March 21, 2009


I achieved my goal for the day! I wanted to finish my descriptive geometry drawing up to the point where all i would have to do is add line weights (which I plan on doing during class on Tuesday) and I did! I left for studio at 10:30 this morning, and but for an hour break for lunch (at annie's with sami) and a two hour break for dinner (picnic in the park with sami) i worked up until 9:15. It was a very productive day. It's a good feeling, accomplishing one's goals. I should do it more often.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

March 20, 2009

Spring is in the air

Oh how I love spring. It's my favorite season (fall is a very close second). Everything is waking up after a long hibernation, the trees start growing leaves, flowers start to bloom, everything starts becoming green again, and there is an overwhelming freshness to the air. Everything is coming to life. I'm sad that I wont be able to spend time at home during spring. It is a wonderful time there. All the wonderful earthy smells, mom starts her garden again, we start running around barefoot through the cool grass. Too bad spring break was this past week instead of during the middle of spring. But in spite of that, today is the first day of spring, so (surprise, surprise) I found some quotes to kick off the season.

An optimist is the human personification of spring.
-Susan J. Bissonette

If there comes a little thaw,
Still the air is chill and raw,
Here and there a patch of snow,
Dirtier than the ground below,
Dribbles down a marshy flood;
Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing,
"This is Spring."
-Christopher Pearce Cranch, A Spring Growl

[Spring is] when life's alive in everything.
-Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
-Robin Williams

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
-Mark Twain

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
-Audra Foveo

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
-Nadine Stair

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
-Arthur Rubenstein

Happy First Day of Spring!

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May 11, 2008


Really Random List of Favorites:
-animal: elephant
-color: the blue of the ocean in a tropical place with white sand
-number: 7
-flower: a yellow and pink rose, or a Lily, alyssum are cute too
-store: Michael's
-artist: Escher
-month: June
-season: Fall
-fruit: blueberries
-body of water: North Pipe Lake
-type of grass: the rough on a golf course (hopefully i don't have to hit out of it though)
-mountain range: Rockies
-freezer food: egg rolls
-sport: golf
-tree: willow or oak
-time of day: twilight or sunrise (altho I'm barely ever up at sunrise)
-exotic animal: sloth
-office supply: staple-less stapler
-picture: the one of me, sami, and rachel when Mr. karolek was taking our sr. pics
-movie: Juno, PS i love you,
-feature on the opp sex: eyes
---what do you look for in opp sex: can make me laugh, knows what he wants
-font: teen, juice itc, nueva std, vivaldi
-kiss or cuddle: cuddle
-highlighter color: blue
-sharpie color: magenta
-quote: "Not all those that wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkin
-food: potatoes, any way
-smell: dirt, during and just after a warm rain, grass, golf course, morning dew, clean air, spring
-website: flickr
-writing utensil: sharpie, pencil
-vegetable: carrots
-drink: Sanpellegrino limonata (Italian soda-any flavor really, and raspberry lime is really good too)
-sticky note color: green
-kitchen appliance: microwave or blender
-cardinal direction (NSEW): east
-restaurant: applebees is good. so's annies. not sure of a fav
-article of clothing: jeans
-form of precipitation: gentle rain or snow
-neon sign color: light blue
-computer game: um....sims maybe
-board game: life
-outdoor game: volleyball, kickball
-thing at a playground: swings
-country: well, the US...i haven't ever left it, so i can't really pick
-state: Wisconsin
-vacation place: Florida, west coast
-bus route: 16, 50 or 3: they all go to the library
-aim smiley: :D - giant smile
-glaze color (as in clay pots): bluish purple
-knot: square
-fish: blue tang (aka Dory)
-apple: Honeycrisp
-city: Minneapolis
-language: English and German
-way to say good bye: Hug and toodles
-way to say hello: Hug and Howdy there
-golf club: 7 iron, Driver, and pitching wedge
-computer application: photoshop
-job: circ desk staff at library
-day of the week: sunday
-room in my house: my room
-place to go in my home town: north lake library
-car: almost any convertible, and vw bugs are cute
-museum: Milwaukee art museum
-architect: don't really have one right now, but frank gehry used to be
-author: Christopher Paolini
-teacher: Frau
-class: band and all art classes
-type of glue: tacky
-fridge magnet: the one from gpa h that says "i know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok, they like me there"
-brand of bottled water: ice mountain for pure water, vitamin water for flavored
-type of chips: plain wavy
-way to eat a potato: mashed with sour cream, chives, cheese, and butter
-toppings on a salad: dressing-ranch or caesar, croutons
-ice cream: chocolate, mint, peppermint
-ice cream toppings: chocolate, cherries, butterscotch
-sandwich: panera Tuscan chicken or caesar
-soup: baked potato, chicken noodle
-place I've lived: my house right now just north of little North Lake
-actor/actress: um...i don't really have one.
-live concert: 1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2. Blue Man Group 3. Mannheim Steamroller
-nickname: lyss
-disney movie: 101 Dalmatians
-disney hero: Pongo and Perdita
-disney villain: Hades
-type of art: acrylic painting
-building on campus: rapson, northrop
-road on campus: the nonroad- pleasant street i think?
-bridge on campus: the old rail road bridge
-portion of the marching band uniform: the chicken
-place in Northrop: upper balcony
-library: Minneapolis central, followed by Town Hall
-color nail polish: blushy pink
-shoe: brown clogs, and black ballet flats
-band of shoes: um... bass shoes are comfy
-shirt: my blue long sleeved shirt, with the poofyish shoulders
-place to eat on campus: coffman market
-flexdine taking location: jamba juice
-rock: the purple one my sister gave to me for my birthday
-random fact: elephants can't jump
-color for a white board marker: blue
-chalk color: magenta
-decade: current one
-holiday: Christmas
-thing with a zipper on it: grey zip up
-thing to do with snow: make snow angels, go skiing
-pen: my purple one
-farm animal: horse
-movie shown at coffman: Juno
-flavor jamba juice: something with strawberry
-thing to order from qdoba: i think I've only been there once...prolly a taco salad or something
-thing to do on a rainy day: curl up in my papasan chair and read a book
-thing sitting on my desk right now: pic of me, sami, and rachel
-play (theater): um...Nutcracker
-type of light fixture: spider light or the lights that are just a shade in a tubular shape
-style of house: log cabin
-brand of golf ball: Wilson hope
-golf course: Songbird Hills
-constellation: the dippers (they are the only ones i can identify)
-planet: earth
-thing in freezer: was the chicken nuggets til i ate them and there was nothing left in our freezer
-thing in fridge: was my nice cold bottle of water, til Brittany took our fridge home
-thing in cabinet under the sink: um, at home, it would be a water bottle. i don't have a cabinet under the sink here.
-thing cabinet next to the fridge and hanging on the wall: at home: at home-chocolate chips
-book on book shelf: Eragon
-thing in bottom desk drawer: beading stuff til mom took it home, currently: sharpies
-power tool: drill press
-song to sing out loud: Hey Baby, Build me up Buttercup
-type of headphones: hook over ears and are separate
-item from Starbucks: Double Chocolatey Chip
-fast food restaurant: Culvers
-gemstone: Amethyst

