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We went out to the coast today to celebrate Lauren’s birthday and it was awesome! There are more pictures on facebook but these are just a few that I was pretty proud of.

Lauren’s friend Sarah (who is visiting from Alaska this week) was a marine biology major so she got to tell us all about the non-fishy animals like urchins and sea cucumbers and stuff. But my favorites were definitely the sea otters which were just the cutest things ever. We got to see them being fed and grooming their coats with their cute little paws. There was just a lot of cute.

The ride back with a little scary because it was dark by the time we got about halfway home and it started to rain, then REALLY rain, then we were on a really pot-holed road and then it started HAILING. And then it all stopped. 

But we made it home safely and a round of pumpkin pancakes closed off the adventures for the day.

My first alcoholic purchase!! It’s an Angry Orchard Hard Cider but it is APPLE GINGER FLAVOR which basically means yum.
Classes started up for me on Monday- it is weird being back in school fulltime and working at the same time but I’m adjusting. I’m taking Anthropology of Popular Culture, Caribbean Societies, and Intro to Folklore. I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest traditional student in that last class, at least I am for the discussion section that I am in. 
Sorry for the blurry photo, I had to take this from my laptop because pretty much all I can do at the moment is roll around on my bed. I’m taking a Crossfit PE class and even though we’re doing minimal amount of work for Crossfit I’m still sore beyond belief. Like, everywhere. We mostly focus on the fundamentals and form and technique for the first half of class, then do a short warm-up and a workout focusing on the skill we learned. 
Also, Fall TV shows are back (for the most part)- hoorayyyy!!

My first alcoholic purchase!! It’s an Angry Orchard Hard Cider but it is APPLE GINGER FLAVOR which basically means yum.

Classes started up for me on Monday- it is weird being back in school fulltime and working at the same time but I’m adjusting. I’m taking Anthropology of Popular Culture, Caribbean Societies, and Intro to Folklore. I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest traditional student in that last class, at least I am for the discussion section that I am in. 

Sorry for the blurry photo, I had to take this from my laptop because pretty much all I can do at the moment is roll around on my bed. I’m taking a Crossfit PE class and even though we’re doing minimal amount of work for Crossfit I’m still sore beyond belief. Like, everywhere. We mostly focus on the fundamentals and form and technique for the first half of class, then do a short warm-up and a workout focusing on the skill we learned. 

Also, Fall TV shows are back (for the most part)- hoorayyyy!!

After! You can’t really tell but I dyed it too (the same reddish color I usually do). It all short in the back with some layering. I’m pretty happy with it!

After! You can’t really tell but I dyed it too (the same reddish color I usually do). It all short in the back with some layering. I’m pretty happy with it!

Before…
and….
wait for it…

Before…

and….

wait for it…

It is time for Eskimo Kimber because it is 1am and Loki just barked at something but I am in the apartment alone soooooo I’m left with the options that he was either barking in his sleep (which has never happened before) or something is here to do me in.
Since I don’t think I’ll be sleeping anytime soon perhaps it is time for a little update; I had a very nice Labor Day Weekend full of movies and delicious foods and the end of season 4 of Doctor Who (Lauren’s watching it for the first time). Tomorrow is back to my regularly scheduled programming of work and class. Class is going super well, I still really really enjoy it but this is the last week. I’m about 80% done with my final project (a comic and paper about the stylistic choices I made). It is definitely a little disconcerting that Fall term is coming up so soon but I’m not worried about not having enough “summer” after this last summer class ends. At this point I am so close to the end I just want to power through and be done with it.
"It" being, you know, my college degree and educational career as far as I have planned.
no big deal.
Okay, it has been a good 45 minutes since the last bark alarm so I think I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more now. Goodnight :-)

It is time for Eskimo Kimber because it is 1am and Loki just barked at something but I am in the apartment alone soooooo I’m left with the options that he was either barking in his sleep (which has never happened before) or something is here to do me in.

Since I don’t think I’ll be sleeping anytime soon perhaps it is time for a little update; I had a very nice Labor Day Weekend full of movies and delicious foods and the end of season 4 of Doctor Who (Lauren’s watching it for the first time). Tomorrow is back to my regularly scheduled programming of work and class. Class is going super well, I still really really enjoy it but this is the last week. I’m about 80% done with my final project (a comic and paper about the stylistic choices I made). It is definitely a little disconcerting that Fall term is coming up so soon but I’m not worried about not having enough “summer” after this last summer class ends. At this point I am so close to the end I just want to power through and be done with it.

