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Sunny Wednesday Afternoon

April 14, 2021

Carl has been out and about. I have been working.

That is the essence of our lives, and especially mine right now. We are managing, and I am not sure if the weather is helping or hurting. It is gorgeous. A bit windy at times, but I am sure it is in the 60s this afternoon. I am on a work break, and plan to go back to try and complete the final 4 draft slides for a presentation on Monday. That may sound like I am ahead of the game, but it needs to be reviewed by my boss…..

1 week post Covid shot 1 reaction.

I noticed this nice red area a few nights ago, just in time to read an article about such occurrences. The article suggested it was a good sign, showing the body at work. But wow, what wrinkles. I hadn’t had time to apply the spackle yet.

There have been a few walks along the way, but not enough given the weather. Signs of spring in Seattle.

We ordered tamales from Frelard Tamales and they were delivered today. Most are in the freezer, but I intend to steam a few to enjoy tonight. And they delivered flowers along with the food!

Speaking of which, it is time to start dinner. Carl does the bulk of the food prep, but I am up tonight.

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

April 11, 2021

Carl has been working in the backyard. I have been working.

So we are taking a break on the deck. 52 degrees (feels like 58). Nary a breeze, and lovely.

Shadows

This few hour interlude will be my weekend. Work is far too demanding now for much more. The weekend provides time to catch up on the, “not the primary focus, tier one”, work. This is more individual customer centric, rather than policy based. Ah yes, customers.

I am actually okay with this. I know what moratoriums are like. Much more work than not. Been there, done that, and now experiencing PTSD.

In other news, we watched Under the Skin last night, starring Scarlett Johansson. I had not read much before, and it was a little off the beaten path. But I did find myself trying to puzzle out bits afterwards, so it did engage my brain.

Now for the mundane, yard waste and recycling to the curb. Garbage can wait.

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

April 11, 2021

Carl has been working in the backyard. I have been working.

So we are taking a break on the deck. 52 degrees (feels like 58). Nary a breeze, and lovely.

Shadows

This few hour interlude will be my weekend. Work is far too demanding now for much more. The weekend provides time to catch up on the, “not the primary focus, tier one”, work. This is more individual customer centric, rather than policy based. Ah yes, customers.

I am actually okay with this. I know what moratoriums are like. Much more work than not. Been there, done that, and now experiencing PTSD.

In other news, we watched Under the Skin last night, starring Scarlett Johansson. I had not read much before, and it was a little off the beaten path. But I did find myself trying to puzzle out bits afterwards, so it did engage my brain.

Now for the mundane, yard waste and recycling to the curb. Garbage can wait.

Easter

April 4, 2021

Pictures of various celebrations running the gamut.

Easter Kittyness
Easter Bunnyness
Easter Happiness
Easter Cuteness
Rhubarb Goodness

A rather tired day. Largely due to limited hours of sleep. A restless night, including the Easter Bunny delivery in the wee hours of the morning. And a long walk mid-morning. A very nice walk, and thankfully out and about before the tiredness really arrived.

Chilling now, watching soccer and generally relaxing.

And because sports, what a basketball game last night with Gonzaga pulling out the overtime win with a halfcourt bomb. We were bouncing between the Mariner and basketball games, with both being recorded. There was a huge cheer from the Mariners crowd, with no baseball play, so we bounced back to basketball to see for ourselves.

Fun game, and a hope for Gonzaga on Monday. I recall several years ago when they were a Cinderella team making a run. Maybe this year the shoe will fit.

Puzzling Rest Day

April 3, 2021
Just completed. Took a while, very challenging.
Next Up

Walkies too. Sore arms are our only side effect of note today. A beautiful spring day. Trees are in bloom, profusion of daffodils and tulips starting to show. I remember a year ago finding this time of year making staying at home enjoyable. Just getting out into the neighborhood so much more frequently. The lack of other social engagements and commuting opening up open hours of time. An upside to the pandemic. A good side effect.

Part 1

April 2, 2021

We went out tonight. Twice, sort of. Are we becoming social butterflies?

The first outing this evening was for our first shot. Moderna as it turns out.

The second outing was to pick up some Indian food from the restaurant at the corner.

