May 16, 2011

#1 saturday

YOU GUYS I HAD THE BEST SATURDAY

I went to the farmer's market, in hopes of scoring some new tomato starts (to replace the ones I killed by planting them too early, and which I have been just DESPONDENT over for weeks), and a bundle of lilacs to sniff compulsively before it's too late. And LO AND BEHOLD!!! The wonderful folks at Westwind Gardens not only had a stand full of veggie starts, but had 3 of the 4 heirloom varieties I had killed. I thought they were unreplaceable! The first one I spotted was the Ananas Noire plant, quickly followed by the Chocolate Cherry, and I'm not kidding, I almost cried. I didn't manage to find any currant tomatoes, but I was growing them mainly as a novelty, so I replaced them with a Dr. Wyche's plant. I also picked up a purple pepper plant, a lime basil, and some tarragon. And a beautiful bunch of dark purple lilacs for $6. I thanked the farmer so profusely, I'm sure they thought I was a lunatic.

I basically skipped out of the farmers market feeling like a million bucks.

I stopped at the garden. I am SO ANTSY to plant the next round of things. SO. ANTSY. But the soil temperature hovers around 60 degrees (which the nice lady at the farm stand was impressed by) and I'm gunshy about planting some of my 55* seeds until I'm CERTAIN it's going to stay warm enough.

The peas! They grow!
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and reach for the trellis:
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the raspberry now requires constant vigilance or it threatens to take over the whole bed.
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the strawberries have flowers!
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my fancy lettuce is coming up! (and also my kale and cabbage, but they didn't photograph well)
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the arugula and cilantro have recovered from their chill. (see here and here)
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the chive blossoms are opening! YUM.
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the monarda was showing very troubling signs of suffering from the cold so I put a blankie over it. please live, little bee balm! you were expensive.
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in case you're wondering what a sad, cold tomato plant looks like, it's this. RIP, white currant.
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my tulips are getting to the end of their lifespan. they have that exploded-out look about them.
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(I love those little baby ones growing from the larger ones. And don't you love the neighboring DANDELION garden in the background? Whoever owns that garden better get their butts out there soon)

I have two mystery weeds growing in my tulip patch, and I'm pretty sure they're actually radicchio coming up from last season's roots? I haven't tasted it but it sure looks like a head of salad to me.
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I cut back the flowers of the hyacinth and what remains looks like an alien hand.
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THEN! I got home and discovered that my Wintec saddle, which I had out on consignment for months at a tack store downtown, and which I had posted to ebay last week, had 10 bids on it and was selling for $45 more than I'd hoped to get! It ended up selling for $106 more than my original asking price.

then Scott came and said hi. I hadn't seen him in days! I don't have a picture of him from Saturday so here is a picture of him holding a parrot.
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then I moved a bunch of stuff and packed a bunch of stuff and took it to my storage unit. and my side mirror fell off again. so, -1, saturday.
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then I went home and took some cold medicine and fell asleep under the cats at 9:30.

Sunday I woke up feeling tremendously worse and basically staggered to the couch, where I floundered off and on for the better part of the day, sniffling and feeling like a poor little bunny. Scott came over briefly and we ate bacon. I watched some terrible movie with The Rock in it. I called my mom. Then at 4 PM or so I finally got too restless and loaded some things into the car and drove them over to storage. When I got back, I posted a crappy old saddle to the free section of craigslist, one I bought years ago as decoration before I actually owned a horse. ten minutes later a guy emailed and said he'd love to use it for his donkey. I said, "sure, it's yours, when do you want to come over?" and then didn't check my email again. half an hour later, he knocked on my door. apparently they were trying to teach the donkey to carry a rider (his daughter). I was so happy to be rid of it and he was so happy to have it!

then I dropped off a key for Cristina, who's staying at a friend's place overnight, and stopped for some ANGEL FOOD CAKE frozen yogurt. OMG yum.

on my way home at the end of the night, I got the following email, from the donkey saddle guy:

one ecstatic girl the whole ride home! she was busy telling me everything we might need to make it work . . . which means that maybe the donkey will finally start to work on something other than mowing the lawn!

truly a super exciting note to end the weekend on.

