Monday, January 4, 2010

Birthday #26 (09.13.09)

I don't like to make much ado on my birthday. I just like a nice easy day. I decided to get a nose piercing because I've always wanted one. We'll see how it holds up especially with soccer. Hopefully I won't get hit in the face...too much. My roommate was nice enough to make me a fresh raspberry-sour cream crumb cake (although I know she really wanted a reason to use her new cooling racks). I don't really like raspberries or sour cream that much, but this was pretty good.

I have the same birthday as my grandma Emily. I was born on her 65th. I also share my birthday with Bela Karolyi, chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey, Fiona Apple, Ben Savage from The Princess Bride and Boy Meets World, American Army surgeon Walter Reed, Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts, Tyler Perry, and many others.

Quote: Few are those that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. - Albert Einstein
Song: Dig by Incubus

Council Crest

While still recovering from the pina coladas the night before, I wasn't very productive. I took up an offer from Nicole and Brandon to go up to Council Crest Park around dusk. It's over 1000 feet above sea level and is the highest point in the West Hills or Tualatin Mountains that run parallel to the Willamette River in Portland. This huge park is about a mile from where I live. There are even trails that I could hike from my house to get there. It was nice to visit, peaceful. In the middle of the park at the top there is an observation area that has placards to show from which spots it is possible to see Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson. I used to go to this softball park in Stockton often to study. Just being outside is much more calming than at a study cubicle. Hopefully, I'll be here enough in the spring to spend some more time at this park.

Quote: There's a fine line between losing it and getting it. - John Corbett in Dreamland
Song: Heavy by Holly Brook

Margarita & Taco Time

A few weeks into my new home in Portland I decided that I needed to blow off some steam. So my roommate and I decided to have a margarita and tacos night with our neighbor Megan on a Friday night (09.11). I also invited Jen and Logan over since they had not seen my new place yet. I was kind of excited Nicole took care of the tacos, since she doesn't really ever cook.

Mmm - mango margarita.

The first picture with my new roommate Nicole.

Always pictured drinking. It's like Jen and Logan's wedding all over again.

I really need to stop making faces when someone's taking a picture of me...

Good times.

That's not a glass of milk Logan has. It's a pina colada.

Out of control.

The shot goes in the blender, not in your mouth!

Megan mixing it up.

Double fisting.

Brandon gave in a decided to have a pina colada.

Quote: She put the lime in the coconut and drank them both up.
Song: Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes