marcicat: (kitteh hug)

1. Summer foods consumed: popsicles, ice cream, hot dogs, food truck bbq: check!

1a. Summer foods yet to be consumed: maybe some kind of iced coffee drink?

2. Summer plants: still alive!

2a. Summer plants admission: I’ve actually swapped out two of the originals for coleus cuttings.

3. Summer activities: just did a fun google search on the difference between walking and hiking, and there are some strong opinions out there. Anyway, some of that.

3a. Summer activities yet to come: Eclipse!2017, heck yeah!

4. Summer hours at work: a dumb idea, but does give us something new to talk about.

4a. Summer work event to come: the company-wide meeting with food and “team-building activities.” This year’s theme is “Survivor.” Foreshadowing, or just poor planning?

5. Summer weather: it sure is summer out there!

5a. Summer weather update: the weather at this exact moment is actually amazingly nice; kudos to you, nature!

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marcicat: kismet walking (kismet walking)

The cat is cranky. He doesn’t want to sit on my lap, because I’m wearing shorts and he has a thing about it. (Yeah, I can’t explain it — if I put a blanket over my legs he’d be all set, for like the thirty seconds before we both got too hot.)

He doesn’t want to be under anything. He doesn’t want to be on top of anything that’s too cozy. Lying on the tile floor keeps ending up his final option, but his expression makes it clear that he Does Not Want To Be There.

Anyway, I’ve turned on the AC and moved to the floor so that he can sit *next* to me, which is apparently an acceptable option at this point. This was — not my plan for this portion of the morning, but it’s all good. Any temps over 90F degrees create an automatic option to Just Not on any standard daily plans.

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marcicat: (cats at sunrise)

I’m not sure why, exactly, but this month’s weather is hitting all my summer nostalgia buttons. It’s kind of weird and fun all at the same time; I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

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marcicat: (badger bali)

After a few cool and gray days at the end of last week (not unwelcome!), we’re back to sun and summer temps. AND it’s National Ice Cream Day!

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marcicat: (badger relax)

Summer sleeping is so different than winter sleeping. In the winter it’s all layers and blankets and socks and having a warm cocoon till morning, then turning on all the lights to make it seem like daytime even when it’s still dark out.

Summer sleeping is one blanket and no socks and sticking my feet off the side of the bed to catch the breeze, and waking up to birds and wind chimes and kids in the parking lot and sunshine in the window even before it’s time to get up.

Both are good! Just a very different feeling.

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marcicat: stress out and throw vase (stress out and throw vase)

Okay, so last summer was all about the drought, and I think I over-adapted to drought conditions, because I am still seriously confused by what to do with all this humidity.

Me: “It’s 68F degrees, a beautiful cool morning!”

Also me: “…And yet I’m sweating and every time I move I feel like I need to lie down and take a break.”

Me: “But I can see the leaves moving from the breeze! It’s so nice out!”

Also me: “Except that everything is damp and this is awful.”

Basically I have no idea what to do with this weather. A special apology to all my plants; I really am trying my best.

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

Given these two factors:

1. My workplace may or may not be moving an additional 30 minutes further away.

2. My job may or may not be slowly driving me around the bend.

I am currently looking at other options. Sadly, rich eccentric is still off the table. However:

1. Job hunting is basically awful.

2. It turns out I actually think *every* employer is willing to screw over their employees, I just think some of them do it more deliberately than others.

On the plus side, the sun is finally coming out after two days of rain, which is:

1. Astonishingly beautiful.

2. Hopefully going to provide a bonus mood bump.

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marcicat: (sky circles)

Explored some nearby walking trails this weekend! SO MANY MOSQUITOES. SO MANY. I used two kinds of bug repellent and wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, which helped a lot. (As in, still tons of bugs, but it didn’t feel like I was constantly under siege.)

And every so often I’d hit a part of the trail where there was a breeze, and birds singing, and sun on the trees, and it was just — amazing.

The boulder was a bit disappointing, but I did get to walk on a trail called “The Driftway” to see it. And I did not get lost! (Well. I did not get lost more than once. Which is good for me!)

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marcicat: (owl heart)

Oh frabjous day! The sun is back!


[art by Claire Mohjer]

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5K Day!

