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I want to program a key stroke that will insert the text:

Holy crap! It’s been a long time! Sorry, I’ve been doing…

Because, seriously, it’s stupid for me to keep typing that. Also, it is stupider to think it matters that I acknowledge my lameness.
We sat a farm. Actually, we did farmsitting but my ability to construct this concept into a grammatically acceptable sentence eludes me. We did the sitting of a farm.
Kristin went out of town for the weekend and we were charged with keeping 7 sheep, 6 goats, 2 cows, a llama, a farm dog and 2 cats alive and healthy and we met with success!
It was easier than I expected it to be. I read a LOT of Jame Harriot as a kid and everything I know about farms and livestock comes from that. What I know for sure is that if the weather gets really bad forces will conspire against you so that you have no choice but to be elbow deep in a sheep’s vagina at 2am. I’ve been learning a lot lately and I think the single most important lesson I have learned so far is: insert arm slowly and carefully to avoid rupturing the vagina.
I might get that tattooed on my arm so that I never forget.
Over the course of that weekend we ate pork shoulder, pork cops, bacon and sausage from the pig that so graciously gave his life so that we might get fat on it. It was pretty damned delicious (except I overcooked the pork chops).
Pork chops from the pig we helped slaughter
Chester and the cats did NOT get along. I’m not surprised about this, he doesn’t get along with most animals. BUT! Introduce a common enemy and BOOM!! He and the cats are a horribly coordinated and pretty useless team! A little red squirrel had managed to find a way into the house and would come out on regular foraging trips. The cats are still pretty young and the squirrel was too big for them to handle, they knew that. OH! But that squirrel wasn’t too big for Chester! Perfect size for Chester and with the cats and Chester on the case you’d think something would have been accomplished. You’d think that. Mostly, it was a slapstick comedy routine best suited for Perfect Strangers.
Flanagan, the resident leviathan of a dog did not care one bit about any of it and couldn’t even be bothered to lift his head or turn his ears during the chaos.
Flanagan and Maddie share a couch
The house was heated on a wood stove and mostly we had it running well, not wasting wood or anything. I will tell you, however, that by the time morning comes around and the stove has burned down, the chill of the tile floor in the bathroom is so cold your pee will force its way up into your lungs and you will die of hypothermia and pee drowning. So cold, so very very cold.
David did most of the hard work, hauling water from the house to the barn (the well pump thingy was frozen), fighting off the belligerent be-testicled sheep, busting ice out of water troughs and generally being very good at the things that needed to be done. I spent my time making oatmeal, slipping and falling on the ice, drinking beer and hugging the livestock.
Lorelei loves hugs
This was a real confidence booster for me. It’s different from anything I’ve done before but mostly it makes sense to me and with guidance I know it is a thing we can do. And I couldn’t be happier to do it with anyone but David.
He's the rugged, outdoorsy type
More pics here.

We do the things for all to see

orange pink pink orange
My hair is orange and pink
orange pink pink orange
yeah, orange and pink
Chester and some chesterite
Chester in the Chester Town Forest with a big piece of Chesterite
Autumn in Vermont
leaf peeping
We went to see the colors.
Lowell Lake
and the other beautiful places
I made a hardcore pillow cover…YAAAARGH
the dogs are still dorks
The elaborate number 2!
David made an elaborate number 2 (heeerrrrrf snork I said number 2)
I just don't know
Screw you, mother nature!

Still alive… maybe

We still don’t have internet at home, which is actually kind of nice. We have to find other ways to entertain ourselves and going to the bakery to be able to connect means I get to eat pastries! Perfect.
Chester, VT is still amazingly cute and also awesome. We’ve gone on little road trips and poked around Grafton and Springfield (where we ate a hot dog and some convenience-store-hot-roller taquito thing in the parking lot and watched the trucks bumble around) and did a goodly 2 mile hike.
What else?
Galactic head
Chester is very handsome
Maddie, I love her so much
mt something or other!
Soon, Chester will tell you a thing!

The thing that is true is

I live in a new state for the first time in my life.
So what happened on our drive to Vermont? Well, we ate lunch at a picnic table near the dumpster at a Bob Evans. I had a screaming meltdown in the parking lot of a Days Inn next to the Toledo airport. I learned to drive a stick shift in Chicago, in Chicago traffic, during a Chicago rain storm. It was like Lake Michigan belched its whole self up into the sky and fell in great pleated sheets on us. I ate a lot of peanut m&ms. Chester didn’t puke.
It is obnoxiously bucolic here. It’s almost as if nature hired Disney to make this place all beautiful and Vermonty. The trees are just starting to change and it is amazing to watch. We live in a little town, a little cute rural town with a little bit of tourism and a lot of very cute everything!
Our truck had a squid
We live in a big, jumbly house. One part was built in the late 1700s and has been added on to so many times over the years. It’s all doors and stairs and halls. Our apartment is little but it’s cheap and we rented a storage space for most of our stuff.
Our home
Right out the front door (too bad about the power lines, it’s actually really awesome)
Out the front door
Obligatory pre-move-in apartment photos
Mostly empty
Mostly empty
Maddie doing what she does
Obligatory moved-in-but-not-unpacked photos
So much to unpack
So much to unpack
Dogs in Nature
Jerkwalters in nature
Jerkwalters in nature
I live by this
We’re getting our plan together. I’ve started collecting resources and making lists of things we need to learn, we’ll spend the winter doing that. We’re also taking advantage of our (intentional) no-job situation and using that time to go out and explore. There’s a lot of hiking and investigating to be done. Mostly, right now we are tired, though.
There should be internet set up in our place this weekend, but I’m super loving the internet-accessing bakery up the road (because what I need in my life is more pastry).