zolac_no_miko: (like a boss)
Life is good because:

-It's Friday!

-I spent all day listening to rock music learning about math earning real wages!

-My team DESTROYED the other team during Friday Lunch Hour Bocce. I mean, granted, I was on Leroy's team (the IT tech, not the hawk) and he is generally acknowledged to be the best bocce player in USGS, but... dude, I was on FIRE today, I think I scored most of the points! ...I think I must have some sort of natural bocce talent? I'm really a novice, I can count the number of times I've played on one hand, but since the first game I've kind of been consistently kicking ass and taking names. :DDD

-There are plum trees in the front yard. This is kind of a big deal, because things like plums and apples and pears and cherries just do not grow well at lower elevations in Hawai‘i; they need a bit of cold. But I live in Volcano, and it is cold here, and there are plum trees in the front yard, and the plums are coming ripe, and I picked a few, and they are DELICIOUS.

*HEADDESK*

May. 13th, 2012 04:45 pm
zolac_no_miko: (Redtail facepalm)
So my boss just called me an hour ago to inform me that our twelve day bushwhacking, helicoptering, tent-camping expedition to the deep deep jungle that we were supposed to embark on tomorrow HAS BEEN POSTPONED. FOR AT LEAST A WEEK. ...AUGH.

Not her fault, not anyone's fault, nothing we can do about it. Boss Dennis had already broken the news to us Friday morning that he couldn't come because his doctor wanted him to go see a cardiologist and to not go anywhere remote until he'd done so, so that was a bit of a hiccup. But now apparently Boss Carter has come down with a nasty flu, so he's down for the count, too. Which leaves us very short on manpower and without anyone who's actually been to this site before, and... yeah. It's just not the best idea until Carter's healthier. So everything's up in the air right now... we're hoping for May 21 thru June 2, but it depends on when the helicopter pilot is available.

KIND OF A BUMMER, but... not so bad, really, now I have some more time to get all my gear and food together and packed, so... that takes some stress off of me for tonight. And! I can probably go to O'ahu and do archaeology with my family next weekend after all! :DDDDD

So, anyway, dunno what I'm up to this week; we might go to Nauhi for a few days, who knows.

This weekend was fun, if exhausting. Got caught up on Korra (guys I am so madly in love with Bolin), shmoozed with friends, enjoyed David and Asifa's Mali Peace Corps slideshow, geeked out about Avatar: The Last Airbender with a ten year old girl, ate TONS OF DELICIOUS FOOD, and enjoyed Downtown Hilo and the Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning.

And The Avengers was just as awesome the second time around. OH MY GOD THAT MOVIE IS SO GOOD.

...I have to say, on second viewing I found myself really loving the encounter between Tony and Loki in Stark Tower (by which I mean, even more so than the first time). I feel like on some level Loki must have really really enjoyed having a conversation with Tony Stark... someone else whose skill lies in wit and words, who uses elocution like a weapon and uses it well. I can just imagine him like, "Omg this guy is kind of awesome for a human, he can actually kind of keep up with me, look at him go! :DD" ...SOMEONE PLEASE WRITE ME THE POST-MOVIE FIC WHERE LOKI AND TONY JUST SNARK/TALK AT EACH OTHER FOREVER, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I NEED IT LIKE BURNING. TT_TT
zolac_no_miko: (Aang)
AVATAR MARATHON BIRTHDAY PARTY IS BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY. [livejournal.com profile] regonym, [livejournal.com profile] shichahn, [livejournal.com profile] platoapproved, and Eric, you guys are the best!!

Oh god. I have consumed soooo much beer. XDDD

WHOO~!!

Feb. 21st, 2012 08:17 am
zolac_no_miko: (Hawaii's favorite meat product)
Alright, let's see if I can squeeze this in before I lose signal.

