You Are the Artist

You are unique and inspired. You aren't happy unless you are making art of some sort.

Almost anything can be a catalyst for your creativity. You find the whole world stimulating.

You have beautiful visions, and you're good at expressing them. You like people to see what you see.

You also have an inventor's spirit. You're always thinking up new ideas and concepts.

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You Would Be a Crafty Superhero

You are naturally curious and even a bit of a snoop. You like to have dirt on everyone - both enemies and friends.

You need a lot of freedom in your life. You like to do your own thing, and you don't fit into any normal mold.

Through lots of life experience, you understand the world well. You can often predict what people will do before they even think of doing it.

You tend to feel apart from the rest of the world. You don't really fit in, and you don't try to!

You are a true intellectual. You are thirsty for knowledge, and you are curious about the world.

triple digits!

Another weekend report.  Though this weekend is not over yet.  Yup, I get President's Day off tomorrow.  Which, conveniently, is also the annual free admission day at the Japanese Garden.  I have yet to make it to the garden, though I've wanted to, so this is a perfect opportunity.

So far the weekend has been decent.  I spent a lot of time working on camp stuff.  Which is good, but would probably be boring to tell you about.  I picked up the fused glass bowls I made two weeks ago.  I think they came out well.

Today it was gray and drizzly when I woke up.  According to the forecast, it was going to stay that way.  So I planned on an indoor day.  Then a couple hours later I realized it was sunny and warm outside.  Go figure.  So, change of plans, I decided to go check out Virginia Lake on Sauvie Island.  This is a little marshy lake with plenty of waterfowl and a trail around the lake.  And 5 geocaches.

I picked up the first geocache by the parking lot easily.  The other 4 were along the trail.  The first one I came too had muggles around and waiting them out didn't work.  But it's a loop trail, so I figured I'd come back to it.  The next 3 were all pretty easily found as I made my way around the lake.  I had thought about sitting to paint a bit, but by the time I got back around the lake, I realized I was really hungry.  Decided to take another stab at that one missed cache and head out.  Went to look for it, but my GPS kept bouncing around.  Then I got distracted by the reptiles that had emerged.  There was one very interesting looking lizard and several garter snakes basking in the sun.  Took some pictures and decided it was time to go find some food.

I was a little disappointed at not getting that last geocache, but not too concerned.  I had hoped to find at least 4, and I did.  And now, I have officially logged 100 caches.  Sweet!  (I've found a few more that haven't been logged, either because they were found before I had an account, or because they aren't registered on, but now I am officially in triple digits.)

Now, on to more weekend.

more weekend fun

It seems like every week there is a weekend.  Crazy how that works.  Lately the weekend arrives with me having no big plans, and then it turns out to be great.  This weekend the trend continued.

The assignment in class this week wasn't super complicated, but given the picture I chose, I think it's going to take me a while to finish.  And hopefully it'll turn out as awesome as I'm imagining.  If I can get the ivy right.  Hmm...  Anyway, I worked on my painting both yesterday morning and yesterday evening.  In between, I went back to do some more glass fusing.  I made 3 8x8 bowls.  And while it was a bit more expensive than I thought, it was fun.  I'll pick them up next weekend, so you'll have to wait for pictures.  And I worked on some camp stuff.

Having just been official director for like a week and a half, hiring is just getting started.  But this being one of my biggest worries about directing, I feeling very good about how it is going so far.  Yay camp.

Today, it was time to get outside.  The weather is back in the 40's, where it should be for a Portland winter, yet mysteriously clear and sunny, a fun surprise for a Portland winter.  I headed out to the coast, and was pleased not to find any snow on the road this time.  It was a fun visit.  I picked up 3 geocaches in 3 different spots and then headed for a 4th.  The 4th was very interesting.

This cache warned you that it was only for the adventurous sort and never for children.  It told you to bring a flashlight (because the final cache site was in complete, pitch-black darkness) and to be careful where you step (because you could fall 200 feet and die).  Interesting.  I figured I'd at least check it out and see how scary it looked.  I got to the pullout and there were, of course, muggles (non-geocachers) there.  I decided to leave and come back.  I returned to find more muggles.  I figured I'd start scoping out the site.  The instructions began by telling you to walk along the rock wall.  You'd know when you saw what you were supposed to use to get down to the cache site.  Indeed I did know.  Here is the wall:

Notice a little opening towards the bottom of that wall.  That was where to go in.  To get down there, there was a very steep slope after you climbed over the wall.  Along that slope, luckily, was a steel cable bolted into the wall:

But there were so many muggles.  And no way to do this inconspicuously.  I waited and waited.  Finally decided to pull out my travel watercolor stuff and paint.  After about an hour, things cleared out.  I started to head down when another car pulled in.  I decided to just jump the wall and start quickly.  They'd be looking towards the ocean instead of the road anyway.  This worked out.  Got down to the bottom and headed in:

Inside it was, as advertised, very dark.  It was basically a man-made cave underneath the road:

Climbing down the cable hadn't bothered me, but the cave itself was a little creepy.  There were droppings from some kind of small animals and little nests here and there.  But I had to go for it.  Walked back towards where the cache was supposed to be.  Couldn't find it.  Kept going.  Shining my flashlight all over the place.  Then, suddenly, there were eyes staring back at me.  But I quickly realized it was just a salamander and kept going.  Managed to find the cache in the end. (It was much more visible walking back towards the entrance than it was walking deeper into the "cave").

I felt very satisfied with myself.  Headed outside, about to start up the slope when I noticed more muggles.  I ducked down again for a minute until their car pulled out.  Then hurried up and back over the wall while another car pulled in.  Satisfied and sore, it was time to head home to Portland and finish up my weekend chores.

yet another good weekend

My office recently decided to have employee art on display, rotating montly-ish.  And somehow I ended up going first.  My stuff went up at the beginning of December.  This week it came down and was replaced with art by the children of employees.  So Friday afternoon, the weekend began with a reception for the artists.  That was fun.  And they've done some really good stuff.

A couple months ago, I tried to donate platelets, but my iron count was too low.  Tried againa couple weeks later with the same result.  Yesterday I had an appointment to try for a third time.  This time I was successful!

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After that I went over to Noelle's.  We played some cards, got some food, and then headed to the roller derby!  I've been wanting to go see the Rose City Rollers since moving to Portland, and I'm glad I finally made it.  There were four matches, each of which lasted about an hour.  We only made it through one and a half before my back couldn't take the bleacher seating anymore.  (And I'm definitely feeling it today.)  But it was really cool.  I'd enjoy doing that again.

Today, I am very happy to have a quiet day at home.  Got a good mix of chores, fun projects, and chill time.


This quarter in my watercolor class, we are focusing on color theory.  Most of the projects are designed to teach us something about color.  We've done one project, for example, where we painted a still life, but were only allowed to choose 2 colors from our palette (and anything we could make by mixing those two colors) to paint it.  I'm excited about this theme for the quarter.  I think it will be fun to learn.  And maybe I'll even pick up some things to pass on at camp this summer.

The other project we've done is more complicated.  When we began, I thought I'd definitely learn a lot, but I wasn't sure if I'd love the final painting itself.  Basically, it's kinda an abstracty painting (although in the one I did, you can clearly tell what I was least I think you can...).  You cut a piece from a magazine with interesting shapes & colors and glue it on your paper.  Then divide the rest of your paper into 5 sections and repeat the patterns of shapes in each section.  In the first and last section you paint, try to match the colors of the original picture as closely as possible.  And in the middle three sections, you do one in opposite hues (e.g. purple is the opposite of yellow), one in opposite values (e.g. light blue is the opposite of dark blue) and one in opposite intensities (e.g. muddy brownish red is the opposite of really bright red).

This was really fun to do and in the end I was surprised to find that I rather like the final painting too.  Sweet.

In other art-related news, for those who missed the facebook announcement, I am now officially the 2009 Art Camp Director.  I've got all kinda of crazy ideas swirling around in my head.  It's gonna be an interesting summer.

another good weekend

This weekend was a fun mix of all kinds of stuff.  I got some chores done around the house.  I did some painting.  I worked on my jigsaw puzzle (which is just about done).  I started working on my homemade disco ball, but ran short on supplies.  I watched an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.  Picked up my fused glass from class last weekend.

Yesterday morning, as part of all the MLK Day weekend volunteering, I volunteered at an event that was sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and Hands On Greater Portland.  Basically a few volunteers hanging out with a few kids (who are on the waiting list to get big brothers/sisters).  The main plan for the day was to make cards for sick kids through Make A Child Smile (the same organization that we made cards through with SHYC in 2007).  But there were some games and snacks and just hanging out mixed in there.  It was a lot of fun.

I've been having trouble finding a "right" place for me to volunteer in Portland.  I'm now thinking this might be good - becoming a Big Sister.  The commitment is about once a week for a minimum of a year.  I think I can do that.  And I think it'd be a lot of fun.  They try to match you up with someone you have shared interests with.  Hmm.  Gonna read more about it this week and maybe set up an appointment to talk to someone there.

Last night, I went out to see Jackstraw play some bluegrass at the Kennedy School with a couple friends.  It wasn't the best bluegrass I've ever heard, but it was decent and I enjoyed the evening.  Afterwards we ended up at a dive bar with a few more of their friends.  Hung out, shot some pool.  It was fun.  I ended up leaving kinda early.  After the kids in the morning (one kid in particular), I had messed up my back and really just wanted to go lay down.  Ah well.  It'll ease up in a few days, right?

This afternoon I enjoyed some of Noelle's butternut squash soup and played cards.

Now, I suppose, I'm all refreshed and ready to head back to work.  Hmm...

friendship style

Your Friendship Style is Philosophical

You take every friendship you have seriously, and you spend a lot of time analyzing your friends.

You've thought a lot about what it means to be a good friend, and you hold yourself to your standard.

In return, you expect your friends to be loyal, honest, and real. You're somewhat picky about who you're friends with.

Fighting with your friends bothers you more than most people. You can't stop replaying arguments over and over in your head.

You and an Empathetic Friend: Try to understand one another. You approach life very differently, but you're willing to listen to one another.

You and a Gregarious Friend: Are a better match than expected. You understand and appreciate your Gregarious Friend's energy.

You and an Independent Friend: Get along pretty well, but you can't help but think your Independent Friend needs to learn better manners!

You and another Philosophical Friend: Are friends for life. You can get lost in your intense, interesting conversations... and maybe even change the world together!

back in the groove

The last month, between weather, holidays, visitors and traveling, has been crazy.  It's been quite a lot of fun.  But tiring, and I was ready to get back to normal life.  This weekend felt like things were starting to get back to normal finally.

Yesterday I had my Intro to Glass Fusing class.  The one I signed up for this quarter was not canceled, thankfully.  I enjoyed the class a lot.  And glass fusing turns out to be pretty simple.  A lot like cutting an pasting construction paper.  But in the end, it comes out shinier and prettier.  This place does the firing for you, so I had to leave things there for me to pick up next week.  But having taken the class, I can come back and use all their equipment anytime I want.  I just pay for my glass and for the firing (by the square inch).  So I'm thinking of making myself a set of nice dishes or something.  Once I come up with a good design.

The rest of the day was a mix of chores and more creativity.  I started work on making a disco ball.  This may turn out to be totally lame or totally cool.  No way to tell yet.  But a lot of the old CDs I had didn't cut up well, so I'm not sure I have enough.  Hmm.  Also close to finishing a painting:

Today, I decided I ought to pretend the weather was nice and go outside.  I headed to Wilderness Park in West Linn.  I had the whole place to myself, just some hiking trails in the woods, which was nice.  But between the clouds and the tall trees, my GPS was having none of it, so had no luck with the geocaches.  After leaving there I decided I wanted to find something so headed to Leach Botanical Gardens.  I've been to this park before and knew there was a geocache there, but hadn't really looked for it yet.  The GPS was in a much better mood here with less tree cover.  This was a multicache.  Stage 1, no problem.  Stage 2 was no problem to find except that it was in an area that seemed to be marked staff only, no trespassing.  I debated for a little while whether to go in, and ultimately decided to just go for it.  Finding the final stage after that was pretty easy.  So I got to go home triumphant.  Haven't been geocaching in a while, what with all the weather.  So that was good.

Then back home to a good mix of chores and leisure.  A little netflix, a little jigsaw puzzle, a few different books.  A nice chill afternoon.

99 Things Meme

I liked this list, though it makes me think I really need to do more things.  Things in bold are things I've done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris (Paris Ball, yes.  Paris France, no.)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (maybe.  how many generations back counts as an "ancestor"?)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (do programming languages count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (though lately the topic of the book I ought to publish has come up again among friends...)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person (only saw the outside.  it was night and closed.)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee