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  • 07/08/18--15:38: Catchemups
  • This came just after my last personal post. Nice addition to the collection, but it'll be a challenge to keep it safe from cat claws. It'll either have to be on a ceiling, or horizontal high up on a wall.


    I hadn't thought much about the previous attempts before getting that photo, but then they happened to all line up in a 3x3 grid in my phone's gallery.


    I was on my own again yesterday so before heading out to Ryan and Julie's wedding reception, I checked out the pool at the Marysville YMCA. It's funny how all the newer YMCAs look exactly the same and their pools are all ridiculous in their own way. Marysville's is mostly three feet deep, four feet at the center. I can't imagine any reason for that other than efficient draining. Incidentally, I was at the Monroe one this morning and it was either three feet deep all the way across, or maybe a little deeper like Mukilteo, but if so, it was a mirror image of it.

    While I was in Marysville, the Brinno was at a North Everett business park.

    Before checking into my Airbnb in Carnation, I visited the Snoqualmie Casino for slots and lunch. I could have walked away from the slot machines $40 richer, but I pressed my luck and broke even. That meant my cocktail, lunch, and valet tip came out of my pocket.


    Celebrity sighting on the way to the Airbnb!


    Here's the cottage where I stayed. It was lovely and had very well-stocked pantry and some stuff in the refrigerator, too! It turns out it's around the corner from where Julie grew up and she and the owner know each other very well.

    Cottage in Carnation

    Extra chairs at the reception made accidental art.


    I almost never take pictures when people are around any more, it's become a very solitary activity for me. I should have thought to take a least a couple of the happy couple, though. Oops! The only one I took at the reception was this one of me and Julie's friend Theresa, who I hadn't seen in over ten years! She said, "Get a picture!" so I did.

    Me and Theresa

    The Brinno was hard at work back at the cottage while I was at the reception.

    The aforementioned pantry at the cottage and the lovely breakfast I made there this morning.

    Breakfast at the cottage

    That's fresh tomato with sauteed zucchini and onions with a couple of fried eggs, plus cinnamon raisin toast. Both slices have butter and one slice got some of this, which was amazing.


    Garrett's still not back from the fly-in, so I took the opportunity to make myself a lunch he likely wouldn't want. This is vermicelli with chicken, peas, and cilantro chili Bitchin' Sauce. That's the part Garrett wouldn't like as he has the genetic makeup that makes cilantro taste like soap. Those poor people. Anyway that's all topped with pecorino romano and there's broccoli on the side. I've found broccoli tastes pretty great if you sprinkle salt and pepper, microwave it for two minutes, and give it a squeeze of lemon juice. Quick and tasty.


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  • 07/10/18--09:07: Hello marina
  • My physical therapist encouraged me to try more walks when I said I hadn't since the last one I told her about, so I decided I'd go to the marina this morning. The trip there may also be slightly related to my annoyance at not getting to swim yesterday at the Y. Nobody mentioned anything on the way in, but after I showered got my swimsuit on, I found the door to the pool locked. Guess the lifeguard was running late? I relaxed in the steam room and checked occasionally before giving up 40 minutes into his shift.

    Funnily enough, the front desk dude had two chances to let me know about the situation, because the sunrise distracted me and I forgot my lock. On my second trip in, he even said, "How am I supposed to get out to see this sunrise if people keep coming in?"


    The sky still pretty nice on the way out.


    Before we move on to today, here's a pair of offerings Sam brought down last night looking very acrobatic.

    Acrobatic offerings from Sam

    And some Instagram art I made while waiting in the lobby at physical therapy yesterday.



    I'll never ever go to this because I don't stay up late enough, but I took a photo so I could share it with the #liveineverett tag on Instagram this morning. In case you didn't surmise from the small text, these are free movies on the waterfront people can watch from the lawn or from their own boats!


    I only walked half the marina since I have to take it easy, but it was lovely today.





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  • 07/12/18--11:04: Heron-ditary
  • My physical therapist wants me to walk as much as every other day now, increasing distance over time. My last walk was 3.2 miles and I did 4 this morning! I chose Edgewater Beach because it's easy to do as little or as much as you want to there. And since I didn't do the Mukilteo side first, I parked across from the road leading to the beach. That was nice because it was shady, and since it was close, I didn't have to plan for the long walk to the car at the end.

