Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

Blah Blah Blog - LiveJournal.com
    0 0
  • 11/07/17--11:07: My kind of morning
  • Melissa wanted to do a walk at the marina this week, and I'm usually there Tuesdays anyway, so today was perfect. It was quite dark at first, but then we were treated to a really nice sunrise.

    IMG_20171107_062626_119


    20171107_063353
    20171107_064659
    20171107_064819
    20171107_064916
    20171107_065903
    20171107_070354
    20171107_070713

    Plus here's a cute bike rack.

    IMG_20171107_071258_988

    Steve dreaming of the taste of birds or something.

    IMG_20171107_091638_578


    0 0
  • 11/10/17--06:00: SchadenFriday






















  • 0 0
  • 11/11/17--06:02: CATURDAY







































































  • BONUS Saturdogs











    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

    0 0
  • 11/12/17--14:37: That's more like it
  • In spite of all the gunshots from the hunters, it was a really nice morning over at Langus. Glad I stayed in bed almost an hour later than normal and got to enjoy more light.

    20171112_065431



    Fall is a very lovely time to be down there.

    20171112_070907
    IMG_20171112_082541_219

    The clouds were neat but it was hard to get good shots.

    20171112_071701
    20171112_071753
    20171112_072917
    20171112_074604
    20171112_075445

    An eagle? Not sure.

    IMG_20171112_085127_026

    Thirty or so seagulls were standing around looking cute, but of course when I tried to get their photo, they took off.

    IMG_20171112_090218_979

    Pretty squares.

    IMG_20171112_082017_751IMG_20171112_085532_324IMG_20171112_090003_823IMG_20171112_090543_220IMG_20171112_090716_031




    0 0
  • 11/13/17--17:27: Good thinking
  • Lately we've gotten into a pretty good routine where we eat twice on weekends instead of three times. That helps make up for those large portions that come at brunch and any cocktails that may appear. We went to Harvey's on Saturday and were talking about what we should have for dinner while we ate brunch, and based on what was available at home, chose burgers with macaroni and cheese. I was a little bummed because we had buns, patties, and cheese, but no lettuce, tomato, or onion. And I definitely didn't want to go to the store. Any time I go any later than 8am, I always get quite annoyed by the crowds.

    But then I realized, hey, we're in a restaurant! They have those things! So I asked the bartender if it was possible to get lettuce, tomatoes, and onion to go, and she was more than happy to do that for us.

    Burger fixings to go

    So later on, I made burgers two ways. One had mayo, sri racha, and provolone, and the other had mustard, pickles, and extra sharp cheddar. If you're making two burgers and cutting them in half anyway, it's just silly not to make two kinds to enjoy.

    Dinner

    0 0
  • 11/14/17--14:21: A shot in the dark
  • Several, actually. This morning at the marina was one where the fall colors and the parking lot lights played together nicely. I also liked that the big train across the street was on the closer set of tracks.



    20171114_053102
    20171114_053208
    20171114_053420
    20171114_053817
    20171114_062216
    20171114_062321
    20171114_063055
    20171114_064425
    20171114_070052
    IMG_20171114_070606_024
    20171114_070811

    A friend needed some help moving a couple of heavy items out in Snohomish, so I had lunch out there and did that. As is often the case, the drives out and back were quite lovely.




    Unfortunately, I have conference calls at 3:30 and 7:00. The first one's a weekly one and the other's so late to accommodate our counterparts in the Asia Pacific region. Thankfully this sort of thing is pretty rare.

    0 0
  • 11/15/17--05:36: Copper
  • Our seventh wedding anniversary was last week, and I jumped on the Copper Anniversary as an excuse to commission some art that I've wanted for a while now. Elizabeth Person is an amazing local artist who is a fellow contributor for Live in Everett, and I knew our house would look great drawn by her. Add a frame with a copper feature, and voila!

    Rendering of our house by Elizabeth Person

    Check out her Etsy for lots of great stuff.

    0 0
  • 11/17/17--04:42: SchadenFriday


















  • 0 0
  • 11/18/17--05:44: CATURDAY






















































  • BONUS Saturdogs












    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

    0 0
  • 11/18/17--07:23: Recharge
  • Japanese Gulch is a very special place for me, and I foolishly stayed away from it for most of the summer. Not actively avoiding it, but in pursuit of time lapses at other locations with better views of the sky. Now we've reached the time of year where it's really dark when I get there, but thankfully I have a route where the light from the Boeing plant bouncing off the clouds is plenty: Up the tracks, back and forth on the access road, back down via the center. And if I feel like it, there's plenty of light on the way out to bop over to one of the side trails.

    My timing yesterday couldn't have been better. The runway lights at Paine Field start at the end of the access road, and they came on just as I approached to head back down.





    I get very excited when that happens, but also try not to get my hopes up. Sometimes it's just a dinky little plane and those aren't exciting. Yesterday was very exciting. I recommend watching this with the sound on, even though it's quite loud.



    I'm so glad Snapchat changed a while back so you can do several 10-second snaps in a row and save them all as one long video for export. It used to limit you to one, and you'd have to take a moment to post it, so it was impossible to capture a whole event like that. The best you could hope for was perfect timing to catch the ten best seconds. A lot of times, people don't put the new feature to good use, so at first I was a bit mad about it. Especially because they took a long time to roll it out for Android users. But now I'm very grateful for it.

    And I'm also very glad my mp3 player shuffled to one of my all-time favorite songs that I hadn't thought about in ages, the Rhysmix remix of "Thou Shalt Always Kill."



    It's amazing to me when someone can take a track that isn't all that great and remix it into a complete banger. I'm surprised that wasn't already on YouTube and I had to convert the MP3 to video and upload it myself.

    In order to get another listen in at the end of the walk, I climbed up to the street instead of going straight to the parking area. That's always nice anyway because of the view of the gulch from the bridge.

    IMG_20171117_071100_657

    Our bathroom renovation isn't done yet, but we're getting close. Not sure if our backsplash tile is ready for pickup, but it was supposed to arrive yesterday. The washer and dryer are supposed to be delivered and installed tomorrow. Garrett wants to finish painting this morning. A knob here, a panel there. The contractor will be back Tuesday and hopefully we'll be done. It'd be so nice for it to be completely done when our guests come on Thanksgiving.

    Speaking of which, when did people become so bad at RSVPing? I had to ask one person who marked it as "maybe" to change it to a "yes" or "no" by Monday at the latest. Maybe works for some types of parties, but not Thanksgiving. A friend who had to cancel six days ago still hasn't said whether or not her mom is coming without her! Also had to ask my nieces if they were bringing their men. I can work on being more spontaneous and flexible, but not when china and place mats are involved.

    Anyway, the contractor is close enough to being done that he packed up most of his stuff, so now there's room in the garage for our cars again! Great news, since Olga (my car) was looking terrible after so long outside. Those lovely trees in front of our house shed tons of needles over the last couple of weeks, and my adventures always leave lots of mud near the back wheels, plus gravel and leaves inside. I got Olga detailed yesterday, and killed time during the appointment with lunch at a Mongolian grill and a stroll around Mukilteo, plus a trip to the store to cash in some winning lottery tickets. We have lots of food in the house, so while I was there I just picked up some garbage bags.

    It was nice to have Mongolian grill again, it'd been 10+ years since Chang's on Broadway closed.

    IMG_20171117_132209_033
    IMG_20171117_132447_006
    IMG_20171117_140441_053
    IMG_20171117_141247_784
    IMG_20171117_130503_139
    IMG_20171117_134018_615
    IMG_20171117_135759_403

    I'm happy to report that the vertical garden is doing great, though I'm keeping my eye on the lower right corner and the next tray up as I've recently replanted those. I need to get a taller stepladder so I can take the vines higher, maybe even up into the skylights. We'd like to commission stained glass for those at some point, but I'm sure it'll be a while. A fence for our back yard is a bigger priority.



    0 0
  • 11/20/17--16:30: Sun(rise)day
  • I don't know what the deal was yesterday, but the park was overrun with hunters. This isn't an exaggeration. The parking area they use was full except for one spot, plus there were seven vehicles parked illegally by the bridge to the island. I was also pretty sure that the boats I saw when I started out were heading out toward where I recently found a boat just before I heard gunshots coming from where they shouldn't. Because of that, I didn't take the route all the way around the perimeter that I was thinking of doing, but I still got in a good walk. And there was an amazing sunrise on the way back.


    I took a lot of pictures, click through to flickr if you like.

    20171119_071301

    At least there weren't any gunshots while I took this.



    Not sure why this boat was anchored in the middle of the river, but it was there the entire time I was. Thought it looked cute with my car.

    20171119_075439

    We got four new chairs for the small table because the ones we had were beat up, scratched up, and ugly. The boys loved the boxes they came in.

    IMG_20171119_094520_967

    It was a pretty good food day. I made lox and bagels for breakfast and beef fajita mac and cheese for dinner.

    Lox and bagels
    Beef fajita mac and cheese

    Our new washer and dryer came! The bathroom renovation is so close to being done.

    IMG_20171119_155511_457


    0 0
  • 11/24/17--14:39: SchadenFriday





















  • 0 0
  • 11/25/17--07:27: CATURDAY














































  • BONUS Saturdogs


















    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

    0 0
  • 11/26/17--14:00: An excellent plan
  • Last time I was over at Langus, I realized there was a spot I could leave my Podo for a time lapse not long before dawn where I could also pick it up as I drove out. There's a fence with a locked gate and I can get to either side of it, but can't go through. Perfect spot, as long as nobody opens the gate. But I never see work being done there on Sundays, so I gave it a shot.



    I saw three deer! When they spotted me, they took off, and somehow two of them cleared the fence heading to the right in this photo. No clue how.

    20171126_070916

    The last one bounced around a bit as I passed, hopefully it was able to join its friends.



    The clouds were pretty.

    20171126_074434
    20171126_074518

    Lots of bird action today.




    Pretty squares.

    IMG_20171126_072127_286IMG_20171126_073809_625IMG_20171126_075313_310

    Today's hyperlapse, which I started while I was retrieving the Podo and ended when I pulled over to get a photo of an arbitrary, fun milestone.


    56789

    And today's wet time lapse, which starts with the Podo's lights reflected back in rain water. Pretty neat effect.




    0 0
  • 11/27/17--05:08: Thanksgiving 2017
  • Our bathroom renovation couldn't really have gone any longer while still meeting the Thanksgiving deadline. The contractor needs to stop by sometime this week for a little bit of patch work, but it's done. And we love it. The pre-Thanksgiving cleanup led to a little decorating work getting done, too, which was nice.



    We're running out of wall space faster than I care to think about, so I'm glad I finally claimed this spot for the print Barbara left me in her will.

    20171123_123254

    According to the RSVP list, we were supposed to have eight adults and one child, so we set up six spots at the large table and four at the small one. Even though there would be one extra, it just looked nice. Garrett and I finally got to use the awesome wine goblets I found a while back.

    20171123_123659

    I realized about a week ago that we desperately needed new chairs for the smaller table and Garrett found these on Amazon. They weren't too difficult to put together, thankfully. And nobody ended up sitting at this table anyway since one of my nieces flaked out, along with her kid. It would have been nice to see them, but an event is automatically so much calmer without a kid to watch over.

    20171123_123728

    I just needed an angle that shows how great the vertical garden's doing.

    20171123_123717

    The drinks and snacks area, which filled up quickly with treats when Garrett's parents arrived. We had several varieties of Apothic wines, which are all quite tasty. Red and Dark are my favorites.

    20171123_123740

    It was a very rainy day, but our guests remarked that as gloomy as it was outside, the lighting and skylights in our dining room still make for a very cheery environment. That was nice to hear.



    Here's a photo of us with Suzi that Brian took.

    Thanksgiving2017

    Funnily enough, this was only their second time at an American Thanksgiving, and the first one was hosted by a bunch of lesbians. I've decided no queer Thanksgiving is truly complete without some Canadians.

    Here's the Snapchat tour I did to kill some time while we waited for guests.



    0 0
  • 11/29/17--05:27: Season of lights
  • People at the marina are starting to decorate their boats, and Christmas lights at the marina are the best example I can think of to illustrate that I'm just a person who takes pictures, and not a photographer. Photographers know how to use settings to capture what they see, whereas I hold up the phone and give it a shot.



    20171128_054657
    20171128_060624
    20171128_060809

    It's a little easier to get the shot I want when the subject isn't in the water and I can get right up close.

    20171128_061429

    The hedges at the Southernmost edge of the marina were all removed but the stumps can be lovely sometimes.

    IMG_20171128_072739_985

    I had an extremely productive day yesterday. First I stocked up on a lot of heavy things at the store. Then I scrubbed my purple hair product residue out of the shower upstairs and cleaned the shower downstairs so I can use it until I return to my natural color. I emptied and scrubbed a bunch of litter boxes, then swept and spot cleaned downstairs before setting up the downstairs Christmas tree.



    This was before I added the fence around the tree to try to keep the cats away. And unfortunately, I accidentally backed out of the really cute footage of Sam and Steve seeing the tree for the first time this year. It's such a bummer when you have a great clip and you accidentally lose it while trying to save it. Oh well. Here's another video of Steve instead.




    0 0
  • 12/01/17--06:38: SchadenFriday
















  • 0 0
  • 12/02/17--06:50: CATURDAY






















































  • BONUS Saturdogs













    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

    0 0
  • 12/04/17--05:41: Gulch goodness
  • Stayed in bed a little later than normal yesterday and got to Japanese Gulch just in time to set my camera up on a fence with a great view of the sky above the Boeing plant. I don't have a lot of experience there in the fall with so much daylight, and it's amazing how different the views are. The only drawback was all the other people and dogs I encountered. Driving by the lower lot on the way home, I saw it was almost completely full!


    20171203_072616
    20171203_072958_HDR
    20171203_080051
    20171203_081359
    IMG_20171203_081842_542
    IMG_20171203_082237_792
    20171203_090133
    IMG_20171203_091736_993
    IMG_20171203_093459_103


    0 0
  • 12/05/17--04:26: Swimtrack
  • The first part of Lip Locked 283 part 2 which I heard in the pool yesterday was a guest mix and included a track I don't remember ever hearing that totally blew me away. I'm so glad to live in a time when it's possible and quite easy to hunt something down to hear it again.


    0 0
  • 12/06/17--14:52: Freezing fog, a favorite
  • Walking around in below-freezing weather is a little treacherous. Not just because of ice in the form of frozen puddles and creek water. Frozen gravel behaves differently, the temperature can hurt your fingers, and even the moisture in the air can make things slippery. But I still love being out in freezing fog because you see neat stuff.







    Aside from the obvious stuff like the videos above, there are some great things I just couldn't get video of. When I walked under parking lot lights, I'd see frozen moisture particles in the air looking like ghostly glitter. And lots of lights around the marina which shine straight up looked like solid pillars of light. And of course all the concrete, grass, and moss was frosty and glittery. Yesterday was one day where I was a little sad when the sunrise started, because the darkness was enchanting.

    IMG_20171205_060301_271
    20171205_061604
    20171205_065430_Pano
    20171205_065714
    IMG_20171205_070115_735
    20171205_072419
    20171205_072635

    I figured correctly that the sky would be clear most of the day, so I set up a long lapse of the sun instead. This is a frame every 65 seconds for about eight hours.



    0 0
  • 12/08/17--04:32: SchadenFriday












  • 0 0
  • 12/09/17--06:18: CATURDAY






























































  • BONUS Saturdogs














    Many thanks to:
    Animals Being Dicks
    Señor Gif
    k00l 4 k@+z
    Almost Famous Cats
    Cats, Beavers & Ducks
    Derpy Cats
    FAT CATS
    FUCKYEAHFELINES!
    CHEEZburger
    Every Day is Caturday
    Cats and Dogs
    And everyone else who happened to put a cat or dog where I ended up seeing it this week!

    0 0
  • 12/09/17--10:01: Lone wisp
  • Sometimes a time lapse is so goofy and disappointing, but I still enjoy watching it for a laugh. The little wisp that floats by makes you think there's more to come, but nothing does. It's also cute to see what the birds are up to in the tree.


    0 0
  • 12/12/17--12:24: Cold color
  • I'm starting to like winter more than before even though the later sunrise is a challenge and it takes a while to warm up. There's just an odd beauty to it that you sometimes have to look closer to find. I probably come to the same conclusion about the same time every year.

    20171210_070526



    20171210_070554
    20171210_072405
    20171210_072911
    20171210_073247
    IMG_20171210_073946_458
    IMG_20171210_074846_582
    IMG_20171210_075215_821
    IMG_20171210_075425_945
    IMG_20171210_080234_194
    20171210_080329
    20171210_080621

    The timing on this lapse had me walking past it after it started getting brighter out, so you can see my zip by.



    One really cool part of the morning was toward the end of the walk, when I spotted two eagles. The trail wraps around this tree, and I saw one of them land, but had no idea it was meeting a second one.



    These are all from Sunday. Normally on Tuesday I go to the marina, but I woke up to an air quality alert. The score in Everett was 54, but down in Mukilteo, it was 73. 19 Points is definitely worth a change in plans, even though I got back while it was still dark, having taken no photos.