Friday, July 29, 2011

Rube Goldberg self-portrait machine

If you liked Mouse Trap the board game, you're gonna love this!

I can only imagine how many tries it took to get all the way through!

Very cool and from:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Control the Food and You Control the People

The issue of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) is not new, but it is important. This film is both enlightening and devastating.

GMO Film Project Sizzler from Compeller Pictures on Vimeo.

Can't wait till we have our farm and know exactly where all of our food comes from.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Photo Round-up

Here's a bit of a photo round-up for the last couple weeks:

The garden is like a jungle! It is taller than Jason! See his hands in the air at the other end?

Unfortunately, one of the tomato plants fell over and snapped a few major limbs.  We propped it back up and we'll see what happens. This may be our largest garden casualty, to date.

Green beans are here! Check out this cute little bugger!

Saw something interesting at the garden store-- a lotus flower rain chain.

Very cool. I like the rain chain idea but this guy was $250!?!

Clancy is feeling much better! (You can always tell he's feeling good when he sleeps with all fours in the air)

Derville lays on his cat perch and demurely asks, "Do these white pants make me look fat?"

Jason and I ate a whole pan of this sinfully awesome layered pudding dessert. Learning our lesson, we made a rule that I will only make this if we are having guests or taking it to a party. It was soooo good but way too much for two people (although we didn't waste any)!

Friday, July 22, 2011

He knows how to make me smile


(That balloon is bigger than Clancy!)

Thanks sweetie! They really brightened my day!

Love you!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

While the rest of the country is melting...

We are sitting comfortably at 68 degrees with windows open all day and light fluffy cloud cover with intermittent sunbursts.

According to the news, pretty much the whole country is having record-breaking heat this summer.

Everywhere except the Pacific Northwest.

I think we might hit 80+ this weekend!

The cool weather feels a little weird. Everyone says this is completely atypical, but then they also said it never snows here (and that's just not true)!
Blackberries will be ready next -- prepare for jam!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thanks Mom

Thanks for everything Mom ;-)

Love you!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

No alarms and no surprises please

Things are thankfully uneventful right now...that's good.

Like the songs says, "No alarms and no surprises please."

"No Surprises" by Radiohead

Monday, July 11, 2011

Garden update: week 8

It's been about 8 weeks since we put in the garden and boy-howdy is it growing!

Jason doing his evening watering:

Everything is SO BIG!


Green Beans



We have little greenies on almost all of our tomato plants! I can't wait till the start to ripen and we can eat fresh, sun-warmed tomatoes.


For grins, here is a picture of the garden on the day we planted it (8 weeks ago):

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Jack of all trades turned career woman

Yesterday was my FIVE year anniversary at my current job! Well, I guess it's actually a CAREER. I've never had one of those before. I've had tons of jobs, but this is my first bonafide career! I've learned and grown so much over these last five years.

I landed this job career the second week Jason and I moved to LA, which is unheard of! I literally pulled my suit out of the trash bag in which I had packed it and went to the interview. That was on a Wednesday. I got the offer two days later on Friday. Now that I've been with the company for so long, I realize that what happened to me was a total anomaly. It takes WEEKS for the offer paperwork to go through all the corporate red tape. Sometimes I still feel like they are going to realize I was a mistake and ask me to leave, but after five years I'm starting to get over it!

As I begin to think of myself as a career woman, I look back at ALL the jobs that led me to where I am now. It's quite astonishing and highly laughable. Before this career, I had never held a full-time job for a full 2 years -- 1.75 years was the record. I decided to make a list of all my jobs thus far. It's...well...a lot.

Work History:

  • Chores around the house -- since birth (well maybe not that long, but most of my life)
  • Bulletin board design and production -- ad hoc -- age 8 and up (helped my mother who was an elementary school teacher with classroom decorations)
  • Volunteer candy striper at the local hospital; worked in the OR/RR, Radiology, and as Greeter  -- summers -- ages 10-13 (got paid with cafeteria lunches and yes, I wore a red and white striped jumper)
  • Junior lifeguard at the public pool -- summers -- ages 14-15 (only paying job in town that would let you work before you turned 16)
  • Swim lesson instructor -- summers -- ages 14-15 (part of the lifeguard gig)
  • After-hours janitorial services -- evenings during school year -- ages 14 -15 (this job allowed me to get a hardship drivers license and have a car at 14)
  • Waitress at Western Sizzlin -- evenings during school year -- age 16 (got this job because I wrecked my new car and needed fast money to fix it -- paid the whole thing off with stacks of dollar bills and rolls of quarters)
  • Retail sales associate at Bealls Department Store -- after school and weekends during school year -- age 17 (learned the rules about poaching customers from coworkers the hard way)
  • Farmhand/summer help at University of Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center -- summers -- ages 16-19 (my favorite job ever, but also the hardest/hottest)
  • Undergraduate college student at Auburn University -- PR major -- ages 18-21 (easiest job ever)
  • Lab assistant in nematode/soil testing lab at University of Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center -- during all college holiday breaks -- ages 18-21 (most interesting job; should've been a scientist)
  • Copy center worker (aka copy bitch) at the Copy Cat Auburn University -- part-time year-round -- age 18-22 (this was a legacy job handed down from my brother)
  • International Press Office Assistant at Mulberry in London, England -- summer undergrad internship -- age 21 (time of my life!)
  • Graduate school student at Auburn University -- Concentration in Communication -- age 21-23 (second easiest job ever)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at Auburn University; taught college level Public Speaking -- during school year -- age 21-23 (funniest job ever)
  • Mobile golf course refreshment stand (aka beer bitch) at Grand National Golf Course -- summer -- age 22 (suckiest job ever -- old man golfers can be such perverts)
  • Office of Student Recruiting at Auburn University School of Pharmacy -- summer graduate internship -- age 23 (uneventful)
  • Freelance grant writer for University of Arkansas Community College in Hope -- one-time gig -- age 23 (this job allowed me to move to Northern California sight-unseen)
  • Door-to-door supplemental insurance salesperson Northern California -- didn't last long -- age 24 (most unethical job ever but now I have NO fear of cold-calling for anything)
  • Retail associate at Carl Johnson Company in Eureka California -- full time -- age 24-25 (weirdest job ever working in an old-timey mercantile; felt like Little House on the Prairie)
  • Sales manager at Omega Sports Store in Durham, NC -- full-time -- age 25 (best quitting story; ends with me calling the store manager a heartless bitch)
  • Interior Design Consultant/Showroom Manager at Hard Rock Marble and Tile in Hillsborough, NC -- full-time -- age 26 (most creative job ever and fueled my love for natural stone)
  • Sales associate at a marina supplies distributor in Irving, TX -- full-time -- age 27 (most frightening job ever; quit this one after the boss/owner physically and verbally assaulted me -- yes, this type of shit still happens in modern-day workplaces)
  • Human Resource Consultant; print and web production specialist for multi-billion dollar, industry leading corporation -- full-time plus some -- age 28-33
So here I am and that's my story -- so far!

Can't wait to see where the next 33 years lands me!

Note: I just added internships and I'm sure I will continue to add more things as they come back to me. There are a few jobs that I just wiped from my memory.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Cat Perch, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Tracheobronchitis

Never a dull moment around here!

Funny things first...Derville met my dad (Papa to the grand-kids and grand-furbabies) a couple of weeks ago and got to bask in the engineering and carpentry genius that is Papa.


It is completely removable and made entirely from scrap wood.

It has two ledges since it is pretty high up. The cat jumps onto the bottom ledge then up to the top, like a ladder!

I just mentioned to Dad that I thought it would be cool to attach a board to the sliding door handle so Derville could get up high (other than the kitchen counters) and look out the window.

So later that day, Mom and I went to the store and when we came back, Jason and "Papa" had created this AWESOME cat perch! Derville immediately knew it was made special just for him and he loves it and we love our Papa!! We're going to paint it black and white like the cat -- you know, like camouflage!

We find Derv up there in the middle of the night -- a lurking, ominous, silhouette. Very creepy!

Let's see, what else? Oh yeah! I was bored the other day and it was beautiful outside so I decided to steal Jason's bike and ride to the store for beers. I LOVE RIDING THAT BIKE!! Holy cow I can't believe I waited so long to take it for a spin!

 I ran a few errands nearby and then picked up some beers. I couldn't fit the Pabst Tall Boys in my little back pack so I strapped them onto the rack with our handy-dandy bungee cord and rode away with the wind in my hair and the sun on face.

It was EPIC!

On a less fun note, we had to take Clancy to the vet this weekend because the poor guy was making terrible hacking/honking noises and then started having distressed breathing and was choking when he drank water. Our poor little pooch was diagnosed with tracheobronchitis :-(

Luckily, it is treatable, but it's going to take a lot of rest and medication to kick it.

Here's the little Pooh resting with his hippo. Awwwwww....

So if you have a chance, send a little lovin energy this way for the Pooh.

He's my bestest pal and has been my trusty side-kick for over a decade and I can't stand to see him not feeling well!

Get well soon, Pooh! We love you!

Friday, July 01, 2011

The Land of Milk and Honey

So Wednesday was a pretty whirl-wind type of day. I went down to the land of milk and honey (L.A.) for a client meeting and then came back the same evening. Never a dull moment in the consulting world!

The cab picked me up at 6am. It was still chilly so I was sporting leg warmers and Merrills till Burbank.

In the picture below, you can see Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens in the distance on the horizon sticking up over the clouds.

Mt. Hood peaking over the clouds.

Arrived at Burbank. Took a cab downtown.

(Sidenote: when riding in taxis in L.A. you just have to come to terms with the fact that you may just die before you make it to your destination. This time I was really ready to give up the ghost when we almost got creamed by a semi-truck while getting on the 5 because the cab driver was figuring out the GPS. Obviously, I didn't die this time but it was close. Like, my-asshole-still-puckers-thinking-about-it close. However, I have a theory that there must be some kind of protective force field around everyone driving there because it always feels like you are on the verge of crashing but then you don't. It's really weird in a comforting type of way.) 

So I made it to the office. This was my view for about 20 minutes then off to the meeting.

Putting on my "game face".

Client meeting in this building in the Valley.

Then back to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and winging it back to Portland. 

Mt. Hood welcoming me home.

Ahhh, I love where I live!!