Monthly Archives: June 2012

Simpsons Khlav Kalash: The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

The beauty of WordPress is that you can see what people search in order to get to your site. I saw “Simpsons Khlav Kalash” on the list and just had to see for myself how this actually happened.

And there I am! Amazing.

Swiss Miss

Currently wishing I was in the Swiss Alps.

I nearly made it down the mountain with that cow’s bell–which would have been the best souvenir–but I felt bad and left it. The size of bell reflects the quality of the milk produced by the cow i.e. biggest bell equals the best milk (or so I was told).

Parapenting over the Bernese Alps near Leysin Switzerland.

Every morning the clouds would roll in from the valley floor, floating over me while I lay in bed. Breathtaking.

That’s when the wanderlust really set in.

Hopeless Romantic: Both Sides Now

I’ve been using Pandora for all of my musical needs as of late due to all my music disappearing from my comp. Surprisingly, it’s not that big of a deal, and actually I prefer Pandora. I have different stations for different days, times, and activities,  etc. My nighttime station is usually Edith Piaf or Iron and Wine. Miss Joni Mitchell makes her appearance on the latter, and it occurs to me that she–especially with Both Sides Now and A Case of You–is the ultimate artist to listen to if you are a true hopeless romantic. This thought process was probably sparked a couple days ago when my dad showed me this video. If you are a true romantic, you will at least tear up.

Hair Therapy

For the past week or so I’ve been feeling dull. This transition into our Oregon “summer” aka small bits of amazing blue sky and sunshine followed by several days of doom and gray gloom is dragging on a little longer than I would prefer. I needed a little pick me up. I walked into Bishops–an ultimate northwest hipster salon of sorts–and totally lucked out because Roxy was working.

Bishops is the type of place where there are weird Coney-Island-Like murals and artwork on the walls, and the stylists most certainly fall into the hipster category by meeting at least 4 out of the 5 criteria: 1. listens to alternative indie/folk music, 2. wearing black + something vintage, 3. at least 1 tattoo, 4. fake readers, or thick plastic glasses, and 5. probably rides a bike. Automatically meets criteria if facial hair is modeled after historical figure or hair is dyed color that is not naturally occurring such as teal or lavender.

Created by two tween girls residing on “the unit.” Mostly a commentary on the staff working but it basically applies to all hipsters.

I told Roxy I needed a hair intervention stat. Yes, a little dramatic but whatever. Do recall that it was not too long ago that I was somewhere in between the horse girl hair and Cousin Itt stage, no longer channeling Brook Shield’s Blue Lagoon locks. After suggesting some caramel highlights, Roxy started her magic. Did I forget to mention that Bishops serves free Miller High Life “The Champagne of Beers,” while you get your coif cared for? I was thoroughly enjoying my cheap day at the hipster spa. A little beer, some caramel highlights for the summer, a nice shampoo and scalp massage, with a few layers to boot. *Sigh, sooo relaxing.

Et voilà!

I am so ready for some fun in the sun!


City on a River





You say tomato, I say bruschetta: Men vs. Women


Life is Swelly.

Clarity: Climb The Mountains & Get Their Good Tidings

Maybe where there’s clarity of air, there’s clarity of thought. -Chet Huntley

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. -Vincent Van Gogh

So, let go, let go
Jump in
Oh well, what you waiting for?
It’s all right
‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown
So, let go, let go
Just get in
Oh, it’s so amazing here
It’s all right
’cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.

-Frou Frou, Let Go

Long and Luscious vs. Horse Girl Hair: Cheveux de Cheval

There is a very fine line between having long healthy hair and having what I like to call “horse girl hair.” Don’t get me wrong, I grew up riding horses and still enjoy a good trek with friends from time to time. There’s nothing quite like cantering in the woods near Mt. Rainier when the suns shining down.

However, there are always 1 or 2 girls who REALLY enjoy horses–horse girls–so much so that they want their own mane to match their equine equivalent.

Perhaps it’s a matter of feeling “connected” to their horse (read friend). Or even some inner horse girl fashion standard that I’m not aware of. The point is, that a person should never be confused with a four-legged beast, and I hate to say it, but I was getting too close to this point for comfort.

When I start to wear my hair up more than down, it’s probably time to consider a cut or at least a trim. I was channeling a combo of Cousin Itt and a horse girl. AHH!


So I got a trim (4 inches) but I’m not totally satisfied. It’s just a little boring…

Maybe I should channel a little horse hair and go for the ombre look. After all, horses had this style long before any celebrities made the grow-out look popular.