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Curried Goat in a paper cup
I guess the first Krazy Kat strip, was April 23rd 1916. So this is over a hundred years old, and I've only seen a few references to it. I mean, I knew it existed, but never had the chance to actually look at any full strips until now. Bill Waterson somehow read these as a kid and called them one of his biggest influences with Calvin and Hobbes. Why did I never see these before??

Krazy Kat

He's crazy because he doesn't do anything a cat would. He adores the mouse, Ignatz, even though Ignatz has it in for him. Krazy interprets all of Ignatz's attacks as signs of love, and refers to him as 'darling' and 'little angel'. Maybe that was why I didn't hear of him? Suppressed because HUGE HOMO VIBE OMG? Although I hear that sometimes Krazy randomly is referred to as female, so maybe it's huge trans vibe, also?

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02 July 2019 @ 08:33 am
We miss our old 1983-84 Westfalia Vanagon so much that we finally got a new old Vanagon. This one is a Wolfsberg edition, which only came in that one horrible color scheme. We have to repaint it soon, colors yet to be determined. (Cream and yellow, possibly.)


YAY!! I got flickr to work!!

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22 June 2019 @ 12:20 pm
We took our new bear-resistant food canister to the woods this year, but it didn't even get tested. ;) Baxter State Park is lovely as ever. We had a great time with E.B., walking quite a few very pretty trails, playing cards at the campsite, toasting marshmallows, reading, writing letters and journals, and listening to the rain on the tarp. Our rain god status has returned. :)

Eor made it to the top of Katahdin, and within less than a hundred feet of the summit cone, in pouring rain. With the summit within sight he realized that his arbitrarily selected return time had come (noon), so he turned around, sticking to the plan. He stopped many times on the way up to let his heart slow down, per doctor's orders regarding heart attack survivors, but reports that the rest of his body had no trouble at all and powered on up the whole way, so he's very happy. :)

I, however, was unable to accompany him. I went as far as Katahdin Stream Falls, but turned around there, and was wiped out when I got back to camp. I've been trying to keep up with him with regard to his rehab exercises, but have hit a wall which concerns me, so I'm going to be looking into this with my doctor.

All our stuff is now either on the line, sitting in the sun in the driveway, or in the washer at the moment, because it rarely stopped raining the entire time we were there. Sunny and lovely here, today, of course. ;)

It was a good trip, all in all. We got to try out a lot of our new backpacking gear, but in a controlled situation with car support.

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Elven Girl and Elven B. were visiting last night, and on her way out the door Elven Girl commented that, because of the hysterectomy I should no longer be attractive to bears. I said, "Oh, thank you!" playfully offended. I thought of that as I was eating rare roast beef on the top of the mountain and watching it drip.

She also added that one of her roller-derby teammates had asked her if she had a maxipad...

EG said, "No, I had a hysterectomy."
Roller-Derby Teammate said, "Well you could have just said 'no.'"
EG: "But I wanted you to know that if you ever ask me again the answer will still be no."

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09 June 2019 @ 05:46 pm
We started on Champney Falls Trail, off the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains, New Hampshire is very busy and popular. Not a difficult hike - everyone had their dogs along, and some of them went to the top of Mt. Chocorua. I even saw a Pomeranian on the bottom part of the trail on our way down, though his people didn't look as though they were going to go to the top. The weather was absolutely perfect - not a cloud in the sky, warm, but not so warm that we really died in our 'beat the mosquitoes' gear: long, lightweight trousers, long-sleeved button up shirt, broad hats with bug nets. We got a ton of compliments on our hats from people who were envyous of the bug nets.

We took Champney Falls Trail to it's end, and Piper Trail to the top of Chocorua, where it was open rock up above tree line and an amazing view. A few dogs and people, but everyone being as quiet as possible, staying as far away from each other as possible, and not looking at each other, in very polite New England manner. Everyone gets to experience being at the top as if they were the only person there. You go up and get your picture of the U.S. Geological Survey Marker and then you move away to some hidden nook where you can eat your lunch and look at the view.

On the way back, if I remember correctly, I think there's almost a 3-way intersection between Champney Falls, Piper Trail and Middle Sister Trail. We followed Middle Sister Trail across First Sister (hill? mountain? I'm not sure how it's categorized. First Sister is not huge) and then to the top of Middle Sister, where there's the remains of a cool old fire watch tower. (Little Sister is really just the shoulder of Middle Sister. We didn't bother to go there.) We had to follow the Middle Sister Trail back a little way until we could catch the Champney Falls Cutoff (which starts sort of in the dip between Middle and First Sisters) back to Champney Falls Trail. There were parts of that Cutoff trail that Eor characterized as "Peter Jackson gorgeous"; a narrow, leaf-litter covered track alongside a moss covered rock face well tucked away under the trees, hillside dropping steeply away on our right.

This took us from about 0645 to 1400. About 3 hours to get to the top of Chocorua. We got up at 0400 to make sure we'd have enough time, because even though other people seem to think it takes only 3 hours to get to the top AND back down from Chocorua, we are not that fast. The plan is that if we recover okay we'll find something a little more difficult to hit next Saturday, because we plan to do Katahdin on the 21st.

First Sister is furthest South and West of the Sisters. Middle Sister is a bit to the East of her, with the ruins of a fire tower on top. And Chocorua is almost due South of First Sister.

ETA: Now it's time for The Food Concept, the Bath Concept and the Getting To Bed Early Concept, because it's back to work tomorrow, and I work on my feet, now.

