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Weekend randomalia

I took a break from working for the weekend, and instead tackled a long list of randomalia, and in general feel better after all that.

First, I went rowing on Saturday morning. I'm easing my way back into things in preparation for the spring racing season, so I mostly did drills and a bit of speedwork. The water was wonderfully flat, and the skies were clear for the first time in a long time.

In case you haven't heard, we've been getting a bit of rain for once, so the water levels were exceptionally high and we have good reason to watch carefully for floating debris. On my first lap, I noticed something floating in the water that looked wood-like, but not quite. I decided to try and find it again on my second lap to take a closer look, but when I passed the same area, it was gone. Scouting around, I figured out that it had moved across the BAP, so I had already passed it by on that lap. So on my third lap, when I approached the area, I did a more targeted search, came up right next to it, and picked it up.

It was a coconut.

Anybody lose a coconut?

Anybody lose a coconut?

Then I came home and did a round of Holiday 2016 Catch-Up canning, for two friends who deserve an unexpected mid-January pleasant surprise. Also, cookies. There might have also been a Super MarioKart bender in there somewhere. Details are fuzzy (okay, not really, but it sounds better).

Sunday morning I went full-bore Helga on the kitchen and beyond. The Argentine ants have finally discovered our kitchen, and have pointed out the places where we've let little bits of sugar escape. Things were due for more thorough cleaning anyway, so now the stainless-steel appliances are polished, the floor is THOROUGHLY mopped, and the rest of the house has been heavily vacuumed, including underneath the stove. I'm partially testing my mom's hypothesis that I, too, have developed dust mite allergies. If the vacuuming helps, it will support her hypothesis.

Then we went on a bike ride to explore Grizzly Peak Boulevard. I think we got in a solid 45 minutes of climbing, among some obnoxious California holiday drivers. The views from the top were impressive. We descended Claremont Ave into the Elmwood neighborhood, where we stopped in at a Japanese futon shop so I could buy tatami mats and a bedframe.

Somewhere in there, I boxed up stuff to send off and did a bit of cooking, too. I'm currently obsessed with roasting broccoli with garlic. It's delicious if you first toss it with some splashes of soy sauce and olive oil. Add the garlic just a couple minutes before you pull it out of the oven.


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Jan. 17th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
Man, rowing shells are such a fantastic, pure expression of speed.
I do wonder where the coconut came from.
Jan. 18th, 2017 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's funny how I want to go FAST when rowing, but for bicycling, that's just not my main agenda. :^)

Some questions just don't have answers, but my best guess is that it may have belonged to someone who is part of the homeless population lurking around the park. Alternatively, it may have been washed downstream during all of the recent stormy weather.
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
I keep looking at pedal-powered hydrofoils and dreaming of 40km/h on water... if we had any water I'd totally be doing that.
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