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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Prop 8 - The Musical

Hola, estoy de vuelta de Argentina!!

And there's much to write about, but I will save that for sometime... that is not now. Soon though, I hope. ;)

BUT - I just really wanted to share this:


Friday, September 5, 2008


Hello my lovely blog readers!
My family is having a GIGANTIC yard sale TOMORROW and the next day.

All the money we raise is for my trip to Argentina! So you should definitely stop by and take a look around.

It's a joint sale with our neighbors at: 606 and 622 Survista Ave. Corvallis
From 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

ALSO - All of the art orders are ready, so if you ordered Prints or Cards for me, please stop by sometime this weekend to pick them up! If you won't be able to do that, I'll be able to make a run around town sometime next week, maybe by Tuesday.

Oh, and I'm planning to bake more fun things for the sale as well. =)

Woohoo - Videoooos!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I just got back from Balkanalia last Sunday, and I'm headed to my next camp tomorrow! The summer is going by so fast!

Balkanalia was tons and tons of fun. XD

This was our cabin. The 6 of us girls ended up having a cabin all to ourselves, while Adriel pitched a tent outside.

We went to classes.

We went swimming in the Sandy river.

We hung out on the second floor balcony over the main hall quite a bit, being our crazy selves.

And we stayed out late at all the dance parties!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Favorite vids of the moment...

Wednesday Mind Hump

Today is Lemonade Day. Yum! Your task for today:
Make a basic lemonade recipe. Start with lemonade, and add anything you want - fruit, herbs, juice, alcohol. Make it however you want - just make it delicious!

I love adding lavender to lemonade. I just recently made some lavender syrup by simmering 1 cup of water with 2 cups of sugar, adding 2 tablespoons or more of dried culinary lavender, and letting that sit for a few minutes. It is sooooo yummy. And then you just add a bit of that to your lemonade.
I've also added various sweet herbs like mint, lemon balm, and pineapple sage. Blackberries are in season too, and those are great in juice. ♥

Monday, August 18, 2008

manic monday

I am ALIVE!! Hello blog, I've missed you.

Manic Monday:

Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

Let's see.... I've wanted to go to Alaska for a very long time, among many other places... too many reasons for not doing that, the main one being money.
I've also wanted to try being completely vegan... the reason for not doing that? Because I'm a wuss, lol. And because I'm living with my family, it would be more difficult.

If you could make any fictional character come to life, which one would it be?

Okay, well it would depend on what "come to life" means, but.... how about Winnie the Pooh? or Gumby? or, to be a bit more normal... Minerva McGonagall, Emma Peel, Miss Marple, or Mary Poppins.

If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be and how long would it take you to spend the $10,000?
Ermmm... do online stores count? Amazon, obviously, because almost everything is on there. Orrrr..... Sock Dreams!! Holy cow that would be awesome. Something like Oxfam would also be very cool.

Name three things you wanted as a child but never got.

A pony
A baby brother (or was that Sophie? lol)
A trampoline

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

3rd Ten on Tuesday - Memorable Vacation Moments


1. trip to Mexico with my family - the whole thing basically.
2. first and only trip to Disneyland. we went during the slow season, so some rides were being worked on, but we went on Indiana Jones 4 times and didn't have to stand in line!
3. on the same trip as Disneyland, we stayed in downtown Hollywood. We went to a film festival to see a short film that my favorite actress (Debra Jo Rupp) was in. She didn't show up, but I got a postcard signed by one of the directors!
4. Not Back To School Camp.
5. The time my family went camping, and on the way back to our camp site, our car broke down, and we had to spend the night in an odd little town called "Halfway", without any of our stuff.
6. Getting "stuck" in Canada on 9/11.
7. Cutting my finger with a pocket knife on a homeschool camping trip, and having Mom drive me home to go to the doctor's.
8. first homeschool trip to Odell Lake in the snow. Crazy partying '70s style, and first time on skis.
9. Seeing the wintering Monarch Butterflies who migrated to California.
10. Bekka's coming of age weekend stay at the beach. Best unschooling fun I've ever had.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Booking through Thursday, 3x Thursday, Thursday Thirteen #3


What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?

Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?

We're talking about Grass Roots, obviously. It actually takes me a minute to think of any others. I shop at Borders occasionally, but rarely for books, more for movies and music. If Grass Roots disappeared? That would be horrible! My family knows the owners, and my cousin worked there for a number of years, so it's a very special place. And what's a hang-out-downtown-day without a stop at Grass Roots? It's like a landmark, practically. Soooo, it would be horrible. All of the other locally owned bookstores are second-hand, which only work for some of the time.
Don't even ask me about the library. As a homeschooler, it's been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I'm always seriously shocked to find out that someone doesn't spend their life there. =P


1. Do you ever have 'ghosts from the past' pop their heads in to say hi? Has it happened to you lately? If so, who was it? If not, is there anyone you wish you could find?
Not very often. But a lot of people that I knew from like, pre-school, are now high-school friends of other friends of mine, which is funny but strange. I never know if I should just be like "Hi! Remember that time you lifted my skirt in first grade?" or get re-introduced and pretend it never happened... haha.

2. What do you think of Facebook? If you're a Facebooker, have you had any contact with long lost friends of the past?
I love facebook. Everything's sort of out in the open, which I don't know for sure is always a good thing or not... But yes, I did just get "friended" by someone I haven't talked to since I was 9.

3. Pretty much everyone is easily found these days. Do you miss the days of not being able to be found, or do you welcome people finding you? Why/why not?
New friends are good, though new-old friends can be awkward, but cool nonetheless. It's also great for stalking... cousins you haven't seen in years and such. =P

Thirteen Smells that mean Summer to me.
1. Blueberries
2. Lavender
3. Sunscreen (not a good smell, this one)
4. BBQs
5. that soft, mucky smell that some algae's have
6. Tomato leaves
7. Watermelon - yes it has a smell
8. Bug spray
9. Fresh corn
10. Cotton candy
11. Ponderosa pine forests. It's a specific smell in the
Eastern Cascades, when it gets so dry over there.
12. sun chips
13. The county fair. A combination of the rides,
the livestock, and the fair food, mostly.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wednesday meme

Five things you always have in your refrigerator:
1.) carrots
2.) cheese
3.) yeast
4.) salad dressing
5.) ketchup

Five actresses/actors that you think are over-rated:
1.) Ben Stiller
2.) Nicole Kidman
3.) Hugh Grant
4.) Tom Cruise
5.) Brad Pitt

Five things around the house that you hate doing:
1.) cleaning pet messes
2.) washing dishes
3.) cleaning dusty areas
4.) changing the sheets on my bunk
5.) moving other people's wet laundry

Five of your favorite movies:
1.) The Hours
2.) My Family and other Animals
3.) Gosford Park
4.) Angels in America
5.) Elizabeth I

Five businesses/stores (IE Circuit City, Kohls, Hollister, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, etc) you would love to win a $2,000 gift card to:
1.) First Alternative Co-op (or some other alternative grocery store)
2.) Sweet Life (AMAZING patisserie in Eugene)
3.) Hot Topic
4.) Any cool antique store, like the Beekman Place Antique Mall
5.) BLICK art

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

tuesday memes

Tuesday Tunes - Week 40 - from

Name the first musical thing ie artist/song/album etc that comes to mind when you see these words:

(i'm doing all song titles)
peace: Imagine
love: All You Need Is Love

sign: Stop! In the Name of Love
summer: Tire Swing
trip: When I Get Home
book: Neville's Waltz
drug: This Love
simple: Chopsticks
psychedelic: I Am The Walrus
70s: Dancing Queen

Ten on Tuesday - movie characters

Ten on Tuesday, from

Ten favorite movie characters.
I'm excluding all real-life people and characters originally from books, to narrow it down a bit.

