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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

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!