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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

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?