ridepdw asked: Your Sweetpea looks awesome!
Thanks, it is! Natalie did a totally amazing job with it.
I’m writing today to ask you to do something small that can make a big difference to a lot of people and families in Washington State. As you know, we just decided to make marijuana possession legal here, and I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that you’re leaving office soon.
I’d like to ask you, before you go, to pardon the people who are in jail and prison here for marijuana possession. I’m not asking for a pardon for violent criminals- just nonviolent offenders.
It seems to me that we have collectively decided that having some marijuana is okay. It is unjust to keep someone in prison for something that Washington voters have decided is acceptable behavior.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Feel free to steal this wholesale. You can get ahold of her here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp
rhodeskc asked: Have fun riding the Olympic peninsula. Do you have any specific plans there? e.g. Hot springs + camping?
Since my better half isn’t sure that he likes bike camping, we’re credit-card touring and staying at bed and breakfasts and Olympic National Park lodges. We’re also setting a pretty chilled-out pace, since I want to have lots of time to fart around and enjoy the scenery.
It’s going to go something like this:
Evening 0: Take the foot ferry from Seattle to Kingston. Stay in Kingston for the night, have dinner at the nice bar there.
Day 1: Kingston -> Sequim, stay on the Dungeness Spit.
Day 2: Sequim -> Port Angeles, gaze up at Hurricane Ridge, save it for next time :D
Day 3: PA -> Forks. I have already found a restaurant that serves pancakes larger than my head and I am excited about it.
Day 4: Forks -> Kalaloch. Also my birthday. We left plenty of time for playing on the beach on day 4.
Day 5: Kalaloch -> Lake Quinalt
Day 6: Lake Quinalt -> Montesano
Day 7: Montesano -> Yelm
Day 8: Yelm -> Home, which is actually something like 85 miles all told, but we really only have to get to Tukwila in order to take the train from there. I plan to ride the whole thing, though!
Here is what has been going on since the last time I wrote something:
- Riding my bike as much as I want, finally, since I don’t have some stupid sinus infection anymore. E and I are going to go ride around the Olympic Peninsula in three weeks, and my main concern is my lack of good bike shorts and sports bras. It’s nice that I’m not worried about my fitness, but I don’t know how I got away with having this little gear for so long.
- Went to Yellowstone with my parents. It was amazing. I don’t even know where to start.
- The cat has cancer on his face. The tumor is slowly growing, and has been for a number of months. He mostly doesn’t seem to care about it, but nobody has any idea how long that’s going to last.
- We’ve also been trying to sell our place because we want to move back to Capitol Hill. Lots of people have come to look; nobody wants to buy yet.
- I made some popsicles this week, because, you know, summer.
- I got promoted at work and now I am leading a big team. That’s been an adjustment.
- I’m still learning Turkish. I am slightly less awful at it every week.
- Small ongoing side projects: reading all the books in English in the house that I haven’t read before because they’re Eldan’s; paring down my stuff so I don’t have to move it; balcony gardening instead of P-Patch gardening; mending clothes that have holes in them; eating jam; drawing more; getting through my enormous photo-editing backlog.