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It should take about 2 seconds fit the laundry to dry today; it’s in the mid-80s in the shade, but our porch is easily 10 to 20 degrees hotter, thanks to the sun reflecting off the house and deck. Add in a nice breeze and you get perfect laundry-drying conditions. The only downside is having to get baked myself, standing out to hang things up.

The rest of the yard is pretty sunny, except for the shady corner I’m sitting in, thanks to a tall and leafy poplar tree in the neighbor’s yard. Continue Reading >>

We’re Not Silly

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Not silly in the least. Nope. Not at all.

In possibly related news, Benji discovered today that he LOOOOOOVES “yummy thing,” which is what he calls a milkshake.

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And, finally, it was a beautiful evening in Kirkland today.

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Adult milestone

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That’s right, for the first time in my life, I had clothes dry-cleaned. This is partly attributable to the fact that I work hard to buy clothes I can wash at home and partly attributable to the fact that, until two years ago, I held jobs that had dress codes of business casual or lower. Teaching bike classes required a very odd, specific wardrobe, none of which necessitated dry-cleaning.

But that’s all over, because when my work office moved in February, the dress code went to straight business attire. I’m not 100% sure why, if clients aren’t visiting… Maybe dressing that way makes people act more professional. Anyway, after almost a decade of evading it, I now dress professionally at work. Continue Reading >>

Sugar Swirls

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I made snickerdoodles yesterday, and thought rolling them in colored sugar would be fun. I swirled the colors together and got the above. For the record, though, that large decorating sugar doesn’t stick well to snickerdoodles. They aren’t sticky enough. Cookies turned out fine anyway.

Springtime Curmudgeon

Strangely, it’s looking quite like spring around here, and has for a number of weeks. Even our camelia has gotten into the act (not to mention our grass, which desperately needs mowing already, in the places where it’s still prevailed against the more dominant moss).

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We’ve had weeks of mostly dry, sunny weather with highs in the 50s or even 60s, so much so that I’m not biking every day it’s sunny (read: not raining) the way I normally would this time of year. Frankly, I’ve started wishing for some more rain and cold weather, just because this unnaturally pleasant pattern is so far from the norm. Not that I’d trade for six feet of snow, or sustained temperatures in the single digits, mind you, but I’d just like a little more seasonal weather. Plus, the lack of snow pack in the mountains, which mostly confounds skiers for now, is likely to presage a summer drought, never a good thing. Climate change, northwest-style? Continue Reading >>

Silver Lining

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Both good and bad: Benji didn’t nap until 3 this afternoon, when he normally gets up, and doesn’t bode well for this afternoon and evening. But I got to see him sleeping, which never happens. Ow, my heart.