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I really should have taken a Before shot, because it was bad. Really bad. I had boxes and papers stacked everywhere, covering pretty much every free horizontal surface, with other things crammed into the bookcase next to the desk. Yesterday, I really needed a way to relieve some stress, so decided it was time to tackle the desk... turned out to be a brilliant idea! )

Crossposted from my my Livejournal.
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Okay, so I'm pretty much sucking at posting a photo a day. At this point, I don't know that I'll ever manage to get caught up, but I'll probably still try.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I had my annual eye exam and decided it was time to bite the bullet and get some glasses. I actually discussed it for a bit with my eye doctor, because it's just the one eye and, technically, I can still see well enough to drive. But I've been noticing that signs are a bit more blurry than I would like them to be when they're further out... so, we decided to go for it: a non-corrective lens for the left eye (the near-sighted eye) and some very slight correction for the right eye (the far-sighted eye).

I should mention that these are the first pair of glasses that I've had as an adult... )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Barefooter)
I ended up down in Redmond Ridge again today for my walk... it's just such a convenient spot, on the way to and from so many places, plus it has some really great trails. I got a bit of a surprise though, when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me!when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Today for my walk, I stopped off at a trail in Redmond Ridge that I'd never taken before (I'll admit it, there was a Geocache I wanted to find). It was a really pretty walk in the woods, with some marshy areas along the way (thankfully, the trail was well maintained and had boardwalks in the wettest areas). And then I came around a corner and spotted the pond. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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After quite a lot hemming and hawing, we decided to do the responsible mature adult thing and skip Dragon*Con this year. We could have afforded it, but by not going, we'll have more money to spend enjoying our trip to Texas in a few months that's supposed to be our real vacation this year. That said, I am never, ever, EVER going to skip Dragon*Con again. I'm already missing it and it hasn't even started yet!

One of the big things I always look forward to every year at D*C is donating blood... I actually plan things out so I can donate there and at Origins Game Fair, although D*C is even better because they give you a cool t-shirt! Since we weren't going, I made an appointment and hit one of the local blood drives instead. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Snapped this photo Tuesday morning after the sun had started to burn off a bit of the fog in the valley.

Even when we have fog here, it's beautiful. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Even after all these years, I still can't get over having cats who can eat their food right next to each other. Our old cats, Cymry and Polly, eventually had to be fed on different floors of the house because they'd fight if they were anywhere near each other at meal times. peaceably.

We've got quite the high tech setup these days. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Yay! Two days in a row!

Today's photo is why we leave a tablecloth on the dining room table after we're done eating... and why we *always* change it before we eat there again, because we quickly realized keeping the cats off when we weren't using it was a losing battle.

Zoë sleeping in her favorite spot, with late evening sunlight across the valley behind her. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal
fenchurch: (Barefooter)
I've decided to just start posting my daily photos again and then work on getting caught up as I have time... it's gotten long enough that the task was getting a bit daunting (and, I thought, would also be a bit overwhelming to folks on my friendslist).

Today, we met up with several other Geocachers at the trailhead for the hike to the ghost town, Monte Cristo, up in the mountains. The others were all biking up, but I hadn't had a chance to do my physical therapy to build up my shoulders for it, so we decided to just hike it. All in all, it took us about five hours, with just over three and a half hours of active hiking (I kept track) for the eight mile roundtrip trek. The terrain went from insanely easy (at the very beginning, I was regretting not just bringing the bikes because it was so flat and well-packed) to incredibly rough in the many areas that had been washed out (it was exactly like walking up a dry rocky creekbed). To give you an idea how bad it was, we left about 20 minutes before the cyclists and ended up arriving only about ten minutes after they did... and that was with us making several stops to look for Geocaches, which they didn't. Of course, they sailed right past us in the flat stretches on the way back down.

This post will be very picture heavy, mostly because it was so hard to choose!

Just after the first washout was the temporary "bridge" - a fortuitous fallen tree, positioned across the river. )

About an hour and a half of hiking later, we got to see some of the fun old signs for the town. )

This is the sort of sign that will make you pause before proceeding! )

And some video of Rackham having fun with a random fellow hiker, pushing the old railroad turntable. )

Part of the old ghost town. )
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On our roadtrip, we were on I-90 heading through Idaho and I realized that we were about to pass Wallace, ID... a town I hadn't been in since they finally finished the interstate back in the 1990s (until that point, the main road actually ran through the middle of town). I looked the town up online to see what Wikipedia had to say about it... and was surprised to see the entry about the town (and a specific intersection, in particular) being declared the Center of the Universe in 2004 (especially since I'd always heard that Fremont, over in Seattle, was the Center of the Universe). So, we decided to swing into town and take a look!

