Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, domesticity.

A new coat, walks in the woods, time spent drawing, reading, and eating dried cherries (thanks, Dad!).

But really exciting is house-sitting and having a kitchen and piano of my very own for a while.
Saturday was a fun night with the girls, stir-fry and Chocolate Beet Cake and Bananagrams.

On Sunday afternoon, I was the happiest girl in the world. Baking banana bread while listening to public radio (I pledged and they mentioned my name on air!) and walking the dog and curling up on the couch with mug of tea and book (currently The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

little bits of my october

Ignoring the fact that I have been gone from here for quite a while, let's jump back in to how lovely October has been.

Writing lots of letters, doing lots of drawing, Value Village finds (the dress is going to become my Halloween costume!) and getting lovely etsy things in the mail. That I wouldn't open until I carried them down to the coffeehouse and got an americano and pumpkin-raisin loaf. And promptly read my novel afterwards. I love mornings like that.

Lots of listening to NPR, lots of knitting (one mitten down), lots of walks on the trails, lots of writing in journals, talking on the phone to long-distant friends, art-galleries with close-distance friends, going contra dancing for the first time, and taking myself to see a play on a Sunday afternoon.

Have a lovely Thursday, and a lovely week :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Here in college. Living in a dorm, meeting people, taking classes, riding my bike around town, live music, yarn shops, vintage clothing, Thai food, library time, coffeeshops.

These photos are from a walk I took last week to the campus botanical gardens. I reached into the foliage and found a cucumber and a baby pumpkin. The pumpkin is now my dorm's autumnal decoration, and the cucumber is participating in many of my lunches.

I really like it here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

My mom calls him "peanut".

Berry-picking in the sun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saying a lot of goodbyes this week.

Monday, August 16, 2010

On The Road

A few shots from the road trip to Seward with Annie...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I've been trying to do a bit of art and writing every day, and it feels really, really lovely.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

In the City; a photoshoot

I was a pretty happy girl to spend the day in town with Megan yesterday, to take pictures with my new camera.

And there's a new face poking around the house (and jingling, with that little bell on his collar); this is Charlie, a Siamese my friend found on the side of the road in the rain, wet and starved and scraggly. She was so happy when I asked if I could watch him for the weekend, to see if he and Fly get along. I find he's perfectly happy curled up on my stomach, or feet, or...wherever, really. He kind of has an attitude, but he's a pretty sweet guy.

I call him Charles.

Monday, July 26, 2010


It's been so long!

This is my breakfast. But more excitingly, this photo was taken with my new camera.

I think I am in love.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Loving Alaska. Loving mountains and the snow and the crispness.

Doing a lot of dreaming about cabins, dogs, herb gardens, wilderness, art studios, VW vans.

Planning on starting some kombucha, learning to make ricotta, and getting a job!

Hoping to volunteer at the college radio station and I've been peeking at buying a car.

Ira Glass comes to Alaska in April! I've been listening to This American Life every week.

I'm not totally done with the blog, but computer troubles for now...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

hippies in the valley

Aron and I made our way South-via 3 cities in 3 days (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch). Out of Christchurch we caught a ride with the hostel owner as far as Hanmer Springs, and then managed to hitch-hike as far as this sign:
And we knew we had found the World Rainbow Gathering. Another hitched ride with a van full of Japanese and a 40-minute walk along a very, very muddy road, we started seeing more the tents, the dreadlocks, and the pots of chai warming over little fires.

The walk in was quite a trek. My new Tevas showed their worth! Although I got some pretty serious blisters.

Just as we were setting up our tent, a rainbow came out. It's been said that there's been a rainbow at every single World Rainbow Gathering. We got there just in time to see this one:

Twice a day there was Food Circle. A couple of times we helped out in the kitchen, rolling huge masses of chappatis, stirring vats of rice and polenta, tossing salads in storage-size plastic boxes. Before dinner was ready, there would be a "1-2-3.." and we'd all shout "FOOD CIRCLE!!" so people could start congregating. Then, once the meal was ready, everyone would stand in the circle, holding hands and singing songs like;

We are circling, circling together
we are singing, singing our heart-song
This is family, this is unity
this is celebration, this is sacred

and then an "omm" would start, and vibrations from everyone's voice would grow, and lift the whole circle up. It felt very special, and very unifying, it was a really awesome feeling. Then we'd lift our hands, bring them down namaste-style in front of us, and then all kneel and bow and give thanks.

The food was usually pretty good-staples were things like dal, red cabbage, chappatis, and soaked oats. Sometimes we got special chutneys, or rice pudding, or once even a dessert of stewed apples with seeds. Somehow there was always enough, with the servers running around yelling "First time chickpeas?" and people would respond "Chickpea connection??"
In between meals, there were workshops, things like meditation, laughter-yoga, energy channeling, baton-twirling, juggling, and discussions over the nature of the universe. I did laughter yoga, and it was a lot of silly but really hilarious exercises, we shouted things like "Very good, very good, YAY!!!!" and all giggle.

The valley was beautiful, 2 of the days we were there the sun was very hot, and we spent a lot of time lolling and reading and meeting people. I grew really fond of a girl named Tal, from Israel. But random people told me I was the sweetest person they'd met at Rainbow, or if I was ever in [their country] I could stay at their house for free, because they could see in my eyes that I was a good person. It's always nice to hear things like that.. :)

On our 3rd day, the rain started, and our little tent didn't hold up too well. We moved it a couple of times, but it was absolutely pouring, so our efforts were kind of in vain. We managed to warm ourselves by the fire before finding a communal teepee to spend the night in...

It was a really beautiful experience, the amount of love and shared excitement for life was infectious, and you really couldn't help at smiling from all the good energy there. Of course, between the rain and the mice eating our food, we were pretty ready to head out, but it was sad to leave the friends we had made.

There are Rainbow Gatherings all over the world, sometimes just regional, so there's always one going on somewhere, it seems like. Some people just hop from gathering to gathering, following them and never really settling down. I don't think I could every do that, but I can understand how addictive it is to have a family like this.