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The Rock… Rocks.

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Happy Sunday, Everyone!

It’s been absolutely gorgeous out today, so if it’s nice where you are, I hope you spent a little time outdoors. I had to work until 3pm, but afterwards I took one of my dogs on an hour long walk for some exercise and Vitamin D, chyeahhh. Then I picked up the new and limited edition Game of Thrones beer, called “Three-Eyed Raven” and brewed by Ommegang Brewery, because GAME OF THRONES PREMIERES TONIGHT!! I can’t wait.

I had a pretty fabulous week, so ending it (or starting it… whichever way you look at it) with Game of Thrones is icing on the cake. As I may have mentioned in the past, I had my first climbing competition yesterday at Rock Spot Climbing’s Boston Boulder Brawl, so I spent a lot of time this last week – and the last month – preparing for it. I went to a pretty sweet rock gym on Wednesday called Central Rock Gym – Watertown to mix it up a bit; check out the pictures below.

Central Rock Gym

 

Central Rock (3)

To recap the competition: it was awesome. I didn’t win, but I did score high enough in the qualifying round to compete in the final brawl, where you climb until fail. I was eliminated on the 5th problem along with 6 other women (it was an evil problem), so I felt pretty content about the whole thing. Personally, I did some of the best climbing I’ve ever done to date, so that’s a win in my book! Truth be told, if the women in my division had been honest and competed at the level they belonged in – a lot were WAY to advanced for my level, it was pretty disheartening and unfair – I probably would have had a solid chance at winning, but oh well. Once I can get Max to send me the pictures I’ll post them up here. I also am friends with the manager of the Spot, so Max and I were asked to be judges during other levels of the competition. It was pretty neat and overall just a really great, albeit long, day 😀

Central Rock (2)

I’ve been really craving French lately, so the rest of this post is going to be in said tongue. Feel free to translate if you wish, but maybe sometime I’ll translate it/read it out loud on a video for you all to hear how it sounds. If you just paste it in a translator, just be aware it may not seem to flow as nicely. I also may have made a few grammatical errors here and there since I am a little rusty.

Aujourd’hui, j’ai fait une dĂ©couverte. Donc, pas exactement une dĂ©couverte, mais j’ai trouvĂ© les mots corrects pour une pensĂ©e de mien (<– cette grammaire… c’est correct?). Actuellement, la dĂ©couverte Ă©tait hier, mais il n’importe pas.

Alors, la pensĂ©e. Toute ma vie, j’avais Ă©tĂ© une individuel compĂ©titive; pour toutes la facettes de ma vie. C’est dans mon ADN, peut-ĂȘtre. Mais, je pense que quand j’Ă©tait petite, mes idĂ©es de compĂ©tition Ă©taient complĂštement incorrects et injustifiables. Puis, j’avait voulu dĂ©truire le compĂ©tition; les battre a tout ce jeu et gagner.

Mais, maintenant je vois l’idĂ©e de compĂ©tition dans une lumiĂšre diffĂ©rent. Oui, j’ai encore gagner, mais maintenant il est pour une raison plus juste, plus humaine. Peut-ĂȘtre je dois cette idĂ©e Ă  une sport en particulier… l’escalade. Hier, j’ai eu mon premier compĂ©tition d’escalade, et je l’adorait! J’adore cet sport, et un morceau de cet amour est parce que les personnes qui participent.

Ils sont adorent (eh bien, plus). Les attitudes sont heureux, encourageant et aimables, et ils Ă©taient infectieux. Pendant un moment, j’avais compris. L’idĂ©e de gagner n’est pas comment tu peux battre les autres, mais comment tu peux conquĂȘte de vous-mĂȘme et ĂȘtre parfait pour vous. Je voudrais aider mon compĂ©tition parce que, pourquoi pas? Je voudrais ĂȘtre le mieux. Mais il n’y a pas les autres dans cette problĂšme; seulement moi et le rocher. LĂ ! C’est facile pour moi: si les autres sont trĂšs super, j’ai besoin ĂȘtre trĂšs super aussi parce que je voudrais exceller, et nous pouvons apprendre de l’autre.

