#unblockthebloggess

August 17, 2009

Dear Awesome Person,

Did you know that *at this very minute* a battle is brewing between two of the most awesome people on the planet?  No, not Hillary Duff and Pauly Shore.  This battle is between William Shatner and The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson.

Please visit @mayopie‘s blog to get the latest details about the war.  I would post something more interesting but I’m tired because I’ve had terrible dreams the last several nights and William Shatner is to blame.  Seriously.

To join in the fight please help us tell the “truth” about William Shatner on Twitter using the hashtag #unblockthebloggess and/or email Stephen Colbert (colbertweb@gmail.com).  Feel free to tell himI’m awesome.  Or not.  It’s up to you.

Love Always,

Chuck Norris (that’s my code name in the #unblockthebloggess movement)

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Almost Old

August 9, 2009

I feel old. Not in the bone-creaking, weary way that grandparents say they feel old but in the way that only young people can mean it. Old, older, it’s all the same right now, I guess. I’m sure that 20 years from now I will look back on this and laugh but for now? Today? I feel old.

Time is moving forward all around me. People are getting older and dying, babies are growing up and attending college. Life. Moves. On. Even now. I’m older than I was last week, last month, last year. I’m older now, closer to the end, closer to tomorrow, closer than I was when I started writing this. I guess it’s just one of those days, you know?

My birthday is on Monday. I will be 27. I keep thinking “this isn’t how I thought my life would be. This isn’t who I thought I would become.” but the reality of it all is that whether or not I am the person I saw myself becoming when I was a child…this is so much better. It’s lightyears away from where I thought I would be. I am not the woman the 10 year old me planned…but I like this version more. I like the spontaneous way I live my life. I like me. I have chosen to embrace this life and it’s working out pretty great.

My advice to everyone for the coming year is this: whatever life hands you, decide now you will make the best of it. Death, disease, birth, laughter, health, disasters, parties…parties that end in disaster, failure, fatigue, excitement… It’s all part of life. Make an effort to love it and whatever comes your way won’t seem so bad.

Happy Saturday, world.

Take Me Above

August 6, 2009

Check out this video for Owl City’s song Hello Seattle.  It’s super creative and an awesome display of artistic talent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flPwGj7O6FU

My Crazy Weekend! (August 1st & 2nd)

August 4, 2009

This week has been kind of tough but only in that I feel really tired – thankfully nothing particularly difficult to deal with or dramatic came up, which is rare!  I was rather busy this weekend and believe me: I’m paying for it today (Monday)!

On Friday night Bethany, Shannon and I went to see Kung Fu Panda in Wilsonville Memorial Park for their Summer Movies in the Park.  I had never seen the movie or been to a movie in the park and was really impressed with how cute it was.  We were laughing right along with the rest of the audience (mostly kids) and while I can’t speak for Bethany or Shannon, I’m pretty sure we liked it a lot…well, at least enough that we’re going back next week to see Hotel for Dogs!  The only down side was that we were all eaten alive by mosquitoes.  Yuck.  We took a few pictures after the show with the aid of my flashlight.

This is Shannon's Hitler face.  She stuck her tongue out which made a terrifying shadow that looks an aweful lot like Hitler's mustache.  Nice.

This is Shannon's Hitler face. She stuck her tongue out which made a terrifying shadow that looks an aweful lot like Hitler's mustache. Nice.

Bethany's picture is the only one that looks remotely normal.  Actually, she looks pretty awesome.

Bethany's picture is the only one that looks remotely normal. Actually, she looks pretty awesome.

I think this is my "grrrrr" face.  I can't be sure though.  Mostly because I am an idiot.

I think this is my "grrrrr" face. I can't be sure though. Mostly because I am an idiot.

I woke up kind of early (for a Saturday) and went to get a pedicure with Suzi then we did a bit of light shopping at Marshall’s and TJ Max. I LOVE the deals available at these stores. There really isn’t anything as awesome as getting department store brands at Wal-Mart prices. Those of you who know me know that I really love to shop but I love a good deal even more. I only spent $25.00 or so but I got a pair of capris, a t-shirt and a hair brush. Talk about awesome!!

