Sunday, September 26, 2010

Growing

This weekend, we went to visit my parents and something pretty exciting happened. I'll give you a hint, it's at 2:25-2:35:



No, I didn't have a growth spurt- although I am expecting it any day now. However, if you guessed this:

you were right.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Everyone deserves a chance to fly!

A friend showed me this and I thought it was adorable and sort of inspirational, so I wanted to share:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chalk Festival

Today was the annual Forest Grove Sidewalk Chalk Festival! You show up and they give you a box of chalk and a square of the sidewalk in downtown Forest Grove. Despite threatening morning clouds, Cam and I decided we were going to risk it:
Cam got involved too- he did a great job helping with the gradient backgrounds. It started sprinkling, so we pulled out our umbrellas.
Tuh duh! I had other plans for the background, but it was too hard to draw where it was soaked. Just moments after we finished, the rain really started coming.
But it was still fun- here were some of my favorite squares that survived the rain:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Swift Migration

Last night Cam and I went to go see the one of the nuttiest things I've ever heard of in Portland. The Swift migration at Chapman Elementary. It's this ridiculous phenomenon that happens every year at dusk throughout the month of September. Vaux's Swifts that are migrating south by the hundreds stop overnight at an elementary school in Portand, and spend the night in the chimney, which is oddly enough, the most prominent feature of the school. It also means that each night hundreds of people flock to see them do it.
It's the craziest thing to watch hundreds of them dive in right as it starts to get dark. While we were there, a hawk came out and started chasing some of them- everyone in the crowd boo-d of course, and then by the hundreds the swifts chased him off. It was pretty awesome. My question was: where do they all fit? Because we watched over a thousand just pile in. Apparently they cling to each of the bricks to sleep.

This video doesn't nearly capture the sight of thousands of small birds flocking over your head and then spiraling in until they all disappear... but it'll at least give you an idea of what it looks like:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Domestic Adventure

We may not be out traveling the world right now, but leave it to me to find an adventure in our kitchen.

One of my former roommates made a fantastic meal called White Chicken Chili, which Cameron has been begging me to make for quite some time. This week I finally gave in and got the ingredients and today we gave it a shot. It was all well and good- got the chicken done, had the jalapeno chopped and had everything cooking.

While it was cooking I was writing a few things down and, and suddenly my lips started burning. I figured I must have gotten some jalapeno on them and drank some water which helped. A few minutes later, I absent-mindedly wiped my right eye, which started burning instantly. I ran to the bathroom, and took my contact out which made it sting more. I realized that I still had the jalapeno juice on my hands, so my efforts to wash it out were only going to make things worse.

I yelled for Cameron to come help, and after several failed solutions he got a cup for me to tip up to my eye and blink. This helped the burning, but spread the sting around the outside of my eye, from my nose bridge on down. I decided that was bearable, and then washed my hands with baking soda to get rid of the acid, and then with soap.

I went back to my writing, but then decided I should take out my other contact so that I didn't get a headache. Although I had washed my hands, that happened after I had touched this pen I was using, which re-covered them with acid. This eye burned worse than the first one, and I had to get cam to take my contact out since my hands were covered. This time at least we had a procedure.

Both eyes eventually calmed down, and the chili turned out fantastically (I was nervous the jalapeno would make it unbearable, but the cream did a good job of neutralizing). It's delicious, but if you're interested in trying it, I recommend rubber gloves...

White Chicken Chili

2 chicken breasts

1 medium Onion

2 garlic cloves

2,15 oz cans white beans

1 can chicken broth

2, 4 oz cans chopped green chilies

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (BAM!)

1 cup sour cream

½ cup whipping cream

1 tbsp chopped jalapeno


Cook chicken breasts in broth and remove. Shred chicken. In large kettle, strain chicken broth, add onion, garlic, beans, chilies, and spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30 min. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and whipping cream, enjoy.