The official Center of the Universe manhole cover! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Space Shuttle)
After not setting foot outside the house yesterday, I actually managed to get out to run a few errands today... although they mostly consisted of [personal profile] rackham driving me to pick up prescriptions to treat my bronchitis. Still, it felt good to be out and about. It was also pretty amazing how much better I felt after just one dose of albuterol. I mean, I was still coughing, but for the first time in days I felt like I was finally getting enough oxygen. Yay!

Anyway, this evening we got to watch the Super Moon coming up over the hills on the other side of the valley and it was pretty spectacular. There are a lot of fires in the state right now, which has led to some pretty crappy air quality (likely a contributing factor to the bronchitis), but it makes for some beautiful sunrises, sunsets and moonrises. I grabbed my camera and got a few shots just with the regular lens, and they didn't look bad... but then [personal profile] rackham was able to track down the telephoto lens and the tripod and I got some incredible shots (I really wish I'd been able to use that lens during the moonrise, too).

Super Moon from my front deck. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Ugh. Not a good day. Spent most of it trying alternately to cough out my lungs and just get a little more oxygen into them. Bleh.

The view from my bed. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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I spent a good chunk of Thursday in bed, attempting to cough out my lungs... however, in the evening I managed to catch sight of these guys as they were trotting up the road in front of our house. And, even better, I got a fairly decent photo through the living room window!

Mom and two babies. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Barefooter)
On Wednesday evening, we went for a hike up some old logging roads across the valley. It was *really* rugged going (it took us about an hour to do two miles round trip), because large sections of the road were completely washed out and it was a bit more like hiking up a riverbed chasm. But wow... the views were worth it! As were the Geocaches. :-)

On the way back, the sun was going down and I had to snap a shot of our shadows. )

And, as a bonus, here's a shot I took back down along the powerline right of way on our way back from one of the caches. )


In retrospect, this hike was probably a bad idea... I was already developing a bit of a cough and the next day it blossomed into what feels exactly like bronchitis. Bleh.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Fenchurch Place)
A month or so ago, my piano teacher gave me some zucchini starts and some onion starts... so we picked up a few large containers at Costco and stuck them on the back deck, where the zucchini proceeded to absolutely go crazy. We've actually already got one zucchini ready to eat with a ton more not far behind. I wasn't sure how well they'd do in a container, but it seems to be working just fine (the cucumbers next to them aren't thriving quite as well, but are still growing) and the onions are surprising me, as well.

Enjoying the greenery. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Funky)
Monday's photo isn't quite as exciting... I ended up with a little hitchhiker on my car who just wouldn't take a hint.

Tenacious little guy. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Barefooter)
Sunday afternoon, after church, we drove up to the north end of Lord Hill Regional Park and went on a rather rugged hike... 3.5 miles in about an hour and a half. Lots of hills, which just absolutely undo me but definitely worth it! Oh yeah, and we found three Geocaches!

Out for a ride. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
fenchurch: (Space Shuttle)
Last Saturday, we made the trek into Seattle to Benaroya Hall to see the Ensign Orchestra and Chorus performing with Alex Boyé. It actually wasn't quite what I was expecting, but not in a bad way... I'd been thinking that it would be an Ensign Orchestra and Chorus concert, with guest performances by Alex Boyé, and the first part was. They did mostly patriotic pieces (since the concert was the day after Independence Day) in the first half and then, after intermission, it became an Alex Boyé concert, accompanied by the orchestra and choir (plus some child soloists for some of the songs, like "Let It Go," that really needed it... and wow, were they good too). Phenomenal evening, all around, with some great performances... although [personal profile] rackham complained a bit that the selection the orchestra played from the 1812 Overture was missing "the best part" (aka the cool cello part from the beginning).

The Ensign Orchestra and Chorus on stage. )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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One of my family traditions for Independence Day is to grill up either Guamanian-style ribs or Guamanian-style chicken (or both!) and serve them with homemade potato salad (plus other sides). The marinade is one that my Grandpa picked up when he was stationed on Guam with the Navy when my mom was a little girl, so she grew up with it. I think my dad initially got the recipe from her, but then he got stationed on Guam when I was a kid and we ran into the same marinade everywhere there (and I've bumped into other folks who have lived on Guam at various time who all use the same one). It's basically a variation of Finadene Sauce used almost like a brine.

Grilling the ribs. )

The other tradition is my Grandma's potato salad... another family recipe that I know how to assemble, but couldn't give you amounts or even ratios. I think the only change I've made is that I often use red potatoes instead of russets.

Independence Day meal... yum! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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On Thursday, I was getting dressing in our bedroom closet when I heard this rumbling noise... which seemed to abruptly stop and then start up again. I was getting seriously puzzled over what in the house could be making such a noise and whether I needed to be worried about it, when I happened to glance over at [personal profile] rackham's side of the closet and spotted this... )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

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