1. Indiana Jones
2. Annie Hall
3. Lord Cutler Beckett from Pirates of the Caribbean
4. the Angel from Angels in America (originally a play, but whatever)
5. Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror
6. Han Solo from Star Wars
7. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
8. Ben Gates from National Treasure
9. Dory from Finding Nemo
10. Juno

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

camera phone

~♪~ Current Mood By Song ~ So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson ~♫~

Summer fun via camera phone -

Charlotte couldn't come to movie night, so we (all 11 of us) went to visit her at DQ! I'm sure she was thrilled, lol.

Ana and I had a picnic on the solstice. I love our new blanket - very festive.

Cuppy-cakes! Somebody chose the color of the frosting.... which actually looks quite nice here, I must admit. It all sort of melted into one big glop though. =P

Sophie and I were walking down Witham Hill, and we stopped by the cemetery so Sophie could show me where there's a slave who's been buried with the family she served. *shudders*
Very interesting though. We like how the rest of the family's gravestones are falling apart, and her's looks just fine. ^_^

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

street tappers

Sophie and I have decided we want to do this on the riverfront.

Here are some amazing street tappers I found on youtube:

10 Inventions That Have Made Life Easier

Today's Ten on Tuesday is 10 Inventions That Have Made Life Easier.

1. Computers
2. MP3 player
3. Refrigerator
4. Digital cameras
5. Cell phones
6. Tape (duct, masking, scotch, etc.)
7. Synthetic leather
8. Toaster ovens
9. Menstrual cups
10. Waterproof pens

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Feast and Fill-In


If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?
can i pick where on the continent? safest pick would probably be Europe, or Australia.


Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?
Internet explorer. boooring.


On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?

Oh come on, nobody really knows anything.

Main Course

Finish this sentence: Love is…

A four letter word. And one of the strongest.


Have you ever been in or near a tornado?

1. A smile is the best facial expression, and also a great song.
2. Mao is my favorite board or card game.
3. I would love to have more dance in my life and less being bored.
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of partying in the dark.
5. I just remembered I need to send in forms for NBTSC.
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this:
You say smile I say cheese Cartier I say please Income tax I say Jesus I don't wanna be a candidate For Vietnam or Watergate Cos all I want to do is Bicycle bicycle bicycle.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to celebrating the summer, tomorrow my plans include something fun with a best friend and Sunday, I want to find something to do... !

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Yes, more...

Thirteen things starting with the letter A that I want to do this summer:

1) Alter clothing
2) set something Afire
3) use funny Accents
4) Acquire a better source of income
5) make more ART
6) go on Adventures
7) be an Ailurophile
8) Avoid Alcohol
9) get better at drawing Anatomy
10) live more Alternatively

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Action Figures I Wouldn't Mind Owning

1) Jack Sparrow - I already do! My first action figure, and it's got me hooked.
2) Cutler Beckett - SO hard to find!
3) Minerva McGonagall
4) Indiana Jones
5) Remus Lupin
6) Han Solo
7) Puss in Boots (from Shrek)
8) Ivy (Soul Calibur II)
9) Captain Amelia - do they exist?
10) Emma Peel

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Man, that just sucks. Almost as funny looking as a tow truck being towed. XP

Mexico trip - Day 7

We drove south of Puerto Vallarta to eat at a restaurant on the beach.
Mom and Sophie took pictures of the salt and pepper... lol.

Mom asked me to get a shot of the old people swimming, so I did. Hahaha.

Yes, here's me. If you know me, you know I get into positions like this all the time, solely for photography.

Here's the shot I was taking. I don't even really like how it turned out.

I think this was taken through Sophie's sunglasses. This was the beach at the restaurant. Looks kinda like Oregon, doesn't it? There's a pelican in there! It's flying.

This is the hotel that the restaurant was part of.

We stopped at the Malecon on the way back to the house. This is me, Mom and Soph.

CLOSE-UP! But look, it's me! (I love Soph's sunglasses)

Mom decided she wanted to take a photo every time the car stopped. I told her to take a shot of this tree, because it looked cool.....

I think it's a mango tree!!
And this is where our famous family video fits in. Now available for the entire world to see. The epitome of my family, pretty much.

