February 24th, 2003

Sierra Night

Lazy morning

Lots to do...

Conservation Biology exam tomorrow. Tyler and I spent almost all of yesterday studying and going through old lecture notes, and practicing equations (heterozygocity). He'll be over to study after his 10:30 class, so I'm going to try and work on my population lab for Thursday, and maybe start the proposal for our Sustainability project (we're writing a class curriculum). Also have to do my reading for Scuba tonight.

Just went to the post office to mail off my scuba boots back to the dive store in Coeur d' Alene, so I can get a pair that have side zippers. I could get in and out of mine easily enough when dry, but when wet, it was a struggle and I think I was really straining the stitches.

Also went to the fabric store. While home last weekend, we made a trip to Ikea, and I (for some reason) bought a magnificent stuffed ant. It's about a meter long, complete with six legs, feelers, and cushy thorax. Only has two problems...the eyes are all wrong (I will fix), and the underside of this big black ant is red, which terrifies me. I bought a little of that smooth metallic foil fabric in a shimmery indigo to cover it up.

I've had my journal for over a year now. >confetti< I missed the anniversary date, but oh well.

We made seitan on Saturday night. Yummmm.

It's a clear, blindingly sunny day outside, so the warmth left the ground and it's 18 F outside. The dusty moon's setting in the newly-plowed wheatfields that ring the town, and it's another peaceful morning.
  • Current Music
    Blues Traveler: "All For You" (accoustic)
Match Girl

The Ascent

Since the semester started, Tyler and I have gone to the Recreation Center every Sunday night to climb. He's been climbing and rappelling for years, and loves it, and just bought his own harness over Christmas (he already had shoes and belay device...I have no climbing shoes, and we use webbing for a belay harness). It's similar to the pinnacle at the Seattle REI...and it's the biggest/tallest climby-thing of any US college.

I'd never climbed before, but it's really growing on me. It's really satisfying to struggle and feel my muscles pulling and working. I'm already starting to see a big change in my arm muscles. I'm usually sore and stiff afterwards, but it's wonderful.

But I just wanted to crow that last night, I finally made it to the top of the pinnacle itself (I usually climb on some of the shorter surrounding walls, which are a little easier and less crowded). It's supposed to be 55 feet, but it feels a lot taller than that. BUT, not only did I climb all the way to the top of that thing (on the SE approach, near the route called "Dreams"), but...

...I did it BAREFOOT.
  • Current Music
    Simon and Garfunkel: "Feeling Groovy" (59th St.)


"He picked up the letter Q and hurled it into a distant privet bush where it hit a young rabbit. The rabbit hurtled off in terror and didn't stop till it was set upon and eaten by a fox which choked on one of its bones and died on the bank of a stream which subsequently washed it away.

During the following weeks Ford Prefect swallowed his pride and struck up a relationship with a girl who had been a personnel officer on Golgafrincham, and he was terribly upset when she suddenly passed away as a result of drinking water from a pool that had been polluted by the body of a dead fox. The only moral it is possible to draw from this story is that one should never throw the letter Q into a privet bush, but unfortunately there are times when it is unavoidable."

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