Le rocher ne mente pas et je voudrais avoir toutes les rochers me dire que je suis le mieux, ne personne. Mais je veux le support des personnes et en exchange je veux les support aussi. Ensemble, nous pouvons conquĂȘtes le monde. Je pense que avec cette idĂ©e, j’ai grandi un peu, et à cause de ça, je suis devenue une meilleure personne.

There you have it, folks. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Livin’ Life Like An Oregonian

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Friday, March 28th: I’m not going to lie, I was incredibly sore after my multiple hikes in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon… so I had a late start to this Friday. Also, it was a pretty rainy morning, which meant that I took my sweet time getting ready for the day ahead. After I was sufficiently prepared (did some stretching and breakfast eating), I made moves for my last full day in Portland. Sad. I walked to the bus stop, took the bus to the Max un autre fois, and found myself in downtown Portland once again.

I had a goal to find a new pair of rain-boots considering mine had shit the bed. After visiting countless outdoors stores and the like (Portland is full of them – I loved it), I stumbled upon a Dr. Marten store and you guessed it, found my new babies there. Check them out, I find them to be pretty fresh!

What The Doctor Ordered

What The Doctor Ordered

Sweet kicks, eh? I also discovered another juice bar called Greenleaf, where I sucked down a SUPER hot juice with jalapeno and ginger inside, it was a nice compliment to the Indian food I had eaten for lunch from one of the many food trucks that reside in Portland (I loooooved that aspect).

Spicy Leaf Juice
Some of you may or may not know that I happen to be a HUGE Game Of Thrones fan, so of course after seeing this street sign, I had to take a picture in the family’s memory *tear*. I do want to talk about the coming season since Episode 1 has already aired, so expect that in the near future! Here she is:

House Stark

House Stark

Gallivanting around is pretty much how I spent my Friday in Portland; at least until Natasha was done with work. She got out around 5, so I met her at Portland City Grill, a place that was absolutely bumping during happy hour – which happened to run until 7! I slugged back some amazingly priced local wine, and soon Natasha, her friend and I had scored highly coveted seats in the bar for a brilliant view of the city.

Portland

Rainbow!

Rainbow!

Pretty phenomenal view, don’t you think? That place was packed, but Natasha was courageous enough to ask these gentlemen for their seats since they appeared to be cashing out; they were charming and let us sit down with them until they left. Having an actual table gave us the opportunity to order food (which was also mega-cheap), and we all split Rice Paper Spring Rolls and then I had Creole Shrimp and Grits – which was creamy polenta, roasted red pepper sauce and white cheddar with a ton of shrimp nestled within. It was amazing and I definitely recommend it if you ever stop in there for some grub!

YUM

YUM

We stayed at Portland City Grill for a little while longer, then it was time for us to make moves to Natasha’s friend and co-workers house, Dawn. She’s a bit older than we are, so she’s more put together — when we arrived her and her friends were chef-ing up a phenomenal meal of sauteed spinach with garlic, salmon, brussel sprouts with seasonings and olive oil, tomato and onion salad, and a few other things that I can’t remember anymore. I HAD to eat some brussel sprouts and salad since I am addicted to vegetables, and they were awesome.

Dawn's Floor Decor

Dawn’s Floor Decor

We also brought some local beer to the gathering, and there was plenty of wine to go around. Needless to say it was a grand time, especially when we started playing Cards Against Humanity; a dirty version of Apples to Apples, and a game I definitely encourage you to try out for a night of comedic relief.

teehee

teehee

Well, that was my final day and night in Portland! It couldn’t have ended any better in my opinion: good food, drink and company are all ingredients for awesomeness in my book.