thanks again,

justin


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May 13, 2011

momentary hiatus

blog world, if you're wondering where I've been (and where I'll probably continue to be, rather than blogging), I am busy fretting over the following monumental life-changing events:

-- packing most of everything I own and driving it to a storage unit, where it will live all summer. this involves a complicated process of saying, "am I going to need this?" to everything I put in a box. why? because I'm
-- preparing to move in with Scott for the summer. NO BIG DEAL GUYS. of course it's a big deal but if I think about how it's a big deal I'll crumble under the weight of Big Deals. we have to stay cool, people.
-- moving in with Scott means I have to give the cats back to Cristina. I joke about hating cats, but I am going to be really, really sad. they are my best lap companions. sure, they eat the papers on my table and chew through my books and throw up on the rug and pull down the stuff on the walls and steal my makeup brushes and wake me up every morning at 7 AM, but they are also super friendly and snuggly and they have never once, ever, even thought about scratching anyone or biting anyone or even being mean. this is probably because Cristina and I used to do things like this:

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and this:

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along with swinging them in bags, playing "tick tock clock" (where you hold the cat under the armpits and swing them like the ticking kitty clock), spinning them around on the wood floor, and so forth. that plus perhaps a naturally sweet disposition turned them into these cats:

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I am really, really going to miss them.

wee baby luna, OMG
she used to be so skinny
bella's long neck
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cats in boxes, part 2
all growed up
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april 28

-- wrapping up at work. I am in the middle of a big project, converting a written-out baroque opera arrangement into printed notation. it is the single most tedious, mind-numbing thing I've worked on at the opera. I've been working from home two days a week because only the insipid stories of daytime TV can occupy just the right ratio of my brain to make me not go crazy from the boredom. plus, if I'm going to endlessly click and drag all day (which is basically what I'm doing), at least I can wear my pajamas.

I have eight more days in the office.

-- then I'm going to be unemployed for 11 weeks. WOO? no seriously, woo. also, ACK.

-- there's another Big Thing happening at work but I'll tell you about it next week.

-- continuing to manage my mystery injury. I had a couple of incredibly bad pain weeks where I was crying a lot. then, strangely, I had an entire day without back pain! for no obvious reason. now it seems like things are ... improved? although my back still hurts. I went back to the physiatrist and I am headed to physical therapy at the end of the month. which unfortunately is one of the few benefits on my plan that has a high deductible so I'm paying for it out of pocket. sad.

-- planning my gigantic 30th birthday party, which involves securing a permit for a large picnic shelter in one of portland's parks, renting a cotton candy machine, finding a charcoal grill, building a candy buffet, finding party favors, searching for a party dress, inviting everyone I know, and basically making a ton of chaotic lists. I've only been able to do a few things so far (secure the space, rent the cotton candy maker, buy the grill) because I'm TOO BUSY WITH EVERYTHING ELSE. lord help me.

-- turning 30 OMG.

May 2, 2011

this weekend was eugene marathon weekend, which I was supposed to run. I don't want to talk about it. my back and hip are as bad as ever, or worse. it's been very hard on me emotionally.

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s & I went to the tulip festival saturday. they've extended the festival since the tulips bloomed so late this year. I would really like a front yard covered in tulips like this, aren't they so happy? they had rows and rows of single colors, but I liked the mix best.

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by happy accident the tulip festival had a whole bouncy-house section. scott had never been in one, can you believe it?! there were a bunch of options -- some slides, a few playhouse styles, but none of the straight up, big-giant-bouncy-room types of my childhood. we opted for the bouncy obstacle course. there were two kids in there with us, and I'm pretty sure they thought we were really scary big people. (we let them go ahead of us so we wouldn't run them over). in case it's not clear, scott thought it was really fun. he even skinned his knee like a real kid!

yesterday was a banner weather day -- we woke up to SUNSHINE! after another week of rain -- so we took a long walk around my neighborhood.

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I have a lot of big things coming up, which is why I haven't been around the blog much. there are just 18 more days of work until my 11 weeks of furlough sabbatical. I gave notice at my apartment today, so I'll spend the next 29 days rapidly packing/selling things/standing around the apartment looking lost. and then I'll be 30! I have a gigantic birthday party to plan.