Entries from April 2011

Corvallis Trip with Nicole (picture heavy)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Almost exactly a month ago (my how time flies) Nicole (of House of Leaves) and I went down to Corvallis to get her dog Benny’s teeth cleaned and visit her family. We decided that one this trip we were going to do as much thrift shopping as possible, til we dropped basically… and that we did. What follows is a pictorial representation of that trip (with captions). Her version is here (yes hers was posted right after the trip…I know).
I’m starting on Friday morning. We had slept in a really heated house, me in sweats because I expect to be cold when I sleep. I guess I can’t say I slept really, because it was fitful and not the best beginning to a whole day of thrifting, but we woke up early Friday morning anyway and took Benny off to the vet to be put under and have his teeth scraped clean. After dropping Benny off we stopped for breakfast.
Cereal spout… rad. I probably should I stuck with something healthy like cereal or eggs and toast but decided “when in rome” or “when at breakfast joints” and instead opted for the more sweet choice.
Nicole working on the white balance.
My breakfast. So frickin delicious and with such a cute partner in crime…(the dog, though Nicole is always a cute partner in crime as well)
And gone. Maybe even in 5 minutes I devoured all of it, oh and I had a banana on the side.
bacon mustache? we think yes!
After our breakfast, hers healthy-ish, mine totally not, we started our thrifting adventure. I wish I could remember all the different places we went but alls I knows is there were a couple Goodwills and an Antique Mall for sure. Enjoy the finds as best you can! I must note that all pictured items were not bought, they were just photographed for memory. Unfortunately I kinda wish I had acquired some of them now that I look back. Isn’t that always the way?
Beautiful blanket. Pretty sure the price was too high though. Or I was trying in vain to be good.
Yup, hot buns.
Pretty owl.
Regret not buying this to add to my Virgin collection. Shucks!
See that Unicorn piece, yeah that’s the second time I’ve found one of those. Wanted it both times but felt it was a little too pricey.
Would have bought this is if wasn’t cracked. So cute.
We also stopped by Borders for a look at the PaperChase items and the magazines. I love Lula Magazine  and found it as well as Inked Girls and possibly one other. I have a magazine addiction, I’ll talk about it in a later post…
I love everything that quotes this song I think. Wish I bought it.
We couldn’t figure out how exactly to use these ear warmers. This way it looks like she’s flipping people off, the point was to look like the fingers were in her ears so she wasn’t listening. Sigh.
 Love some of the new art that is showing up on classics!
Off we went again after Borders to another stop…
cute but unnecessary
Wish I would have bought it
Nicole tried this amazing piece on as a joke and the ladies next to us were raving about how great and gorgeous it was. Oh goodness. 🙂

As our final trip before picking up the pup we went into an antique mall. My goodness this place had so much stuff. Nicole made me walk through every single bit of it! I was exhausted and in all fairness so was she. I found most of the prices to be too high considering I could find most of the stuff at the bins or Goodwill myself but I did enjoy the way the shops were set up.

Strawberries and pretty pyrex for days. (all too expensive for me)
kids things and paint by numbers
books, berries, bikes
We stopped at home to pick up Benny’s friend Bowie and eat a quick snack.
We finally picked up Benny who was oh so happy to see us and while there I caught one last pretty picture.
At about 5 or 6 we went back to the house and both Nicole and I crashed hard. It was time for a long nap (until 8 or so) and after I read until I fell asleep. All in all the trip was wonderful and fruitful, one day when I take apartment pictures I’ll be able to show what I did get.
Hope your Friday is going well.

