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It’s been a lovely couple of weeks in the Northwest. I made good progress on my vegetable garden. The kale, chard, tomato, and tomatillo starts are in the ground. The peas, arugula, and pumpkin seeds have also sprouted. In between gardening and work I’ve also managed to get a few hikes and scrambles in. I snapped the above picture of the Stuart range from the summit of Navaho Peak on Saturday. About 10 seconds later, it started hailing/sleeting on us and the view disappeared. Message: summer is not quite here yet.

Here are a few things that caught my eye on the Internet lately. Enjoy.

Would you believe a German city is putting traffic lights in the ground because people won’t look up from their cell phones?

Social self care…it sounds so weird to an introvert, but she might just be on to something

Please stop telling me I should have kids

An open letter to the Target boycotters

Yum: Smoked carrot “lox”

Must do things in/around Seattle: Seattle Beer Week is still going on (May 12-22) | Fisherman’s Village Music Festival (May 20-22) | U District Street Fair (May 21-22)

Lastly, check out this view of Bellingham Bay from the trail to Oyster Dome. If you haven’t been here, it’s time to take a hike!

Bellingham Bay

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A while back, I did a series of posts called “Something for the Weekend” where I posted a few links to interesting things around the web. There was so much pressure to get it posted on Friday, and I eventually dropped it. I still like the idea of sharing a few curated posts, but instead of making it a regular weekly thing on a specific day, I’m going to rename the series “Assortment” to take the pressure off. When I have enough fun stuff to share – like today – I’ll post!

Hope you are looking forward to an excellent weekend.

A playlist of live Prince performances:

A hilarious and insightful look inside the mind of a procrastinator and a related blog post that might make you reevaluate what you’re doing with your life – or at least schedule a visit with your parents

Even in this digital age, there is still good reason to take notes by hand

Infographic reveals 20 cognative biases that affect our decisions. Of course, another notable bias is thinking that stuff that applies to everyone (like bias) doesn’t apply to you (and me). Let’s do our best to not kid ourselves.

Not enough time to keep up with the news? In the Know on TheEverygirl.com is one of the best weekly round ups of current events. If you do nothing else today, add this to your feed reader and mark it as a must read.

Yum: skillet braised celery with dijon sauce

Must do things in/around Seattle: Tilth edible plant sale | Street Requiem

Methow Balloon Festival

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Nick and I made a last minute trip to Winthrop for some spring skiing earlier this month. We got up super early on Saturday morning to check out the Methow Balloon Roundup before hitting the trails. Having never been so close to a hot air balloon before, I was smitten by their old-timey charm.

Snuggles

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No question, Vespa loves her quiet snuggles. You can’t hear her, but she’s purring in her happy place. So is Nick…

Goat Mountain

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Last weekend promised to be the last weekend without rain this fall, so I organized a scramble up Goat Mountain, off the Mt. Baker Highway. It’s mostly a trail hike with a bit of snow and rock thrown in at the end for fun. (Earlier in the season, the upper slopes would be covered with snow and quite fun, I imagine.) The scramble is so short that Meredith exclaimed, “Is that it?!” when she reached the top.

More pictures after the jump.