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08 July 2010 @ 04:55 pm
Another drive-by...  
How can it be Thursday already? Must have something to do with spending last weekend either at BBQ/fireworks, or doing massive outdoor cleaning. Let's just say that the shop vac and I saw a lot of each other, and that SOME areas of the garage/garden are now spider- and web-free. It's a constant freakin' battle, I tell you.

We used to have people over quite a bit for BBQ and swimming, but we've really fallen off since the year HalfshellHusband went on disability for depression- and lost some friends too, sadly. Last year we mustered up one event, plus had one of Christopher's friends and his mom over. This weekend was our first attempt for the year (thanks to the eternal winter). Normally we do the massive cleanup on Memorial Day Weekend, but this year we were in Hawaii and had no incentive beforehand (weekly returns to 63o weather mean that no-one's going to be using the pool/outdoors for a LONG time). Now things are much tidier, and I've cleared out a bunch of stuff from the breezeway. Plus, we and our guests had a great time, so yay!

We're going camping this weekend, but only for one night (could not get reservations for two). Kind of too bad, because the amount of work is about the same, but the kids thought one night was better than not doing it at all (I agree). Then the weekend after, we drive up to Oregon for our yearly vacation, so I won't be getting anything done the next 3 weekends. I could pretend that has something to do with the way last weekend disappeared. But really, the truth is that I start with certain goals in mind, then get confronted with something like "Holy s**t, the garage is filthy and I haven't de-spidered in a year!" and then the burst-compulsion takes over. The next thing you know, it's 5 hours later and you've only covered half the garage and some of the other cleaning!

We're catching up on TV series on DVD (and starting new ones). We're a few episodes into Burn Notice, we've started S2 of Psych (which seems MUCH funnier and snarkier than S1-- someone really turned up the dial), and we're watching S2 of My Name Is Earl. We've also started Life, since we only watched that sporadically when it was on for real but always liked it. Also, S5 of The Closer just became available, so we're watching that too. There might be a few too many balls in the air right now, but at least the quality is good.

So, how is everyone doing? I really need to invest some time in getting caught up on my f-list so I can see your news (those of you not on vacation yourselves).

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Kimberleylampshade_days on July 9th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh man, we have so many spiders around here that I rarely bother de-webbing any more. It's like Charlotte's Condominium up in here. Sounds like lots of travel coming up for you. Have a good time! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I've lived in a lot of different places (4 states), and I've never seen as many spiders as here in Sacramento. We have all the regular ones, plus black widows and these pesky orb weaver (?) things that make messy fuzz.

That's why I use the shop vac to de-web. It gets rids of the webs, the spiders themselves, and their evil little egg sacs. :0
The Huntresshuntress69 on July 9th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I haven't been around much myself due to RL...I so love Life, I did a DVD rewatch a couple of months back and loved just as much as the first time I saw it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collarhalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
It's got such a soulful aspect to it, and that's fatal for me. Not sappiness, but actual soulfulness. And I love Adam Arkin in those comic roles. :)
frostian: brothers3frostian on July 9th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Spider haven here, too. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to spider bites so I kill them whenever I see them, but leave them alone most of the time out of sheer terror.

Loved Life and catching up on Burn Notice. Damian Lewis is a god. I have the movie The Escapist and he's spectacular in it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 9th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Vacuuming is the answer! Then you seal the end of the shop vac with a plastic baggie and a rubber band. (Yes, I've been there. My spider-phobia is only slightly less than it used to be).

I'm glad so many other people enjoyed "Life." Wish it hadn't been cancelled-- along with New Amsterdam (which was probably what I was watching instead).
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): CK Smileyanthrogeeke on July 11th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
Where in Oregon are you going? I'm in Southern Oregon and I'm always curious where people decided to "vacation" in my little state. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
I'm originally from Oregon, and my parents (Eugene) and two sisters (Portland) are still there.

