Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Flashback

If you can, try to ignore my beautiful face. This post isn't about it! It's about the sign hanging up behind me. My mom was and IS awesome...she would wake us up in the morning in time to do what ever we needed to do. The time was never the same, and often mom would already be in bed before we had a chance to think about when we wanted to be woken up. So we hung a little reminder in a place she wouldn't miss it.

This picture was taken the summer between 8thgrade and 9th grade. I remember because my friend Mary was visiting from Texas (I think this is the last time I saw her!!).

Anyway. This sign says "Erika and Mary u at 6:45, Sara up at ?"

Sign hanging was constant, and usually in this same spot, the light in the dining room. That light is no longer there, but I will be sure to have a paper-pokeable light hanging over my table when I have kids someday! Or not... becuase I amd NOT a morning person. ;-) love ya mom!

Latest Doodle

Click the picture to see more of my latest doodle.....

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


43/365, originally uploaded by airrikajswan.

read carefully.... my bff found this!!! how cool!


*This photo is for the 365 Days Group. A group where you take a self portrait a day!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Made the News Again

My new goal is to get on the news in every city and state except the one in which I live ;-)

Stupid People

Actual questions asked of National Park Rangers
(From the May 1995 issue of Outside)


* Was this man made?
* Do you light it up at night?
* Is the mule train air conditioned?
* So where are the faces of the presidents?


* Are the alligators real?
* Are the baby alligators for sale?
* Where are all the rides?
* What time does the 2 o'clock bus leave?


* Did people build this, or did Indians?
* Why did they build the ruins so close to the road?
* Do you know of any undiscovered ruins?
* What did they worship in the kivas - their own made up religion?
* Why did the Indians decide to live in Colorado?


* How much of the cave is underground?
* So what's in the unexplored part of the cave?
* So what is this - just a hole in the ground?


* Where are the cages for the animals?
* What time of year do they turn on Yosemite Falls?
* What happened to the other half of Half Dome?


* Does Old Faithful erupt at night?
* How do you turn it on?
* When does the guy who turns it on get to sleep?
* We had no trouble finding the park entrance but where are the exits?


* What's so wonderful about Wonder Lake?
* How much does Mount McKinley weigh?
* What time do you feed the bears?
* How often do you mow the tundra?

My Morning Stroll

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Britney, the Real Comeback This Time?

Will you watch Britney on "How I Met Your Mother?"
I'll probably catch it, or clips online later.
Free polls from

I'm a Britney fan, even if she is crazy. I also like How I Met Your Mother... so I can't wit for it!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dolla Dolla Bill Ya'll

Dolla Dolla Bill Ya'll, originally uploaded by airrikajswan.

I asked the cashier if it was real when she gave it to me! lol.

High Waters

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I HATE how my 100 level electives are harder than my 300 level class in my area of study. BLahhhh for memorization.

Anyway... seeing as this is my last exam, I have pulled out all the tricks of procrastination i have learned in the last four and a half years.

Things to look forward to: The bar, immediately following my exam tomorrow!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

'Working' on a 'sick' 'move' with my 'IPod'

I'm on call tonight. Pretty dang bored. I have to do "desk duty" on my on-call nights in the student housing facility I work for. My desk duty was pretty quiet... but we had a program at 11pm. We had free pizza and fruit for late night studiers. We do our programs in groups and compete for who can get the most people to come. I'd say we had a good 40-50 show up (way more than other groups). We ran out of food in literally 5 minutes. What do they expect us to do on a $100 budget?!

Anyway. I'm taking a break from life to update my blog - which in my opinion hasn't been to exciting lately. I've only had time to toss up the occasional quick picture (Flickr is my new addiction). I've been busy with the whole three job deal and an internship this past quarter. Its been hectic. Too hectic. I haven't been sleeping well, and now I'm getting sick. Blah.

On to good news. My LAST exam ever is on Wednesday night. I can flippin' wait! I hope that when it is all over I will have more time to write in here. I love the blog world. I hope it is something I continue to do. I just need more motivation! Hopefully more free time will give me that! Plus it is always good to have something to look back on.

My move date to Arizona has been moved up a whole month. I will be leaving Cincinnati early May. I'm really excited and even MORE excited to document my way there. If I have the money... Which I probably won't... I would like to take my time and sight see.... but we'll see. I hate money and how it restricts me!

There is so much more I want to write but my eyes are rolling back into my head from pure exhaustion. I can't keep my eyes open any longer. Goodnight!!

Oh... and try not to be jealous of my new IPod.This picture is part of my 365. self portrait a day for 365 days

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Blizzard '08

Looks like we got about a foot of snow... I've been avoiding the outdoors since yesterday!

Friday, March 7, 2008

One Scoop of Vanilla please

One Scoop of Vanilla please, originally uploaded by airrikajswan.

Please, Sit and Have Lunch With Me

UC canceled classes for the first time this year.

Friday Flashback

The house I grew up in was a ranch. My sister lived in the basement... the side farthest from the stairs. When she, or anyone else hanging out in the basement had a phone call we let them know by stomping on the floor and yelling "PHHHHOOOOONNNNNEEEE."

We also communicated through the laundry shoot.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


I hate school
I hate papers
I wish I was productive
god help me
I dont have anything to put here anymore either
oh so dull

and I apparently dont practice punctuation anymore

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Anyone have suggestions on how to put audio into a blog post? I jsut want something simple... and free to do.

Any ideas??

Monday, March 3, 2008

Big Macin' It

Originally uploaded by airrikajswan
So my computer has a built in camera... and there are some fun effects in the program! lol I love the top left one.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Bored at Work

Bored at Work
Originally uploaded by airrikajswan
Doodling might be my oldest new addiction. Follow the picture link to fickr where you can then see a larger size... you can seemy "zip" and everything...


This doodle was done at my RA job. I was staffing a desk. funnnn.

He's More Creative Than Me!

uhh whatever floats your boat.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

NoName City

NoName City
Originally uploaded by airrikajswan
Did I mention I doodle when I'm bored? ... I think I have... :-)

Click on the picture to see more detail!

Brand Spankin' New

So I'm back to my oh so very missed computer world. My HP finally died. It lasted a good 5 yrs. I guess that is pretty good as far as this life of a computer goes? I am now using a MacBook. I love it. I just can't figure it all out! Hopefully it will come quickly. It only took me an hour to set my homepage on safari ;-)

The only thing that I don't like is that I click X and it's not really gone is it? the task bar at the top is still there... :-/ maybe I just can't figure it out! lol.