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Photos from last weekend's Tree Burn at [livejournal.com profile] mylisant's house are up!
01-07 Tree Burn

[livejournal.com profile] anastasia and Ivan's tree was the biggest and brightest, as usual, Fionn discovered a new way to roast marshmallows, and it was determined that Balsam Fir generally burns better than Fraser Fir. Strange without any snow, but nothing burned up or down that wasn't supposed to.
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First Fire
Originally uploaded by gshower7
Proof of Concept - Fire in the new firepit! The wood was kinda wet, but we managed to get it burning with newspaper and bits leftover from the construction in the bedroom. There's plenty more where that came from, thanks to the breaking down of the garage (no pressure-treated stuff, though it does make pretty pretty colors...). We built the firepit itself on Saturday, then had people over and didn't end up doing anything. I skipped fencing tonight (too much going on in my brain argh), and while waiting for the chicken pie to finish cooking, we wandered into the back yard, and had a little burn. Lovely.

The garage project is going well... Photos up here. There's snags and unforseen stuff, as with any construction project, but they've stripped it to bare bones now, so I don't think there's anything else that they can find. I hope not, anyway.

I know construction projects always end up costing more than we expect them to, but ARG. Drunken Monkeys. Only explanation. )

Right. So budget is important now. I've never in my life had to keep so close track of where everything goes. Good heavens, please let both of us keep our jobs, and maybe even by some miracle get a raise in the next year or so... that would take a little bit of stress away. We may be eating a little bit more ramen and mac n cheese for a few months...
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Stayed up far later than I should have last night... but it was worth it. :) First, we had a lovely bonfire over at Max & Mickel's. We burned old boxes, which apparently had some very interesting glues used in assembly. I've never seen chartreuse-yellow (think Mountain Dew) flames before. Don't stand downwind, kids...

Second, the Orionids, even before peak (because I just can't get up at 4 AM to see them at peak...), were beautiful. I sat on the back steps at about 12:45, and was rewarded not 5 minutes later with a big, BRIGHT GREEN meteor streaking through the clouds. So very cool. In the 20 minutes I managed to stay awake outside, there were probably a dozen or so that flashed overhead, mostly faint, but two that were nice and bright yellow. I can only imagine what would have been visible if the neighbors would have turned their porch lights off, or if we were just a little bit further away from Portland...

Work today; day 6. ugh. Have the next two days off, thank goodness. Maybe can finally clean the apartment to some semblance of my satisfaction.

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