Kapa'a was super awesome fun. It was an excellently laid-back way to spend the weekend. I had to get over my angst about feral cats and keawe trees (GIANT. THORNS. EVERYWHERE. ALL OVER THE GROUND.), but aside from that the campsite is really lovely, wild and remote, rocky coastline and blue, blue ocean as far as the eye can see. My little one-person tent was snug and cozy and delightful, and our potluck meals were tasty, and we spent the days sitting and chatting and staring out to sea and watching the whales swim by.

AND THERE WERE SO MANY WHALES. All day, every day, whales. More whales than I could possibly count, spouting and breaching and slapping. One whale would breach several times in succession, then roll over on his back and slap the water multiple times with his flipper, then go back to breaching, and so on, rinse and repeat, all the way up the coast. This went on so long, people got tired of watching him. Another whale worked his way up the coast in intervals of five to seven tail-slaps with short breaks in between. Among other quite excellent whale activities (members of the party claimed to hear singing on the second night). And a dolphin. And a monk seal that I missed seeing.

The first night was a bit stormy, high winds and surf and a spattering of rain and lightning off-shore, but my tent didn't let me down. Wetter parts of the island apparently received torrential downpours, and both peaks got massive snowfalls. The second night had some lightning but luckily was dry, so our dancing plans didn't get ruined.

The Olliephonics was great fun as usual, and we were delighted to find a couple of other lindy-hoppers on our floor, Pat and Maria from Seattle.

...So that was all very fun, and we stopped at the Big Island Brewhaus yesterday and OH MY GOD. Truly excellent Mexican food, and I'm usually pretty ambivalent about Mexican, so that's saying a lot. And they make their own sodas and yesterday's soda was liliko'i creme (that's passionfruit to the rest of you, and OH MY GOD. BEST EVER. SO DELICIOUS. I'm going to need to go back and try their ginger bier and, like, all of their brews. For serious, if you're ever in Waimea, check it out.

Okay so I'm headed up to Hakalau for the next two days, it is raining SO HARD which is going to SUCK... SO HARD, the end I love you all kbye.
zolac_no_miko: (WHEEEEEE~!!)
Okay, so in case anyone hadn't already figured it out, my internet presence is going to be somewhat diminished for the next several months. I will only have the possibility of internet when I'm not in the field, which, as I go further into my internship, will not be a lot of the time; when I'm not in the field I will only really have internet when I make the time and effort to go seek it out (only one of the volunteer houses has wireless, and it's not mine), or when I come down to Hilo for a bit. I will have internet on my Droid when I'm not in the field, so emails and LJ comment alerts will still get to me on weekends and office days, and who knows, I may even have time to respond. :P

I am going to give up all attempts at actually keeping up with my Friends list. I'll check in occasionally but I'm realistically only going to catch like 10% of what goes on there. I'll make posts when I can to keep you guys abreast (haha I said breast) of what I'm up to, and I'll really make an effort to post pictures occasionally, so you guys can see my beautiful forest and gorgeous adorable birdies.

...So yeah, anyway, this is me just squeezing in a quick update while I devour some breakfast. First week of the internship is going great. The other intern is this guy named Sean from North Carolina; he's quiet and somewhat shy and totally pleasant and amiable and we're getting along great. We live with Matt from Ohio who does insect stuff, and he's cool and friendly and we like him and I think we're all going to be great housemates. I think there's supposed to be a couple of Eban's bird demography volunteers moving in with us this weekend, but there's this whole big drama right now with Eban's crew and who's going to live where and whether or not his techs will get housing even though it's against the rules and blah blah blah, so I don't really know what the situation will be like when I get back on Monday.

Matt and Sean and I usually all start work at the same time in the morning, except for when Sean and I are going into the field and therefore have to wake up at ass o'clock (we have to be at the office at six a.m. on Tuesday. SIX A.M.), so most mornings we walk to work together. Guys, this is fantastic; I've gone from a 45-minutes-by-car one-way commute, to a 15-minutes-by-foot one-way commute. And also it's the nicest commute ever, a pleasant stroll on a path through the rainforest with the birds waking up all around us. T_T It's a great way to start the morning.

