Hurricane Vacation

Record-setting monster hurricane Dorian almost paid us a visit! The original forecast was to hit basically exactly where we live as a 4, which would undoubtedly have been the end of our house (or at least of our roof and therefore all of our things, as the landlord hasn’t repaired the roof after the last […]

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Portland college reunion

Took a quick trip to the opposite corner of the country to attend my 10 year college reunion last week. It was mostly fun and only moderately depressing. I was reminded of what a beautiful place Portland is, and what a beautiful campus my college has. In the words of the girl I walked to […]

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Seeing friends

I’ve been really lucky the last couple weeks in having two of my best friends come to visit me. I was afraid that I’d be super grumpy and tired and not remember how to socialize, but I’m down to 15mgs of prednisone and the grumpy tiredness was minimal. After a while I felt like I […]

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Things that happen on airplanes

First time out traveling alone! What fun to be able to deal normally with public bathrooms, staircases, low airplane seats… Only a trip to Iowa, where it’s 30 degrees instead of 80 and covered in gray snow, but still good movement. The sound of car tires crunching snow outside in the early dawn reminds me […]

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New About Me

Feeling so good I think it’s time for a new About Me page! So… I had a hideously tough year in 2018. I spent about two months thinking I had muscular dystrophy and was dying, but it turned out I only had the super-rare autoimmune disorder dermatomyositis, which still sucked a lot. Basically my immune system […]

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More pioneer family

I’ve just read a second fascinating account of my¬†pioneer family history. This one centers around my grandmother’s great-grandfather Peter Franklin Clark (related to William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, apparently). He managed to hit all the major 1800s pioneer highlights in his life: the California gold rush, the Civil War, and the Oregon Trail.¬† […]

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Five-year diaries

My most prized possessions, certainly the items I would be most distraught if I ever lost, are my five-year diaries. These diaries consist of one page for each day of the year, with a small paragraph marked for each of five years. You wrap your way through the book and end up able to compare […]

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Exotic fruit fun

Finally splashed out at the farmers market for all the exciting Florida-grown exotic fruits on offer… Up to food 183 now in my 200 paleo foods challenge! Jackfruit is an odd fruit: it tastes a bit like tropical punch or bazooka gum. Like all the sweet tropical fruits whizzed together indistinguishably into one fruit. The […]

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Feeling betterish

So two months into the prednisone and I’ve built up enough muscle that a lot of things are finally starting to feel almost normal, like showering and washing dishes and walking to the beach. Which is great! It’s really and truly a wonderful feeling to be able to lift things without strain (not the cat […]

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Pioneers and family history

I happen to have in my possession a copy of a family history account written by my great-grandaunt (my father’s mother’s father’s sister), that just kind of blew my mind. First off, it amazes me what a short distance I can go back in my family tree and find someone homesteading in “Indian country” and […]

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