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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. ^_^