Since having kids, we mostly visit relatives in those two cities. But before kids, we would spend less time with relatives and visit other areas of the state. We used to go to the Shakespearean Festival near the end of our trip (and take side trips to Crater Lake or the Sky Lakes Wilderness or the Oregon Caves). But it seemed over time that they were doing fewer Shakespearean plays, and that the few they did were often modernized into weird settings more for the sake of weirdness than anything else.

We went to Astoria one year, which is a really nice town. We've been to Summer Lake via Fort Rock (and Silver Lake and other less pretty areas). We did an arc one year where we went out through Crooked River State Park toward the Grand Rhonde river, stopping at one of the John Day Fossil Bed monuments (Clarno Unit), then over to Enterprise and Hells' Canyon (hiked to the base of Eagle's Cap in the Wallowas), came back through the Painted Hills and Sheep Rock Fossil Beds, and hiked to the top of the South Sister. Another year we went over to Ontario (near the Idaho border) so we could drive to Leslie Gulch the next day, and then later went down through Madras (?) and up past Rome to the gravel road down the back of the Steens, around Catlow Rim to Frenchglen, and stayed there a couple of days hiking the Steens.

Lots of these places appear in SPN stories, with the spn_oregon tag, because I've really enjoyed exploring them and they're all so different. Oregon's license plate tag used to say "Pacific Wonderland," which was really inviting and also accurate.

My favorite region for hiking/etc. tends to be the Central Cascades (the Three Sisters or Jefferson Wilderness areas). I don't care so much for Mt. Hood or the Columbia Gorge area, though I love Portland itself. Mt. Hood is beautiful, but the hiking is more crowded around there and in the Central Cascades you get more mountaing peaks to look at in a smaller area of space.

Probably way more than you wanted to know when you asked that question!
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): SPN Sparkely Balloons!!11!!anthrogeeke on July 17th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
LOL. No no, It's all very interesting. I'm from Grants Pass. My whole family is here actually so I'm probably not going anywhere. :) So it's always interesting when I find other people who are familiar with the Oregon. I went to College in Ashland but after a year of dorm life I moved back to GP and commuted.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on July 29th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Funny, I tend not to think of Grants Pass as being in Southern Oregon (it's part of the "vague middle" to me that stretches from Salem to Grants Pass, but which cannot be called Central Oregon because of the whole Bend/Sisters thing and it being fairly far west). But driving through there, I remembered that it's maybe 20-30 minutes north of Medford, which is within half an hour of the California border, so... that would pretty much be Southern Oregon. :0

I had no idea you lived that far South, because you've mentioned going to Kane concerts in Portland. That's a long drive, though I suppose people do it all the time! 3 hours is about my limit for being trapped in a car/plane before I want OUT! OUT!

We have done some hiking closer to your neck of the woods in the past (before kids). The Sky Lakes Wilderness has lots of pretty areas (we even have a map of it). Someday we'll take the kids to Crater Lake, though only my son will actually appreciate it. ;)
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): SGA Aliens Made Usanthrogeeke on July 30th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
LOL. Yeah we are about as Southern Oregon as you can get. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from CA. There is actually a conference that I used to go to in in college that is held every year called the State of Jefferson becuase at one time Northern California and Southern Oregon wanted to cede from both of there states and form their own becuase they have more in common with each other culturally and economically than with either part has with the rest of their states.

I frequently drive to Medford to for work. And my mother drives there daily. :) Medford is about 40 minutes from G.P. I used to commute to Ashland (another 10 to 15 minutes depending on traffic of Medford) from Hugo (another 15 minutes north of Grants Pass) for years when going to college. I am so glad those days are over. I'm not a spring chicken any more.

I've been to all the Kane concerts last year and this year. It's a hell of a drive, 9 hours round trip, 4 1/2 each way if traffic is good. But since it's straight up I-5 it's easy driving. It's Chris though, and I promised myself if he ever came to my neck of the woods I wouldn't miss him. It's more than worth a tank of gas to watch him live.

The last time he's playing in Oregon this year is at the State Fair in Salem on 09-03 and he's doing two shows so a co-worker and I are going to head up to watch him. Then he's heading out on tour since Leverage is wrapping.

Crater Lake is a great place, a friend has a cabin up there and works at the lodge occasionally.