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Getting ready for company

That’s right, folks– Looking Up is expecting guests tomorrow.

Blogtrotting iconOut here in blog-land, we sometimes get tired of our same-old, same-old, so we visit other people’s blogs to see what they are up to.  One of my oldest friends who grew up across the street from me now lives in France and has a wonderful blog named Perfect Welcome.  She is a far more serious blogger than I, however,  and has gotten herself into a whole network of bloggers.  It was she who brought my attention to Cara’s project at Blogtrotting: to escort readers on virtual tours to locations all over the world.  Tomorrow Blogtrotting readers will be stopping by the State of Jefferson to pay me a visit.

As is often the case with me, my house is not really in perfect order for my guests and, having had to spend much of the weekend catching up on a work project from home, I’m now running around like a virtual chicken with its head cut off, trying to tidy up everything and decide which sites my guests will most likely enjoy.  Come back tomorrow to see how well I do!

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Sunday morning at home

For all five years that I was a full-time park ranger and had to work on the weekend, I had this recurring daydream about the “lazy Sunday morning.”  It would involve sleeping late, perhaps some reading in bed, a Sunday newspaper, coffee, and maybe a fire (if the season were appropriate).  Certainly, there was nothing preventing me from re-creating this same scenario on a Tuesday or Wednesday (except that the newspaper would be a few days old by then), but there is just something about Sunday that seems special somehow…

October sunriseToday hasn’t quite proven to be one of these ideal Sunday mornings.  For one thing, it began far too early– at about 5:30, when I awoke to use the bathroom and realized that the heat was blasting for some unknown reason.  So I had to go throughout the house looking for forgotten open windows, and then chastise the programmable thermostat for disobeying its program and coming on too early (I suspect it might be smarter than I think, but dumber than the US Congress, because its “Daylight Savings Time” feature probably now thinks we’re back on Standard Time).  By then I was feeling pretty awake, so when I crawled back into bed, I just laid there in the dark and thought about things for awhile.

Joda and her yellow bandage

Joda and her yellow bandage

After about an hour, Bo got up, probably because I hadn’t been perfectly still and was flitting about to do things like check on whether the licking sound from the corner was Joda worrying at her bandage.  She had a little tumor removed on Friday, and thus far she has avoided being subjected to the “cone of shame” (apparently, the official name for this silly-looking contraption is “Elizabethan Collar Buster”), but she might lose her privileges if she doesn’t behave.  So, I made Bo wakeful and he got up, which meant that I could now turn on the light.  I just started The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood’s latest, and I read this for awhile.  Then I grabbed my knitting bag and did a few rounds on the sock I’m making, just to remind myself of where I was on the pattern.

By now, it was fully light outside, so I went upstairs to make the pastry for a pumpkin pie I’ll finish later– but all the butter was in the freezer, so I took some out to thaw while I puttered around the kitchen cleaning up after last night’s dinner– a wonderful meal of miso soup and Vietnamese spring rolls (for anyone who wants to make these but feels daunted by the rice paper, have no fear!  they take a lot of time, but were not very difficult at all!).

SpringRoll-cropI was emptying the dishwasher and listening to a podcast about the Archeology program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site when Joda came up and looked hopeful, so I gave her some breakfast.  This reminded me that I need to finish making her latest batch of dogfood (basically chicken, rice, and frozen veggies).  But first, I decided to sit down, finish drinking my coffee, and write this blog post.  After that, I’ll go over to the fitness center with Bo for a swim and sauna, make dogfood, and finish unpacking my books and setting up the office, with a break to take Joda for a short walk (she’s forbidden from the long, fast variety, but I think her stitches will hold for a short and slow stroll on the road).

So, the newspaper and few other elements were missing from this Sunday morning, but overall, it was quite a nice beginning to the last day of the weekend.

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Looking Up, an introduction

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a few months.  To be honest– as embarrassing as it is– what inspired me was an episode of The Daily Show featuring Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, in which she encouraged viewers to start a blog.  I decided that once I had finished my master’s degree in Library and Information Science, I would fill up some of my excess time with a blog.  The concept is still immature, and I haven’t come up with any great “hooks” yet– but sometimes good things happen when they are allowed to ripen on the vine, so to speak.  So bear with me, and we’ll see what happens!

Crater Lake, June 2008

Crater Lake, June 2008

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