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Cross stitching is rad, and I always liked the finished products I made a lot better than things which I had knit. Easier to undo mistakes, and it felt a bit more portable to me.
That being said, i really like the physical sensation of knitting. It's mindless in the best way possible, at least when you're only knitting variations on a rectangle, like I do. I had some truly stupendous anxiety during the home stretch of my senior year of college, and was knitting about 2 scarves a day for 2 months. It was a small thing, but knowing that I was actively creating something every day made the bigger problems feel a lot more manageable.
As someone who would love to work my way through at least part of the PCT at some point, this was an awesome read! Some pretty breathtaking photos here, thank you so much for sharing.
Any clue what the small white flowers/plants in the first picture of Section 4 are? They're gorgeous and vaguely ghostly.
There's a leash/reactive dog group training class at the place around the corner, starting August 27th. 3 weekly private classes would be literally my entire monthly income, so I think we may need to wait on that, but the group class is not too expensive, and seems like the safest way to socialize him with other dogs.
I could definitely use a professional meeting my dog, looking at my living situation, and telling me exactly what I should try and do. Going to try and make that happen as soon as I can.
Been doing a whole lot of obedience training with him, and he has been quite quick on the uptake! He's already solid on sit and stay, and is getting better at listening for commands during our short walks.
We have a trainer nearby that uses clicker training, which is what we've also been teaching him with. Will hopefully get in to have him meet the dog in a few weeks or a month, depending on funds and his waiting list.
Thank you, especially for the advice about the fight. Knowing what to do makes me feel less scared about the possibility of one happening.
We're saving up for some lessons. There's a great trainer about half a mile from us who specializes in aggressive rescue dogs. We should be able to go in for our first lesson in a few weeks, maybe a month.
I keep re-writing a response to this, but I'll just go with: I appreciate that you don't let people off easy. I needed that.
I spent the morning watching the eclipse on Mrs. Jenkins' deck. We were watching on lawn chairs at the end of the cul-de-sac, and she invited us over to watch with her. I met 2 of her 10 children, we talked about soap and where they were in 1979 for the last eclipse. She made me some coffee, and we talked about Cooper.
She told me that having one more dog around doesn't change much - that as long as he's not in the yard when she's gardening near us (6 am - 8 am), she doesn't mind at all. And plus, she thinks he's cute.
After that, I went on a walk with Cooper. I introduced him to everyone on our block. This was also the first time I met most of them. Most of them said they hadn't noticed there was a new dog, and the ones that did notice said he was fine.
Finished up dog proofing the yard. He's been running around all morning, only a few barks. Seems plum tuckered out now.
Believe me, every concern you have is one I've had ten times over. But I'm dealing with whatever immediate problems I can, and everyone in my house is happy. We're not a perfect home for him, but we're better than what he had, and now that the yard is ready, he's getting the exercise he needs.
Thanks for looking out. I mean it.
The only music I've heard this week has been children's music at the preschool. Specifically, from an album by this band:
I think I like it? It's no Rafi.
How many times did I hear "Let it Go" this week? 10.
It makes it better that I automatically add the A$AP Ferg parts from this mashup everytime I hear the song.
Thank you, Dala!
The Kong is a godsend, and I love the idea of hiding the treats around the house! He really likes digging, so I'm thinking of building a little sandpit for him in the yard and hiding treats and chewtoys in it. Luckily, my landlords are incredible, and they've been helping me re-fit our yard to be more dog friendly for him. Pretty soon, I'm going to feel comfortable leaving him in the yard when I'm home.
Thank you so much, I really truly appreciate it.
He is such a good boy, especially for a rescue - he doesn't beg for scraps, he's housebroken, and he's good with people (and yes, gorgeous - expect more pics in this week's pubski!). I'm happy that he just has dog aggression - it's a much more manageable issue than him hating people.
Re: thing nine - I've been stopping by the local pet store every day since I got him, and I've found them to be incredibly helpful and reassuring. They offer free classes on training once a week, and I plan on going to just about all of them.
I make one smoothie. I make it almost every morning. I make it well, I make it consistently.
I've been spending a year or so figuring out how to make the best kale smoothie I can - how to break down the kale well, how to balance out the flavors. I find that the two most important flavors to add to the kale are sweetness and a citric component.
So, here's how I do it. This is all done with a Nutribullet because it's what I've got, not sure what the actual measurements are, I just do it all visually.
1. Grab you some kale. It should be cold. If possible, it should be de-stemmed, though I don't consider that essential. Grab enough to fill the large nutribullet container halfway, loosely packed. Add water to cover the kale.
2. Blend this for about a minute. This is the part where you just beat the shit out of the kale to get it to your desired consistency - for me, the smoother and more finely processed, the better.
Optional step: sometimes I add almonds to this. I do it at this point, and blend like a motherfucker. Nothing worse in a smoothie than choking on grainy almond meal.
3. Add the remaining components: 1 frozen banana, preferably halfed. 2-3 large frozen strawberries - I don't like to add much more than this, but I do like the tartness that they add. 5 or 6 frozen pineapple chunks - this is the essential part. I find pineapple to be the ideal citric fruit to balance out the kale. If you're going to skip any part of this recipe, make it the strawberry. The banana and pineapple are, IMO, essential.
4. Add some water and blend. The amount of water added is up to taste - I like smoothies with a bit of thickness to them, but still easily drinkable.
Optional changes: swap kale out for spinach, though I find this to make the smoothie too...frothy. I'm also a slow drinker, and I find that there is more separation between the solid/liquid components with spinach, leading to me just drinking some solid leaves.
Add almond milk instead of water. I don't love the taste of this personally, and would add more pineapple to counteract the added basic taste.
Starting as a paid employee at pre-k this week, about 2 weeks earlier than I expected. This frees up a little money in my budget for this month, which means two things: more money spent on getting the Etsy started, and more importantly: I am now looking for a puppy. Going to check some shelters this weekend with my partner.
Speaking of Etsy:
Bought a kid's dress shirt pattern yesterday, so anyone with fancy kids can have a cute animal shirt soon too ;) Probably going to be $30 for those.
Going to my first open mic of the past 3 months tonight. This will be the second time I've played in public in Portland. I somewhat suspect it will go better this time...