    The herons down there were very brave or maybe just tired. I've never walked so close to them so many times in a day.

    Fun with Layout in IG.



    And the regular shots.












    Near the end of the walk, this eagle was nice enough to begin his approach from straight ahead of me so I had time to get the phone ready.

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  • 07/13/18--07:08: SchadenFriday

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  • 07/14/18--07:22: CATURDAY

  • RIP Scooter, ~1998-2018

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  • 07/15/18--10:13: 44
  • Last summer when I went with Lisa to Jetty Island, I was surprised to learn that Garrett had never been! He's from here! So a couple of months ago, I decided that's what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. If you don't have your own boat, the free public one is only available from July 5th through Labor Day, so my birthday's right at the start of the season.

    I also wanted dinner at Lombardi's, which is nearby, so I reserved passage out at 6:30 with a return trip at 9:00, the final sailing. Part of why I chose that time to come back was to see as much of the sunset from there as possible, and also to try to glimpse a cheesy water lantern launching event taking place at the next park over from the ferry dock. We were too early to see the actual launch, but we could hear the silly "inspiring" music and recorded speech snippets. That event was surprisingly crowded as far as we could tell from the boat.

    My brother called on Thursday to ask what was up for my birthday. He and my sister-in-law ended up joining us for dinner so they could get out of their neighborhood, lest they be trapped in it once it was barricaded off for a huge neighborhood picnic. They hate all their neighbors and wanted nothing to do with it.

    I hoped they'd try to get standby tickets for the boat and join us on the island (reservations have to be made two days in advance) but since it wasn't a sure thing, they decided to just join us for dinner. I'm glad we went as a group, that way we were able to split two appetizers and two desserts, and everyone got their own entree.

    2.5 hours at the island sounded like a lot at the time I booked it, but it was nice and seemed even a little short when it came to an end. One family nearby was really quite annoying, but rather than let them ruin my time there, I just let them be a reminder that I've got a pretty great family and life.



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  • 07/19/18--18:58: Cool and hot
  • According to Snapchat, it was in the low 70s during my walk yesterday morning. Didn't seem that high since it was nice and cloudy.



    They're making great progress on this pedestrian bridge.


    I was pretty nervous all day because I made plans to meet Garret and Tyler from Live in Everett for this challenge.

    Shortly after we chose when to meet there, I looked at the post on Facebook again and saw in the comment thread that they were using a sauce with a million Scoville units! And here I was on my way to eat it. On camera.


    It wasn't nearly as bad as I worried it'd be, though. Yes, my nose ran and my eyes watered, but I wasn't in a huge amount of pain or anything. There were a few times when I took a breath and almost coughed a lot, but it was never out of control. Of course I'll share the video when it's posted.

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  • 07/20/18--07:46: SchadenFriday

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  • 07/21/18--05:54: CATURDAY

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    I didn't have a lot of time for a walk yesterday, but that was fine, because I need to be very careful about slowly increasing my distances. In fact, yesterday turned out to be only 3.8 miles, but I really felt it for the rest of the day. This impact is making it pretty easy to do my physical therapy every day. I should really be doing a lot of the exercises three times daily, but I've never managed to. Sometimes on days I go to the PT office, I get one session in at home and one there.

    Maybe when we've gotten past the crisis management period at work and things are a little more normal. Twice daily plus exercise would be nice. I asked the physical therapist if I should expect to do these for the rest of my life instead and she said I should plan for that and would benefit greatly. And I believe that. My lower back hasn't been bothering me nearly as much lately even though that's not what we're focusing on. And I can't imagine what shape my feet would be in if I wasn't in PT.

    Speaking of which, the podiatrist wrote a referral for therapeutic massage and said to try that after my PT sessions run out. I'm being smart about it for once and contacted my insurance company to get an idea what I'd pay. Of course they were very vague about it and said they'd cover 100% of approved visits after I meet my deductible. I'm quite a way from meeting it, though, so I replied asking them what I'd pay now.

    I didn't start the search for a provider off smartly. It took me until day 2 to realize I should look in the provider directory on the insurance website instead of searching for providers around town and trying to figure out if they accept my insurance. Once I figured that out, it was nice to find lots of them in my area. We live close to all kinds of healthcare-related stuff.