May. 13th, 2017 06:25 am
marcicat: (cookies)

[Backstory: a business close to the place where I work hosts an annual 5K Run/Walk event; my workplace offers free registration as an incentive to go.]

Alternate names for today’s event, based on this week’s conversations at work:

1. Free Yogurt Day

2. The Please Don’t Rain 5K

3. Tell Me Again Where We’re Parking Day

4. I Didn’t Know The CEO Was Attending; Did You And Does This Change Things; Discussion Points To Follow

5. Show Up To Claim Your T-Shirt Day

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marcicat: (dreamsheep (wolf))

You know you’re in a weird weather pattern when the forecast says “Mostly Cloudy” and you get super excited.

I mean, it’s not snowing! (Or, at the moment, raining!) The sun was out earlier, although now it is indeed “mostly cloudy.”

Anyway, weather is weird.

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marcicat: (summer foliage)

I guess we still need rain, but if we could just get an hour of sun each morning? So the cat could properly bask? That would be really great.

#mood

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marcicat: (pawprints)

Today’s forecast description reads:

Patchy Drizzle and Patchy Fog then Cloudy

(this feels like a tumblr post — tag yourself, I’m #patchyfog — but the noaa forecast for this area really does say that, capital letters and all)

On the positive side, tomorrow’s forecast currently still includes some sun. Fingers crossed!

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Monday

Apr. 17th, 2017 07:00 am
marcicat: (dreamsheep (wolf))

I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for it to be 80F degrees-plus yesterday. I mean, I thought I was, but then it happened and I was all ‘WHAT DO I DO IT’S HOT.’

The answer:

1. sit around and read a lot

2. decide that cooking only one thing for the week is probably fine, because surely it will be easier to figure out food later

3. pat the cat

(Actually, a simpler answer would be ‘just do whatever the cat does,’ which was basically sleep and lounge in various places. An A+ plan for almost any day!)

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marcicat: (puffin)

According to the children waiting for the bus outside, the correct reaction to ‘a day that is currently not that warm, but is sunny and is maybe going to be warmer than usual later on’ is: SHRIEKING.

Yep. There’s parents out there too, and as far as I can tell the kids are just playing, but there is definitely a great deal of SHRIEKING going on.

And honestly, I feel that feel. I don’t get a lot of opportunities for SHRIEKING in my daily life (probably a good thing?), so maybe this is the opportunity I didn’t know I was waiting for.

Experiencing an unusually warm day? Here’s a plan: SHRIEKING

(Note: your mileage may vary.)

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

Anyway, I was going to write about how it’s basically supposed to rain for the next five days here, which is still preferred over snow/ice, but then I wondered how much it will impact the drought, and what’s the status of that drought anyway, and so I turned to google.

Turns out there’s actually a really handy map for drought in the United States!

United States Drought Monitor

“The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

And you can click on regions and specific states to see what’s going on, and it’s updated weekly which is super helpful.

Today’s post brought to you by: SCIENCE

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marcicat: (snowy cat)

April 1st: snowstorm, new door art. Check.

[combination of a calendar picture by Karel K Hendee, plus scrapbooking paper additions by me]

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marcicat: xkcd grownups (xkcd grownups)

When I was in middle school (maybe eighth grade?), there was a time when it was a gray and rainy day and students were complaining, and a teacher said to us:

“I don’t let the weather affect my mood.”

(In retrospect, I’m pretty sure that was a lie.) But I remember rejecting it as a bad idea even then, when I believed them. Because sure, when it’s been raining for three days and I feel like crap and want to crawl into a blanket nest and never come out, it can be tough to get other stuff done even when I really want to.

But when I step outside on a sunny day, and the breeze ruffles my hair and the birds are singing and I can feel my spirits lift up with joy? Yeah, I wouldn’t trade that.

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marcicat: (hug it out)

It is cloudy today. Rain later. Apparently this is helping with our drought, which is awesome in the long run and just very dreary in the present moment.

To counteract this, I’ve gone to my pinboard page and searched the word “summer.” That ought to keep me busy for a while.

First up:

last night’s dress (tiptoe out of this mess), by hito

“I’m not really dating Derek!” Stiles forces out, slamming his eyes shut. “He’s a werewolf! Because werewolves exist! Everybody I know is a werewolf!”

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