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1 minute ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Sometimes when the dreaded finally happens its easier to let go of the situation.

Exactly. If other people want to say the quiet part out loud, who am I to stand in their way?

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In other news, I’m really liking the PBS series Around the World in 80 Days starring David Tennant. The episodes drop on Sundays and I’m looking forward to the next one. Speaking of Sunday, Winter Storm Izzy is supposed to rage through here, bringing ice as well as buckets of snow. I’ve replaced the batteries in my candle lights and am charging devices and doing laundry and other such things as needed to prepare, including picking up the milk and hard boiling some eggs. I expect the power will go out, and I have put some cold packs in the freezer to help the fridge along if needed. 

 

Truly, I need some engineering genius to come up with a winter-sun-solar-powered tea kettle, just for me.

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Status Report:

Jenna is totally doing the right thing, and has put in place measures to do the right thing more often and more easily! I am so proud of her! This is a big deal. :)

 

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The neatening is almost done, and Vivian’s presents are wrapped and ready for her tomorrow. 

 

Sodas will be picked up and scooters charged this evening.

 

Winter storms (and email flurries) require sustenance, so I made a quick batch of lamb chops — my absolute favorite. I rubbed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then put them on greased baking sheet and topped them with some fresh rosemary and garlic cloves sliced in half. Broil on high for ten minutes (about 8” from the broiler for medium rare or 10” for rare) and serve with potatoes or couscous or a rice medley.

 

For dessert, I had a bowl of yogurt with pomegranate, ginger, and honey.

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3 hours ago, Heidi said:

Winter storms (and email flurries) require sustenance, so I made a quick batch of lamb chops — my absolute favorite. I rubbed them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then put them on greased baking sheet and topped them with some fresh rosemary and garlic cloves sliced in half. Broil on high for ten minutes (about 8” from the broiler for medium rare or 10” for rare) and serve with potatoes or couscous or a rice medley.

 

I'm stealing this.

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So I finally watched the latest Matrix movie and came back here to play catch up. Gotta admit, I had a good time with it. Can see some things that could/should receive criticism, but apparently a lot of it is just online hate noise. Yeah we were never going to get a movie as groundbreaking as the first one, but since they decided to turn it into a franchise they might as well deliver a solid chapter and for my money, Resurrections was way better than Reloaded and Revelations.

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The visit went very well.

I'm exhausted, happy, and ready to be snowed in. I picked up a camp stove kit while we were out and about, so at least there will be tea if the power goes out.

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Vivian, being Vivian, claimed the blue set, and said she can't wait to use it together. She will be at her dad's for this storm, but I dig her enthusiasm.

 

She loves the horse blanket and set about to turn her loft into a blanket fort, which is delightful. When we were at pinball, she picked up a nightlight made of one of the bumpers, and she plugged it in as a reading light near the Reading Chair in the blanket fort when we got back. 

 

The pony farm set is only half built and she's looking forward to coming back to finish it up. At the gym, her bathing suit was missing from a locked locker (!!), so we sat and chose two new ones and ordered them right then and there, and she changed the combination on her locker, and declined to say it out loud this time. We scootered to pizza and back.

 

Life is good.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Ranger Hal said:

Nice stove kit! MSR makes good stuff. It's good to have the option of making tea (or hot soup) when the power is out.

Thanks! I really like it, and it feels good to be slowly rebuilding my camping gear, which also doubles as my emergency kit. The next thing I'm thinking of adding is a gravity water purification system. I'm building back from nothing more than my ultralight down sleeping bag (950 fill) and a pair of SnoPeak chopsticks, so it's slow going.

 

I bought an Osprey day-lite plus within days of moving downtown (to replace the CamelBak that is still buried in storage), and the clerk loved that I pulled everything out of the box and made sure the kit would fit the pack. We nerded out about weight limits for a couple minutes (I don't like to carry more than 20 pounds max on a hike).

 

Recommendations welcomed!

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Also, to get an understanding of the sheer number of churches in my area, take a gander at the closing list today (it will probably only be valid for a few hours, but it's extensive, and there are several churches not in the list, die-hard types that flat out never close).

