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  • 12/08/17--04:32: SchadenFriday












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    Many thanks to:
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    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!

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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    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.


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    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!

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  • 12/17/17--19:43: Womp womp
  • I had a thought today that Thanksgiving is really repetitive, and if it's going to be the same every year, maybe every few years I could skip it and use it as an opportunity for some solo travel. But then I realized Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so that's not a good idea at all.

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  • 12/19/17--09:14: Goodbye to shoe
  • I don't think I took a photo last time I tossed a pair of walking shoes, but it usually works out to about 300 miles a pair. For about a week or so, I've thought I should toss my current pair because I could feel every rock I stepped on, but kept forgetting by the time I got home.

    That's no excuse for today, though, when I saw two brand new pairs of shoes in the back of the cabinet while getting ready. I'll switch soon, I thought. Should have done it right then, though. It was pouring rain this morning, and in the first five minutes of my walk, my feet were completely soaked. I hadn't stepped in any deep puddles, but even the small ones were able to soak up through the bottom.

    Goodbye to shoe

    They're in the garbage now.

    It's strange to me that we still don't have shoe soles that don't wear out. And tires that don't need air.

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  • 12/23/17--05:29: CATURDAY


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    Many thanks to:
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    k00l 4 k@+z
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    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!

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  • 12/23/17--10:16: Later and shorter
  • The crew at Live in Everett invited me to their holiday party which they held at their new office space Thursday. They provided beverages from Toggle's Bottle Shop and food from The New Mexicans, and to facilitate meeting up with Garrett and my niece Katie, it ended up making sense to visit Toggle's and The New Mexicans before the party, too.

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    I don't like to meet people at restaurants if I can avoid it, because there's not always a good place to wait. And even if they'll seat you before the whole party arrives, I think it's rude to take up the table when you're not ready to use it. Toggle's is a great place to hang out with a reasonably priced beer or cider instead. That all worked out nicely, especially since Katie can't eat dairy and a lot of what was at the party was full of cheese. Glad we took care of dinner first.

    We got home pretty late, so I slept in and decided to walk at Lowell for the first time in a while. It's not a big winter spot for me because it's pretty creepy in the dark, so it was nice to be back.

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    You might see this formation of birds from the first video in the time lapse below it.




    I kept the walk pretty short because I didn't want to be too late getting back, though it turned out even shorter than I wanted because the path was flooded near the boat launch. The battery in the Podo lasted long enough that it kept taking pictures right up until I plugged it into the laptop.



    There are a couple of pauses before I left the park because I found a lottery ticket and had to make sure it wasn't a winner. I tried to scan it for a while, but it was too wet, so I had to find the results from that draw in the app and compare. I'm still not a millionaire.

    It was quite a busy day. First we had the Christmas party at the adult family home where Garrett's grandmother lives. The food, as always, was excellent, and there was tons of it.

    Christmas party!

    Then I had quite the adventure at the hair salon. I was there last week to turn my hair silver, which worked quite well on the hair that was previously purple. The rest wasn't porous enough from one bleaching, though, and was kind of gold instead. And the silver shampoo and conditioner I have wasn't really making a dent in that color. So we tried again yesterday. Twice. The first time, was actually kind of neat. All the shorter hair and roots of the longer part because an electric shade of greenish yellow, which was tempting to keep. But we tried again, and now everything is much more uniform, and sort of grey. We'll see what happens over the next few days as it should lighten up.

    Just now, Steve cooperated perfectly with this IG Superzoom.




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  • 12/25/17--17:19: Merry Christmas!
  • MerryChristmas2017

    We set up the Podo and my phone, and have lots of outtakes from both. Here they are in handy video form.



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    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!

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  • 01/01/18--09:55: Last walk of the year
  • The fog yesterday was shockingly thick. Enough that once I was alongside the biosolids retention pond, I couldn't see the cars on the highway on the other side of it. I can't remember a walk there before that was as dark. This was my first photo of the day, near the car, and the last one I'd be able to take for a while.

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    Since we go to bed so early, we don't even try to stay up late for New Year's Eve any more. Our friend Stacy is in town, and I had the brilliant idea to have her and her friend over for the earlier part of the day, before they went out to whatever party or bar. Garrett made cheese and chocolate fondues even though he wasn't feeling well, and we had a great time watching bad movies, which has always been our favorite thing to do with Stacy. First was The Room, then Birdemic.

    If there were any fireworks nearby, we didn't hear them.


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  • 01/03/18--07:03: Schmupdate
  • Woke up Monday feeling terrible from the previous night's festivities, but as that got better throughout the day, I realized I was also getting a cold. Yesterday I was wide awake at 2am, so I checked my work email on my phone, saw I had no obligations, and turned my 4am alarm off. It took a long time to fall back asleep, but eventually I did, and was in bed for almost 12 hours total. Last night was a little better, and I slept pretty well through to the 4am alarm, checked email, and went back to sleep for another 90 minutes. We have nice plans this weekend and I hope I'm all the way better by then.

    One of my presents this year was a nice memory foam mattress pad, and it's been very nice to sleep on. Did I already mention it? I've had it for a while because I slept in a very bad position a couple of weeks ago. That led to me ordering one for myself, learning Garrett got me one which I was allowed to open early, and returning the one I ordered.

    He also ordered new Dish Network equipment for the whole house and a 55-inch 4k TV for the lounge. The new stand we ordered for it isn't here yet, but he found a board in the garage and balanced it on our old one for now. It's pretty amazing! We looked at a little bit of an episode of The Crown, which we already finished, and really wished we had the new TV while we watched before. Everything looks so much better.

    Well, not everything. Yesterday I watched Interview with the Vampire on DVD and it was obviously not made for tv with so many pixels.

    Sam and Steve's annual exam is today. That's always delightful. Hopefully we still have some Feliway wipes, I forgot to check.

    I haven't left the house in a while. Here's a neat time lapse of the frost melting in the back yard a few days ago.


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    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!

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  • 01/06/18--09:29: 30 questions
  • 1. Do you make your bed? No. I think it's a pointless, Sisyphean task.
    2. What's your favorite number? 38
    3. What is your job? Site Operations and Workflow Support Manager
    4. If you could, would you go back to school? Absolutely not. I hated school.
    5. Can you parallel park? Yes.
    6. Name a job you had which people would be shocked. I haven't done anything particularly shocking, but that time I did three months of daa entry for the Girl Scouts was pretty funny.
    7. Do you think aliens exist? Yes
    8. Can you drive a stick shift? No.
    9. Guilty pleasure? I don't believe in the concept of feeling guilt in enjoying pleasurable things.
    10. Favorite childhood game? Hide and seek in a completely dark house.
    11. Do you talk to yourself? Yup. But only when I'm absolutely alone. I think it's quite rude to talk to oneself when others can hear.
    12. Do you like doing puzzles? Yes, but I've only done it a few times in my adult life.
    13. Favorite music? Disco, dance, '90s alternative, oldies. Lots of stuff.
    14. Coffee or tea? Coffee.
    15. First thing you remember you wanted to be when you grew up? Rich.
    16. Favorite Season? For the weather, I like fall, but I'm starting to really love summer, but only at sunrise.
    17. Truck or Car? Car
    18. Steak or Salad? Yes.
    19. Cat or dog? Cats.
    20. The most influential person from your childhood? My brother.
    21. Crafty or all thumbs? Both?
    22. Biggest fear? Watching people I love die slowly.
    23. Pessimist or Optimist? Optimist.
    24. Favorite Holiday? Halloween, but only because it's fun on the internet.
    25. Mountains or Ocean? I refuse to choose and am glad I live where I can enjoy both.
    26. People person? I like people but solitude is also very important to me.
    27. White, Milk or Dark chocolate? High quality of all types, dark if I could only have one.
    28. Do you like to cook? Mostly. The pressure of being in charge of most of it can be hard to deal with sometimes.
    29. Night owl or morning person? I'm the most morning person I know or have ever met.
    30. Flannel sheets in winter? Yes indeed.

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  • 01/07/18--15:56: Photo catchemups
  • Sometimes it's impossible to get photos of shadows in the dark. I had good luck on Friday, though.



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    Commuters and freight.




    Some nice clouds Thursday morning.

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    And finally, a very pretty bug that was on our mailbox.

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    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!

