senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)
Good grief, June is almost over. How did it fly by so fast?

The second week of June I had to go to a PFMC meeting in Spokane, WA. If you're wondering why a body having to do with mostly ocean-going fishing meets occasionally on the eastern side of Washington (and sometimes in Idaho), the answer is "salmon." Which I have nothing to do with, but salmon drags everything after it. My flight had a transfer in Seattle and I had a 2½ hour layover between planes. [ profile] tikistitch was kind enough to come down and meet me at the airport and chat between planes; we got some dinner and I hope I didn't babble at her too much - I really didn't expect that glass of wine to be so big, especially at an airport, and it turns out I'm really a lightweight lately. I brought her a little Stitch something from Downtown Disney she'd mentioned she couldn't find, just in gratitude for all the fun I've had reading her Mythklok stories. Really great to meet you, Pam, and thanks for putting up with me!

Boring fisheries shtufs... )

Geocaching, whee... )
senoritafish: (Default)
Boy, what is with me? Seems like I only make an entry lately when there's a drastic change in the weather. Which there has been lately - abnormally cool summer punctuated with short lengths of record high temperatures. It was over 100°F at my office yesterday, so I don't even want to know how hot it was in San Pedro where I was collecting squid samples. Yes, it is right on the water, but Palos Verdes blocks off any ocean breeze. Not that there was any - the air was pretty much dead still. At least at the second dealer, they sort the boat's load inside their facility, so it was fairly cool in there. The truck's AC seems to be dying though - it was just barely feeling slightly cool when I arrived back at the office (about a 20 minute drive). I stopped at Fresh & Easy for something cool for lunch (I'd brought something frozen to heat up, which just wasn't appealing), and I tell ya, nothing like a grocery store for a place to cool off.

So for a recap of just lately:

  • Kids are back to school - Gareth and Angus are now going to the same school again, for the first time in three years. Gareth was a little overwhelmed with the changes the first week of middle school (it's middle school now, when I was going there, it was always "jr. high" - and indeed the school team is the Jr. Oilers, after the high school about a block away). Avalon's the last one at the elementary school, and for the first time, has a teacher one of her brothers had. Angus had her for third grade.

  • Two weeks ago (already?) I spent a couple of days in Boise, ID. Last time I was there, I barely got out of the hotel; this time, the HMS agenda items on the Council's plate (which the team I'm on spent the previous two days discussing) finished early, my flight back to LAX wasn't until 8pm, so I got to spend a couple of hours wandering around downtown Boise - and the capitol building. Weirdly, I was trying to find a place for lunch and nearly all the restaurants closed at 2pm , then reopened at 5pm for dinner. Finally found an upscale pizza/wine bar and coincidentally both the hostess and the server had lived in Huntington Beach (after asking where I was from). They had a very good small pizza/salad lunch special, and I'd recommend the place if you're ever in Boise. Especially looking for a late afternoon lunch. Oh, and I also tried Basque food at a rather pricy restaurant that came well recommended - and several of us were less than impressed. I don't know if it was just the restaurant itself or I just picked the wrong thing. Oh well.

  • I made a list of topics to write about about a month ago - and I've only gotten to one of them.

  • At the top of my agency's intranet website:
    Dust off the ol' crystal ball again!  Take the State Budget Survey! (Looks like those of you who chose "When the cows come home" got it right!)

  • Part of the update laziness, I guess, is only having a non-starting home PC to write on currently. I could use my phone but I'm just not up to typing the size entries I usually do with my thumbs (and I don't thing the phone browser likes them either - letters start becoming invisible at the end). Anyone just upgrade to Windows 7 and have no further use for their XP disc? Mine didn't come with one, and I'd only need it for attempting repairs and reinstalling a backup registry.

  • Scooter is now neutered. In trying to find a vet with a reasonable price for doing this, [ profile] runsamuck found the range went from $75 for a place in Santa Ana to $350 for the vet closest to us - who used to be our animals' regular vet when her office was in Sunset Beach. However, since she moved to the shopping center close to us, she more than doubled her charges. I suppose it was the rent - that all goes with the realtors calling my neighborhood "prestigeous." We went with Santa Ana. Anyhow, he was so out of it when we picked him up, poor guy.

  • [ profile] runsamuck decided his ponytail is a pain and cut it off. He must have asked me ten times if it was ok with me; however, it's his hair. I'm not going to force him to keep some way he doesn't want it. If I were smart, I'd do the same with mine, but I actually kind of like it.

