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Freakin’ Busy

That’s all I have to say…. sort of.

My oh my have we been in the soup lately.  I don’t know when we had a day off recently.  I mean… a day off.  No work, no play away from our house, nothing but relaxin’ at the abode.  I can’t remember.  That’s bad.

I was sitting here thinking about our week so far and our week ahead.  ha ha ha ha!!  I just drew a blank on what we did Monday.  What did we do? Two days ago.  We went somewhere.  Did we?  If we were with you, don’t be offended, it’s not that you’re not important to me, it’s that my brain is full. (Oh, just remembered, right before hitting the publish button… we didn’t go anywhere.  Maggie came over and we made dinner and hung out.  We did a vehicle exchange so we could take Maggie’s rig to the tire place for her Tuesday morning… yeah, that’s it.  Sorry Maggie… I had a moment.  Those squash patties were awesome by the way!)

I do know what we did last night.  We went for a bike ride with some friends along Waterfront Park and the East Bank Esplanade.  We crossed the Hawthorne and Steele bridges and stopped for some bento, yakisoba, and greek food at Riverplace.  A great night.  We are in training for the Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday.  In training… now that’s funny.  We are so out of shape that what we pedaled last night was nothing compared to what we are supposed to pedal on Sunday.  If we make it we will have to celebrate big time, if we can walk that is.

Tonight… I believe there’s a birthday get together for Don.  Happy birthday Don!  Tomorrow… we talked about going on another bike ride.  We’ll see.  Friday night… ah, Friday.  I think, maybe we have nothing planned.  Saturday an antique show/fair in Aurora.  Sunday… Bridge Pedal.

Plus, the whole time all this is happening our bathroom addition is getting built.  Framing is now done.  Roof on today (they are re-roofing our existing house and roofing our new addition) and rough plumbing starting today as well.  Kev put in the top of the sun tunnel that will be in our walk in closet last night.  Karen is hauling another load to the dump this morning.  Our tub, vanity, and other misc. stuff is getting delivered some time today between 10 and 2 (I have to run home when it happens to help unload… long story that involves curbside only delivery… ugh!  Big crates dropped at the bottom of our long driveway… ridiculous) and the shower head, valves, etc. are also supposed to get delivered today.  Karen is calling gutter people to get estimates.  Kev is calling sheet rock and insulation places to get estimates.  Electrician will start next week on rough electrical.  Kev will put on the siding some time in the next while.  It’s quite the production.

We need a vacation…

NaBloPoMo · Words Written

Uh… Yeah

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer.  My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music.  It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.  ~Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit

“Burning cathedral of the summer”… she ain’t kiddin’.  Seriously though… love this quote.

Here are some other summer quotes for your perusal and enjoyment:

In summer, the song sings itself.  ~William Carlos Williams

A life without love is like a year without summer.  ~Swedish Proverb

Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.  ~Sydney Smith, Lady Holland’s Memoir

Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.  ~Ada Louise Huxtable

Camping · NaBloPoMo · Oregon · Photos


Camp, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Our home away from home for a few days. Peaceful. Tranquil. Relaxing. I don’t have to say any more than that.

Camping · NaBloPoMo · Oregon · Photos

The Claw

The Claw, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Interesting and strange trees about camp.

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Photos · Portland

All Who Enter Here

All Who Enter Here, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The site of the wedding last week. A really lovely little spot in Sellwood.

Going Global · Music · NaBloPoMo · Video

The Wedding Dance

I know this VIDEO is viral all over the web now, but I just happened to see it this morning and thought… hmmm… Mary… Martin… get on those dancin’ shoes!!  Seriously though… this is great.  If this video doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will.  Congrats to J&K.

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Oregon · Photos


Straw, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

These little beauties are a favorite around our place.

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Oregon · Photos


Watering, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This is our latest project, nearly complete. We fenced in the back of our house, added another layer or four to the wall (depending on the section), put down stepping stones, filled in with montana rainbow rock, put in some pots with, on this side of the deck, perennials, and put bark dust down in the flower bed outside of the fence along the wall. We like it.

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Oregon · Photos

Ground Cover

Ground Cover, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The ground cover at our house is really lovely right now. Gorgeous in fact.

NaBloPoMo · Philosophy · Words Written

Quote of the Day

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

– Frederick Buechner

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Lindisfarne, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Another random post from our trip to the United Kingdom in May. This is Lindisfarne… on the Holy Island.

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Window To?

Window To?, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

… the soul?

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Out and About · Photos · Portland

Splash of Orange

Splash of Orange, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

I also took this one as we walked back to the truck from the fair. Loved the bright orange in this. Nature is fantastic.

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Pickets, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

As we walked back to the truck from the street fair I took a couple of shots. This being one of those.

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Mississippi Avenue

Mississippi Avenue, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The Mississippi Avenue Street Fair is quite the deal nowadays. Who knew. We’d actually never been, and let me tell you… loads of people. It was pretty cool actually. Good food, decent vendors with all sorts of goods and art for sale. We ended up buying three fairly large pots for the area in the back of our place we’ve been working on. These pots were/are cool and we got them at a decent price. Or at least we feel like we did.

LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Out and About · Photos · Portland


Weston, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Here he is… the handsome boy looking intently at Karen’s slice of pizza hoping for a bite. He ended up with a couple of pieces of sauceless crust. As did the little girl. What can we say… we’re suckers for the looks they give us.