February 7, 2008



Where is this mystical city in the lights, a city from another dimension, that holds the secrets? I wish to find it, so it will answer my queries...

February 4, 2008

Fresh Dirt, Clean Air, Glittering Stars

In discussion today for my class The Designed Environment, we were asked what we consider to be our "dwelling"? Do we consider Minneapolis our dwelling? If not, where is our dwelling?

My dwelling is back home in the little town of Merton, just north of North Lake. It is where my home is... pale blue with a couple ponds, some horses, my family...

I can spread out there. I can have my space. There aren't people buzzing about everywhere. I can have my privacy. I can smell the dirt and the air. I can see the stars.

The city is great, I really enjoy the city. There is something going on all the time. So much is so close by. I can get to the largest mall in the Midwest in 40 minutes, I can hop on a bus and visit the biggest library I've ever seen. Get on that same bus and I can be at Target, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, the heart of Minneapolis, in 10 minutes. Here I am at the center of a great city, full of life, art, creativity, food, shopping, and so much more. I can walk most places I need to get to day-to-day. When I want to visit friends, depending on who I'm visiting, I don't even have to leave the building, or they are just a short 15 minute walk away...

But the city doesn't give me the space I need, the freedom I desire. It can be suppressing. There is no where to escape to where I can truly feel alone and at peace with myself and nature. I can go to my room...the room I share with a roommate, the room that is connected to two other rooms by a dividing wall, the room that is sandwiched between floors 7 and 9 in a 12 story building, the room that has everything I need to live comfortably inside, the room that has all my possessions in it, the room that isn't quite "home." I could go to a park, or down by the river, but I can still hear the sound of the cars driving past somewhere nearby, the whine of sirens, the babble of voices...I can still smell the exhaust, the city stench, the heavy air.

My heart cries out for the open space of the country, or even the suburbs would maybe answer the call...but somewhere that allows me to have my space. Somewhere that allows me to smell the fresh dirt... i love the smell of good, clean dirt... to smell the clean air ... especially after it rains ... to see the glittering stars at night ... there are no stars over a city.

I love walking along in the silence of a forest, watching and listening to the birds fly through the trees, dancing in the rain, splashing in a pond, running bare foot through the grass, being out in the world with nature.
Then I like to come back to my home and enjoy time with my family, hang out in my room ... which is probably bigger than the one I share here ... be able to go to different places around the house and still have a few rooms between me and someone else.
I like feeling like I live so far out from everyone else, yet be within 20 driving minutes of everywhere I would need to be.

I didn't realize how much I need that space, how much I would miss it all, until I came to the city.
I may call where ever I currently sleep home, for lack of something better to call it, but it isn't truly home.
It is not the place I truly dwell.

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