Monday, July 28, 2014

Lane County Fair

I am so slow at updating my life on here.  I think I need to get with it and start taking more everyday pictures (because lets face it, blog posts without pictures are extremely boring) and adding more small bits about my life.  I feel like readers (aka my family) probably want to know about some of that too, not just these events.  But for now... an event that I went to!

The Lane County Fair was surprisingly not as good as the Hopkinton State Fair.  Not as big, food not totally on par ... although not knowing everyone I saw was a plus.  I got in for free too (work gave out tickets) so it was almost like the free Hopkinton townie night.

 Anyone who knows me knows that I do not go on rides.  Fairs for me are alllll about the food.  And the farm animals.  I obviously bought this corn dog right away because I had been dreaming about it for weeks leading up to the fair.  It was just as delicious as I hoped.  A bit later I got an elephant ear -- which is west coast for fried dough.  Not as amazing because they put cinnamon sugar on it instead of powdered sugar, but fried food is fried food and it was still tasty.

Yes, that is in fact a bunny, not a ball of fluff.

 The farm animals were super cute, but the highlight of the fair was the sea lion show.  We snagged front row seats, which would've been great except a bunch of kids who were too tall to be doing it were standing along the fence in front (as you can see in the pictures).  Luckily my vision didn't get too impeded, and I got to see all their hilarious tricks -- balancing a ball on the nose included, of course.

There was no shade at the fair... and I forgot to put on sunscreen... so this happened:

Just a solid reminder to go buy some ASAP!

I'll do my best to stop procrastinating posting... which will probably mean a lot of cat pictures, so keep reading!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Apartment Tour: All Decorated!

Aside from a few small details, my apartment is completely furnished and fully decorated!  I'm sure I'll add more things to the wall as I acquire them, but I'm happy to say that I'm done for now.  It really feels like home in here now.

Here's a short(ish) video tour -- if you don't want silly commentary, watch it muted.  Or, just don't want to see it at all, I'll be posting before and after pictures soon, and that might be a better use of your time.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hippies Galore

Yesterday I experience the Oregon Country Fair in all its half naked glory. It's not what you might think of when you think of a Country Fair.  There is no country music, no cowboy boots.... it's essentially a renaissance fair plus hippies... people dressed up in fairy costumes, wearing little horns, guys in loinclothes, people with fake tails. There were face painting booths, booths with artist selling their wares, and so many food vendors -- every kind you could imagine, and of course the majority was organic and/or vegan, and tons of gluten free options.

I obviously had to buy a flower crown to fit in.  There were some amazing ones made out of dried flowers and leaves, but they were very expensive, so I opted for one made out of fake flowers.  You know, so I can wear it again ... (although I did today while I was cleaning my apartment... anything to make cleaning more fun.)

It was so visually stimulating that I definitely should've taken more pictures.  Unfortunately I realized  that I forgot to put my battery in my camera, so that was out.  Plus it was kind of overwhelming.  The whole thing in in paths in the forest in Veneta (not far from Eugene) and everything was really crowed.  Definitely a fun place to people-watch with all the costumes (and and if you were curious: we spotted at least 21 topless women and one guy's bare ass).

I definitely want to go back next year... and more prepared with more cash/expecting to spend more money, because the food all looked so awesome!  I did have a lavender cupcake (yum!) and a quesadilla, but I should have been adventurous and tried more.  Next year I might also go more in costume since I know how people dress... but I will definitely keep my clothes on, don't worry!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spencer's Butte + Alton Baker Park

Quite an eventful weekend, with the 4th of July and my first Oregon hike!

I worked overnight into the morning of the 4th (as is my usual shift)... and for once, I had a better schedule than most other people!  I was off by 8 am, in time to nap and still enjoy the holiday!

I met some work friends out at a few Eugene bars.  They were really empty -- it seems like everyone gets out of Eugene for the holiday, maybe to Portland or to where ever home is to spend it with family.  That was followed up by a delicious BBQ, because there is no better way to celebrate the USA than some hot dogs.  The girl's house is on a hill, so as it got dark we could see fireworks in the distance.

Saturday, I hiked Spencer's Butte with a girl from work and then one the wife of one of the sports guys at the station.  It's right in Eugene, and a great hike because though it gets steep, its only about a mile, and the trail is really well groomed.  And the view was fantastic.  I could obviously tell on a day to day basis that I was in a valley because I could see the mountains all around from the ground, but it was much more incredible seeing it from above.

The hike was made even more fun with the puppy we had with us.

Sunday, I headed off to Trader Joe's, but first stopped by Alton Baker Park to walk around and take some pictures.  I've been going there almost every day after work to run (yes, I did actually get to it after my last post, Nike app to the rescue) but I've only been staying on the running trails, and I wanted to explore more.  It's so pretty -- so many trees, little ponds, groomed garden areas with benches -- all nice to see in a fairly urban/suburban area.  I think most people would think it's more on the country side of things, what with all the mountains, but I'm used to living 2.5 miles down a dirt road in New Hampshire surrounded by woods... 

I definitely have to go back and explore more with my camera at Alton Baker Park.  I'm so used to there being no people seeing me on a photo adventure when I'm at home in NH, so I was getting a little bit self conscious... and trying to kneel down in a short dress didn't help.  I'll definitely dress better for my purpose next time!

And because why not, I'll end on a picture of Neville.  He's getting big!