Wednesday, October 29, 2008

snow day #2!

Doing farm chores in the snow this morning was interesting. I'm so excited! Before lunch I skied around the cemetery for a while. Aaaand it's still snowing really hard. And it's supposed to snow even more tomorrow! I don't think I've ever gotten to play in the snow this early. It's not even Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Who just cross-country skied around outside her dorm? I did.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok

Tools class was fun today, as usual. I did a bunch of work on my axe last night, so it was relatively sharp. Afterward I went to timber sports practice. We did the activity where you stand on top of the log and chop through. I used one of the school's axes because it's about a pound heavier than my little boys' axe. Mine is way too light. Buuut Adam is selling me a heavier axe head that he found at an antique shop and refurbished. And he's going to help me make a new handle for it on Friday. I'm super excited.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I lovermont

Lack of quarters for laundry has significantly lowered my standards for what constitutes "clean." Good thing Carhartts never have to be washed. Oh, college.

Hiking today with Monica and Ruth was super fun. The weather was perfect. The trees have dropped most of their leaves so the ground was covered in a thick layer of color. Aaaand it's supposed to snow on Wednesday! I collected some nettles because the stalks are really fibrous. I'm going to try and make cordage. We hiked up to the top of a mountain on the Long Trail whose name I forgot and we bushwhacked back to the parking lot.

I was looking through the course catalog online and I'm so pumped to take just about every single farming class offered here, as well as a bunch of Northern Studies classes. My goal in life now is to have a self-sustaining organic biointensive farmstead in the woods with some friends. I'll grow just enough food to feed myself and whoever is living with me (and maybe a little extra to sell to pay off my student loans at first). We'll have a little tiny farmhouse and a composting outhouse and maybe a few animals and a woodlot that will provide firewood to keep us warm through the winter. I'll cut the firewood myself with my axe and saw. Oooh and an orchard! We'll make lots of cider. And when the economy goes even further to poop and industrial society collapses it won't matter to us. In Environmental Science on Friday we talked about peak oil and possible solutions and rather than being scared, I was really excited.

I tried raw milk this morning for the first time. DELICIOUS. It's weird how different it tastes from pasteurized milk. Katey had some because she has farm chores this week. It's really a lot better than pasteurized milk. Although milk is weird in general. Hey, let's drink this white stuff that comes out when we squeeze the dangley pink thing!

I love this place.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Can I just say that wizard rock is fantastic?

Seriously. Check out Draco & The Malfoys and Harry & the Potters. Good stuff.

(I'm a dork.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I got a bunch of new music! I'm having fun making mixes and dancing all over the place: Architecture in Helsinki, The Blow, Man Man, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Menomena, Of Montreal, and Starfucker. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm visiting Tim at Brown over thanksgiving. Not much else going on. I've stayed busy. In a week or so, I'll have pictures up here because my mom is sending out my camera.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

brush brush brush

I'm glad I'm the only first-year in my stats class. I'm making friends with 24-year-olds and even though they're 6 years older than me, it's not weird.

Of Montreal has the best song ever about dental hygiene:
I brush my teeth every day
back and forth and up and down
My toothpaste has a minty freshness
My toothbrush never lets me down!

The weather was absolutely perfect for jeans and a t-shirt today. Fantastic.

A couple nights ago (whenever the latest presidential debate was), I was walking back to school from John and Farley's house, where I watched the debate. I didn't have a flashlight and there are no street lamps. I have a slight fear of the dark, but I'm fine if I sing loudly. So I was belting out Gypsy Rover when I realized that at the exact same time, 3000 miles away, hundreds of 6th graders and a bunch of SLs and ODS staff were probably singing the exact same song. I had a minor freak-out/happy dance. Then I sang a bunch of other ODS quiet songs. The stars were really bright so I sang Big Dipper. Aaah I really wish I'd done more weeks at ODS.

Ooh I got intense quilt-lined overalls in the mail today! I can't wait for it to get colder.

In Environmental Science today we did a lab about specific heat. I did the exact same thing in physics last year so I totally knew what we were doing. I kind of miss that class. But today we did it in silly American units and it was stupid. Also: I'm a physics nerd.

I no longer have fermenting cabbage in my room, but this week I have rotting tomato seeds. Yum.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Just for fun


1] How did you get one of your scars?
A tongs fight with Jujube!

