We have a Ford Focus Wagon, which Kirk fondly calls The Focustine (rhymes with Josephine: an old fashioned name for a practical-shoes kind of car). Its visual design appeal is, well, lamentable. But holy cow you can fit a lotta stuff in that thing! Here’s last Saturday’s errands:

  • 250 pounds of livestock feed
  • 100 pounds of raw meat for dog food
  • 6 gallons of milk for lambs
  • $200 worth of groceries (including, of course, a half rack on top there)
  • lumber (I can fit twelve foot boards in there and still close the hatch!)
  • a couple of new garbage cans

And room to spare. Wagons are kewl!

LLama12 Blogging is an interesting and rich experience. I’m sure people blog for many different reasons.  The main ones for me are selfish, I enjoy writing, enjoy organizing my thoughts, and any kind of journal writing is of course therapeutic. So, first and foremost, I write about what’s on my mind, what’s happening in my life, how I’m feeling about something at the moment.

I write mostly for me, with no particular agenda.



I’m subjecting myself to a lab-rat-like experiment by commuting to Seattle. When I was job hunting, I purposely avoided applying for jobs in the big city, since there were enough on the Eastside to choose from. I don’t consider myself a city person, at all. This job I took was slated to be in Seattle for one more month before switching to the Bothell campus.

So, I figured this would be an interesting experiment. The outcome would be to confirm or deny that I indeed dislike Seattle, and don’t like commuting there, working there or being there, pretty much at all. 🙂


GrandmaK Recently my family was over for a little get-together, and I sat at the dinner table with my two grandmas, both are in their nineties. The conversation turned to the current economy, and the possibility that we’re entering (or already in) something akin to the Great Depression. I asked them both what their memories were of that time. They were in their teens when it started, and getting married and starting families when times finally were improved. (more…)

snowdayToday we had a short and intense snow storm. We’ve had a lot of warm weather recently, too, but March is always squirrely! It was bright and sunny when I took this picture at home after work. We’re hoping for more warm days, now that we can enjoy the extra hour of daylight to get stuff done in the evenings!

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