Camping again: brrrrr

Camping again: brrrrr

Josh's uncle doesn't understand why we would want to go camping at the same place twice. Well, because it's this beautiful, that's why! πŸ’š
Hey dudes! We went camping again last weekend! That brings our 2016 total trips to THREE, pretty impressive for mid-July. A record, in fact.

Maggie and Bear Cub splash around Hyas Lake. πŸ’¦
TOO BAD it was too cold to swim or sunbathe or even go hat and glove-less! That’s right, BOOOOO. No more camping until the temp hits, like, 80. Ugh.

Bear Cub carries the dog food when we go camping.
Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful–Hyas Lake is always beautiful, but at one point Saturday morning I was wearing a tee shirt, long-john shirt, fleece and long pants and a winter hat AND gloves and my fingertips were still turning white from cold. In July. What a load of crap!

So many beautiful wildflowers on this trip. 🌻
The array of wildflowers this year really was stunning. And with only a 10-pound pack to carry, the two flat miles to camp was a piece of cake.

Another cooold camping trip. Remind me to wait until August to go camping again!
I just, you know, prefer NOT to freeze my ass off when I go camping, that’s all. Also: freeze-dried biscuits and gravy is disgusting! We won’t make that mistake again!

Mountain Man, does what he can. 🌲
Even the Mountain Man had on a flannel shirt and a down vest. Brrrrrr.

The fire was necessary this time around. Brrrrrr.
Thank goodness the fire danger wasn’t too high and we were able to build a fire! That helped. A little.

@djmagicelf and @corinne_spoja and I ready to see Die Antwoord tonight woot wooooot! 🌟
In other, non-camping-related news, Josh and the Broad and I went to see Die Antwoord last night! Woo hoo! Baby’s first concert.

Die Antwoord put on a great show tonight. πŸ’™
Now that I’m pregnant and sensitive, maybe some of their imagery was a little…creepy, and occasionally the music and lights were a bit…cloying, but 90% of the concert was excellent. I’m glad we went.

Next time you're at Snoqualmie Pass, make sure to stop by Aardvark Express. Stoner comfort food at its finest! πŸ’š
The next time you are at Snoqualmie Pass, do yourself a favor and stop by the Aardvark Express: stoner comfort food at its finest. I had a sausage tucked into a pancake and smothered with cream cheese and huckleberry jam, and Josh had chicken curry with a slab of pineapple cake on top. Mmmmmm.

I bought a shade-less teal lamp at a thrift store 2 years ago and finally found the perfect shade at Fred Meyer's (of all places) to match it.
Now we get to review all the random pictures I’ve been insta-shamming for the last couple of weeks. Like this picture of the bedroom lamp, which is notable only because I bought that lamp sans shade from a thrift store a couple of years ago, and randomly found the perfect shade to match it at Fred Meyers, of all places, recently.Β 

Rainbow glass pendant from Kauai. 🌈
My 4th of July shellac is ready to come off.

Behold: the perfect blueberry muffin (and yes, that's butter oozing out of it).
Oh man. Here’s the thing about pregnancy cravings: sometimes they just won’t abate until you’ve made homemade blueberry muffins with struesel topping. Holy moly, they were goooooood.

I looooove Pacifica's fragrances. I think this is my 5th perfume by them. It's the perfect summer scent! πŸ’›
The perfect summer scent, courtesy of Pacifica. Good old Pacifica–I now own all the perfumes from them I care to own. Which is like 5 or 6.

Gorgeous purple hydrangea πŸ’œ
This hydrangea in our back yard really is a stunner.

No filter, no extra saturation, the color of this rose was amazing! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
This beautiful rose outside my work needed no extra saturation or IG filters. I’m back at one of my old jobs again, and it’s nice working every day. The staffing company pays great but hasn’t had any work for me since last month.

Beautiful lily in our front yard.
I never get tired of looking at flowers! These lovely lilies popped up in our front yard.

Roses from Joshy, plucked from our yard. 🌹🌹🌹
Today I am 14 weeks and 2 days pregnant, and I’m actually starting to LOOK pregnant. Like, the belly doesn’t flatten when I suck it in.

Nature Cub!
I feel a little less famished constantly, but I still have a healthy appetite.

Maggie prefers to be lying down comfortably while snacking. I feel that, Mags.
Tonight for dinner I am making slow cooker beef and broccoli, with strawberry shortcake for dessert. Doesn’t that sound gooood?

Black eyed Susan in the front yard. πŸ’›
I had originally planned to go to Boise at the end of this month, but moved my trip up to September. My brother and his wife are finally moving out of my parent’s house at the end of next month to their new place in Oregon, and it will be less stressful if I visit then.Β 

I am going to see the new Ab Fab movie this Friday with my Broad, CAN’T WAIT!!!

Alright weather, I'm ready for you to warm up now. Is this gonna be one of those Old School Seattle summers where it doesn't get hot until August?! Booooo!
I really wanted Christopher to come up, but he claims he is in school right now and can’t do it, even though I promised to buy his train ticket and everything. Booooooo.

"Enough with the selfies!" says Maggie dog. "Let's go!" πŸ’›
Meanwhile, the girls and I are still going for our daily walkies.

The lettuce, cucumbers and squash failed big time, but at least our tomato plant is flourishing!
This year we have completely failed to grow marigolds, lettuce, cucumbers and squash but the tomato plant is thriving! Sigh.

Trail Cub. 🌲
I’m not sure what critters are responsible for munching away the leaves on everything, but we DO have an awful lot of snails in the backyard. Little jerks.

Shirley Manson looking bloody gorgeous with pink hair in my latest "Elle". Can you believe she's almost 50?!
Good grief this blog entry is taking a long time! FINALLY here is Shirley Manson looking fabbuu with bright pink hair at nearly age 50. You go, girl!

And even MORE camping pictures (tra la lee?)

And even MORE camping pictures (tra la lee?)

view from camp
Guess what, blog? I have more camping pictures!

view across the lake
But these pictures look just like the last set of pictures!” I hear you saying. Sure, sure, but these are actual CAMERA pictures! Not taken with a phone! See the difference now?

the sun finally came out
We are likely going camping again this weekend…maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll get up to…70 degrees! Let the good times ROLL!

sunny afternoon
This is a nice shot. This is during the 10 minute window of time that the sun finally came out.

Maggie takes it easy
Josh was napping, Maggie was embedding her dog fur with sap and pine needles, Bear Cub was guarding, and I was…working my way through the book of 80 “Easy” crossword puzzles I had purchased at the grocery store for this trip.

Maggie looking at me
We are only going camping Friday and Saturday, because on Sunday we are going to baby’s first concert: DIE ANTWOORD. Oooooh yeah! It’s gonna be weird!

Here’s one of my faves by them, the video I showed Corinne to see if she would like them. It worked! She’s going with us! REMIND ME TO GIVE HER THE CAT PAINTINGS I DID MONTHS AGO, O-M-G.

Maggie keeps an eye on Josh
Here’s Joshy attempting to fish with a leaky kayak and a tangled line and no visible fish, anywhere.

These kayakers were the closest other humans to us all weekend long, just the way I like it.

Josh fishing
I love how concerned Maggie is.

happy camping face
Heaven forbid I blog and NOT mention my pregnancy, right? For fun, here are 5 ways that being pregnant is that I didn’t expect:

1. Sore sore boobs. Never read about that one.
2. Having to pee CONSTANTLY–three times a night, minimum.
3. Emotional wreck! My mother sent me a video last night about “Why God created dogs” and I cried watching it this morning! Good grief.
4. Occasional cramps. Like period, only not.
5. SO TIRED. Yes. A nap every afternoon. Although I hear in the second trimester that gets better.

green lake
There are a lot more, but I am tired because I woke up at 6 this morning and frankly, it already feels like naptime. Even though it’s only 11:15. Ruh roh.

dogs in the water
The camping trip this weekend involves a two mile trek to the spot. I can do it, but I can’t carry the 25 pound pack that I normally would, pre-pregnancy. I wonder how it’s going to work? We will have to minimize.

camping fam
I certainly won’t be able to bring along my luxuriant lounge chair that I brought for last weekend’s trip. Gee, that was nice!

beautiful lake
Maybe I’ll just bring two pairs of shoes, instead of the usual 3. Or 4. Wait, flip-flops BARELY count as shoes, right? Ta ta for now!

More summer camping, tra la lee

More summer camping, tra la lee

Went camping this weekend, brrr! Never went up to 65! 🌲🌲🌲
Hey blerg! We went camping again last weekend. Camping trip #2 of 2016! It was kind of last-minute.

Arrival. We had to hike further than we planned, but the privacy was worth it. πŸ’¦
You see, my husband said that he was going to spend ANOTHER WHOLE WEEKEND fishing with his uncle, and I may have made a BIG DEAL ABOUT IT, maybe because he just abandoned me for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS ONE FRIGGIN’ WEEK AGO, so he “revised” his plans and asked me if I wanted to go camping instead. Well duh.

My favorite camping buddy. ⛺️
He has made sure to remind me that he is still planning on abandoning his pregnant wife this summer to hang out with his uncle, but at least it won’t be this soon, good Lord, give me a little time to plan some diversions again. Ugh, pregnancy hormones are exhausting.

Always searching for hearts! πŸ’•
The place we normally camp at was crawling with people, so we went to a place we haven’t been to in a couple of years, which requires a mile-long trek away from the car, up and down a fairly steep-ish mountain. We didn’t really plan for that. In fact, Josh didn’t even pack a backpack, just a bunch of tubs on a handcart, which we had to push and pull up and down that damn mountain. Seriously. We won’t do that again!

Maggie dog takes in the view.
A rare sunny moment. The temperature never climbed higher than 64 degrees, which meant that I was cooold! No sunbathing, no swimming! Heigh ho!

Lake dogs. πŸ’¦
I am 13 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I’m making baked potatoes with “the works” for dinner–I don’t usually make potatoes, but I had two left over from some recipe and I never waste food. Real bacon is gonna be on these potatoes, and then tomorrow I will use the rest of the bacon for crustless quiche Lorraine, MMMMMM. Can you tell it’s almost dinner time?

Tent love. πŸ’š
I have more photos on the actual camera that I will post later this week, mayyyyyybe.

Water dogs! I was a little jealous.
Maggie and Bear Cub had a swimmingly good time! Ha ha! Catch you later, blog-logs.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

Summertime and the livin' is eeeeeeasy...🌾
Hey blerg, what’s happening? Here I am yesterday, just chilling in a field of weeds, waiting for Maggie to return the tennis ball. I fantasize on a bi-weekly basis about returning to my eyelash extensions, SHHHH, don’t tell anybody.

Happy 4th! I celebrated by shellacking my nails neon pink. Later I'll be drugging a couple of nervous dogs. πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŒ 
Speaking of returning to beauty enhancements, I finally went and got a shellac manicure again yesterday after a break since…January. Pretty good break, I’d say. It’s neon pink. I wanted neon pink GLITTER, but they didn’t have it, DAMMIT.

These chiffon jammies are so stinkin' CUTE. 🌸
Recently I requested a nightie from Nordstrom’s for my 3 month pregnancy present. This isn’t the nightie I wanted, DUH, but isn’t it adorable?

Today. 🌲
Today I am 12 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and my son is the size of a “large plum”, via the app I visit daily.

I worked yesterday (but no special holiday bonus for me!); today I am not working. My goal for today is to blast through at least 4 hours of continuing education. I want to complete all my continuing education before the baby comes.

Bear Cub is not excited about the 4th of July.
I drugged the dogs last night around 5 pm. This picture was from Sunday–they looked even more pathetic than this last night. The BOOMS and crackles and POPS started around 8:30 and lasted…well, I assume they lasted until midnight, but I was asleep around 10 because that’s what happens when you’re pregnant.

Classic car outside the donut shop this morning with the most gorgeous teal glitter stripe running down it 😍
This classic car outside the donut shop had the most gorgeous teal glitter stripe running down it. I’d like an entire car painted like this, yes please!

Looking forward to seeing these weirdos in concert this month.
Baby’s first concert is gonna be Die Antwoord! This month! The Broad and Josh and I are going. CAN’T WAIT. What on earth am I gonna wear?

This hydrangea in our front yard is out of control! πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸŒΈ
This hydrangea in our front yard is really out of control. Josh cut some of the Endless Summer, put it in a vase with water, and now, 10 days later, it hasn’t dropped a single bloom.

Balloon flowers! So cute. πŸ’œ
Speaking of Bubble Butt, he left me for EIGHT WHOLE DAYS to go float down the Smith River in Montana with his uncle. Normally I wouldn’t care, probably even be a little happy about it, but thanks to Pregnancy Hormones I missed him a LOT (especially the first two nights). Damn you, pregnancy hormones! Why you gotta make me feel so many feelings?

TGIF! Have a ball this weekend! 🎾
Since I didn’t have any worked lined up last week either, except for on Friday, that made for an extra-lonely week. That’s why I spent time over at Brenna’s, with Christy, and with Corinne. I don’t like to be alone.

Tonight I'm watching "Don't Bother to Knock".
This adorable picture of Marilyn’s cellulite has been one of my most-liked IG pictures ever, with more than 60 likes. It IS pretty cute.

A rare shot of the girls walking towards me, for a change. πŸ’š
I don’t have any work lined up yet this week either, dammit. I guess I had better finish up that big old floral painting I’m working on, before the weather actually starts to get nice. It’s raining today!

Butterscotch chip cupcake? Don't mind if I do!
I went to Sephora to return some foundation that sucked, stopped by my hair salon for a free bangs trim and then my unborn child propelled me into the cupcake store, where I purchased this butterscotch chip cupcake. I think the idea was better than the execution, and also: too much damn frosting. Yuck.

Christopher has just started the Atkins diet, which I find hysterical, because as any faithful reader of this blog can attest he has been giving me shit for dieting as long as we’ve been friends, which is to say for EVER. THE TABLES HAVE TURNED, BETCH.

My plans this summer πŸ˜‚
I’d say this photo sums up my summer plans pretty well, and you?

Happy Cub! 🌟
Oh a happy Cub! She was not a happy Cub last night, stumbling all over the place. She was, however, glued to my side all evening, and selfishly I enjoyed THAT.

Sun finally came out today. 🌞
I do spend a great deal of time following after dog butts, don’t I?

Don't be a bummer, happy first day of Summer! 🌞🌞🌞
Every day, whether I like it or not. And Shoshanna claims I won’t need a baby stroller. HA! She doesn’t have dogs any more! She must have forgotten!

Gorgeous neon roses outside Corinne's place.
These roses outside Corinne’s house caught my roving eye. They match my current nail shellac.

Had my first facial today, thanks to a Groupon. πŸ’š
Thanks to a Groupon, I had a (supposedly) 100$ facial for only 30 dollars. She spent about an hour–massaging, exfoliating, steaming, applying a mask, slapping me around, even massaging my shoulders a bit–but my skin looked exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, the same afterwards. I fail to see what the big deal is. Maybe if my skin was more “problematic”, I would have noticed…something? I don’t think I would do it again.

Obligatory gym locker room selfie (feels good to be back πŸ’ͺ).
Oh it’s the obligatory gym locker room selfie! And why not. I’m happy to be back at the gym!

