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16 November 2009 @ 08:56 pm
Can't get this song out of my head... Also testing the Grooveshark widget thingy.

26 August 2009 @ 11:22 am

Originally uploaded by April in Autumn
Basically I'm just playing around with blog posting on Flickr, but this is a video I took when my mom was visiting. We went to Catalina island and took this little boat ride. It's basically a motorized raft. The dolphins came up so close you could touch them. I took a ton of pictures, but most of them don't show how close or how many dolphins there were. This was the first pod of dolphins. We drove out a little further and came across a different type of dolphin. I think this group was bottlenosed dolphins - either that or common dolphins. The second group we saw later, which isn't in this video are Risso's dolphins. They were kind of scary because they all came forward in this line formation.

Yeah, there are some things I'll miss about here.
02 July 2009 @ 08:55 am
I finally feel really good this morning! After a week of lethargy it's pretty nice. My roomie and I went walking yesterday for four miles and I think the exercise is what really woke me up. We also made dinner. I made a giant salad and she made pasta. It had meat in it, but I ate it anyway because otherwise it would go to waste and I'd rather eat meat than waste food.

Hopefully today we will get out at 3. We usually do when there's a long weekend. After work, I'm going to a used bike shop to pick up a bicycle! Tomorrow morning Aidee and I are going to bike to the beach and bum around and drink margaritas. It sounds sooooo nice. The beach is going to be packed this weekend and I really didn't want to drive there, but with bikes it will be nice. We can bike a little ways away from the parking and hopefully find an area not overrun with tourists and beach bums.

It's finally really summer here. Temps are into the 80s now (they've been hovering around 75 through June) and it probably won't cool down until October or so. I'm so conflicted about CA!

I think I'm going to make some of my "Get Charged" tea into iced tea. For some reason, drinking hot tea on summer mornings just doesn't seem right.

Listening to: Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
28 April 2009 @ 02:41 pm
Whenever things like the swine flu pop up I always get slightly nervous because it reminds me of the book, The Stand, which scared me more than any book ever.  I start building scenarios in my head.  I want to wash my hands every three minutes and use hand sanitizer (which I normally hate) until I imagine someone narrating ...  "As the flu spread, many people turned to products like these. [announcer shows a small bottle of Purell]  Little did they know, that this was the last step in a disaster that had been building for decades."  Then, we find out that this strain is not only resistant to instant hand sanitizers, but actually thrives in the chemicals that the sanitizers use.  Thus, we spread the disease more quickly by trying to prevent it.  And eventually we're all (well, maybe one or two of us) living in a post-apocalyptic world with dead bodies in the streets and Las Vegas taken over by a crazy man in black while we try and find an old lady in the fields on Nebraska. 

This is why I shouldn't pay attention to the news.

Listening to: Matthew Reveles - On A Freeway Overpass
via FoxyTunes   
25 February 2009 @ 10:53 am

I'm not giving up being flaky for lent.

However, I will say sorry for being flaky. 


Listening to: Matt Nathanson - To The Beat Of Our Noisy Hearts
via FoxyTunes   

23 February 2009 @ 02:37 pm
Since I have been so interested in music lately, I'm going to try and post something about music once a week.

This week is a belated Valentine's Day post. For Valentine's Day, All Songs Considered did a "lesser-known" love songs show. It got me thinking... what would be on my ideal love songs album. Well, here it is, I call it:

Songs that will make me love you
Life Less Ordinary - Carbon Leaf
 Well, I hate to be a bother, but it's you and there's no other

A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
 You're in my blood like holy wine,
 You taste so bitter and so sweet,
 Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
 And still I'd be on my feet

Josephine - The Wallflowers
 Josephine, you're so sweet you must taste just like sugar
 And tangerines.

