Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow Day 2011

We got well over six inches of snow in Olympia today. Finally, a valid reason to wear my Joan of Arctics!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Introducing My Inspiration Wall!

After lots of deliberation and typical wishy-washy-ness, I've decided to keep both my blogspot blog, right here AND my new tumblr. site. But my tumblr. site will be my inspiration wall! I'll use it to post photos and quotes about things that I like but keep this site as a place to document my adventures. I hope you'll check both out!

Find it here—
Still Life with Duck : Inspiration Wall

Friday, February 11, 2011

What did you see at the lake today?

Yesterday was a gorgeous February day so my mom and I were enjoying a walk around the lake in Olympia. I love dogs, so I kept pointing out all the different dog breeds that I liked. I'd say, "Oooh, look at that cute Corgi," and "What a nice looking Bernese Mt. Dog." Then we came around the bend. "Um, um..." I said and started frantically slapping my hand against my mom's arm to get her attention, as if she wouldn't notice the creature just feet from us. "Oh!" she said. All of a sudden, in front of us, was a lady walking a bobcat on a very long leash. A BOBCAT!

We sat down on a bench to watch with unnecessary subtlety given everyone in the park was staring and speaking loudly about it (What is that? Is that legal? Do you think it's declawed? I hope it's not hungry.). We watched for awhile and when it didn't eat the nearby toddler or the two little dogs that were apparently it's companions, we continued on around the lake.

But, by the time we got back to the parking lot, mom and I were still curious, so we walked halfway around the lake again and found the bobcat in the center of a group of intrigued but wary onlookers. From listening to their conversation, I learned that evidently the woman got the bobcat, Yeti, from a fur farm in Montana. I looked it up later and apparently it is legal to have a pet bobcat if you acquire it legally outside the state. Who knew?

Taking the Train

One of the things I'm most passionate about is using public transportation. On Monday I took the Amtrak to Portland to visit my best friend and meet her son. It was the first time I'd taken the train on the West Coast since moving back from the East Coast with a new found interest in public transportation. I definitely want to continue supporting public transportation, despite that not being the norm here. Contrary to what you might think, people in the West are much more car dependent despite their otherwise environmental and progressive tendencies. The train was a great way to travel to Portland and it was only $22 one way. Take the train! It's a low stress, environmentally-friendly way to get from here-to-there.

's an iPhone photo of the interior of the Portland train station. It's such a neat old building!