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August 19th, 2022 — 8:38pm

Hey look you juat learned to say “Friday” in German.

I finished the little purple shirt and made choux buns today. I filled half with whipped cream and lemon curd, and half with whipped cream and chopped fresh strawberries. Dave is such an appreciative recipient of my baking and cooking, which is so nice because I’d rather bake than eat, lol!

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Thursday

August 18th, 2022 — 9:07pm

I cleared out some unwanted frozen food (why did Dave buy so much Costco ravioli when neither of us likes it? Lol) and drove it over to Henry’s house. So nice to see them! Weird weather today — warm, gray, and humid. Hope it rains soon.

Stopped at Burgerville on the way home for a seasonal Marianberry milkshake, yum.

Pretty tired so just drew, listened to my audiobook (The Devil in the White City), and sewed a long-sleeve t-shirt for the doll. Just need to hem the sleeves tomorrow and then I’ll post a pic.

We’ve been watching old seasons of Survivor at night for the past couple of months, and just finished up Tocantines a few days ago — great season! Taj, Steven, and JT, but also… Coach. Lol. DELUSIONAL. Anyway last night we started the next season, Samoa, but after a couple episodes I decided I simply cannot deal with Russell Hantz. Just.. Can. Not. Cope. So we switched to an old season of Bake Off (Briony! Rahul! Kim Joy!) and oh it was such a relief to see lovely English people being kind to each other.

We’ll start a different season of Survivor soon. I just need to find one that doesn’t have anyone truly unbearable in it.

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Wednesday

August 17th, 2022 — 10:26pm

Bad sleep last night, too hot. But this morning I got right up and went to the bakery and Trader Joe’s. Got home, put everything away, and then rested and read and drew for the rest of the day.

Dave had back-to-back meetings almost all day, then a dinner break, and another meeting NOW (10pm) with some folks in India, so we read a chapter and a half of Project Hail Mary between dinner and this late meeting. Good good good. I’m already thinking about what to read to him next… The Martian, obviously, but what after that? I can’t remember Artemis very well, but I have a feeling it wasn’t quite up to par. Hmm.

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Tuesday

August 16th, 2022 — 10:25pm

I just read chapter 19 to Dave — Rocky and Ryland used their ten-kilometer chain to collect an air sample from the planet (I had to explain the Adrian joke to Dave) but now they’re in big trouble… tomorrow night can’t get here soon enough! Such an excellent story!

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Monday

August 15th, 2022 — 10:12pm

I lazed in bed for ages this morning. So good to have another long lie-in. Hmm what else. In the morning Imade a stir fry with the beautiful snow peas, cabbage, onion, and garlic that came in last week’s veg box, and a little pot of rice to eat it on. Dave loves it that I like to cook and am a GOOD cook! After lunch I went to the grocery store for sugar and a variety of spices to round out our collection, and bought a jar of Garbage Peanut Butter (Jif) for a treat.

An HVAC company came to diagnose our non-functional AC and discovered that, like the gas lines, it all needs to be replaced — furnace, too. So that’ll happen in September, most likely, and then next summer we’ll be more comfy on the 100° days.

I’m working on a little rainbow t-shirt for the doll. A closely-worked blanket stitch makes a good hand-sewn stretchy seam.

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Sunday

August 14th, 2022 — 8:20pm

We slept in! Yay!

I sewed a little pair of shorty overalls:

I refined my pattern so it’s perfect. I taped the front to the back at the side, which eliminates the two side seams, and cut a waist-length facing that goes all the way around. After attaching the facing to the bodice, I hem the bottom and sew it down, creating a casing along the back and enclosing the elastic as I go. Super slick and beautifully finished.

Made some polenta tonight to eat with the chunky veggie pasta sauce I made a few days ago. God it’s good, way better than actual pasta.

Time to read another chapter to Dave! *heart eyes*

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Saturday

August 13th, 2022 — 5:15pm

Happy First Birthday to this dear little soul!

Omg so tired. I did not get the 12 hours of sleep that I needed. Poor Dave was in pain from his angioplasty and woke me up at 4am moaning and in need of Tylenol and water. Then I switched to the guest bedroom so he could moan as much as he needed but I never really slept soundly after that. Ugh.

We’ve been slumped on the couch together all day. He watched many episodes of some custom car show on Netflix while I listened to my audiobook through earbuds and sewed, and then we switched to the Bake Off.

I drafted a pattern for little overalls and got them all sewn up:

The little pocket is real! I’ll probably sew a little hanky to put in it. Next I’ll make a shortie pair for summer, and then maybe a bib-front jumper.

Only three hours till we can go back to bed…

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Friday

August 13th, 2022 — 5:01pm

Up EARLY to drop Dave at Kaiser for an angioplasty. Home by 7:15 and went back to sleep for three hours thank goodness! Did house stuff, hung out with Lulu on FaceTime, sewed little undies for the doll, then picked Dave back up in the afternoon. Procedure went fine, and he’s just tired and a little sore.

Early to bed again. Need 12 hours of sleep. Ha.

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Thursday

August 11th, 2022 — 7:12pm

Woke up at 3:30am and never went back to sleep so I felt dazed all day.

Baked a delicious apple cake.

Dave got his hair cut and beard trimmed at the barber around the corner and he looks SO CUTE!

Bedtime is ridiculously early tonight because of mega-fatigue and also we need to get up at 6:30am tomorrow so I can take Dave to Kaiser for an angio-whatsit.

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Wednesday

August 10th, 2022 — 7:41pm

When we moved in, our main bathroom had a stupid pedestal sink with no counter space and no storage, and one night the basin just spontaneously cracked straight across. We chose a nice new sink and vanity at Lowe’s (for a literal tenth of the price of one we liked at the Kohler showroom) and, after much sweat and struggle, Dave got it all installed yesterday! I absolutely love it. It has two big functional soft-close drawers, with cut-outs where the plumbing goes, and look at that handy shelf for towels! And a big smooth genuine marble countertop.

I guess it sounds funny to get so excited about a new sink, but I’ve been a renter all my adult life so the idea that we can actually change something that large to suit ourselves is still novel and exciting! Dave installed a new shower-head, too, and it’s the best shower-head in the world. The hose is really flexible and the head attaches to the bracket with a big strong magnet, so it’s easy for me to grab it and put it back while seated on my shower seat. He disabled the water-saver so the water pressure is great, and it has a pause switch on the side so I can let it dangle while I shampoo without squirting water everywhere and wasting it.

Exciting times! Lololol

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Tuesday

August 9th, 2022 — 8:46pm

It’s 8:30pm and I’m in bed all comfy, waiting for Dave to finish a meeting so I can reread the chapter that he slept through last night :D

Let’s see, what did I do today… laundry! I did laundry. I decided it was never going to rain again so it would be a good idea to wash quilts and dry them on a rack outside. But then it rained (only for a few minutes, but more is forecast tonight) so I only washed one and hung it inside. Plus a load of sheets and towels and a load of my stuff. I know it’s time to do laundry when I need to start wearing third-tier undies.

Dave wanted some ground lamb so he can make his own gyros, so we went to an actual butcher near here, but he doesn’t sell ground lamb anymore (too expensive, not enough market) so Dave bought some kind of big lump of lamb meat instead. Lol. Baa. Gross.

Oh! It was pleasant weather, only mid-80s, and Henry brought my big bags of compost in from my car on the weekend so I did some gardening! I filled up one of my huge grow bags and started a tomato cutting, and started thyme and cilantro in a smaller bag. I’ve been having trouble with my zucchini because the male fowers and female flowers haven’t bloomed at the same time so the fruits never form properly. Dave suggested harvesting the male flowers and putting them in the fridge to artificially pollinate the females when they bloom, and I think it might have worked. I have two little zukes that seem to have passed the stage where, if unpollinated, they turn yellow and drop off. Fingers crossed. Next year I need to plant two or three at once.

I also collected worm castings from my Worm Bucket and started a batch of Worm Tea to fertilize my plants tomorrow. The Worm Bucket is working GREAT! No smell, no flies. I only put in a few food scraps at a time and cover them well with shredded paper.

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Monday

August 8th, 2022 — 9:49pm

The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago today! I hope they find sooo much illegal stuff. From what I understand, they don’t do raids on a whim but only if they’re fairly certain to find what they’re looking for, so fingers crossed!

Today I “pickled” a bunch of homegrown cucumbers the same way I make pickled beets, which is to slice them and steep in a sugar and vinegar mixture. Not true pickling because they don’t ferment and aren’t shelf-stable, but still delicious in salads. We’ve been eating a lot of salad lately. Very nice in hot weather. It’s perfect summer weather now: mid-80s, so summery but not brutal.

I also made a huge casserole dish of cauliflower-cheese and put fresh sheets on our bed. And played a little WoW.

Dave had to get up at the crack of dawn to get to a 7am doc appointment so he fell asleep midway through our Project Hail Mary chapter tonight, sweet man. *heart eyes*. My god I’m lucky. We’re still just as ridiculously happy together as ever.

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Sunday

August 7th, 2022 — 10:42pm

Went to Grand Central Bakery first thing and got two loaves to share with the kids, who came to visit today! They showed up around 11 and hung out for a few hours. Lulu’s rainbow outfit fits her perfectly with some growing room!

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Saturday

August 6th, 2022 — 10:37pm

I sewed up Lulu’s rainbow outfit. All finished and so adorable. Hope they’ll visit tomorrow so I can give them to her. Also finished the doll’s blue flowered puff-sleeve dress. Hmm what next, little overall?

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Saturday

August 6th, 2022 — 10:23pm

Short chapter tonight — Ryland figured out that Rocky “sees” with sound waves. Excellent.

