Sorry for the unofficial hiatus, I’ve been staying busy since my return to the Evergreen State! First I had to recover physically, which took longer than I expected. Maybe I’m getting old (I’m 28), or maybe I was way more out of shape than I realized, but standing/walking 8hr a day on concrete with dogs yanking out my shoulders wreaked havoc on my body. My body was wrung out and strung out, which took a chiro visit and more than a week to fix. I’m back to normal now, though!
Then we had family visiting from out of town, which was actually a lot of fun. They kept me busy with daily excursions to all the nearby towns I take for granted. Sometimes it’s fun to see the familiar from a fresh perspective, and just returning from SoCal made me appreciate certain things that I had never realized I valued. Like grass. Maybe I’m the least informed person on the planet, but it surprised me to learn that most of inland California is dirt. With the exception of irrigated cities, the whole place is brown.
The final thing that’s kept me from blogging, aside from pure laziness? Steve Jobs. Or, rather, his biography. Wow, there is so much I didn’t know about the man. He was a true genius of our time, both artist and shrewd businessman. While I do not admire his legendary arrogance and cruelty, I do admire his ability to innovate and his dedication to what he believed to be true. So yes, I would recommend the book. It’s surprisingly long though! I read it on my Kindle because I’m one of the cool kids. ;)
Finally, here’s a slideshow of our trip from SoCal to Washington. Briefly: picked Mom up at Long Beach in my car containing four bottles of wine, drove up PCH to Monterrey, had lunch in San Francisco (amazing), bought tasty salted pig parts, drove through Shasta after a wildfire, slept in Portland after driving for 16 hours, <3 Portland, made it home with all wine bottles intact.