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[Jun. 25th, 2015|11:47 am]

A month ago, I decided to see how long it would take me to see a license plate from every state. This is what I've got so far:


Not bad, huh? Although Indiana was a U-Haul, so that sort of felt like cheating. I'm still keeping my eye out for a proper Indiana plate.

Ken saw Maine yesterday, but I didn't, so it doesn't count.

Still missing:

Iowa Seen 6/26!
Oklahoma Seen 6/27!
Rhode Island
South Dakota

I wasn't originally shooting for DC, but I saw a bonus DC plate last week (and got to talk to the guy whose car it was, because I was pointing at it and excitedly saying, "Look! DC!" as he walked up).

Hawaii isn't actually that uncommon here -- I'm a little surprised I haven't seen one in a month.

I've also seen plates from [Beautiful] British Columbia, Baja California (quite common), and also Sinaloa, a Mexican state I haden't seen before.

Some of these last few are going to be tough, though. Rhode Island? Delaware? Good luck with that. At least San Diego is a tourist destination.

Also, this is a stupid hobby for someone with eyesight as bad as mine. But it's been kind of fun.
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[Apr. 14th, 2015|05:21 pm]

Looks like we've got a new neighbor.

That's a foot away from our bathroom window. There's nothing much growing in our front door area, but she has chosen that spindly tree (it's apparently an "evergreen pear," but I lived here for nine years without knowing that because it's not very interesting) for a nest.

Lots of pictures. Because HUMMINGBIRD.Collapse )

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[Nov. 24th, 2014|05:33 pm]

After three days' use, I'm pretty sure I can recommend this heated cat bed. Or, rather, Moly can:




Moly was already a fan of "bowl" beds, so I was pretty sure she'd try it. And once she did, there was little getting her out of it. It's just a gentle warmth, but it's clearly enough to make a cat happy. (I did wonder, at first, if she was just sleeping in it because it was a bed, and not because it was warm, but she was never glued to her old bed like that.)

The other two cats never sleep in Moly's beds, so they haven't investigated or realized what they're missing. Hope it stays that way. (Er, not that I don't want them to be happy, but they're a lot bigger and furrier than Moly, and Toeffe already sleeps in bed with us, so it's not like they're deprived. It's tiny little Moly I worry about keeping warm.)
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[Oct. 31st, 2014|10:03 am]


Where do you fall on the issue of candy corn?

I am indifferent
I've never had candy corn
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[May. 22nd, 2014|03:07 pm]

My petunias remain the best


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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]

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

Dead pets
Norse mythology

(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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