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It’s been a little while since I’ve updated. There’s been plenty going on, both with the boat and in life in general and some of it was getting in the way of little things like updating the blog.

One thing we’ve been battling this winter/fall is humidity. We run a dehumidifier that does a great job of sucking water out of the air and clearing the windows.

Windows usually look like this in the morning in our stateroom.

Water still gets into out of the way places, like the storage space under our bed or under the spaces where we keep our clothes. So far nothing has molded too bad, except the straps on our travel bags.

To battle this, we use a mold and mildew cleaner that’s fairly safe and have added those annoying buckets of pellets that trap water. To keep our mattresses safe, Chris got us some Hypervent to go under the mattresses (prickly side up) and that has the added benefit of holding our sheets in place.

Non-sliding sheets make me happier than you can ever know. I also got us a mattress cover that zips around the mattress and holds the memory foam topper we have in place. We are sooo snug now.

It’s April, time for #30daysofbiking, which some people like and others don’t, both for good reasons. I signed up because I like giving kids free bikes for something I’d be doing anyway. I’ve biked each day so far (3 whole days!), but days off from work are really the test. Here’s a pic from yesterday when I rode through Maple Leaf Park on my way to work.

No water in that picture! Yet…

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Is two masts for sailing. ♪♪

Mixing my songs, but you get the idea. We took Raven in on Friday to have her masts put on–she’s a Ketch, rather than a single masted sloop or cutter. And they got on the Mizzen on just fine, but when they went to step the main, it was discovered that the new part that was added to the bottom, to replace the portion that had dry rot, was a bit too big to fit in the slot. We have to go back next week to get the rest done. A bit anticlimactic.

It was a tight fit getting Raven to the pull out area, but Chris is a master.

The masts, almost ready to go on.

Showering has turned into an interesting adventure. I can shower on Raven, but the water pressure is low and hot water doesn’t last long. I tried the shore showers recently and they are amazing–much better than the one at our apartment. It’s always warm in there, the hot water never runs out and the water pressure is good enough to pick your teeth, if you know what I mean. Getting there is ok. I bundle up in sweats and a jacket and take a basket with my shower stuff up there. I can’t quite shake the feeling that I’m doing the walk of shame though, with my hair all messy in the parking lot in my jammies. I know everyone does it, but it will take some getting used to.

The weather has been very up and down lately. Cold and clear (20°F), making me wish for thermal mittens, balmy and overcast or rainy, 50° or even as high as 68°. It’s been hard to figure out how to dress. Today there’s a lot of water in the air and I had to work at a different branch, so I don’t have my usual backup stuff with me. About 2 hours in, my pants ripped in the usual place and I had to put my rain pants on to finish the day. No pics, sorry ;)

So, the leaks are managed and everything has dried out. Best of all, our new counters are in; Aren’t they pretty?

I’m not as happy with the mirrors, but I’ll live.

I also found some time to kayak. Although I didn’t bring a camera with me, here’s the kayak with it’s new cover and new name on her. I’m planning on adding one of the Contour camera mounts so that I can bring that with me without having to hold it.

We’ll be moving in shortly. We still need to get the faucets and drains hooked up and the water turned back on before we can really start staying there. It’s a long hike to the marina bathroom in the middle of the night.

So, we’d planned to wait until March to move, but with rising costs and our impatience, we’re moving the date to the end of December. Our current landlord is giving us a little leeway with the date since we don’t know what else we might run into between now and then.

In fact, when we went to visit Raven last Friday we had a little surprise. Water in the main stateroom. Our memory foam topper was soaked in the corners and water was dripping in from the dingy davit stays. The Mister had to take apart what he could (that adhesive is strong!) and re-caulk after a round of drying with heaters and hair dryers. We’ll be checking again tomorrow to see if that took care of the problem. Fingers crossed.

We also discovered that there’s no drain in the kids head. That might make showering in there a bit messy. The Mister is doing research on how to do that properly, but it seems weird that it wasn’t done when the bathroom was refinished. The sink is also not attached to the counter and the shower attachment that was meant to replace the old one was not installed. The joys of home ownership?

I’ve been busy installing amenities in the galley and head. I ordered a lot of things from Ikea that will make organizing a little easier, and got some towel racks and other bits at Home Depot and Lowes. It was hard placing the first screw into the wood, but it’s all up now. Pictures when we get the countertops in; which should be happening tomorrow…

Work has been an energy suck lately. While I love my job, I sometimes let it make me anxious and this last month has been one of those times. I’ve also had a set back on the Student Loan Forgiveness front that left me feeling sad.

My friend wrote recently about creating a wish list with some reachable goals and how she’s come along in the last year. This sounds like a great idea, as far as setting a few goals, some easily reachable, but needing some attention, to some things that might take a little longer or a bit more work.

Here it is:

  1. Be more present with my chosen family–The Mister and the girls
  2. Complete craft projects that clutter the basement (some progress already)
  3. Get Raven outfitted in an efficient, useful and stylish manner (more on this next post)
  4. Cook and bake more often
  5. Organize my work life better
  6. Run and practice yoga and mediation
  7. Go to Europe
  8. Spend more time with my siblings and friends
  9. Pay off my debt
  10. Get a kayak and go kayaking often

Some of these things require more time than I feel like I have. I can’t work less, so I have to figure out how to fit them into my daily life. I’d also like to be flexible, as The Mister is sometimes a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guy. Planning too much puts a cramp in his style, and really mine too–sometimes when I plan too much, I start canceling on everything so I can just chill.

