Adorable little Portland houses
Aperol Spritz and Thai noodle salad with Sriracha lime chickpeas.
Reasonably Sound -
Mike Rugnetta, of PBS’s Idea Channel, has started a podcast about sound and It. Is. Awesome. His description says he’ll “provide context, explanation, and a little celebration of the complexities and awesomeness of audio, and the various cultures which surround and have grown around it. Not just for audiophiles, Reasonably Sound will be your guide to the world of sound.”
Go treat your ears and listen to the first couple episodes. The first episode is about the ear and our bodily relationship with sound and I was riveted listening to the entire thing. I never really stopped to think: What exactly is the ear?? Mike takes a few minutes to explore it (and much more) and he really blew my mind.
Holding hands with Decan Bear
I slept over at Toph & Charlie’s and woke up to a quiet house. We went out last night with a friend of mine from grad school and had a blast drinking and laughing in the summer air. And then we came home and drank and laughed some more. Everyone else is sleeping it off.
I’m still on east coast time, so I woke up with the sun and padded into the kitchen to make coffee. Decan Bear followed me around the house and then came over to me on the couch, staring at me with hopeful eyes. I knew exactly what he wanted. I broke the rules and let him curl up on the cushions with me. He’s a big furry dog meant for snow covered mountain life, so he doesn’t often allow major snuggling because he gets too hot. But he let me curl up next to him and put my arm around him. I laid there quietly, feeling his chest rise and fall against mine for a while as I whispered in his ear how much I missed him and how he’s a good dogbear. He licked my face and wagged his tail and snuggled closer.
The birds have started their frenzied chirping and off in the distance I can hear a train rolling down its tracks. From the upper deck here, you can see past the houses down the street to the tree-lined hills. The fog is settled into the pines, waiting for the sun to bake it off. It’s crisp and cool, but I can feel this afternoon’s heat coming already.
I can’t imagine a better start to the day.
Outdoor bar, drinking with dogs. God, I love Portland.
Toph’s home studio. Mallets and almglocken, and Taiko drums, oh my.
Hangin’ with Decan Bear