double the dogs, and I roasted a chicken!

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First up, some bananas that had sat for too long on the counter demanded to become banana bread.

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YUM. Why haven’t I baked banana bread lately? (Oh, right. The dissertation.)

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The long winter means that the start date for my CSA has been pushed back, but the farmer emailed last week to say that we should all come out and pick some peonies anyway. When I got there, she said to have at them, and pick as many as I could carry. So I did!

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And then I put them all over the house.

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And on the porch.

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Here’s the blossom I put in the kitchen next to the sink. (I promise not to post pictures of each vase, but you get the idea.)

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On our way to the creek.

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It was a little muddy, so we turned onto a side path. I love woodpecker trees.

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Boh loved the grass on the edge of this ledge overlooking the creek.

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And then he napped hard.

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A new dress that will be (with a blazer, at least) one of my professor costumes.

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A serious brushing for Boh.

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Double the dogs! (Tango joined us for a sleepover.)

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Double the fun!

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Double the napping. (Friends in town for their college reunions came by yesterday with sparkling wine to lounge on the porch and catch up. It was lovely.)

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These expressions indicate concern about the smoke detector and interest in the chicken I was roasting. (My kitchen doesn’t have the best ventilation, and the recipe called for very high heat…which meant some loud beeping noises at a few points in the process.)

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I roasted a chicken! I know this is pretty basic, but somehow I managed to make it to 33 without ever doing this. Whenever I buy whole chickens (which, admittedly, isn’t that often), I tend to turn them into soup. I followed a recipe from The Ktchn’s cookbook, and stuffed the bird with two halves of a whole lemon. (This is not the recipe I followed — though I’m flagging this one for future reference because the temperature is lower, and that might work better with my current kitchen.)

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Victory! I carved my chicken and sliced some of it to go on top of a salad, and made a quick sauce/dressing from the crispy bits in the pan and a little bit of white wine.

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Someone stood watch for any food that might fall from my fork. (It didn’t happen.)

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And this guy fell asleep in the shoe pile. Tango’s human will be back tonight, so we’ve got almost the whole day to play. Happy Monday!

settling into summer.

A day on the porch. Here, with coffee:

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A picture to indicate that the coffee, for whatever reason, was just not working.

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More porch work. This time with a huge salad.

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Afternoon light. Porch work with a glass of water. (Flowers from my yard!)

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Morning granola. (Boh supervising.)

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Wide-eyed Boh — a face I love. (He usually makes this face when he is getting belly rubs, but sometimes also when I scratch him behind the ears.)

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And then we went for a morning walk around a reservoir on campus, in an attempt to tire ourselves out before it got too hot.

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On a bridge!

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View from the bridge:

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Happy dog.

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Slow, steady progress on my Avery cowl.

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Chocolate chip walnut cookies. I put most of them in the freezer so I wouldn’t just eat them all, and then remembered how good cookies taste when you eat them right out of the freezer. Good thing this recipe only makes a couple dozen. (Boh and I had a dog/friend playdate this week, and I took a bunch over there.)

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Morning nap.

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Morning…work? We’ve had much cooler temps the last few days, so in this picture, Boh is actually doing the very important work of keeping my toes warm.

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A walk on the bike path during a break in the rain.

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Silliness.

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Mid-yawn.

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We’re trying to settle into a summer routine over here. Hoping it will include lots of good walks, plenty of course prep, some knitting, and maybe a few more batches of cookies. (Where summer means the next few weeks of June! My summer teaching begins at the end of this month…)

graduation weekend, part 1.

So, it’s as official as it can be. Thought you might to see how we celebrated. Part 1 was quiet; instead of going to the big institutional stuff, Boh and I celebrated with good walks, knitting, and playing in the kitchen. (Part 2, which I’ll share once my dad sends me some pictures of me in my regalia, as requested, involved fancy robes, a poofy hat, and plenty of pomp and circumstance.) But first, Part 1:

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Couch lounging with this guy.

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And some working. This dog always lets me tuck my toes underneath him. I love that.

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He also sneaks over to the side of the couch he isn’t supposed to be on. (His blanket is on the right. He knows the rules, but still breaks them. Sometimes.)

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A little bit of knitting! Remember this? It’s Avery, a squishy, textured cowl. I’m knitting it in Malabrigo, and I hope it gets cold enough in my next home for me to wear it…

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Awkward before-the-gym picture — my bird tattoo is healing nicely. It’s been a month, and I’m finally getting used to it being there. (And I love it.)

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After a good run, and instead of attending convocation and the PhD hooding ceremony, I took Boh to a favorite spot of ours.

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I always admire this tree.

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We took the path down to the edge of the lake, and I think we both enjoyed the view.

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Boh wanted to play with this snail.

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This looks like a pretty good aisle for a graduation procession, doesn’t it?

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First basil harvest from the potted herbs I planted earlier this spring.

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I made a big batch of pesto, and also some pesto pasta salad. Leftovers are on today’s menu…

actual knitting content.

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The large milk bottle sculpture near the ice cream spot on campus.

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An enormous salad of arugula, avocado, hummus, goat cheese, tomatoes, and kalamata olives.

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A self-portrait (do I only snap these when I am wearing a chambray shirt?) intended to demonstrate how much I love the non-lipstick lipstick I bought recently through Mick‘s side project as a Beauty Counter rep. (Full transparency when it comes to ingredients in the stuff we put on our faces? Yes, please.) I never really learned how to wear makeup, but I can appreciate that sometimes it matters to look/feel a little more put-together, and this lipstick does that for me. Maybe you can’t tell that I’m wearing it, but I can tell. Granted, this picture is most likely from a day spent sitting on the couch and/or porch wrapping up my semester.

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I am out of the frame here, grading. Boh is chomping on a tennis ball in my face, trying to distract me.

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Oh, look! Knitting! (Somehow when I imported these pictures to wordpress, it mixed up the order. But I’m drinking my first cup of coffee after a late-ish evening drinking beer with a friend, so I’m not re-ordering them.)

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A lovely walk in the woods with a dear friend who was back in town last weekend.

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Silly, sweet, completely tuckered-out dog. I snap these morning pictures of him on days when he isn’t waiting at the front door to go outside after I put the water for coffee on. Sometimes the weather is lousy, sometimes he’s still sleepy from a big day of adventuring, and sometimes, as in this next picture, he’s waiting in order to ask for a belly rub before we start the day.

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This animal is just too much.

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New bright shirt for summer.

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New favorite book. (I came home from a panel-thing on campus and didn’t even change out of my pretty dress. Just sat down and kept reading. I’ve been reading some post-apocalyptic stuff lately to find something to fit into a particular slot in one of my fall syllabi, and oh my goodness,¬†Station Eleven is incredible and you will not be disappointed. Hard, hopeful, brilliantly structured, grand, and¬†deeply human.)

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Boh, being sweet.

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A walk to our local waterfall. Creek level is high right now.

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Knitting! I’m working on another bias stripe blanket for friends who had their second baby MONTHS ago. (Oops.)

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Happy dog.

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Homemade peanut butter cookies for a going away party.

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The falls at night. I’ve never walked to see them at this time of day (8 pm? 8:30 pm?) and the light on the water was just breathtaking. I’ll be taking more evening walks this summer for sure.

there and back.

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A friend (and fellow member of my grad cohort) gave me this JJ’s Diner mug to celebrate the defense and filing of my dissertation. I LOVE IT. I’m hoping it will help me channel Leslie Knope a little more often.

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This guy, being silly.

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Gorgeous spring weather for the conference I was at last week.

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Beautiful flowers, lots of sunshine. (And I really enjoyed the conference.)

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On my way home, I was able to stop off to visit dear friends. They cooked me dinner and breakfast, which we enjoyed on their amazing porch-balcony, and they even parallel parked my car into a space tinier than I’d ever attempt on my own. It was the perfect way to break up the drive back from the conference, and such a treat to get to see them in real life (instead of over Skype) and in their lovely home.

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I was happy to get back to this guy.

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And to my porch.

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And to our favorite weekend spot by the creek. Yesterday I brought a book and a blanket, and Boh and I enjoyed having the place to ourselves for the morning.

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And then he came home and napped away the afternoon. A pretty perfect Sunday. (I almost got out my wheel yesterday. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’m going to do some knitting or spinning soon…)

plants/procrastination.

On Sunday, Boh and I went back to the creek. (It is an especially good weekend walk because it is sort of hidden. Only locals.) But first we made pancakes for our houseguest!

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First porch pancakes of the season.

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Then it was back to the tree the beavers have been working on.

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And over the same mossy log.

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But once we made it down to the creek, we met this adorable creature. PUPPY. Boh and I were both very excited. 10 weeks old, and so excited about playing in the creek.

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This guy was pretty happy to lounge while I read.

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And appreciated the view. I am going to miss this spot.

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More reading, while Boh snored.

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And then we walked down to a friend’s dock for beer, brie, and sunset.

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On Monday, Boh and I took a walk through one of the neighborhoods downtown. So many lovely flowers blooming!

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I was inspired. So after making not very much progress on my conference paper for later this week, I went to get herbs, a geranium, and a little more potting soil to pretty up my front steps.

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I know I’ll only be here until late July, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take these with me, but it seems silly to just not have my own supply of basil, Thai basil, mint, thyme, cilantro…and geraniums this summer, right? RIGHT.

 

pretty much all boh, all the time.

Sometimes, this dog is the sweetest.

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And also, quite the ham.

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Gorgeous sunset over the lake.

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What my dear friend Champ calls a fake gin and tonic. (All the treating yourself, none of the gin.) Good for afternoons and work nights.

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Boh, focused on the deer in the background. So. Focused.

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Yesterday I got the official letter in the mail that says I’ve done all the things for the Ph.D. and “should be granted all the privileges of this degree.” (It’s for sending to my employer, because my contract is contingent on actually finishing, but I’m also interpreting it to mean that Boh and I are now required to take really good walks.)

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Like this one, on a path you’ve seen many times here on this blog. It leads to the creek.

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I brought fun reading, and Boh kept an eye on the folks fishing a bit downstream.

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And would not sit still until he’d moved around some rocks and found a good stick.

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And after a good dose of sunshine and creek water, we strolled back to the car.

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Over moss covered logs, and past trees felled by the labor of beavers.

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This guy was so, so tired when we got home.

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And happy. (And after that, we took another walk with the friend of a friend staying with us this weekend. She has completely charmed Boh. And there was ice cream. Because sunshine and spring.) Another beautiful day forecasted for today. But first, pancakes.