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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