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Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 12:34 pm
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We spent most of yesterday with Scott's family. I took my laptop with me because we expected that everybody but me would go out on the boat because the weather was good. As it happened, no boating happened. We have no idea why. It wasn't raining. It wasn't even threatening rain.

We went to the library before going to Scott's parents' place. Cordelia had a hold that she decided she didn't want after all. I had about as many books as CDs, so I had a lot to check out. We decided to skip bubble tea because we were running quite late (Scott dillydallied all morning and didn't get into the shower until after noon). I'd promised Scott's parents we'd be there at two, and it was one thirty by the time we got out of the library. We had to stop to buy a loaf of bread on our way out of town because we flaked on making one ourselves. Oh, well, Zingerman's farmhouse wheat is probably better than anything we could make.

We stopped at Burger King for lunch on the way north. Cordelia and I both had oreo shakes while Scott had lime ginger ale. The Burger King where we stop on these trips has a drink machine that does all sorts of blended flavors. I think there are six different options for ginger ale. There are only two for rootbeer, though. I haven't checked any of the other options.

Once we were at Scott's parents' place, Scott and Cordelia played cards with Scott's mother and sister and our niece. I sat with Scott's father and brother-in-law and watched golf. I wasn't interested in golf, but there wasn't room at the table for someone who couldn't play. I felt like it would be rude to pull out my laptop or my e-reader, so I was pretty bored.

We had dinner about six, chicken, broccoli, salad and bread. After the meal, Scott got his brother and his brother's family on his iPhone via FaceTime. We talked to them for quite a while. Their younger daughter turned four last week, and our sister-in-law's birthday is this coming week. We were going to put candles on the pie we were to have for dessert, but nobody could find any candles.

After we had pie, most of us sat on the sun porch and talked. We stayed until a little after eight. We took a detour on the way home to get bubble tea. It was really crowded near Bubble Island. We were lucky in our timing. There was only one group in front of us, but behind us, the line went all the way to the door with a lot of crowding. It was late at night for me to have a beverage that large, particularly one with caffeine in it (it's green tea with flavoring), but I ended up sleeping okay.

North Beach Park: Restoration History

Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 09:00 am
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Note: This is the second in a series of Monday posts about the Restoration Management Plan for North Beach Park. To read the others in the series, please click the “Restoration Management Plan” link in the tags at the bottom of the post.

This section is drawn from personal memories, work logs, and notes.

State of the Park at the Beginning of Restoration

Records of the condition of the park at the start of restoration weren’t very well kept. There was (and still is) graffiti on the trees. There was trash throughout the park, ranging from bottles’n’cans, through tires and wheels, and up to water heaters and a 300 gallon drum (which is still in the park). For the first several work parties, at least a couple dozen pounds of trash came out of the park, sometimes quite a lot more.

At least 40% of the trees had serious ivy infestations reaching up into their crowns. In some cases, the ivy reached back down to the ground from overhanging branches.

When Luke, Drexie, and Tad took Lex Voorhoeve (instructor of the Master Forester Class) through the park for a site review (September 2011), he said there was a “depressing amount of work.”

There were extensive ivy monocultures in the Headwaters Bowl, particularly along the rims and the dryer areas. There were also extensive ivy monocultures in the South Plateau and on the South and West Slopes.

The vast majority of the canopy was deciduous, with Alnus rubra (Red alder) on the bottomlands and Acer macrophyllum (Big leaf maple) on the slopes and dryer areas. For HMU-specific information about canopy coverage, please see the relevant sections in the “Wetlands” or “Uplands and Slopes” chapters.


The first meeting about restoring North Beach Park took place on March 17, 2011. Attending were Michael Yadrick (Parks ecologist), Mark Mead (Urban forest manager), Joanna Nelson de Flores (Forterra/Green Seattle Partnership), Theresa McEwan (North End volunteer coordinator), Patrick Merriam (North End crew chief), Morry Browne (neighbor) and Loren McElvain (neighbor).

The first restoration work party was held April 30th, 2011. Fourteen people attended, an unusually high number.

From the start, Friends of North Beach Park (FoNBP) had five priorities for restoration work:

  1. Hedera helix (ivy) off the trees – rough estimates (made long after the fact) are that 40% of the trees in the park had ivy up into their crowns.
  2. Ivy off the ground – there were many places were ivy formed a groundcover monoculture that have been cleared. There are still monocultures on some slopes (See “Uplands and Slopes.”)
  3. Rubus armeniacus (Blackberry) off the ground and dug up.
  4. Smaller Ilex aquifolium (laurel) and Prunus laurocerasus holly pulled, larger marked for herbicide.
  5. Invasive groundcover removed and replaced with native plants.