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The first flake fell around 8:30 this morning, and within thirty minutes everything was covered in white. Those itty-bitty flakes really know what the assignment is, and they kept falling until fifteen minutes or so ago, when the sleet started. It’s coming down in earnest, striking the large windows in waves, sounding for all the world like a crackling fireplace, which, when combined with the sound of typing and occasional movements of paper, makes my whole apartment sound like a medieval library, and altogether it’s far more meditative than it probably ought to be, but I love it. The church might be closed, but the bells toll in the distance right on cue, and the groan of the beleaguered snow plow is deeply monastic. 

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Not planning on going anywhere, and wondering if there’s a world where I can kind of live like this forever.

 

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Week Two Wrap-up:

Sunday, January 16

Strength:Lots of lifting through the week as part of getting ready for the Saturday visit. I can feel it in my arms and legs today, especially after all the activity on Saturday itself. This is low-key strength building, but it still counts.

Intelligence: Got some reading done, a video recorded and submitted, and the draft of a paper, which I should be working on finishing just now, but my head isn’t in the game, and my heart is listening to the sleet. Still. A very successful week on the intelligence front, and I’m pleased. The dissertation is currently 32,561 words. The presentation paper hasn’t been sketched out yet (not due until February 11, so there is a little time yet).

Wisdom: Inspiration was a superpower during The Flurry of Emails that happened this week, and that was a wisdom straight-up wisdom fight. I feel very centered in this, and am glad of my Jedi Council who help guide me through these eel-infested waters.

Constitution: This is a solid win, and I’m glad I’m getting this figured out. Naps, sleeping at night, resting before I’m exhausted, all these things matter.

Dexterity: lots of bending, stretching, and centering.

Endurance: Saturday activities helped with this, as did Monday night get together to celebrate the end of the Pinball Fall League.

Charisma: Still no sauna, because germs are bad, but there was a lot of hot baths, warm socks, and tea. And sleep. 

 

If you had asked me how the week went, I would have shrugged, but writing it down I see that it’s a solid win. I was overdue for giving myself credit, and these little reports along the way are helpful reminders that I’m doing what I set out to do, and that little steps in the right direction do indeed add up. Living by my own mantra is hard, friends.

 

Next week looks like a lot of this week, only with an appointment for acupuncture on Tuesday (maybe cancelling that) and a trip out to the family therapist on Wednesday (unless she cancels, I’m going). The apartment continues to evolve into a space that is very much my home, and that is also a win on all fronts.

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It’s still sleeting. 

The power is still on, for now.

 

I had a thought during a brief conversation with the director of the pinball league: is there such a thing as a pinball librarian/archivist/historian/thing?

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11 hours ago, Heidi said:

Thanks! I really like it, and it feels good to be slowly rebuilding my camping gear, which also doubles as my emergency kit. The next thing I'm thinking of adding is a gravity water purification system. I'm building back from nothing more than my ultralight down sleeping bag (950 fill) and a pair of SnoPeak chopsticks, so it's slow going.

 

I bought an Osprey day-lite plus within days of moving downtown (to replace the CamelBak that is still buried in storage), and the clerk loved that I pulled everything out of the box and made sure the kit would fit the pack. We nerded out about weight limits for a couple minutes (I don't like to carry more than 20 pounds max on a hike).

 

Recommendations welcomed!

A down sleeping bag (or in my case, a quilt) is an amazing thing! So light and puffy and warm!

 

Platypus GravityWorks is good gravity filter. I've used it several times on group trips and it works well.

 

Another filter that's pretty common is the Sawyer Squeeze. It's not technically a gravity filter, although you could get some hoses and water bags to rig it up as one. The only problem with it is that the bags that come with it are awful, so you'd want to get some other sort of bag. Sawyer also makes a Mini filter that's a little lighter (this is what I currently have), but general consensus seems to be that the extra weight of the Squeeze is worth it for the vastly improved flow rate.

 

These are all hollow fiber filters, so you have to be careful not to let them freeze. 

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10 minutes ago, Ranger Hal said:

These are all hollow fiber filters, so you have to be careful not to let them freeze. 

This is very good to know!

Thank you, friend. :) 

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