Bear Cub doesn't look like a bear cub any more! 😱
Goat Cub! I feel like I should have posted this already, but maybe I forgot? Bear Cub’s closest trim ever. A little too short for my taste.

Who is this little weirdo?
I miss my little fluffer nutter. At least it grows back.

Swamp dogs! Wet muddy swamp dogs! πŸ’¦
I’m disappointed in myself yesterday for not even swirling around a sparkler or two, but that’s what happens when you are in bed at 8 pm doing crossword puzzles on your phone instead of partying it up. Heigh ho! Have a great week!




I posted our “official” announcement to social media yesterday (although let’s face it, everyone already knew). Today I am officially 12 weeks--starting my SECOND trimester! Woo hoo! Now I’m just waiting for that pesky breast tenderness to go away. OUCH. Side note: they do look spectacular, though.

Art and dogs and nature

Art and dogs and nature

More progress. 🎨
Hallo, blog. I sat down at the computer to finally do some friggin’ continuing education, but…here I am instead! Tee hee! This is the current painting, pretty close to being finished. Just need to fill in those pesky blank areas with more flowers.

Currently reading.
Currently reading. Chelsea is a funny writer, but I would never, EVER travel with her.

Roxy's Diner in Fremont is so goooood.
Saturday I met Christy at Roxy’s Diner in Fremont, YUM.

I had the Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich. Mmmmm.
I had the Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich, which was so tasty I forgot to sample her latkes. You know the old pregnancy saying when it comes to food: “What’s hers is hers, what’s yours is also hers.

Maggie and Bear Cub get wet at Marymoor Park today. It was so crowded! That's what happens when the weather finally warms up. πŸ’¦
Sunday I was supposed to host my support group at our house in the morning, but one by one, they ALL BAILED ON ME. One had a miscarriage, two had terrible morning sickness, one had jet lag…I forget what all the other excuses were, but LAME-O. I had already prepared a big strawberry salad and carrot muffins before I found out about the last few cancelers. I hate that shit. So I took the dogs to Marymoor Park to get over the sadness.

Fuzzy. Anyone know what they are?
These cool fuzzy purple flowers are all over the park, but I don’t know what they are.

I may have been at the dog park instead of the Pride parade today, but I still wore my rainbow hat! 🌈
It was Pride weekend here in Seattle, but unfortunately I didn’t make the parade. At least I wore my rainbow hat!

Maggie loves to swim.
I figured out later on that normally I must go to Marymoor during the week, because it was insanely crowded on Sunday. The entire parking lot, plus overflow, was full. Poor Maggie dog had a lot of competition for her tennis ball!

Feeeeling this electric purple hydrangea in the backyard. πŸ’œ
Kind of obsessed with this electric purple hydrangea in our backyard.

Little Ronia is growing up fast.
Monday, after taking my car to the tire shop to repair a tire with a nail in it and walking the rogs, I headed over to Brenna’s to hang out with her and the kiddos. Look at how big Miss Ronia is these days!

Brenna's big bright hydrangea bush. πŸ’œπŸ’–
Brenna has some gorgeous hydrangea bushes in her yard as well.

3 pm nap time. 😴
True to my pregnant self, I took a nap at 3 pm on their guest bed. It was like sleeping on a marshmallow. Brenna fed me salmon and crab cakes, and I brought over the strawberry salad, carrot muffins, and caprese salad I had made. Sharing is caring!

Dragonfly spotting this morning.
Big old dragonfly chilling on their fence.

Me and my Broad at Marymoor Park today. 🌈
Yesterday at Marymoor Park with my Broad. I drove her to therapy, and the girls and I sat in the shade while she obtained more benzos (mostly for her kitties this time so she can get them groomed). Then we walked over two miles around the park, and grabbed some slushies from 711 on the way home! Yeah, summer!

