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8th March 2015

9:16pm: posting for balance's sake
Seems like I mainly post to LJ when I'm angsty, so I'm posting now, while I'm feeling peaceful and good. Maybe it's the sunshine, or better vitamins, or getting enough sleep. Maybe it's being able to have the windows open--I never really feel clean if the house hasn't been opened up recently. Maybe it's having completed things: my WordPress course, making the garden non-awful. Or things that are challenging but solvable, like figuring out how to make the website changes my semi-boss asked for. Or where my hormones are at right now, or just the vagaries of my brain. Whatever the cause(s), I'm feeling really positive in a quiet kind of way.

19th April 2014

2:06pm: The Dynasphere!
Hey Sam...



There really needs to be one of these in the Fremont Solstice Parade.

11th February 2013

8:27pm: Stuff Swap! March 16-17
There's a Stuff Swap on the way! March 16-17, in the evening on Saturday from 6 until midnight-ish and from noon til 7ish on Sunday. I'll have some nibbles; more snacks are welcome if you enjoy feeding people.

A review of how it works:
What to bring: Clothes, small furniture, housey stuff, books, plants, crafting stuff, even food--pretty much anything useable that can be transported by bus/compact car. Larger objects might be accommodated with some warning. Maybe. I can take some things beforehand if you need to drop them off early, but it's more fun if you bring them when you arrive.

It isn't a "swap meet" in the sense of needing to bring things to barter or trade. There is always lots left over (like 15-20 bags) that gets donated to charity, so if you don't have anything to bring, come anyway to get stuff, socialize, and offer fashion advice.

If there is someone who you would vouch for that you think should be here, bring 'em along!

16th September 2012

8:31am: Stuff Swap **Rescheduled**
An event that is attended by a lot of the Stuff Swap folks has been scheduled for the Oct 6-7 weekend, so the Stuff Swap will be moving to the following weekend, Oct. 13-14. I hope this doesn't affect anyone's ability to attend. I wouldn't generally reschedule this late in the game but for this event I should.

2nd September 2012

5:32pm: Stuff Swap, Oct. 6-7
There's a Stuff Swap on the way! Oct 6-7, in the evening on Saturday from 6 until midnight-ish and from noon til 7ish on Sunday. I'll have some nibbles; more snacks are welcome if you enjoy feeding people.

A review of how it works:
What to bring: Clothes, small furniture, housey stuff, books, plants, crafting stuff, even food--pretty much anything useable that can be transported by bus/compact car. Larger objects might be accommodated with some warning. Maybe. I can take some things beforehand if you
need to drop them off early, but it's more fun if you bring them when you arrive.

It isn't a "swap meet" in the sense of needing to bring things to barter or trade. Just bring things that you want to leave your space. There is always lots left over (like 15-20 bags), so if you don't have anything to bring, come anyway to get stuff, socialize, and offer fashion advice.

If there is someone who you would vouch for that you think should be here, bring 'em along!

In case you are not aware: we have moved since the last Stuff Swap. Email me for the address if you don't have it. Parking around here is dreadful. There will be 2 spots open in the driveway: one for load/unload, the other for folks who have trouble walking. If you will need that spot, please let me know in case I need to designate both spots for that and do load-unload in front.

29th July 2012

2:00pm: noticeable progress in 40 minutes of work
J and I stormed the back corner today and removed most of the weeds that were over 4" high (which were also the ones that had set bloom or seed) It looks a bit blasted but better. I have a hard time keeping it in mind how sunny that corner gets. It's on the east side of the house, it has fence on two of the sides that aren't house; it must be a shady refuge! Nope. I think it may be sunny enough for my poppies, which will be nice. I hadn't been sure where to put them since I want veggies in front.

12th July 2012

10:20pm: Three hours of working in the yard but didn't finish what I set out to do. At least with owning the house, I'm investing the labor for the future in addition to making it pleasing for the present. I'm partway between optimism and pessimism, which isn't the same as neutral. I made an effort and it looks better in an in-progress kind of way, both of which are satisfying, but there is so much left to do and I'm slow at it and I'm feeling generally frustrated by my inefficiency lately. Leaving it mid-process is disappointing but having worked on it gives me a feeling of absolution for making it less unsightly.
Current Mood: in conflict

3rd July 2012

6:58am: New glasses! Uh...
It has been a year or so since I switched to contacts, so maybe I'm maybe I'm misremembering the experience of wearing glasses. I'm pretty sure though that they didn't make vertical lines bow with increasing curve the further they were from center. This isn't the way they're supposed to be, right?

20th May 2012

5:38pm: houseness
My unpacking strategy appears to be to work on something until it gets difficult, then move on to a different aspect. This gets things done, except that I'm beginning to run out of things that aren't difficult.
This house has plenty of storage but most of it is very different than the storage in Hawthorn House, so where to put things is still puzzling. The personality of the house hasn't emerged yet, so I don't know where to put the various decorative things. Also, I'm sharing a bedroom for the first time in over a decade so I don't feel like I can just distribute my taste all over it. It still has some of the someone-else's-house feel.

yeah yeah, big problems, no death disease or starvation

20th April 2012

6:31pm: Got to do some web (re)design today. "Fun" isn't really the right word and "interesting" has become a rather dilute term. It was puzzle-solving; figuring out what the moving pieces are then how to arrange them in relation to each other. There was one bit that I had been avoiding working on during my previous poke that turns out to be the key, or more precisely, taking it apart is the key. Too many things had been dumped into it seemingly because they didn't fit neatly into how the highly structured site had been created. I think I can make the site more maneuverable and more informative (getting rid of the TL;DR factor) by moving some of that to a different depth.
neat neat neat
I need to challenge myself/be challenged in the right ways more frequently. Ways that I can actually get a fingerhold into rather than just bang my head against.
Current Mood: happy

25th February 2012

7:01pm: Did NOT see that coming...
We're moving. As in, need to be out by the end of April. So far, the main lines of discussion are:
Well.
Yeah.

There are a few more intelligent lines of inquiry rattling around among those who have known for a couple of hours, but those are my main thoughts.
The reason behind this isn't a problem with the house or our relationship with the landlords. The house that the landlords are living in sold so they need this one back.
So...yeah.
Current Mood: blank

18th December 2011

12:55pm: gorgeous hand-knit tiger scarf
http://kalinumba.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/insomnia-2/
not mine, just sharing 'cause I needed to.
Current Mood: idle

4th December 2011

1:44pm: New birds at the Aquarium


The alcid exhibit has received FIVE new birds in the two months! First were two female common murres, joining the male we already had. No idea yet if there will be any pairing up since it's winter, but they all hang out together which is good. More recently are three male Cassin's Auklets, pictured above. They are small and cute and sound like rubber duckies. They don't get as fancy as any of the other alcids on exhibit, but they have the chibi going for them. All are from Seaworld Orlando, which was closing its alcid exhibit, but are native to the west coast.
1:21pm: The usual crowd, mostly
Sunshine means a busy back yard. Hawthorn tree visitors today have included juncos, house finches, English sparrows (of course), robins (working on the remaining berries), and goldfinches (still around!). Also, a starling that appears to prefer the company of non-starlings. They just noticed that I had refilled the water bowls and there was a multi-species run on drinks, with a few baths despite the chill.

29th November 2011

7:49pm: Tell me, o LJ denizens
How do you know if something you enjoy as a hobby can be transmuted into a career?

20th November 2011

5:47pm: Bad car news
Unless something surprising happens, I am about to become carless. When I was pulling away at an intersection, there was a loud bang/thump from the front foreleg. The noise, along with a jolt, continued to happen cyclically. The diagnosis, boiled down, is new transmission, which is probably in the ballpark of $3000. I'll hear back tomorrow after the shop checks around for replacement options, but even if they find an amazing deal it's 6 hours labor so the price is not likely to drop by much.

11th November 2011

9:28pm: good food day
This afternoon/evening's achievement: homemade bread and 101 Cookbooks' Giant Chipotle White Beans*.
I used the short-soak method on the beans, which has a double advantages over the night-soak method: it breaks down more of the compounds that make beans gassy and requires less planning ahead. In case you are not familiar with the short-soak method, it involves bringing the water and dried beans to a boil, boiling for 3 minutes, then letting them sit for 2-4 hours before cooking for the same amount of time used for the night-soak. If timed well, this produces a nice warm thermally dense object that can be put in a lightly pre-heated** oven with the rising bread. I feel very clever.

*minus the cilantro pesto and breadcrumbs, which are probably lovely but not actually necessary
** 100F while mixing up the bread then turned off
Current Mood: fed

9th November 2011

6:19pm: damage?
In a recent scene in my current book,the protagonist (who at that point had become comfortable with several magical abilities) tried something new and had a bizarre and rather unpleasant experience that did not cause her any damage, and concluded to not try that again. I think the reaction that many of the people I know would instead be "That was weird and kinda icky. What happens if I poke it again?" I'm not sure whether that was an unrealistic bit of character action or whether the people I know are just that sideways.