2] How did you celebrate your last birthday?
With friends in my backyard, a tent, and a nearby soccer field.

3] How are you feeling at this moment?
Pretty good. Although my stomach is kind of rumbly.

6] How did you get the shirt you're wearing?
My mom bought it for me so I'd be warm in Vermont.

7] How often do you see the person you're into?
I'm not really into anyone at the moment.

8] How much money did you spend last month?
Too much on school stuff.

9] How old do you want to be when you get married?
I don't even know if I want to get married.

10] How old will you be at your next birthday?

1] What is your favorite color?
It varies.

2] What is the next thing you desire?
Umm I'm pretty content right now. I have to get a lighter for my Bounder class.

3] What is the most important part of your life?
Friends, being outdoor, etc.

4] What would you rather be doing?

6] What always makes you feel better when you're upset?

7] What is your cell phone background?
I don't have a cell phone anymore!

8] What are you worried about?
Being completely overwhelmed by the number of people when I go back to Portland for winter break.

9] What is your favorite season?

1] Have you ever liked someone while you had a girlfriend/boyfriend?

2] Have you ever had your heart broken?
Not really.

3] Have you ever been out of the country?
Costa Rica and Canada!

4] Have you ever done something outrageously dumb?
Every day of my life.

5] Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend?
I don't think so.

6] Have you ever had sex on the beach?
No thank you!

7] Have you ever dated someone younger than you?

8] Have you ever read an entire book in one day?
Many many times.

1] Who was the last person you saw?
My roommate.

2] Who was the last person you texted?
Ummm Tuna Fish right before I left? I don't remember.

3] Who was the last person you hung out with?
Adam and I sat out in the common room reading for quite a while last night.

4] Who was the last person to call you?

6] Who is the last person who texted you?
Maybe Tuna. I don't really remember. That was back in August.

7] Who was the last person you said 'I love you' to?
I don't remember?

1] Where does your best friend live?
I have a lot of close friends rather than one best friend. Most of them live in Portland.

2] Where did you last go?
The dining hall for breakfast.

3] Where did you last hang out?
The common room of Merlin dorm.

4] Where do you go to school?
Sterling College!

5] Where is your favorite place to be?

6] Where did you sleep last night?
In my bed in my dorm room.

1] Do you like someone right now?
I like lots of people.

2] Do they like you too?
I hope so.

3] Do you ever wish you were someone else?

4] Do you know the muffin man?
I've met him. I wouldn't say I know him personally though.

5] Does the future scare you?
Not really.

1] Why do you have a crush on the person you do?
I don't.

2] Why is the sky blue?
I made it that way.

3] Why did your parents give you the name you have?
I had a grandfather named Jacob.

4] Why are you obsessed with tires?
Weeeeell I'm not.

1] If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to be able to fly or breathe underwater.

3] If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring only one thing what would you bring?

1] Would you ever get back together with any of your ex's if they asked you?
Theoretically, as a concept? Yes. Specifically? Not under current circumstances.

2] Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love?

1] Are you happy?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

thunder and lightning!

I have so much energy right now. It started pouring, complete with thunder and lightning, so I decided that homework could wait. I bolted outside and into the woods. I ran fast enough that the cedars looked like Western Reds, and the hemlocks and ferns looked like mine too. I pretended I was back in Oregon. I don't like to admit how much I miss that place. I plashed through puddles and runoff streams (rill erosion!) and was promptly soaked. It was amazing. About twenty minutes in, the shoes and socks came off. I got my feet perfectly numb: I could feel all the rocks and sticks and pine needles, but they didn't hurt. I was grinning like crazy and I felt wild and feral. I wanted to meet a catamount to run away and winter with. I passed the creepy shack in the woods but it wasn't so creepy; it looked cozy. Every squish of the water into the ground was perfect and it sounded like the earth was breathing. I slowed to a walk and I could still feel the ground squishing but it was silent, like my breath. I discovered that as amazing as puddle jumping is in rain boots, it's even better barefoot. I was also perfectly lost: I didn't recognize that area of the woods at all, but I could figure out how to get back somewhere that I would. Eventually, after some semi-bushwhacking, I made it back to a lean-to. I walked back up through the farm and greeted the cows. I need more adventures like that. Mike said he'd go running with me tonight if it starts raining again.