The triumphant return

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:51 pm
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Had to stay in due to the timing of a couple of calls today, but I still managed to do yoga and get two nice time lapses!

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A post about stuff

Jul. 19th, 2017 03:31 pm
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Not about, like, stuff happening, but things. Items.

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Low tide love

Jul. 18th, 2017 02:28 pm
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When I got down to the beach this morning, I saw that the tide was really low, so I headed South along the beach even though a nice sunrise was starting in the opposite direction.

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Running around

Jul. 17th, 2017 06:36 pm
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Nice swim this morning because the deep end wasn't crowded at all. I don't think there was ever more than two other people in there with me at any point. Afterward in the locker room, I asked a guy I know who's there a lot who flips houses if he happens to know any contractors because we want to remodel our main bathroom. He didn't, but a guy who does that sort of work overheard and introduced himself. He could do most of the work off the books, during nights and weekends, but recommended we call his main employer since we want to work with someone licensed and bonded. So I've added them to the list, but we may not need to call them. I have a referral from a Facebook friend (his brother) coming over a week from tomorrow to have a look, and I got an email from a company some friends of ours have worked with.

Speaking of getting things done, I drove out to Marysville at lunchtime to get my car's emissions tested. There was an interesting-looking restaurant across the street, so I ate there. It was ok.

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I like to hit the thrift stores when I go up there, but today that was just one store, because there was a fire recently at their Value Village. Goodwill seemed pretty crowded, I wonder if it's because there's currently less competition.

It's been a while since I did a hyperlapse from the car, but the sky was nice on the way home, so I set it up as I headed out of town.

Where I left off

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:18 pm
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Right after I hit Post on Thursday, I realized I forgot to add this photo.

Air plant doing great!

That's a plant I gave away over a year ago, as a prize at our July 4th 2016 party. Garrett's ex-boss took it home. She recently sent me the picture to show how it's doing, and I'm amazed! That's a bulbosa, and I've never had one last that long. Of course, I might have if I hadn't sold them. Speaking of which, someone ordered an item with one off my Etsy today, and I only had two which were my own, so that lucky customer's getting one of my favorites.

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So Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is in my top five for books I would read and reread and reread growing up. I still have my Bantam paperback edition somewhere, but it's so old and decrepit that I'm pretty sure the scotch tape holding it together in some places has aged to the point of giving up. It's funny because someone gave me the book when I was seven or eight and I distinctly remember failing to get into it at all the first couple of attempts, and then for some reason the third time I finally made it past Mrs Which (chapter 3) and stayed up all night to finish it, cursing myself for an idiot the whole way. After which I snatched up A Wind In the Door and loved the hell out of that one too. (Interestingly enough I did not care for A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and even though I was excited when it came out Many Waters disappointed me as well. (Mostly because I just didn't care about Sandy and Dennys nearly as much as I did Meg and Charles Wallace... which I still pronounce in my head as "Wallance" even though I realized I'd been misreading it years ago.)

That said... I tend to be very forgiving of adaptations to the point where I look at people that are all like "yes but the movie failed to match the pictures in my head so I wish it didn't have the same title because ITS NOT THE SAME STORY" like they sprouted third noses. I mean... OF COURSE it doesn't match what you imagined, you didn't make the movie or TV show, chill out.

I kinda groaned when I heard Disney was taking another stab at AWiT, because hoo boy, the miniseries they did about 15 years ago was pretty dire. While I thought casting the weird creepy kid from The Ring as Charles was inspired, the rest of it was a waste of Alfre Woodard. (To be fair, it was only distributed by Disney... but still.) And then I heard Ava DuVerney was directing and I was like OOOHHHH OKAY lets see how this goes. And then I shook my head as the Greater Racist Internet lost their shit that they cast a black girl as Meg which... OMG I have feels about that, namely that I am 100% okay with one of my fictional childhood heroes LOOKING LIKE ME, I would have killed for that as a kid. (White people, get a goddamn grip, you can stand to let us have a few of your characters out of the bazillion that represent you.) And then I kinda completely forgot about it until there were some production photos released this week ahead of D23, and I was like "wait, Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon as the Mrs Ws? Okay..." And then the teaser dropped this afternoon and HOLY SHIT.



OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. I literally started hyperventilating with excitement the first time I watched it.

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So I would say A+++ super hyped here, with a note of caution cause... I've been burnt by trailers before. But I think Ava DuVerney's got this one.

March can't get here fast enough.

EDIT: The omission of the period after "Mrs" for Whatsit, Who and Which was a stylistic choice by the author. Meg's mother, when referred to as Mrs. Murray, has the period. Just in case anyone was feeling like grammar checking me here.

SchadenFriday

Jul. 14th, 2017 10:56 am
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Slow week. Put some in the comments!

Old place, new sights

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:57 pm
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It's Thursday, so of course I went straight down to the tank farm. I did it a little differently today, with the Mukilteo Beach side first. It's better that way, because only one trip across the train station area is needed.

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Mellow Midweek

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:11 pm
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Not much to report about the pool today, other than that I had to keep mostly to one spot and very aware of my surroundings because the deep end was pretty crowded. A while back, I realized it's easiest if I just stay in the center since there's almost always 1-2 people doing laps around the outer edge. I prefer the Northwest corner because it's near a window, but feeling in the way every time someone comes around gets annoying. So the center will do. Today, though, two people were going back and forth across the pool on either side of me, oftentimes in a backstroke.

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Woulda been a good'n

Jul. 11th, 2017 01:57 pm
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I've come to believe that if the Podo had to go missing, yesterday was a pretty decent time for it since the skies have been clear a lot lately. How predictable, then, was this gorgeous sunrise this morning?

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A dollar a minute

Jul. 10th, 2017 03:37 pm
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It was so nice to head back to the pool for my first swim in almost a month this morning, but I was a bit delayed by the Podo getting there. The first issue was my flexible tripod breaking. First one leg snapped off, then another. I couldn't get it to stay in place with the remaining leg, so I unscrewed the waterproof case and positioned it on the ground. Then there was the connection. Ever since they updated with software recently, it loses the Bluetooth connection to the phone quite easily. Frustrating enough for setting up a time lapse, I can only imagine if I was trying to use it as a photobooth. I left the case pointing upward toward the sky and went on into the swim center.

Speaking of which, check out this awesome sketch of it from the Sketchy Everett feature on Live in Everett. You can click the photo to get to the post page.



Sketchy Everett is drawn by Elizabeth Pearson, who has a lot of great stuff on her Etsy.

I saw a few people I didn't recognize at the pool, including a guy who came in right when I did and then left the pool five minutes after getting in. I've seen a lot of people stay 15 or 20 minutes, but just five must be a new record.

Unfortunately, I don't have a time lapse for you because the Podo was gone when I got back. Some random person could have picked it up and taken it, but it was more likely a parks worker. I say that because all the trash nearby was also gone. So they either kept it, turned it in, or tossed it along with the rest of the garbage. Bummer. I had an appointment with my primary care physician today, so after that I went back to the park to see if they had the Podo in the lost and found at the parks office. They didn't, so they called the maintenance department, who also hadn't heard anything yet. They took my number in case it turns up.

I ordered a replacement Podo and waterproof case today while there's still pre-sale pricing on the camera. Too bad the case is no longer on sale. I've wished I had two Podos, so if the original turns up, I won't be mad.

I highly doubt it would have gone missing if I'd listened to myself right when the tripod broke. I figured it'd be safer over behind the swim center and definitely should have left it somewhere back there.

Mosquitonado

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:15 pm
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Friday morning was my one-week LASIK followup, and the results are pretty great. My vision was originally 20/50 in one eye and 20/60 in the other, and they're now 20/20 and 20/25. I was also instructed to discontinue the medicated eye drops and just use moisturizing ones as needed. And I'm allowed to exercise again! I briefly thought about going to the pool for the afternoon session, but school's out now and I wasn't really in the mood to share with the kids. So I relaxed for a few hours while I waited to hear from Garrett.

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