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19 August 2018 @ 01:15 am
And we're back...  
After a nice week-and-a-half in Oregon visiting family, we're back home again in the Sacramento heat. Where our A/C is still out, and the repairman couldn't meet with us yesterday or today, so these near-100-degree temps are making us desperate. :O

While up north, I went to Tryon Creek a couple of times and visited Portland's Saturday Market (where I bought another pair of earrings from the Dreamspirit vendor, whose work I really like). We ate salmon and blackberry cobbler (SO good), and got thorough exposure to Calamityware dishes (featuring doom ranging from volcanoes and giant squid to UFOs and zombie poodles). I hiked most of the Silver Falls State Park waterfall loop, visited with my mom some more, and succumbed to the lure of Monster Cookies once more (the peanut-butter-chocolate-chip and oatmeal-chocolate-chip are my favorites). Then it was back down the highway through the smoke to Sacramento, where our lonely son awaited us. We thought he'd be working most of the time we were gone, but there were a lot of unexpected days off, and... he needs company. :O

I went bicycling Thursday after 10 days off, which was enough rest-time that all of the saddle-sore areas are hurting again. Also, I got my 4th yellow-jacket sting of the season. /o\ WHY?

It was a good trip overall, despite my mother's devil-dog, who is much, much worse than he was in January. In addition to charging, crowding, excessive barking, and following you and nipping at your butt, he now also lunges at the door and scratches at it. My mother wants to be his 'friend' instead of his master, so he has no manners at all. Ugh. She would never have made that mistake as a parent, but this is not her first neurotic, obnoxious dog. After the last one died, everyone hoped she wouldn't get another one, yet here we are...

One more day left, and then I have to go back to work again. I'm not ready, but it'll probably distract me from the inevitable post-vacation eater's remorse. :O

 
 
 
Direst Ryl: Chakrasryl on August 19th, 2018 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, those earrings! I like! *bookmarks page for future reference*

I first read "salmon and blackberry cobbler" as "cobbler containing both salmon and blackberries" and was horrified. Then I figured it out. :P It's been a bad year for blackberries here--too much rain. I've only had three blackberries this year before they all rotted.

Edited at 2018-08-19 02:06 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2018 04:44 pm (UTC)
Aren't those earrings beautiful? None of the three I have shows up there, unfortunately. I have a black tree on a green background, a blue note on a white background, and the new one has a blue bird similar to a kingfisher on it. My sister bought the black "kitty cat" earrings, though. :)

I can see how you would have parsed that as "salmon and blackberry cobbler," which is both terrifying and reminds me of all the times I read about pemmican in grade school history. :O
realpestilencerealpestilence on August 19th, 2018 02:18 pm (UTC)
Bugs just love you, apparently.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 19th, 2018 04:45 pm (UTC)
It's mostly THAT bug, that evil-tempered nasty little creature that has never stung my husband while he's out cycling, but just will not leave me alone!
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 20th, 2018 04:04 am (UTC)
i love calamityware! looks so traditional, has zombie poodles and flying monkeys and aliens.

i too read "salmon and blackberry cobbler" as "cobbler with salmon and blackberries in", and was both confused and a little intrigued. i mean, a salmon pie with blackberries might not be terrible. i know cobbler and pie aren't the same thing, but dessert cobbler --> dessert pie --> savory pie. it made sense to me for about ten seconds.

your mom's dog sounds like a trial. oy, mom, train your dog.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 20th, 2018 06:36 am (UTC)
Aren't those patterns fun? The houses look so sedate, and the style is so mannerly until the vortex or the killer robot shows up. :D

My mother basically refuses to train her dog, though at times she's hurt that everyone else hates him. Argh. He is a pain in the ass, which she basically overlooks and makes excuses for. Which comes off the same way as a parent saying, "Well, Jeremy's just expressing himself when he kicks people in the shins!"

One of the big worries is that he knocks her down, and she's 92. But she knows the risks, and she's choosing not to train him, so... \o?
bleodsweanbleodswean on August 20th, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the state! I envy you your Oregon escapade. Sounds like you had a good time. Sorry about the kidling, though, and the bugs. Every single yellow jacket trap is sold out in this town, it's a bad summer. We got swarmed at my mother's yesterday. UGH. But no casualties, except for the bugs of course.

Being barreled by a dog is a common way to break a hip! I hope she's being cautious!

Hope your return to the grind goes smoothly!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2018 06:13 am (UTC)
Ah, so the yellow jacket issue possibly is not just me? I mean, given that I had two months off from biking during the spring, this is a LOT of stings for a single calendar year. Geez, but I hate those little fiends.

My mother isn't being cautious about the dog at all. He has knocked her down several times, and she's 92, so breaking a hip is something all the kids worry about! But she doesn't care enough about the risk to actually discipline the dog. We mentioned it, and her comment was that she has hard bones (she does), and to say that it was really mostly her fault because sometimes she had her feet positioned wrong when it happened. As if it's reasonable to have to brace yourself every time someone's at the door, to keep your dog from knocking you over! Training the dog, that's the answer. Ugh. /o\
passing_through: basket of yarnpassing_through on August 21st, 2018 01:25 am (UTC)
Glad you're back from your vacation and you had a good time.

Your poor son and his lack of AC. I hope it's been fixed. We spent 15 days without AC in the dead of summer one year and it was miserable.

I love the earrings on the Dreamspirit site. So pretty and colorful.

Ugh, another sting. I feel for you. Those are so painful. I was walking across the front yard one day about four years ago under our tree and a wasp stung me on the neck. So freaking painful.

I'm not a dog person at heart so your mom's dog would drive me crazy, lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2018 06:19 am (UTC)
The A/C still isn't fixed, though it's been diagnosed and a new circuit board is on order. We made the appointment with the guy a week ago, so having him flake out on Friday and then Saturday (and Monday-- a referral came by instead) sure didn't help. Fortunately, the temps have dropped a little, which really helps. The 100-degree heat Friday-Sunday made things miserable. I'm hoping it's fixed before the temps climb again. And it's even hotter where YOU live!

Aren't those earrings gorgeous? I have three pairs that don't show up there at all, so clearly designs get retired after awhile, which is too bad. But that does mean NEW designs, since the vendor seems to be making them by hand in his workshop, and I guess he can only do so much. :O

My mother's dog is just a nightmare. He's SO unpleasant to be around, but my mother refuses to do anything about training him. He knows "sit," and he doesn't always do it. He also eats random things, so all the bedroom and bathroom doors are kept shut, and he still gets himself in trouble. Two surgeries thus far to extricate things from his stomach.

But it's all her doing. This is what happens when you let dogs raise themselves, and all of her dogs have been like that. This is just the worst one!