Monday, February 28, 2011

So, I’m Kind of a Random Person

As I was walking home from the library and thinking about my upcoming internship this summer, it occurred to me that I’m actually doing really well with one of my childhood goals – maintaining an eclectic resume.

Growing up I just always loved the random, awesome stories people would come out with so nonchalantly.  For example, I remember one time someone mentioned they had lived and worked in Antarctica like it was nothing.

My list doesn’t include anything that cool yet, but I think it definitely is random and not too bad for still being in school.  Here’s a sampling:

  • Soccer and Lacrosse Referee (My first real job. Classic.)
  • The Oregon Zoo (Zoo teens!  I was so tan that summer.  And I got to pet a Rhino.)
  • Intel (I did an internship there in high school for an entire year, and in case you were wondering, I got my fill of cubicles for a lifetime and would prefer to never, ever do it again.)
  • Café Barista at Century Theatres (I loved when people asked how the coffees tasted.  I would reply with facts, like “this one has chocolate in it.”  But my favorite part was making the foam look pretty.)
  • A Travel Magazine (in D.C. last summer. Yep.)
  • The Daily Universe (The best of them all.  Each day in itself can be random)

And the list will soon include being a senate intern.  Sweet.

I think this is one of the reasons I love journalism so much; one day is never exactly like the one before it.

I have to admit, my love of journalism is partly what has driven this, since I really strongly believe you write best about what you know, so if I can have a wide variety of experiences then I can understand more people.  Like after working at Intel I understand the desire to have frequent coffee breaks so much better, and I also understand the stress and fear that surrounds layoffs.  And I better understand people who struggle rounding up sheep?

Here’s a bonus picture of working at the zoo with Kim and Kristin to make this introspective post more fun for you readers.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

In Three Months…

I finally know where I will be! I just found out I was accepted for an internship in Senator Wyden’s office in D.C.

And I am REALLY excited as this is something I have always thought would be awesome to do.

Plus, I wasn’t really done being in this place yet:


I’m sure I need to go shopping now.

*Song: Daylight by Matt and Kim

A note: I’m also feeling cool because now in May alone I will be in Portland, Houston (well only half a day in May, but still), Hawaii and D.C. Magical summer, anyone?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dog Days


Some days, ok most days, I just really wish I could have a dog here with me at school.  Especially a fluffy golden retriever like Buffy or Ruby.  Annie and I were discussing how wonderful it would be to have one today.  And the girl I formed an alliance with in geology spent the entire last class period looking at pictures of puppies for sale.  I’ve convinced my roommates we should get one.  If only… 

Norah Jones would agree having a dog is great:

Seriously, I would be so much more motivated for life with a loyal dog by my side!

FYI: I took the above pic of my beloved dog Ruby in high school with my dad’s old film Yashika camera.  I messed up developing it in the dark room, but I think it just makes it look cooler so we’ll say I did it on purpose

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines!


I hope your day is filled with lots of love and chocolate.

(The above are some fun hearts my mom sent us to decorate with)

*Song of the day: You & I by Ingrid Michaelson

P.S. If you haven’t looked at my last blog entry yet you should because it’s way better than this one.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Future & The Past

With the semester’s halfway mark quickly approaching, I can’t help spending a lot of time thinking (and avoiding thinking) about graduation… which segues nicely into the topic of my post of the day!

It’s actually a post from the summer that got lost in the craziness of my short break and never came into existence. Whilst I was at home in August I visited another one of my very favorite Portland spots – the Portland Farmers Market! I love that place so much. It’s filled with tasty beauty. When I stopped by Portland State University just happened to be having their summer graduation (eh? get the beginning now? I know, I’m clever). I even got to see a couple of friends, so it was a lovely coincidence.

And now I’m going to share scenes from that lovely day with you!






FRUITS & VEGGIES: don’t these make you want to be healthy?









THE FUTURE: a.k.a. graduation


A link to some more in case you would like to join me in pretending it’s summer and I’m back there, buying delicious peaches:

*Song in my head: Another Town, Another Train by ABBA.

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Motivation

During the recent days where it’s been below zero with wind chill, my only motivation has been knowing I will be back in Hawaii in three months with this view:

The last (and only other) time I’ve been there was about eight years ago, right before I started my freshman year of high school. I can’t wait to return to Oahu because not only is it perfectly beautiful and warm, since my mom grew up there it holds a lot of family memories – so it’s almost like a return home.

Here’s a picture of my mom growing up in Hawaii with her family (ha! stole it from facebook):

She’s the one in the red muumuu. Note how they’re at the airport, not wearing any shoes! I’m kind of jealous.

So excited to be back there!!!


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