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Work, Life and Adventures

Work, Life and Adventures

Big events are happening in my part of the forest. I came back from Oregon to take on an engineering position at a company in Flagstaff. I work quite a bit, but I love my job so far. I’m definitely challenged by the work! That’s why it’s called work, right? Being employed and with a fairly predictable schedule (no weekends so far!), I’m free to pursue other personal interests. I’m reading whatever I want to …

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Pictures from the 45th Parallel

Pictures from the 45th Parallel

In the neighborhood of the 45th Parallel, it stays light out very late into the evening. This shot, taken about four weeks ago, shows us just the tail end of twilight. Note that my dash clock says it’s 8:45. I don’t generally have dinner until after dark, so I eat late. I recently visited Astoria, OR and the northern Oregonian coast. I of course found a sweet bookshop. I mean, how is it possible that …

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Spicy Books? Maybe

Spicy Books? Maybe

In southeast Portland, there is a non-descript grocery store next to a booming Trader Joe’s. Don’t go into “TJ’s”; they haven’t got what the other store has: a wall with 700 spices and herbs. Seriously. Chili? Yup. Tea and chai? Yup. Bebere? Yup. Nigella seeds? Yup. Asafoetida? Yup. Oh and they have salt too: 6 kinds of it. This, my friends, is perhaps the nicest library I’ve seen, aside from Penn State’s (which has mythological …

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Snapshots from Stumptown

Snapshots from Stumptown

I found Cool Cottons on Hawthorne and SE 27th yesterday. I bought some reddish cotton for a new shirt I’m making. The store is spacious, warm and friendly. The prices weren’t too steep either! The fabric is currently being washed and I’m very excited to be getting back into my sewing. This is a random shot of an art gallery I walked passed last night. It’s on NW 12th near-ish to Glisan. It’s great that …

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Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

Graduation in 2 days, really? Finally!

So, rumor has it, I’m graduation from engineering school. In 2 days! Here’s a quick snap shot of the outfit I’ll wear. I’m a Tau Bate and I earned Latin honors, so I’ll look extra spiffy. I’m sad my Oregon/Washington loved ones won’t make the celebration, but I know everyone is so happy I’m finally done. My last final is today. Where does one pick up with life after so many late nights and cups …

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Robots and Ponies go to the farm!

Robots and Ponies go to the farm!

Yesterday, Michael and I were asked to help catch some lambs and feed them liquid vitamins. It was the first time either of us have caught (or even tried to catch) lambs. They were super cute! The vitamins smelled awful and, judging from the lamb’s reaction, tasted awful too. There were a few goats in the pen with the sheep, but we didn’t even try to catch them! This guy has an almost human look …

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Kimchi: The Gloriousness of Cabbage

Kimchi: The Gloriousness of Cabbage

Kimchi is glorious: spicy, hot and a bit sweet. It is all of the goodness that is possible for cabbage. Actually, kimchi can be made of many other veggies, including radish and cucumber. It can have different spices and is part of many different Korean dishes. I haven’t had enough kimchi in my life, but I’m hoping my new jar will satisfy for now.

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Winter and the Art of Shoveling Snow

Winter and the Art of Shoveling Snow

Flagstaff has been blasted by every type of snow in the past week. Light, fluffy snow that coats the world in sparkling beauty. Slushy snow that’s half rain. Snow that’s so wet on the ground that it soaks through your waterproof boots. Horizontal driving snow that stings the face and makes you feel like you’ve been sunburned. Snow that falls so thick it is more like a fog. But when it comes to shoveling, our …

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The Last Days of Summer

The Last Days of Summer

It’s technically summer until September 21. But as the nights get cold and the days get cool and breezy, and the first leaves turn yellow and brown, it feels like Fall is very close. Here in Flagstaff we relish our short summers. We leave the windows open twenty-four hours a day from May until September. We wear sandals and take evening walks. We bike blissfully, knowing that the streets will soon be coated in dangerous …

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On Swimming, Summer Thunderstorms and a Birthday

On Swimming, Summer Thunderstorms and a Birthday

Summer is the best. Born in summer on this day, this is my time. I’m free and whole in summer. I live for three months without a trace of the bitter pain of the cold. I watch the monsoon clouds wisp into fantastical shapes. I go swimming with friends in creeks flanked by red rock cliffs, bubbling springs and towering cottonwood trees. Swimming: A Child of Water Growing up partly in Redding, California, I knew …

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