Friday, July 27, 2007

current events

Last week I helped out at my church's Vacation Bible School. I showed this doodle to a couple of people, and they knew EXACTLY who this four-year-old is.



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more excitement than i can handle around here...

While we were on vacation, a barn swallow put a nest on top of our front porch light. Those barn swallows have been scoping out my porch for a long time now, but waited until we went away to get to work on their little building project.

Now every time I go out there to do some gardening, the bird will fly into the air and fly circles above the yard, calling out to all its friends and family to come and warn the intruder (me) to leave. So about five birds will be up there shreaking at me. All they had done so far was make a lot of noise, so I started to sweep the bird crap off of my porch, right under the nest. They came dive bombing at my head, and chased me off, as I ran screaming like a little girl back into my garage and into the house.

Some delivery person is going to be surprised this week. George is expecting a package.

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I recently joined a Flickr group where fellow doodlers are creating sketches from tea stains.



Sunday, July 22, 2007

Our visit to Seattle

I know I am not the first person to post a picture of this guy on my blog. I wonder if he's been able to start his karate lessons by now?


This guy had a cardboard sign on the other side that read, "I WANT YOUR WEED."


We saw this national landmark... the first Starbucks. Yes everyone, smile, I am taking your picture.

Pike Place Market was packed with people. But we did not see any fish being thrown. They had the day off because it was the fourth of July.

We stayed at a funky hotel in Seattle called Hotel Max. This is the hallway...

Our door...

The lobby...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

thought of the day

Why is woman pronounced "women," and women is pronounced "wimen?"

Monday, July 16, 2007

more vacation stuff

On day four of our vacation we drove as high as we could up a mountain at Olympic State Park. It was cold up there! There were patches of snow on the ground. The gift shop was selling plenty of warm sweaters and coats to people.



A couple of wildlife shots...

A chicken crossing the road.


This deer had her baby with her. Of course I did not get the photo I was hoping for, because this camera just opens way too slow!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

some portland pics

You can save a few bucks at the Marriott if you get the room without a view. But we didn't travel all the way to Portland, Oregon just to hang out in our hotel room anyway.



The Columbia River Gorge. This is the first scenic view we drove out to see, right after we got off the airplane and got our rental car.


Multnomah Falls. Thankfully, there were no earthquakes or falling boulders while we were there.


These are carnivorous plants at the Portland Saturday Market. I'd never seen ones like these. I guess they would be hard to check in to the airplane.


There is a different breed of street performers in these parts.

One thing that was cool about Portland was the enormous variety of coffee shops. In Seattle it was practically all Starbucks and Seattle's Best on every street corner. Portland had some good affordable restaurants too. The first night we were there we ate a huge feast at a Mediterranean restaurant.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

traveling doodles

Here's a bunch of doodles from our flight home, which included a five-hour layover in Chicago. We've become quite familiar with that airport and its food choices from this and other trips.

Gone are the days of the free in-flight t.v. dinner. Welcome the $5 bagel sandwich.


I never noticed how many people wear Crocs until spending a huge amount of time watching people in the airport.


I knew about those little drive-through espresso places out west, but never realized what an abundance of them there are, and way out in the middle of nowhere too. You will never have to drive far without an espresso. You will probably have to drive farther to find a bathroom though, so don't drink too much.

This is a tourist attraction for us, since we do not have this kind of thing in our parts, unless it's a Starbucks with a drive-through.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

blogger meet-up

One of the highlights of our vacation was meeting two fellow bloggers, Emma Sometimes and BaDoozie for the very first time.

We ate a gourmet meal at Jake's Famous Crawfish in Portland, OR. Everything was spectacular. Although I agree with BaDoozie that it would be nice if they'd cut the loaf of bread all the way through so we don't have to rip it apart with our bare hands. And it would be good if the crust wasn't so hard that a person's teeth could fall out trying to bite off a piece. Nevertheless, I still had my teeth by the time my salmon arrived, and it was very tasty. It's too bad we don't have a Jake's. They have a day where you can eat with your dog.

Susie's son Dylan was a character, even if he does suffer from voice emodulation. If I had more time I would have doodled him and everyone else.

Now Emma Sometimes and her husband are very smart and cultured types, and they had tickets for us all to a classical music concert right after dinner. It was really good, and we sat front and center.

Of course, I cannot go to a classical music concert without doodling.



After that we went to Powell's ginormous bookstore, where I would have loved to have spent more time, but the jet lag had been catching up with me for hours. So until next time... we may meet again someday...

Monday, July 09, 2007

getting things back in order

Things to do after arriving home from a ten-day vacation:

Wash and fold giant pile of laundry

Pull ten days off of my page-a-day calendar

Go through a pile of mail, mostly junk

Throw away rotten bananas

Throw away rotten eggplant, broccoli, green beans, cheese...

Open all windows and get some air in here

Buy new food

Get my dog (got him!)

Pull 9-foot-high weeds out of the front lawn

Respond to emails

Blog stuff

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The story of Charlie


I am very thankful that my beta fish, Charlie, did not die while we were on vacation. I gave him a 10-day beta fish feeder on the morning we left. Charlie is very particular about what goes in his bowl. When he's stressed out about something, he turns from blue to grey and then sinks down to the bottom and sulks. As soon as I put that 10-day feeder thing in the bowl he turned grey and when into his zombie-state. I wondered if he'd eat it at all, and was almost certain I was coming home to a belly-up beta fish. Well, Charlie was grey when I came back late last night, but he was very happy to see us and snapped out of it. Now tonight, I took a photo of him, using the flash and he looked like he'd completely conked out, floating sideways and motionless.

Ironic, taking a picture of my fish to show he's not dead, and now the flash kills him. I think he's going to be o.k. though. He is apparently very resilient.

I'm back


We are back from our trip to the northwest.

More to come.