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Stay calm.

Posted Sat Jan 10, 2009, 19:27 PM by Tracy | |

Stay calm

When I say “fast,” the attacker is going to speed up a notch. You’re just going to keep evading the knives, keeping the same calmness as when you were going slower.

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Balto-Peruvian Flap Hat

Posted Sat Jan 10, 2009, 14:38 PM by Tracy | |

A mash-up of cultural knitting that offers warm comfort to the ears. Perfect for skiing!

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January pays for December's excesses.

Posted Thu Jan 08, 2009, 12:56 PM by Tracy | |

Apparently I put on a little more weight than I thought over the holidays. It seems to take a week or two for the excess calories to fully settle into poundage.

I managed fine until Christmas, then it was all bets off. You bet I overate crab, Christmas cookies and Tom & Jerrys. And it was good. Especially the krumkake. I haven’t tried, but I bet I could eat an entire batch in one sitting.

Now it’s back to the gym, back to regualr ‘fu training, and back to eating low-calorie but filling food.

If I can just keep away from the red vines and “chocolate”-covered raisins, I’ll be good.

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Irresolute.

Posted Fri Jan 02, 2009, 12:37 PM by Tracy | |

Our national obsession with New Year’s resolutions is ultimately an expression of optimism. Optimism that this year will be different. This year we can change for the better.

At the moment I’m feeling pessimistic. I know myself and my own indolence too well to realistically think that I’m going to improve my life. Resolutions are good for a month or so, then we fall back into our old habits.

That said, here are my resolutions for 2009.

  • Get my black belt – this one is most likely to be accomplished, mainly because I’ve got a terrific support system
  • Read more – I haven’t read all of last year’s Christmas books even; I can read while riding the exercycles at the gym, which leads to the next resolution …
  • Exercise more – I can ride my bike to work in good months when there’s enough light and it’s not so rainy, but in the meantime I have a gym membership; but only if I can get myself there early enough in the morning, which means I have to …
  • Take out the slack – I tend to distract myself, shilly-shallying and dilly-dallying, wasting time, especially on the internet (I love you, LOLCats)
  • Continue weight loss – I only gained a few pounds over the Christmas season, but I’m confident those can come off if I return to my previously established eating patterns
  • Buy new house
  • Sell current house
  • Don’t have so much stuff laying around – maybe I can start now by packing up excess stuff, getting it ready to move and reducing surface clutter at the same time; let’s start by …
  • Cleaning my room and keeping it clean – file away papers right away and would a little dusting now and then kill?
  • Blog more often – oh yes, we’ve seen how successful that’s been in the past; well how about this: I’ve just added Twitter – there’s a widget in the upper right of this page, read & enjoy

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Extended Christmas.

Posted Tue Dec 30, 2008, 16:49 PM by Tracy | |

We did make it to the coast for Christmas eve after all. Our days of shoveling the drive to keep the accumulation down paid off. The tricky bit was getting up and down our dumb little side street. Once we got to the main road we were fine.

The drive on Highway 30 was exciting. Packed snow all the way through Scapoose. Horrible piles of slush through Clatskanie. Heavy snow from Rainier Hill to Bradley Hill.

Most amazing, snow on Christmas Day in Astoria. I never saw that in all my years on the coast.

We had Christmas dinner with E’s family on Sunday after Christmas, so our Christmas got extended. Christmas.

As per usual, we gave each other books. Lots and lots of books. I still haven’t read 1/2 the books from last Christmas. I try to come up with at least one “3rd world” author. And something suitably gruesome to suit E’s morbid taste.

Books I gave E

Books E gave me

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Home for Christmas.

Posted Wed Dec 24, 2008, 09:03 AM by Tracy | |

We’re just not sure where “home” is going to be. I am still hopeful without reasoning that we can get to the coast. I’ve got reservations at a nice hotel that I’ve been looking forward to for a month.

We had the driveway all cleared out and now it’s full of snow again. ODOT is requiring chains on all vehicles in Portland Metro area. We only have the studded tires. My little Toyota doesn’t have the clearance to make it through the big snowdrifts.

It’s supposed to warm up a little later. If I can’t get on the road by 2pm, we’ll stay here.

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Snowed in.

Posted Mon Dec 22, 2008, 11:28 AM by Tracy | |

Going nowhere no time soon.

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Winter Robin.

Posted Sat Dec 20, 2008, 14:12 PM by Tracy | |

click for closeup view

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My first snowflake.

Posted Sat Dec 20, 2008, 06:50 AM by Tracy | |

It’s snowing, quelle surprise. E cleared our driveway of snow and ice yesterday during a warm patch and now it’s all white again.

I saw my first snowflake. For real. I’ve seen plenty of snow, but this was the first time I saw an individual six-sided ice crystal, up close, no magnification, just sitting pretty as you please on the porch railing. It was utterly perfect.

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What's my line.

Posted Wed Dec 17, 2008, 08:40 AM by Tracy | |

Lately I’ve wondered about a horizontal line that has begun to appear on the bridge of my nose. After watching episodes of House I’m convinced it’s the first symptom of some mysterious and life-threatening disease. Then I remember, I’ve been wearing my reading glasses.

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