San Francisco

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 09:45 am
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
San Francisco involved:

The Public Library branch we happened to park near. (Park Branch. Old building, one room, many wooden shelves around the walls.)

Gigantic art supplies store called FLAX. There's a whole room of decorative paper!

Staring at the Golden Gate Bridge. It is big and sweeping and orange. This was very much a trip of big landmarks, for me.

Looking at things

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 04:00 pm
katherine: Blue pen drawing of a whiskered fish with a small heart beside. Words: and be your catfish friend (catfish)
Today, the Sunnyvale Public Library. Big, and nice open layout inside, with brick arched open doorways between sections.

Amused me that I was wearing my Deep Sea Reader shirt.

Passed a restaurant called By Th' Bucket Grill and admired their catfish logo.

Neat things

Monday, May 7th, 2012 09:17 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
We went into the City of Rancho Mirage Public Library. It's very big and well-appointed. There's a painted ram in the hallway (one of the around the city art things I assume).

Then, just inside the library entrance, an aquarium. There was a binder with photos, species name, and first-person descriptions of the fish. Fun.

The books had spine stickers for all the genres pretty much, I saw at least YA (which clearly included stuff kids have to read in school, as in the section there was The Martian Chronicles and lots of Dickens), Westerns, and Science Fiction.

I admired some glassed-in shelves for a local authors collection.

Much further down the road, tonight went for Japanese food. (Amusingly to me Graham couldn't face the full length of the trip without.) Adventurously, I ordered a drink listed on the menu as Marble Soda. (I got strawberry flavour.)

Complicated to open and many instructions on the bottle. There actually is a marble in there, trapped by the shape of the neck.

So I was happy with that!

Taos

Friday, May 4th, 2012 08:20 pm
katherine: Spotted cat with eyes closed, nuzzling against grey-furred hand. (loved)
Following many green-and-white Library signs took us to the Taos Public Library. It was not small, had art and some nice wooden bookshelves and also blue metal bookcarts for reshelving.

Unrelated to the above (except for New Mexico location) I picked up a brochure for Llama Trekking Adventures. Fluffy-looking creatures.

Birds

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 06:26 pm
katherine: Spotted cat with tall tufted ears has her tongue sticking out as she stalks. (stalking)
Petrified Forest and Painted Desert today. Such colours!

There was a Raven hanging out by the parked cars, its feathers ruffled by the wind.

On the topic of birds, a poem I was introduced to with love a few days ago: A Cat on a Wire by Raymond Foss.

I especially like the line "a tabby cat, too young for sense".

Grand Canyon squirrels

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 11:12 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Of course on visiting the Grand Canyon I was looking for wildlife.

Soon met a cute grey squirrel, fearless and all but dancing around on its back feet, then cramming peanuts into its cheek-pouches and putting up with many cameras.

Ordinary round-eared squirrel as far as I could see.

I was tempted (in the Grand Canyon Association bookstore) by Rascal: The Tassel-Eared Squirrel. Wound up getting a very cute stuffed animal of a Kaibab Squirrel, apparently they live only on the north rim.
katherine: Giraffe-patterned sleeping sheep, dreaming: Dreamwidth (giraffe)
Somday I am clearly getting back to Edinburgh and this time going to Leith Walk, because giraffe sculptures!

The flock of pigeons are a little abstract for my taste though.
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (Default)
Something Graham said on Saturday: "Leave her alone for five seconds and she finds a cat-themed slot machine."

Today (when out towards the actual desert) saw a roadrunner!
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (Default)
How the heck did I manage to lose an entire computer?

That is all.

10:34pm edited to add: Tucked in a corner in a bag, never unpacked from last trip. That makes some sense.
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (Default)
It's been a while since I last flew. I've confirmed that my backpack will (still) fit in my carry-on baggage allowance, and I've gone at it with the lint roller to remove the cat hair. So that's one step.

I have a cute little travel-sized tube of toothpaste but as I don't have a "clear, closed and resealable" bag so I may not bother bringing it. Or my equally cute little bottle of shampoo.

If I'm reading the regulations correctly, I can't even bring water (although I think I can bring the empty bottle).

Got to laugh at the list of Permitted and Non Permitted Items.

I could bring corkscrews, knitting needles, or kitchen forks, but not a meat thermometer which is also classed under Penetrating Objects.

I can't bring lacrosse sticks, but I could bring "souvenir hockey sticks".

There's a whole list of Martial Arts Weapons, from Blackjacks (permitted in checked baggage) through Numchuks to Yaqua Blowguns.

I also can't bring lipstick knives or meat cleavers.

I can, on the other hand, bring whips. But not restraining devices.

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