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05 June 2019 @ 09:33 am
I do need to keep everything moving along in the mornings, now. It's starting to look something like this:
0530 - pack lunch
0600 - eat breakfast
0630 - walk if it's a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday or stretch if it's a Monday or Thursday
0730 - shower
0800 - dishes, if it's a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday or leave to go to Physical Therapy if it's a Monday or Thursday (and to work after)
0930 - leave for work on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday

In practice... I'm still getting the hang of this. It's a Wednesday and I sort of... made a compote, boiled some eggs, did a little stretching (notice I did not take my walk) and am leaving for work about ten minutes later than I have scheduled. Pf. I'm tired today.

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02 June 2019 @ 11:18 am
Eor telling me about where he drove on Friday (on his way to hiking with his coworker): "And at one point I was on 302 East going South, but it was also 11 North.... Maine roads."

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30 May 2019 @ 07:38 am
Had a schedule change because of my work change, and now my morning has to be so scheduled out that I literally, yesterday, went "Oh, yay! I have a half hour of "free time" between 0900 and 0930!" and then spent that finding my keys. And placing an order for powdered vegetables, so that we can make our own prepacked soups for backpacking, since you can't get both low-sodium and gluten-free.

Sucks getting home at 8:30PM and having to eat and go straight to bed. I don't sleep deeply until after 1AM. But I'm liking the relaxed pace of the afternoon shift. People sing on this shift, literally. :) Although it was a bit disconcerting when a flight attendant came through singing. Loudly. She was going off-shift because the flight she was supposed to be working had finally been cancelled after she'd waited for it all day. And I think she had flown in at 0300. One of the new immigrants from Africa muttered,"She shouldn't do that. This is Maine." I was like, yeah, he's right. He knows, and he hasn't even been here that long. We don't do that, here. We sing quietly to ourselves and our closest friends/coworkers. Go around singing loudly like that in New Orleans they might not notice, but in Maine someone might give you a breathalizer. Exhaustion can be worse than a few drinks, though.

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19 May 2019 @ 08:40 pm
Today, Derien travelled 3.6 miles on the journey from Bag End to Rivendell.

Returned to the Great East Road

A total of 132.9 miles along the way.

Generated by Eor's Walk Tool inspired by Eowyn Challenge.net


In fact this was the American Heart Association walk around Back Cove in Portland, this morning. We did not attempt to raise money for them, and Eor says that, like taking a cruise, now that he has experienced a charity walk he feels no need to ever do such a thing again. Too many people. "It was nice to see the dogs, though." There were a lot of dogs. :)

We also had a conversation about why the Eowyn Challenge is better than most. The whole "Couch to 5K" thing he's been doing is now complete, it had a set end point and it wasn't really very far out there. The Eowyn Challenge asks you to walk the distance from Bag End to Rivendell, but when you get THERE you can then continue on to Mordor, and you can take the side-trips to Minas Tirith and such, and then you can walk back to Bag End. Back in the day people used to DO that shit. We have a book called "Seven Wives and Seven Prisons" about a guy wandering around New Hampshire and Vermont, and he talks about walking 40 miles one day in a snowstorm and getting so tired out that he could only make 20 the next day. And then he managed to hop a train for a bit the day after that. We're pretty lazy these days.

ETA: But we did get a big grocery shopping trip in, and then a good amount of yard work. I began the mowing for the summer - a never-ending task. We have too much lawn, and much of it on slopes or rough ground.

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17 May 2019 @ 08:41 pm
In fact I haven't done any walking today, all I've done is post about it. What I have done today is dishes and laundry and taking a dead mouse out of a trap and carrying lots of small firewood about fifteen feet to stack it, and bundle some sticks for kindling. And read a lot of "Thief of Time". Every Pratchett book I re-read, lately, I think, "Oh, THIS one I should send to Eightball, he would like it!"

I got a letter from Eightball the other day, so that was quite nice.

I had written a letter to him because I just felt like some of the things which have been going on for me are just too complicated to talk about it in text. Text messages require too much brevity.

And I want to post about it, here - I have wanted to, but have been avoiding it because it will sound like I'm being cryptic, because the whole thing is just too complicated. The best way I can summarize it quickly is that being a trainer had gotten too stressful, so I decided to drop back to being an assistant trainer. This means I will do training-department things occasionally, but work on the floor most of the time. And the great thing is that since making that decision a few weeks ago, now I get to bid against the floor workers instead of only withing the Training Department. Not only have I just won a bid for a new shift for 1130 to 2000 hours with Sunday/Monday off, I've also had the opportunity ALREADY to bid on another shift for 1100-1930 with Saturday/Sunday off. (And as a backup plan, I also bid on an 1130-2000 with Sat/Sun off, so I think I'll get one of them.)

Weekends off, again! And SLEEP!! Gosh, these 5.5 hour nights have been killing me. Of course I won't get anything at all done in the mornings before I go to work (I'll be really doing good if I can keep up on my exercise) and I'll have to get to sleep almost as soon as I get home - but weekends off... Eor will get my help with all the yard work. ;)

Even better, I'm on vacation this coming week, and I've gotten an extra two days on my vacation because of the shift change. But then I'll come back and probably will work two weeks on the Sun/Mon days off shift and then switch to a Sat/Sun days off shift, and lose a day there, so it all kind of evens out in the end. :)

Oh, I want to ask any bakers out there... I made some cookie-ish things, recipe below. They didn't seem to really cook, though. Got a little browned on the outside but didn't really seem to set up in the middle. Any thoughts on how I might adjust this so it will work better? I don't absolutely need them to stay vegan, for me. (I did leave out the vanilla.)

half-batch apple almond vegan cookies

1/4 c applesauce
2 T honey
1/4 t vanilla
1 C almond meal
1 T psyllium husks
1/4 t baking soda

Heat oven to 350F.

Combine honey, applesauce, and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Mix almond meal, psyllium husks and baking soda. Add to applesauce mixture. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Let stand for ten minutes

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten and indent slightly with thumb.

Bake 5-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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