Achievement unlocked: FunkyPlaid and I attended our new neighborhood’s annual potluck and no one got hurt or offended. (That we know of.) Friendly faces, perfect weather, tasty treats! I made blueberry corn salsa and bacon-wrapped dates.

Initially, our local home improvement store struck me as the anti-library, with products arranged in loose groupings only experts could fathom. Then I got the app! Over-reliance on a catalog for findability is an example of exclusive design.

The first two weeks

The first two weeks of homeownership have been filled with incremental joys. I’m afraid to lose them to time, to a dependence on a type of memory I lack, so I’ll share them here. This will be the only time we won’t have to make any effort for the rewards of fresh vegetables in our garden. I eagerly plucked three red beets from one of the raised beds and will roast them, sauté the greens, enjoy how little I did for such delight.

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Great turnout at the Tigard Juneteenth celebration today, despite multiple downpours! I’m hilariously bad at remembering to take photos during events, but I did get one of the pretty balloons and sign.

Bonita Park sign decorated with black, green, yellow, and red balloons, next to a Tigard Juneteenth sign

The only photo I managed to take at Tigard Pride last Sunday was of a tiny snippet of chalk art. But it’s a good one. 🏳️‍🌈

chalk art that says Make a Path for the Next Generation

Bright pink peonies in the garden. Our garden. Of our new house. It doesn’t seem real quite yet, but I imagine lugging several hundred books and two skittish kitties across town will fix that.

bright pink peonies

Upheaval. Saying goodbye to cherished coworkers who are flying away to other opportunities. How much of my sadness during the past two years have I wrapped so tightly in denial, in “pushing through”?

Today a friend showed me Howbout, a charming app for planning get-togethers with friends. In less than five minutes our group had created a poll, voted, and planned our next socially-distanced hangout. I’m impressed!

Today I did something I’m not very good at – recording a video with someone I admire and respect – and I dearly hope that the final product shows just how amazing a librarian and person she is. Any tips for an amateur video editor?

I got angry this morning, and wanted to listen to angry music to feel better, but I don’t have an angry music playlist. This seems like a huge oversight on my part. Suggestions? (Also, yes, the oversight made me even angrier.)

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.