marcicat: (badger travel)

The backstory: the local state park has three mountains in it, or at least there are three things that are called mountains.

[Note: this led me to a fascinating look at the difference between hills and mountains, which is far more vague than I expected. None of these three land-forms are higher than 2000 feet, but they are sort of steep, and apparently you can pretty much call something a mountain if you want, so why not?]

Anyway, so there’s three mountains. One of them is the popular one — it’s got an interesting summit with nice views, and plenty of space for people to spread out at the top and have a snack. Plus, there’s a fire tower — what’s not to love?

Then there’s the tallest one — no real summit to speak of, but it gets the glow of being the tallest. And the trail is cool.

And then there’s the one in the middle. The shortest one. No loop trail, just up and back. But I’d never been up it, so out I went on Sunday, headed for the middle mountain.

AND IT WAS AMAZING. I was both surprised and delighted. The selfie I took at the top did not manage to capture my ‘I was not expecting this, can you believe it’ sensation. The trail sort of meandered around before suddenly dropping me off at a beautiful grassy summit with a super-nice view of the surrounding park. (I mean, only in one direction, but that direction was excellent!)

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

I’m pretty lazy in the kitchen, and I like to wash as few dishes as possible when I’m cooking stuff. And yesterday I was planning to make muffins (from a box) and also a grilled cheese sandwich. So I thought — why melt the butter for the muffins in a separate dish when I could just use the pan I’m going to use for the sandwich?

And since there’s no gain in using the same dish if I’m just going to wash it in between, I cooked up my grilled cheese in the pan while it still had some lingering melted butter in it. I wasn’t expecting much difference, but I was mistaken! It was unexpectedly delicious!

Score one for lazy cooking!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep rainbow)

I think my fitbit may be going on adventures without me. Or possibly picking up activity by an alternate universe me?

To be fair, the least accurate of the measurements does seem to be the altimeter, which is supposed to count how many flights of stairs you go up each day. (According to fitbit, it counts one floor each time you climb ten feet at one time.) Which is a pretty vague measurement, but it’s all in good fun, and if sometimes counts a session of putting up curtains as a staircase, so be it.

But on Tuesday this week we had a snowstorm, and I had a super enjoyable and super lazy snow day in which I napped a lot and never left the apartment, and somehow my fitbit climbed 18 floors. THERE ARE NO STAIRS IN MY APARTMENT.

I have no explanation for this.

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marcicat: (snowbirds on a line)

Yesterday a coworker brought in homemade cupcakes — with icing that looked like flowers. “WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?” I proclaimed.

Coworker: “Oh yeah, you just use a piping bag.”

Me (staring in disbelief): “That’s a thing people have?”

Coworker: “Well, apparently just me and [the person who brought in the cupcakes].”

What this means is that TWO of my five coworkers have the means and ability to make frosting look like flower petals. That is some serious baking game right there. I mean, I have no desire to spend any time piping frosting at this point in my life, but I am still super impressed.

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Things that are great about starting a new month:

1. changing the calendar page

2. picking a new phone wallpaper, gmail background, etc

3. BEST THING EVER new kitchen sink sponge!!!*

(*Seriously, I 10,000% recommend this. Kitchen sponges are pretty cheap, so it makes an inexpensive way to start fresh each month. I get super excited about it. Not sure why.)

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marcicat: (loaf cat)

I get worried about the cat being bored in the winter. There’s just not as much that’s fun for him to do. (Not that he’s running marathons in the summer or anything, but looking out the window is more exciting when there’s a bunch of baby skunks out there than when it’s just a frost-covered pane of glass.)

So it was suggested to me (thanks Mom!) that I show him some cat videos. It turns out youtube has a surprisingly robust selection of videos specifically designed to entertain cats. And he likes them!

(I mean, right now I’m the one watching a squirrel eat birdseed; the cat’s gone off to another room, but he was here earlier!)

Good news: cat is entertained by watching videos of birds

Bonus news: I am also entertained

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Disney day!

Nov. 4th, 2016 05:32 am
marcicat: (rainbow giraffes)

Headed to Epcot. Florida v. fun. Currently ignoring my nano novel.

ice_cream_otter_ichc

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marcicat: (badger moon)

The phrase “go the fuck to sleep” has five syllables, which would be a perfect fit for a 5-7-5 haiku.

Thanks, sleeping brain! Good to know!

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marcicat: (polar bear)

2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the US, which is pretty cool. (Love the article title that calls the national parks “America’s best idea.”)

As a heads up, on August 25th through 28th there will be no entrance fees for any of the national parks!

And closer to home, today is also a fee-free day at New Hampshire state parks! (It’s unclear whether you actually have to *say* “happy birthday” to get your entrance fee waived, but it certainly won’t hurt!)

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priorities

Jul. 21st, 2016 06:39 am
marcicat: (kitteh hugz)

From work yesterday:

Coworker: “I’m watching a video of some kind of melee at the RNC.”

Me: “I’m watching a gif of a kitten in a coffee cup.” ::rotates computer screen::

Coworker: “Aww… Look at that!”

Me: “I know, right?”

Bold New Plan For Harmony Across The Country: kittens

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A Blanket!

Jul. 7th, 2016 06:50 am
marcicat: (summer foliage)

There is currently A Blanket around my shoulders! (It is a very light blanket.) It would not be amiss to say that I am indeed Slightly Chilled! After the Very Hot day yesterday, this is quite an Extraordinary Experience!

Things to do while it is still Not Very Hot:

1. curl up with the cat and the aforementioned blanket and enjoy the experience

2. water the plants

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marcicat: (santa hat cat)

I’m skipping the regularly scheduled ‘memorable search’ list this week, because I’m so excited about this.

The Backstory:
I have two electric candles that turn on automatically when it’s dark. They went up at Christmas, and I liked the effect so much that they’ve stayed up ever since. Like nightlights, I guess.

The Dilemma:
A few weeks ago, one of the bulbs burned out. Now, at Christmas, replacement bulbs are everywhere. In May? Not so much. I was *somewhat* sure that I’d purchased a couple replacements last year, and *very* sure that I had Absolutely No Idea which box they were in. Because Christmas is one of those holidays that expands to fit any available space for me. There is possibly an alarming ratio of ‘space taken up by Christmas stuff’ to ‘total space’ in my apartment.

The Minor Miracle:
But it was pretty cloudy yesterday, and I was missing my candlelight. ‘Maybe,’ I thought optimistically, ‘it will be in the first box I check!’ This seemed enormously unlikely. And YET! THERE THEY WERE! In the FIRST BOX I CHECKED! TWO REPLACEMENT BULBS! There was excitement. Possibly a victory dance.

Super Important Note To My Future Self:
Okay, future self, here’s the scoop: the second replacement bulb is in the craft basket on the desk. You got this!

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huge news

May. 4th, 2016 06:24 am
marcicat: (upside down cat)

1. The Christmas bear wreath is GONE! I was shocked — I thought for sure they were going for a year-round thing. So now I know: the absolute deadline for Christmas decorations to come down is May.

2. I mis-typed ‘Civil War’ as ‘Civil Warm’ in my post yesterday and didn’t notice for almost 16 hours.

3. The tree outside my window finally has what could optimistically be called “baby leaves” on it! Hang on spring! Lil’ tree is catching up!

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

I planned this day off a while back with the intention of using it to get my snow tires switched for my summer tires. That would have been a practical use of the day, and yet it’s not what I’m doing.

Instead, I will be adventuring into a morning of shopping! At the very least, I am hoping to have sunscreen by the time this adventure is over.

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marcicat: (sky circles)

Sometimes my workplace really outdoes itself in the realm of ‘who thought this would be a good idea?’ I arrived yesterday to see this sign on the bathroom door:

tractor

If I hadn’t seen the same signs all sitting on the front desk all week, I would have assumed it was an April Fool’s joke. I mean, obviously the first question is — why the tractor? And why the tractor in that layout, so that it appears the restroom is open to people with triangles, people without triangles, and machines?

But the part that really, truly made me boggle is whatever the triangle person is holding. Is it a pail? A flower pot? A purse? Is triangle person a superhero wearing a cape and carrying their civilian clothes in a handbag?

I would say thank goodness the person without triangles makes it clear that bringing an accessory isn’t a requirement, but based on the hand positioning, it’s entirely possible they’re bringing in the tractor, so who knows.

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Yesterday I ended up at a carwash, due to skunk-related reasons. I had never been to a carwash before. (Isn’t that what rain is for?) So I was kind of nervous — how long would it take? What would I be required to do? Would I need to pay in cash? Credit card?

But I gathered my courage and drove to the carwash, only to wind up in a line with a couple cars in front of me. Which was actually great! I got to watch the guy in the car ahead of me go through the whole process. (And he didn’t make it look easy — first the machine wouldn’t take his cash, then it wouldn’t take his card the first two attempts.)

Anyway, a big thank you to the random stranger in front of me who went through all of that! It actually made me approximately 10,000% less anxious for my own turn afterwards.

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two cakes!

Feb. 23rd, 2016 07:45 am
marcicat: (today I eat cake)

Celebration time: I just uploaded an image! Hey, haven’t been able to do that for a while; I didn’t actually think it would work. So the problem that I couldn’t figure out a cause for has somehow resolved itself. Thanks, technology!

Also, it seems like a good day to revisit the two cakes theory. (I’ve got tumblr attributing the comic to stuffman, but the original content link doesn’t seem to go anywhere.)

two_cakes_tumblr_stuffman

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marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

Many apologies to the tumblr user who posted about the “build a squid” google search, firstly because I’ve misplaced their name, and secondly because I did not believe it was a real thing.

Oh, but it is! Type “build a squid” into google search, and receive this amazing result for the Colossal Squid Exhibit at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa:

LOADING. BUILD A. SQUID. Make your own squid and set. it free. BUILD YOUR. SQUID. FIND YOUR. SQUID. { MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM }.

On this somewhat stressful primary voting day in New Hampshire, I highly recommend taking some time to build a squid and set it free!

What I love about the build-a-squid is that there’s none of that ‘this name has already been used’ — if you want to name your squid Squiddo, even though dozens of other people have already used that name, you can go right ahead!

[I just checked in, and it looks like Squiddo has traveled 9 km since yesterday, and made friends with another colossal squid. Nice work, buddy! At least one of us had a productive Monday!]

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marcicat: (cat in the green)

Okay, so my favorite moment of the movie —

(I don’t think it’s too spoiler-y to say there is a bad guy, and he gets angry)

— when the two storm troopers patrolling (or whatever? idk what they were doing) heard the bad guy being all ‘hulk smash’ and just noped right back the way they came.

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