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The Fourth, on the third.

Kentuckians love their roadside firework stands, almost as much as Sacramento does. And the people in our current neighborhood seem to be first in line on that bandwagon. Four different households, in less than half a mile, kept the skies lit up last night. And not ten minutes ago (I'm sitting out on the back deck), someone three houses down lit off another noisemaker - it's only 9 a.m., folks! Can't you wait until noon to light things on fire?!

While I enjoyed the show, it's still unsettling for me to see them going off in residential areas, so close to rooftops and tree lines.

Driving around after dark led to some spectacular photographs, though!

It must be spring.

Val almost had cottontail for breakfast today. I took her out one last time before I went to class, and as we hit the grass at the edge of the back deck, I realized Peter was sitting about five feet away, just barely out of Val's leash reach. It was pretty cool, the rabbit just sat there for about 30 seconds, and Val was so surprised that she just pointed, couldn't actually figure out what to do from there. Normally, we only spot them late at night, running into the shadows away from the devil dog.
Drove myself to class today (Jared's recovering from St. Patrick's Day), so I parked off campus. As I was walking back to my car along an alley, I spotted two Eastern Garter Snakes hiding in the weeds. It's a beautiful, sunny day, creeping up on 70 degrees outside, and I had a fantastic sandwich from Greener Groundz for lunch (brought coffee home for Jared).
I do love the sunshine after so many clouds. :)


So I just picked up a UK-based magazine called Faeries and Enchantment (FAE) at B&N, and I started reading it in the car. It's the winter '09-'10 issue, so I'm a little late finding it. In it, there's an article about Toby Froud's wedding this past summer - Froud of the Brian Froud (Labyrinth) family.
I get part way down, and in a statement from the Frouds, it says, "Our son Toby married his wonderful fiancé Sarah at her parents lovely home in Portola, California..." HOLY CRAP, PORTOLA! Well, I turn the page, and who do I see standing next to the bride, but someone I know.
Sherri Morgan, how did I not know this was happening?! Obviously I've been out of Plumas County too long! So a way, way belated congrats to Sarah, Sherri and family. Roundabout knowledge ftw.

Intro to Digital Photography

Since it's all digital, I can actually post my assignments from the photo class. First successful assignment?

An Eggxercise!Collapse )


In a medium stock pot: Beef stock or bouillon, water to appropriate level; six medium/large mushrooms cut to one inch cubes/slices (not sure what variety I used, we just grabbed a bag of fresh ones at the ethnic market yesterday); two green onions roughly chopped; two small red peppers - be brave, buy a variety with no label! De-seed before chopping fine. Add some meat of your choice if you want, or roasted seaweed, shredded squid, and bamboo shoots. Heat and eat!


Anita-the-Jeep pushed up toward the limits of "I'm willing to pay to get you fixed" today, but I ended up having to replace the battery, horn (oh, yeah, last year when it stopped working? Not the electrics, not the fuse, I'd actually worn the horn out.), and wiper blades, plus had the standard oil/filter and chassis lube, a safety check, the brakes checked (Anita'd been sitting long enough for the drums to rust a little bit, so when I was hitting the brakes they were skipping when the rust came around. A few runs around the block and the guys got that cleared off), and the tires inflated and rotated. Whew. Glad to have her back in working condition, though.

Have my first photo assignment due Tuesday, have to do a portrait of a stranger. I'm thinking I'll go down to the local yarn store and see if one of the ladies there would be willing to be photographed/interviewed for 30 minutes or so. Party on Saturday for Tony. Still unpacking from the move (have to move stuff in order to find other stuff).

We finally picked up our mail today (it only took us a week to check the box at the top of the street). We're still trying to get in the habit of walking up and checking it every day. Had a big box from Mom, the stuff I ordered from Amazon for my b-day (Thanks, Kel and Micha!) - Dirty Girl bubble bath and a jasmine scented soap bar. Oh, and Jared's "engagement" ring came in from Overstock. And the usps fwded my Guns and Ammo and American Rifleman magazines, which is awesome, since I'm not sure where the old issues are to do an address change with.
Gonna go crochet for a bit, working on a scrappy blanket to clean out my end-of-skein stash.

Happy New Year, folks!

May it treat you well.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' auld lang syne.

And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.
~Robert Burns

Dec. 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!

Freedom. Sweet, sweet freedom.

Thank goodness Jared set his alarm this morning. I had an 8 a.m. final and spaced and set my alarm for 7:30 instead of 7.
With that out of the way, the last final is done and over with, and the last research paper has been turned in. That it.
No more.
A break before the new semester.

Time to start on the quilt.
Good luck with finals, everyone.


-Sigh- Does anyone have InDesign CS4? Is there a way to save down to CS3, and could someone do so for a file I've got? My trial has expired...