No Pets Allowed

A sign with a 🚫 over the silhouettes of a dog, a cat, and a pig reads "No pets allowed on school grounds" with a reference to the relevant municipal code.

I really want to know the story of why pot bellied pigs specifically are banned on Seattle school grounds.

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New Glasses?

Thinking of trying some thicker frames.

Nick wears huge LEGO glasses standing in the living room
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Life Finds A Way

Even in this barren environment, dinosaurs are ferocious predators.

Five pigeons fighting over a piece of sidewalk pizza
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Andrle needed to test the Halloween makeup.

Selfie of Nick with a dastardly black moustache sitting on the couch in front of a window with bat decals
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Amazon Global Climate Walkout

Participating in the climate strike rally at The Spheres. More info from Amazon Employees for Climate Justice

A banner reading "Climate Leadership Now" is carried between the crowd and The Spheres
Selfie of Nick in front of The Spheres wearing a white shirt and Amazon Employees for Climate Justice button
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Found the one cool spot at the very sunny bus stop this morning.

The shadow of a bag sticks out from the shadow of a telephone pole cast on a sidewalk
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“Weird Al” in Concert

Last night we went to see Weird Al’s Strings Attached tour at The Paramount here in Seattle. It was a great show! I hadn’t seen him since going to a Poodle Hat tour show while I was in college in Philadelphia.

The addition of the live symphony was fun (especially the movie theme opening). Al’s still got over forty years into his career.

Mild spoilers below for his set list…

Andrle and I were both introduced to his music with “Amish Paradise” on Bad Hair Day, and we got that along with a few of our other favorites. The crowd overall seemed to be our age or a bit older so largely fans of his mid-’90s hits.

I think the biggest song of his I love that I missed was probably “It’s All About the Pentiums”. Also heard some cool live variations of some older tracks I don’t know as well.

My only disappointment was the swag… the tour logo didn’t look great on a shirt, and the pins available weren’t for this tour.

I’m a little hoarse from singing along to “The Saga Begins” at full volume.

Al onstage dressed as Kurt Cobain
The Paramount's marquee which reads "STG Presents Weird Al Yankovic" followed by show times.
The orchestra tunes in front of a projection with the tour logo
Nick and Andrle in their seats ready for the show
Al dancing in the aisle for Tacky
Al wearing Jedi robes stands in front of some stormtroopers for "The Saga Begins"
Al onstage rocking with his accordion

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Pasta Bake

A slight modification of a vegan lasagna from the How Not to Die cookbook. We used farfalle and kinda layered it instead of using big noodles.

Pretty tasty but next time we’re adding more sauce. And maybe something to give the cauliflower “ricotta” a bit more oomph.

A serving of lasagna sits on a plate on a stool in front of a plant and some curtains
Close up of the pasta bake layers
Process shot of carefully arranged bow tie pasta layer
Fresh out of the oven close up of the baking pan of pasta and sauce
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Tofu Scramble

Theo requested “something special” because “he has cereal every day”… so I made breakfast.

I browned some tofu using this spice mix (though minus the black salt since we didn’t have any). Also threw in some sautéed peppers and onions plus some chopped up leftover broccoli from diner the other day. Tasty!

Two slices of toast and yellow tofu scrambled with veggies sit on a grey plate with a bowl of blueberries nearby
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Making good use of my days off! 🍞

Setting up my bread baking equipment and ingredients for a simple white loaf. Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast book sits open in the background.
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