(1) The US Postal Service is MAGICAL. They found me even with this ridiculously vague (yet accurate) address. Color me impressed.
(2) SMILE FRIDAY: The Internet kicks ass and sends me “Stop Being Broken, You Dolt” care packages edition! Not pictured: box (see photo ) covered with a thousand animal stickers, tea (!!), and a fancy brand of gel I’ve never heard of. Must. Get. Better! I wanna run and try itttttt. </whine></impatience> (THANK YOUUUUU!)
(3) Chrysti advised me to rub the BioFreeze into my KT Tape. HOLYMOLYIAMINHEAVEN. Pro tip: always listen to Chrysti.
NIKKI!!! This is SO exciting! Congratulations! And also: good thing your school closed, eh?! ;)
Yes. This is something I’ve been thinking about all afternoon.
I had actually received a call from one of the day cares that had my resume to set up an interview. I received both messages at the same time, but figured I should call the agency first. I’ll be calling the day care lady tomorrow to let her know I’m not interested.
So tomorrow I get to meet another member of the internet.@Mar-kicksass is here and we’re going to get together for a run and breakfast in the morning.
I’m excited. This will be the third time I’ve met anyone from the Tumblr community. The first was when @Bendoeslife came through town doing the Do Life tour, then I met @Smasheton when she moved to the Queen City.
And now I get to meet Mar. Expect to be spammed with meetup posts tomorrow folks!
That post described a woman blocking the sidewalk with her mean dog and a long leash. She didn’t like a bicyclist ringing a bell at her asking her nicely to get the hell out of the way. Hey, that was in California. Forget bikes, aren’t you allowed to drive cars on the sidewalks in the Golden State?
Anyway, I have a bell on one of my bikes. I decided that on my ride home from work today I’d ride on the sidewalk. And stand up for bicyclists everywhere!
The first animal lover in my way was surrounded by so many squirrels I was worried about squishing one. So I quietly moved along.
I saw several dog walkers and dinged my bell at them. You know what? They got out of my way. Damned right. Except for the sheltie. Did you know those dogs like to chase bicycles? And their owners don’t even care!
MAR (and Eight!): this is a pretty good example of what a false color image looks like (there are other types of false color, which really just means “not true color,” but this one is the most common).
-The river isn’t quite black (as water should be, like those two oxbow lakes east of the river) because it’s carrying lots of sediment (and probably chemicals, too). -You can see a small town just west of the center of the image, along the west bank of the river. Super cyan! -You can tell what crops are flourishing and which have already been fallowed (meaning harvested & now pretty much just dirt) based on the color. Pink = highly irrigated, vegetated plots. Darker blues = wetter soils. The brighter the blue, the drier the object. (Which is one reason urban areas are so bright - high runoff!) -The cyan lines throughout the image are roads. -Red along the river is grassland; to the east of the river there’s a crescent-shaped road, and east of that is more red, but THIS red is forest. You can differentiate between these reds/vegetation types based on texture. (Grasslands are smoother and forests are rougher.) There’s a bunch of random stands (groups of trees) throughout the image, too, if you look. They’re easy to pick out from the crops because they’re much redder.
If I had internet at my house, I could show you cooler imagery, but Google serves well enough in a pinch.
ugh. is getting another appraiser out grab second opinion an option?
iamwandering-and-lusting, runeatlovesleepmn - hopefully I have some kind of appeal option or maybe even an opportunity for a second appraisal. It turns out that the really shitty value was because of the worst possible comps.
Of the four comps, two homes weren’t in our neighborhood (we’re on the edge of a very desirable part of town, so while close geographically, they weren’t comparable as prices are very much lower there). The other two homes actually in our neighborhood were both distressed properties; one sold under foreclosure, and the other was vacant and run down and currently being completely renovated.
I shit you not, the crappiest possible outcome. My guess is that the appraiser just dialed it in and spent 5 minutes looking for the 4 closest prices she could find.
mar-kicksass - I could site Zillow, Realtor.com, and a bunch of different Bank valuation websites and they all come out around 60% higher or more!!!
Mrs RRR used to be in real estate and I used to work in the mortgage banking field; we’re not wishful-thinking civilians here. So I put together documentation to show the unsuitability of the comps including Google Street View pics, neighborhood maps, sales tax records, etc., and then provided six comps of my own mapping them to show proximity compared to my home and the comps that the appraiser found, gave the verified sales price, tax records etc.
Robin is a mystery to me. I used to think she lived in Arkansas, because she is close with Rach…but I have more recently figured out that she maybe lives in MS? No idea where….but I don’t really know where anything is there anyways. And she is a student, but she also seems to have some kind of career already. But I could be totally wrong on all counts. And she is really into plants. I think.
What? I actually kind of like it. Had never heard it before going into rehearsal (I know…I should have been more prepared) Unless you are booing that fact that rehearsal is happening at a really annoying time…but that is basically the only time orchestra rehearsal happens for me. Always evenings…
I clicked over to Joy the Baker. Why does the temperature of the butter matter? It’s going in the oven, why does it have to be cold? I really like your explanations of WHY for baking. I hate cooking/baking etc because of the unknown factor…
Think about your ideal pie crust. It’s perfectly flaky, right? The layered flakiness is caused by the cold butter.
Let’s logic this one out. Softened butter is great when you want a uniform dough, like in cookie, because it makes it so easy to blend by hand, right? Well with pie dough, we don’t want a perfectly smooth and blended dough. We want to see flecks of butter throughout the dough. The clumps are our ticket to happiness.
Butter contains water, and when that water evaporates during the baking process, we’re left with tiny pockets of pie crust goodness. If your butter isn’t super cold, it won’t retain its shape, and the butter will blend uniformly into the dough. If that happens, the butter (and its moisture) will be evenly distributed, and thus evenly removed. What we would rather have happen is for water to be evaporated from a few select locations (which would cause pockets). Follow? If your dough doesn’t have visible butter (clumps/sheets/flecks), you won’t get air pockets, so your dough won’t be flaky. The same concept applies for croissants and scones.
The colder the butter, the better the butter maintains its shape, the better the pockets created, the flakier the crust. That’s why so much emphasis is placed on cold butter, iced water to bring it together, and chilling the dough (though the chilling also allows moisture to distribute through the flour in the dough). You don’t want soft or melty butter.
This is also why, if you can avoid it, you shouldn’t use margarine or vegetable shortening in pie crusts. Margarine has some water content, though not much, and it’s largely made up of nasty chemicals. Shortening is pure fat - no water. You can use them, but they won’t ever yield as robust a result as cold butter does.
With the LA Marathon in 2 days I thought I’d share 2 pics from when I ran it last year. One is of the ladies from my Galloway training group, Kat, Sam, Tracy and me ;-). We ran the first 14 miles or so together and then kind of slowly separated after that due to some of us slowing down a bit and for one issue or another. Tracy and I did manage to stick it out to cross the finish line together. It was really nice having her there with me.
The other pic is MARkicksass and I at a water station on San Vicente. It was so good to see her and luckily I had Tracy with me to take this pic. I’m excited to see all the friendly faces along the course and especially at Miles 18, 21 and 23. I just know it's going to carry me to the end!!
Here’s my Dailymile post for my last run before LA i did yesterday.
I squeezed in one final run before the LA marathon today after work before I helped my nephew with some algebra home work, so I was in Camarillo. Anyway it didn’t go so well. Legs felt good but breathing and heart rate were a bit out of sorts. Glad to get home to Robb B. and Matilda Rose B. Now lots of rest and hydration for the next 2 days!!
So the plan for today like my DM post says is to hydrate lots…well after my diet dr. pepper aka “my morning coffee”. Then after work swing by Goodwill to get some throw-away jackets for waiting in the cold at Dodger Stadium on race morning. I had bought some jackets a week ago at the Salvation Army store but I/We ended up liking them so much we probably are going to keep them. So the hunt begins again. I think I’m going to have to buy something in a crazy color that I won’t mind tossing to the ground once the race starts. Then I’ll make a quick stop by Target and Roadrunner for some last minute stuff. Then home!!
Then tomorrow after the LA Marathon Expo, I’ll set up everything that I’ll need for the race, get all the electronics charged up, all the fuel set out, the clothes lined up, etc. It’s going to be tough enough getting up at 2am. I don’t need to worry where everything is.
I’m feeling in a better state of mind about the whole race thing even after my less than stellar run yesterday. I just hope I can get some sleep tomorrow night.