Sunday, January 31, 2010

H-E-L-L-O She's Alllliivvveee!

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I've been in bed the past four days hacking up my lungs... Coughing so hard sometimes I feel like my eyeballs are going to pOp out. The medicine is finally starting to kick in, but I think this cough will be around for a while. Bronchitis and asthma just don't mix well - recovery takes a little longer.

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And with the exception of yesterday, I've been babysitting throughout the whole thing. Of course I tell the parents I'm sick... but they seem okay with it, I guess they really don't have any other options. It sucks for me though!! The more I'm up and moving, the more I'm coughing.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know.... yes, I am still alive! And... I'm off to babysit overnight tonight :-/

Postcrossing Sunday - Russia


Distance: 10,023 km (6,228 miles)
Travel time: 27 days

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - Estonia

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Distance: 9,060 Kms (5,630 Miles)
Travel time: 19 days

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old Smokey

While driving home from the quilt show yesterday, I looked up at the snow capped mountains and a song popped in my head.

This the song...



Mmm... You can't tell me spaghetti doesn't sound delicious right now.

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Anyway, the version above is the only one I know.... but apparently it is a parody of a "On top of Old Smokey" a song by The Weavers in 1951. (I think our family for whatever reason started The Spaghetti song with "On top of Old Smokey." It seems we were a bit confused... then again maybe I can't remember right... Or maybe I just never knew the words!)

Hah, It seems as though I have gotten a bit sidetracked on this post. My point is --> LOOK! The mountains have SNOW on them!!!

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Sorry the pictures suck. I was in the car ;-) and OMG that song is going to be stuck in my head forever.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dinosaur Eggs

While exploring the backyard today, I came across something very interesting.... Dinosaur eggs! I kid you not. Here, have a look for yourself!!

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...but then I took a closer look and noticed this strange stuff falling from the sky.

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What is this wet stuff? Could it be...

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It is!

Rain!!!!

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Sure, it makes the skies gloomy and my days a little less exciting.... but we do need the stuff. This is the DESERT for cryin' out loud. We can always use the rain.

I must admit, I'm actually glad to have something besides a cactus to take a picture of!

The rain can be quite beautiful. Especially at night.

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...and the longer you leave your windshield wipers off... the more the world begins to look like a giant watercolor painting! (don't worry, I was parked in a parking lot.)

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OOOO, Ahhhhh.

...and yes, I was kidding you with the dinosaur egg. It was just a we rock of course ;-)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book Review

Holy cow I haven't read a book since AUGUST. Something must be wrong with me! Getting back to it though. Here is a "review" of the book I just finished. For more book reviews, follow the link at the top. Warning - I read for pleasure and entertainment. I do not claim to read thought provoking hard hitting intellectual books ;-) <--aaaand I wrote that before finishing this book! ha.

Title: As Simple As Snow
By: Gregory Galloway
Pages: 320

Book Description:
A mesmerizing labyrinth of art, magic, cryptic codes, and young love that sparks the imagination and teases the mind-an arresting first novel about a young man's quest to unravel the puzzle his missing girlfriend may (or may not) have left behind.

Anastasia (Anna) Cayne is a complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles and affectionate mind games, who spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and her energy and enthusiasm explode his quiet universe, revealing a world of Houdini tricks, strange art, covert messages, and ghost stories-although her past remains an even bigger enigma. Even so, he couldn't be happier.

But a week before Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind nothing except a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions.

Determined to find Anna-to comprehend what happened, and why-he begins to retrace their past five months together. Soon the fragments of events, conversations, and letters (and new messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations about friends, about family, and especially, about Anna Cayne. And perhaps these revelations will solve the puzzle of Anna's disappearance, whether it was her own invention, or is simply another of life's great mysteries.

My Thoughts: Can I just say... WHAT THE FUCK!? Okay, the book was decent but there was no good resolution in the end. You are left with many unanswered questions. A lot of this book has to do with Anna giving cutesy little letters and clues to her boyfriend (the narrator) to figure out... blah blah blah.

Well... at the end of this book there is page that makes no sense and a website. Apparently there are clues throughout the book that you have to pay attention to and put together. Well guess what? I JUST WANTED TO READ A GOOD BOOK. I don't WANT to have to do extra shit to find out what the F* happened. What a waste of my F*ing time. There should have been a disclaimer. In my case it could have read "lazy ass people who want to know what happens in the end - don't bother!"

Since I'm assuming no one will read this book, and this really won't mean anything unless you've read it.... I think the creepy art teacher killed Anna and hid her body in that ugly ass art sculpture.

ARGGG. WTH!

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Sorry about all the FUCKING cussing. Love you mom.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Forecast

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With a weather forecast like this, I decided it was appropriate to shed some light on this upcoming gloomy week. Here is a beautiful picture I took while out and about last week!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Way of The Cross

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I finished a multi-cache today. It took a total of 2 caching days to complete. It involved gathering numbers off a sign, completing a sudoku, putting together a snake cube, and even a little addition. It was rated a 4 for difficulty and a 3 for terrain - so the find was worth it!

Here is my question for all you geocachers out there. A multi with puzzles at each stage.... should it be listed as a multi cache or a puzzle cache ?

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Postcrossing Sunday - Thailand

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The stamp must have fallen off in the mail :-/

Distance: 13,945 Kms (8,665 Miles)
Travel time: 23 days

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Apron

Remember the aprons I made for Christmas presents?

Well, they have been put to use lately!

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And they look so darn CUTE.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

All Creeds Chapel

Yet again, caching brings me to another neat location. I've always known Sanctuary Cove was there... but I wouldn't have checked it out if it weren't for a nearby cache.

As you walk the trail to the cache, you pass the All Creeds Chapel.

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It is a tiny little chapel - But so cute.

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The also have a small outdoor chapel area.

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The views are great too. It would be an awesome little wedding spot.

I continued the path to the cache, then did a quick scramble up the lichen covered rocks.

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The cache was a nicely stocked ammo can. I traded a Podcacher episode I burned to a DVD for some cute little stickers.

After signing the log I went to work on a multi. I don't do many multi-caches but for some reason this one has been calling my name! The first part involved getting some numbers off a memorial plaque and then using the numbers to find the second stage. I found stage two and brought a copy of the sudoku that was in the cache home with me (I hate those things). I now have the numbers for the next stage and hopefully will be back out there for the third stage soon!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Three Finds

I went across town for some caching today. The caches ended up being farther away than I thought... So in order to beat rush-hour on the way home, I only grabbed three.

The first two I got were at a little man-made fishing lake.

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A lake is an unusual sight here in Tucson. Ducks too.

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There is a cache in the middle of this lake under water.... you have to have a boat though. No swimming or wading allowed. Anyone want to lend me a little boat??

The next cache was an a different park and it ended up being a DNF. I think I missed it because I was looking for something bigger. I didn't really read the cache pages to prepare myself today! ...It was one of those days. At least there were some pretty flowers on the way there ;-)

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I didn't want to end the day with a DNF, so I walked a little farther and made a find. Luckily, it was big enough for a geocoin I had. That thing was driving me nuts! It was attached to an 8.5"x11" laminated and folded piece of paper. It was obnoxious! I was glad to get rid of it.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Postcard Discovery.

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I know some people have a hard time finding postcards to buy... I'm seem to be lucky, they are everywhere here! We have them at our local Walgreen's, The UPS store, Walmart, and every once and a while a gas station (more so, the truck stop ones). I think Cracker Barrel might even have some - though I haven't been in there to look. I'm also always buying a small handful whenever I go to a park with a gift shop.

If you can't by postcards around town, you can try online. People often sell '"lots" of them on eBay - if you go that route though, be sure they are blank cards. Lately I have been visiting the Amazon website looking at postcard booklets... there are so many and they are so tempting to buy. The only problem is... you can't get a booklet of 30 or so for under 10 bucks When you figure in shipping, that is too much in my opinion.

Okay, so the reason I'm writing this post is to tell you about another place I found to look for postcards. Your used bookstore! I went in today to browse and happened to come across a bundle of individual cards on the counter. I decided I'd ask about all these postcard booklets I've been looking at online. Score! They had some. I ended up buying three booklets. Two were $5 and the other one was only $1! I probably should have haggled about the price on the two more expensive ones, because all of the books were 30 over-sized postcards... but I was still happy to go home with 60 postcards for $11 bucks. They are in absolute perfect condition - it sure beats 10 bucks each!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Twitter

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I've gotten pictures on the news before... Now my tweets are making it ;-)


The Question was "What is your favorite dive resturant?


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Picked up my glass chili today!

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Okay, now for the not so artsy-fartsy picture..

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I kinda love it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Postcrossing Sunday - China

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Distance: 12,137 Kms (7,542 Miles)
Travel time: 27 days

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chili Festival

Chili mugI ventured downtown for the Sonoran Glass Art Academy's Chili Festival today. It was a small scale festival, as their facilities were not that big. It was 15$ to get the door... but you got this cute little cup and all the chili you could eat. However, an hour or so into it, I heard they were running out of chili! It was advertised on the news, so one would expect them to be prepared for a crowd.... Lack of chili didn't worry me though, it was too spicy... and well, I prefer my chili on noodles!

I really wanted to blow some glass, so I forked over the money and blew a glass chili. I was kind of disappointed though because I didn't get to "do" much. I couldn't even turn the stick by myself. I could understand if a kid was doing it, but sheesh. I did get to do the blowing part, and help bump up the shape of the chili a little. I'll be able to pick it up Monday - right now its cooling in a 900 degree oven ;-) (See finished Product HERE)

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I also made another little chili. This one required some scoring and breaking glass. It was way more hands on. If I would have done this first - I don't think I would have paid to do the other thing. They advertised it as a "Make and Take" chili... but in all reality - you can't do the take part until Monday!

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The little white thing won't be there when it is finished. It is there to allow the glass (it's the chili stem) to melt over it and leave a little loop for a string.... Somebody will be getting a handmade chili ornament next year for Christmas!! ;-)

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Overall, it was a good little festival. I think they could have been a little more prepared and ready, but it was the first year they've done this. As long as the activities change a little (who wants to make a chili every year?) I'd definitely go back. Some of their classes look interesting too. I may have to sign up for some when I have a better cash flow!

Friday, January 8, 2010

365 Project

If you've been reading this blog you know I tried a 365 before. It was a self portrait one - and I failed miserably.

Well, I'm trying it again. There are quite a few geocachers/bloggers out there taking a stab at it this year, so I decided to join in. I'm definitely not doing a self portrait one this time around though!

Anyway. I decided to make a little announcement here on the good ol' blog in case any of you were interested.