Feeling Cozy

Today’s high will be 51 degrees, and the house has cooled down naturally to 71, the coldest it’s gotten in here since we moved in. Before Bev gets home tonight I’ll probably figure out how to switch the AC into heating mode if it keeps cooling, but for now I’m quite enjoying working at my desk in my nice cozy hoodie.

It even looks like the northwest out my window!

I am pleased.

Strange new forms of entertainment…

I just walked from my office into the kitchen and found this:

Apparently Macarons are being made, and must be monitored.

I guess the problem is problem is that they begin cracking, and this means either you under-whipped or over-whipped, with no way to tell which. This doesn’t seem, to my mind, to be a particularly helpful debugging step, as you don’t know what to change. But I guess at least they won’t come out overly cracked if you monitor them.

This is what happens when Bevin marathon watches the great British baking show while knitting.

What were the odds?


We’re in REI.

Bevin: “yeah, this feels like Portland.”

We’re checking out.

Cashier: 503 phone number? I’m from across the river in Vancouver, and the guy I just helped is from Olympia!

(Also “yeah man, save the trees!” when I declined a bag.)

I guess we found our people?

Almost like home


It’s 68 degrees with high light fluffy scattered clouds, a gentle breeze is blowing, and the Blue Angels are tearing up the sky.

It feels almost like a Seattle summer. If only there were a slight saltwater smell. (Or, you know, any sort of mountains on the horizon.)

Concert Night

First adventure to “downtown” Dallas, and we’ve found the equivalent of Portland’s Hawthorne district. We’re seeing a concert by Carbon Leaf in a nice tiny little place full of wacky art.

Kinda weird being back in the big city!

I know we haven’t been posting much lately, I actually have a backlog of things to put up. I’ll get too them soon, I promise. 😁

Math is better than words.

Knitting pattern authors who do not use charts will be exiled to a remote island with a calculus textbook and graph paper, and only enough wood to build one boat without errors. When you learn how to properly design something first, write down the plan, and THEN execute on it you can rejoin civilization.

Those who do not survive will not be missed.

As a nice change of pace from THAT debacle I’m going to build some Legos. At least they know how to plan ahead.

Dive-in Dumbo

Went to the pool, turns out they were having a “dive in movie” event.

This was a good way to see Dumbo. Pretty glad we didn’t go to the theater. Cool music, neat asthetic, bad writing and worse acting. But excellent background for paddling about.

I know we haven’t posted much lately, been stealthily working on getting a bunch of stuff done, and had company over. It’s been pretty much just getting house organized. We’re getting soooo close!

New ways of thinking…

We’ve been organizing the master closet, and we’re thinking about putting sweaters and stuff in the back corner out of the way.

I went into one of the other bedrooms to put some things away, looked into one of the closets, thought “hmm, what should we put he….”

Yeah, we have 5 other closets available. Take away the 2 in one guest bedroom and the 1 walk-in in the other guest bedroom and we still have two whole EXTRA closets.

My brain is still getting used to living in more that 505 square feet.

Also, Bevin is making bread.

Coffee and road rage

Everyone is so nice in Texas. With two exceptions:

  1. Starbucks Baristas
  2. Anyone driving a vehicle.

Seriously, It’s observable and repeatable! I’ve met ONE nice barista, the rest have all been surly. I think early 2000’s snobby coffee culture maybe just arrived here or something? Either that or Starbucks is piloting the mandatory lunchbreak electro-shock therapy here.

On the issue of cars, I think they’re second only to California on my list of places where people are actively trying to kill you while driving, it’s actually pretty insane. Doing 15mph over the limit keeping pace with absolutely solid traffic ahead of you? People will tailgate you until you merge out of their chosen lane or they decide to go around you. I was held up in traffic yesterday for 3 full changes of a single stoplight because people just park in the middle of the intersection, preventing anyone from going anywhere when the light changes.

After this picture was taken the guy in the lane to my right pulled forward into the intersection because he wanted to make sure he got through the green light, but the traffic in the next intersection didn’t go anywhere for a full light cycle, so he was blocking the traffic moving from left to right.
THEN a semi-truck pulled into the intersection from the left and blocked all that traffic…

In california it made sense, they were all terrible people either in their cars or not. But everyone here (barring baristas) is super friendly. Until we go all destruction-derby on each other apparently. Very weird.