31st October 2011

12:03pm: Stuff Swap reminder: Nov. 5 and 6
The Stuff Swap is this coming weekend! Things will start at 6 on Nov. 5 and run until midnightish, and at noon on Nov. 6 and run until 7ish. Come join the chaos!

28th October 2011

8:01pm: Dear Seattle Library
Why do you have books 1-4, 6, and 7 of a series as audiobooks and not #5? It's not that I object to the printed word, but reading while sewing results in crooked seams and unintentional body piercing.

27th October 2011

10:58am: yay! eek!
My closest yarn store is moving 13 blocks closer! Most of what they carry is higher-end than I usually work with... Might end up finally getting to some of their S&Bs though.
Current Mood: naughty

20th October 2011

6:47pm: New keeper recipe: cock-a-leekie soup
Made vegan+carnivorous by using a vegetarian broth base and the microwave (a Yukon Gold potato to add to the vegan, cut up chicken to add to the carnivorous, which also snitched a bit of the potato). I think the potato was better added in this way than it would have been cooked in the soup: it would have disintegrated some and made the broth thicker which just wouldn't have been the right thing in this case. Interesting note: prunes simmered in soup --> hearty complex broth. I'm curious whether it would play well in a mushroom-barley soup where the broth is usually beef-based or whether the meaty notes of the mushrooms and those of the prunes would clash. I could totally see it working for French Onion, though.
Current Mood: fed

15th October 2011

3:26pm: tiny aquarium excitement today
Most of the exhibits of local species at the aquarium use water from Puget Sound, filtering out only big stuff. The water is returned to the Sound afterwards. This means we get things living in the exhibits that came in on the plankton and decided that our exhibit tasted/smelled like a good place to settle out and grow. This is a positive thing--those exhibits develop a complexity and texture that is nearly impossible to achieve deliberately. The tidepool near the oystercatchers was showing off some of these today: a bunch of (a href="http://bcbiodiversity.lifedesks.org/pages/19695">skeleton shrimp</a> and a small aggregation of some kind of sea slug (sea hare, I think), both very cool and things we never added.
Another thing that we have never added to the exhibit is crabs, but there are crabs aplenty in there. My supervisor and I were looking at the various inverts when she spotted something odd and I identified it as a hermit crab without a shell. It was pretty large, which is probably why it didn't have a shell--the only snails in the exhibit that get bigger than a dime are limpets, which aren't much use for crab homes. It was looking understandably agitated. She managed to round up some shells that had just been removed from another exhibit, one of which turned out to be still occupied by another hermit--more on it in a moment. She put the other four near the original crab which grabbed the closest. It seemed to be having trouble getting in, so she nudged the others closer. Normally, having a Big Thing poking around in the water near it would be cause for a crab to leave, but this one had a single agenda. It settled into one shell and proceeded to examine the other, now that its soft abdomen was protected.
She placed the other hermit crab a bit of a way away so there wouldn't be any conflict over ownership. However, a smaller hermit crab that was using a bit of broken tubeworm casing as a shell immediately dashed out from under a rock pile and was ready to fight for the new ones' shell. My supervisor moved the smallest of the new empty shells over to the scene and the pugnacious little thing promptly relocated into it.
No-one had been aware that there was such an issue and we'll be seeding the exhibit with a variety of shell sizes from here on. Less drama but more hermit crabs is fine.

10th October 2011

9:49am: Stuff Swap Nov 5-6
Sorry about the short notice! The Swap approacheth: November 5-6, in the evening on Saturday from 6 until midnight-ish. and from noon til 7ish on Sunday. I'll have some nibbles and probably a pot of Susan Grossman's amazing daal; more snacks are welcome if you enjoy doing that.

[Unknown LJ tag]A review of how it works:
What to bring: Clothes, small furniture, housey stuff, books, plants, crafting stuff, even food--pretty much anything useable that can be transported by bus/compact car. Larger objects might be accommodated with some warning. Maybe. I can take some things beforehand if you need to drop them off early, but it's more fun if you bring them when you arrive.

There is always lots left over (like 15-20 bags), so if you don't have anything to bring, come anyway to get stuff, socialize, and offer fashion advice

We have two levels at Hawthorn House: upstairs for clothing and housewares, downstairs for books, toys and everything else. If you have heavy stuff that belongs downstairs, you can bring it around the back and not have to deal with stairs.
If you need a ride, let me know and I'll try to arrange something.
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If there's someone you know who really ought to come to this (and you can vouch for their good behavior), feel free to pass this along.
Hope to see you here!

7th October 2011

6:34pm: jobness
One contract ended today and I have an interview for a permanent gig next week. That works.
Current Mood: satisfied
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