    Anyway, yesterday's walk. The last time I was down at Edgewater Beach I saw a new hole in the fence, presumably made by people who fish down there and lost their previous spot with a hole in the fence to ferry terminal construction. I knew it'd be a good spot for a time lapse even though it was highly visible, as long as I stayed nearby. What I worried about was people being able to walk right up and take the camera, but since it was at a dead end, I'd see them with it as they came out. And if you watch the video, you'll see I was right to worry!

    There was a creepy couple there and they indeed walked out of that spot as I approached it. You can see the camera gets moved a bit and I can just picture them thinking about taking it but deciding not to because they'd already seen me several times.

    It was certainly gorgeous out.










    The clouds were nice later at home, too, though they didn't last. I definitely need to get another Brinno like the one that was stolen, I miss having fewer features and getting better videos.

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  • 07/24/18--09:19: Riverin'
  • I was very much looking forward to a Sunday walk at Langus, but decided to turn my alarm off when I went to bed Saturday night and stay in. This was due to very sharp pains in very specific spots in my right shin and foot. Those lasted all day Saturday and since I had a Monday PT appointment, I figured it'd be best to wait until at least Monday to walk.

    Thankfully that pain stopped after Saturday, and Sunday was a lovely time at Garrett's parents' place. Bev and I are the July birthdays and her actual birthday was yesterday.

    July birthdays

    Hi Bella

    I had to remind myself that this time of year it's important to hit the Lowell riverfront trail because it's creepy when it's dark out. Of course there's always something weird going on either way. Yesterday as I was almost finished, I saw a couple on a motorcycle get on the trail. Really glad they were going the other way because I doubt I could have contained my disgust for them.

    I did 4.9 miles, and did it quickly! I wanted to be back for a 7:30am call and I was so fast I managed to shower first.






    My PT added four new exercises for my ankles, figuring maybe my issues with my right ankle specifically might be because of the fracture on that side years ago. These will be challenging to work into the routine, but I'm getting good results from everything else, so I'm highly motivated to do it all. I've even graduated to the next level of band strength on one of the most important exercises because my original band wasn't challenging any more.

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  • 07/27/18--06:06: Damn the overlap
  • Most of the year, there's not much of an overlap between night people and morning people. But in the summer, there's a little bit of one, and that's why I don't like summer. Among other reasons of course.

    In fact my dislike for night people who make it all the way to morning is so strong today that I'm dictating this post while I walk. I drove down to Edgewater to walk the loop down there and there was a weird car parked where I wanted to park. So I figured I'd see if the gates at the beach were open. They were, but I think they were opened by the group of four dudes having a little party down there. I didn't really want to have anything to do with them, so I turned around and left.

    I thought about parking in my old spot and walking the other beach, but changed my mind and decided to head up to the upper entrance of Japanese Gulch. It wasn't too long, though, before I realized that the weird car from the first spot was following me. I confirmed this by driving a random route through the neighborhoods.

    He finally honked his horn and pulled up beside me to let me know that he was indeed following me because he thought that I was suspicious. He didn't provide much detail other than that last year there was something going on with a political campaign and he wanted to make sure nobody was up to anything.

    I'm almost positive that I know which candidate he was talking about. Someone who was running for a position down there had these really stupid signs about how he had a family and his opponent didn't as though that somehow makes him more qualified for public office. Of course it wasn't too long before it came out in the news that his company was in trouble for discriminatory hiring practices, and he was the person in charge of the efforts to stop a mosque from being built there.

    So yeah, when I saw that guy's signs, it was certainly tempting to kick them over. I never did though, because it seems like when a candidate is that bad it's actually better for people to get constant reminders about him.

    Anyway, the guy in the weird car told me that as soon as I rolled down my window, he could see that I was trustworthy. Read into that what you will. I've chosen to read into it that he's a racist and that I look trustworthy because I'm white. This would makes sense if it's the same candidate's signs from last year that he's worried about.

    So now I'm walking and talking and keeping an eye on the clock because I lost a pretty big chunk of time to all that foolishness.

    On Wednesday I walked farther than I have since the plantar fasciitis set in, and it would have been a pretty great walk, but one of my shoes was defective. The back of it was digging into my heel the whole time, and I ended up with a blister which thankfully is most of the way better already. At least nothing weird happened during that walk.

