Spring in Utah is always lovely. Spring this year is particularly welcome because this past Winter was one of the fiercest since the 1800s.
For proof, here is a quick look at January 2013′s Weather Statistics:
Every single day in January saw at least 1 inch on the ground (because temps never went above freezing, and the snow kept coming down).
There were 22 straight days of Red Air Alert (unhealthy air) alerts.
The average temperature was 18.8 degrees.
There were 25 days where the day’s high did not rise above freezing.
Almost 24 inches of snow in the valley.
February saw 10 days of below freezing HIGH TEMPERATURES.
Now, though, it is warm, and the plants have come alive. Enjoy these flowers in our yard (and near our house).
I waited a little while to write this post to make sure everything would work out.
For my birthday this year, my lovely wife got me a DOG! We named him Babou and he was awesome! Some kind of black lab/pitbull mix. He was a bit neurotic, and had a lot of learning to do. He was also extremely energetic, and every time he saw our other (poor old) dog, Cassie, he tried to attack her.
So we took Babou back
That same day (and the previous night) we looked through all of the dogs available for adoption via petfinder.com. We found several dogs that might be a good fit for us (which meant they were mellow, nice, and played well with other cats and dogs).
I dropped Babou off at the shelter we got him from. It was sad, but we were not the right family for him. He was a really good dog, and in a more energetic, less-populated-by-animals house, he will fit in just fine.
Next, I went to visit the Utah Animal Adoption Center to visit Lucy, a dog Beth and I had seen online.
I told the lady at the front desk that I was there to see Lucy.
“Oh, Lucy! We love Lucy.”
I got to visit with Lucy who was only interested in treats, and the lady that works at the kennel.
“Don’t worry,” she said, “in a few days Lucy will be following you around everywhere once she gets to know you.”
I told them Lucy was fantastic, and I wanted my wife to meet her before we adopted her.
Lucy was Beth’s top choice of what dog to adopt, so I knew she’d love her.
Later that day, we took our dog, Cassie, and headed to the local Petco where the shelter was bringing several animals for an adoption day (among them Lucy). Of course it was overwhelming, the amount of animals barking and running around, the people everywhere. Lucy was anxious and not on her best behavior. Beth was skeptical, but I promised that Lucy was the kind of dog we were looking for.
Our Kind of Dog
Quick side note. The dog we have now is about 15 years old. Even when she wasn’t an OLD DOG, she was always mellow and very chill. We also have three cats, and the way Cassie behaved, we might as well have had four.
Cassie is a basset hound + lab mix. She has a big body and tiny little basset legs. A ridiculous dog!
One thing we liked about Lucy is that she was a similar breed. She has a big body, and stubby, but sturdy legs. She has one eye that is mostly white, because in addition to being a Golden Retriever bred with a Basset Hound, she also has some husky mixed in. Her fur is golden, but has dark patterns spread throughout, and she has very very thick fur. She has loooong basset ears, and when she is sad, she starts howling like a basset!
The most important thing, though, is that she has the same temperament as Cassie. Where Babou was energetic and feral enough that he thought he had to bark and growl at any other nearby dog, Lucy seemed to just be focused on people, and whether or not they were going to pet her or give her a treat.
So this is Lucy, our new dog. We’ve had her for a month and a half now, and she is fitting in just fine. She is full of energy, and is completely ridiculous. This is the first dog I’ve ever had that was MY DOG, and it is fantastic. She’s a sweetheart, and I’m looking forward to hiking with her all this summer.
Lucy + Cassie
If you’re wondering how Lucy and our old dog Cassie fit together, just look at this picture. They are a matched set of ridiculous!
The domain name I really want to get is www.seanmarkey.com. It’s unavailable, and has been for a long time. I missed it going to a new owner a few years ago (after having been with the same person for several years before that).
Long story short, I cannot have seanmarkey.com
Any other cool arrangement of my name .com is not available.
I love the .co web extension. It’s new, it’s hip, it’s sexy, and it’s short! Who needs that extra “m,” anyways?
I have been watching markey.co since I found out it would expire in mid February. The expiration date came and went, and I was anxious to register markey.co.
However, that’s not how domain expiration works. It’s a process!
After the original expiration date, the domain’s owner has about a two week grace period in which they can claim the name.
Checking who.is everyday to see if the owner decided to reregister the name was like being tied to the train tracks Vaudville style, and watching an old turtle make its way to rescue me (except the train is made of cotton candy).
Harmless, low stakes waiting. Except I *REALLY* wanted the domain name.
I thought about signing up for a service like snapnames.com to help make sure I got the name when it became available. If you don’t know much about the comptetive game of snapping up expiring domains, I will just briefly say it exists, and it is VERY competitive. You should [look into it] sometime, as it is kind of fascinating and horrible.
I decided against it though, as I doubted (hoped!) that there were not several other Markeys in the world also eyeing this domain name.
laziness gamble paid off, and on one of my frequent checks to see if the domain was available, I saw that it was and snatched it up.
I don’t plan on changing domain names again unless I can score seanmarkey.com.
So welcome to markey.co
Today it snowed big giant flakes, and then it stopped.