We have a walking date for Sunday morning. This will follow Carl’s turn as the Easter Bunny for his most recent kids. It’s been more than a year since he worked, but no reason to mess with tradition. Very socially distanced as the kids should still be in bed.

That gives us tomorrow to be general lazabouts, whether we should be or not. There are lots of things to do around here, but I feel like I need a vacation day.

Opening Day, er Night

April 2, 2021

I worked yesterday, the entire day. That is unusual for an opening day of baseball, but this holiday was just a bit different.

We did celebrate, and in trying to add some “normalcy” to the day, we gathered with our seatmates. We went to one house, but stayed in the backyard. And there was no sharing of food and libations. Of course the game didn’t start until 7 PM, so it was past our normal dinnertime. And masks make it harder to eat and drink.

We were expecting to listen to the radio, old style, but finally managed to get a game feed to an I-Pad, through some feed that is not standard. The video feed was ahead of the local radio feed, so we ended up listening to the Giants feed from the video. And of course the I-Pad’s battery died, and then the backup battery died, so we listened to the 10th inning on the radio.

We missed hearing and seeing a diving outfield catch in the top of the 10th to keep it tied, but did listen to the Giant’s pitcher walk in the winning Mariner run.

We didn’t get home until 11:00, and it is a tired morning, but a good tired. The Mariners are still tied for first, and weren’t postponed for either weather or Covid. And tonight we get shot number one.

Still Tired

March 30, 2021

The much-anticipated public hearing was last night. The presentation went pretty well. Then, in addition to the 5 written comments recieved there was exactly 1, count them, verbal comment provided. This is the one person who attends almost all of our meetings, almost always comments on something, and had also provided one of the five written comments. There were 15 non-employees in attendance, so that was good. It felt a bit like much ado, although it really is about something. And I feel like I am in recovery today.

We are eligible for the vaccine starting tomorrow, and just before noon today I snagged us appointments for our first shot on Friday evening. What a good employee, if I don’t feel good it will be over the weekend! I also pointed my carpooler (except for this last year) to the site, and his appointment is 20 minutes after ours. No, we are not carpooling.

I was giddy after getting them scheduled. We don’t know which vaccine either. Like opening a present.

I finished a book a few days ago, The Egyptologist, by Arthur Phillips. I enjoyed the story, although I figured out bits of it as I continued to read. I even went back and reread the beginning after I finished it, to see the set up knowing the end. What I can’t figure out is where the book came from. I pulled it off the shelf, figuring it was one of the kids from school days. Rey emphatically said it was not his, and I haven’t spoken with Ashlan. It is also possible it was gifted to me years ago, and got out of view. It happens.

I am currently reading a Sandra Brown mystery. What I would really like is for a warm afternoon to just sit outside and read. Maybe in another month.

And watching a bit of the March Madness. Not sure if Michigan is going to pull out a win against UCLA. And I doubt any of my Michigan family is watching this game since it’s 11:30 PM eastern.

And puzzling.

Drive thru

March 27, 2021

With last year’s baseball season in the rearview mirror

But still trying for social distancing, we attended the Mariners drive through rally

A bit of car decorating and we were on our way.

We did get a better look at the player awards from last season than normal, and got close to the stadium.

But since we are still unvaccinated, we will not be attending Opening Day next week. Last year’s aberration aside, the first we have missed in decades. Carl used to pull the kids out of school with the “Mariner Flu”.

So this is as close as we will get for a while. We’re eligible to get the vaccine on the day before opening day, but that’s not the same as having an appointment.

Climate impacts?

21 Years Ago Today

March 26, 2021

We walked (Carl hobbled, he had an undiagnosed broken kneecap) to the top of Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront. We sat and waited. Joined by several others on the roof, thousands of others scattered at varying vantage points, and a plethora of boats in Elliott Bay.

The occasion was the implosion of the Kingdome.

Every year on this date we have a Kingdome meatloaf. (Turkey meatloaf, not my Father’s specialty brown sugar meatloaf.) One year, I think maybe the 10-year anniversary, we made a souffle that was supposed to implode. It did not. 10 year anniversary blog

Last year’s fan with this year’s meatloaf

Last year, the 20th anniversary, was also the Mariner’s opening day. We had great plans. But like all things 2020, they imploded. https://raincharm.net/2020/03/26/march-26-2020/

Well, back to work for me. But I know what I am having for dinner.