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Apr. 21st, 2007

This morning, discovered little black flecks in the water from my tea-kettle. On investigation, discovered that the lining of my orange Oxo kettle was flaking off pretty significantly. Hard water? Ehn. Replaced with red Oxo kettle of different type; am sad it isn't orange.

New England makes no compromises. We shifted from horrible rainy cold straight to sunny and 75. I am not complaining, mind you.

Drove out to Broadmoor Reservation to walk around after other errands. Took my spiffy tan polka-dot Wellingtons to wear; too warm on my feet and made my legs sweat, but oh, I was glad I had them because of all the places where various trails were flooded out and I just DID NOT CARE. (It's neat to stand in a rushing stream just over a waterfall with the water pushing on your legs.) Took my foldy-chair, so that when I got tired of tramping around and came upon something that I wanted to enjoy for a it, I could just deploy it and relax for a bit. Did that next to a babbling bit of stream with views of sunlight through woods and marsh and meadow beyond. I really do love the sound of running water.

Nature encountered: one fairly big garter snake, slithering away at high speed. Then he paused, only about 3 feet from me, and I was able to get about 2 steps closer, before he took off again. Also: spotted a beaver dam in the distance.

Unfortunately, evening has been a complete wash. Got home, and a headache descended that appears to be resistant to painkillers. Have not been able to do anything all evening...

... except watch the last two parts of "100 Greatest Weather Moments" from the Weather Channel. Yes, I am a gigantic nerd, and I was riveted to this series, as I was describing to katie_m. (Note to telepresence: Galveston was number 19 (fair enough); rightly, they didn't include any of the tsunamis.) It should also be known that I am really a huge sap. It turns out that I *will* tear up if you show me footage of the Challenger blowing up; I will tear up listening to "Amazing Grace"; and I will tear up watching footage of Katrina.

Dallas Stars win tonight, forcing a game 7 with the Canucks (I assume, on Monday; in Vancouver). Historically speaking, the Canucks have not had a lot of luck in the past few trips to the playoffs, with first-round game 7s. Let's hope they *really* gut-check and pull this one out.

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jenlev
Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
sounds like a lovely day, although, ixnay on headaches.

i've just heard that there's a family of beavers about five minutes from my office/pond. it's just behind one of our other campuses so hopefully i'll see some beavers in action.

gorgeous out here today. thinking of you and sending a smooch.

ps. did you see the trouble that eli and i got into yesterday? http://jenlev.livejournal.com/391665.html?nc=10

and speaking of beavers: http://jenlev.livejournal.com/390634.html?nc=14
there was one at the pond last week...possibly one of the ones that lives down the road?
raqs
Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
honestly, i am right there with you in the tearing up. i think that's a GOOD thing.
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