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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

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\