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  • 07/27/18--08:12: SchadenFriday

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  • 07/28/18--06:04: CATURDAY

  • RIP Tiger (2003-2018)

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  • 07/30/18--10:52: Glad it works
  • Yesterday I did over 5 miles at the island and am feeling no pain at all today. I don't take this as a sign that I can stop physical therapy, though. It means that I should keep at it. I can feel new definition in my thighs and glutes, too, which is awesome.

    Too bad it was such a clear morning. I left the Brinno in a spot I've never tried before, but there really wasn't anything to see. This was my first time on the island in a while since lately I've preferred to head North toward the slough, and it was lovely to see it again. Too bad I couldn't do a complete loop thanks to the overgrown trail. Same thing with the hunting trail, I didn't get very far because it wasn't worth fighting the vines.


    Since I Haven't been there in a while, I forgot the mosquito repellent. While being attacked by mosquitoes is one of the only times I'll pull my hood up, because I think I look a bit too much like something you may have seen in Zardoz if you also love bad movies.


    On the way back to the car, I realized the gate that stops people from driving North along the route I like to walk most of the time was open. This was my first time seeing it open and I really wished I'd gone that way because I bet there's a new phase of construction or something.


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  • 08/01/18--04:43: At least the sunrise is good
  • I didn't spend a lot of time at Edgewater yesterday because I had to be back for a 7am call. I always have to remind myself that a walk like 3.7 miles is actually pretty good by most people's standards even if it seems short for me. And at least that dude from Friday wasn't around.


    The little glitch in this video is maddening. I really need to get a regular Brinno again. I'll definitely do it when I don't have any credit card debt.

    It almost never happens, but I could tell watching that video that it would be good much faster, so I saved it that way, too.

    This made my day. Look closely, it landed on his head before rolling down to his back.

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    What a treat it was to get to the marina yesterday and find a fully cloudy sky. Can't beat it.


    I also love that it's dark out when I arrive again. Time lapses are a little better when they start that way. Especially when boats with lights go by.

    I cut today's swim at the Y a little short because a very obnoxious couple joined me in the pool. It's not a water park, and even at a water park, that much splashing and yelling would have gotten on my nerves. In a basement pool first thing in the morning? Absolutely awful. And I had earbuds in. Admission was free on Fridays in July, so I'm sure they were taking advantage of that and will never be back again.

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  • 08/03/18--10:31: SchadenFriday

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  • 08/04/18--04:11: CATURDAY

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  • 08/07/18--09:49: Independence Day RESURGENCE
  • For the last few years, our July 4th party has been pretty stressful because the Arlington Fly-in is always the weekend after the 4th of July. Garrett's always very busy with that, so devoting a few days to a party has a huge impact. And it really does take a few days. The day before is cooking and cleaning, the day of is the setup and the party itself, and the day after is cleanup and recovery. I've been asking to move our party ever since the first one. Almost everyone has July 4th plans anyway, so in addition to it being less stressful for us, it made it possible for more people to come.

    August 4th happened to be a Saturday this year, and a perfect theme fell into my lap.

    ID2 banner

    Of course, I took a few liberties. It basically became a Jeff Goldblum party with a few aliens. Here's this year's prize table. I added a small fondue set that wasn't taken last year after I took this, but nobody took it this year either!


    Detail of the bigger framed art, the first prizes to be snatched up. My coworker who lives about a mile from here has two daughters who are obsessed with Jeff Goldblum right now.


    I originally planned to completely cover our spinning lawn decor with Jeff and alien heads, but decided one row of flower petals on one was enough, mainly because I couldn't find the box of paper clips I bought to attach them with. That left a lot of extra heads, which came in handy when I noticed a bunch of cat claw marks on the wall below the bathroom window. You know how cats push away from the wall as they come down to make some room for their back legs? Yeah.


    The lighting above the mirror got the same treatment.


    Strangely enough, one of the Fly-in volunteers who came to the party knows a friend of mine from high school and college! I of course had to take a photo to send to her.


    The inspirational message I left on both bathroom mirrors.


    A poster I made with The Rasterbator for outside.


    And finally, my outfit. I love putting together a terrible outfit to wear exactly once for a party. This year's was pretty expensive, so I'm sending this and a few other things to a friend who's a cosplayer and can make good use of it.


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  • 08/08/18--07:31: You have to have a strategy
  • I wanted to draw some attention to Fuego Cocktail Lounge because it's a nice little bar in downtown Everett and as far as I know is currently the only place to dance at all now that the gay bar is gone. They posted about this hot wing challenge on their Facebook and I thought that'd make a great episode of Live in Everett TV.

    We did it a few weeks ago, but they're a couple of weeks ahead in their production schedule, so it came out Monday.

    That was quite an experience. Thankfully it wasn't a crying-while-nose-runs kind of hot, but I certainly felt as though time was speeding up and that I might not make it. One of those scary "am I about to have a coughing fit?" moments made a nice new profile picture.


    And of course I had to get a screenshot of this.


    Live in Everett is now on Patreon and I'm an upper-level patron, of course. Please consider throwing a few dollars a month their way if you use Patreon!

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  • 08/08/18--08:51: Timing is everything
  • Garrett goes to the Abbotsford Airshow every year and a few years ago I realized I should also do stuff that same weekend. Two years ago, I rented a tiny house and attempted to hike the Chain Lakes Loop trail at Mt. Baker.


    By "attempted" I mean I took a wrong turn and accidentally climbed Table Mountain instead. Still a great hike and still awesome views, but I pressed on much further than I would have if I knew where I was. Since I thought I was on the loop, I thought I should keep going, so I kept climbing until the end.


    Last year I got a tiny condo much closer to Mt. Baker. In fact, it was across the parking lot from the last restaurant on the road that leads there. That time, I found the trail, but didn't last too long thanks to wildfire smoke.


    Managed to at least get a nice time lapse from a spot at the parking lot without the camera getting swiped.

    That brings us to this year and this week. My only walk since Thursday was yesterday and my right ankle is very sore and stiff now.


    I can never resist posing with stuff like this.


    I don't know if I'll walk tomorrow, but I have an early physical therapy appointment in the morning, and leave for my condo on Friday. This time I rented it for two nights because I always have hated having to go straight home after a hike because I'd already checked out. The plan this time was to enjoy the pool and hot tub for a while and then go out to dinner because I have another full night. But now, I'm not attempting the Chain Lakes Loop. It's eight miles and I haven't come anywhere close to that in a while, and a remote mountain trail definitely isn't the place to push it.

    There's a short little hike I can try near my condo so I'll bring my stuff, but I think I'll do that really early and spend some time exploring the area. I've been looking at real estate listings up there for a while and have been amazed at the opportunities, but photos online can only show so much. I'll probably also pop by a casino and check out some restaurants. It's a little disappointing that I can't do what I originally set out to, but at least I've got the weekend to enjoy and have some fun.

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  • 08/10/18--06:58: SchadenFriday

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  • 08/11/18--04:52: CATURDAY

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    If there's one thing a cat owner can count on, it's someone getting in the way when they try to pack for a trip.

    Going somewhere?

    I like to jump on the road as soon as I can wrap work up and eat lunch somewhere I've never been. This year it was Nutty's Junkyard Grill. I didn't read up much about it and wouldn't have gone on such a hot day if I knew it was an open air establishment. Friday's weather definitely called for air conditioning. It was hinted that I should write about them, so I'll definitely go back some time when I feel like doing something up North and it's nicer out. At least I got to see an awesome penny floor in their bathroom.

    Lunch at Nutty's Junkyard Grill

    Moviepass is pissing me off. While it was my choice to see the new Mission: Impossible movie in 3D on Thursday because the time worked for me and 3D is never offered, they're really screwing around with what's available. On Thursday, I ended up doing that because they decided not to offer any of the first showings of the day for all theaters in Marysville, Everett, and Lynnwood. On Friday, I needed to kill time before checking in to the condo so I wanted to see The Spy Who Dumped Me in Bellingham. I unfortunately didn't turn off Highway 9 as soon as I should have and the next way over made me arrive at 3:09 for a 3:00 show. No longer in the app since it was past the start time, which we all know is 20 minutes before the movie really starts. So I paid full price for that one as well as The Meg the next day, because only a couple of movies at a 16-screen theater were in the app. Slender Man on two screens and I think Eighth Grade several hours later than I wanted.

