Red Plaid Nation

We’ll get to the red plaid in due time. Let’s start with the time change. I actually enjoy the time change. I know not everyone likes it. I do have to say I did *not* sleep well last night. I am at war with my current clock radio. Every time I need to reset it, it goes haywire in some weird way and this had the result that I kept waking up in the middle of the night checking the time on *both* my alarm clock and my iPhone. The clock radio is ancient and I probably need a new system but what it *does* do well is wake me up without sending me flying across the room. I have the volume turned down so low that all I hear is the click of the radio turning on. That is enough to wake me up, assuming I am not already awake. I have tried using my iPhone alarm. It doesn’t seem to have the capability of waking me with a single click. Yes, I know this is a first world problem.

That said, one of the *good* things about changing back to EST this AM was that I could seeeee things I have been walking by in the dark. Colorful things like this bush and the flowers in front of it.


And this beauteous house. I really *do* love this house! I wouldn’t paint The Landfill this color but it would be fun to paint a folly or small cabin. Paint is cheap! If I got sick of it, I could always repaint it. (No, I have no plans to do something like this to the moomincabin. Jeebus.)


After my 0-skunk-30 neighborhood prowl and a teeny home-cooked breakfast, Stormy Kromer and I mobilized in order to get down to the river for some urban hiking before the sun got too high in the sky. Here is Mr. Red Plaid Nation himself, going through The Tunnel, which doesn’t look much like a tunnel at this time of year.


This was our reward for getting down there when we did.


How many steps today? Well, currently Fitbit is reporting 9,240. That is totally incorrect. How do I know? Because I wasn’t wearing it this morning. Why not? Because I lost it yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t conjure up Cap’n Brody to find it for me. I was on my own. My iPhone seemed to be syncing with it at random times so I figured it was somewhere in the house. But where… I puzzled over this all last night and into this afternoon. Finally I got serious and played the hot/cold game we all played when we were kids. You are getting warmer… Now you are getting colder… Warmer… Hot hot hot!!! I FOUND IT! It was on the floor under the bed right next to the dresser. I flashed my iPhone flashlight under there and there it was, big as life. I put clean sheets on the bed after our walk downtown yesterday. Apparently it fell off my wrist then.


So, the 9,240 steps are from the walk I took this afternoon. It didn’t count 1) the approximately 7,500 steps I took early this morning. 2) the same number or possibly more I took down at the dam, or 3) my trip to the Plum Market. I am trying not to be OCD about the Fitbit. Think it’s working?

One Response to “Red Plaid Nation”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Don’t be OCD about the fitbit! I say that because I would be, which is why I won’t get one. 🙂 I HATE, HATE, HATE this time change. I would happily give up both, but this is the one I dislike the most. I don’t mind spring forward. I do my exercise after work and the very early dark puts a real crimp in my run.