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  • 01/13/18--10:48: Relax and jump back in
  • We spent last weekend in my favorite cabin and had a fantastic time. As usual, we set up some cameras to watch the cats while we were gone. Here's the first shot from the kitchen cam just before we left.

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    Check-in time at the cabin wasn't until 3pm, so we decided to have lunch on the other side, do our shopping, and then kill a little time before checking in.



    Village Pizzeria in Langley is amazing. Fabulous food and views, and we managed to snag the parking spot right in front of the door. The grocery store is across the street, which is very convenient.

    The original plan was to head up to Coupeville to see if Barbara's grave marker has been updated with the dates of her birth and death. Garrett's parents want to visit the cemetery, but it'd be a huge bummer if we got there and the marker was offsite at the time. So I'm hoping to hear about it from her family when it happens, but if we were going to be nearby, it made sense to check. Until we realized we were further away than we thought, and it would cut into our cabin reservation more than we wanted. So we went to the Whidbey Island Winery instead, which happens to be owned by a fluffball named Sangiovese.

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    The cabin was wonderful, again. We watched I, Tonya, which was amazing, plus the first two episodes of the new seasons of Travelers on Netflix. I'm so glad that show came back, and am happy Enrico Colantoni was added to the cast. I've always liked him.

    Just a pretty picture of what happened in the sink when I set down the box grater I was washing.

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    Village Pizzeria is perched way up above the water and I hoped to get a time lapse from there, either on the fence by their storage area or the from the window sill. The Podo wasn't cooperating, though, so I just pointed it at the trees by the cabin for the whole day Sunday. Not a lot to see since it's mostly trees, but it gives you an idea what it's like out there.



    Speaking of the Podo, I accidentally left it behind. The owner of the cabin mailed it to me for free! Super nice of her. I think she knows we'll be repeat customers again and again.

    I've had my eye on a lot of cabins lately and unless we were to live in one full-time, it wouldn't make much sense to own one unless money just wasn't an issue. Believe me, I can see myself living in a house in the middle of the woods all the time, but that time is far off.

    I'm also a little bummed to discover that a place I've had my eye on for a while only allows occupancy for 120 days a year. Though that particular spot isn't one I'd want to be in full-time, I've always looked at it as a good, inexpensive back-up plan if something bad happens. Oh well.

    It was a very lovely ferry ride back because we ended up on the ramp in the front with a great view. The first shot is from the terminal.

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    Garrett went to work for a half day when we got back on Monday, and I'd scheduled the day off but told my team to leave any non-urgent requests and I could tend to them in the afternoon. There wasn't anything initially, but then someone we work with occasionally asked if we could help with a test. I was going to be on campus anyway Tuesday, so we scheduled a meeting and I took a couple of hours to start working on some templates so we wouldn't show up to the meeting with nothing. And that's how my busiest week in ages started.

    I spent all day on Campus Tuesday, plus a big chunk of Wednesday. The meetings were valuable, but it takes a long time to drive out and back, so the days were long. I did complete testing and release notes for our newest deployment this week, and built those test templates out for use. The only exercise I got all week was one swim on Thursday! Quite unusual for me. I put in so many hours that I didn't claim any PTO to cover Monday, so that's one good thing to come out of it.

    Lowe's parking lot selfie from yesterday with a rare low angle because the sky looked cool.

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    I always hate going to the hardware store for something, because I can't shake the feeling that there are other things there I need that I haven't thought about in a while. That was totally true yesterday, as it turns out. I hate it when people knock on our door instead of ringing the doorbell, so I got a "Please Ring Bell" sign. It didn't come with any mounting hardware, and the holes are small, so I wasn't sure what to use. But I didn't remember that until after I got home, used some nails, and did a bad job. One nail is bent down a bit, and I knocked some of the finish off the sign. It looks pretty crappy. But we want to replace all the doors because they look old anyway, so a little wear suits it. I guess.


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  • 01/14/18--07:08: Article 0
  • Late in 2017 I finally decided I didn’t have to post every single day on LiveJournal. This was after years of daily posts that I mainly did out of spite for the people who say they miss the site but never actually read it or post anything.

    I just noticed the “Your 2017 on LJ” link at the top, clicked it, and found out I did exactly 365 posts last year. Haha.