I did actually get some pictures of the cows! I had a bit of an obsession with them...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

I've been searching around, and I've found a meme to do for every day but Sunday.

I found "Ten on Tuesday", and I'm doing a few past ones...

10 Favorite Actors/Actresses

1) Dame Helen Mirren - Because I drool when I see her, that's why. Oh, and she's amazingly talented, versatile, often nude, etc.
2) Meryl Streep - Brilliant brilliant brilliant. She can do ANYTHING. She does accents like nobody else.
3) Dame Maggie Smith - 'nuff said.
4) Alan Rickman - I find him incredibly interesting. He seems a mystery, but really nice. He's very british, and sexy in a odd sort of way.
5) Zoë Wanamaker - She played Madam Hooch in the first Harry Potter film, and is currently playing Susan Harper in the britcom "My Family", which is an awesome show, you should check it out.
6) Dame Diana Rigg - Both my Dad and I have had crushes on her character Emma Peel from the '60s show The Avengers, LOL. I've always found that amusing. She's a great stage actress, and I would LOVE to see her perform some day, even though I'm accepting the fact that that will probably never happen.
7) Harrison Ford - Han Solo, Indiana Jones... okay, so I haven't really seen him in much else, and I wouldn't call him an amazing actor, but... he's INDIANA JONES, ya know??
8) Megan Mullally - I learned a lot about myself through being a fan of hers, and even though I no longer follow her every move, I still greatly admire her. And she's back to singing on broadway again, go Megan!
9) Dame Judi Dench - Legendary.
10) Imelda Staunton - Terrific actress. I love her hysterically funny characters. She may be shrimpy, but boy she has presence!

10 Places You’d Take a Tourist to See in Your Hometown

1) The Courthouse, expecially between 5 and 6pm during the daily Peace Vigil.
2) The waterfront. Fountains, statues, etc.
3) OSU Campus. Specifically the MU, quad, library...
4) Nearly Normals, the only entirely vegetarian restaurant in town. YUMMM
5) Something at The Majestic or CHS Theater.
6) The library
7) Avery park. We have awesome parks here.
8) Folk dancing!
9) Various places downtown... Burst's Candy, The Book Bin, Northern Star, The Darkside...
10) The farmer's market. Or any other events that might be happening, such as Fall Festival, daVinci Days, Pride Week, etc.

Mexico trip - Day 6

Dad rented us a car, and we took a trip to Sayulita, a cute little town north of Bucerias. It's a surfer attraction spot, the beach gets good waves.
This was on the drive up.

Haha, this is a "look, a camera" face.

We had lunch in Sayulita, and our waiter was from Oregon! He got really chatty when he learned we were too, lol. He said he was staying with his grandparents, who had a house there.

We made lots of doggy friends in Mexico, but this was my favorite. Her name was Azteca, apparenty. I didn't notice that until I saw this photo later.

Crazy-crowded beach! We didn't spend much time there.


A fancy little square at the center of town.

I loved this little window. =)

Diggin' the hair, dude.

Some guys playing drums in the street.

I LOVE all the colors there. Everything is vibrant!

Taken on the drive back to Bucerias.

A Mexican cemetery! Fancyyyyyy.

Mexico trip - Day 5

We just spent this day hanging around Bucerias. I took some photos of some of the gorgeous hibiscus flowers in the yard.

A little Anole trying to hide on a bush. And it worked. Everytime he moved, it took me a while to find him again. I also saw a couple of these little guys puffing out their orange-colored throats, but I never caught it on camera. =( Pretty awesome though.

Bougainvillea! They are EVERYWHERE, and I LOVE them!

Part of the market in Bucerias. Sophie and I tried our hand at bargaining. We were almost starting to get the hang of it, but it was still uncomfortable to get used to.

Iiiiity bity gecko, who I found on the kitchen counter.

Iguanas everywhere!
This is probably my favorite picture of Sophie and me in the water. XP Right before the CRASH.
Sophie lined up some of the shells we collected.

We liked this guy's shirt.