We spent a few days doing office stuff, thrilling work like disentangling mist nets and checking them for holes, and disinfecting mist nets and bird bags, and aliquoting lysis buffer into tiny vials, and getting First Aid/CPR/AED certified. We did go up to Hakalau on Wednesday to check out Nauhi Cabin, which is where we'll be staying when we're in the field for the next... a lot of time, and set up a bunch of poles and played tour guide for a visiting malaria expert from Penn State, a dude named Andrew with an awesome New Zealand accent.

Life at housing is neat. Thursday was pizza night, so we all went over to where Caitlin and Keola are living and contributed pizza ingredients. We had a vegetarian pizza with white sauce (spinach and mushrooms and garlic and onions), and a pepperoni, spaghetti squash, garlic, onions, and basil pizza with red sauce (I contributed the spaghetti squash and the Italian-style stewed tomatoes for the sauce), and I brought tortilla chips and Matt brought salsa and Caitlin busted out the SCARY INTENSE hot sauce Laurèen sent from Réunion and Brent brought cheesy bread (AMAZING) and Keola made some intensely delicious shoyu chicken and Caitilin busted out the kim chee and someone brought wine and Matt brought spiced rum and there was a lot of beer floating around. It was super fun. And I had a lot of stuff to take care of that evening, but I had a beer and some wine and a swig of the rum and then I took a hot shower and all of a sudden my head was REALLY HEAVY, so I went to sleep at like 9 and woke up early to do stuff instead. XD;

I am at home in Hilo at the moment, and for at least like another couple of hours, and then Don and Mom and I are headed up to Kapa‘a, which is a beach campground in Kohala, a little ways north of Kawaihae. We're getting together with a bunch of friends for the weekend and there will be music and singing and whale-watching and soooooo much potluck food and I had planned to invite Alex but he broke up with me so he doesn't get to come, nyahh~. And it's a three-day weekend in this great nation, so Sunday night we're sneaking away and going to the Blue Dragon and the Olliephonics are playing and like at least fifteen Hepcats are showing up and we're basically going to take over the whole place and dance dance dance.

And then on Tuesday it's out to the field for a couple of days, catching birdies whee~!

So yeah. I'll, uh. Be in touch when I can.

I LOVE YOU ALL!! ♥♥♥
zolac_no_miko: (authentic Hawaiian coconut tree)
Yesterday Alex and I went to Makalawena Beach, which is a gorgeous white sand beach in Kekaha Kai State Park on the Kona side, that can only be accessed by either a) walking a long way in the hot hot sun over sharp, rough ‘a‘a rock, or b) taking your life in your hands and a 4x4 vehicle that you don't like very much down the access "road". Alex has a Nissan XTerra and is the best kind of lunatic, so we went with option b. (No seriously, I can't even tell you how fucked up this 4x4 track is, I mean, I've driven in some pretty effing gnarly places for my various internships, but jesus, that road gave us a thrashing! :DD)

Anyway, skipping past all of the very excellent things about Makalawena and going straight to the WHALES, OMG SO MANY WHALES, HOLY SHIT WHALES~!!! It's humpback season in Hawai‘i, and I've been looking and looking and hadn't seen any until yesterday just before sunset, when HOLY SHIT SO MANY WHALES showed up. I can't even, I've lived in Hawai‘i my whole life and I've traveled to Alaska and I've had some pretty freaking excellent whale sightings, but in terms of the combination of sheer number of whales, proximity to the whales, and whale activity, this was THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN. There had to have been a dozen of them, at least, maybe more, hard to tell, they're under the water and they move around, so. There were definitely one or two babies. The closest whales, a group of I think three, including a baby, was FOR SERIOUS ONLY A HUNDRED METERS OFF SHORE. We could have swum out to them easily if that wasn't a) illegal, and b) dangerous. There was a lot of spouting and we had a couple nice views of tails, and then there were the two whales further out that just WOULD NOT STOP BREACHING, they were having a freaking BREACHING PARTY, oh my god, just flinging themselves bodily out of the water OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

BEST. WHALES. EVER.

...Okay [livejournal.com profile] platoapproved, it's safe now.

So anyway, this beach. Not too crowded due to the effort it takes to get there, and it's beautiful and there are fun sea creatures and the waves are nice for bodyboarding or surfing, and there were moa (those Polynesian chickens) wandering around entertaining us by boldly stealing food from people's unwatched bags. And surrounding the beach there are a series of rare anchialine ponds and ʻŌpaeʻula Pond, a wetland area that's a National Natural Landmark and is one of the only remaining breeding and nesting areas for rare Hawaiian wetland birds such as the āeʻo (Hawaiian Stilt), the ʻalae keʻokeʻo (Hawaiian Coot), and the ʻaukuʻu (Black-crowned Night Heron). There were SO MANY STILTS, which was super exciting, you almost never see those, and I've never seen so many at once, oh my gaaaaaawd I really wished I'd brought binoculars, and oh my god this place is totally going on my list of Awesome Birding Places to take [livejournal.com profile] shichahn to when she finally comes to visit me.

Also, check out how cute this bird is, seriously. )

...And the vog wasn't bad and the sunset was FUCKING BEAUTIFUL and asghsla;hfklsahgkfs it was a Perfect. Freaking. Day. TT_TT

Also tomorrow is a holiday so tonight a bunch of us are driving up to Kawaihae for dinner at the Blue Dragon and SO MUCH DANCING to the very excellent Olliephonics, OMG YAY I AM EXCITE.
zolac_no_miko: (WHEEEEEE~!!)
Mom and I just had our floorwarming party, to properly break in our shiny new hardwood floor. A whole crowd of our favorite swing friends came over and there was wine and pupus and lindy and blues for four and a half hours straight.

SO TIRED. SO SORE.

^______________^
zolac_no_miko: (trust me i'm the Doctor)
Hope all the Americans on my Flist had a nice Thanksgiving weekend (and for everyone else, hope you had nice weekends, too, and lots of wonderful things to be thankful for).

So, let's think about things we're thankful for. For instance, I am thankful for the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful fucking place, and I for one am not pleased by the U.S. Congress trying to ruin my Internet. Y'all have heard about SOPA/PIPA by now, right? No?

Allow me to 'splain (mostly with copypasta from my friends because it's more efficient than trying to reword everything ^_^;;). )

We need to kill these noxious bills. So do what you can. Spread the word. Contact your member of Congress or Senator. And/or join Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in his epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.

...Right, so that's your PSA for the day. Under the cut: all of the food, climbing 2200 foot cliffs for fun, a very Doctory holiday season, and the I'm A Time Lord! meme. )
zolac_no_miko: (Pele says hello)
It's Labor Day weekend, when we Americans celebrate our right as laborers to be treated fairly by our employers... appropriately enough, by taking a holiday. Although really it's just a last-ditch opportunity for summer partying.

Mom and I planned to hike Napau Trail and camp at the Napau Crater campsite for a couple of nights. I've never been on this trail, and Mom hasn't been in years. It's a cool one because it's as close as you can get to the active Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent short of working for USGS/HVO/the Park's fire team, or spending money on a helicopter tour. Buuuuuuut it turns out it's not open for camping, just day hikes, due to the recent unpredictable volcanic activity.

So we're thinking we're maybe going to do the other active volcano, up Mauna Loa Observatory trail and staying Saturday and Sunday night at the Mauna Loa summit cabin. This is another one we've been meaning to do for years. Trail starts at 11,146 feet; it's a 6-mile hike climbing up to the summit at 13,680 feet. I've done this trail as a day hike up to North Pit (a large crater partially fused with Mokuʻāweoweo, the summit caldera) and back down again; this trail is... phenomenal. Like being on another planet. Bare lava (in fantastic colors, we found cobalt blue cinder) and empty sky and you, and nothing else, the whole island (and Maui) below your feet.

I haven't been to the cabin or the summit proper, or slept at the summit. Or gone up with full pack, oh god. For those of you who've never hiked at this elevation (I'm going to guess: none of you), um, it's hard. The air's pretty damn thin up there, and even with a day pack you have to take it slow and easy on the way up.

