Sunday, August 23, 2009

oh sigh

Don't you hate those times when you're enjoying a beautiful evening and you want to call and chat with the various people you care about the most, only to remember that they're all asleep because they magically live in the future, 3 hours ahead of you, at all times?

It really grates on me.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

more adventures

I got a huge box of free veggies at the greenhouse this week (or should I say the farm, since we're harvesting in the fields now)! Most of this haul was tomatoes and jalapenos, so I made my first-ever batch of salsa! It was tasty but my methods need adjustment. I froze a lot of it.

I went to window-shop (more like field-shop) at Linda's Dahlias in Washougal and got all inspired to plant a ton of dahlia varieties! With money I don't have! Oh well, some day. For now, I'm learning the secret code of dahlia classification as an unintended bonus. sweet!

In other news, don't think that I have turned into a total Northwesterner now because let me tell you, I was feeling very East Coast the other day as I attempted to get things done. Just get things done! It is a concept that people here are utterly unfamiliar with, it seems, and it still drives me bonkers. Just, oh my goodness, learning that the idiot you're talking to IS the manager. Not having anyone know what they are talking about. People getting all flustered and cowering at your inquiries. Wishing you were back East so competent people can just handle what you need done in an effective, effiecient, and intelligent manner. Ugh. Maybe I am snobby and demanding but these are simple tasks, people, and my snobbery and demands must be accomodated!! Sigh. Just feeling like a fish out of water again lately. Like my thought processes do not match up with other accepted modes of being (both business and personal), and I just don't understand!

Cycling back to the bright side, the people at the greenhouse are really nice, and I love volunteering there! So there's that at least.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Keeping busy and happy!

What have I been up to lately? A ton of activities!!

* Visited the family in Boston, went to Dominic and Sara's wedding, helped train Moka, my parents' puppy for a few days, saw "the slideshow" again, finally made it to the Ice Cream Smith (best ever ever ever), met the neighbor's giant fiberglass cow with Sam Adams painted on the side (HA!), just enjoyed the Bostony goodness of home without setting foot on the T or doing any other "home tourism". Lazy couch trip all the way!

* Rebuilt our patio roof/cover! It took almost a full week. Now instead of the murky green glow of decaying fiberglass, we have fresh new clear panels to see the sun and stars, white and cream to match the house, and general FANTASTICISM. I want to spend all my time out there. I want to buy many plants and pots and a rug and build a planter and a bench and this is the new outlet for my domestic creativity.

* Our clothes dryer failed, so we're getting a new washer/dryer pair on Thursday! (May as well get the washer replacement over with now as well, since surely it would have failed soon, too. They're only circa 1969 after all!) In fact, in moving the washer, the brittle old hose cracked so we can't use it anyhow. This on top of the new water heater (see last post) and the (of course overbudget, when are house projects not?) patio has me feeling rather broke at the moment, but life goes on!

* Lured by an email notice of peaches on special, I went peach, blueberry, and corn picking, then froze my 8.5 pounds of blueberries, blanched, cut, and froze my 2 dozen ears of corn, and canned 11 jars of peaches ALL BY MYSELF! Tiring but worth it!

* Oh, and I made 2 peach pies, with A's help :)

* And speaking of all this food, I want to give a shout-out to Boppin' Bo's Diner in the Vancouver Plaza (by Target) for having AMAZING sundaes. Amazing. I should not have eaten the whole thing, but I did!! Go there for a sundae.

* I've been studiously (I love the word studious, don't you?) working away at arty Etsy goodness and feel quite motivated and excited. These results take a while to appear, however, so I thank you, my internet audience, for your patience. Actually my book has been selling briskly so get your copy now if you want it! Only 4 left!

* I'm hosting book club this week, so I'm preparing for that. Delicious addictive bubble bread ahoy! And getting out the nice plates, and vacuuming, and etc.

*I've been reading books like crazy, finishing them, and enjoying it! I'm back in the habit, I guess. Thank you book club! I feel sort of hermit-like but I think hermit-like periods are sometimes necessary in life. Actually, when A. goes on his next trip, I'm going to give myself sort of a personal "retreat" and do lots of yoga, get up early, work on creative stuff, develop some healthy habits, get super-inspired (hopefully) etc. so we'll see how that goes.