Saturday, November 27, 2010

Washington DC pt. 1

I just had the most amazing vacation in Washington, DC this past week!

On Tuesday night, the 16th, Jordan, Garrett, and I drove to Laytonville after our classes got out at 7 pm. We got there at 9:30 and then unsuccessfully tried to sleep because we were so excited. Then we got up the next morning at 5 and drove to the San Francisco airport to catch our 12:05 flight to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There we had an hour layover where I registered for spring classes on Jordan's phone (which is really hard to do because the buttons are so damn tiny) and then we flew to DC. We arrived in DC at 10 pm their time. We didn't get to Harmony's house until 11:30 because we took the wrong metro and had to get on another one, which was very time consuming. We pretty much passed out as soon as we got there.

The next day we got up at 7:30 and tried to go into the Capitol but couldn't because I had an empty Klean Kanteen and Jordan and Garrett had some snacks. Apparently, those are very threatening objects to the people in the Capitol. Then we went to the United States Botanic Garden, which was gorgeous and had the most amazing orchid room! I was in heaven. After that we went to the Smithsonian Museum of Art, which was very cool but we got burnt out too fast and didn't end up seeing any of the more modern art. Just lots of baby Jesus and Mary. Then we went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which was great, but like all the Smithsonians that we went to, it was way too large to try and see thoroughly in 1.5 hours. It was dark at this point and we went to see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial at night, both were so beautiful and amazingly large. Then we met Harmony at the White House and then went to dinner at the Old Ebbit, which was delicious but very expensive. There I discovered my love for Gin and Tonics, and that was pretty much my drink of the trip besides the Vodka Gimlet, which Harmony turned Jordan and I on to. End of day 1.

Also, see my facebook for pictures!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

High off the smell of leather....

I don't consider myself a very materialistic person but........when my mom said yesterday that we could go shopping for a new pair of boots for me....I got very excited. We went to every shoe/clothing store around the Arcata plaza and I found these amazing shoes:

These boots were super comfortable when I tried them on and really warm. They were $160 at the store and I found them for $130 online! I hope they get here before we go to DC!

I wasn't looking for heels but I managed to find these $100 leather beauties. They are so perfect because every pair of high heels I own I bought in high school for dances for like $15 and they look really crappy now. I don't really wear heels very often but if I need to dress up these are perfect because they are black and simple, thus matching everything! I found them online for $90 and Evan said he would buy them for me for an early birthday present! Yay me! AND Evan and Alex went to this snowboarding exhibit type thing in Eureka where they dumped 20,000 pounds of snow in a parking lot and some pro snowboarders came and rode the rail they set up.

It was sponsered by Volcom and some other snowboarding brand and they were throwing out free gear and clothes into the crowd! Alex and Evan both got t-shirts, a baseball cap AND A REALLY CUTE BEANIE AND NEW WOMENS SIZE SNOWBOARDING GLOVES!!!!! YAY ME!!!!!! During this time I was enjoying a nice walk at the Hammond trail with my mom and dad and then later on a beautiful walk at Mad River beach. Score.

Also, I like it when Daylight Savings happens and we get an extra hour of sleep. This gives me an extra hour to write in my blog while the boys are sleeping.

Also, I don't like it when my futsal tournament gets moved to the day we are flying out to DC! We are the number one team in the league and I am super bummed I don't get to play!

Also, I like it when there are only 5 more weeks of school and the last week I only have one final.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lazy Days

Oh man was today a lazy day. I did not go to school and pretty stayed in a sport bra, t shirt, and sweats all day. I also slept for 9 hours. Glorious. Usually on Wednesdays I go to school even though I don't have class and am very productive doing things like studying spanish and going to the gym and whatnot. But not today. I am going on a walk with Jordan later, so I guess that's something. I watched a sad but beautiful movie about 2 gay criminals in Argentina in Spanish. I will consider that, along with reading CNN México studying spanish.

I found a Día de los Muertos picture that I really like:

They had 12 different "La Catrinas", which are basically the artistic representations of a woman's skeleton, that were made out of different materials and were made to represent different things. This one obviously represents the importance of recycling and reducing the amount of waste we create to help keep the planet beautiful.

It's interesting how a skeleton is beautiful and funny in la cultura de México, but here they are scary.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lars and the Real Girl

This is a must-see movie. Definitely one of my favorites. Oh, what the world could be like if we embraced peoples differences and cared about each other unconditionally. I think it would be pretty amazing the things that would happen.

Prop 19 did not pass. No legal marijuana. There are good and bad things that go along with that. Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino will maintain their economies and not turn into ghost towns, but no money from taxing pot and no hemp :(

Today was Día de los Muertos. We had una fiesta en mi clase de español and everybody brought delicious home-made Tres Leches y Pan de Muerto. I was lame and brought store-bought cookies. I want to try and learn how to make Tres Leches cake because it was so delicious! I thought a lot about my cousin, who just had her 9 lbs 4 oz baby boy Beck, and her mom, my aunt Carolyn, who died almost 5 and a half years ago from pancreatic cancer. For her "funeral" everybody wore bright colors and leis made out of plumerias, her favorite flowers and the flower that my tattoo is based off of, drank lots of alcohol, and tried to remember her the best we could. That is what Día de los Muertos is all about it remembering the dead and rejoicing in the fact that we got to know and love the person. I love the idea of embracing death and just realizing that it is a part of life that has to be accepted and even cherished, because without death, new life would not be able to start.

I had a good Halloween. Evan and I dressed as convicts. I was also kinda Lindsay Lohan lol. Evan and Garrett got in lots of climbing-the-William-McKinley-statue-time in the plaza.