Work was done both at the front of the park, to make visible changes that made the restoration work obvious; and in the forest, getting the ivy off the trees.

First Workparty Group Portrait

Many of the people in this photo (and the person taking it) are still involved in the restoration of North Beach Park.

Many of the people in this photo (and the person taking it) are still involved in the restoration of North Beach Park. Photo by Drexel Malone.

Friends of North Beach Park settled on the 4th Saturday of the month because earlier weekends were taken: Golden Gardens GGREAT (Golden Gardens Restoration and Trails) meets on the 2nd Saturday, Friends of Llandover Woods meets on the 2nd Sunday, and Carkeek Park STARS (Streams, Trails, and Restoration Stewards) meets on the 3rd Saturday. We thought that the 4th Saturday presented the least conflict.

The 4th Saturday schedule does mean that the work party conflicts with Memorial Day in May and the Christmas – New Year holidays in December, so there is no work party on those months.

In summer of 2011, Luke McGuff, Drexie Malone, and Tad Anderson met while taking the Master Forester Class taught by Lex Voorhoeve at Carkeek Park. We were assigned North Beach Park as our project.

In September, EarthCorps Science (Nelson Salisbury and Ella Elman) mapped North Beach Park and delineated the Habitat Management Unit boundaries.

At the end of 2011, Friends of North Beach Park had had 55 adult and three youth volunteers, for a total of 165 hours. We had planted a grand total of 13 shrubs and 8 herbaceous plants, and had more than 0.05 acre in active restoration.

In terms of public engagement, Luke spoke to the Olympic Manor Community Association and the Ballard High School “YES” (YMCA Earth Service Corps). There was a post to MyBallard.com in November about the restoration efforts. Friends of North Beach Park also began working with the Seattle Parks Foundation as fiscal sponsor.


The Master Forester class concluded with a successful three-part presentation about restoration of North Beach Park. This was the same day as the work party would have been, so there was no 4th Saturday work party in January of 2012. However, January 2012 did have a very successful work party and trash removal with a group of 8th graders from a University District alternative middle school, on their “Rite of Passage” program. This was the largest amount of trash removed during a single work party.

Rite of Passage students

This was the single largest pile of trash removed from North Beach Park at one time.

This was the single largest pile of trash removed from North Beach Park at one time.

Early February featured the first annual Friends of North Beach Park potluck, which includes forest stewards and volunteers from Carkeek and Golden Gardens, as well as North Beach Park. At that potluck, we formed an official steering committee of seven.

In summer 2012, an independent forest steward worked in the South Plateau, a large, flat area about 80 feet above the main park. Working with residents of the Labateyah community, they cleared most of the ivy and blackberry off the .57 acre plateau in one summer of weekly work parties. They installed steps into the park, and had plans for a native plant demonstration garden modeled after the garden outside Daybreak Star Indian Center. However, when the rains returned, we found out that the South Plateau received street runoff that accumulated for blocks. The Parks Department had to remove the steps and put in fascines and rip rap. See “South Plateau” in the “Uplands and Slopes” chapter.

Also in the summer of 2012, Doug Gresham, of Gresham Environmental, delineated the wetlands. GPS points for the delineation flags were later established with Nelson Salisbury of EarthCorps Science.

In September of 2012, “Knotweed Hill” was created by Luke and a group of middle schoolers who were on a field trip to the park. They cleared a large area of ivy underneath a canopy gap. Before the clearance, the ivy had covered up some of the steepness of the slope. Removing the ivy revealed the slope to be much too steep for inexperienced volunteers. Also, we had been working on private property without realizing it. This lead to Luke, Drexie, and Tad spending many weekdays in the park, staking down burlap sacks, and work parties where dikes were built across the slope.

At the end of 2012, Friends of North Beach Park had had 343 adult and 162 youth volunteers, for a total of nearly 1150 volunteer hours. We had planted 227 trees, 112 shrubs, and 105 herbaceous plants. Nearly three-quarters of an acre was in restoration.

Public outreach in 2012 included tabling at “Art in the Garden” for the first time, and tabling at “Sustainable Ballard” with the Green Seattle Partnership. “Art in the Garden” is a neighborhood event located very close to the park. We meet neighbors of the park, including people who played in it as children. “Sustainable Ballard” is a much larger event, for the Ballard area as a whole. At this event, we’re helping Green Seattle Partnership promote Green Seattle Day (the first Saturday in November).

In 2012, FoNBP participated for the first time in the Seattle Foundation “GiveBIG” day of online giving.


2013 featured many different groups working in North Beach Park: EarthCorps, Parks Department contract and Natural Area crews, and Friends of North Beach Park.


EarthCorps ran seven work parties in North Beach Park, from April through November. During this time, they mulched Knotweed Hill, and cleared along the trail from Headwaters Bowls through the Central Valley. During the planting work party, they added density to both sides of the trail through their cleared areas, and added density to Knotweed Hill.

EarthCorps volunteers mulch Knotweed Hill.

EarthCorps volunteers mulch Knotweed Hill.

EarthCorps volunteers mulch Knotweed Hill.

Contract Crew

The Parks Department Natural Area and contract crew worked on the North Slope, removing invasives, putting done jute net and coir logs, and planting. On the South Plateau, they installed rip rap, meanders, and fascines to help control the erosion. They also helped clear a trail of fallen alder trees.

Friends of North Beach Park

The FoNBP had their second annual potluck, again with forest stewards from other NW area parks, including Llandover Woods.
There were ten 4th Saturday work parties in 2013: January – April, June – November. The January work party featured some plants donated from the Swanson’s Nursery “Trees for Salmon” program.

By the end of 2013, most of the safely accessible trees in the park needing ivy survival rings had been protected.
2013 had 189 adult and 20 youth volunteers, for a total of nearly 665 hours. Friends of North Beach Park planted 346 trees, 672 shrubs, and 675 herbaceous plants.

More than half an acre was brought into restoration, and nearly 1½ acres were in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of restoration.
Public outreach included an article in the Ballard News-Tribune (Bryan, 2013) and tabling at “Art in the Garden” and “Sustainable Ballard.”

2014 (to date)

The start of 2014 featured nearly 200 extra plants from the Parks Department. The summer work parties have concentrated on after care of plants, mostly watering and weeding to help them deal with the heat stress of June and July.
There were numerous site reviews, from Seattle Public Utilities (with their drainage and wetland scientist), a big site review with the Parks Department to talk about target forest types, the South Plateau, and to plan crew time for the next couple years.

The forest stewards returned to working in the South Plateau once a month. We also wrote a letter to the neighbors of the South Plateau explaining our plans.

In June, we executed a cross-gradient belt transect, crossing three HMUs and going from the highest points on the rim to the lowest points of the park floor. The information this provided is used throughout this report.

In July and August, Friends of North Beach Park participated in Groundswell NW’s open space inventory.

Public outreach this year has been limited to “Art in the Garden,” which was very successful for us.

FoNBP participated in the Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” day of online giving again, and raised more than $800.

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Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 04:02 am
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Welp, I forgot yesterday. Oops!

A while ago I asked [personal profile] sanguinity to sell me on the Terminator movies and TSCC. And she did! And while I haven't been able yet to get ahold of TSCC, I have decreed that tonight is the night I'm getting drunk and watching the first two Terminator movies.

It's been awesome.

For one, [personal profile] liviapenn downloaded the Superman serials from the late 40s and early 50s, so we've made a pact to watch an episode before each movie we watch. And it's been super cool. Superman vs. Atom Man has been incredible. There is a super glittery helmet involved. SUPER. GLITTER.

T1 was pretty awesome! I really dig action movies and I'm a little intoxicated, so that's probably helping, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed 1984-LA-which-actually-looks-like-LA-from-movies-set-in-the-future-made-in-1984. I enjoyed finally figuring out where all those lines come from. And the action scenes were pretty sweet! Especially the chase scenes.

The thing that bothered me the most, actually, was the fact that they weren't really careful about headlight continuity. Like, when car headlights were on and off. I know maybe that's a stupid thing to be bothered by, but it was the one thing that niggled at me--if it had been a worse movie I wouldn't have cared as much.

Also, one of the cops was played by Dr. Franklin's dad (Babylon 5.) So that was interesting.

The body horror with the Terminator was interesting. (I am definitely watching the bit in T2 where Ahnold pulls off his arm skin, so that's influencing my thoughts.) I mean, the terminators--the ones covered in skin--are totally body horror, right? They're, like, the thing where you remember there's a skeleton inside you, and it's like, jeez, this time it's a metal skeleton inside this dude? That's kind of creepy when you think about it. I mean, it's actually kind of creepy just saying it without thinking deeply. So there's that.

It's amusing to see how butt rights changed between T1 and T2. (I.e. they lost butt rights to the Governator between the first and second movies.)

Other things I am loving: the score, especially in T2 where I feel like it's a little more sophisticated, and little John Connor, who is shaping up to be a pretty good resistance leader. Not as good as Aang from A:tLA, of course (NOBODY is as good as Aang) but I feel like he and Aang would be good pals, you know? (Actually, I feel like he and Toph would be better pals, but now I am imagining Toph Bei Fong and John Connor hanging out and kind of running in terror.)

(You should totally write that.)

So yes. Awesome movies. Very much enjoyed.

I am looking forward to getting a copy of TSCC now, I guess...

September 1, 1939

Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 04:59 am
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Seventy-five years ago, the Nazis invaded Poland. It was the beginning of World War II.
still applies, unfortunately )

BBB art - Tower of Skulls

Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 12:20 am
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Art for [personal profile] inlovewithnight's BBB story (link impending).

A dragon in a cage is still a dragon.

Tumblr | DeviantART (One and two)

Art. )

More about the pieces. )

Excellent zine

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 10:47 pm
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Back from the zinefest etc.

I am reading the three issues of an extremely good zine, Moonroot, some of the best writing I've seen in a while. It's great. I highly recommend it! fucking excellent!!!!


Wish I'd had more time to talk with the folks at their table but I had to scoot off and go to the panel/discussion.



Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 3

Mon, Sep. 1st, 2014 12:04 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

Read more... )


Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 10:52 pm
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I have counted at least 23 mosquito bites on me. 14 of those are on one leg.

On Saturday we went over to the new house of my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to help them and Toby's parents lay sod and do other work in the backyard. Twice, I saw mosquitos on me, but didn't realize how bad it was until this morning. (I did put mosquito repellant on, but not until after I saw the Mosquitos...oops.)

Driving me crazy, of course. I think I may resort to Zyrtec tonight, even though it knocks me out and makes me fuzzy-headed the day after I take it.

My legs remind me of the way they were when we lived in Tanzania. I was always eaten up with bug bites, and you can still see the faint network of scars on my skin from it.


Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 08:32 pm
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Latest Wordpress update broke the way the theme I made displays category posts (i.e., the list of categories gets a 404) so guess what I get to spend Labor Day doing? Yes, that's right, recoding a *&^*^& theme! Because now the ConDFW website doesn't display a nice list of guests when you ask it to, instead it displays a 404 page.

It's definitely fault of the child theme I coded--I've checked all the plugins and its not them, and it works when I deactivate the child theme and stops working when I re-activate it. Man, I don't even know where the hell to start looking to find the problem. :P

Two pictures

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 07:37 pm
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Remember how Sora feels about the white fluffy carpet in my office? (If you don't: he hates it and does his best not to step on it.) It's not just that carpet--he doesn't like our brown bathmats, either. We recently got a cat mat, which has two different surface textures and a ball attached to it. He's adopted the mat as his own, but...

cut for Sora pic )

Also, our first harvest!

cut for photo )
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The house across the street is for sale. There's a sign up and everything.

I'm working away on my latest fanfic masterpiece when I notice there's a county sheriff's cruiser pulled up to the curb across the street. There's no one in it.

Now, here are our options: Violent criminal on the loose and spotted in the neighborhood? Or this guy's looking to buy a house?

Which one do you think my brain chose?

Dammit, brain. Knock it off.

Two things you probably didn't know about me

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 05:55 pm
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Because I was thinking of each of them recently, and haven't been posting much, so here's a post!

1) I really like my eyebrows. They're strong and nicely arched.

2) I was a legal adult before I was certain that Austin and Houston weren't just different pronunciations of the same city name.

off to the zine fest

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 12:40 pm
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Leg not too good, ankle also, painkillering up to cab to the zine fest. I am on a panel at 3pm.

Not sure if I can make it to Oakland today but I will give it a good try.

zach came by to show me his new scooter hacks, which are amazing, and brought me a really big comfy foam cushioned seat back with a wood panel backing, for my travelscoot, which will be really good if I hack it down to half its size and bolt it nicely on. Or maybe a large amount of velcro backing and some sort of clip. It needs to be as portable as possible. i am super touched he brought it. The new hacks are a big power converter so his huge 35 amp hour batteries can now charge a car charger port mounted in the scooter side. There are also new speakers which he scavenged from noisebridge and mounted on the back in older looking cases so no one will steal them. they fit perfectly! soon to come, a microphone (xlr) jack so he can plug a mic straight into the scooter speakers.

hannah's board game party was fun yesterday. i feel glad to hold my friends close.

One Card Draw

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 01:50 pm
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 [personal profile] ariestess is hosting a one card draw today.  There are perks for donations and signal boosts.

Help me pick a movie

Sun, Aug. 31st, 2014 09:19 pm
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I got a free movie ticket from work that I need to use before it expires, and I've now narrowed my options down to either The Congress or Lucy.

(I was thinking of going to see Interstellar, but I just realised the ticket expires before that comes out)

I'm leaning towards The Congress, because I like Robin Wright and Lucy looks like it might be the kind of a sexy-chick-beats-up-a-lot-of-men action movie that I don't care about (plus action movies in general usually bore me), but on the other hand Lucy seems to have gotten much better reviews of the two and if it's not the kind of a movie I hate, it could be exactly the kind of a movie that I'd love ;D

Any opinions on either movie?

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