when I could make my next stop, so I went to Lowe's to find some plants for the wall garden. I found a few colorful ones and hope they do well, but I'll wait to take photos until I'm confident they'll last.

After that I had a really great time meeting some local vintners and checking out their winery. Really cool, interesting people, I spent an hour talking to them without even meaning to.

Thursday's my designated day off from making dinner but I could have easily ridden that productive wave and cooked. Garrett brought takeout home, though, and winding down was really nice.

I don't normally have such busy days so I had to document it. There are definitely a few things around here that still need to get done. Maybe tomorrow.

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I only have one gif in my file right now, so I decided to grab the fails of the week video instead. Can't watch it right now, so hopefully it's good.


Flight and frost
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Commercial flights have started at our local airport. I'm of course very excited about this, but could never possibly be as excited as Garrett. On Saturday, I dropped him off there so he could have his first flight. Just a trip to Portland and back. That's the difference between us, he'll fly just for the experience, whereas I wouldn't bother without at least one night's stay. So I was geared up and ready for a walk, and drove straight from the airport to Langus for a walk.

Garrett wrote up a really wonderful post about it. If you look in this video from it, you can see the big expanse of fog I walked in. It appears 30 seconds in at the bottom.



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More fun with Layout
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Every once in a while I use Layout in Instagram and am completely thrilled with the results. Yesterday at the marina I decided to see what I could make from these staircase railings.

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From all the clouds to none
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I popped out for a quick walk at Edgewater this morning. Didn't really want to do anything long, not just because of time, but because lately I've been in the pool three days a week and don't want to overdo it while I'm unable to swim with the fresh tattoo work.

It was a goofy morning, too. I tried to put my old phone in the mail and after missing the turn into the Mukilteo post office, had to wait a really long time to turn left back onto the street due to ferry traffic. I finally got there and it turns out the slot was too small for the box.

I also forgot to turn on MapMyRun, the app that tracks my walks for me. I manually put it in as three miles in an hour, which is probably pretty close to accurate based on the last walk I did there.

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Caught it
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Winter is mostly not great for morning time lapses. The sky is often just a grey blob that the sun can't break through. Don't get me wrong, I like that kind of weather, but I miss the photo and video opportunities. The streak was finally broken today!

I mentioned before that there's a new parking area at the north end of Langus and that I was looking forward to entering there since that's where I want to set up my time lapses now. I parked at the second-northernmost parking area and walked over to that entrance because even though they haven't been opening the gate, it's still easy to walk around it. Didn't even need to do that today, as the gate was open!

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Moving along nicely
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Had another great session with Jimmy yesterday, and it was surprisingly the least painful one in a while considering how much we did.

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Rio and Vangelica both got their makeup done and earrings colored in, plus the huge red and purple sections between them and Rio's orange line.

When I got home, the new phone I ordered had arrived, but unfortunately my SIM card popped out as I was trying to slide the tray in, and promptly vanished. Like, I pulled the stove out and moved it over, and swept the entire kitchenette and still couldn't find it. I'm using it at home on wifi but I won't be able to use it at all or text until I can get to the AT&T store. That'll have to wait a bit because I'm going to Seattle for breakfast with my ex Douglas and his husband David. It's really quite unnerving to plan an outing knowing I can't use my phone once I pull away! I'll have to write down their hotel room number and go find them rather than texting when I arrive. So retro.

They came to Seattle for last night's Robyn concert and have the day to do sightseeing stuff before their train back to Portland this evening. They were nice enough to invite me along for the day's activities but I declined as I'm not really in the mood to do any Seattle tourist stuff right now.

It's been a pretty busy morning so far. I've actually been working, helping out with a very big deployment at work since my normal weekday start time of 4am. Not work explaining completely but it saved a lot of time when I did the steps because I'm local, and it helped to get as early a start as possible because the support tech is in South Africa. We have a meeting at 8:30 to check the progress and then I'll head out for breakfast.

I'm also keeping an eye on Outlook in case they need me. Normally they'd text, but I can't get those right now.

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Inn-portant update
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This morning at the marina I almost fell over when I noticed the neon INN sign that's had one N burnt out for years has been fixed.

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I didn't take any other photos during the walk, but made a couple of stops on the way home to get a couple of shots I needed for the next story I'm submitting for LIEv. It's about the best views in Everett. There are so many, I had to leave some out! But of course I somehow never got shots of two of the places I wanted to include.

Tens across the board
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I've wanted to be on the Live in Everett podcast forever, so I was a little bummed when they updated the questions asked during the Fast Five segment. After all, I'd rehearsed my answers hundreds of times. That's one of the things you can do on long walks, practice stuff you'll have to say eventually.

When they finally had me on, I asked if I could try to the original and new questions in the allotted time, and they agreed I should try. Under pressure, I forgot I was going to answer Pigeon Creek Beach as the hidden gem, which is especially relevant right now because the city is closing it on weekdays for the winter. Oh well.

Love this picture we took for it.

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Read my answers here if you're so inclined!

Good things happen here
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One of my favorite recent assignments for Live in Everett was a visit to the Everett Animal Shelter. I see the building all the time because it's out at Langus Riverfront Park, the place I go most Sundays to walk.

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The City of Everett shared the link on the Facebook page yesterday, too! The biggest thrill, though, was that every animal I featured in the post was adopted by the time it posted, so we had to edit out all the links.

I didn't have a way to work it into the post, but there was someone on my street who fed and hung out with a lot of stray cats who suddenly had to move away. It was really heartbreaking to see the cats wait on the porch of that house hoping she'd come out and feed them, but it wasn't long until animal control trapped them and brought them in to the shelter to be adopted. Seeing their photos on the adoptions page was such a relief.

In water, near water
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With another tattoo appointment coming up on March 1st I decided to get to the pool Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week and next. I couldn't get out for a walk Tuesday due to my conference call, but did the very intense core strength yoga video.

I'm starting to really enjoy my time in the pool in a whole new way now that I'm there doing core strength stuff. It's different when there's an important goal to work toward in an enjoyable way. I think a lot of it has to do with how challenging it can be to walk slowly along the bottom of the pool, using my whole foot instead of bouncing off the bottom like a gazelle. The music in my earbuds always makes me feel robotic in a way. I always picture various bad guys from the Terminator franchise pushing along as they melt or break up.

My ankles felt a little weak after a couple of weeks off due to snow and only a couple of walks in the meantime, but it didn't take long at the marina on Thursday for them to feel great again. It was so quiet and dark, too. I think I saw maybe two other people the entire time, and one of them was the security officer driving around in the patrol van.

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