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Mar. 10th, 2013 03:42 pm
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It's raining, so I skipped my hike in Forest Park. However, I do really need to be doing some serious hiking this month. We booked out trip to Peru for April, and we are going to be hiking in Inca Trail. I'm super excited, but also afraid it is going to kick my butt. I think the hike will be only a little longer and not a lot more elevation than we did on Hawaii to Kalalau Valley in December, except it will be at over 10,000 ft above sea level, instead of basically at sea level. That's kind I huge. Plus, I could hardly walk after Kalalau after the 3 days and 24 miles to and from Kalalau.

Instead, I've been continuing to work on house stuff. I hardly feel like I've had the time/energy for that lately, so if feels good to be making progress. We cleared a bunch of stuff out of the garage last night and this morning (garbage, unpacking boxes, just organizing shit), and it's looking like we are getting a little bit close to being able to set up something like a work bench out there, and start unpacking and organizing tools. This will be good for taking on some bigger projects.

In the process, I finally found the timer thing that runs the lights along the walk up to the front door. It didn't seem to so anything, so I went to Home Depot for some specialty lights. I got the LED ones, which cost twice as much and give off half as much light as the halogen ones, but they are supposed to last 10x as long. Now I just need to figure out how to work the timer and wait for it to get dark so I can see if they are bright enough. And then install all the rest if I am satisfied. I kind of wanted to get those solar garden lights, but that's pretty silly given that these ones are already wired up.

I've also started repairing the "harp-back" chairs my mother gave me yesterday. After many years of telling her I didn't want them (we've owned way too many chairs for our apartments for ages), I'm pretty excited about them now that we seem to be short on seating in our big new house! They need quite a lot of work, but I love that they are super petite.

Oh, and I'll share some photos. Our garage that is starting to become not completely full o stuff:


Our family room with fresh green paint and the 4 harp-backed chairs:


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There is one thing I really miss about coming to San Francisco regularly, and that is keeping a set of really nice pajamas here at my hotel.

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Thai Food

Nov. 5th, 2012 08:48 pm
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Question: How different could this Thai crab appetizer possibly be from Crab Rangoon?

Answer: I think they breaded a live crab and threw it in boiling oil. I imagine it will be quite good if I can manage to avoid looking at it...

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Sad day at work today. It's officially the end of the Ambulatory team. Said goodbye to Kelly, Francois, Jim, and Sitansu today. What's worse, I'm not done yet. Though at least I'm not going back down there until October 15th.

And holy cow have we had a lot of going away meals and cakes and stuff.

Right now I'm on my way over to our clinics from this wave to say goodbye on my way to the airport. Apparently they have something for me. Hope it's not rotten tomatoes. Probably not.

Got a great email from Krizel today saying that one of the SME I was working with was there telling her how much she loved what I built for them. She did her first new patient eval today and normally it takes her an extra hour to finish her documentation after the patient leaves, but with the new system she had it done before the patient left. Yay!

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Bike Ride

Jul. 23rd, 2012 06:22 am
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It seems I am terribly out of shape. Went on a 32 mile ride yesterday with my dad and Josh. There was a time when I could ride that far before lunch, but yesterday it was basically an all day affair.

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I didn't take very many pictures, but this was our furthest stop along the Spring Water Trail.


And this was the "Buddy Bike" we saw along the way. WANT!


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This must be like the coolest coffee table ever. Too bad I don't have a house yet. And that even used, stuff like this is rather expensive.

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The trouble with working 16 hours in a day is simply this: my next meeting is in 8 hours, and while I am exhausted, I am pumped rather sleepy. And I probably need a shower, not to mention a meal or two and a massage.

The work itself was fun and interesting today. When it isn't, I can't make myself work that long in one stretch.

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Nightmares

Mar. 13th, 2012 08:55 pm
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When I was a kid, I had nightmares about being unable to dial the telephone while someone was breaking into my house. (This after someone did break in while I was home alone--but I called my best friend and fortunately he lived next door and his dad chased the guy away, the cops showed up at least 30 minutes later.)

Now I have nightmares about being unable to dial the telephone to call into a meeting at work.

As a kid, I always figured I'd be afraid of fewer things once I was a grown-up. And that I would no longer be afraid of petty thing. Haha. If only.

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I've been looking over lots of South America guidebooks lately, trying to decide where I most want to go. Definitely the Inca trail to Machu Pichu (~1 week), and Iguaza/Iguaca Falls (~3 days). But where else to go with out other 4 and a half weeks.

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I never thought I'd say this, but I kind of wish I'd paid more attention in Archeoastronomy. I kind of blew off a lot of stuff about where the sun rises and sets throughout the year, since I knew a lot of my classmates couldn't hack the math, so I didn't need to know it either.

Our north-facing condo at the Round, and my time unemployed last year battling with SAD, showed me that the sun's path is more complicated than I ever bothered to notice before. I was surprised to discover that we actually did get some direct sunlight. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, but I think of the sun as always being to the south (well, in Oregon anyway).

Okay, that's nice, so what? Well, when we buy a house, I want to make sure it gets enough light. I want it to be bright and happy like our south-facing condo in Chicago. Not like our north-facing cave in Madison, or our north-facing home now. My dream house would have the garage on the north side of the house, and big picture windows facing south and the back yard. It seems, however, that this was not a huge priority for developers in Beaverton.

We toured a great house last weekend. It's layout was just about perfect. Except that it had almost no windows facing south, although it was almost all windows to the north. Also, it's a little more than we'd prefer to spend, a little further from the light rail than we'd prefer to be, and has kind of a lot of freeway noise. I might have been able to forgive those things for all those windows if they faced south. It's on a hill, so limited options for adding south-facing windows.

Another house we are partial to faces a road slightly north of west, so the back, where the majority of the windows are, faces slightly south of east. Good morning light is a plus. The mostly south facing wall has almost no windows, but we could potentially add some. We're going to go see that one again on Saturday. And a few more I'm looking forward to seeing, though I don't think they will get particularly good light either.

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I think the 20 minutes of ads we couldn't skip past were better than the movie. One of them pointed out to me that my iPhone is a wang (I really don't think I need the app for that either, it so already is one just by it's very nature). Also, it was a good thing I read the book, or I think I would have had no idea what was going on.

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In which I am the blonde chick in the speeding convertible )

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