Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kayaking Bluff Creek, Vancleave, MS








The fam and I went kayaking on Bluff Creek in Vancleave. IT was great! My first time! I've done lots of canoeing out in our canoe "ding bat" but that is always in the bayou around here. We went up North to Vancleave and spend a nice sunny afternoon taking it all in!

Horn Island in December

For those of you who have been following the blog, then you know this is my 2nd trip out to horn island this year. Erika and I went in the height of the summer and it is such a different place this time of year. So beautiful and quiet. Well, it is always that way, but in the summer the heat is so oppressive that it just seems louder. I went out with Christy and her family. We had a nice time hiking around, had a close encounter with dolphins, spotted alligator tracks and played with the kids in the sand. The above picture shows our approach. The gulf was so smooth that morning that we got out there in record time.
Thanks to Scott's friend for the borrowed boat, look how pretty she is in the morning sun.
Alligator tracks you can spot because you can see their tail line trailing in between the foot prints. Look closely to see it is this picture.

dolphins

pelican tracks
me and Liam
Halen and his sand dollar

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thanksgiving in Seattle


I had the best time in Seattle for the Thanksgiving week, my Uncle Bob and his kids in their beautiful house. Midori and I went to the Seattle Underground tour. It was great! I learned all about the history of the city, the great fire, the invention of sewer systems, and water closets. If you are ever in Seattle, you must go: http://www.undergroundtour.com/

We also, naturally, hit up Pikes Place Market where I picked up ingredients to try and replicate Frankies' fennel salad. It turned out only ok. We visited the water front and the Cabinet of Curiosities, where I saw a mummified mermaid.

We went bowling and out for karaoke! We also all went to Snoqualmie falls to take in the sights. I introduced the kids to twenty questions, kale, and nutritional yeast. We played with the beautiful kitty, and got way into So You Think You Can Dance.

We had a great meal.... Brussel sprouts, carrots and squash, vegan stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and vegan crab cakes!!! I also saw my friend Mike from college and we went to the Silence-Heart-Nest vegetarian restaurant. I would recommend it! Yum! Thanks everybody!

Fighting Cats and The State Department: NYC/DC November '09

Back in mid-November, when I was hanging with the homies in Portland, eating vegan doughnuts and taking lots of hikes in the damp North West, I was snatched away and rushed back to NY by some friends to do some work. The job was set to be in DC at the State Department in the diplomatic reception rooms. Unfortunately, the job didn't pan out but at least I was out East and ready to enjoy myself.

Here are a couple pics of the State Department. Which was interesting nonetheless with or with out the job. So seldom do us regular folks get a glimpse into the underbelly of Washington that I was happy for the chance... okay, so the chance to go through metal detectors and hand over all my identification. But, still, in addition to that, we received a private tour of the diplomatic reception rooms with its museum quality historic pieces, portraits of dead presidents, and the rights to boast countless international visitors. The Kennedy honors are rewarded in these rooms as well as any entertaining Hillary may do for foreign dignitaries.
http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/diprooms/index.html
Once in New York City, the pistol sounded and I was off meeting friends, participating in things that only happen in NY and bopping' around like a chicken. I had the best time.... vegan ice cream parlor with Laszlo (http://www.lulassweetapothecary.com/) plus Irish pub and country music with Barb. We went to the new 92nd street Y which is actually down on Hudson. There we saw country crooner Laura Cantrell. I can't make up my mind how much or little I like her, but she put on a good show and I was smitten with her song that played tribute to one of my favorites... Kitty Wells, called "Kitty Wells' Dresses". Laura is widely known for her extensive discography and her time on WFMU with her show "The Radio Thrift Shop". Other high lights were: videos from college and walking Brooklyn with Corey, short stories by Aaron, and lovely home cook meals from Melisa and Alfie both. Thank you Alfie for the super yummy cauliflower soup.A bunch of us also went to the Bell House for the Secret Science Club's Taxidermy Competition. It was insane in the truly awesome way. The guidelines seemed kinda willie nillie and people brought all kinds of things to show and tell. My favorites were the beetle dioramas. But there was taxidermy in the traditional sense, I think the winner was the piece catching a moment in time of 2 fighting cats. Those of us in attendance also got a brief taxidermy history lesson from author Melissa Milgrom (http://www.melissamilgrom.com/). Other freaky stuff was the guy who made dolls out of his own skin. Read more about the night here: http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/2009/11/and-winners-are.html.

ps: I have 4 roommates who all wear black framed glasses. Also I got a sneak peak at Emily's beautiful jewelry. Check her site: emilymirandastudio.com

talking turkeys: farm flashback


Here are a few images from the last weeks on the farm. Vegan apple pie (Allison, Shaun, Asher and I had a pie baking party for Halloween), our pumpkins, and a anti-climatic video of Turkeys.

Mini-vandals, Dream Away Wedding, the Birkshires and NYC Sept. '09

Way way over due, I am attempting to finally update the blog. I currently sit in the attic apartment at my Dad's house in steamy Southern Mississippi.

I was looking through pictures and realized I should have already shared one of the highlights of the year. The nuptials of my dear Alicia and Aaron at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, MA. (http://www.thedreamawaylodge.com/) The dream away was such a lovely setting packed with history (Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and many more have played there) and beautiful gardens. I was lucky to have my hands in them as I worked on Alicia's bouquets. It was truly the most fun and moving wedding I have ever attended. Lots of music and dancing and amazing people.Including but not limited to the mini-vandals. A bunch of us got together to share a ride and a house down in the Berkshires. We dubbed ourselves the mini-vandals due to our glorious rented mini van and our class act ne'er do well attitude. It was a lot of fun getting to know new people, getting lost and found, and tearing it up on the dance floor.

It was a whirlwind trip for me. Flight out from Sacramento into New York. Rushing to see as many friends as possible before heading to MA for the wedding.

Thanks to Alfie, Claudia, Susie, Gustavo, Drew and Val for the accommodations and great company. Melisa and I partied on a boat (http://gothamist.com/2009/09/01/bushwick_boat_dont_jump_water_toxic.php) where we got to sample Erika's awesome vegan cup cakes with her new Minor Treat baking company. The boat was docked at a secret location in Bushwick and we had to meet a van in south williamsburg and get carted in. There was live music, dancing, performance art, and screen printing among other things happening. It felt a little bit like a cool-o-meter but I still had fun and I kept singing that SNL song!! Val and I hit up one on my favorite NYC restaurants (the counter) and attended a lecture on Louise Bourgeois at my former work place: Dia.