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Last Tuesday - spent the WHOLE LOVELY AFTERNOON jabbering and catching up with my dear friend Beth from high school, whom I hadn't seen in almost two years. Had a yummy lunch at El Mezcal and then spent an hour or so at Wildwood wandering around and jabbering some more. It was great!

Saturday - Hiking on Rib Mountain and enjoying the fall colors with my friend Kristin. Car almost overheated on the way up the hill, but since there has been this Thing with the radiator (air must be getting into the system somewhere, because the inflow suck tubes don't seem to do their job very well) for years now, I've taken to keeping a jug of antifreeze in the back. First time I had to use it since we first noticed the Thing back in 2008 or 2009, so I figure I'll call it win. I just have to make sure I check the radiator itself more often and not depend on the amount of fluid in the antifreeze reservoir.

ANYWAY, after the smoking engine scare (it wasn't redlining yet, but it was very close), Kristin and I spent a good two or three hours on the hill taking tons of pictures and OOOing and AAAHing at all the pretty leaves. Then we headed to Point for FREE FOOD FOR 100 PEOPLE AT PLAYERS LOUNGE thing that Dustin won (he's on their mailing list) and had a really great time catching up with some of my Point and Plover friends (and introducing Kristin to them, which went awesome because I always knew she'd get along great with the rest of mah peeps). Spent a good hour or two jabbering with my old roommate Haley, who I hadn't seen since I a week or two after I graduated, catching up a bit with Kristin and Steve because I hadn't seen them since their wedding back in May, and a handful of others as well. Then Dustin decided that we were all going to head down town for some bar-hopping just because it was Homecoming Weekend and we were all having fun and didn't want the night to end really (and the Free Food was mediocre at best, so once all of us were no longer starving, staying at Players kind of lost some of it's appeal)

Finally headed back to Marshfield around 11:30, dropped Kristin off by about 12:30, and only got home myself around 1 in the morning. Showered and crashed by 2 and spent a very lazy Sunday watching movies and trying not to fall asleep because three hours of hiking followed by three more of food, friends, and Downtown Stevens Point on Homecoming Weekend made for an awesome but also slightly exhausting day.

And I think that is everything of interest that has happened in the last two weeks. Hurray for friends and awesomeness!

On an entirely different note, with money being super tight and just a general unwillingness to spend $15 on something that will only stay nice a month or so at most, I cut about 4 inches off my own hair tonight. Showered, shampooed, conditioned, and then I hung my head upside down and made like Cousin It so I could see the ends as I trimmed. Final result is not perfect, but one of the many bonuses to having long hair is that it doesn't really have to be in order to still look good. :D
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One last field day before I vamoose. We went up to Skookum HMU to pound in stakes marking new irrigation locations, and then I GPSed each one. Fifty stakes total, covering five draws/little gullies. Turned out to be a really nice day to be out on the boat and doing field work, too - actually *sunny* and stuff, which after four days of rain? Was a very nice change. We were at Skookum all morning, and then we hit several of the other HMUs on the way back down river. Saw tons of deer, and at least a half dozen coyotes. Only down side was all the windy roads we drove to get to the HMUs, and me without my Bonine. It wasn't too bad, though, and mostly it was just nice to get outside and actually *enjoy* the nice weather for a change instead of watching it mournfully from my office window.
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Since I've moved out here, there have been all these things on my "to do" list as far as seeing the sights and what not. Over the course of the year, I have slowly checked a few items off my mental list - Paluse Falls, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier, and though it wasn't technically on my to do list, Lilith Fair with Jodie, Vaidah, Krissy and Andrea was the most awesome last-minute plan *ever*, so that counts, too.

However, there is a bunch of other stuff I had hoped to do that I kept putting off because I am lazy like that, and then last week I realized that hey, I'm leaving in six weeks and I am kind of running out of weekends, so putting stuff off means it won't be done. Thus, I decided to start Doing Stuff.

Saturday I was able to scratch "Visit McNary Dam and do some hiking around there!" off my list. Ice Harbor Dam - where I work - is the last dam on the Snake River, and McNary is the next one down on the Columbia, maybe 35 river miles downstream of the Tri Cities. Unlike Ice Harbor, McNary is definitely the face of the Army Corp of Engineers in the Walla Walla District, so it's visitor center is open year round and there are a ton of trails and little parks right nearby to encourage tourist. Cause I gots connections, I was able to hook up with one of the Natural Resources park rangers down there and snag a private tour of the dam for myself and Um Friend, which was very very cool. I understood maybe 20% of the electricity output/engineering stuff our guide was talking about, but it’s hard for giant spinning turbines zapping out millions of hertz (megahertz?) at any given time while the rest of the dam holds back a river over a mile wide to be anything but cool, you know?