I had plans to go with Kim and Sadako and their moms and my mom to go to a play so I got home around 4:00 and showered because even though I only spent about 20 minutes outside walking between stores and the car, the car and the nail place, etc. it was hotter than the face of the sun and I was sweaty. Eeew! I then made the mad dash to dry my hair, reapply my makeup, pick out a new, sweat-free outfit and then get out to some Mexican restaurant with my peeps before going to see…are you ready? Because I don’t know if I am and I was already there….we went to see Pride and Prejudice. Oh. My. God. It was AMAZING. I’ve read the book I don’t know how many times…a million? A billion? I don’t know. I’ve also seen the A&E version (you know, the one that’s so long it’s on like 951 discs) several times and own it on DVD. I also own the newer version on DVD and have seen that one quite a few times, too. This was my first time seeing Pride and Prejudice as a play, though. Did I already mention that it was amazing? Because it totally was. It’s still playing (through August 16th) so you should totally go check it out.

The play was kind of on the long side and even though there were two intermissions I was exhausted by the time it was over (at 11:00!) so I drove us all home bleary-eyed and yawning the whole way. Really, the older I get the more I appreciate my mom as a person and not just my mother. I realize that probably sounds silly, but it’s taken me a long time to get here and to realize that my mom is not just another woman, but an awesome person and a truly amazing friend. Honestly, I regret all the time I wasted looking for ways to make her so miserable! It’s true: I actively looked for ways to make my mom miserable. I’m a terrible person.

Anyway, we finally made it home and I actually managed to stumble to my own bed instead of the couch before falling asleep. It was after midnight before I got there, though so having to wake up at 7:00 to go to OMSI for $2.00 admission day was no small accomplishment! I had never been to OMSI before so to say that I was excited is a bit of an understatement. I was PUMPED. Because it was $2.00 admission day we knew it was going to be really crowded so we opted to go early and get through all the “important” stuff. (Did you know that the first Sunday of every month is $2.00 admission day? I totally didn’t until I read this blog)

Our first stop was The CSI Experience.

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Honestly, it was a bit of a let-down. The diorama we saw (there are three “crimes” to solve) was confusing and all of the “answers” were written on a poster near each of the displays and labs. Yes, it was a fun way to spend an hour or so but I’m glad we found out about discount admission day! I would have been disappointed if I had paid full price specifically to see the CSI Exhibit and it was that cheesy. As I told Bethany earlier, it was kind of like Clue meets Candy Land but with more blood. Sadface. Entertaining, but not challenging at all.  They did have little recreations of the models from the Miniature Killer episodes.  AWESOME.

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After the CSI exhibit we went up stairs and saw several other exhibits including one on human development featuring real human babies that were dead. It sounds weird and maybe even gross, but honestly I was really moved. After seeing this exhibit it would be impossible to deny that a fetus is a baby from the earliest stage of conception. Even at one or two weeks of gestation you could clearly see a tiny person developing with all the normal appendages and features. I was humbled to be seeing these people that would be parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters before me, years after their lives should have began. All of the “tissue samples” were donated to science and all died naturally or by accident (they were not aborted) prior to 1940. What a legacy, huh? I mean, it was kind of unsettling once I realized that these extremely detailed babies were not plaster casts or some sort of plastic models but were in fact REAL people but once I stopped to think about it I realized that this was probably the most selfless thing a parent could do once their child had died.

Picture from the OMSI exhibit on human development.  As you can see in the picture, this is a femail fetus at 25 weeks old.

Picture from the OMSI exhibit on human development. As you can see in the picture, this is a femail fetus at 25 weeks old.

Donating your own body to science is a tough decision that your family may not agree with but I can’t imagine the struggle it would be to decide what to do with the body of your child. Not being a parent myself, it’s hard for me to imagine what I would do if I were faced with that decision but I would like to think that I would try to make something positive out of such a tragic and horrible negative situation. Scientific discoveries have to come from somewhere and our understanding of developing babies probably comes from hundreds of thousands of tragic situations. While searching for pictures of the exhibit I came across several blogs wherein people said how outraged they were by this exhibit and what a desecration of human life it was but I feel the exact opposite. I honestly feel that abortion, no matter the reason, is murder; however, I can understand victims of rape or incest seeking out an abortion. I wouldn’t agree with it but I can understand the desire to put those horrible moments out of your mind and memory and life. If this exhibit dissuades even one woman or girl from seeking out to terminate her pregnancy, it would be worth it. The parents that were selfless enough to donate the bodies of their children should be applauded, not ridiculed and railed against.