We watched all three episodes of the new Woodstock ‘99 documentary on Netflix. Good lord. Just… wow. A literal and figurative shit show, and it just keeps getting worse and worse (the festival, not the documentary)

I still weigh 100lbs even, but I have noticed that cooking seems interesting and more types of food seem edible to me. For months it was pretty much green apples and goat cheese — a nutritious combo if it’s all you’re going to eat, but variety is better of course. Today I (get this) made chunky pasta sauce with onion, mushrooms, and zucchini and ate a little on some spaghetti!

Right now I’m gnawing a small block of cheddar for my bedtime snack.

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Friday

August 5th, 2022 — 9:56pm

I finished cutting out the pieces for Lulu’s rainbow outfit (joggers and t-shirt) and spent hours working on the doll’s little floral dress with puffed sleeves. Sleeves are finished, facing is finished, skirt is gathered and attached. Ready to hem the skirt and add tucks and fasteners!

In Project Hail Mary tonight Ryland has finally seen Rocky through the divider and they exchanged some basic science info by way of their clocks! So clever.

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Thursday

August 4th, 2022 — 6:40pm

Much cooler today and I had enough energy to do some meal prep for the upcoming weekend heat wave. I defrosted and baked the second half of the cottage pie I made a couple weeks ago, made a Big Salad to keep handy in the fridge, and made a stir-fry with a bunch of the veggies we got in our veg box on Tuesday. Dave raved about the stir-fry, and he’s very happy to have salad ready for light meals. It’s helpful for me to have good food ready in case I ever get hungry, which, to be fair, is happening a bit more frequently. Haven’t put on any weight yet though.

Now I’m working on a little dress with puffed sleeves for Lulu’s doll. SO TINY. I’m finishing every seam with blanket stitch so that Lulu can wash her clothes endlessly without them falling apart. I loved washing my doll’s clothes.

Henry just sent this photo of Freyja’s hair. THE LITTLE STRAWBERRY-BLONDE CURLS omg omg omg. I knew she’d have my hair!

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Wednesday

August 3rd, 2022 — 9:19pm

The truck arrived, the truck arrived!!! A 53’ truck jammed full of Dave’s Stuff (from his industrial unit in California) — woodworking machines, laser cutters, 3-d printers, music studio stuff (mixing boards etc), ham radio equipment, antennae, wood, and… STUFF. Lots of stuff. A crew of hard-working guys unloaded it all straight into his huge workshop while he supervised. It only took four hours! And now at long last he can stop paying rent on the industrial unit (which was about the same as our mortgage payment lol)!

And now, finally, he has all his tools and can make things again (after he gets organized). He’s a Maker, like me, so I’m thrilled that he has all his equipment again.

We went to bed at 7pm so I’d have time to read the next chapter of Project Hail Mary before we both got too tired. He actually fell asleep partway through (I knew he was asleep when he didn’t poke fun at my American pronunciation of “solder”) but he woke up again after a few minutes and I was able to finish the chapter. The Blip-A has sent a xenonite model indicating a tunnel between ships — I hope this means we get to meet Rocky in the next chapter.

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Tuesday

August 2nd, 2022 — 7:35pm

Dave goes through about a gallon of milk every week (for his tea) and he doesn’t like grocery store milk, so he’s been going all the way to Trader Joe’s every time he runs out. I decided there MUST be a milk delivery service in Portland, so I did a bit of googling and found several companies that deliver boxes of locally-grown organic fruit/veg, along with dairy and some other types of add-ons. I’ve been trying them all, and so far https://organicstoyou.org/ is the winner! We got our first delivery from them today, and it was a generous and well-assorted box of veggies and good organic local milk. Their website is easy to use, and you can give them a list of produce you don’t like — so we won’t end up with radishes anymore. They offer multiple sizes of veg boxes, fruit boxes, mixed boxes, and even “kits” like a salad kit (greens, tomatoes, cuke, peppers, carrots), stir fry kit, grill kit, etc. For our first order I got the one-person fruit/veg box (we don’t eat much), a salad kit, and Dave’s milk. We got SO MUCH produce! A cauliflower, three heads of lettuce, a bunch of purple carrots, a box of golden cherry tomatoes, several roma tomatoes, a small box of blueberries, half a pound of cherries, two zucchini, a bunch of bok choi, a couple apples, a couple oranges, and two big onions! Next week I’ll skip the salad kit. Maybe tomorrow I’ll make a lovely stir fry with the bok choi, onions, zucchini, and carrots!

Felt good this morning but kinda moldy now. Headache, nausea, general ick. Early bedtime for me.

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Monday

August 1st, 2022 — 11:19pm

Better weather thank heavens! Only 89-ish, so hot but not like an oven. I can handle this. The highest temp didn’t arrive till late afternoon— morning and midday were only 80-ish.

Up bright and early for 9am doc appt. Nothing new. She’s pleased that my TSH and T4 are getting closer to normal, and is having me double my dose of supplemental T3 (liothyronine). Labs in six weeks, appt in 3 months, as per.

When I got home I lay down and slept for two hours! Wild!

Ate an entire burrito over the course of the day. Read Chapter 7 to Dave.

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