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20 November 2016 @ 04:57 pm
 Feel like throwing myself into the holidays this year.  Who wants a holiday card? Just give me your address (comments are screened)

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with reason to smile
08 November 2016 @ 10:22 pm
 I am so incredibly upset.  How could we let this happen?  How many people's lives will be ruined before we can set it right?

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14 October 2016 @ 05:43 pm
 I  . . . didn't sign up for Yuletide this year.  It's the first time in a long while -- I haven't been really happy with the last couple of fics I wrote, (and last year I got no response of any kind from the recipient, which is . . . disconcerting.  Feels a bit like limbo) -- so it felt like a good year to just . . . not.  I might yet do some pinch-hitting, since I'm still on that email list.  Maybe this year I'll concentrate more on reading fic and discovering cool tiny fandoms.

I am, instead, considering doing some novel writing -- not, perhaps, NANOWRIMO as such, but using the time to really whip an idea into something workable.   It feels like time to get back into writing.

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29 August 2016 @ 09:15 pm
 It was my 1st anniversary yesterday.  Chad had to work, but i had the day off -- so I got dinner started, and picked up some cheap champagne (we were having a no-alchohol August, but hey, it's our anniversary!).  Then, just for fun, I dressed up a bit and put on some makeup -- I rarely wear it, but I wanted to feel pretty, you know?

Chad brought home some steak to finish off the dinner, and we had a lovely little anniversary.  <3  We danced -- or rather, we jumped around the apartment to disco music laughing like idiots because neither of us have any rhythm.  :D  

And then we drank champagne out on the deck, and held eachother tight and were in love.    And that's enough, really.  <3

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31 July 2016 @ 02:12 pm
So the Cascade Loop is a road trip that takes about 9 hours of driving time and fills it with 4 or 5 days worth of stuff to do and things to see. It gives a traveler a broad overview of the climate and surroundings of Washington, and is generally pretty awesome. Chad and I are thinking of making it an annual thing -- there's enough stuff to do that we can pick one or two "destinations" on the Loop and spend the rest of the time camping and enjoying the scenery. :D

We took the Loop clockwise, basically, starting with the ferry to Whidbey Island and then mostly following HWY 20 around. We stopped and camped the first night in Newhalem, in the North Cascades National Park, which was chilly and mountainous and covered in pine trees. Then we drove through the touristy old west town of Winthrop to an AirBnB in Wenatchee, which is in the part of Washington full of scrubby desert and heat and vineyards and orchards. The third day we backtracked to take a swim in Lake Chelan, which is, no lie, the most beautiful water I've ever seen -- the lake was so clear, and so blue, it looked tropical even though it was JUST the right side of too cold. (this was very welcome, because our van doesn't have working A/C, and that side of Washington, like I said before, is HOT). There were ducks swimming around with us, Mallards I think, bobbing along and staying just out of reach of the kids in the water. Then we went through some more rocky mountains and over some impressive curves before camping for the night at Moneycreek, in the Mt. Baker-Snowqualmie National Forest. It's an old growth forest, full of massive Red Cedars and hoary, moss covered Fir. Really impressive, we'll definitely be back -- I didn't get many good pictures there, because the light was too low for my slow old workhorse camera. Next year, maybe. The fourth day we did a bit more sightseeing and touristy stuff, and then we came home!

Here are some of the best pictures:

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with reason to smile
26 July 2016 @ 11:15 am
 I am back from a weekend road trip  -- the Cascade Loop is gorgeous, y'all.  :D  

I will not be reading up on the backlog on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, etc etc etc.  Presumably the world didn't actually implode without me watching for the last four days or so.

I will put up pictures, once I tweak the results of some exposure/color issues my old camera seems to be having.  I had so much fun!  I want to show you things!  <3

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06 July 2016 @ 06:28 am
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23 May 2016 @ 01:28 pm
 These are great.  I think I know a few people who might appreciate them.  :D

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28 April 2016 @ 09:09 pm
 A chilly, breezy, pale grey sort of day -- the sort of day where the colors in the flowers and trees (and there are so many flowers here, so many trees.  So many . . . flowering trees . . .) seem to seep into your eyes.  Portrait light, my old teacher used to call it.  Diffuse and beautiful.  We went down to Mukilteo Landing for some clam chowder and fish and chips, and walked along the beach again, to see it when it's not bright and sunny.  

The tide was coming in.  The waves were loud, the water choppy.  There were crab shells washed up on the rocks, and mussels, dark and shining in the sand.

  

  

  

  
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25 April 2016 @ 11:04 am
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