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[Apr. 14th, 2014|03:06 pm]


These are "Cascadias Indian Summer" petunias and they really are that color. All those colors. I couldn't resist a couple of plants when we went to the awesome garden center to get wood chips.


I also got a hanging basket of parrot's beak lotus vine, which I love. It's hard to keep up with its voracious need for water, and if you let it get dry just once, BAM, all the foliage turns yellow, but I'm doing okay so far.

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[Nov. 1st, 2013|05:03 pm]

Fifteen years ago today, I moved into a new apartment and brought a little cat home.



(She looks very fierce here, but she was just talking to me. It's hard to talk to Moly without her talking back.)


Right now:
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[Oct. 31st, 2013|03:47 pm]

I am tired today, because I was up way too late last night. It took me about two hours to carve the pumpkin, I think, or at any rate I worked through one Daily Show, the Michael J Fox pilot, and an episode of Tomorrow People (which, by the way, is terrible). I got a little sloppy toward the end, but I'm pleased with the pumpkin, and I'm glad I did it.

It was already past my bedtime when I finished, and then I spent the entirety of CSI: SomethingOrOther photographing the pumpkin. And then I sat outside for a while just enjoying it.

I am by no means a super advanced pumpkin carver, but I took some in-progress shots and thought they might be interesting.

Details of carving and stuff...Collapse )


I left the tail attached to the edge -- it was very fragile -- and probably should've left the nose just barely attached on the other side. It was a little wobbly when I was doing the last bits of cleanup.

I'm glad the letters are legible, and I'm really happy with the way the neck came out. I had a little saw that was perfectly sized for that.


When we were at the cornfield maze/pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago, I was brainstorming Doctor Who pumpkin themes and K-9 was the one that grabbed me, but I wasn't at all sure how doable it would be. I went through one false start that was too complicated (I gave up on finishing that pattern when I reached the "argh, what do I do with the head" stage). But in the end, I think it worked out pretty well.

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[Oct. 30th, 2013|11:41 pm]

I'm pretty pleased with this.


(This is far from the only picture I took, but I'm exhausted, so it's the one you're getting tonight. I have to go admire my pumpkin now, because it's not going to last.)
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[Oct. 21st, 2013|09:58 am]


This is what happens when you don't clean under the fridge for a while.

I'd been vaguely aware that we'd been supplying Penny with new puffy balls as the old ones mysteriously disappeared for, um, a while, but I hadn't realized it was quite this bad.

Final tally:

53 puffy balls
two crunchy foil balls
three sparkly tinsel balls
one pom pom of unknown origin
a toy mouse
a catnip bag
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[Sep. 28th, 2013|08:49 pm]

Signs of fall:

Colorful leaves
Chilly nights
The first cat-under-the-blanket of the season
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[Aug. 5th, 2013|09:09 pm]

I'm tempted to do something I threatened a while back and do APAD(ish) solely with cats. A Cat Picture a Day(ish).

I know people make jokes about cat pictures on the internet, but seriously, I love seeing people's cats.
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[Mar. 5th, 2013|03:40 pm]

87 109 ways to call Rose "pink and yellow"
(weird fact: at least five are in the form of recipes)

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[Nov. 19th, 2012|09:29 am]

Poll #1879786
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23

When you hear "rainbow bridge," what do you think of?

View Answers
Dead pets
14 (60.9%)
Norse mythology
9 (39.1%)

(ETA: The reason I ask is that Ken wanted to use the term in a geocache name, and I was a bit concerned about the connotations!)
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marketing stupidity [Oct. 23rd, 2012|05:46 pm]


I have a cold, so my brain may not be working so well, but I spent a good long time staring at this shelf trying to figure out the difference between these two medications.

Then I figured it out: THERE ISN'T ANY.

Just the price.
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A Picture A Day(ish): October 3 [Oct. 3rd, 2012|08:04 pm]

This is a blank geocache log sheet. It's blank because we were the first to find it. AT 3:30 IN THE MORNING.