Love You Madly - Cake
 I don't want to wonder if this is a blunder
 I don't want to worry if we're going to stay together 'til we die

Dear Prudence - The Beatles
 The sun is up, the sky is blue
 It's beautiful and you are, too

Head Over Feet - Alanis Morrisette
 You held your breath and the door for me

3 Rounds and a Sound - Blind Pilot
 My eyes were dark 'til you woke me
 You told me that opening was just the start
 It was

Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine
 They will see us waving from such great heights,
Come down now, they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
Come down now, but we'll stay

Piazza. New York Catcher - Belle and Sebastian
 I love you, I've a drowning grip on your adoring face
 I love you, my responsibility has found a place

Of Angels and Angles - The Decemberists
 There are angels in your angles
 There's a low moon caught in your tangles

I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
 You and me have seen everything to see
 From Bangkok to Calgary
 And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
 It's nothing to cry about
'cause we'll hold each other soon

Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
You're a part-time lover and a full-time friend

If I Ever Leave This World Alive - Flogging Molly
 So in a word don't shed a tear
 I'll be here when it all gets weird

Some of these may not exactly be love songs - and some are more breakup songs, but they still make me have warm fuzzy feelings, which was the point of this list.  Now, I'll have to make another one called Songs that I listen to after I realized you just used a sentimental mix tape to get me into bed...

The podcast that inspired this can be found at All Songs Considered: Lesser-Known Love Songs.

ETA: Here's a playlist of the songs using seeqpod.  Since Josephine wasn't on there, I added a bonus track, Samson by Regina Spektor.

SeeqPod - Playable Search

Listening to: Band Of Horses - Detlef Schrempf
via FoxyTunes    
24 January 2009 @ 10:19 am
This is trying to be a cross between a Robin and a Rosie post. Let's see how it goes. :)

Last weekend it was hot. It was about 85 and I was sick of sitting at home just being hot and lazy. Also, I've been working at work and my internship more than should be necessary so I wanted to take advantage of the 3 day weekend. I have to work Saturdays and then the organizer for my knitting meetup couldn't go to the meetup on Sunday so I agreed to run it. This meant all I had was from about 1 PM on Sunday to Monday evening to have a weekend. Well, I decided I was not going to give up on it.

When I woke up on Sunday, I was looking outside my apartment window at a playground, a parking lot and tennis courts.

When I woke up on Monday, I saw this:

more under the cutCollapse )

If you want to see more pictures, there are a couple of more at my flickr.

I bought a National Park Pass because I definitely want to go back when the trails are open in Spring or Fall. Also, my roomie wants to go the Grand Canyon which isn't too far and I want to go to Yosemite.

Hopefully more adventures will be posted soon!
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
28 December 2008 @ 06:44 pm
A 2012 to do list per the Paws and me (and possibly Brian).

2. Learn to shoot (esp. shotguns)
3. Befriend rednecks
4. Start commune / eco-village
5. Stock up on yarn and buy spinning wheel. Also, learn to spin.
6. Stock up on heavy objects to throw through store windows
7. Watch Survivor Man and post-apocalyptic movies
8. Start survivalist library
9. Read 2012 books.
10. Move to a sustainable survivalist location (perhaps Minnesota)
11. Have some seed packets
12. Hone bartering skills (in Mexico?)
13. Say often "I'll be the one to come to when the apocalypse hits!"
14. Stock up on perscriptions for the rest of your life
15. Divert river or use water purification, whichever is easier
16. Stock up on oil with fuel perks from GE
17. Buy van
18. Build bomb shelter
19. Learn skills such as fishing, hunting and wood-carving
20. Keep a supply of knives
21. Tape favorite tv shows so you have something to do
22. When possible use cabins used for Underground Railroad so nobody knows about it, such as in Hardy Boys books
23. Get more rabbits (per Mrs. Durda)
24. Avoid renewing Mayan calendar
25. Get a list of anti-venoms and poisons
26. Get a first-aid certifications
27. Learn canning and also how to make alcohol
28. Get an axe
29. Bring your towel
30. Get guard dog
31. Keep house well insulated
32. Get off the grid
33. Try not to die before then or after

An extra for this year: Watch 2012 special on 1/4/2009 on the History Channel

Add your own resolutions in comments.
Current Mood: prepared for the apocalypse
Current Music: MST 3000
27 November 2008 @ 07:59 pm
Dude, Karoke Elton John on Thanksgiving might just make this my favorite Thanksgiving ever.

<3 so much for my Geekitude friends.
25 November 2008 @ 05:28 pm
I want to do a rain dance. It has been cloudy today and people are saying it is supposed to rain tomorrow and tonight!!! There is even a 50% chance of thunderstorms.

I feel slightly bad because rain will mean mudslides in the places there were fires, but I really really really want it to rain!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful