We finally did it!! First California quail!

I’m up North at my parents house for the holidays and the fields here have no bunnies in them, so Kai had no choice but to either chase quail or jacks or go home hungry. He chose to chase ;) We found a covey along a steep hillside and had at least 15 chases before he finally connected. He would chase and pin, chase and pin, run around in the bush like a coopers hawk, chase and pin again. It was great to see him so enthusiastic for a change! (it only took two years lol) Thanksgiving came a day early for us :)

My roommates are throwing me out. Please help.

Here’s the whole stupid story.

Yesterday, one of my roommates sent me a Facebook message saying that she and my other two roommates had independently decided that I was “too extroverted” (I’m not an extrovert) and that I “disrupt the vibe of the house,” “cause tension,” and “we just think you’re too weird and we don’t like you.” They’ve given me till June 30 to move out.

Up till this point, there was absolutely zero indication that they had any problem with me. I made repeated attempts to make them comfortable; I asked, over and over again, if I was talking too much, infringing on their space, etc. They always said it was fine. Always. They acted nicely to me. I bought them groceries when they couldn’t afford it, cleaned their dishes for them, fixed the broken drainpipe, fixed the internet when it went down, stayed out of their way when they had guests, and we had a lot of the same interests. I only ever wanted to be their friend.

But I’m apparently just ~too weird~ for their fucking house. 

In any case, I need a new place to live. Unfortunately I also don’t know if my job is renewing my contract yet, but I still want to cover all my bases. A temporary place to crash while I work out more permanent housing so I can be out of this toxic, passive-aggressive, two-faced house would be nice too.


  • Must be within ~30 minutes driving distance of Hunt Valley, MD, in any direction. City living / walkable neighborhood preferred but I’ll take anything really. 
  • Less than $500 a month.
  • My own room. 
  • Stove essential
  • No smokers, no 420 (I am allergic)
  • No dogs (I am allergic)
  • Parties are fine so long as they’re at a reasonable volume and not constant
  • Woman roommates preferred; yes that includes trans* women, and excludes trans* dudes (sorry trans* dudes)

About me: 

I am a 27 year old bisexual cisgendered (but trans* supportive!) woman. I am at the end of a 3 month contract as a QA tester for a local video game company (you can probably guess which one) and am waiting on renewal of said contract for another three months (It’s not a sure thing but I’m pretty confidant)

I am clean, tidy, and mostly friendly. I do need my alone time sometimes but for the most part I am a giant chatterbox and will literally talk your ear off if you let me… but! If you need me to, you just need to tell me to cool it, and I will. My own personal space can be a mess but I keep common areas clean. I love videogames, boardgames, classical literature (of all nations, Let Me Tell U About Genji), postmodernist literature, science fiction and fantasy, dumb action movies (AVENGERS), smart action movies (PACIFIC RIM), and cooking. I will cook for you. I am NOT a vegetarian, though I don’t eat pork. 

My work schedule can be a little nuts, and often involves 9 AM to 9 PM days and weekends. This does make it hard to plan sometimes :( 

Thanks guys. If you want to contact me privately, is a good bet, put ROOMMATES in the headline. 

It’s a Geological Life: Spain Edition

Day 6: Geology of Pineta Valley, Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

This was the day my professor realized that ¾ of the class were not mountain goats like here and said, if we made to the first big waterfall (where we would have our geology lesson), that we were done for the day, could go hike around and make it back to the bus by 2:00pm. It was a FUN day because Avery and I went fossil hunting.

While the Pineta Valley was glacially carved during the Quaternary, it has so great and complex geological history. The Pineta Valley contains multiple thrust sheets stacked one on top another. The thrust faults are the reactivated Lower Cretaceous normal faults. These faults were reactivated during the Upper Cretaceous due to the Alpine orogeny (the convergence of the Afro-Iberian and European plates).  

Looking down to the Pineta Valley, you can see it’s clear glacially-carved, U-shaped profile. The many waterfalls are runoff of the active glacier of the Monte Perdido, which is the third largest glacier in the Pyrenees. The Monte Perdido glacier has been retreating drastically since the beginning of the 20th Century.

The Cinca Waterfall from the Pineta Glacial Cirque

Estrecho Formation

These limestones contain fossils of Rudists, which were bivalves (mollusks) that lived affixed to the substrate. Rudists went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous.

For Day 5

                                  Red Arizona Dreams by Gleb Tarro,                                                  Hunts Mesa, Monument Valley, Navajo tribal Park, Arizona

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2011 Hunt & Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon

Ready to go hunting with my Garden & Gun magazine and this wine in paw! Very ripe cassis, blackberry jam, dill, oak, green pepper, and jalapeño on the nose. Tarter on the palate with less ripe cassis, ripe cranberry from the acidity, candy-sweet raspberries, and bay leaf. Quite a nice Napa cab!

3/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon

13.5% abv

Napa Valley, California, USA


Weathered adobe walls of a Spanish church share a ridge with the pueblo ruins, which extend for a quarter-mile along a ridge in a valley shared by the Glorieta Creek and the Pecos River. Long before Spaniards entered this country, this pueblo village was the juncture of trade between people of the Rio Grande Valley and hunting tribes of the buffalo plains. Its nearly 2,000 inhabitants could marshal 500 fighting men; its frontier location brought both war and trade.

At trade fairs, Plains tribes, mostly nomadic Apaches, brought slaves, buffalo hides, flint, and shells to trade for pottery, crops, textiles, and turquoise with the river Pueblos. Pecos Indians were middlemen, traders and consumers of the goods and cultures of the very different peo­ple on either side of the mountains. They became economically powerful and practiced in the arts and customs of two worlds.

Pecos Indians remained Puebloan in culture, despite cultural blendings, practicing an ancient agricultural tradition borne north from Mexico by the seeds of sacred corn. By the late Pueblo period, the last few centuries before the Spaniards arrived in the Southwest, people in this valley had congregated in multi-storied towns overlooking the streams and fields that nourished their crops. In the 1400s, these groups gathered into Pecos pueblo, which became a regional power. (at Pecos National Historical Park)

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