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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]

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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