Ashland Trip!

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:55 pm
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So my parents have been going down to Ashland pretty regularly since I was a teen. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is located there. It's basically a town that is all Theatre district because of it. Which means lots of great shops, food, and theatre. The festival runs from February through October, and so we went down towards the end of the festival, which means we missed one of the shows. But we got to see the other 10. Most days we had two plays each, but it was worth it. This is all these people do, so it's always good theatre, even if it's not as great as some of the other plays. They do a mix of Shakespeare, Shakespeare-related, experimental theatre, and nowadays they have one musical from Broadway, done in their style.

Last year, for my birthday, my parents offered to take me down with them this year. As I hadn't been down since before I was employed (and even longer before that trip), I of course said yes.

We left Sunday, and took our time going down. We left Seattle around 11-ish, and got down to Portland shortly before supper time. We wandered around and found the world's smallest park, Mill Ends Park. Afterwards, we wandered around until we found a place to eat, then headed off for Powells, and spent the rest of the evening there.

Monday morning we got up, had a small breakfast, and then went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which had the Pompeii exhibit going on.
Some shots from the exhibit )

Drove down to the Oregon Outlet mall and shopped that day, then drove again to Eugene, where we stopped at Smith Family Bookstore, then went to the Oregon Electric Station for dinner. We stayed across the freeway in Springfield that night.

Then Tuesday morning we got up, drove down to Medford, and picked up a scooter for mom to use in Ashland. And then we were on our way to Ashland.

Recap of my time in Ashland )

The next morning, we packed up and went home. We stopped in Cottage Grove for lunch and found a place with great pub food and a craft soda menu. I went with something called "Dang That's Good Butterscotch Rootbeer." It was delicious. We got back to Seattle sometime after seven, had supper, and then they dropped me off, whereupon my cat began to complain at me that I had been gone for a whole week. And has only finally calmed down today.

It was a great trip, and I really want to go back next year because they're doing Othello, which is my favorite play, and also the Book of Will, which is about the making of the first folio. We'll see if it happens. Maybe I'll try to talk sis into it, just the two of us, or something.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:25 pm
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Sorry I've been so quiet, everyone. I fell out of the habit of posting regularly over at Insanejournal, so I'm working on getting back into the habit.

My birthday was great. My parents took me down to Ashland, Oregon, to the Shakespeare Festival there. It was fabulous, and I will make a post on that shortly (have to go through the few photos I have so I can share them with you all without showing people, because I do try to separate my fandom and personal spaces). Got back to work Tuesday and had a ton of great gifties from co-workers (mostly chocolate, which I made myself sick on), and have been trying to catch up on all my sites ever since.

I also got my Loot Crate box this week, which I finally picked up on Friday, so I will share those shots with you now, because I loved this box.
Many images of Loot Crate Goodness behind the cut )

As I said, this is definitely one of my favorite boxes. :)

Stay tuned for photos of my trip down to Ashland, and some of the places I went and a list of all the plays I saw. :)

[Fic:] Not a Change, just an Adjustment

NSFW Sep. 24th, 2017 01:37 pm
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Fests and Cups!

NSFW Sep. 24th, 2017 01:01 am
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so, when i moved (yay for move being done *does happy dance*) i decided that i need a more simpler and easier life, and started to define that for me, since that is what living simply is all about, and also getting rid of much stuff. you wouldnt believe how much stuff i threw out- starting with papers, and ending with clothes and everything in between (but for books and plants because i like plants, and i dream of my own library and so having books around makes me calm).
but now my question:
christmas is coming, and ppl tend to give you stuff on christmas, which i would have to throw out, seing as i dont WANT it in my life, as stuff is clutter, and clutter drags me down. i also dont want clothes because i now know how many i own, and its INSANE, and i am still slowly going through sorting that out- after the big sort out i already had...
how much of a prat and evil person am i when i go and say to my nice family: know how for christmas you always give me nice stuff, please dont do that. instead i would like in no order of importance:

  • a nice trip for a day or something

  • special food i would never be able to afford myself

  • books- all the books, any books

  • vid-games: you know like overwatch- which i have been talking about forever, but its still so expensive and i cant spent that money right now... or some others of my list...


does this make me spoiled and ungrateful? i just dont want them to spend money on stuff i would throw away before the new year, really...
*is conflicted*

update from the cat-front

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:25 pm
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so on the job-hunt front so far nothing new... and sadly it gets depressing with how many of those firms don't even say that they dont need you (luckily most here do)

but on completely unrelated and better news: this cat finally got a healthy net connection! you do not know how much you need the net for the simplest things these days, until you dont really have the option. i am one of the fortunate enough to have a mobile contract where unlimited net is included- but after 2gb they cut it down to like 125bits a min and you have no imagination of how SLOW that is, it takes forever to load just one picture- this is also the reason i am behind on [community profile] hp_podfic_fest, but i will listen to the ones i didnt yet get around to.
edit: obviously i dont complain about time without net when i choose to be off the net- but for job search and application sending net is kinda the only way these days at least here..

on super unrelated news (because i am trying to make that a thing apparently)
thanks so much for lovely post-cards to [personal profile] themightyflynn, who sent me an adorable card from australia
and to [personal profile] enchanted_jae who sent me a very nice card from duluth- which fits perfectly in my ocean themed entry!!! thank you <3

and finally on different unrelated news: my muse is broken somehow, and i seem unable to fix her, which really is starting to get me broken too *headdesks*

but not all is doom and gloom so i shall go for the happy vipe and wish you a good time!



Fests Galore!

NSFW Sep. 17th, 2017 01:17 pm
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