  • We've all had colds; and the dishwasher is going kaput. It refuses to get anything clean, so right now I'm just using it for a giant dish drainer. Which I need to leave for home and go do more of.

  • Bleh.
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)

The second week of April, I had to travel for work to Portland OR. I really didn't have much opportunity to get too far away from the hotel right outside the airport (I'd almost say "within" the airport, as there were runways on either side). But after a Friday all-day meeting, we went to this place for dinner. It was fascinating, and I'd really like to come back and spend a weekend there. Apparently during the early part of the 20th Century, it served as a "Poor Farm" for the destitute. It was renovated in the 90's to become a B&B-type hotel, a winery, various brewpubs, movie theater, spa, and gardens that supply the Black Rabbit Restaurant.

McMenamin's Edgefield
Troutdale OR
Canon EOS 1000D
8 April 2010

further scavenged... )

24. city not your hometown ☺
12. skirt ☺
17. public transportation ☺
21. member of the opposite sex ☺
16. poster ☺
18. music ☺
senoritafish: (multitasking (doing the dishes))

On the way home, I found this nifty hand dryer in the San Francisco airport ladies room. It's like an air squeegee and works in about a quarter of the time a regular air dryer. You can see the dents the air is making on either side of my hand.

Restroom gadgets
San Francisco Airport
South San Francisco CA
14 September 2009

other airport fun stuff... )
senoritafish: (Sparkledork!)

Off to Foster City for work on a Sunday morning. :p I got a cuppa at the airport Starbucks after I found out the flight was delayed for two hours (fog at the San Francisco end). There are a few more waymarks here I thought I'd document while I was waiting; this is a restaurant in the category of "Googie Architechture," (50's-modern style, with boomerang shapes, satellite decorations, vaulted roofs, etc.) I noticed this little detail over the bar is only visible from a few angles. Unfortunately, when I was trying to take this picture, I knocked over my coffee, which did not make me happy. The guy at Starbucks very kindly gave me a new cup.

Oasis Grill and Sky Lounge
John Wayne Airport
Santa Ana CA
13 September 2009

I liked this jacket worn by a person on my flight. )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Last time I travelled, I came across an article in one of those backseat magazines that had some nifty places to stay; I wrote down all the websites to check out later and I just came across that piece of paper on my desk (putting them here so I can throw it in the recycling). I'd love to try them out sometime. Maybe after the kids have moved out.

Sweden - a 747 that's been turned into a hostel.

Switzerland - The Anti-Luxury Hotel - 0 Starsl

  • military-style bunks in place of beds
  • hot water bottles to make up for no central heating
  • earplugs in case you can’t sleep because of the noise from the fans
  • complimentary slippers if floors are icy
  • no windows, just four white walls everywhere you look
  • hot water to shower in is limited, hence wheel of fortune will determine who will have to shower in cold water

Idaho - For the Ultimate Beagle Lover

Austria - Sleep in a drainpipe.

Netherlands - stay in a lighthouse, a lifeboat, or a crane in the harbor...

And finally, not a hotel, but you can buy one to live in...Tree Pod Houses.
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

Sunday morning, council matters were done before lunch, and my flight didn't leave until 6ish. So I had time for lunch and a bit more leisurely walk around downtown Spokane. Found two caches of the normal kind and a virtual cache (where you only find the object - these aren't actually allowed anymore and have been replaced by Waymarks). The above was the neighborhood around a cache I didn't find commemorating (sort of, the poster was pretty sarcastic about) an old Art Deco building that used to be there. However, there still seem to be a number of historical buildings in the neighborhood. The old guy waiting for the bus must thought I was nuts, creeping around behind the stone fence around the parking lot - I was trying to be stealthy, but my back made me stand up straight every once in a while.

Downtown Spokane, WA
Canon EOS 1000D
14 June, 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (Al runs)

(Note: originally posted Aug. 11...edited to date pic actually taken...)
What is wrong with me? I never even finished posting my trip to Spokane. Certainly having a lack of motivation for just about everything. :p

After meetings Saturday, I talked a couple of colleagues into walking downriver to ride the purple gondolas across the Lower Falls. It was a nice long ride too, about 15 minutes. It would stop occasionally until a new batch of passengers got on. The only discomfort was the little cars had no ventilation except for the top six inches of window being open. On a really hot day, it would have been very uncomfortable. On the return trip, I looked up to see the cow skull decorations on the old bridge above us.

Bridge over Lower Spokane Falls
Spokane WA
Canon EOS 1000D
13 June 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)

Since the meeting didn't start until 1 pm, I now had a working GPS and hadn't done any geocaching since last September, I spent my first morning in Spokane walking around the riverfront and downtown area, which was lovely. There are waterfalls here, and the Riverfront Park was once the site of the 1974 World Expo, which a couple of the structures in the background were part of. This rock formation in the middle of Upper Spokane Falls is an Earthcache, a type of virtual cache that gives you a little geology lesson of the area. The lesson here being that much of the area around Spokane was once volcanic, and this formation is made of the same columnar basalt that is used in building a number of structures in the area (it looks very manmade, but it's the actual stucture formed by the rock as it cooled). This was taken from one of two pedestrian footbridges that cross the Upper Falls, both connecting to an island in the middle of the river.

Upper Spokane Falls
Spokane WA
Canon EOS 1000D
12 June 2009

and another water feature... )
senoritafish: (Jet - Power)

Flew up to Spokane WA for three days of meetings. Another sundog, this time from above.

Location -? (somewhere between John Wayne Airport and SeaTac)
Canon EOS 1000D
11 June 2009

...And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air...  )

The flight up had no less than six small passegers under two, who all set each other off crying during takeoff. While I can tune a lot of that out, being a parent, six was rather a lot as once. Luckily, most of them settled pretty quickly, except for one little girl who wailed intermittently as her parents took turns handing her off. While jockeying for position with the other passenger for the second leg of the trip from Seattle to Spokane, I noticed the young man next to me had a Jack's Surfboards shopping bag (a store on Main St. near me), so I asked if he was coming or going from SoCA. Turned out he and his dad were going back home to their small town nearly on the Canada/Idaho border. They'd gone down to go to Dismalland (JWA flights always seem to have families with that as a destination), and we chatted a bit about beaches and traffic (he was shocked it was so bad), and whether I'd been to Idaho (twice; the meeting last September, and a number of years before, when Beth and I drove up there to visit and go camping with her father's family). He also related that the little girl who cried the most on the flight had been on their flight down as well, and never stopped that time. He told me he never wants to leave his town, and I don't blame him a bit. I think the entire state of Idaho has less of a population than my local area; from that trip with Beth, I remember seeing three- and four-digit license plates.

I was out of camera battery for the flight to Spokane (and if you ever peruse my Flickr photostream I'm sure you're grateful for that!), and the sun was setting anyway, but it looked like there was still quite a lot of snow in the Cascades. After I checked in I realized I must have left my DFG jacket on one of the planes, and my black go-to-meeting shoes no longer seemed to be in my suitcase - and I know I shoved them in there because I almost forgot them. We were about to leave for the airport and I had to run back inside and grab them.
senoritafish: (time on earth)
Tired. Seems like I've had one deadline after another lately. Not getting enough sleep. And it's my own fault. I read someone's feelings about procrastination recently (scroll down to Procrastination, or The Mobility Impaired Brain), which I really identified with - actually, I'd read it quite a while ago and only recently found it again. And I was probably continuing to procrastinate reading the damn thing. Anyway...

Sitting in the airport in San Francisco. My plane was supposed to leave in 20 minutes ago and has been delayed for another 40 - I'm going to LAX and a plane going to Dallas is still parked at the gate. I drank two $8 glasses of Merlot in an airport seafood place to celebrate being done with my bit of the Council meeting; I noticed on the menu there, the swordfish was going for the same price as a chicken breast was in the hotel. GODS, was that place pricey. I bought my breakfast in the gift shop (which was about a third the size of my bedroom), and at least the coffee in my room was decent.

I always wonder in airports. There's a family of five travelling somewhere, with their pile of carryons, and each kid seems to have their own Nintendo DS. My family could never afford to fly anywhere, and still, I really only travel by air for work. We've still never visited John's relatives in Michigan - although a large part of that is that, not only could we not afford without saving for a long while, John really doesn't have any desire to, not having been back there since leaving at 15.


Blah. I've been trying to get back to this post for a week; despite having several days off, I never accomplished anything more on it. Batteries on laptop went out and it was time to board the plane, finally. Somehow, I scored a first class seat, which was nice although not that much different. I got to drink my cranberry juice out of a glass cup instead of plastic, and my tray table was actually smaller. I suppose it would make more of a difference on a longer flight. Gareth was a little disappointed I didn't bring back pictures from the air, but I didn't have a window seat.

