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It was a hot weekend in Seattle, and I spent quite a bit of time in the sun, particularly on Saturday, trying to generate some Vitamin D. The major yardwork was hacking back the Escallonia langleyensis (finally identified for me by Jessica Amanda Salmonson on Facebook), which filled the yard waste bin all by itself. Partly it was getting out of control, and partly I wanted to clear space for when I paint the south side of the house Real Soon Now. (I was planning to do it last summer. Oops.) In the evening I read Iain Banks and caught a showing of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, which was fun but seemed inconsequential.

Yesterday I hung out with carl drinking fine beer and plotting various forms of mischief, some of it short term and some of it longer term, mostly Chunga-related. I also poured some vodka on raspberries for infusional purposes. I foresee raspberry vodka martinis in my future. One of those would have been nice in the sultry hot weather.

This week is a short one for me. On Thursday I'm flying to Sacramento for Westercon. This is the only trip I have planned for this year -- other than various trips to Oregon, of course. Should be fun, I think. I'll be working on the at-con zine with voidampersand.

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akirlu
Jul. 1st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear how the raspberry vodka turns out; my sources claim that raspberry is too subtle a flavor to work well in cordials, and that sugars are necessary to get subtler flavors to infuse in any event. So my fear is that you'll wind up with pink vodka. But I'll be happy to be proved worng.
randy_byers
Jul. 1st, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've done it twice before, and all I can say is that it works for me. But the aim isn't a cordial, just a flavored vodka. It's a pretty common thing to do. (Hm, I probably should put the jar in the fridge, what with the weather we're having.)
surliminal
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Fun but inconsequential seems the entire description of Sofia Coppola..
randy_byers
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen anything else by her, but I have Marie Antoinette sitting on the Pile at home. I imagine it's fun but inconsequential, wot? But wasn't her first film more gloomy than fun?
surliminal
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeh it was gloomy but inconsequential. You could reduce tht assessment in fact inonsequential :-) i have given up on her!
surliminal
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I did vaguely fancy Bling Ring tho but prob wont bother. Would rather try see Frances Ha,
randy_byers
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm certainly not going to try to talk you into seeing The Bling Ring, although it almost gets by on how good it looks. Almost!
surliminal
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Is it wispy and fey?
randy_byers
Jul. 1st, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's more glamorous and shallow. It revels in fashion and brand names.
surliminal
Jul. 1st, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
That,ll work!
She really does seem relentlessly shallow. Not quite sure what her rep stems from... Have you not seen Lost in Translation?
randy_byers
Jul. 2nd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
No, for some reason Marie Antoinette was the first one of hers that interested me, although it's been sitting on the Pile for quite a while.
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