Enough of such heaviness though. While at OMSI we also went to see a movie in the theater which is five stories high and AMAZING. We saw Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk. The film wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be but I had never seen a trailer for it or even heard of it until we were there so I guess that isn’t saying much. The risk the film showcased is about 90% skydiving and I’ll be honest…seeing the movie kind of made me want to jump out of a plane. Who hasn’t seen a friend’s home skydiving movie? I don’t know. This film was shot so beautifully and made skydiving look so artistic and peaceful. In hindsight, that seems kind of weird because basically all you’re doing is falling towards the Earth at extremely high rates of speed and the adrenaline rush to be had by doing this is because YOU MIGHT DIE. Uh…not exactly something I like to think about…you know…being crushed into a skydiving pizza. They showed this group of guys that play this game while skydiving (I know! Crazy!) called Sky Ball where they throw a tennis ball filled with lead out of the plane (the lead is to make sure the ball falls at the same rate as the players) and they race round the sky trying to catch the ball. Minor detail though: if the ball is “fumbled” and not caught prior to impact it will make a hole in the ground that is seven feet deep. Oh. My. God. Can you imagine the hole a person would make if the parachute failed? Just thinking about that makes my toes curl and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. *Shudder* Something interesting though, the folks they were following for this film recreated Da Vinci’s parachute and proved that the design Da Vinci described in notebook in 1483 really is a viable design. Crazy! All in all, it was a wonderful weekend but I think I needed a little more sleep. I’m still exhausted!!!

Jealousy!

July 24, 2009

I’m single.  99 times out of 100 I love being single but just now I was listening to the song Kelsey by Metro Station and I found myself wishing I was that girl; the one that he would “swim the ocean” for.  Listen to it with me.

Um….Hi?

July 16, 2009

So.  I have this *other* blog but there is really nothing interesting going on over there so I was all…um…instead of posting something new and interesting here I’ll just start a *different* blog.  And then I did.  Amen.

I’ve been busy lately.  By “busy”, I mean crazy.  But for those of you who know me, that’s pretty typical and nothing to be alarmed by.  Please see this text message I sent my brother recently:

Am I awesome?  I think the answer is "Yes".

Am I awesome? I think the answer is "Yes".

I’m pretty sure the moral of this story is twofold.  A) facebook is amazing (also, non-judgemental) B) everyone should be my facebook friend because, seriously guys…you’re missing out.

So anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

My brother had a baby!  Oh. My. Heck.
One of my contacts ate a hole in my eye and I had to take almost two weeks off work so I could sit in the dark…like a mushroom.  I’m allergic to mushrooms, by the way.
Drove to Medford (a hundred million times) – for those of you not in the know, that’s like eleventy billion miles from my house.  Ok, fine.  It’s 265 miles…whatever.
Went rafting with the fam.
Drove to Medford, again.
Started doing Monday Movie Nights with some girls from work.  So far?  Like 12 kinds of awesome!  Don’t be jealous.  🙂
Drove to Medford, again.
Went to White Trash Camping with The Girls.  Oh. My. Heck.  So much fun!!
Getting ready for some more awesome stuff this summer.

I hope to post here more often than I did at my other blog.  But that one is lame anyway, so let’s just focus on this one, k?

Also, the entry I posted yesterday got two people to view my blog…which seemed kind of weird since they found it under “technology”.  Poor, poor unsuspecting souls!

Voting for a cruelty free world for batteries everywhere!

July 15, 2009

I read this thing…or maybe I heard it from someone I “trusted”…or maybe the Internet whispered it in my ear…I don’t know.  Anyway, basically, “it” said that you’re supposed to run the battery on your cell phone down all the wayuntil it dies and THEN plug it in.  Does this seem really fucked up to anyone else?  It feels like I’m Sally Struthers and my cell phone is one of those starving kids in Africa with the distended belly or whatever and juuuuuuuuuuuuust as the kid’s about to die I’m all “Surprise!  I’m going to sponsor you!  Lucky for you, I came along when I did.”  But I wouldn’t mention that I’ve seen like 1,523,893 commercials before and chose to ignore them.  Like the little “BlipBlipBlip” in my ear was it’s last death moan and I’m like “Shut it iPhone!  I’ve got better things to do than plug you in.”  But I really don’t and then when it DOES die I’m all  “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!  Don’t delete all my data just because I’m lazy!  Let’s still be friends!!!!!!!” and then I run around like a chicken with my head cut off while I search for a plug.  Because maybe it was that same person that told me about killing your batteries and then playing Cell Phone Jesus also told me that if you kill your phone ALL THE WAY that the data will be lost.  I feel like I’m always dancing on the edge of technology suicide.  It’s kinda exciting out here.

If I’m wrong about everything don’t tell me.  I like my world.  It’s crazy here but all the people know me…like Cheers.  Speaking of Cheers, I could use a drink!