Revamp: 25 before 26

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I have been thinking lately about my 25 goals before I turn 26 and I’ve decided that they need a little work. (Original list found here.) There are things I am finding to be greatly important AND there are some things I’ve already managed to check off (and some that I am very close on… mostly reading goals haha).
Here’s my new set of goals with notes on what has been accomplished thus far:
1. Save money, about $10,000, to move to Argentina for at least 6 months
2. Go back to school. I’ve been playing with the idea of a masters OR taking individual classes OR a BFA.
3. Get next tattoo designed. This will most likely be the hot air balloon. 
4. Finish the two blankets I have started for friends.
6. Learn basics of Photoshop. Take a class or to do online tutorials… hmmm.
7. Find perfect pair of glasses (hopefully vintage), little black dress and heels.
8. Write 30 letters.Ihave not been keeping track so I’ll have to start that from today on.
9. Spend a week waking up early for now reason. We shall see about this.
10. Reach 50 readers on blog. Slowly but surely getting my numbers up! Sponsoring all the way!
11. Join or start a reading or crafting (or both) group.
12. Keep accurate log of $ for at least 30 consecutive days.
13. Read 5 non-fiction books. Oh done and done after this month!
14. Complete 52 in 52. Yes I am counting the ones I have in #13 towards this. Also counting from January on for this one instead of starting in March.
15. Watch 4 Spanish/Argentine/Latin films. Or films by Spanish/etc directors OR films in Spanish.
16. Read 1 book in Spanish. It can be a young adult or children’s chapter book. Also counts toward #14
17. Have long conversation in Spanish.
18. Go on at least 3 dates. While friend dates are awesome, they are not included.
19. Throw a party/plan a get together.
20. Rent my own place. DONE!
21. 101 pictures project. I will post the list, link to the flickr community as well as some of my shots this week!
22. Start taking a dance or exercise class. I’m looking into a pure barre class or something similar. 
23. Pay off credit card. Completely!
24. Buy a DSLR
25. Learn how to use Rolleiflex and post developed film.
Oh I’m a little more excited now for this list! I need to print it out and hang it everywhere!

Poetry Month at Powells

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I was on my favorite bookstore’s sight (and bought a book, Tina Fey’s memoir to be exact) and I saw at the top of the website a banner saying that April is poetry month (and you get 15% off poetry books).

I have to be quite honest here and say while I love reading and the art of writing poetry is really difficult for me to get into (as is Shakespeare…I’m kind of embarrassed about both truths and I’m rarely embarrassed about my likes or dislikes). I am a speed reader, I love a good sized book read over a week or less. I like different things happening and not having it be too confusing because names take a while to stick in my brain.

Poetry definitely takes time, I think in my lessons of self betterment (holy shoot that’s a word?!) I should start adding read poetry to my list.

To start this idea off I want to post of my all time favorite poems.

Oranges by Gary Soto
The first time I walked
With a girl, I was twelve,
Cold, and weighted down
With two oranges in my jacket.
December.  Frost cracking
Beneath my steps, my breath
Before me, then gone,
As I walked toward
Her house, the one whose
Porch light burned yellow
Night and day, in any weather.
A dog barked at me, until
She came out pulling
At her gloves, face bright
With rouge.  I smiled,
Touched her shoulder, and led
Her down the street, across
A used car lot and a line
Of newly planted trees,
Until we were breathing
Before a drugstore.  We
Entered, the tiny bell
Bringing a saleslady
Down a narrow aisle of goods.
I turned to the candies
Tiered like bleachers,
And asked what she wanted –
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth.  I fingered
A nickel in my pocket,
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn’t say anything.
I took the nickel from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on
The counter.  When I looked up,
The lady’s eyes met mine,
And held them, knowing
Very well what it was all
A few cars hissing past,
Fog hanging like old
Coats between the trees.
I took my girl’s hand
in mine for two blocks,
Then released it to let
Her unwrap the chocolate.
I peeled my orange
That was so bright against
The gray of December
That, from some distance,
Someone might have thought
I was making a fire in my hands.
I die for this poem every time I read it. I find a love so pure it doesn’t need to be spoken of. I find an innocence that is often lost on the “mature.” I love this poem dearly and only know of it because I took a poetry class in high school. 
I think I might throw some more poems your way as April goes on. Get into it and expand my horizons at the same time.
Share with me your favorite poems or poets please, please, please!

Diana film success!

Friday, April 1, 2011

It’s late (or early depending on how you look at it) and I’m quite tired but I just wanted to take a quick second and share with you one of my pictures off of a roll of Diana film! I’m really stoked, it came out better than I anticipated.
The first roll I shot with the Diana is a bit blurry (left the switches in the wrong places) but I will be sharing some of those as well here soon.
Also, never taking my 35mm film to a drugstore developer again! N-e-v-e-r. My Holga rolls came out SO GOOD this time and I just have to figure it’s how they were developed. Maybe drugstore developing tries to auto correct too much. I dunno, all I know is I’m stoked which is good because I paid waaay too much to get them all put to cd. I don’t blame the place I went, I blame my lack of understanding.
Well, tomorrow (today) should be the day I get my apartment. I couldn’t get a hold of the landlord though so we shall see. Cross your fingers for me!
I’ll be having to do either connection stealing or coffee time for internet for the next couple of days when I move because I forgot to get in touch with a provider. oops! More time to decorate with what I have!

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