Saturday, March 29th: The final day in Portland! Natasha and I slept in a little bit since it was the weekend, and after I had packed up all my belongings we set out in search of some good ole Portland grub. Natasha wanted to take me to a place called Slappy Cakes, where you can make your own pancakes on your table which doubles as a griddle/grille, but the wait was about 2 hours and I had a train to catch at 12:15… so that was a big fat negatory.

Instead, we wound up eating at a restaurant called Radio Room where I ordered and devoured their “Boss Hogg Benedict”, which was melted brie, bacon slices and poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce and home fries on the side. ❀ ‘Twas fantastic, especially paired with the hot chocolate I ordered. Have I mentioned that I love Portland and it’s local food community? I couldn’t get enough!

After brunch, I had to say goodbye to Natasha 😩 . She dropped me off at the Portland train station and I was off to Olympia, Washington to stay with my friend Kaitlyn! I don’t want to overwhelm all you lovely humans with an overly long post, so I’ll stop here for now. Stay tuned for the last legs of my westward journey!

Stay beautiful, all of you.

Let’s Play A Game… of Ice and Fire

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She sat there with pieces of her past strewn on the floor in front of her. Numbly, she fingered the black and white photographs, looking without really seeing.

^ So this was in my drafts folder; looks like I started writing a story but didn’t get far at all. Maybe I’ll work on it some day. But in the mean time…

I came across the Game of Thrones online store, and it’s sort of a bad thing I did. I pretty much want everything from sigil pint glasses to Stark banners and the Stark sigil ring (I love the Starks, mostly because they have direwolves and I want one), but unfortunately I don’t get any because I’m too broke. MER. Here are a few of my favorite gems; figured I would share and spread the wealth of knowledge.

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A cookbook endorsed by George R. R. Martin that contains more than 100 recipes and is divided by region:

‱ The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
‱ The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
‱ The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister’s Stew; Blueberry Tarts
‱ King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
‱ Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
‱ Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts

Um… YUM. If anyone wants to buy it for me I’ll cook you a plethora of tasty old school meals (kidding… but not really at all).

A map of Westeros and Essos, but poster sized. Chill.

Who doesn’t want a nice dragon egg paperweight? Too bad it won’t hatch…

Okay, so THIS is outrageous. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Iron Throne. This bad boy is made of hand-finished/painted fiberglass and fire-proof resin. It stands over 7′ in height, 6′ in depth and 5.5′ in width, and weighs in at a whopping 35o pounds.
Excuse me? If you have an extra $30,000 lying around, by all means buy it… but seriously? Some day…

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I clearly have a minor major obsession with Game of Thrones, and even more so now that I finally finished the second book! HOLLER. It was oh, only 969 pages… these books are seriously messing with the amount of books I wanted to read over the summer since one book equals like two or three normal books, but no matter. They are beyond worth it. Of course, I already bought the third one and can’t wait to crack it open, but first I told myself I needed to read my orientation packet for France, since that kind of takes precedence.

Speaking of books read this summer, I wanted to make a list of the ones I’ve conquered. It’s kind of a sad listing, but…
Game of Thrones (Book One)
The Hunger Games (Book One)
Catching Fire (Book Two Hunger Games)
A Clash of Kings (Book Two Game of Thrones)

For an English major who is used to cranking out three or four books a week, this is child’s play; but, I guess that’s what happens when I have to work and intern all the damned time. I also read the majority of Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, but I still need to finish it up. I wish I could have read more, but I may still get a chance since I have about a week of nothingness before I leave for Europe. We shall see! If anyone has any book recommendations – I bought Water For Elephants and plan to get to that, and I have The Help and Divine by Choice in line as well – feel free to send them my way! All genres welcome, and length need not be taken into consideration.

Okay, guys… I gotta get back to work. I tried eating as slowly as possible, but a sandwich and an orange can only take so long to consume. Stay awesome 0_O