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24 June 2019 @ 01:34 pm
Back and meme-ing  
The previous weekend's trip down south to watch our daughter's college graduation and to pick up our son for the summer went well, apart from some run-ins with excessive L.A. traffic and an unholy number of bathroom stops (due to HalfshellHusband's Lasix meds). The weather was nice—fairly cool for this time of year, and southern California apparently also had a late spring, as bunches of things were blooming that have previously always been dead and 'done' during my other mid-June pick-up runs. There were gorgeous purple Jacaronda trees all over L.A. and San Diego, and purple ice plant along some of the hills in and around L.A.

We had to leave with my moldy closet project half-finished. Things that still needed cleaning and putting away were strewn across multiple rooms, and the house was in a state. Ugh... SUCH a long process. Last weekend, I Googled how to get mold out of suede and leather (an ongoing problem in this house). The answer made me lose the will to live. Good grief—with all of those belts and shoes, that meant hours more work! I finally finished the whole thing yesterday around 6pm, so it was three weekends and a month of chaos to take care of that chore. /o\

Let's meme instead. This is the "random three questions" thing that's been going around, and [personal profile] bleodswean gave me these:

1. lakes
These have been the foundation of my hiking and backpacking experiences over the years. As a child, my first backpacking trip was up to a lake in the Utah mountains (12 miles in, because I do not know WHAT my Dad was thinking—two families and six kids, where my little sister and I were the youngest at ages 6 and 5. Seriously. Though we made it).

From when I was about 7- to 13-years old, we backpacked into a lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area in Oregon for our summer vacation. We swam, hiked, played with other kids, played with the baby toads that were everywhere in August. Good times. :)

As an adult, my favorite California hiking has been in the Lakes Basin area of the Sierra Nevada. We used to go car camping there with the kids for a weekend each summer, but stopped once they got older and our daughter lost interest. Also, HSH hates camping. :( I've only hiked there a couple of times since then. I miss it!

2. bath or shower
I used to prefer baths to showers—who doesn't love soaking in the tub with a book? But over the last 15-16 years, it seems as if I'm always in so much of a hurry that even setting time aside for a nice hot bath just isn't a priority anymore. However, whirlpool tubs at B&Bs are still my vacation preference, when it's just HSH and me. :)

3. trampolines
My first three years of elementary school, rainy day recesses were spent in the gym, which had a trampoline. I LOVE trampolines! I can't do any tricks of the tumbling sort because they kick off my vertigo, so that's a risky activity, but basic jumping up-and-down and the occasional drop-sit are good enough for me. :)

OTOH, the vertigo plus bouncing makes trampolines even MORE fun! It also adds a bit of mystery, which you don't get much of as an adult. Bounce houses do the same, to a lesser degree. Sadly, I haven't spent much time with either since our youngest was about 8...

That's it for me. If you'd like three random topics of your own, just leave me a note in the comments! :D

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(Anonymous) on June 24th, 2019 09:30 pm (UTC)
I loved the trampoline as a kid. No skills just bouncing. Wheeee!!!!
Congrats on the graduation!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2019 11:46 pm (UTC)
Aren't they great? I would still enjoy that now, though I'd probably want to jump on one only when no one else was around. ;)

Thanks for the good wishes!
adoptedwriter: HoneyBadoptedwriter on June 24th, 2019 09:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the graduation!
I love bouncing on a trampoline. Haven’t done it since 6th grade.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 24th, 2019 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm not sure how long it's been since I trampolined... it might be 8th grade, though I would love to think it was more recent than that. But probably not.

As a grown-up, if I ever write a manifesto I should include access to trampolines as an important component of life. ;)
cindy: ganesha (by apiphile)tsuki_no_bara on June 26th, 2019 02:19 am (UTC)

i'm a shower person more than a bath person - the bathwater always gets cold before i'm done soaking - but whirlpool tubs are niiiiice.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 27th, 2019 06:49 am (UTC)
I used to turn on the hot water periodically and swirl it around to reheat the bath, so I could stay in until I'd had enough. Which usually correlated to finding a good stopping point in whatever book I was reading. ;)
passing_through: basket of yarnpassing_through on June 27th, 2019 01:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations to your daughter!

How did you get mold? Did you have a leak? We have mold around the outside of our shower stall and we need to get it taken care of. I have a terrible feeling that when they take out the shower stall there's going to be more mold than we can see :(

I'm a shower person. A quick shower person. Get in, wash your hair, wash your body, rinse and get out. My girls spend forever in the shower and my water bill reflects that :)

I only got to jump on a trampoline once in my life in the ninth grade during the gymnastics section of P.E. It's something that I think I would enjoy doing again, even at my age :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2019 07:50 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about the mold, though we have a gas pipe that runs through the bedroom closet from below the house, to supply the fireplace on the other side of the wall. I noticed that the caulk around the junction with the wall has come loose, so there's some questionable air and spores getting into that closet space.

I guess this year, they finally took their toll. :(