(Also, this was the only picture I took today, so it's the one you get. We were down by the bay, and I wanted to take a picture of the lights on the water, but my camera battery died.)
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A Picture A Day(ish): October 2 [Oct. 2nd, 2012|05:35 pm]


New bike racks at the mall. I think.

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A Picture A Day(ish): October 1 [Oct. 1st, 2012|08:51 pm]


On the way to meet Ken after work.
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[Oct. 1st, 2012|08:26 am]

It's October 1st!

You know what that means...

That's right! I will try to take a picture and post it every day for the entire month. I will fail, but I will try.

You are welcome to join me. I don't care if you end up posting a picture a week, or doing it for only the first (or last) three days of the month, or even if you kick my ass by actually managing to post a picture every single day when I don't. It's A Picture A Dayish, so it's impossible to do it wrong.

I'm sure I will be cursing my stupidity for committing to this within the week, but that's part of the fun. With an invitation like this, how can you possibly resist?
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[Sep. 13th, 2012|08:55 am]

Good morning. Have a hummingbird.


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Critters I Have Seen [Sep. 10th, 2012|09:17 am]

A toad, an alligator lizard and a snake. These are way cool, but you don't have to click if you'll be grossed out. I promise the snake isn't eating anything this time.Collapse )
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Let's play "Where's the geocache?" [Jul. 31st, 2012|08:26 am]

A lot of geocaches have really nice camouflage, to the point where they can be sitting in plain sight and most non-cachers wouldn't look twice at them. Here's a few we've seen lately.

(I used LJ-spoiler coding for this -- you just click to expand it. If you right-click and open in a new window, it won't work.)

I didn't upload a picture of this one in its native habitat, so it can be my example.
It's a rock!

No, it's a geocache! (That's a "nano" cache glued to the bottom of the rock.)

Now you try! First one:


This one was particularly good. Yes, I overlooked it the first time I checked.




(Actually, this one sort of stands out, if you pay attention. In a different environment, it would be invisible.)



One more!


I wasn't sure about this one until I actually lifted the corner. It's a magnet.


Here's another magnet cache – this one was called "a scrambled vow."

Congratulations -- you are now qualified to find caches that stump many newbies :).
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Comic-Con 2012: Sunday [Jul. 23rd, 2012|09:29 pm]

So, where was I?

Oh, yes. Sleeping on the lawn outside Hall H on Saturday night.


I slept pretty solidly for a good five hours, which was the most sleep I'd had for the whole convention. Maybe I was getting comfortable with camping out, since I'd already done it once. Maybe I was more relaxed than the previous night because I was with people I knew. Maybe I was just exhausted.

In any case, I was surprised to find it light out when I woke up; I thought I'd be up before dawn and have time to wash up before the bathroom got busy. (And, NO, it did not rain a drop. There wasn't even any dew.) I woke up very, very stiff and sore, but all considered, I felt pretty good.

karenor, who had slept not a wink, commented that I'd slept through a lot, and I agreed that I probably had (my only memories were of being cold and wrapping up more tightly once or twice, and a little commotion when a loud vehicle passed).

I thought she was kidding when she said Nathan Fillion had visited at 3am, and I'd slept through that.

So, yeah. I wasn't too happy about that.

I admit, I am far too shy to be any good at meeting celebrities; what could I possibly say to them? And after two days of sleeping on the ground, it's not like I would've wanted to have my picture taken with him. I probably would have settled for a blurry photograph or two taken from a distance, and the ability to say "I was there for that." (Then again, it was Nathan Fillion. I might've made an exception and asked him to sign my badge or something.)

(Also, I would actually have recognized him on sight, which would make this a better story than Ian McKellen. But anything makes a better story than I slept through it.)

I don't mind having missed some of this year's serendipitous SDCC moments; you can't see everything, and there's no helping it. I was occupied, I was elsewhere, I just wasn't lucky. It happens. But this one... I was as close as I possibly could have gotten while still missing out. That was hard to take. It's the one thing that made this year's SDCC less than perfectly awesome. (But Starship Smackdown, later on, went a good way toward restoring the awesomeness. Read on!)

