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7/22/16
Well, the Republican National Convention was as frightening as I expected.

Did I mention that my neighbor dropped off a stray kitty? Her name for now is Abby. Today was Abby&Grace to the v-e-t for shots and a checkup. Grace is all done with her kitten shots, and she'll get spayed and microchipped next month. They checked Abby for a microchip (none) and a spay scar (yes!), and I had her chipped and vaccinated, too.

7/13/16
Watching the news is too much. The unending shootings, violence, politics... you name it, I want to bury my head in the sand, but I can't.

I ran away up north on my "weekend." On a previous roadtrip, I'd driven through the town of Snowflake, up in the White Mountains (not to be confused with the White Mountains of NH). Small town surrounded by pine trees, near a state park with a lake, and with a lovely B&B? Sold. It's about a three and a half hour drive northeast of Phoenix, and honestly, it just gets more and more gorgeous as you drive north. I had no plans at all except to relax, read, and watch the All Star Game - and that's all I did. I went to the lake and floated around, caught on some reading, drove around the woods with the windows open, and slept like the dead. I needed it.

7/5/16
42! Eve bought me a towel as a birthday gift. If you don't get the reference, we can no longer be friends.

My birthday weekend/vacation was fantastic. It actually felt like a "vacation" as opposed to just a trip, I think because it was calm and I wasn't rushing around trying to do too much, like many of my trips. I'm so happy that Mom and Tesse were both able to come out here. I've missed roadtripping with Mom, and I love hanging out with Tesse anytime. We spent the weekend in style in Los Angeles - literally in style, because Tesse was able to get us in to a very swanky hotel (I highly recommend the Beverly Wilshire if you have the means). After two nights in LA, we drove down to Huntington Beach for the night/following day. And with no plans at all, we walked along the Pacific Ocean, watched the surfers, and did absolutely nothing at all.

We also had fantastic food the entire weekend. Mom treated us to Cut (steak!) for my birthday dinner, complete with wine and cocktails. And the restaurant brought out dessert as a gift. We couldn't refuse. We also ate at the Stinking Rose, where everything is made of or garnished with tons of garlic. The appetizer was simply roasted garlic. Divine.

Activities? CatCon! Much more crowded than last year, but super fun with lots of exhibitors and booths. The timing of the trip was super, because there was an exhibit of costumes from Outlander going on right down the street from the hotel. Gorgeous. I tried not to drool on any of the gowns. Season two is nearly over (one more episode!) and I'm thrilled that Starz picked it up for two more seasons.

And now I'm home and nearly recovereed from my sunburn, and back to work.

-catherine

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