Got up bright and early on a cold morning for a trip to the Oregon North campus of AppNexus in Lake Oswego. This is the first full day of work for me in over a week.
It was a bit of a hectic day back at work with meetings and an office move thrown in for good measure. Driving home I got to enjoy the Coburg hills draped in low clouds in an otherwise cloudless sunset.
This evening, catching up with the crazy things that crazy Carrie is doing on Homeland.
It’s been almost a year and a half since I blogged here. There are lots of reasons why I’ve been an absentee blogger. Today I was inspired by Shannon’s renewed blogging to give it a go myself. This isn’t part of a new year’s resolution of any kind, so perhaps that means it will have some staying power.
Today we cleaned the house (mainly the kitchen) after hosting a super-fun and lively New Year’s Eve party with a great group of friends both old and new last night. Then we went for a hike at Mt. Pisgah. The weather was gorgeous and Pisgah was hopping. We hiked the summit trail and had great views of Diamond Peak, South and Middle Sister mountains in the Cascades from the top.
Here’s a photo summary:
As you can see, it’s been a good start to 2013.
8:24pm. The Laboratory, Eugene, OR
Up and at ‘em around 7:30 to water the garden, then breakfast at Cafe Siena before the football day got under way.
Friday was a half day. My co-worker Pete and I went to lunch at Papa’s Soul Food and then headed out to play not one, but TWO rounds of mini-golf with a break in between rounds to enjoy a beer by the river.
Lunch was delicious
And the river, gorgeous
Saturday was spent watching the Ducks take care of the Wolf Pack. Later that afternoon I made a tasty garden salsa with some of our tomatoes, tomatillos, pepperoncinis, peppers, onions, and garlic plus some market corn. I look forward to making another batch in the near future.
Squirrels have eaten about half of our pumpkins
So we’ve had to harvest the rest of them a little early
A week of hot weather is bringing the tomatoes along nicely
We’ve got some volunteer sunflowers brightening up the garden
Today started out great with a resounding Bears win over the Falcons. I had my doubts of the defense based on their preseason play, but they dismantled the Falcons offense today… made them look like fools. I was particularly impressed with the defensive line’s constant and relentless pressure. The Bears rarely blitzed.
The offense had very few penalties and had a number of great third down conversions, but there were several plays the Bears got away with that a better defense would have exploited to their advantage.
Next week should be a good test. The Saints D will probably improve a little bit over their Packers drubbing, but should still allow the Bears to put points on the board. The question is can the Bears D make Drew Brees look like Matt Ryan today?
8:48pm. The Laboratory, Eugene, OR
Awake and up at 6:30 thanks to Rubi, and Chandra who was hurtling out the door to go on a field tour for work.
Wonderful early morning skies
A garden in need of a drink
It was obliged.
Today was something like the fifth day in a row where we’ve topped over 90 degrees here in Eugene. That’s what the weather forecaster said on the news today. I’m a little surprised at that. It’s definitely been warm, but I didn’t think we’d hit 90 all those days.
Ron’s Island Grill supplied a late but filling lunch in the midst of a good, standard work day.
Picked C up at 5:42 from the rental car place where she was dropping off. We stopped quickly at home and then onto Hot Mama’s Wings for dinner.
After dinner a neighborhood walk to the Red Wagon Creamery cart with neighbors J&E. However, they were all out of tasty ice cream by the time we arrived. There had been a rush. I settled for some tasty watermelon sorbet.
Football is under way. I hate the Packers.
Time for some reading and to bed.