And the location's pretty intimidating. This is me really really hoping for no blizzards or whiteouts. Or volcanic eruptions. (I am seriously considering bringing an offering for Pele, but I'm conflicted with the desire to not litter in a National Park... especially at that elevation, where shit won't break down.) I imagine evacuations are pretty difficult up there. (Do helicopters even fly that high...?) ...But the summit weather report claims clear weather for the next five days, and if the magma chamber is inflating it's doing so so slowly it's immeasurable. So I think we'll probably be fine. And, again, never spent more than a few hours at a time at that elevation, never stayed overnight, but I've never had anything in the way of Acute Mountain Sickness, much less anything ridiculous like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or High Altitude Cerebral Edema.

Yeah. I think we'll be okay.

I AM EXCITE.
zolac_no_miko: (TARDIS)
It's two in the morning and tomorrow's going to be a looooong day, so I will be brief.

Chris and Campbell spent the day at the Orchid Show and the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens; I spent the day bloodying myself on sharp lava in Southwest Kahuku. ...Well, okay, there was only a little blood. And afterwards we stopped at Punalu‘u Bakery (the Southernmost Bakery in the United States!) and sampled their sweetbread, and I bought pineapple ice cream, iced Ka‘u coffee (I can vouch for Ka‘u coffee, it is FANTASTIC), kukui nut oil chapstick, and organic dark chocolate with pineapple, lime, curry, and KAVA in it. So, yes, I have now consumed kava. (How has it taken me 25 years of living in Hawai‘i to do so?)

After work I abruptly abducted my French coworker Laurèen; she'll be staying with us all weekend. She took one of the Blues classes this evening; had a blast. Then she, Chris, Campbell, Mom, and I piled into a rental car (the Previa's brakes are on the fritz) and drove up to Hale Pohaku, the astronomy dorms and visitor center at 9000 feet up Mauna Kea. We wrapped ourselves in fleece and down and wool and drank hot apple cider and hot chocolate, and climbed to the top of a nearby cinder cone to stargaze, forming a ring with our heads on each other's stomachs. We had a stunning view of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai in the moonlight, and the eruption was visible as an orange glow on the horizon. The moon sank into the vog and turned yellow, then red, and then the stars really came out. We identified a few constellations (and made up a few of our own– The Chris Dipper and The Skunk are favorites), and saw about a gazillion and a half meteors. Many of them had trails and were green or red in color; we would sometimes see several a minute, sometimes even three in ten seconds. We started to get cold/get tired/have to pee, and we left a little after midnight with Jupiter rising in the east.

Tomorrow: Hilo Farmer's Market, full afternoon of Blues classes, dance party at Don's.

Tonight: Not enough sleep.
zolac_no_miko: (happy Clara)
Today was PERFECT. The weather was glorious even in Hilo, and the whole drive up the Hamakua coast was stunning, sun shining and ocean the deepest, bluest blue. Hapuna was, predictably, hella crowded, but not to a bothersome degree aside from the parking. I ate a gigantic motherfucking plate of food, poke and bbq chicken and vegetable shishkabob and coleslaw and green papaya salad and sushi and watermelon and lychee and banana, and then I was full to bursting with food and then I ate a steak. And then I got in the water that was glass-clear and as warm as my skin, and I horsed around with family and friends and played keepaway and bodysurfed even though the surf was pathetic and I didn't come out again for two and a half hours and ohmigod I was so relaaaaaaaxed~!

And then, since we were already in South Kohala and it was a first Sunday, we abducted half the party and went to the Blue Dragon to hear The Olliephonics and dance. I had myself a drink called the Tequila Dragon which had tequila and Grand Marnier and lime juice and mango puree in it; it was basically a mango smoothie with tequila in and it was DELICIOUS. Since I still felt full from the gigantic motherfucking plate of food + steak from three and a half hours earlier I avoided the entrees and ordered the seared ahi and spinach salad, which was also delicious; these little batter-fried slices of eggplant were especially amazing. And as usual The Olliephonics were motherfucking spectacular, and as usual we had a freaking amazing good time dancing, and as usual members of the band and random other patrons came up to our table to tell us how amazing we look on the dance floor, and I think we hooked someone for the blues dance workshop in August, so that's cool. And I danced with my brother to "A-Train", which is his favorite ever swing song (he used to play it when he played alto saxophone for a couple of big band/swing/jazz bands back in high school), and I led sister-to-be Nova more-or-less successfully in a cha-cha to "Oye Como Va", which was hilarious but hella fun, and they played "Mack the Knife" and "Jump Jive and Wail" and "In The Mood" and ALL OF THE GOOD SONGS, ALL OF THEM, and it was sooooooooo fun. ^_^

And my friend Eric (from high school... and middle school... and elementary school) somehow discovered that I was on the island and texted me, so I'm going to have to find time to hang out with him, yaaaaaaaaay Eric! I don't know WHEN, because my schedule for the next MONTH looks like this: wedding prep, partying, working full-time, folk dance, partying, working full-time, wedding prep, WEDDING, wedding clean-up, working full-time, traveling to O‘ahu, traveling to Kaua‘i, working full-time, blues workshop. @_@ But I dunno, fuck it, maybe sometime next week after the WEDDING is over with we can meet up after work for dinner and/or a movie or something.

What is my liiiiiiiiife. ...It is wonderful, that's what.
zolac_no_miko: (Hawaii's favorite meat product)
The brother and his sort-of-fiancée, sort-of-already-wife have arrived, meaning this is the official start of the mass chaos festivities! Today everyone who's already on the island is having a potluck bbq at Hapuna (widely considered to be the best beach on the island). Ohmigod beeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaccchhh~!! :DD ...Would you believe, I've been home two months, I live ten minutes away from the ocean, and I've not actually been to the beach? I mean, technically I've been to the shore several times, but I've not actually put on a swimsuit and got into the water yet. I know, right, what is wrong with me? What is wrong with me is I am very busy and I don't have anyone to hang out with aside from my mother.

In other news, I've been getting my mom all caught up in Doctor Who, which has been very useful... doing a proper rewatch of this and last season is helping me remember everything and get all of my facts and clues in orderly, well-labeled brain boxes. For instance, I was reminded that Spoilers through 'Day of the Moon' and my own theories. )

Moving on to the next fandom. NEW THEORY! Could it be possible that Danny finds Steve so attractive because he looks a little like Bruce Springsteen used to?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you Exhibits A and B. )

P.S. THIS MUSIC VIDEO, OMG. I think The Black Keys are my new favorite people. I love me a band that makes awesome music and doesn't take themselves too seriously. By which I mean not seriously at all, in any way. ♥

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zolac_no_miko: (SCRUNCHY FACE!!)
So, I meant to do this days ago, fffff.

Under the cut: My Chemical Romance, Bad Rabbits, Black Cards, and Travie McCoy are AWESOME, teenaged fans of Gerard Way/Pete Wentz are largely ANNOYING, hanging out with said teenaged fans is AWKWARD AND EMBARRASSING, Tyler Glenn is a DOUCHEBAG, PB&J French Fries are DELICIOUS, my friends are FANTASTIC, and I think my feet may have finally stopped HURTING. )

...So at the end of the weekend I was way way underslept, and my feet hurt like a bitch, and I felt like an 80 year old cripple with a sore throat who had been beaten by sticks, but it was FUN. And I got to see [livejournal.com profile] regonym, which was supremely excellent since I don't know when the next time is that I will see her again (;_;), and I threw comics at her, and I got her into "Hawaii Five-0", we watched five episodes, bwaha~. So that was awesome.

Bright Eyes concert this weekend, whoo!
zolac_no_miko: (BATMAN!!)
Okay, so, Epic Adventuring Mega Post, I haven't done one of these in a while. GUYS, THIS ONE IS REALLY QUITE EPIC.

For the sake of recording the events of my life in chronological order, I should probably mention that on Thursday Kat Fischer PM'd me out of the blue. I didn't even know she had an LJ! And vice versa, apparently; she found me via my Faceblargh profile. Take note, people, this is the only acceptable use of Facebook: putting your contact info on your profile so your friends can find you in the places you actually hang out. ...If I understood her correctly, she's just finished one job and is getting ready to move on to another, and in the meantime she's roadtripping around the country. SO JEALOUS. I think she's in Walla Walla right now, unless she's moved on already. ...Anyway, she drove into Portland on Thursday night and Dar and I met her for dinner at a sushi train place and then the three of us poked around Powell's. So that was nice. Whitties on my Flist, Kat says hi.

Under the cut: Drinking With Strangers on Trains, Dustin Nguyen is the Definition of Sweet, I Will Be Forced to Commit Seppuku After My Humiliation Before His Shinyness Bruce Timm, Mike Mignola Tells Funny Stories, DC is the Very Best and Also They Have Donuts, and Guys I Bought All of the Comics, Yes All of Them, Sorry There's None Left for You. )

...Guys, this past weekend was just the beginning. This is the start of my two month long non-stop party. Coming soon: Cory in Portland, Carrie in Portland, My Chemical Romance in Portland, Travie McCoy and Black Cards in Portland, Bright Eyes in Portland, Patrick Stump/Becca/assorted friends and family in the Bay Area, Jen and Adam in Honolulu, Angela's Triumphant Return to Hilo. Among other adventures. And somewhere in there I'll need to pack or sell all of my shit. Guys, I may never sleep again. :DDDD

SUCCESS!

Jan. 29th, 2011 08:42 pm
zolac_no_miko: (BATMAN!!)
NAPOLEON CAUGHT A SHREW! His second ever vertebrate catch! YAAAAAAAY!

He was so good, too! He performed beautifully in the face of a whole pile of new situations: new location, new people, more people than he's hunted with before, new hunting style. He started on the fist while we flipped over boards and sheet metal, and he figured out pretty quick what was going on. When we finally flipped a board with a nest full of mice, we got carried away with the yelling and Poly freaked out and flew away in the other direction and into a tree and wouldn't come down again. After he calmed down a bit (and made a try at one of the escaped mice), [livejournal.com profile] shichahn started flipping boards again, and again he clued in immediately, following along from his treetop like a hawk hunting bunnies. ...Napoleon, I'm sorry, I will never call you dumb again. (Ok, that's a lie, I probably will.) [livejournal.com profile] shichahn exposed a shrew and he dropped like a guided missile. I heard the impact from thirty yards away. He flew with it into a tree, but it was a low branch and he went right back to the glove without too much trouble at all. HE'S SUCH A GOOD BOY. <3

[livejournal.com profile] shichahn hooded him and we had a bit of fun trying to catch rodents by hand. [livejournal.com profile] shichahn's sponsor Ben the Kestrel did succeed in catching a vole, and we all succeeded in getting our hands and knees muddy.

After a spot of lunch we had a very successful afternoon with the bunny hawkers. Parker the redtail hawk caught a packrat in a tree (to the chagrin of his falconer, who had trouble getting him down again), and Ruby, another redtail, caught a garter snake. True to form, our favorite mass murderer, Harlot the goshawk, ended the lives of four cottontail rabbits. <3 <3 <3

It was a gorgeous day, and I spent a fair amount of it scrambling through the underbrush and getting my skin ripped apart by blackberry brambles, and I am now very tired and very happy. I can't think of any way I could have spent my Saturday more enjoyably.
zolac_no_miko: (flying kickapow)
So this weekend contained many exciting adventures with media. Let me tell you of them.