Return of the revenge of Hall H, et ceteraCollapse )

The Neil deGrasse Tyson bitCollapse )
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Comic-Con 2012: Saturday [Jul. 19th, 2012|10:53 pm]

Ian McKellen's visit was at midnight. This picks up shortly afterward.

I wasn't horribly uncomfortable trying to sleep on the grass in the Hall H line, but that didn't mean I slept well. I'd sleep for an hour, then wake up because there was loud music at some event nearby, or because a train rattled by (it sounded like a series of explosions, crashing down the track), or just because I was sleeping outside among a bunch of strangers.

The view at 2:30am.

A looooong day of panels.Collapse )
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Comic-Con 2012: Friday [Jul. 18th, 2012|06:03 pm]

On Friday, our main goal was to see the 12:30 Firefly panel. We weren't sure we would be able to get in; more than 5,000 people had indicated interest in the panel online, and the room only holds 4,000 people. It was the most popular panel on the website (and not everybody even uses the website). And it was in the second-biggest room at the convention center.

For extremely popular panels, no matter when they fall during the day, dawn seems to be the best arrival time. Some people camp out overnight, sure, but they don't fill the rooms. But the earliest we could get downtown with public transit was 6:15, and I really wasn't sure that would be good enough. If we didn't get in, though, I figured we could always go to the Venture Bros panel that morning. (I've been to the Venture Bros panel three times, and it's always been great – I regretted having to choose between it and Firefly. But Firefly was a one-time event, and it was Firefly. So it won.)

We'd gotten home from Patton Oswalt around midnight the night before, so we were not going to get much sleep. I planned to check the #b20 hashtag on twitter as soon as I woke up so I could decide whether Firefly was a lost cause. We were half hoping it would be (sorta, kinda) because we really needed more sleep. (We'd still have had to go down earlyish for Venture Bros, of course, but not that early.)

But the line status didn't sound totally hopeless at mumblesomethingbefore5am, so off we went. We just missed a trolley, but a hastily devised alternate plan with a bus still got us there around 6:15, at which point the line was impressively huge but not mind-boggling. It swiftly became mind-boggling; they wove it through a couple of the spare tents for the nearby Hall H line, went down the sidewalk, ran out of room and started switching it back in the street. I guess the lane they were using was closed, but still, packing people INTO THE STREET FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE just seems like a bad idea.

The first panel in Ballroom 20, Community, wasn't until 10:00, but they did make things exciting by moving the line at 7am. Before that, when the line is outside the convention center grounds, it's really the everything-besides-Hall-H line. Once the building doors open, the people redistribute themselves into lines for the exhibit hall, the Hasbro tickets, autograph tickets, Ballroom 20, and whatever other things people find worth lining up for. Problem is, that redistribution is kind of chaotic. Instead of people walking calmly down the hall in the order in which they arrived, it's a free-for-all. You can't run, but when the line spreads out into a great big hallway, people start sneaking ahead of each other and that just sucks. (If everyone were like me, I suppose the convention would be dull, because everyone would show their appreciation by sitting quietly and listening. But by God we would have fair and orderly lines.)

So we ended up somewhat grumpily in the Ballroom 20 line, in a half-assed rough approximation of where we should have been. And then we settled down to wait. We were... something like 3500th in line, I think. The "approximate wait from here is n people" signs were hard to interpret. All I know is that the line went through a bunch of tents and down the steps and THEN there was us. But we weren't all the way out in the marina, so there was that.

THIS GUY HAD A 10TH DOCTOR BACKPACK. I mean, I know it isn't, but it is.

This is the view from the terrace behind the convention center. I think some of that line may be for the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton; it got very confusing at times, with all the lines converging. But it kind of blows my mind. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE IS A LINE. (It's most effective at the Large 1600 size, I think.)

You see those tiny people in the distance? That's the end of the Ballroom 20 line. Seriously. I don't know how much of the foreground is really for B20 – and there was plenty of B20 line you can't see here – but that's the end of it. Someone estimated 10,000 people in line. They might have been full of shit, but it's not totally implausible either.

Those people were not getting in for Firefly.

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You can skip straight to the Ian McKellen story, but I have to tell you, it's not THAT exciting.Collapse )
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