25 January 2015

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Life is but a dream.

In the past I've used metaphors about water and the ocean to help explain the way I was feeling about my life at the time. I've written about jumping ship with no idea what I would do when I hit the water and how I would lay in bed with insomnia, envisioning myself in a rowboat out in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight, no birds, no idea which way to paddle. As I left for Oregon, I likened my voyage to my teenage experience of swimming back and forth across a lake even though I don't know how to swim: Relax and you will float.

I'm still paddling and unsure of what exactly it is that I'm heading toward, but confident I am moving in the right direction.

Man, I sure do wish I had a photo of me paddling in the ocean, but I've only ocean-kayaked once and no one took any pictures of me on the trip. Instead, here's a photo I took of the ocean the other day.

I'm so grateful for my job at OGC. It was worth the 2000-mile solo-relocation, though I am homesick for my family. This is by far the longest I have ever gone without seeing my parents, brother, Gramma Sue, cousins, aunts and uncles. I lived for 30 years thinking I'd never live more than 25 miles from my parents, then I moved 100 miles away.

Now, I live on the other side of the Rockies.



I was longing to work for a company that was somehow involved with organic produce and was filled by the best, brightest and most passionate folks who would inspire me to love harder, challenge myself and grow beyond the unrealistic limitations that I have bound myself in.

And here I am.

Feeling grateful.

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Listening to: Talking Heads - I feel it in my heart
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22 January 2015

Actually the dumbest headboard ever




I mean, really, look at that thing. 

Surgeons use less lights to perform an operation and in this instance, they're hovering two inches above the pillows.

20 January 2015

Procrastination: Standard Operating Procedure

Picking out five days worth of California-attire at the very last possible moment.


But at least I have squeezed liquids into a few TSA-approved-size containers. (They're incahoots with the plastic manufacturing racquet, I tell ya.) 

(Don't even get me started on the Eugene Public Library's after-hours book return bureaucracy.)

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Listening to: Andre Williams - I want to be your favorite pair of pajamas
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15 January 2015

My first premonition

When my alarm went off this morning, I was dreaming that I had gone into the bathroom and peed, flushed, then had to plunge the toilet. And like, five minutes later, that actually happened.


30 December 2014

And the award for Most Creative Name-Spelling goes to

The Illinois Secretary of State!



I even spelled it out to the guy on the phone, letter-by-letter. 

At least he got the correct number of Es in my first name. Seeing an M, P and T was a new (and joyous) experience!

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Listening to: Tom Heinl - Gentle on My Mind
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PS- "Ever since Jesse White got elected Secretary of State For Life I think he's been coasting on the success of that fucking tumbling team." -Alex

24 December 2014

States are multiplying like rabbits

Remember that guy who told me he had never been far enough east to visit The Idahos? The other day a totally different guy told me he hadn't been to either of The Tennessees or The Alabamas.

o_O

These boys need a shower-curtain-map and then to hang it up inside-out so they can get schooled while they get clean.

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Listening to: Old Time Relijun
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22 December 2014

Happy Solstice

I love knowing that the days will begin to grow longer.

Although, I rather enjoy my little Christmas tree. It's a nice perk of winter.

I've been eating a lot of Satsumas lately. In-season produce is the best!

I've played Bingo twice in the last month.

I haven't made too much progress on the fibonacci mosaic, though I am working on it a little bit each day.

I liked this I SAW YOU in the Eugene Weekly a couple of weeks ago.


Nico is doing well.

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Listening to: Filthy Boy
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10 December 2014

23 November 2014

Effing finally

It might seem harsh to use Thee F-Word right there in the title of a post that maybe five people will see, but this damn robot mosaic has dragged on for years and I'm beyond happy to finally complete it, two and a half years after I glued its first bits to wood.


It looks pretty cool, but keep in mind, broken hearts are the worst. 

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Listening to: Waldeck - Memories
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09 November 2014

Moar photoz plz

Since my last update, I've shopped at The Kiva...
...my old stomping grounds, even though I've only been in Eugene since June.

I wore this to work one day.

I took the above photo while waiting for a conference room to open up.
I love my job. I love the warehouse. 

Solar-panel-covered parking at Tamarack. I go here for a silly fun water aerobics class. Indoor saltwater pool heated to 92. Can't beat it!

Oregon is magic.

I wore this to work another day.

Scott and Laura's yard is pretty.

So this building's walls are barrells covered in spray foam. 

Here's a spray foam giant eagle.

Look at that thing.

And look closer at this sketchy building.

I went to Vancouver, WA and walked on a bridge that connects to Portland and I saw Mt Hood. 

It's a cool bridge.

These aren't my feet, but I did get a pedicure.

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Listening to: Allah-Lahs - Long Journey
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05 November 2014

Captured by phone

Having a smartphone has decreased the likelihood I will commit random things to memory; I screengrab everything.

I thought I would do a quick blog post based off of photos I took since my last post, but my so-called "photograph collection" is mostly screengrabs of things I want to remember, things I want to think about for potential future possible mosaic ideas, phone numbers, funny things I want to send to people and of course, recipes which I will never make. In betwixt all of that, I did take a few actual photos.

Romanesco: the coolest food ever. Though considered broccoli-ish, it seems more cauliflowery to me. Either way, it's definitely math and science and nature and food. I was so stoked to finally encounter one in person!


Okay, so this is a screengrab. I spend a lot of time thinking about my next mosaic and I especially think about making a fibonacci mosaic. I can't make a decision about what to make. But I would like to find fibonacci in nature, photograph it, then make a mosaic replica of my photo. Now, just to find the perfect thing to photograph....

Oh wait, that's a homemade evil siamese-twin baby doll I spotted at the coolest Halloween party ever. 

I organized stuff around my house on Sunday. These are my scarves.

Back up for a moment, I forgot to show a real Halloween picture. I dressed up as Velma. Ruthie is next to me. Actually, all three of them were basically strangers, related to my coworker. Most everyone was new to me, although I totally ran into someone I knew from working at The Kiva. Gil (pronounced Jill) was one of my favorite people at The Kiva and I was SO stoked to run into her Friday night! But I didn't think to get photos with me and anyone I actually know, which was one other person.

Here's the other person I know, the person who invited me to the party. I mean, Uncle Fester. I mean, a cheddar bunny that looks like a portly fellow jumping up, fist-bumping the air like fuck yeah dude!

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Listening to: I'm really bummed that embedding the video for the song I'm listening to is disabled. If you're intrigued, look up the video for the Cosmonauts song Gillian. Or you can watch the video it reminded me of (not because they sound the same, morseso because video contents are similar yet polar opposites):
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26 October 2014

House --> Home


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