And then it started snowing tiny perfect snowflakes. Usually the snow is just a white blob, something undefined. But these were visibly symmetrical. It was really difficult to capture them on camera, but in a few pictures you can see one or two really well defined. Just imagine that ALL the white ones looks like that.
(click to see a bigger version)
I’m in New York at the moment, and it is just starting to snow.
We are supposed to get a lot of snow through out tonight and tomorrow. From our room at the Super 8 (which is a nicer place than you’d think), we will watch the snow as we spend time working on various projects and getting ready for the new year.
Taking space to get things organized and prioritized and just generally sorted out is a big help with focus.
We stayed for a bit with Beth’s Ma & Pa at their lovely country home, with big dining room windows that look out on a the glacier-carved landscape, with many bird feeders and one old observatory.
Our flight leaves on Friday, and the snow should be cleared up by then. Fingers crossed. But for the next two days we will see several inches of snow falling. Look for pictures at my G+.
It has been nice to sort of “step away” from real life and have an extended vacation where I can get a 30,000 ft view of where I’m at with my life, where I want to be, and what it will take to get there. So I’m going to finish my cup of (delicious!) apple cider from Starbucks, and continue planning my new year.
Iceland is my favorite place I’ve never been to. In another life I am living there in a tiny warm house with lots of snow outside. In the summer there is a little stream that runs through my backyard, and I also have a goat named Molly.
One of my favorite things on the internet is a tumblr called ‘Iceland Wants to Be Your Friend.’
Here’s a descriptions from the front page:
Halló, I am Iceland and this is my Tumblr. I am an island and I want to be your friend.
Here is a post I stole from Iceland so I could introduce you:
Since 2006, I have tried for nearly every year to complete this novel-writing challenge. 50,000 words in a month? I should be able to do that. I’m a fast typer, I like to write and am willing to devote hours to it at a time.
But it hasn’t been so easy.
I’ve struggled with being a neurotic perfectionist, and I’ve struggled with not planning my novels very well, so that I start flailing around after about 15,000 words, and then it’s all crash and burn.
This year it will be different. This year, with the help of my awesome wife, Beth, I have planned out my novel, and have done some good brain work to reduce the anxiety that I have about not writing a perfect, stellar first draft.
This year, it’s just about writing. So I’m gonna write. Maybe it won’t be very good, but it’ll be finished. That’s the big goal.
Business + Nano
I think starting a business in October and spending a lot of time working on website and working with clients helps to minimize the amount of time spent worrying about the novel. Previously, I could afford to spend hours THINKING and FREAKING about the novel, and a little time writing it. Now, now I have Things To Do, and that’s SRS BSNSS, so I only have a little bit of spare time in which to write.
If all goes well, I’ll hit 50,000 words on November 30th, and will update on my progress along the way.
Now, I must got and write today’s 1667 words.
Wish me luck!
It has taken me a long time to find the right desk.
Since I moved out here I have gone through exactly seven desks (including my current one). I’ve finally found a standing desk that is 1) the right height, and 2) big enough to fit all my stuff on.
This is what my desk looks like right now. Click for the big view.
See if you can spot:
- my favorite kitten
- my favorite picture (Carrie Ann Baade shout out)
- my 3 Libras necklace
- the rear-view-mirror Teacher ornament my favorite mom gave me
- the shot glass I got in the Bahamas (filled with uncut precious stones from when I was a rock collector in elementary school).
Oh, poor neglected blog. Will you ever be updated frequently?
Ever since I moved here, Beth and I have talked about hiking the Timpanogos Cave trail, which is over a mile long, and a whole lotta vertical gain (1,060ft, to be exactly). On this hike, you are literally hiking along the side of the mountain, starting around 5300ft, and ending up at around 6300 feet.
Last Saturday, we finally made plans and made the commitment to walk up to the Timpanogos Cave entrance.
Ready to go?
This hike is not for those with weak hearts! Also, hi Beth!
And then it started raining!
But we were prepared.
All over the mountain, fall colors.
Inside the caves! It was pretty amazing, and dark… and at times, very cramped along the path through the caves. Due to the dark, the pictures aren’t particularly amazing. But the caves were.
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At the end of the cave.
On the way down we could see the valley beyond the entrance to the canyon. Enjoy!
It was an amazing trip, and a difficult one. It was more hiking than either of us were accustomed to, but we made it.
After we finished, we decided to drive up the rest of the canyon to emerge near Park City, to grab a delicious meal at the Wasatch Brew Pub.
However, as adventures usually go, we ended up a little off course. On the wrong side of the reservoir we traveled down a small dirt road that took us from the canyon to the back end of Heber. It added about an hour and a half to our trip, and we were both fairly hungry after such a long hike and drive.
But the view was stunning. Amazing. Hundreds of Beech trees lined the road, and dotted the valley below, and their leaves were all a golden yellow. It was spectacular, and the picture does nothing to portray how lovely it was.
And that was our Timpanogos adventure.
We got the Prius in February 2008, and we LOVE it.
I got rid of my aging car, an we have been a one car family since that summer.
Yesterday, the old Prius hit 50k.
Wonder what the next 50,000 miles holds…