I haven’t gotten them worked into auto-posts or their own individual pages yet, but I’ve been publicly bookmarking a lot more things lately, if you think you’d be interested. Check ‘em out over here.

We went to the Columbia River Gorge last night, slept in the van, and got up from 3 to 4am to watch the Perseids. Although amazing, it wasn’t worth trying to photograph them, but the view from the van this morning was pretty good! Back home in time for breakfast, too.

It’s taken me a few years, but I think I’ve finally perfected the set on my triple berry pie. Many delicious failures have led to this delicious day.

So many things are amazing about this 1983 Apple product video. The 80s motion graphics, the business guy presenting the hardware, and Steve Jobs looking like he’s in the guidance counselor’s office. Too good, and such a time capsule.

Last night, we unfortunately had to say goodbye to our sweet pup Ronny.

As it turns out, what we’ve been dealing with since March was lymphoma. While he had a great rebound and near-total recovery, it was in fact remission and this week he declined very rapidly and had a whole host of complications hit him at once. We headed into the ER yesterday afternoon and made the decision to put him to sleep after the vets were able to get a handle and prognosis on what was going on.

While I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t a dog person before, and that, a lot of the time, Ronny was a giant pain in my ass (in the best possible way), he was such a loving, smart, eager companion, up for any adventure, and he totally won me over.

He’d been to the tops of many mountains, van trips to California, showshoeing in Oregon and all the way in Montana, he spent an hour in Canada once, and was even in the ICU at Michelle’s side when she passed. Ronny was, from the start, “Michelle’s dog”, and even the last activity she did while healthy was a local run with him at her side. But life moved on and I, and later Jessica, adjusted to giving him the life and adventures that he deserved.

Everyone probably feels like their pets were the best, the most unique, the smartest, the most loving, the most interesting. I certainly felt that way about Ronny.

This is the first time for me since 2001 without a pet at home, so it’ll take a while to get used to no door greets, no mail delivery or potential yard intruder alerts, no 24/7 squirrel surveillance.

So long, friend. 💜

Surplus Gizmos is a national, but certainly Portland, treasure. I went recently to pick up some random doodads and browse around, and I was asked if I mind being charged only $0.03 for the last two of my (small) items so that the checkout total would be $66.66.