I’m putting a monthly reminder in my calendar to check back in on these wishes to see how they’re coming along.

Seattle on a fine October day. Taken from Gasworks Park.

It’s been raining here in Sunny Seattle, so I haven’t been to Raven for about a week. Before that, my dad came out twice to help us out. He and I put up the dodger and most of the life lines/stanchions. The Mister had a few friends come by as well to help put on the dingy davits and some other heavy lifting items.

We’re talking to a contractor about the counters in the kitchen and bath and I think it will turn out great. It’s a load off knowing I probably won’t have the state of our counters riding on my (lack of) carpentry skills.

Last Sunday I took a friend down and he took a few great pictures of Raven and the Marina. Click on the picture to see the full album. My friends on G+ have already seen these.

Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across AmericaGoing Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America by Brian Benson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Brian and Rachel set off on bikes across the country, testing their strength and relationship during the thrilling and grueling days in the saddle. Written from Brian’s point of view, he spends a lot of time being apologetic for his white maleness and inspecting his interactions with Rachel. I loved the descriptions of the ride and both the good and bad feelings (physical and emotional) that went with it. However, Brian’s voice got a little whiny at times and I often wished that Rachel was the voice of the story.

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I think I’ve always struggled a little bit with this blog because I don’t have a sharp focus for the content. That’s probably not going to get any better. However, I have a new subject that I’d like to add in, which is pretty far off from my norm.  I may lose readers (ha! I’d have to have more than 5 to be too worried about that).

The Mister has purchased a sailboat. Yes, I know he already had one. That one will go up for sale and we will eventually move onto this new one. Just for you trolls out there, I will disclose that I have nothing to do financially with the purchase of this or the previous vessel. However, I will be moving onto it and paying part of the mortgage/moorage, so I’ll have a fair investment into how we outfit her. There are a few luxuries that I don’t want to give up, like ceramic coffee mugs, that will require some innovative storage solutions to make sure they don’t break while we are sailing.

It will be 8-10 months before we make the move, so I have some time to figure these things out. While I don’t want to buy a bunch of duplicates in order to test these solutions out, I do want to make sure I get the best thing I can for each situation. So, to keep track of my efforts and research, I’ll be using some of my blog posts to document the process of outfitting our beautiful new home.

Her name is Raven, and I’ll tell you all about her in my next boat related post.

Enough with all that negative stuff. Summer is going great. We’re having a lot of fun giving out books and signing kids up for the Summer of Learning. The teen program is less fulfilling, but I still love giving teens books and for right now we still have some to give, so that is wonderful.

The sign up for two of my teen programs are filling up. We have an Arduino program and a Digital Fabrications showcase planned. The rest of the summer is filled with drop-ins where teens can use our region’s new iPad mini to make digital content for our Tumblr or just make something fun with the supplies I will put out.

In reading news, I just finished the yummy new book by Scott Westerfeld that’s coming out in September, Afterworlds. A longer review will come in the next few days.

I got to see The Boy for dinner and a movie on Sunday. I took him and The Mister to see The Fault in Our Stars and it got all three of us sniffling (sorry to out you guys, but I saw you crying! :) It is a truly wonderful adaptation of the book. The Boy’s been waiting for his new job to start and the date keeps getting pushed back. It was great to see him. I wish he was closer or interested in working in Seattle.

In my biking, I’ve had 2 chains break–on different bikes–in the last month. I guess I’m just hard on them, as they both still showed signs of life when I checked them at the co-op. I’m picking up Lucile (Bike Friday Tikit) tonight after work. I had her looked over to make sure there wasn’t anything else major I was overlooking. I’ve been riding my Surly while she’s been in the shop.

I have to say that bike repairs are much more affordable than car repairs were. I certainly don’t miss that.

We had a lovely time in Florida and somehow I managed to put out of my mind that going to Florida would make it near impossible to do 30 Days of Biking in April. Oops.  Oh well, I’m back on the bike and now using MapMyRide to keep track of miles for the National Bike Challenge. I’ll also use it for the Cascade/Adobe Commute Challenge, but I don’t think it will do the auto upload thing for that–which it shouldn’t, only commute miles count for that.

So, Florida.  The Mister chartered us a sailboat and we sailed in the Keys for a few days. It was in the 80’s with good winds and plenty of room on the boat for the 5 of us. We had a wonderful time exploring the reef and Key West and then we went to Honeymoon Island outside of Tampa/Dunedin. Click on the picture below for the entire album.

People in Key West ride bikes, but I did not see one helmet.

 

Now that I’m back I’m in full swing planning bikey stuff. I have 3 major things going on. Sound Cycling biking info fairs at the library this weekend, the Commute Challenge–I’m a team captain for the Paperback Riders, and for Books on Bikes we’re hosting a Bike to Work day booth at the Green Lake library.  Our Seattle Public Library Teams will be challenging the King County Library System’s teams this year.  They have 5 teams and 25 riders. We have 2 teams and about 20 riders, so we’ll probably base the competition on percentages of commutes ridden. They also have a lot more ground to cover in a county than we do in a city, although that might not be a big deal.

As for reviews, I have two I plan to write today, although I’ll probably try to set them to publish a day or so down the road.  They are pre-releases anyhow, so you can’t get your hot little hands on them for another few weeks.  Still, good to place holds early and often!

Oh, as an FYI who know The Boy, he is moving to Spokane next week to try his hand at job seeking there. It seems that the Darrington/Marysville area is pretty barren and that Seattle is just too big for a small town kid.  Wish him luck!

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