mellicious: pink manicure (nautilus)
I don't know whether it's because the fishing was exceptionally good, or whether there were just extra-hungry babies at home, but the pelicans were extraordinarily businesslike this afternoon. Usually they fly lazily along the beach in little groups, swooping around over the Seawall and seeming like they're flying more to show off than for any useful purpose. But not today. Today they were mostly fishing, doing their breakneck dives into shallow water that always amaze me so much, and if they were flying they looked like they were going somewhere. There were a lot of them between the San Luis and 61th Street, especially - there must have been a whole lot of fish there. (That's also very near where the girl got bitten by the shark last year, and I know the fish were running out there then, I remember seeing them jumping out of the water. Maybe that's a spot the fish especially like, or something.)

I watch the pelicans all the time, but it's hard to figure out their patterns. I know they behave differently on different days - I assume it has to do with the weather and the tides and so forth, and tides aren't something I pay a lot of attention to, normally. Even driving up and down the beach twice a day, unless they're exceptionally high or low, I don't generally notice. (Weather? Suddenly much hotter, the last few days. Anyway, our weather tends to be very monotonous in the summer, unless there's a storm. The forecast will be high in the 90s, low close to 80, 20% chance of rain, practically every day until the weather breaks in the fall. And I do mean fall, late September at the very earliest. That seems like it's a long way away right now.)
mellicious: pink manicure (nautilus)
Yesterday morning the water was almost slick and it was the color of ice, silvery-blue. It was beautiful. After the front came in it changed, and it's dark gray and the water's choppy. The surfers are out again. So are the pelicans. (I never quite figure out the patterns with the pelicans - they've been gone for a few days. They nest on an island in East Bay, behind Galveston Island, though, so maybe they stay back there for some reason.)

I listened to baseball all afternoon but I watched the VP debate tonight. Sounds like the game I missed was the best one.

Do you think I can sneak out of work early tomorrow to watch the Astros game?
mellicious: pink manicure (baseball - don't ask)
I can't believe it's 11:00 Sunday night already. The weekend goes by so fast, dammit.

I drove up to the big HEB in Dickinson, for no better reason than that I needed groceries and I like that store. I spent a good bit of money, just mostly on odds and ends. Like they had the wine we make sangria with on sale (good old Riunite Lambrusco) so I bought two big bottles. And I bought stuff to take to work for lunches... stuff like that.

Something a little odd - I saw what I think was a blue heron beside the freeway across from HEB. Anyway, it was big and dark-colored and it was flying around near the freeway. It's a little further inland than you usually see waterbirds, but then again it's not that far inland.

The Astros won today - they're only a game and a half back for the wildcard. There's exactly a week to go. For that matter, the Astros are off tomorrow, so they only have six games left. At least they're in it right down to the wire.

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