Got my big Phoenix trip writeup about 90% done. Hopefully will be posting it over the next few days.
Did the first steps towards editing all my photos. They are now in their correct directories just waiting for some free time.
Did lots of digital organizing. Downloaded many shows off TiVo to clear some space. It doesn't know what to do with all that room!
My sister got me 18 Cupcake Royale cupcakes for my birthday. They are awesome. I am meting them out one per day. They freeze well. The lavender are outstanding, the vanilla with sprinkles are excellent, the chocolate and mocha are very good, the mint are disappointing.
Booked air/hotel/car for
United, however, also gains major points for allowing me to book my Christmas flight home for free. Yes. $0. Sure, I have to leave AVP at 6am and have a tight (40m) ORD layover, but it was free. Saved $660.
Things with Paul are going very well. Of all the people I've dated lately, I think I have the highest hopes for him. This could be very serious. There is one thing that is very weird: Paul is, like, 90% me. It is slightly odd dating myself. I would not describe this as good or bad, just weird.
Solstice Parade was awesome. Since a 10:30 arrival time by bus worked for me 2 years ago, I figured it would work again this year. I was very, very wrong. I counted *7* packed-to-capacity buses (arriving every 15 minutes) before there was one I could get on. I arrived just after the nude bicyclists (who were at the beginning of the parade) passed, so I didn't miss much. I stood next to this adorable gay male couple and their baby; it was very touching watching them co-parent. Parade was very nice, took some pictures, but many shots. Festival part was nice too; among the many vendors were booths for each of the 3 major urban development projects I care about (Rt. 99/viaduct removal, Rt. 520 bridge/interchange replacement, Sound Transit Light Rail expansion options), and I learned a lot, especially about all the viaduct "replacement" options (PDF: 1, 2) that the city is considering. As long as they don't go for a repair (ugh) or rebuild (no fucking way!) option, I'm okay with pretty much everything else. The Alaskan Western option, though, would put a major artery/freeway literally right out my front door, which would be OK but suboptimal. All I know is that ST friggen better have some light rail option on this year's ballot.
At the fair, I knew I need to have some food, but didn't want a big ball of fried anything on a stick, and this sports supplement/smoothie place kinda caught my eye. Had a pomegranate smoothie with extra whey protein ($7 for about 48 ounces, and only about 500 calories) and it was the best drink that I have ever had. It was fruity with a little creaminess, just the right amount of sweet, and very filling. I could not have picked a more perfect thing if I tried. Need to go back there. Also got some free Brown Cow yogurt, and some samples of the stevia-sweetened soda that they have now. I'd been wanting to try that since I'd heard of it (dude, 0-calorie soda without extruded sweetener product? Win!). Sadly, 3 of the 4 flavors were just vile. I think that perhaps stevia tastes different to me than it does to other people. The lemon-lime flavor was passable, though, so I will probably give that one another go.
Seattle Pride was good. Weather was warmer than perfect, but not near as hot as they predicted. Got a great seat under some trees right at 4th and Lenora. Collected many free gifts (condoms, lube, tea, stickers, &c). Saw ctseawa briefly. Saw sinnabor and philbutrin riding, but they had already left the post-parade festival (judging by LJ timestamps) by the time I got there. Paul was sick, so he could not join me. Several other of my friends ended up not actually going (I found out later), so that was disappointing. Had a good time regardless.
Making some progress in drinking down my wine collection. Tonight was a very nice merlot by Kestrel, accompanying a lovely medium-rare steak, some broccoli and potatoes with cheddar cheese. Also, they make all-vanilla Tofuti cuties now! Woo!