Hardcore Pepperocini

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

"I'm always looking for running partners, but they always seem to run away. I wonder why that is?..."


San Francisco was a great big bunch of fun. It was great to hang out with Jacob, and it was great to have conversations that didn't abruptly end every 10 seconds. (Stupid cell phones). I would love to write out every little detail, but I don't have the energy or memory to do so. But take my word for it, I had soooooooo much fun.

Anyways, remember that checklist of ours that I mentioned? Well, here are the things that we managed to check off:
-Union Square, Castro, Pier 39, Twin Peaks, Mt.Davidson, Ocean, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, RiceaRoni, Mission Street, Market Street, Cheesecake Factory, Pez Museum, Pacifica, My (Jacob's) House, My (Jacob's) Parents, Old High School, Performance (Jacob's), Colonel Rumsey, China Town, North Beach, Marina, Fisherman's Warf, Pyramid, Live Music Show, Golden Gate Park, Haight Street, Party Pizza, PAC Bell Park, Les Mis, Full House Houses, Japanese Tea Garden

And here is the stuff that we only HALF checked off, and the reasons for the lack of the other half of a check:
-Alcatraz (Saw it, but only from far away)

-Bay Bridge (Saw it, didn't walk it though)

-All Cool Buildings (Apparently there were more cool buildings that we didn't see)
-Museum (We didn't actually go inside)
-Palace of Fine Arts (We drove by it)
-Musical (We went to the place an asked about it)

Um, yeah... I'm really tired, so I guess I'll just go through my pictures and use those for blog inspiration. This will be very tid-bit-esque... oh well.

We were wandering around downtown and Jacob suddenly got excited and pulled me into a shoe store saying that he had to show me something "really cool". I was a litte confused, because, um, it was a shoe store, but I followed him, and look at the sign that was hanging on the wall!!!

Then we went and saw some of the cool buildings. There was this big pyramid one and we wanted to go to the top. We went in and Jacob asked the guy if we could and the guy looked right at Jacob and said "Never". I thought that was funny. I wanted us to get fake mustaches and go in again, but then we decided that was probably one of those "better in theory" ideas.

By the time Saturday rolled around, (yes I know I skipped some days but I'm tired), we were losing some of our gusto and became a little bit more chill. We played piano for a bit and then headed off to... drum roll please... THE PEZ MUSEUM! I was highly entertained and the people that worked there loved my last name. (Duh). I could've spent a long time in there because it was so cute, but we were just killing time while we were waiting for our breakfast slot at a nearby diner, so we were only there for about half an hour. It was very cool.

Here is what the first Pez Dispensers looked like:

And here is what the first Pez Ad looked like:

Here is a Pez Dispenser that was like a Mr.Potato-Head. It was quickly removed from the shelves when people became worried that the parts would be too easy for kids to choke on:

I'm not sure what I think about these:

It was definetly a very neato-cheeto place. It made me feel like a very happy poodle.

"Fisherman's Warf" was on our checklist, so we set off in that direction after breakfast. We misjudged our location just by a LITTLE (and by a little I mean not-so-little) and parked kinda far away from our final destination. I actually didn't mind though, because it gave us lots of time to walk and it was really nice out. I was worried near the end, only because I didn't want Jacob to be late for his performance, but for the most part I was enjoying the walking around and enjoying the day.

Afterwards we walked VERY fast back to Jacob's car and got back to his place just in time for him to get ready for his performance. He had to get there early so I sat in his car and talked on the phone until the concert started. It was really good and the music was very pretty and relaxing. I was sooooo tired from our day though, and I felt so bad for Jacob having to stand up and sing after our hectic day of (literally) running around. After the concert we went back to his room and did a whole lot of nothing, since that is all we had the energy to do.

The next morning, (my last morning), was totally chill. We spent hours just hanging out in Jacob's room, playing music, listening to music, and being stupid, which are three of the things that we do best. It was a very nice, mellow morning. We still had some unattended boxes on our checklist, one of them being to go see the "Full House" houses. Jacob got on Mapquest and got the directions. Which means it should've been simple, right? Wrong. Mapquest lies. We got lost. This may have been the one part of the trip where we were NOT on the same page. I'm not sure if Jacob appreciated my picture-taking and giggling while he was trying to figure out where the hell we were. He tried to smile and act like he thought I was being cute... but I'm not sure I bought it. I mean, yeah, I guess I should've helped read the map, but my digital camera is sooooo much more fun!

We did finally find the houses. Although by the time we did, all we could think about was food. So we looked at them for about one minute, then headed off to find food.

We had dinner at a really pretty restaurant that overlooks the bay. At that point we were both in serious need of food and I think I was on the verge of eating the tablecloth, so we were very happy once the food arrived. We were there for awhile, talking about random stuff. I was getting a wee bit sad because I knew I only had a few hours left, but I was trying to not think about such things. The view was really pretty with all of the blustery rain outside.

Then we wandered around and looked at the little shops. I bought a little pin that says "All Trash, No Trailor", and Jacob got a really cool bumper sticker.

After we finished wandering, we headed back to Jacob's place to get all of my stuff together. Then we made a quick run to Safeway so I could stock up on Power Bars for the train, then we drove down to Union Square, where I was going to be departing. Jacob sat at the bus stop with me and out of nowhere I was hit by a wave of exhaustion. I could barely keep my eyes open. My bus came right on time and I was the only person boarding at that stop, so Jacob and I really didn't even get a chance to have an official "good-bye", but I guess that's good because I was tired and probably would've got all wishy-washy. The train ride went by pretty fast, probably because I was so tired and slept for a big portion of it. I got back to my apartment a little before 11 PM.

In a nutshell, (help I'm in a nutshell!), I had a splenderific time. Thanks Jacob, it couldn't have gone any better, and even though I'm tired, I feel more rested than I have in a long time. Not sure how that is possible with the whole "tired" thing, but, oh well... yay for good times.

Next stop... Alaska

Thursday, February 23, 2006

"The space between what's wrong and right is where you'll find me hiding, waiting for you..."

-Dave Matthews, The Space Between

Hi everybody. I'm in San Francisco!

I pretty much came here on a whim. Incase you aren't up-to-date with my life, I'm unemployed. I was origionally supposed to be working until February 28th, but then the store closed on the 7th. However, I already had my Cleveland audition to attend to, and my tickets were already purchased to go see my Sister-face in a week. I looked and looked for jobs, but the few people that I actually talked to all said that they needed someone that could start right away and that wasn't going to be gone for a week (aka my Alaska trip) while they were supposed to be training.

So, long story short, I'm in San Fran to visit Jacob because I figured this is my only chance to get to see where he lives, and we discovered that train tickets are very cheap. My train ride was VERY long, considering that it would've been long anyways but then it was also delayed by 5 and a half hours. Ugh. It was very frusterating. But as soon as I got here the frusteration was gone. I'm having so much fun. I feel like this is the closest thing to a vacation that I have ever had. This must've been what it was like for Katie when she visited me in Seattle. She didn't have to go meet a million people, and she didn't have anywhere she had to be, so she just got to enjoy the city. That's how I feel. San Francisco isn't like I thought it would be. There is something kind of surreal about it. I'm not sure how to explain it... maybe it is just surreal to know that Jacob lives here because I picture him as an Ashland kind of guy. And this place is NOT like Ashland!

Right now Jacob is at his night class and I figured this would be a perfect time to blog. So here is a recap of the last 48 hours.

Like I said, the train ride was LONG. But it was also kind of fun. All except for the portion of the ride where I was trying to sleep. I was trying to sleep on a somewhat normal schedule so I wouldn't be off when I got here, but my knees were sore from all of the time that I had spent on the plane the day before. So I didn't get any quality sleep which is never fun. We only got to step off of the train once, and it was only for 10 minutes, but at least it was in Portland, so I briefly got to say hi to my favorite place in the whole world. I took this picture before I stepped back on the train.
Union Station

I wandered to all of the different train cars and met some really cool people. The guy that worked in the dining car was very cool and he gave me free coffee! I had a bagillion power bars with me for hunger, but my coffee needs had been unfulfilled until then, so that was great. Then I went to the car that serves as the lounge and I started working on my cross-stitch and everybody seemed to be amazed by that and I met one really cool lady and we talked for a long time.

After the longest train ride in the history of the world, I arrived in Emeryville, where I then transfered to a bus that would take me to San Fran. I called Jacob and told him that I was FINALLY coming, and then once again, I was off. And I saw my very first palm tree! Believe it or not, my bus didn't break down or anything, and less than an hour later I arrived safely at Market Street. I called Jacob and he was just getting on BART. I told him that I was so hungry that I might eat my hand and he told me that there was a mall right where I was that had a food court. I was standing right in front of it, so I figured I'd give it a shot. But OH MY GOSH the mall was HUGE! Like, 7 or 8 floors! I was afraid, so I went to the Nordstrom Cafe which was right inside the doors and settled with a scone, and I sat on the bench and waited.

Shortly after, Jacob arrived and I was mucho happy-o. We took BART back and then walked to Jacob's place. I was still really hungry, so we walked to Safeway. I bought Rice-a-Roni because, duh, I have to eat that when I'm in San Francisco! And I bought 4 Party Pizzas because Jacob has NEVER EVER HAD A PARTY PIZZA. EEEEEE!!! So yeah, I bought those, and Jacob bought blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and bananas. What a weirdo. We went back to his room to put the food away, then immediatly left again to drive down to the ocean to watch the sunset. It was soooo pretty. I hadn't been to the beach since 8th grade! I had forgotten how great it is. Then Jacob had to go to his night class and I stayed in his room and took a nap, then talked to Jessica on the phone until he got back. Then, FINALLY, the moment that I have been awaiting for what seems like a million years... Jacob had his very first Party Pizza.
Jacob's Pizza Party

Then we went to Pacifica, and once again ended up at the ocean. We went on a hike up a big hill/rock thing, that I totally don't know the name of. Whatever it was, we hiked to the top of it and sat on a rock and stared out at the ocean until we were too cold to sit there anymore. It was so pretty and so quiet, and good thing that it was cold or I might've fallen asleep there because I felt so peaceful and poodle-ish. We hiked back down and then Jacob drove me around and showed me the house he used to live in and his old high school and all that stuff, and it was really fun but we were both SO tired. So we came back around 2:30 AM and went right to sleep. I was so tired that I didn't even remember to take out my contacts! I have NEVER been too tired to take out my contacts! Hmph.

I think I slept until 9 AM this morning. We both wanted to get up and out as soon as possible because we have a very long list that we made of things that we need to do. We have been checking them off as we do them, but we have a long way to go! We watched some of Les Miserables and ate more berries and played piano and then headed off to the Golden Gate Bridge. We were both very amused at the various signs on the bridge that display the number to the suicide hotline. I understand that those signs aren't meant to be funny, but... oh well.

We walked to the end and back of the bridge, stopping at the end to sit and enjoy the view. It was a pretty long walk, (I think to the end and back was a little less than two hours including our rest at the end), but it was so nice. Its been a long time since I've seen this much sun!
me and statue

Then we... what did we do? Oh yeah, went to Haight Street, which reminded me of Oregon's Hawthorne Street, and walked around and got some food. (Don't worry sister, I only spent $4.00)! We went to some random shops, then took off to see Golden Gate Park. We were there for two or three hours, we saw some gardens, went to the observation tower, and found some fun little trails. It felt soooo good to be out in trees and dirt and flowers. Don't get me wrong, I love the city, but everyone needs a break sometimes.

Then we went to Mt. Davidson, which Jacob has told me about numerous times, so I was anxious to see it. We walked to the top and the view was amazing.

We walked up to the big monument that is at the top. I already have forgotten what the monument is for. But what I DO know is that Jacob and I had TONS of fun playing with my camera and our shadows!!! Good thing we are both easily entertained, or this whole "lack of money" issue might be a problem!

After we walked back down to the car, we drove to the beach JUST in time to watch the sunset again. Then we came back to Jacob's and he headed off to his night class shortly after.

We're both really tired, and hungry because we keep forgetting to eat, but I'm having so much fun. Too bad I have to return to reality soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"Always moving suits me fine, I catch my breath when I sleep..."

-Kasey Chambers

I got back from Cleveland last night. The whole trip was long. I'm happy that all things related to grad school are done. I'm burnt out.

Oh, and GAMMIE, (I made that bold for dramatic effect), I tried to call you last night!!! I called your house number and it just kept ringing and the machine didn't pick up, so then I called your cell and left a message even though I have a feeling that won't get to you.

I guess I could've included this is an e-mail instead of my blog... but I have to multi-task folks!

Here is a fun survey from Meagan. Enjoy.

1. Initials:

2. Name someone with the same birthday as you:
-Not sure... I seem to be remembering that Clark and I share a birthday. (Sister, is that true?)

3. Favorite fruit?
-Strawberries, covered in chocolate. Mmmmm...

4. For or against same sex marriage?
-For. Life is so short, why stop people from getting married if that's what they want to do?

5. Are you allergic to anything?
-Um yeah, I have this teeny-tiny allergy to penicillin.

6. Are you bisexual?
-Everybody is. Its the new black.

7. Have you ever slept in someone elses clothes?
-Of course.

8. How many U.S states have you been too?
Counting layovers? Um... Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, Michigan Arizona, Texas, Cleveland... I think that's it.

9. How many of the U.S states have you lived in?
-2, unless you count Michigan, and then that's 3.

10. Have you ever lived outside the U.S?

11. Name something physical you like about yourself?
-My eyes

12. Something non-physical you like about yourself?
-I really am happy with myself. I mean, I have a million flaws, but who cares? :)

13. Do you have any pets?
-I miss my baby-Ernie-nose.

14. What is your dream car?

15. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
-I've always wanted to see the Swiss Alps.

16. Have you ever had someone of the opposite sex sleep over?

17. Are you bipolar?
-Isn't everybody?

18. What dream car do you want your husband/wife to drive?
-Husband? Huh?

20. Where would you want to go on a first date?
Somewhere simple, like a very inexpensive resteraunt, or hiking... something natural where you can just relax.

21. Would you date the person who posted this before you?
-I think that could make things between Meagan and I kind of awkward. And it would probably make things awkward between Mike and I as well.

22. Has anyone ever sang or played for you personally?

23. Ever been kissed under fireworks?

24. Do you like president Bush?

25. Have you ever bungee jumped?

26. Have you ever been white water rafting?
-Yep, but not since my frosh year at SOU.

27. Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?
-Probably. I don't mean that in a conceited way, I mean that in a "I attract creepy guys" way.

30. Are you racist?
-everyone's a little bit racist (I'm sticking with Meagan's answer, and one day I plan to write a whole blog about this. Living in such a diverse city has made me realize that I do view races differently, which is sad, but interesting).

31. What song are you listening to right now?
-"Since You've Been Around" by Rosie Thomas. (Sister, e-mail me and tell me what Rosie Thomas CDs you have/don't have so I can bring you mine and you can burn them)!

32. What's your favorite song at the moment ?
-Oooh mannnnn... I have a million, (literally), but I guess I'll stick with "The Trapeze Swinger". But seriously, I have a million potential answers to this question.

33. What was the last movie you watched?
-Don't remember... I think it was when Amber and I watched "Little Women" a week or two ago.

35. Where was the last place you went besides your house?
-The Dallas airport.

36. Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property?

37. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex?
-Only in play.

39. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
-Eyes, arms...

40. What's ur fav. body part on the opposite sex?
-Eyes, arms...

41. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
-Black Coffee, no room for cream. (Ew, Meagan, when you put "fuzzy water" I pictured moldy water) =/

44. Say something totally random about yourself?
-I miss camping.

45. Do you have an iPod?
-Yes, and his name is Franklin!

46. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
-Yeah, but not on a constant basis or anything.

49. Do you have freckles?

50. Do you like someone right now?

51. How tall are you? 5'9" or 5'10". I think. Its been about three years since I've been measured.

52. Do you speak any other language other than english?
-Music. (Good answer Meagan! It IS like another language)!

55. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

56. Has anyone you were really close to passed away?

57. Do you watch MTV?:
-No, but only because I don't have cable.

58. What's something that really annoys you?
-I could list many things here... the first thing that comes to mind are people who can't eat their food without making un-necassary noise. Grrr...

59. What are some things you really like?
-Having poodle-friends, piano, coffee, food, long walks, great music.

63. Do you know how to pump gas?
-No, but this reminds me of a funny story. And guess what? I'm going to tell it to you! When we were doing Les Mis in Redding (CA), I was riding back to Ashland with Sean, the bass player. It was past midnight and we stopped to get gas and we were both really tired and momentarily forgot that we were in California. So we were just sitting in his car and bitching about how bad the service was for a good ten minutes, and then we realized where we were and felt stupid. Then we laughed for a long time. The End.

64. Do you drive?

65. whats the latest you have ever stayed out?
-All night, many times in Ashland.

66. Have you ever thought that you were honestly going to die?
-When I had my penicillin drama, I remember being really scared that I couldn't breathe, but my mom was so calm that I think I felt secure that I would live.

67. Have you ever been dared to do something you didn't want to do?
-Yeah, but I didn't do it.

68. What's your favorite state to live in?
-As much as I LOVE Seattle, I think I'll always hold Oregon as my first and only true love. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"They should quit, coffee's bad, makes you crazy, fucking mad, but they say in defense (with a pause for suspense) it's the stuff of the gods..."


I need help! I am officially 100% addicted!

In this last month when I was working 30-40 hours a week and practicing until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore (literally), I resorted to drinking wayyyy more coffee than I usually do. I usually drink two cups in the morning, and that is enough. However, as a result of me upping my dosage in the last month, I am now experiencing constant withdrawl headaches. I'm trying to only have my two morning cups and to not give in to my headache's cries for help, but I'm not doing so well with the whole self-discipline thing, and it is getting worse every day.

Does anyone know an effective way that would help me get back down to being satisfied with just my normal two cups in the morning?

Please, send aid fast.

You are a Black Coffee

At your best, you are: low maintenance, friendly, and adaptable

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you can get your hands on it

Your caffeine addiction level: high

Sunday, February 12, 2006

"If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I'd walk very slowly towards a water fountain..."

-The Little Prince

It has been an odd sort of week... Tuesday was my last day at work and it is a very strange feeling to not have to get up and go to work in the morning. Even when I would have "days off", I would almost always get called in to work. So the concept of waking up and knowing that I won't be going to work is very strange. Hopefully I'll be able to get a job and start working right after I get back from Alaska. Hopefully...

In other unemployment news, Amber quit her job a couple of days ago, so we are doing this unemployment thing together! She has been unhappy at her job for a long time for a variety of reasons and just couldn't take it anymore. The end result is that Amber and I have seen eachother more in the last few days than we have in the last few months, and I'm really not kidding. A couple of nights ago we watched girly movies as Amber quilted and I did cross-stitch. It was great. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing "great" about not having a job and having to worry about bills and rent, but its nice to be able to spend time with Amber when we're not both run-down and exhausted. Our apartment is a mess right now. Amber just started a new quilt, I started a new cross-stitch project, we are both catching up on massive amounts of laundry, and one of us always seems to be painting or drawing.

This morning, Amber and I went to a Unitarian church that is in the University District. It is the first Sunday since we have lived together that we both weren't working, and it seemed like a nice idea. It was really nice, the whole service was focused on the environment, and they read The Lorax, which made me happy. We came home afterwards and Scott and Rebecca arrived shortly after. Then the Pookies and I went to the Spaghetti Factory and had yummy food. I've been spending the rest of the day playing piano, doing laundry, and cleaning my room.

That's all. Bye.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

"One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bonafide stupidity there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork."

-Edward Abbey

I promised that I'd write about my UW audition, so here I am. It went very well, as good as it could have gone. I had a wave of adrenaline that made me kind of shaky, but that was actually comforting because that is what usually happens to me before I play, and that didn't happen in Canada. So it was a relief when my hands started to shake and when my heart rate began to slightly speed up. I went in the office and there were several faculty members, and the energy in the room was great and I felt very comfortable. I played a little bit of each piece, and although there were a few wrong notes, it was a great experience overall. If nothing else, it was fun.

After my audition I went home and took a shower, ate chocolate, and watched Sleepless in Seattle with Amber-nose. Then I headed off to the Pooky-Palace to spend a wonderful evening with Rebecca, Scotty and Will. We watched My Cousin Vinny and had a grand old time being the crazy-faces that we all are.

Will arrives, the fun begins.

We put in the movie, ate some chips, had some drinks, and the fun continued.

This morning we woke up and lazed about for awhile and did a whole lot of nothing. Yay, I need to "do nothing" more.

Here is me feeding my addiction:

Here is Will coming out of the Christmas Tree:


As we got ready to go, we took a few pictures. Because, well, that's what we do.

Then we piled into the car and headed off to find breakfast.

Apparently Everett considers Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday and wasn't in the mood to keep any breakfast places open. So we went to the mall where I work and ate upstairs and played with our digital cameras until I had to go to work. And man, did we have a good time...