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    Kale and green onions, how you doin"?

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  • 04/17/15--07:53: SchadenFriday

  • Slow week. Add some in the comments!

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  • 04/18/15--07:34: CATURDAY

  • BONUS Saturdogs

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  • 04/19/15--09:13: I did it mahself
  • The faucet in our downstairs kitchen has been dripping lately, and I spend most of the day nearby. It's been driving me nuts, so a few days ago, I decided to figure out how to fix it. The process of switching out the seat washer seemed simple enough, so I started taking the faucet apart. I didn't find the setup I was expecting, though. There were cartridges inside that looked even easier to swap out! So I went to Lowe's and got a couple, only to realize when I got back with them that they were about a micron too thick. Putting the whole thing back together with its original parts didn't really work out, either, because the threads on the metal parts were crumbling apart in my hands.

    It was going to be easier to replace the whole thing, and not really that much more expensive. The cartridges I returned to the store were about $16 total, and a new faucet could be had starting at $30. We chose one with a separate spray hose, which the old faucet didn't have, for about $40.


    It was a messy and painful process, but not particularly difficult. And I had help.


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  • 04/20/15--11:53: Fun weekend
  • This last weekend wasn't just productive. It was also tons of fun. We took Friday off because Garrett recently had to work 12 hours or so on a Saturday, and that worked out nicely because I was up quite late on Thursday. That was for a trip down to Seattle to go with notlostonme for the Faith No More/Christeene show. Just like with Nine Inch Nails and even Madonna, this was my only chance so far to see a long-time favorite band live. Even though I'm getting older and enjoying concerts less, it was still a lot of fun.

    Oh yeah, we met up at The Crescent, which has been cleaned up a bit, but is still nice and divey. Here's some 3-D vandalism from the bathroom. Anyone who saw the urinal a few years ago can tell you this is a vast improvement.

    3-D vandalism

    Friday included a trip to our neighborhood hangout for lunch, Garrett's first time on a weekday. Our regular bartender wasn't there, and the crowd was interesting to say the least. One guy was talking in circles and had this Simba pillow along for the ride.

    Someone brought a Simba pillow to the bar

    Thankfully, he was there to play pool by himself, and the pool tables are way across the room.

    We also had our friend Stacy over Saturday night for one final Bad Movie Night, our favorite tradition. She's moving away soon. :( We barbecued and watched Cool as Ice in its entirety and then saw most of The Last Dragon.

    The cats were their usual cute selves.


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  • 04/20/15--15:09: Foiled
  • My project this afternoon was to move the closet doors from my room downstairs to my office. I never close them up there, and they're missing down here, and I'd actually like to be able to close that one. Since I wasn't smart enough to measure first, I'm glad I only took one door down before I realized they're not the same height.

    I managed to find what I think is one of the old doors in the garage, but it's trashed and is missing the hardware. It wouldn't be impossible to modify the taller doors to fit; I might get the carpenter who eventually works on our catio to do it. But now that I think about it, the new carpet's probably covering the floor hardware.

    It might be smarter to just get something new for downstairs. Finally, an excuse to check out the Habitat for Humanity store.

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  • 04/21/15--09:41: Oddly satisfying
  • Whoa

    I was tempted to try to line the whole colander with a single layer of noodles, but I didn't want them to get cold.

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  • 04/22/15--09:04: New weekday thang
  • I had a pretty good work week routine going, doing yoga three days and swimming the other two. Well, treading water. But recently I realized that I just feel a lot better on days when I do some yoga, so I started doing it every morning. In the calendar below, yoga is the dark blue "class" category. I still have plenty of back pain, but if I do yoga, it also feels good for much of the day, which is amazing.

    I'm still going to the pool, so on those days, I'm doing that in addition to yoga. One thing I'm particularly proud of is last week, because I treaded water for 60 minutes straight both days I went.  I'm trying to enjoy the pool a lot right now, because I doubt I'll go during the summer. It's just not as fun when there are tons of kids there. Hopefully my lower back will be ready for more walking by the time summer's here.

    That single purple walk was a half hour on the treadmill at 2 miles an hour. A lot slower than my outdoor pace and definitely much more boring than going out for a walk. Nice to have the option, but I really want to get back to my awesome walking routine. I really do feel that yoga's what will get me there; physical therapy is just so boring. I think yoga's giving me similar results, but I actually like doing it.


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  • 04/22/15--09:56: Closet project update
  • I found some doors at the Habitat for Humanity store yesterday and decided I'll go back this afternoon for them. They'll have to be cut to size, but I'd rather cut a second set instead of the ones I have in my bedroom. I checked to see if the back seat folds forward in my car so they could go in the trunk, and it does, but I couldn't get it to because someone needs to pull down the seat from inside while someone else pulls the release in the trunk. I thought, geez, do I have to wait until Garrett gets home so I have some help? After thinking a bit, I realized I could use a bungee cord to pull the release while I went around to the inside to pull the seat. So I'm basically MacGyver.

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  • 04/23/15--06:57: It's pink snow season
  • It"s pink snow season

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    Spotted in Mill Creek of all places

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  • 04/24/15--04:41: SchadenFriday

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    Unstoppable force, meet immovable object

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  • 04/25/15--06:28: CATURDAY

  • BONUS Saturdogs

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  • 04/25/15--08:20: AdVETure
  • Normally Sam sits around growling and hissing the entire time at the vet, and he's the worst behaved of the two. Today started out pretty typical.

    Impatient patient
    The slightly more patient patient

    They had their claws clipped and were supposed to get blood and urine samples taken so they can get their teeth cleaned on Thursday. Steve was sick of the experience after the nail trim, though, and refused to let them take blood. Four vet techs couldn't hold him down to do it. Too bad there's no way to make him understand that by not cooperating, he made it so he has to go back again on Monday. Poor guy.

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    I love this picture of my old neighborhood. I spent several years in the building next to that church dome on the left. My first studio there was in the back on the right, and the dome was an awesome view. I eventually moved to the front and had an insane view of downtown.


    The dome was directly in line with the windows, so that's all you would see when you walked in. If you sat in the chair right by the window, you could also see past it.


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  • 04/26/15--09:42: House of the Dead
  • This is gonna be bad. Hopefully it'll be awesomely bad, like Alone in the Dark.

    I started typing out a live-blog sort of review of this, but there was so much to say. That meant there'd be way too much to read, rendering it kinda pointless.

    House of the Dead

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  • 04/26/15--10:20: Sunday Jam
  • I've loved this song for years and only ever managed to catch the official video once. It was nothing particularly special. Just a bunch of stuff getting smashed with sledgehammers and shot in slow motion. But I still wanted to be on YouTube, which is Earth's biggest jukebox. On a whim, I just checked for it, and the official video's still not there, but at least someone was thoughtful enough to put a copy of the song up with a cat picture.

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    I’ve gone to IMDb almost every day since I discovered it in the mid ‘90′s. The only reason I don’t keep an IMDb tap open at all times is that I’m at the point with default windows and tabs where one generally disappears for no reason at least once a day.

    But I’d do it if my I could have an IMDb tab open where my laptop was listening to what I was watching and it would always be open on the page for what I was watching, scrolled down to the actor who was talking with a little star or highlight or something. This would save me a lot of time and effort while allowing me to pay a little more attention.

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