"It" being, you know, my college degree and educational career as far as I have planned.

no big deal.

Okay, it has been a good 45 minutes since the last bark alarm so I think I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more now. Goodnight :-)

Ugh textbooks can be sooooooo boring these days (that was sarcasm right there). The top picture is the textbook (for all intents and purposes) for my comparative comics class. I put the image through a comic book filter mostly because it obscured the text but also because comics. The teacher for my class is a 4th year grad student and seems super cool in addition to being knowledgeable about the subject which is just awesome. There is a ton of reading involved but obviously it is all comics which, for me, are way easier to immerse in myself making it a lot easier to spend a few hours reading without actually realizing how much time has passed. Oh and on Thursday we get to go to the library’s special collections section and look at all of their original comics and Uncle Alan you would love this class. PLUS for the final project we either have to write a 6-8 page paper (eh) OR create our own 3 page “graphic narrative” with a 3-4 page write-up about the stylistic/ formal choices we made. I’m obviously really excited to do the second option, the only thing I’m worried about is actually doing the drawing for it because as most of you know, I’m not the artist in the family. But I’m giving it my best effort and she reassured me she’s not grading on aesthetics so much as the application of the things we learned in class.

Okay, sorry for the class rant but I’m just obviously really excited about this :-)

In other news I saw a butterfly on my walk home today, gave directions to 3 different people on the bike paths and took Loki on a mini-run!

You see, that just seems so much less exciting than the fact that I GET TO DRAW A COMIC FOR MY FINAL. Ah well, I didn’t choose the geek life, the geek life chose me.

Loki and I went on a walk today! We saw many things as you can see in the first picture which I took during the adventure, he barked at a few dogs and let two small children pet him very nicely! The little boy asked what his name was and when I said “Loki” he hesitantly asked “Like… like in Thor??”

My little geek heart beamed.

On a similar note today was the first day of my “Comparative Comics” class. I will go more into detail about it tomorrow but overall, so far, my impression is as follows:

awesome

All in all a pretty routine first day back into real life- work, class, dog-walking, oh and a trip to the mall for some (super cool!) patterned tights and plain white tee (my last one got stained). In fact I think I would have to say the most unusual part of my day is what you can see in those last two pictures. Loki and I walked by Autzen and I got to find out how they keep the cement sides so clean (normally because of how wet constantly it is here there’s some mossy green stuff that grows on pretty much any given porous surface)- power washers and cherry pickers! 

What a job, right?

The most notable part of my day today was the train ride I took from Martinez, CA to Eugene, OR. I took both of these pictures after we had already entered Oregon. Unfortunately because of the grime on the windows all of my pictures came out a little fuzzy looking but in these two cases I really liked how it changed the tone of the images.

The train ride itself was fine despite the fact that the attendant in our car was training (I think). I slept a lot more than I did on the way down which was nice and got some pretty spectacular views. However, once I got back into Eugene reality started to kick me in the pants a little. The baggage claim was slow and inefficient which normally wouldn’t bother me but at this point I was extremely road (rail?) weary and quite a bit dizzy. I finally got my bag and found Lauren who very graciously drove me home but was infuriated to find that my bike had been stolen, yet again while I was away on vacation. It isn’t a huge deal because I do walk to work most days and once school starts the bus will be running regularly but obviously having something stolen is never something pleasant. In addition to the weariness of traveling I was feeling it was not the best homecoming.

But I’m doing better now- looking forward to cooking up the massive amounts of veggies we have in our fridge from the CSA box and trying to get excited about the prospect of work early early early tomorrow morning followed by class. Looking on the bright side of my stolen bike it’s one less thing I have to get rid of to prepare for The Big Move… I just would have hoped to have it for my weekend shifts during the school year :-/

This is actually from yesterday but because I was on a train back to Oregon I couldn’t find any WiFi to post it.

The Russian River is one of my all-time favorite places. I am so happy we made it out there for this trip and even happier to have shared the time with my family. There is just nothing quite like swimming against the current in cool river water, literally surrounded by trees, then running up onto the shore and wrapping yourself in a warm towel and standing on the rocks that manage to radiate their own heat because they have been in the sun all day.

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