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10 February 2017 @ 11:38 am
 It's my birthday, so i took a break from the terrible shitshow that is my country in general, and took a stroll along the waterfront in Seattle with my husband.  We've lived near the city for a year now, and this is the first time we've really gone down to explore -- don't worry, we'll be doing it again soon.

We hit up the Five Point Cafe for lunch -- fantastic Cuban sandwich, and really amazing fried cheese curds (tried them with honey for the first time -- so so good) in a tiny punk ass bar with rainbow stickers on the windows and an anti-Trump protest sign leaning against the restroom wall.  I loved it.

Then we wandered over to Pike's Place Market (super crowded) and to the waterfront, where we went up in the Great Wheel -- the sky was wonderfully dramatic.  

Seattle is a good city.  I had a good time.

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25 December 2016 @ 02:09 pm
 Happy Holidays, y'all, and Merry Xmas!

I've had a lovely time with Husband, opening silly gifts (I got a Pokemon Go coloring book that's actually awesome! and LOTS of candy) and thoughtful gifts (he got me the easle I've been needing, and some headphones I've REALLY been needing) and lovely gifts (matching music note necklaces because we're dorks, and a beautiful hat from[personal profile] turlough  -- such neat, tiny stitches!  Impressive)

We borrowed an Icelandic tradition and exchanged books to read last night -- I gave him Guards! Guards! because he needs to read some Pratchett, and he gave me Crichton's Timeline, which I'm loving so far!  It's a good tradition, I think we'll keep it.  :D

I hope your holidays are warm and happy.  I hope your year ends on a high note, and your 2017 starts strong.  <3 <3 <3 <3 This entry was originally posted at http://theladysnarkydame.dreamwidth.org/44982.html. You can comment there if you prefer.
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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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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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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


The bi-monthly 2 am “Running of the Cats.” This entry was originally posted at http://theladysnarkydame.dreamwidth.org/42993.html. You can comment there if you prefer.
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