Sunday, September 30, 2007

The D.I. Dance

Our activities committee decided to hold a D.I. dance that started at 9. This was stupid for several reasons.
  1. We have no D.I.s in the county, and i was not about to go up to Utah to buy clothes for a dance. It should have been called the "thrift store dance" or the "Good Will dance." We have plenty of thrift stores and Good Wills in the area.
  2. The name was confusing. With a name like "D.I. Dance," it required a lot of explanation for all those fortunate souls who have never heard of Deseret Industries.
  3. I am tired of dressing up for dances. The last dance i went to had an 80's theme. I just want to go to a dance without wearing a costume. (also, none of the activities committee dressed up. It was their stupid party, and they didn't dress up.)
  4. The dance started an hour before i usually get ready to go to bed. But i went to the dance, and i participated, and now it is very late and i am not tired all because of the stupid dance that forced me to stay up late. Now i will forever be a night owl.


At least i got this great Muumuu out of it. I mean, count your blessings, right?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Who dat fly girl?


Mom celebrated her birthday in a big way this year. Not only did we decorate, but we put up great signs that said things like, "Who dat fly girl?"



After enjoying the signs for a few hours, we went to lunch, then on to The Tour of the Parks.


Our first stop was the park in downtown Paso, the one with the gazebo. I have no idea if that park has a name. We played Sequence, and mom opened her gift from Judy. I'm not in the picture, but my purse is, so i hope you believe that i was actually there.



The next park was in Templeton, the one with the gazebo. We did a puzzle. We are very intense puzzle do-ers.





The next place we went was the Atascadero Lake Park where we played Rummikub.

We had a thing for gazebos.

Later that evening Mary and i set up a scavenger hunt for Mom. One of her gifts would be found in the garden, as i'm sure you have already deduced.

The first clue read, "In the house, there's a clue beneath the mouse." (Or something like that.)

Well, the clue was really underneath the mouse pad, but under the mouse, nonetheless.

The next clue was a thinker.

One clue led to a gift in the dryer. Mom was so surprised, she popped up with her hair flying madly about so fast that i accidentally cut off her head in the picture.

There was nothing in the shed, but it was worth a look anyway.

Reservoir Canyon


Today i went on a hike that i have never gone on before. Growing up in the Cohen household, i recall many a Saturday that included a hike, so i was pleasantly surprised and a little confused to find myself on an unfamiliar trail.

i found this handy dandy website that told me how far i walked, as i really had no idea. The website also offers nice pictures and an example of poison oak.

http://www.slocity.org/naturalresources/images/trail%20guide_reservoir.pdf

TRAIL FACTS
Year-round 2.5 mile trail with bridges, waterfalls, (I only saw one waterfall) ponds, pools, cascades, and striking geological features. (I must admit the geological features were truly striking.) Enjoy wildlife and native plants but avoid poison oak and ticks, which are common.
The first 1.1 miles of the trail is shaded with easy, mostly level hiking. The remaining 1.4 miles is a moderate to strenuous (straight up hill equals strenuous in my book.) climb ascending 1300’ with little tree cover. The high point is 1,715’ at the end of the trail. Currently at 487-acres, this open space area is owned by the City of San Luis Obispo and maintained by the Ranger Service and the Natural Resources Program. Docents lead hikes throughout theyear; for details please call (805) 781-7302 or 544-1777.


This is the end of the trail. Please note the striking geological features.


My hiking friends, Kerry, Me, and Jamie. I have become a master of the ghetto rigged, timed camera shot. We had to do some quick pressing of two cameras and running to get to this position. Can you guess who actually did the running and pressing?


We found this totally cool bench that someone had built into the ground. I was too lazy to actually come out of my rock comfort to get a better shot...

video
My very first attempt at video. Mostly it is bad, but you'll get the whole scope of the thing. If you don't vomit. It was also blowing pretty hard, so you should know that was the wind, not me. By then i had completely recovered my breath.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Pouf the WOW

Today was wear your hair in a Pouf Sunday. So i did it.
I don't think i'll do it again. I'm talking to Tara on the phone. She was begging me to take a picture of the pouf, so there you go, T-Dawg.

Also, this week is the start of Week of Welcome on the Cal Poly campus, or WOW for short. This means that not only the Cal Poly campus will be overcome with people, but so will the entire town. This means more traffic, more pedestrians, and more... more of everything.
There goes the quiet summer...

But it's good for the economy, right?

The 51st Post



Thanks to more free tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I went with Tara and Mary for my 2nd trip in 2 weeks. This time I kissed a fish.




And took another picture near the big whale.



And I got to see more Otters. I am Wild About Otters.
I even found an otter charm for my charm bracelet.

In another area, we saw river otters, and river otters do a latrine dance. This otter got out of the water right in front of us, and started shaking it's booty, and we thought it was so cute, and it got it's whole body in the dance, and suddenly, we saw grossness flung from it's rear! It was shaking the poo out!

We were so shocked and could hardly believe what we saw.

We needn't stand in wonder for too long, because once the original poo-er left, another otter came up and did the exact thing in the same spot. And then another otter came to perform its latrine dance.

It was all really gross.



Tara got caught under the wave machine. She looks happy about it, though.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Garage Sale-ing

This morning i went with Tara and her family garage saleing.
I had never done it just for a good time before.
I remember going with mom a few times, and i remember it wasn't very fun. But maybe that was because i wasn't as mature as I am now.
I saw some interesting things, including a telephone-fake-ivy-ski-pole that was really a lamp. I wish i got a picture of it.

BUT, i scored some pretty great stuff:

The Sword and the Stone on VHS: $0.50
4 The Cat Who... Books: $2.00
8 plates exactly like mom has: $2.00
Hogwarts Stationary Set with Stickers: $0.50 (ha, those suckers)
1 never been opened game of Monopoly: $2.00