I was hoping I could get together with my old college roomie while at this meeting, but sadly, 'twas not to be. Ah well, maybe another time. The Council meets in Foster City, also in the Bay Area, in September, I think. She left me the best phone message, though. I'll have to save that one! Yes, I should return it.
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)

I had been ready the day before for a 6am meeting that wound up not happening, and I'd gone across the street to the Bay's edge before the sun came up - there's a wetlands and across an inlet, the San Franscisco airport - but I didn't take my camera with me. Today I resolved to get up early again (on a Sunday morning, and meetings didn't start until 10!) to see if I could get what I'd seen the day before. Wasn't quite successful.

Two kinds of wing-ed things...
Millbrae CA
Sharp VE-CG30
5 April 2009

+2 )
senoritafish: (fisheries observer by ray troll)

Up in the Bay Area for a fisheries management meeting for about four days. This is the view from the Westin San Francisco Airport - hills in Millbrae/Burlingame? According to Google Maps, there's a reservoir at the top of that hill (?!). The wind was blowing hard the first two days I was there - felt like it just blew off the Artic ice floes. Seems like those clouds just clung to the top of those hills all day.

Westin Airport
Millbrae CA
Sharp VE-CG30
02 April 2009

And yeah, I'm back to the old camera for travel anyway - with airlines charging $15 to check a bag, and only two carryons allowed, I just don't have room for the bulky camera bag.
senoritafish: (starry night)
Heading up to Monterey for a staff meeting. Driving because of the budget, and about 44 miles from Salinas. A few minutes ago, south of King City, we passed half a dozen deer in a dormant walnut orchard; it seemed strange to see them in such an open space, right next to the highway, dark gray-brown antlers among white walnut branches. For that matter, I could've sworn I saw a doe between the bushes below the Getty Center while we were still in LA. And coworker B has been making a game of counting redtailed hawks along the highway. It'll be dark soon. Glad to not be driving. He was just remarking how the last 50 miles seem to be the longest. (sent while heading up the 101...)
senoritafish: (time on earth)

Berkeley CA
Sharp VE-CG30
04 December 2008

more public art... )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
Rock balancing

I cannot stand sitting in stop and go traffic on interstate 5 coming home from San Diego, so sometimes I take Highway 1 along the coast north. I may not be moving any faster, but at least it's prettier to look at. At the stretch of beach crossing the lagoon between Solana Beach and Cardiff-by-The-Sea, I saw these stones stacked up with the lowering sun lighting them just perfectly. Of course, I was compelled to turn around and park to try to take of picture of them, and also of course, but the time I did park and hike a 1/4 mile back to them (not that far, but it still took time, the perfect lighting was completely gone. But still neat to see all these standing piles of stones by the side of road.

San Elijo Lagoon
Cardiff-by-the-Sea State Beach
Cardiff-by-the-Sea CA
Sharp VE-CG30
04 November 2008

+3 )
senoritafish: (Default)

I don't think I've ever been in an elevator before that had instructions on how to use the buttons.

Town & Country Hotel
San Diego CA
Kyocera Switchback phone camera
02 November 2008
senoritafish: (Not Again...)
Lake Success CA

I had to fly to Boise for a meeting; we flew over the same lake we drove past on our way camping in August...

Lake Success CA
Sharp VE-CG30
07 September 2008
senoritafish: (Ignore me!!!)
Payday tomorrow...I'm sure the bus driver will be happy; today and Friday I've had to pay my entire fare in nickels and dimes, and not even the option of driving, because the Kia has just about enough for John to pick up Gareth at summer school. $10 yesterday was enough to get 2 gallons and barely move the needle off E.

We have a trip planned in August to drive to Carlsbad Caverns and take a cave tour or two, and camp. We were going also visit the Grand Canyon, but with the price of gas that's out. We're planning on using our economic stimulus check for it, and John thinks even if gas gets up to $5.25, we can still afford it.

I am dubious. I am all for staying closer to home. Driving across the desert in August, with three kids who have never been on a long car trip before (two of whom seem to have problems sitting still for any length of time), does not sound like a wonderful time to me.

Well, we'll see. My family made cross country trips in the summer, without DVD player or AC even. We did have a camper and more room to spread out, though. And a couple of those trips were made when we kids were old enough to share in the driving.

I was kind of hoping to use part of our check to get a new camera, but I don't suppose there's going to be any extra for that...
senoritafish: (Not Again...)

Driving home from Carlsbad again; the home stretch about a mile away from home this time.

Main Street
Huntington Beach CA
Kyocera Switchback phone camera
04 June 2008

Blimp! )


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