It is near the end of June, and you know what that means?
It's anniversary time!
Sunday was the sixth anniversary of us moving to the States. We have now spent four of the last six years in the US. Time flies when you're having fun! It also seems to fly when you aren't having fun, it just feels like it is crawling.
Today is the 13th anniversary of DH and I hooking up. He was such a shy thing, believe it or not. I was the one pushing the relationship but he seemed fairly happy about the whole idea, if a bit terrified.
I think I deserve a medal. Maybe he deserves a medal too - I apparently scared off all the other chaps. Scariness runs in my family it seems.
I am extra chuffed by something I did on Saturday. Alas, there don't seem to be any photos of me online, and I am not sharing my photos with you because they show somewhat more detail than I am comfortable sharing on an open forum.
Also, I don't want to scare my dear readers off.
|Solstice Parade! Hooray!|
Every year, at the start of the Solstice Parade in Fremont, the Naked Bike Riders ride around and around the parade route. They aren't so much naked, usually, as painted. Being completely naked is not encouraged as it is harder to say that your intent is not to arouse (nekkidness isn't the issue so much as being naked with the intent of arousing). Being body painted is preferred.
|I didn't get touched by His Noodly Appendage|
I should say we, not they.
Last year I promised myself that I would do the naked bike ride this year. DH did too but he chickened out. I knew I would be terribly disappointed in myself and would regret not doing it soooo.....
I girded my loins, grabbed my bike and headed off to the paint party on Saturday morning. It was quite odd stripping off to my knickers in the middle of a heap of nekkid men and women. I wasn't going further than that - braless was enough, what with me and my lumpectomy scar. Wandering round effectively topless yet feeling oddly clothed, I helped others with their paint jobs too.
I was charming in a pink body suit with blue and purple highlights. And purple painted knickers, which went oddly stiff. Ahem! And the only pics of me are posed ones, unless you count the two shots in which I am a out of focus blob on a bike in the wide angle pics. But I'll let you see this bit.
|Pink thigh post parade plus skirt|
You didn't think I wandered around nekkid
It was quite odd how dressed I felt even though I wasn't really. It was the impression of being clothed I guess. It was also pretty warm because you can't sweat through the paint (I had acrylic fabric paint on - the paint has to be non-toxic for reasons that you can guess!). Plus it was a glorious, glorious day on Saturday.
|Blurry bike riders in pretty coloured "outfits"|
All in all, it was one of the best things I've ever done, and I'll butter up for next year, if I'm still here and able to do it.
What other exciting things have happened?
DH is alternately whining about work then bouncing about it. It seems that something he has been struggling with for months is finally starting to work, just as well too because I've been ready to throttle him. (Hence me needing a medal.)
|Sunset, 22 June 2013|
We had a visitor. That was lovely :-) He enjoyed the whackiness of the bike riders and the ensuing parade, along with the street fair. Of course I took him to Pike's Place and ended his trip with a visit to the horror...
|I wonder if this little boy's mum knew|
he was trying to pull gum off the wall?
|Black hole sun...|
I've had that on the brain for nearly two weeks
Instead I'm working on an old quilt top that I started when I was on chemo. Alas I made the pieces two different sizes and they just don't play nicely together, so over the last year or so I've been pulling the large pieces apart and cutting them down and repiecing them. I only have a handful of blocks to fix now, then I can make sure all the blocks are the same size, put them together and make a whizzy new quilt :-)
|New/old quilt fun|
I've been knitting baby stuff like bibs from kitchen cotton for all the new little second cousins that are popping up.
|Cute little boy top.|
No my shrivelled ovaries are not quivering.
|I'm sure one of them will be big enough|
to need this bib.
I have lots and lots of work to do. I have to get a small demo of the current thing I'm working on done in another eight days. Yikes! I spent today working out how to do "shared actions" in Captivate, which we use for creating our interactive training stuff. I dunno if I've gotten it right yet.
|No trip to Seattle should miss this view|
Why do I do this to myself? He said it was working well on his machine, but I have a different graphics card (which Canonical seems to loathe) and between graphics weirdness and keyboard/usb weirdness, I have not been having fun times with my computer. I could only type one letter every second or so yesterday, then it randomly got better but other stuff broke instead. And I'm having to run Unity at the moment rather than Gnome. Unity is designed for touchscreen stuff, rather like Windows 8, and it is about as comfortable to use on a non-touchscreen device.
|Obligatory flower pic|
An Austin rose, ?Graham Thomas?
Sigh. It is all a mystery to me, and I could rant for hours about it but meh. Canonical (maintainer/developer of Ubuntu) does not want the small user market, they want megacorps that they can make money out of. It is like raving about healthcare in the States - pointless.