After the tour, we wandered around on some of the trails down there for a bit, taking pictures and trying to remember the names for the various varieties of ducks we saw swimming around. Mallards, of course, were a given, but that was about all we figured out.

After hiking, we went and got a late lunch at one of the little towns nearby, and then headed back to the Tri Cities for a movie at his place. I don't actually remember what the movie was called, but it had That Dude from all the Fast and the Furious movies, and Hayden whatshisface from the new Star Wars movies, and Urhurah (only spelled right) from the new Star Trek movie, and they were all thieves trying to plan out this super huge heist and to stay one step ahead of the cops; mostly the whole movie was pretty much an excuse to do a bunch of dramatic music montages but it was still fun. Hard to go wrong with dramatic music montages, after all.

Sunday I did absolutely nothing but hide in my room and watch TV as I was in massive Anti Social mode and just did not want to deal with people. I ODed on Pawn Stars, a little NCIS and Dirty Jobs, slept for three hours, and then I killed more brain cells watching French Kiss on the TVGuide channel before going to bed around 9:30. Yeah, some days I kind of suck.
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I got an Emmies yesterday! Wasn't sure I was going to be able to kidnap her since she's been sick and stuff, but she was better and her and myself and Manda and Haley all went up to the Eau Claire Dells to play on the rocks. We hiked, we waded a bit, and Haley got a bit friendly with a few trees. Good times.
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Oh, yeah, been meaning to mention this:
Went hiking with the parents on Sunday at Silver Mound. Twas fun, despite the fact we got lost searching for the rock shelter and the rock paintings since the trail leading up to them is no longer there. I got attacked by thorny bushes and scratched up my arms a bit, but it was still fun. And, I was the one who found the rock paintings after everyone else had walked by them, so YAY me! Bugs weren't too bad, surprisingly, it was only the underbrush that was bad. But, seeing as the trail hasn't been used in almost 5 years, I suppose that's to be expected. And it twas cool getting back to the rock shelter and seeing the painting again, especially since I hadn't been back since I was like 13. Also found a pretty arrow head/spear point/something not even my dad recognizes but which was definitely worked and used by the ancient Indian peoples who lived there a couple thousand years ago (we found it out in the field surrounding the mound, not on the actual site, so I wasn't doing anything illegal by keeping it). Twas much fun and I'm glad I went.
Course, I found out today that a few of my friends of mine (Beth and Jennie, at least) had been camping up there this weekend (KOA Camp Grounds is set up on the northeast? side of the hill - *very* nice camp grounds which could probably be considered more of an outdoor hotel than an actual camp ground considering there's running water at each camp site with easy access to public bathrooms/showers, a game room, and a small gift/food shop), so I probably walked right past their camp site on out way up to see the shelter. And you know something? I was *this close* to calling Beth's cell to see of she wanted to go hiking with us up there, only I didn't cause I figured she was busy like she always is, only to discover two days later that she was probably camping right in front of me and I didn't even notices. Ah, well, such is life. Guess I'll just have to find a way to drag her up there again some time when both of us realize the other is within spitting distance. :)
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We did a botanical tour of Powers Bluff and the Eau Plain flowage area this afternoon. Was cold, slightly windy, and a bit wet, but for the most part had a good time. Learned about all these spiffy plants (though if you quizzed me on what I learned I would probably fail simply because there was just so much stuff to see and the guy talking was always like 20 feet in front of us doing the explaining thing) and saw a Scarlet Taninager (only spelled right) and a whole bunch of deer - including a doe and her new tieny tiny baby fawn that couldn't have been more than a few hours old - she was still cleaning him off! He was so cute! Anyhoo, spent about 5 hours up wandering around in the woods looking at plants which, while cold, was still fun.
After we got home (around 5:00-ish, after leaving at 10:30 this morning), dad drove off down the road to drop off a fire place he sold. Mom and I followed a few minutes later to help him unload it. Saw a bald eagle fly right past the front windshield of the car (at a distance of maybe 10-15 feet, so we were in no danger of hitting it - especially considering we were only going 25 mph ourselves, if that). Once got there and dropped the fireplace off, the guy who bought it showed us all these cute little kittens he was trying to get rid of - they were so adorable! Unfortunately, we couldn't take any cause a) we don't have a cat-friendly dog, b) both myself to some degree and my brother to an even larger degree are allergic to cats, so it would have to be an outdoor cat, and c) if it *was* an outdoor cat, all of the pretty song birds we have around here - oriels, song sparrows, wrens, etc - would go bye bye, either ending up as lunch or running away before they could become lunch. So, with some regret, we put all the adorable kitties back with their mommy, but it was still fun to play with them for a bit.
Now we're home, hopefully for good, and we're planning on konking out on the couch for a few hours as we veg in front of some mindless movie eating popcorn. Good plan, yo... cause that whole 5 hours of fresh air thing? has all of us rather beat. Who woulda thunk. ;)


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February 2012



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