so the water in the creek has gone down almost to normal levels. it dropped quite quickly after the day i took that picture, but the topography of the creek bed has changed significantly. i used to be able to walk down to the water's edge without stepping down any steep drops, but now there's a significant abrupt edge. i'm looking forward to checking it out in depth, maybe literally now, once it stops raining for a bit.
for now i've been working on making some healthy food since i've been living like a bachelor since i got back from spain. it's not that it's hard to make healthy food, but it just takes more time than boiling spaghetti and throwing some sauce on it, doesn't it? mabybe i'll be able to do the new year's resolution thing and get fit again.
mum and i are also going to california for a few days over the weekend to visit her older sister and her brother-in-law. they're much older than mum, and age is beginning to catch up to them. we need to visit them before they aren't around any more to visit. there's some arranging to do to make sure they're able to take care of themselves--i think they're going to have a home care nurse which is an excellent alternative to assisted living facilities.
in light of this road trip, i've configured an old laptop a friend gave me a while back when my computer was starting to give me serious problems so we'll have contact with the outside world while we're gone. i have local phone numbers for my dial-up connection (yeah, i know, i'm still living in the slow old dial-up world because i can't afford dsl yet) and i've got a list of free wi-fi hotspots in the area. so, aside from all the knitting projects i'll have with me, i've got just over 800 photos from barcelona and surrounding area to prepare for the web photo album.
i figure i'll work with one part at a time, and since i'm still waiting for the package i sent to myself from madrid with a major part of my madrid memories. i haven't quite given up on it yet, even though i sent it on the 26th of september from the chamartin train station. i'm rather upset about it still because according to the postal employee i was sending it letter rate rather than package rate so i didn't need to fill out the package paperwork. i sent a good book (america en el espejo), a cool magazine (historia de iberia vieja), an official spanish flag, about ten sew-on patches from various towns around madrid, and a bunch of expired metro passes and other various memorabilia. i just wish i still had it all. since the postal employee i spoke with didn't give me the correct options, i have no recourse to get anything back. it's quite disappointing, to say the least.
oh well, no use crying over spilt milk, right? so now back to preparing the huge photos i have for the web. i'll try to post again from california.