This profile is in desperate need of revision. Much has changed in the year or two since my last entry. I'll get around to it soon, i promise.
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I like to laugh and smile. I try not to hurt creatures of any kind. I've come to believe the planet has a better chance to survive without mankind and will likely win in the end. I wish more people were progressive thinkers and I'm glad I live in Portland because there are so many.
I have a lot of interests and because of it, I think, I'm not an expert at any of them. For example, I like rock climbing and playing music but both require enormous amounts of time and discipline to gain a level of proficiency. Of course, that level is a moving target which is something I like about it - it never gets boring.
Bear with me please, I may ramble here a bit.
I turned part of my parking strip into a vegetable garden this spring. I've been eating a lot of salads out of it, sharing some of the rewards with my neighbors. I also figured out how to cook ribs on my grill so it's something I've been savoring just about every weekend I can. My prime motivation for my garden was to grow squash blossoms so I could make squash blossom pizza. Unfortunately, by the time the blossoms arrived, I'd been on a diet for a few months. I love food and I enjoy trying new restaurants and new recipes.
I spent the weekend painting the north side of my house, trimming my laurel hedge, working some in my garden...I would have preferred to have gone on a weekend trip or spending a day climbing at some local crag but alas, friends were either out of town or bailing on me.
Hiked up the Palmer with friends. Grueling. I either need to do this more often so I don't feel so out of shape or, instead, admit my age is creeping up on me and I'm too old for this sort of thing!
Ski'd the Bennett Pass loop this weekend, across the Terrible Traverse which wasn't so terrible. We did it in exactly 4 hours. Burgers 'n Brew after made for a great day.
I've been spending a lot of time at the rock gym this winter. Not many women my age there (or any gender, actually!) but I'm definitely enjoying myself.
Update: Well, I was spending a lot of time at the rock gym - until I pulled my hamstring making a power move (there was a loud p-pop!). Climbing is out for awhile. Physical therapy is in. Too bad for me, a trip to the Sierras was in the works. Oh well, I guess that means work on my upper body and more time for my guitar.
Well, let's see...what's new since my last post...i'm no longer making ribs, or even eating meat as much as i was. When I mentioned to a doctor friend of mine how often i was making ribs, she asked me have i had my cholesterol checked lately. Well, that certainly got me thinking. So my carnivorous appetite is quelled. Meanwhile, my hamstring, though not without its reminders, is healed enough so climbing is back in prime time. My veggie garden has been yielding salad fixin's and my ancient cat is still my true companion and love of my life. Little things, like my home refinance, the anticipation awaiting my new french press, new climbing shoes, the upcoming Thievery Corp performance at the Schnitz, redpointing the 5.11 at the crag (it's a climbing thang), all make for contentment.
Hmmm... haven't written anything in awhile. I pretty much hibernated this winter. Not in a social frame of mind. No winter sports for me this season. Spent much of my time in the basement building an electric guitar. Sounds great but has that, as a friend described, distressed look about it. I thought I'd try and work a tune out on the acoustic, then switch back to the electric, on a weekly basis. Ah, the best laid plans of Mice and Men... I seem to be spending more than a week working out the 'B' section of Valseana, a waltz by Sergio Assad. Mostly because my ancient cat seems to always be in need of my lap. She rules the lair.
And then there's rock climbing. Made a trip to the eastern Sierra's this past March. That was fun and got me out of hibernation. In spite of the fact that i spent more time hibernating than training, I did manage to get a rope on a few .11c's by the end of the week.
And the garden is mostly in...although I've only eaten leeks and things that have wintered over. And my summer project is to paint my house...we'll see. So far, 2/3rds of the front is painted, not including the trim.
This is a work in progress - I'll write more soon.