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Check ✔

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  • Huge work project 99% done that just sucked a week out of my life ✔ 
  • Showered  {hey, I’ve hardly left the home office for a week, give me a break}
  • NaNoWriMo started ✔ 
  • Keeping up with my fitness goals ✔ {I don’t know what I’m going to do when it’s too cold/slippery for Pilot Butte}
  • Most of Fantasy & Science Fiction mag Nov/Dec issue already read ✔ 
  • Survived letting my 15-year-old step-daughter drive me home from the store this weekend  {It was surprisingly non-scary}
  • Peanut butter-banana-cocoa-avocado-spinach smoothie consumed  {OK, maybe not the best smoothie combo ever} 
  • Crockpot soup started for tomorrow ✔ 
  • Fireplace turned on for the winter ✔ 
  • Going to bed at a reasonable hour … uh

Saturday: Blueberry lemon pancakes, work, butte, dark crystal, the animals

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Today, I got to sleep way in, and then make blueberry lemon pancakes, but after, had to work a bunch. And more to come tomorrow to meet our Monday morning deadline.

I did get some exercise in, including a late evening hike up and jog down the butte. The twilight and city lights are so beautiful and peaceful up there. We hung out and watched The Dark Crystal tonight, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before (or maybe I just don’t remember watching it nearly 30 YEARS AGO!). The puppetry was pretty amazing for that time, even if it seems a little cheesy now. It sure is hard to find a movie all 5 of us can and/or want to watch.

It’s weird how much the animals have warmed up to the kids this year. I don’t know if it’s because the kids are older and calmer, because they’ve had a dog at home and in the house for a few years now, or what, but we’re all the better for it. Both dogs and some combo of cats are always hanging out, wandering in and out to see what we’re up to, and watching movies with us. It could be worse.

Do the animals of Pilot Butte sleep with one eye open?

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A good Friday. Worked, then met some friends for lunch. We had vegan pancakes at a local Mexican place—they were really good and very filling, and it was a nice, mellow break. Worked some more, started a poster for our Forks Over Knives showing next month, then hiked Pilot Butte in the near darkness. I started around 7:40 and had it mostly to myself, except for a couple of people and the owls, ravens, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, rodents, insects, and … OK, I don’t know if there are any cats that live on the butte. But they’re around nearby, so who knows?

Interesting that it never seems to get completely dark on the butte. It’s illuminated on all sides by bright city lights. Today, Bend High to the Southwest was having a football game and the stadium lights really lit up that side. I could also hear the Star Mangled Banner pretty well and the roar of the crowd and I could almost make out the players.

I wonder what it’s like for the animals that live on Pilot Butte? Slowly, over time, their once dark and quiet volcano has pounded and echoed with the footsteps and voices of thousands, maybe millions of human animals, and their automobiles. The once midnight darkness has become a permanent twilight. Does it make them uneasy? Do they sleep with one eye open? Or have they adapted, just like we have, to the crowded neighborhoods of our modern world?

That’s right, I walked the butte in my turquoise clogs today

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Dirty turquoise clogs from walking Pilot Butte

So, I accidentally walked the butte in my turquoise clogs today. It was another beautiful fall day that I spent stuck inside in front of the laptop for work. So I decided around 6p to do my Pilot Butte hike. I invited everyone, but only my step-son was up for it. We were half-way there before I realized that I’d forgotten to change into my tennis or hiking shoes. {It was also one of those days where I forgot my phone, and I spent a stupid amount of time locating a bill I needed to pay and the checkbook to pay the bill with.)

I have a thing for turquoise-ish or sky blue shoes, it seems. Which is weird, because I don’t really like most blues all that much. I once had a pair of turquoise suede hiking boots (pre-vegan days) and at least one other pair of turquoise casual shoes that I wore to death. The turquoise shoes always get good comments, for some reason. {In high school, by the way, I also had a pair of those neon orange converse super high-tops with neon yellow insides.}

Fortunately, my linen Sanita clogs that I got at a Seattle area discount store are well-worn and fairly comfy—they may never be the same after the dusty trail today—but frankly, they weren’t that clean to begin with. And they actually have great tread. They slowed me down a little and my legs will be sore in weird places, but it was another beautiful evening up there.

On the way down, a couple pointed an owl out to me that was perched near the top of a juniper. It was too dim by then to tell what type of owl (and I don’t know my owls that well), but she was quite large—looked like a fat cat from the back. I watched the owl for a few minutes,  until she decided to flap away. I probably made her nervous. (Or him).

Finally getting in to Among Others. Sometimes I have to start a book and then come back to it weeks later, which is what I did with this one. Until one day I pick it up and it just clicks. I hope to read a big chunk of it this weekend.

Blueberry Pancakes plus other blue food

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Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Today’s very tasty and filling breakfast:

Blueberry Pancakes from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose of whole-wheat pastry flour {I used half white, half white whole wheat, because I didn’t have WWP on hand, but still wanted them to be fluffy}
  • 1 T baking powder {this probably had more to do with them turning out fluffy than the flour}
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional) {not optional!}
  • 1 cup nondairy milk {I used coconut}
  • 2 T canola oil or nonhydrogenated, nondairy butter, melted {I used some Earth Balance coconut spread}
  • 3 T liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, apple juice concentrate, or orange juice {I used agave}
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • Additional oil or butter for cooking (optional) {I used Earth Balance coconut spread}

The rest of the weekend:

  • Stocked up on groceries
  • Cleaned the house
  • Cooked food
  • Ate food
  • Hiked Pilot Butte
  • Tried to plan for and fretted and obsessed about something which might not even happen and over which I have little control
  • Felt guilty about not doing the yard work I had planned on
  • Put new windshield wipers on the car (thinking about winter already, even though yesterday it was over 80°—We’ll be getting the studded tires on in just over a month!)
  • Brainstormed about the future
  • Caught up on some podcasts while doing the above
  • Finished reading The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, which is over-due at the library. I’m reluctant to give it up yet because I’d like to copy about half of the recipes! And I’d like to do a proper review. Recipes I’m hoping to try next:
    • Tempeh Pâté
    • Polenta Squares
    • Muhammara
    • African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

That’s about it. Exciting stuff. Felt like I was cooking (and eating) all weekend long, probably because I was.

Saturday:

  • French toast and scramble
  • Enchiladas adapted from Happy Herbivore (with the inspired addition of Upton’s Naturals Chorizo-Style Seitan), and the leftovers today were even better
  • 17-bean crockpot soup (sans screws) with crazy amounts of leftover veggies and herbs
  • Ate the leftover potstickers and purple cabbage from Friday night, the latter of which had turned the most brilliant indigo blue—was a  little disconcerting to eat something that color that was not a berry—I wonder if purple cabbage has ever been used as a dye?

Sunday:

Scalloped potatoes, orange globes, and funky claymation

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Red Orange Orb on a warm smokey September day

Pilot Butte: Smokey Orb

I had been craving Herbed Scalloped Potatoes since I saw the  recipe the other day in The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. They are in the oven, smell great, and hopefully will be done soon. (They are taking a lot longer than I expected.)

Recently, I heard a medical doctor reference an old study in which the subjects were fed only potatoes and B12 supplements for years and actually did quite well (he also mentioned how nobody would be permitted to do a similar study today). Not that I’d want to test it out myself. But as he pointed out, many Irish also survived for years on not a whole lot more than potatoes during the famine.

Late this afternoon after work, I sat outside and enjoyed the warmth while letting all four kitties run around the back yard. I love doing that. Only had one escapee over the side fence (Nevermore) and I was able to retrieve her pretty quickly. It’s been so nice—it was around 80° at 8p tonight.

In the early evening I hiked Pilot Butte. As I arrived, a wedding party was beginning their walk to the top. I know that people sometimes get married up there, but how fun to hike up first! Of course, I’m assuming they were getting married from the makeup of the group and the way they were dressed, and the fact that they were taking the road, not the trail. Plus, when I got to the top there were a bunch of other people who had obviously driven up for the ceremony and were waiting around.

There was a brilliant and fiery red-orange orb of a sun to greet them, thanks to a smoke cloud from yet another fire.

This evening, as the potatoes are cooking, I’ve been watching one of the first things that popped up on Netflix—this quirky claymation called Mary and Max with two of my favorite character actors, Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the voices of the main characters. Normally, I don’t enjoy animations (especially claymations) very much, but this fit my mood well—it’s dark and odd.

View from the top

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View from the top of Pilot Butte on another beautiful summer evening. Hiked up by myself for once. We may have had a long winter and a short mild summer, but the days have been just right lately—and the evenings magnificent.

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset