The Weekly Claire: WTF Weather

So this last week was a doozy.  We had massive rain fall that rotted out our strawberries, sticky as fuck humidity which has been followed by the hotest days of the year so far.

Three of my orchids are blooming! This one was a rescue from someone who didn't want the sticks and leaves anymore.  People are always giving them to me because they think they'll kill them, or they can't take care of them.  Look just stick them in a window water them now and again and BOOM, they just decide to bloom one day, no skill required.

I ordered and got (in a 36 hour period) this amazing scarf from a wonderful Tacoma retailer.  

The new 250 straight six went into the Nova last friday and my sunday night we had it all ready to run.

Edgar climbed in my purse and had a good scratch and left a few feather for me to find latter.

I put the buttons I got at Church Mouse Yarns on my sweater, not that I can wear it for like 3 more months but it looks good.  

YUM Snow peas! From the bucket garden

We had a MASSIVE rain storm on tuesday, which also happened to be my grandmother's 90th birthday.  I drove from Tacoma to almost Everett at was only 15 minutes late, which was pretty good considering the storm basically kept up with me the whole way, and I rode the edge of it for about 45 miles.

I validated a whole FUCK-load of stuff this week.  I mean like 3 solid hours of diluting and testing.

I made THE Quiche!  This is the Thomas Keller Quiche recipe from his book.  Its sooooo good, but is wildly expensive and rather time consuming.  The pay off however, is worth it.  It was the one thing at my cousins babyshower that had no leftovers.

The beautiful weather for the shower!

Just a few of the yummy things we severed up.
Shhhh Don't tell anyone but I got use an awesome camera to photograph the shower and it put my d40 to shame, now I want a new one.  

And finally Edgar helped me do a little work yesterday.  He LOVES the eraser and its almost impossible to snatch it back from him once he's got it.  


Claire's "I'm not gonna do Fran" WOD

There are two crossfit workouts I will NOT DO! They are, Murph and Fran.  Sorry Murph my good man, I will honor your memory by cheering on those souls faster and braver than I, and FRAN you evil bitch I just won't.  Mostly because I have these little tiny wrists and whenever I do thrusters I honestly feel like my hands are just going to break off and I'll be left with these bloody stumps.  Its not my idea of fun (not that Cfit is my idea of fun, but in the land of suck, it sucks in a interesting way)  So today I stayed home and concocted this WOD:

400M run
30 pushups
40 sit ups
50 squats


*If you want to learn more about what I'm talking about visit the Crossfit main page or my fab-u-lous gym's page 


And we're back.....

I had not planned to leave the blog, or stop doing stuff, but I did.  I drew some pictures, lost my budgie bird Frankie (to old age) bought a house, moved, found a new feathered friend (Edgar a Conure), went to a professional conference, and generally just lost my mojo.  So now I'm back and trying at little harder.   So heres to the Weekly Claire.....
 First my neighbor bought this and I think that Jessie and Walter have moved in next door.  Honestly he used to have a big, but better looking 5th wheel and now I get to look at this winner.

 The 30th Street ladies and I went to Church Mouse for the day.  I got a mess of nice buttons for two sweaters, and some short bread.  We also had lunch at NOLA, a damn tasty restaurant on Bainbridge.

 I got started on my sleeve started, the color is all messed up here so it looks all gray and nasty but its actually indigo.

And finally its officially summer and I'm wearing my boots.  Yep, twice this week.



2012 sucked! Hub was gone, I worked my ass off (a coworker retired and I filled his void while instructing an intern) and it was just a crapper around the world.  I'm glad to start 2013.  13 is my lucky number and so far we're working on things looking up.  We bought a house, Frankie the parakeet is recovering nicely from his illness and I finished up most of my UFO knitting projects.  My goal for this year. 
  1. Finish more sweaters
  2. Sew more clothes 
  3. Keep up with my drawing
  4. Make more food goodies for friends and family (ie canned stuff)
I plan on staying healthy and keeping to my Crossfitting (going on 3 years!) and my walking so I feel pretty good about this year.  Lets see.


Good Bye Old Friend

It was early summer in Clarksville and I had just started working at the hospital.  My friend had returned from overseas and had huge chunks of free time, and I did too with my crazy hospital schedule.  So after we had lunch at our favorite (actually only) burrito joint and not wanting to go home yet the idea of going to look at the dark red Mini Cooper that had just turned up on the VW lot sounds like a great idea.  The dealer let us drive it off the lot without him, and just a mile or so down the road in a grade school parking lot I learned how to drive a stick.  I was in love.  Within the week I would become the proud owner of a slightly used 2003 mini cooper.  I had to learn to drive a stick, but it was worth it.  A co-worker named him DB after the famous if failed hijacker.  DB was my buddy through 2.5 deployments, 4 jobs, 4 houses, 10 states, 1 transmission, 85,000 miles, at least 3 snow storms, 3 army bases, and a lot of fun.  I'll miss that little guy. Besides me 2 other people have learned the art of the stick shift on his gears, and hopefully he'll find his way into someone's life soon.  He started to have too many problems and so it was time to say goodbye.  When I stood and thought about it, my first car a 1991 civic was only really about 8 years old when I started driving it and now at 30 with a good job I was driving at nearly 10 year old car.  In all truth I was trying to hold out for DB's 10th birthday, which would have been this March.  Oh well.  I can still celebrate Sheldon's 2nd Birthday on March 16th! I might have left DB on the lot, but came home with Sheldon, a 2011 Cooper S.  He's a huge step up from the bare bones DB.  Heated seats, 6 speeds, and a super sporty "S" with a hood scoop.  He still sports a huge sunroof and a stick shift, but he has an even more rockin' sound system and most importantly a gigantic warranty!! So as sad is it to loose DB, I think I'll be very happy with my new friend Sheldon whom I hope is more a little more social than his name sake. 



I totally failed at the 30 Days of Lists.  I got way behind and then just gave up.  Because of my art class (which is totally awesome) my free time has been split between drawing and knitting.  The two most important things out side of my Hub and my science, in my life.  When I'm not working, crossfitting, or cooking my "free" time is limited to about 2 hours a night.  Which normally includes a walk (so I can watch my Netflix on the treadmill) and then my art class homework.  For a brief time I was hell bent on becoming an artist.  A graphic designer to be exact.  These days I can't imagine not being a scientist, but creating things is still a HUGE part of my life, and while I was always good I was never great. Honestly I'm shocked with what I'm creating, with my skills that I kinda didn't know I had.  Maybe its my teacher or the subject matter.  Maybe its because its not a class that I'm required to take or because she teaches in a different style.  Whatever it is Susan is getting me to do work I never thought I could.



So this is the 9th of September are here are last few lists.

If you know me, you know I'm extremely negative.  I've got to be more positive or at the least, more neutral. 

I don't eat late, it has been burned into me by years and years of being a fat ass.  Also I don't like going to bed feeling too full.

I forgot I had watercolors, and that I love to paint.  So I had fun.

Sunday is my favorite lazy day.  My mom and I went to the Puyallup Fair (I didn't take any good pictures)

Trust me, when these things get thrown off, its not pretty.  A non-crossfitted Claire is a grumpy Claire.