Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Oh, so you think I should have a real post here?  Yeah, well I've got 4,000 more words to write and I'm using all of my brain power to come up with them... (hopefully less by now. check the counter on the right and you'll see where I'm currently stuck)

NaNo ends soon and then, with a little recovery time and a week straight of sleep I'll be back to normal. Or, since I won't get that week straight of sleep, I'll be semi coherent and that should be good enough, right?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pheasant Explosion

We took a chilly Thanksgiving Day hike in the Columbia Gorge. The perfect way to work up an appetite. It was cold and damp, but the wind wasn't too hurricane-like and the sun even broke through the clouds for a bit. First time we've seen it in a week!

 We tromped through the leaf carpet and forded a couple of small impromptu streams and then scared a pheasant. It burst out of the ground cover right in front of us in a flurry of beating wings, which made me scream out loud; I'm not even going to lie, only afterward did I remember that there were small children with me who were probably traumatized by my screaming, not the interesting bird they never even noticed because of the crazy lady hyperventilating and scaring every other animal far far away for the remainder of our hike.

So goes my effort to NOT pass on my phobia to my children.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Living in the Matrix

This may look like a quiet time mess but don't be fooled. This is a well planned, carefully executed procedure and she WILL notice if you move even a single sheet of paper.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sauvie Island

While we're well known for getting outside in the rain, when we get the opportunity for a dry hike we take it!

Off we went to the island where we tromped in the mud, watched some fishermen, and scared all of the birds for the multiple bird watching groups that arrived after us.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Missing November

So...I've been a little quiet around here, I know.  Remember last November? Remember that silly thing I did called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)?


Totally doing it again this year. It's better than last year. It's still crazy. I'm trying to put out a consistent 2000 words a day. I'm getting up at 6 every morning (except for the days I go into work, then it's 5:30.)

I'll be back later. Until then, enjoy the blog blurbs. Maybe they're more up your alley anyway...there's a lot to read out there.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Each to her own kind

In desperation I took my two wild animals to the zoo to commune with their own kind. It totally helped soothe the savage beasts.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just Put A Bird On It

I asked my mom and dad to pick up some napkins for me. This is what they came back with. Either they're trying to help me work through my phobia OR they had a good laugh imagining my response.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Flock of...Exotic Birds

For weeks The Princess kept asking to be a puppy for Halloween. So boring, a puppy..."Are you sure you don't want to be something else" I asked. No, she was insistent on a puppy. Until 2 weeks before Halloween.

Enter the new request, a double request because she knew exactly what Sweetpea should be as well.  "Mommy, I want to be a parrot and Sweetpea will be a flamingo."

And that's how I, hater of birds, got roped into making TWO bird costumes.

Everyone laugh long and loud...that's what you get for thinking puppies are boring.

Current costume count: Squirrel, Parrot, Flamingo 

Bets on next year's costume choices will open January 1st, 2013.