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14 August 2008 @ 08:06 pm
I don't really know why I was thinking about this today. It's a weird thing to randomly remember.... Maybe it's because we're going to my grandma's house on Sunday. The last family get-together before my cousin (Amy, who's 9 months older than me) heads off to Idaho for college. I don't know.

But anyway, today I was thinking about back when we made rabbit stew. When we were little whenever we were at Grandma's we made what we had dubbed rabbit stew. No, we were not out hunting rabbits and making dinner. Rabbit stew was made for the rabbits, in a way that only a group of little kids can do. We would take a pot, fill it with water, then proceed to throw in whatever we could find and somehow associate with something a rabbit would eat. It would start simple enough. Grass, of course. Then we might shred up some dandelions, and other plants we could find. When we ran out of the basics, we would start using our imagination. Finding rocks, dirt, etc. and pretend it was something else.
It's funny to think that we could do this EVERY time we went to Grandma's. For YEARS we would do this during every family gathering. And somehow, every single time it was fun. A pot, some water, grass, dirt, rocks... And over and over again, we'd have a blast.

Between rabbit stew and the litter of kittens that would be there without fail... Grandma's house was always a great place to be. Oh yeah, and can't forget visiting Snuffy! Getting one of the adults to take us down to The Finger.... Though we were allowed to go down to Snuffy by ourselves for about as long as I can remember. Oh, and back when the Old House was there we could sometimes get an adult to explore it with us..... And can't forget the barn! Whatever happened to those great haystacks?

I miss those simple times... Yeah, we still love going down to the pasture. And yeah, we'll go hang out in the barn, maybe feed the cows... But I don't think it has the same thrill it used to. What happened? And what ever happened to rabbit stew?
14 July 2008 @ 06:17 pm
I was watching Ret play with his tennis ball today, when something occurred to me. Ret is somewhat of a tennis ball snob.
He seems to know the difference between a good tennis ball (the real deal), and ones bought from the pet store or Walmart. He prefers the real deal, and even seems to take better care of them. He's got a good tennis ball right now, and he hasn't even started chewing it apart, like he does the cheap ones.

My first year on campus I used to walk by the tennis courts to go back to my dorm, either from class (when I had a class in Peavy) or from eating at West. Sometimes I would walk that way from Nash, too. One day no one was at the tennis courts, and there was a lone ball in the middle of the field. I was always wary of picking up the balls when people were around (didn't know if they'd come claim them when they were done or not), but this one was abandoned, so I took it. I gave it to Ret the next time I went home. That was his favorite ball. Numerous times my mom thought it was lost for good, only to have Ret show up with it a day or two later. Even with other balls around (the cheap ones... Three packs you could buy at Walmart for 89 cents) he would track down this one ball.

A ball in Ret's collection has a lifespan of a week tops if he has constant access to it, and maybe a month or two if I only let him have it at the park.
The good ball he has now he has had for 10 days, and it shows no signs of wear or tear.

I know they make the good ones better, but I don't know... I don't think that's the whole story.
My dog is a tennis ball snob.
Current Location: apartment
Current Mood: amusedamused
19 June 2008 @ 01:25 am
Tonight was eventful.
I don't think I've really said anywhere that this week Connie and I are at a training for surveying bats. Pretty neat stuff, actually. I've been having a blast.

Tonight we went up a BLM road to do some field work (we do field work every night). We were up at a pond, with lots of cow poop around it, and trees that have been dead longer than I've been alive (burned in 1990).
I started off helping set up acoustics stuff. I didn't expect to like it as much as playing with the bats, but it was pretty cool stuff. It wasn't long before I was dragged away to help at the nets though. Having only caught one bat before tonight, I was needing more practice at the nets. So I got to hang out down there. My first bat of the night, a Myotis evotis was a real stinker. I was doing OK until it decided it wasn't amused, and decided to chew on my finger. Didn't break skin or anything, and I've had my rabies shots, so not a big deal, but it spooked me enough to lose track of what I was doing, thus making my task that much more difficult.
We did get it out, though, and up to the processing table. The early rush was over, and we were left sitting by the nets waiting. I ended up grabbing some acoustics equipment and using it down by the pond. Got a couple of calls from a light-tagged bat, so hopefully those came out (we know the species of the light-tagged, and so they can potentially be used as references).
I ended up being called across the pond, since they were having more success. Of course, by the time I got there they had finished getting the bats out, and I wasn't needed. We stayed over there for a bit though, and while we were there, saw what I thought at the time was an orange light-tag. Connie informed me that she saw sparks, but I still thought it looked like a light-tag... Until Joe informed me there were no orange tags that night. So meteor it was. Big bright orange glowy meteor.

I ended up having two bat catches today (both evotis), for a total of three for the week (my first was an evotis as well). I have one more chance tomorrow, and handling the bats really is my favorite, so that's my plan for tomorrow. I'll probably start at the nets, then head to processing when things die down a bit at the nets. That's my plan, anyway. We'll see how that goes. Tomorrow is our last field day, so it'll be my last chance for a bit to play with these little guys. They really are fun, even when they are angry at you.
Current Location: Hines, OR
Current Mood: tiredtired
14 June 2008 @ 09:05 pm
It happened last year too, but still... I'm not used to this whole people leaving thing. I know it's a good thing, I know, but still... Things are changing, and I'm not very good at that. There are people I wont see around campus next year. Wont work with, wont sit down (or stand around) and talk with... It's a change.
And I can't deny being a bit nervous too. I've gotten quite comfortable with our leadership team, and how we do things, and now I'm going to have to get used to another team... Yeah, yeah, it's good for me. I know. But can I at least be nervous about it?

Here comes change. I'm going to miss a lot of people but... Here we go. Graduation is tomorrow, and Connie and I will probably be on our way to Burns. Good luck, everyone. Change is among us.
Current Location: Apartment
Current Mood: tiredtired
07 June 2008 @ 08:49 pm
If I had gone to high school, or I guess stayed in high school, I would have graduated on the 30th.
Or... Actually I would have graduated today, since I would have been going to Cottage Grove High School.

If I had stayed in high school, today would have been graduation.

I wouldn't have been scootering down the hill with Ret, going to a BBQ.
I would not have my apartment.
I would not be on leadership.
I would not have had the two awesome years at OSU that I have had.
I would not be the "non-trad-non-trad" student that I am.
And there are so many people that I wouldn't have ever met...

Well, I guess I would still be starting at 17. I guess that sort of counts as "non-trad-non-trad".

So many things I would have missed out on, staying in high school. But then, what did I miss?
Does it matter? Apparently I've missed it. Oh well. I've gained from it too. I have my awesome apartment, great friends, and have had two awesome years at OSU!

There is one thing I can be sure of. If I had stayed in high school, I would be starting at OSU next fall. Either way, I have landed myself at OSU for the 2008-2009 school year.
I suppose you can argue that I can't know that. But there is not doubt in my mind that regardless of whether I graduated high school or not, OSU is where I belong.

So tonight I will ponder for a bit what my high school graduation would have been. I'll wonder what if.
And then I'll spend some time rocking to SCC's song "Miracle of the Moment".

"It's time for letting go of all of our "if only"s, 'cause we don't have a time machine. And even if we did, would we really want to use it, would we really want to change everything?" (Miracle of the Moment ~ Steven Curtis Chapman)

No, I don't think I'd want to use it. There are people I would never meet, things I would never do... Things I would lose. And not know I lost, I suppose, but still.... Sometimes I wish I could go back, and see "what if", but I think that's because of the mental block I have put up on high school (the whole depression thing really did freak me out). Yeah, what if. What if I had given CGHS a chance?
I don't know, but I don't have a time machine, so no use in dwelling on it.
Current Location: Apartment
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Saturday was the worst. It's actually cooling now. It's supposed to rain again tomorrow. It'll be welcome for a bit. It's been a bit warm for me. I was at the coast most of Saturday, so I missed most of it, but when we got home, it was about 20º warmer inland, and that was brutal.

I'm really just typing this because I am bored.
Current Location: Wilkinson
Current Mood: boredbored
04 May 2008 @ 02:56 pm
Do you believe in ghosts? If so, have you ever seen one?

Not really, but I may have seen one...
I know, that doesn't make sense, but I may have seen the ghost of Arnold Arms when I was taking my Math 111 final. I thought I saw another girl sitting next to me taking a test, but no one was there.
But at the same time I don't really believe in ghosts.
Current Location: Apartment
Current Music: Look At Me Now ~ Sixwire
04 May 2008 @ 02:49 pm
My apartment complex has a car wash area. Well, I don't have a car, so that's useless to me.
You know what I do have? A dog! I don't need a car wash area, but a dog wash area... That could be handy.

Well, I know where Ret is getting his baths for the rest of the summer!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Somebody Like You ~ Keith Urban
30 April 2008 @ 02:31 pm
When was the last time you drove out of town?

... Never. I can't drive.
Current Location: Wilkinson
21 April 2008 @ 11:14 pm
Boy, what a day. At work the amount of requests we had in our queue doubled (many of which were because I was the only one in the office for a while..). I got a headache again in invert bio. Third week in a row I got a headache in the afternoon! I'm on a roll! I took some advil during GEO though, so I didn't have to want to shoot myself in COMM 111, where listening to my professor is an almost guaranteed headache anyway.
After COMM I headed to Nash, since I had an evening midterm, and didn't feel the need to go home inbetween. And guess who was there??? My chemistry buddy! I haven't seen her since last school year! We always sat together in chem, talked with Nafshun afterwards, and walked in the same general direction afterwards together, so it was pretty cool to see her again.

Well, after that I just had... Multiple hours... To kill. So I did that. Had dinner at West. Mmm... Chicken strips. And then took a midterm. I actually feel alright about this one, too!

Coming up: quiz in invert bio lab tomorrow, speech on Wednesday. Next week has COMM 111 midterm on Monday and GEO midterm on Friday.
Yeah, there's a lot going on. It's a bit hectic, and I think my three weeks of headaches is a sign that I might be getting a bit stressed, but you know, I don't really feel it so much.... And my neck usually gets weird from stress long before my headaches start, so I'm really confused by the whole thing.
Well, it's been a long day and I'm beat. Time to crawl into bed, and sleep as late as I want, since I rarely sleep past 8:30 anymore! Comes from working at 8:00 three days a week. And I don't have to leave home until 12:30 tomorrow, so that's a really nice plus. Means I can work on my speech in the morning..... Uh, yeah. Still need to do that.
Current Location: Apartment
Current Mood: tiredtired