Follow the cut for massive word-dump discussion of kestrels, Misfits, Young Justice, True Grit, 1940's Batman, Megamind, a one-to-one scale model of the Enterprise-D, NOLAN'S BATMAN VILLAIN CASTING CHOICES, and the holy Buddhist temple of superheroes and sci-fi action movies. )

...So, that was my weekend. In other news, I have to keep the door to my bedroom closed during the day now. Because the cat appears to have developed the habit of coming into my room while I'm gone and PEEING ON MY BELONGINGS, FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
zolac_no_miko: (happy Clara)
Lauren came over today and we had our Cooking Awesome Food and Listening to Awesome Music party. We enjoyed the musical talent of such artists as Arcade Fire, Dr. Dog, Girl Talk, The New Pornographers, Sea of Bees, Mersault, Menomena, Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, Patrick Stump, Kristeen Young, and Trampled By Turtles. We also enjoyed listening the sweet sweet voice of Stephen Fry, watching The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and playing biology-themed Bananagrams ('dissection' for the motherfucking win!).

Foodwise, we made Pumpkin Halwa: kabocha, almonds, cashews, craisins, saffron, condensed milk, etc, rolled into little gooey balls of tasty. We also made– and [livejournal.com profile] omg_alchemist veterans will appreciate this– orange zest brownies. Or, Three-Orange Super-Special Brownies, using orange zest, orange essence, and some chocolate-dipped candied orange peel we just happened to have lying around. They are just as amazingly delicious as Clara and I always thought they would be. T_T We also tossed together a pretty amazing soup at the last minute when we realized halwa and brownies did not a dinner make, comprising a whole pile of random things in the kitchen, including turkey broth, chicken, kabocha, two kinds of potatoes, a turnip, a leek, mushrooms, celery, parsley, garlic, ginger, shoyu, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and hot peppers. It was meant to be stew, but I'm not complaining.

Basically, for a rainy January Saturday... pretty freaking perfect.
zolac_no_miko: (Look at that GQMF Damo right there.)
Just read Superman-Batman 77 and I am FILLED WITH GLEE. I truly cannot express the depths of my love for one Damian Wayne. The story was meh, but who cares? This comic is all about the banter.

Tomorrow I'm going to go see MAH LAUREN, YAAAAY!! There will be video marathons and a sleepover, and maybe we will catch her a birdie, and maybe we will go to a haunted house? WHO KNOWS? IT'S EXCITING.
zolac_no_miko: (TARDIS)
I will never- NEVER- see Vienna Teng live, FML. Apparently she was playing in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. You know, THAT WEEKEND I WAS TOTALLY IN SEATTLE. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!

...The light in the darkness is that SHE GOES TO SCHOOL WITH CHRIS. Like, not in the, "Ha ha, isn't it cool that Vienna Teng goes to the same university as me?" way. Actually in the, "We have classes together and study together and she's really cool and maybe we're sort of friends and her name is Cynthia," way. SURREAL, Y/N?

I have informed Chris that her mission is to become BEST FRIENDS with Vienna Teng and get her to do a concert for my birthday or something. Chris laughed and told me, no, she will not stalk Vienna Teng for me, but she will tell her that I asked her to stalk her, and she will probably think it's funny. *headdesk*

Goddammit I really need to figure out a way to go visit Chris now. Argh.

In other news... [livejournal.com profile] deathscytheheck and [livejournal.com profile] bluerose16, thanks for last night, bb's~! It was AMAZING~!! xoxo <3 <3 <3
zolac_no_miko: (the man your man could smell like)
[livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko: That Bug's a weird color. ...Glow-in-the-Dark Sticker...? *unsure*
[livejournal.com profile] deathscytheheck: Yeah.
[livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko: ...It's like... halfway between Glow-in-the-Dark Sticker and Lemon Meringue....
[livejournal.com profile] deathscytheheck: It's too pale for Lemon Meringue.
[livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko: Yeah, I know. It's too pale for Lemon Meringue, but it's too yellow for Glow-in-the-Dark Sticker....
[livejournal.com profile] deathscytheheck: ...Lemon Airhead.
[livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko: *excited* ...Yeeeeaaahhh...!! 8D

Also, there was this thread.

...Today was kind of amazing.

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