Even Bear Cub went for a swim today! πŸ’¦
Even Bear Cub (or “Goat Cub” as I call her now that she has no fur) got wet yesterday.

Let’s see. Today I am 11 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Total weight gain: 11 pounds, but WHO’S COUNTING???! (nervous, shaky laughter) I have plans to do some sort of kid park/dog park activity with Josh’s cousin Alyse and her 7 year old son and the dogs today. Tomorrow morning I have my first appointment with my lovely Jewish OB! Looking forward to that. Ta ta!

Would you believe me when I tell you You’re the queen of my heart

Would you believe me when I tell you You’re the queen of my heart

Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do.
What’s up, blerg? It’s Monday. I’m not working today, but I have some things to do. Want to hear about them? Of course you do.

Foxglove. Good thing I didn't weed it out! πŸ’•
I need to make Bear Cub a grooming appointment. I need to go down to the car mechanic and have them figure out why my “Service Now!” light is always on, because if it’s on then I won’t pass my emissions test, and I need to pass my emissions test so I can renew my car tabs. Bor-ing.

Summer weather, come back to us! 🌿
I bought myself a facial on Groupon, unfortunately in Bellevue, but still–I need to make that appointment. Not a priority. Maybe brunch plans with the Broad.

Sexy cumulus clouds in the sky today. ☁️☁️☁️
Today I am 10 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Yesterday was the last day of those terrible progesterone suppositories that I have been jamming into myself twice a day since…well, it’s been a while.

Pretty pretty. Looks like #chihulyglass to me πŸ’–
Still no morning sickness! Thanks, body! Thanks for making up for all of those YEARS of crippling menstrual cramps by letting me “enjoy” this pregnancy. And by “enjoy”, I mean…eating ALLL the foods. Mmm.

A beautiful afternoon for our favorite after-work activity. 🎾
Yes I was somewhat dismayed to discover that I’ve already gained 10 pounds, roops! So I joined the local gym this weekend, and already saw a trainer. Just call me PRO-active! Get it?

Sparkle, Neely. ✨✨✨
I try to be good but man, when the body wants a cheeseburger, that’s just what it wants. I did, however, eat just the toppings off of some pizza this weekend. Progress?

Nude compression stockings: the latest fashion craze. (they need Bedazzling)
Feast your eyes on my sexxxy nude maternity compression stockings! I refuse to let my legs turn into rivers of varicose veins…not without a fight, dammit!

Happy Friday! Whatcha doing this weekend? 🌿
Mmmmm, I want to go camping again. Warm up, weather!

Roasting a turkey tonight. Apparently Maggie's job is to stare deeply into my eyes while I check on the turkey.
I roasted a turkey recently and made some cheesy mashed potatoes to go with it. Here’s Maggie looking deep into my eyes during the entire turkey roasting procedure. I told her to “go find something to do”, but all she wanted to do was stare at me. Labs.

The pink dogwood blossoms are so pretty! πŸ’•
Dogwood blossoms are so pretty.

This maniac ran the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in the rain this morning! πŸ’ͺ
This fool was up at 4 in the morning on Saturday to run the Rock and Roll Marathon…in the rain! Brrrr! Unlike a couple of years ago, when I met him at the finish line and then we stayed to watch Sir Mix A Lot, the band this year (the New Pornographers) and the weather did not entice me. I stayed home. He had a miserable time for a variety of reasons and vowed that he would not do the event again. Good! He can work out at the gym with me instead of going for 20 mile runs!

Do you think a 20 minute walk with the dogs will burn off that gooey brownie I ate today? Yeah, that's what I thought.
Gee whiz the weather was so nice yesterday. My gym offered a free training session with membership so I did that yesterday afternoon. Unlike most personal training sessions, I will actually do the things she suggested.

More progress on this guy. 🎨
Here’s the current painting in progress. It’s upside-down, but you get the idea. I’m starting to like it more.

Have a flab-u-lous week, bloggers! Thanks for stopping by.