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The Mellow came during lunch today in plenty of time to set it up for dinner. I did it really early because I wanted to see the cooling feature in action. It was cool! Pun intended. I added shallots, garlic, and rosemary to the bag and set it up to cook rare. The potatoes had been in the crock pot since about 10:30am. I hoped to serve a Louie salad but they didn't have any. The Southwest one was really good, though.

Steaks in sous vide, potatoes in crock pot
Southwest salad
Steaks and potatoes

The steaks came out really great. I finished them in butter in a pan and just now realized I should have emptied the pan over the baked potato halves.
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It's pretty funny that the sous vide machine I pre-ordered 23 months ago is finally being delivered today. Also on its way is a huge wind storm. There are already power outages as close as three blocks from here. I imagine I'll plug the thing in and the power will immediately go out.

While I wait, here's a video from yesterday I forgot to put in the post.

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When it's dark and rainy, it's time to change gears a bit.

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There's a challenge going around on Facebook and Instagram, one black and white photo per day for seven days. One variation adds "no people, no explanations." [personal profile] njbearcub1 challenged me to do it and I accepted, though as is often the case, I decided not to tag anyone else. No need to worry, some people are tagging a different person every day!

I can think of one photo in the last year that I did in black and white before this, a mountain and sky scene from Langus which I applied the filter to because the moment had an Ansel Adams feel to it. If this last week reinforced anything, it's that black and white is very difficult, and I'm impressed by people who are good at it.

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I'm not sure if I ever took exactly one picture during a walk at Langus before, but when I was there Friday, it was really early and dark. I took this one because it was neat to be able to see the light coming from Snohomish on the left and Everett on the right, as distant and faint as Snohomish is.

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I spent my afternoons today and yesterday at the movies in Marysville. The Mountain Between us was really good, and Blade Runner 2049 was absolutely amazing. It's been forever since I saw Blade Runner and not only can I barely remember it, I remember thinking it was pretty overrated. 2049 blew me away. I'm so glad I'm seeing all these movies in the theater because these two specifically were pretty great on the big screen and it's nice to sit and watch instead of also playing with my laptop.

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I don't always get great results doing it, but it's so nice to set up the Podo on my steering wheel and not have to worry about it. It comes with new challenges, though. Yesterday I went back to the marina, left it pointing Northeast, and walked North in the dark.

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He turns 74 tomorrow.

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Not actually sure why we were there tonight instead of tomorrow. Bella inspected the gifts.

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There were some nice fluffy clouds I could see from the back yard yesterday, so I set up the time lapse on the telescoping handle of our cooler out in the middle of the lawn. There was just enough room under the tree to get a good view of the sky with just a bit of our neighbor's roof and chimney showing, plus Garrett's weather station on the edge of our roof. But the clouds left, and the camera fell a bit.

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I don't go to the marina twice in a week very often, but it was a perfect choice on Friday because I had a haircut scheduled at 8:45am. It's close, so it's easy to get back with plenty of time for breakfast before heading out again. It was quite dark, but the moon was full and bright. Enough that I decided I'd leave the Podo on the steering wheel in my car pointed that way instead of toward the West. Of course a big factor in that decision is that I assumed there wouldn't be much of a sunrise, or that I'd be gone too soon anyway.

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I've become so good at keeping my hair completely dry while I tread water, and it's a good thing I do. It's impossible to keep my beard out of the water, and when I come out, it looks completely normal with no purple tint at all. I can't imagine how much color would get zapped from my hair if I let the pool water get on it. Speaking of which, yesterday was such a good hair day. I'm sure people who follow me across many platforms are tired of hearing about it.

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Messy eater

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Timing and clear skies made for no good opportunity for a time lapse today, so I decided to use the video mode the first time and catch some of the action at our bird feeder. Several kinds of birds were fighting over it yesterday so I filled it again. So far, only this one seems to have noticed.

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There's a great view of the Southern sky from the side of our house next to the garage, and a perfect spot to put the Podo, too. I hoped to get the rest of the day until dark, but the battery ran out after five hours. This was with a 30-second interval, which makes sense; I think my record was 11 hours or so with a minute interval. Part of me thinks about adding a tab to my spreadsheet and keeping track of these things so I can set my expectations properly and know without any guesswork what the best interval is for what I want to accomplish. But maybe since I'm someone who has "a spreadsheet," I should probably just try to memorize and get a feel for it.

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