i can’t wait for dst this weekend. i keep going to bed stupidly early, waking up for 1-2 hours in the middle, and then finally waking up at 6.

it makes for weird dreams. last night, i dreamed i was taking a flight somewhere but we (i don’t remember seeing the face of whomever i was traveling with) didn’t get onboard with our tickets on time, so i ended up on the top of a plane while we made a temporary landing somewhere in order to get me correctly booked on the flight. it was weird.

then i woke up and smoosh and i played belly-tickles for a little while. she rolls over and i tickle her while she tries to play-bite me. it’s fun. :)

photo dump with updates

matt trimmed:


schmoo was happy to see something outside


the gals, chillin’


the walk to our tent from the closer porta potties


the land of sunshine stage that was in a crater


the view from my hammock on sunday


another view


the top of the land of sunshine stage from our campsite

one of the diyss hidden in a part of the camp that i didn’t get to very much

the view from where i had to go to call matt, the main entrance is off to the left

parking lot a

main stage schedule


packing list


merle likes to be close

dehydrating eggs+polenta, this turned out really well, actually


“when i am not close, i am tiny.”

nora has mastered the art of sleeping crooked


let there be light

it’s really nice that it’s light out after i leave work, and after this weekend, it’ll be light longer. my time in the winter always feels more fleeting. especially around the holidays, when it’s shared with many others.

next week, it’s supposed to hit 50°! it’ll feel good to be able to bike to work without layers and layers and boots and covering every square inch of skin.

work is going okay. the big project that was supposed to launch last week didn’t, and one of our developers has a health issue so he resigned. it left a couple of the senior devs piled upon.

we took merle and burnie to the vet last weekend, and were told that merle has luxating patella in both legs and one of them is worse and she’ll need a $1,200 surgery. :/

what’s in your bag

i keep meaning to catalog and participate in cool tools’ what’s in your bag? series of posts. it’s a feature on his site, reminiscent of timbuk2’s whats in your bag and part of the every day carry phenomenon. the difference between cool tools and the other sites is that they’ll give you $100 if they feature your bag; and my bag is nothing if not featurable.

i started a list of components and quickly became overwhelmed with the thought of pulling everything out of the pockets in order to photograph, and then putting it all away, back in the right spots.

in work-related news, i’ve been made project manager for one of our design-firm clients and it’s gotten me a little stressed out (among other personal issues). new projects/situations usually do this.

i’ll leave you with a photo of merle. she did this to herself.


it’s already mid-november

time is fleeting.

the summer flew by almost without warning. our second csa came to an end recently. i still have purple potatoes to use up. hopefully they’ll stick around until thanksgiving cuz i want to scallop them.

jones is getting more and more grey around the face. nora’s lips are getting just slightly more old-lady-dogish.

winter has finally arrived, it’ll be a high of 29° today and there’s a light dusting on the ground.

my biking to work hasn’t been too much of a pain yet. other than the fact that i’m more sweaty when i get to work than i was in the summer. lots of layers.

last winter, i had thought of making some sort of wool “skirt” to wear around my pants because my thighs get cold. mom gave me her snow pants, but this skirt-thing would be handy for when it’s not really that cold out. maybe we’ll have to stop at joanne fabrics while running errands this weekend.

what a week

i can’t believe it’s already friday!

i met with a friend about his website last night, so i get to work on that soon. i’ve been toying with the llc idea. need to talk someone about how that works with quarterly taxes, business checking accounts, etc. maybe i can get myself one of those fancy new macbooks and write ‘er off!

anyway, today, i’m well rested. after wednesday night’s lack of sleep, last night was a welcome change. i did wake up a couple times, but no more than “average”. it’s okay, though. we’re getting into the habit of getting merle outside at least three times a night between the two of us.

on monday night, i woke to a feeling of wet at the foot of the bed. it was obvious that merle had relieved herself. i got up, smacked her on the behind (not very hard) and said, “no peeing on the sheets!” she looked up at me from the closet (where jones sleeps on a dog bed) with these huge, watery eyes and her tail down. i felt terrible immediately but didn’t want to give in. i laid down with my towel between me and the spot and fell back to sleep. an hour later, i woke up and tried to coax her back into the bed. she didn’t budge. around 4:30, when the birds start, i heard her whine. i got up to let everyone out; she went immediately.

after we came back upstairs, she got in the bed and we seemed to have formed a mutual understanding; if i wanted her to go outside, i had to let her outside (duh!), and if she wanted to be let outside, she had to tell me about it.

it’s been working out so far.

one thing i have noticed this week, that i’m not a huge fan of, is that my capacity for short term memory has decreased drastically in the last four days. i’m forgetting things that should not be so easily forgotten. i’ll be keeping a close eye on this as my mental abilities are one of my stronger points and that’s a feature of myself that i’d like not to lose.

speaking of, i’m starting chapter 2 of my shorthand book over; i find the repetition helps.

poor jones

i think he’s realized that merle is staying and he’s taking it out on the living room rug… i woke up this morning around 4 and went downstairs to attend to some business and was greeted with a terrible stink coming from the front of the house… :(

apparently, between my leaving for work today and matt getting up, he did it again.

i can’t remember  for certain, but i think he might have done this a couple weeks after we got the cats and then stopped.

i guess we just need to send him outside more… and i should make a better point to give him attention. he’s my baby boy and he’s probably feeling kinda shitty (no pun intended) about the growing pack.

no more feets!

this time, i mean it.

we got another dog last sunday.

she’s so tiny, that it’s kind of like another cat, except she needs to go on walks with the rest of the pack.


we met merle about four years ago, when matt’s rutledge st roommates moved out to travel the world. merle moved in with her mom and immediately liked me; i have a video to prove it.



so, when alice posted on facebook that she needed a new home for merle, i had a hard time talking myself out of it. she’s pretty happy about it, too.