Bathrooms and Fate

Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
Trip End Oct 30, 2006

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Don't laugh, but my sister Karin's bathroom is one of my most favorite places in the world. First off, I HATE bathrooms without windows. Hers has two. But most importantly, taking a shower at Karin's is like going to a spa... She always has the best assortment of good-for-your-hair/skin/face/feet products. Each one always seems to be exactly what I need at the moment, be it the ultimate acne treatment, a nourishing and environmentally friendly and deliciously-smelling dry hair repair solution or a body wash that leaves your skin feeling silky soft. And while we're not talking stuff that's available at the grocery store, not every product costs a fortune. She shops at Lush and Kiehl's but she also has the famous "Pepto Bismal Blue Bottle" which she turned me on to this year and is the answer to just about every skin problem there is... but it is the ONLY thing that cures acne almost overnight.

Anyway, besides the products, she has a magnifying mirror and effective (like that should be a distinguishing characteristic) tweezers. For those of us who need glasses but haven't bothered to get them, magnifying mirrors are pretty much a necessity, but a pain to travel with...she stores her back issues of Vanity Fair in the bathroom, and on the ledge next to the throne, she keeps an array of current events magazines guaranteed to distract and/or entertain even the most discerning of bathroom readers.

Think I'm done? Hardly! Next on the list of what should be award-winning features is "just-right" shower pressure. Not enough that one feels guilty about wasting water, but enough so that I can wash my hair, which is nigh on impossible without pretty strong water pressure. You know how some people consider a lack of storage space in a potentially new apartment grounds for continuing the search? For me it's water pressure in the shower. I walk in, head for the bathroom and turn on the faucet. No pressure, no deal. And, in addition to the water pressure, she has a large hot water heater, so I don't end up conditioning the mane in ice water... But wait, there's more!!

After you've lathered, rinsed and repeated (because you want to, not because the instructions say to...), scrubbed, buffed, pumiced, shaved and rinsed, you step out of the shower and wrap yourself in the biggest, softest, plushest, most absorbent (very important in a towel... so why are so many towels completely water-resistant?!?!?!) bath towel on the planet, and get this... it's warm because it's been sitting on the towel warmer... I'm telling you, my sister's bathroom is like a mini-vacation... and I'm sad to have left it....

Fate is something I believe in, but not in that "it's in God's hands now..." way. I think that if you stay open to all possibilities, you will make choices that naturally lead you toward where you need to be and when. This takes practice, of course, and means that I've made more than a few wrong turns against the GPS lady's advice (Dad! ;-) and many more happy mistakes. See, we decided to stay in Seattle two extra days while waiting for Monday to find out what was wrong with Blue... Had we left on Sunday as originally planned, we would have been in Idaho on Monday and a) missed a good interview, and b) not gotten the Kodak poster done c) not gotten the blad started and almost finished, and d) not gotten the scans of the new film to Kodak so they could make prints for the exhibit at Photo Plus Expo in New York in November. As an FYI, if anyone is interested, there are no labs anywhere in the great states of Idaho and Montana that can handle scanning or contacting 4x5 film. And folks, thems is pretty big states...

We knew that Kodak wanted to make a poster for Chris to sign at the Kodak booth for Photo Plus Expo, but they were thinking a photo, his name, Kodak logo, badda bing, Bob's Yer Uncle. But noooooooooo, we came up with this awesome layout:

And then had to figure out what text to put on it that would hold up for the life of this project (till we get it published, then we can have another poster courtesy of the publisher, thank you very much), and so on and so on... Meanwhile, getting scans at the lab was a JOKE! $200 per scan and they were horrible!!! So Chris had to go back and cajole them into pretending that they were professionals used to working with professionals. That and the back and forth on the poster took all day Monday and Tuesday. In between control-freak blow-ups, I started working on the blad...

What is a blad, you ask?

Well, according to Google, it's:
Bovine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
Blog Advertising Directory
slang for a Hasselblad camera

But, for the purposes of our discussion, it means: Basic Layout and Design

... and this means what you put together to show a publisher when pitching them a photo book idea. More on this later, but suffice it to say that Adobe InDesign is really easy to learn, but if you try it, save yourself some heartache and use the Masters. If you know InDesign, you know what I mean... I am now manually changing margins on 130 individual pages. I hate life right now ;-(

But the point is, all of this was relatively easy to do from Seattle. It would have been impossible to do from anywhere else in Idaho or Montana...

Today is the 19th of October - we left on August 19th - I can hardly believe it. And we are now hoofing it to get home for Halloween...


Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
10 out of 10
With two more varieties to go, this one gets a resounding perfect score! Not too salty, sauce is creamy, noodles are big, chunks of beef and real mushroom that taste and feel like beef and mushroom... a hint of caraway. We had it at high altitude, so I think we should have let it set up for 10 instead of 9 minutes.

Natural High Three Berry Cobbler
8 out of 10
Tasty, rehydrates well, is good by itself, but would also be good over ice cream. One thing to note - the cobbler part of the description is a bit misleading. What it really is is fruit in a sauce and then you add oreo cookie crumble on top if you like. We did. Like it, that is.

Things we LOVE
My sister and Reijo's circle of friends

Things we HATE
Feeling like we're running out of time
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kdearmas on

I wonder if our bathroom fixations are the result of the Knollwood bathroom? Spending the rest of our lives in search of the perfectly laid out and stocked toilette?

Glad you enjoyed it! One of the things in life that make going to work bearable.

I just wish I had your bathtub.

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