    If I hadn't paid for a year in advance I'd cancel my membership now. Since it's prepaid, I guess I'll see what happens.

    After The Spy Who Dumped Me (which is great!) I drove straight out to Snowater. When the receptionist at the front office mentioned the heat, I finally realized that I did it to myself again. I'm always traveling in August to places with no air conditioning! It was hot in the condo but not unbearably so. Thankfully I found a box fan in the bedroom closet and with that on a chair pointed at me in bed, I slept fine later on.

    Once I got settled in and knew what I needed (something for dinner and creamer for my morning coffee) I drove back out to one of the markets up the road. It was tempting to go out to eat, but I knew I'd be spending a lot of time in the car and a lot of money the rest of the weekend, so I just picked up a frozen sandwich, a bag of salad, a bottle of wine, and some mini peanut butter cups. Bagged salads can be split up as long as you don't toss the whole thing all at once.

    The complex has two pools, and the one at the clubhouse is adults only from 8pm-10pm, so I headed over a little after 8:00. That rule is on the website but isn't posted anywhere at the building, so it ended up being me and a family of 3. I wasn't about to tell them they couldn't be there, and it worked out anyway because another rule that's not on the website but is on the wall is that nobody is supposed to swim or use the jacuzzi alone. If it weren't for them being there, I'd be SOL.

    It was nice to be in a pool deep enough to tread water for the first time since I joined the Y, but it was also very late, so I didn't stay too long. I wanted a real swim the next morning, so I got up and headed to the Bellingham YMCA. I don't feel like retyping, so here's what I said about that in an email.

    The trip to the Y was a silly adventure. The dude who processed my "away membership" forgot to give me the little thing that you scan to get into the men's locker room and forgot to tell me about it at all. But there were some changing rooms by the pool and I figured I'd just swim and head out until I started noticing people appearing from a back stairwell. So after I was done I went up there but could only find a women's room, a boys' locker room, and a girls' locker room, plus a carpeted hallway. So I asked the lifeguard what was up and he told me there's a big locker room with sauna and steam upstairs and to stop by the front desk for the key to that.

    The Bellingham Y is in an old hotel and they ended up having to build a maze to get everything to fit. It was nice to be in a deep pool for the first time in a couple of months, though.

    After that, I went to the casino to kill time playing slots and then had lunch at an amazing restaurant I spotted on the drive to the casino. Vietnamese pizza!


    Bellingham is gorgeous but I was in the car most of the time. Here's the view from a park where I stopped for a few minutes waiting for the restaurant to open.


    After browsing through a large antique mall across the street, I went back to Glacier, got another sandwich to go with the other half of the salad, and spent the evening watching DVDs from the rental's library. The TV was an old, small TV/DVD combo with no remote control, so I watched things I've already seen like American Beauty and parts of Reality Bites and Singles.

    Seeing Singles again was a little heavy. I was obsessed with Seattle from the first time I saw it, moved there as soon as I could, and went through a lot in my 15 years there. Now I pretty much don't care if I ever go back, so it's weird to see one of the many artifacts that started me on the journey. Nostalgia's a bitch.

    True to form, I woke up Sunday at 4:05 with no alarm. I decided if there was a vending machine for park passes I'd get a day pass and do some of the small, easy trail up the road. There was, so I did!


    I did 2.3 miles total and my feet felt really great afterward. I've been pretty consistent with the PT but I think the main contributor to the overall good state was the terrain. There were hills, and I don't do much uphill or downhill lately. That great feeling continued through yesterday, which is when my last PT appointment was. I walked out with a couple of new exercises to progress to, as well as the last color of resistance band to complete my collection. Blue, the highest level.

    My physical therapist said my calves had never felt so good, but that was because the last part of my little vacation was a body scrub and massage at the Korean spa. I cut it quite close, calling them to make an appointment from Arlington and learning I had pretty much exactly the same amount of time to get there as what it would take to get there. I normally wouldn't have taken the freeway the whole way, but there was no time to spare. They want you there half an hour beforehand so you can soak first, and I only had 20 minutes of soak time so I spent it in the hottest of the tubs.

    My right foot's a little stiff after this morning's walk at the marina, but that's not the reason I wish I didn't go. The wildfire smoke is terrible today and I'm not feeling so great now. At least I got some eerie pictures.