Eats · Family & Friends · LiFe · NaBloPoMo · Out and About · Photos · Portland

A Cool Treat On A Warm Day

A Cool Treat On A Warm Day, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Nothing quite hits the spot on a warm day like shaved ice. Mississippi Pizza was offering shaved iced out front of the shop yesterday during the street fair. Yum. This was Brian’s selection. Cool eh? Uh… pun intended.

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… just had to do that.  National Blog Posting Month, every month.  July’s theme is routine.  Thought I’d throw out a mini post about routine.  A day in our life, so to speak.

Get up at 6:30, take the dogs out, take a shower (or not), get the lunch ready to take to work… meanwhile…. Karen is right up and to work (after taking the dogs out).  She brews her tea, boots up her computer, dons her headset, and she’s working.  She peruses work from the night before to see if there were issues, then dives in.  Right now, for instance, she’s having a meeting… while wearing her Obama t-shirt and ho ho ho fleece pajama bottoms.  She’s in charge.  Pretty impressive, even in the outfit.  And that’s pretty much her day.  She’s in the office, on the phone meeting or working out issues with people around the country, working on her computer, sending e-mail, etc.  I, on the other hand, have a different gig.  OK, so I make my lunch, and then if I have time I usually sit in the office and check my email, or send out a tweet, or peruse Facebook, or look at the news, etc.  Nothing of real substance, but at least I’m close to my sweetie.  We can’t really talk in the morning after the initial getting up period as Karen is usually on the phone almost immediately.  She has a meeting every day at 7:30 and is usually having to talk to someone before that meeting.  Last night was rough for them… it’s going to take a lot of clean up and adjusting on her part today to get things back in order.  Ah, the life of a high powered exec in her pajamas.

Work for me…  I get out of here about 8:00, or at least I should.  My work day starts at 8:30.  I usually try to get there a tad early, though this plan frequently doesn’t work.  Who knows why… sometimes it feels like someone is sneaking in and moving the clocks forward or something.  Most likely it’s my ability to do nothing and take up huge amounts of time.  It’s a gift… I know.  But, back at work… when I get there.  I make the coffee if it hasn’t been made, boot up my computer to see if I’ve gotten any emergent e-mail, check phone messages (if I have any, and I frequently do… people like to call AFTER we close… LOL).  My co-workers and I all check in with each other, the on call person usually reports on any calls that came in over night (I’m on call right now and no calls came in last night… meaning, no report).  If there was a call on one of my clients I then have to spring into action to either set court hearings, look for reports, call to get reports because they haven’t come in yet, and usually call the family.  If no calls… back to the usual routine.  My days are very different from each other one to the next.  Some days I do loads of paperwork including petitions, database entry, letter writing, caseload perusal and tweaking, phone calls with distraught people who have problems they’d like me to solve, etc.  Some days I head out into the field and see clients in the areas I cover, or go to detention to see a kid, or attend various meetings.  Some days I have court.  That means wearing nice clothes (or nicer, in comparison to the casualness of what I usually wear), meeting with families before we go in to explain the process to them (if I haven’t already had a chance to meet with them in advance), handling the arraignment (presenting the case and parties to the Judge, reading the charge into the record, then sitting down… I’m not an attorney, but I have to act like one), and giving recommendations to the court if the client admits (including reading all the rules into the record) or discussing conditions of release if the client doesn’t admit.  Sometimes I’ll have three hearings in a morning.  I think the most I ever had was 5 or 6.  That’s too many.  By the time you get to the last couple of them it’s hard to remember who the parties are, why they’re there, what’s going on.  A person can be really mind fried by then.  I always admire the Judge’s ability to just sort of handle the cases all day, all that info, all the parties, etc.  Impressive.  Sometimes I’ll have a pre-trial conference with the client’s attorney and I’m sitting there plea bargaining with them.  Again, I’m not an attorney, but I have to act like one.  It’s kinda cool, and pretty interesting.

My day goes like that… then it’s five and I come home.  Karen is usually still working… sometimes for another hour or so.  I get greeted hardily by the pups, who act as though they haven’t seen me in days.  It’s lovely.  I again usually come into the office and look around on iTunes or work on my photos or peruse my e-mail or tweet something or look at Facebook or read the news or, like last night, start looking at tile for the bathroom addition we’re putting on (if the county will get on with approving our plans).  We hang in the office for a while, me zoning out, Karen still working, and then we shut it down for the night and, if we stay home, we play a little with the dogs, give them some dinner, make dinner for ourselves, eat either outside, if it’s nice, or at the table.  We talk.  Then it’s movie time.  Plop in a film from Netflix, hope it’s good, go to bed afterward.  If we don’t stay home we are usually grocery shopping or meeting friends for dinner or going to a movie or taking the dogs for a walk or going for a bike ride somewhere.

It is a glorious life.  We have our routines, the way we live our lives every day, and it’s beautiful.  I would never change the way Weston looks at me every morning when I’m sitting here at my computer, and he finally gets his way and jumps in my lap to either give me kisses or try and sit on my desk.  I wouldn’t change the way we get up the same way every day, or go to bed the same way every night… taking the dogs out, taking our vitamins, closing down the house.  I wouldn’t change any of it.  I love this life I’m lucky to be living right now.  I absolutely love it.

Blogs & Blogging · NaBloPoMo

Post a Day for 30

Well folks, I’m going to do it again.  One blog post a day for 30 days starting a couple of days ago… July 6.  Not quite the first of the month, but oh well… close enough.  I’ll be posting every day, or trying to anyway, until August 6.  Let’s see how well I do.  The photo included here is from the National Blog Posting Month website.  Check it out.