• Going to two rodeos in the past two weeks, after two years of no rodeos.
  • Spuddy and me deciding “International Harvester” is our favorite song together.
  • XXL” playing at the rodeo … one of those songs you seem to only hear at rodeos. Until now. Because I just bought it.
  • Crash hot potatoes. Freaking amazing. Again.
  • Realizing Tyler and I have done almost every major hike along the Granite/Verlot stretch of the Mountain Loop, not counting the crazy mountain-climbing ones.
  • Spud, unprompted, explaining rodeo stuff to Tyler.
  • Levi, laughing because me and my sister say the same response at the same time about the same stuff. Really, just spending time with my sister in general.
  • Levi, saying Tyler and I should move in together, and us both responding, at the same time, “We’re talking about it.”
  • Weenie and Nacho chiweenie snuggles.
  • A real Fourth of July, with fireworks and family, in Arlington.
  • Third season Sopranos from the library. V Mars. OITNB. Rake.
  • Phone talks with Scartown.
  • Upcoming birthday-themed hike and dinner with friends.

This is my favorite picture from vacation. It’s not a “good” photo, but I love it.

From left to right, Kevin, Spud and Tyler.

Three of my favorite people, on the Zintel Canyon trail in Kennewick.


The summer after senior year of high school, my friends and I used to go walk the canyon at night. We were good kids, and most of the fun was seeing who got scared and who didn’t. You could always find out who liked each other by who they clung to when there was a strange noise in the dark, which boy offered to put his arm around which girl, which pairs slowed or quickened their gait for private chit-chat.

Kinda silly, but we were teens, in TC.

It was cool to go back, in the daylight, this June.

With people I care about, outside, in the sun, splashing in the creek.

Veronica: “So what are you like now?”
Logan: “You know, tortured?”

— Late season 2 V Mars, summing up my adolescence and my newfound love for Logan.

Pho is one of my favorite things.

I am always torn, though. The former nine years of vegetarianism in my life make me love the veggie pho. Hype tofu! Mushrooms! Vegetables!

At the same time, I want some meat.

Those questionable gray meatballs at pho places? I love ‘em.

I finally found a compromise.

We got pho on Saturday on the Ave.

I got vegetarian pho … plus meatballs … for like a dollar extra.

I like to add so much chili oil and hot sauce that the broth turns red.

Happy girl.

This friendship with BriBri started at the Evergreen, years ago, just so I could get this hyped on Anacortes Community Theater.


Near Rockport


From a trip to Rockport State Park, off Highway 20, a few weeks back.


We’d already picked up Kevin and Abigail from Benton City as soon as we got to TC.

We got lunch, bowled and went to Howard Amon, lounging on the dock, picking up Brickhouse Pizza on the way home.

The way to Janie’s goes by Levi’s. Janie was there, picking up the horse trailer to get hay.

We pulled up and honked.

Spud saw it was me.

His face lit up.

He ran to me.

We hugged.

I kissed his tan little handsome face.

There are few things so precious, so happy, as your baby nephew, now almost 6, running to hug you when you arrive, months since you last visited.

The months, and all that happened within them, melts away.


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