When I introduce myself to new people, 9 times out of 10 I have to repeat myself. If someone makes me repeat myself more than 2 or 3 times, I usually say, "Addie. Subtractie...get it?" If they are smart, they do. If they are not, sign language for addition and subtraction usually does the trick.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Tempest - Pendulum

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Growing Pains

Used to be my favorite show. When I was about 10. I watched that show over and over again. And again. And again. Its probably safe to say I've seen every episode...multiple times. I single-handedly blame this program for destroying my eyesight. At the time I was watching this show, we had an itty bitty tv down in the basement. I sat directly in front of it every time I watched it. Bad news. Anyway, as a kid, I always thought the meaning of the title was to be taken literally. I never really thought about it again until recently.

Wow. Growing up sucks sometimes. And it hurts. A lot. Its scary. Ugly. But I know its beautiful, too. Without growing up some, I would have never been able to care for my little beauty.

I feel that I've always known this, but now I'm actually experiencing it: growing up never stops. Its a continuous process. Every obstacle thrown at you is another opportunity to grow. Most of the time I think I handle this without too much hullabaloo about it.

Most of the time.

So hullabaloo.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Mt. Si

Yet again, I don't follow my own advice. This is what a person looks like after 3 hours of sleep & a hike up Mount Si:

Sexy, I know.

Mt. Si is a no-shit hike. 8 miles round trip, but so very worth it when you get to the top and have one of the most incredible views of Washington:

Oh and by the way, when we finally had trekked our way out of the hour of snow and ice on the path down, we decided to jog a couple miles down. If you decide to do this, make sure you pee first.

Maybe in a couple weeks when we go again, I'll actually get a good night's rest.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lake 22 - Mt. Baker

Woke up to beautiful sunshine this past Saturday morning. I was so excited because I had a hike planned with two friends of mine. By the time we got our slow butts to the mountain and half way through the hike, rain started to trickle. 10 minutes later, it was 100% down pouring, we were completely soaked and the rain didn't look like it was going to get any less friendly with us.

If it hadn't been for the attire I chose, the rain wouldn't have bothered me at all. It was a beautiful hike and the lake with the glaciers in the background was breathtaking.

Tip: NEVER ever under any circumstances wear jeans on a hike in Washington state. I knew it was risky wearing them...I just didn't feel like digging through my basement for some of my old windbreaker pants, nor was I willing to wear the lime green ones I found in the closet that are 3 sizes too big. I admire people who choose function over style, even more so after I was trenching around the forest in pants that seemed to weigh 20 pounds. I'm surprised I didn't trip my way off the side of the cliff. The jeans were so wet they were sticking to my legs, restricting the movement of, well everything. I basically rolled the bottoms up and held the fabric at the knee caps up for an hour and half.

Also, don't drink an entire bottle of wine the night before a hike. And remember a change of clothes.

I did none of the above and wore a towel home & crashed the minute we hit the highway. Classy as always.

Also, it is not wise to go drinking & dancing at a country bar immediately upon returning from a 4 hour hike. My back is crippled and I can't carry Gracie on my hip for more than a couple minutes at a time. I'm definitely paying for all that fun!