I am so thankful for the many friends in my life, especially the ones crazy enough to go for a hike on Thanksgiving morning.
The weather on the west side was unbelievably clear today, so Mike, Mark, Jennifer, Steve and I abandoned the long drive to eastern Washington and settled on a trip up Granite. There was enough snow that an ascent of the winter route looked doable. And it was for the most part. High up on the ridge, though, the snow got impossibly soft – champagne soft – then it disappeared, leaving a wind-whipped hard crust of ice. The angle of the icy hillside then got quite steep. Steep enough that an ice ax would have been a prudent tool. We didn’t have them.
At some point, I remembered thinking that I really, really didn’t want to continue on. That a fall would be impossible to stop. That I might die if I tried to continue. Then I looked back and realized it would be even more impossible to descend safely. Mustering up some courage and heroic concentration, I continued upward to join the others on less gripping terrain another 200 yards or so ahead.
I’m writing about this, so you know that we all made it just fine. As we rested in the lee of the lookout, we all offered up the sum of money each of us would require before descending that slope. My number was really big.
And at the end of the day, I summed it up for Mike and Mark, “I mostly had a good time today.”
Earlier this year, my mother gave me my grandmother’s vintage fur coats. They are both Persian lamb and in fabulous condition. I was really excited about the possibility of wearing them (let’s not start an argument over the ethics of wearing vintage fur, okay?), until I saw them for the first time. The problem? Two of me could fit inside each jacket! I don’t think my grandmother was big, I think it was simply the style of the day.
Enter Carole McClellan. She’s a talented furrier in Seattle who is helping me restyle the coats into something modern and wearable. I went for my first fitting yesterday, which involved trying on muslin mockups of the finished jackets. She’s an old-school designer who drapes and marks in a way that looks like magic to an untrained eye.
I’m on pins and needles with anticipation for the final jackets. And when I finally do get to wear them, you can call me Mrs. Opulence.
Did a quick 2-hour tour of Cougar Mountain today. Because I’m still a little sick, I wasn’t moving very fast. When you slow down, all sorts of things are noticable – like all the leaves that get stuck on trees after a storm.
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Last night I learned that today is a very special day – not because it’s my birthday, not because it’s Veterans Day, but because it’s Nigel Tufnel Day in recognition of the day’s “maximum elevenness.”
In honor of the day, here are my picks for songs that should be played one louder:
- B.O.B. by Outkast
- Third Uncle by Brian Eno
- How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
- I Wanna Be Sedated by the Ramones
- Turkish Song of the Damned by The Pogues
- 2+2=5 by Radiohead
- Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
- Just One Fix by Ministry
- Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
- Back in Black Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC
- No Sleep Til Brooklyn by The Beastie Boys
- Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leopard
- Means to an End by Joy Division
- Heavy Metal Drummer by Wilco
- Saturday Morning by Eels
- Evenflow by Pearl Jam
- Shut Up and Drive by Rhianna
- Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones
- Song 2 by Blur
- Slippery When Wet by the Commodores
- Never Been Any Reason by Head East
- Stay with Me by Rod Stewart
- Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols
- Radio Free Europe by R.E.M.
- Praise You by Fatboy Slim
- Willie the Pimp by Frank Zappa
- Helter Skelter and Revolution by The Beatles
- My Hero by Foo Fighters
- Rock and Roll by Led Zepplin
- Crackerman by Stone Temple Pilots
- You Fool No One by Deep Purple
- Boom Boom by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
- Know Your Enemy by Rage Against the Machine
- Train in Vain by The Clash
- Radar Love by Golden Earring
- Mountain Song by Jane’s Addiction
- Slaves and Bulldozers by Soundgarden
- Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
- Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
- New Year’s Day by U2
- Du Hast by Rammstein
My father insists that In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly must also be played at 11. What are your picks?