Category Archives: Travel

Scratch That Off the List

Well hello there. I got an urge to blog so we’ll see how long this stint lasts.

I don’t really have much energy to type out an awesome bucket list like some of my phenomenal friends, but I do have a rough idea in my head of what I’d like to do before I die. One of those things was going to the Olympics. I really didn’t think I’d still be up in Bellingham when they came around, nor did I think I would get off of my lazy butt and order tickets, but by golly I finally did it.

The whole reason I’m pretty much going (and the person I thank)  is because of my boyfriend, Brian. A while ago I asked him what types of sports he liked and when he came around to talk about hockey he made one distinction, that he favored Olympic hockey over regular games. What perfect timing! I made the purchase in September as an early Christmas present and next week we’ll get see Germany vs. Finland hockey up in Vancouver B.C.

As anyone can surmise, it’s pretty busy up there. We got to witness that when we went up there this weekend to pick up our tickets (I’ll have pictures of the tickets after the event, they’re safely sealed away).

I’m really excited to go and hope to have pictures posted when we return!

Minor Update

So, my ipod touch with fun memories of my Belize trip is misplaced. Nothing tragic, it’s been swallowed up in my apartment, and I haven’t had a chance to look for it. I am posting pictures from the trip slowly on my photo blog thischannelalwayschanges.wordpress.com, so feel free to check those out.

I think it’s time for me to find something inane to post about.

Day 1: Mexico!

I have all my photos back, so I’ll be posting my trip during the course of the next week or two (finally!). So I’m back bitches and ready to blog.

On April 23 I landed in Mexico for the first time in my life. Temperature wise it’s what I expected (just like the good old South). I met most of the Bevis clan (Lacy’s brother Arran his wife Allie and their daughter Sierra, along with Lacy’s sister Heather and her son Colin and Lacy’s mom). As soon as we packed up the van we sped out of Cancun, we’re not the get drunk on the beach type (at least not THAT type).

Our first night in Mexico. Flew into Cancun and promptly left for Playa Del Carmen. We got three rooms like this for a grand total of $90. Pretty sweet deal.

Our first night in Mexico. Flew into Cancun and promptly left for Playa Del Carmen. We got three rooms like this for a grand total of $90. Pretty sweet deal.

I recall a conversation that Lacy and I overheard while we were filling out our custom forms. “We’re just going to get drunk and lay on the beach. Why do we have to fill out these forms?”

I don’t know, foreign country much? I know Cancun is the spot for partying and such, but if that’s all you were really going to do why not just go Daytona Beach? At least you’d avoid those pesky forms. Anyway…

We had a bit of an adventure trying to find a hotel, but mission accomplished, we found a hotel for $30 a room (!!!). The humidity skyrocketed, but I love wandering around at night without the need for a jacket.

We wandered around until we found a restaurant still open, because by the time we had settled in it was almost 11 pm. It was a short night, but it was our first day.

Next post…Ruins, the best food and mysterious stranger on the beach…

Homeward Bound

I’m heading home on Sunday and we have managed to avoid flying out of Mexico, thank goodness. It’s been a lovely vacation, but due to recent circumstances I’d really like to be home. Not to mention the city part of me is creeping back.

Mexico

Oh, down in Mexico
I never really been so I don’t really know
Oh, Mexico
I guess I’ll have to go

I’m leaving for Mexico tomorrow and then off to Belize with my friend Lacy. I’m staying in a cabana and the room will have no electricity. I’ll be truly off the grid and in absolute paradise. It’s a much needed vacation and, I’m excited to get out of the country again! Beaches and ruins here I come!

Post inspired by my friend Maggie.

I’m already feeling it.

rubiks-cube-alarm-clockIt’s just going to be THAT type of year. It’s a good thing. I’m heading out of the country again AND I’m going to meet a slew of southern relatives I don’t know. At. All.

January –  Oregon

March – Belize!!!??

April – The parents are coming!

Late April/March – DC?

Summer – Memphis, Maggie’s baaaaaby, DC?, San Fransisco

Dec – Wisconsin

I might slide a trip to the Grand Canyon in May (if anyone is interested pipe up!)

Kind of sucks to simi-plan out the big things for the year. It feels like it’s already zipping along.

Whew!

Animals I Hate : Entry #1 Coconut Crab

 

Dude. That trash can? It's all yours.

Dude. That trash can? It's yours.

One day I ran across pictures of really creepy lobster/rolly polly like things attacking a bag of Fritos. I shared it with my boss Nicole and suddenly began to describe my ultimate hate of deep sea animals, a hate I didn’t realize I had until that day. She suggested I start a blog about animals I hate and I thought it was a good idea, but I wasn’t sure. Maybe someone else had one already? Nope. No one. Still didn’t make one, but after seeing this awful creature, I can assuredly say…I hate it with every fiber of my being and I will begin posting animals I hate on my blog.

I provide no facts or insights about this animal (innocently called the coconut crab), but I know it scares the ever loving shit out of me. If you’re brave enough to read up about it you can go here.

Excuse me? Can I borrow some toilet paper?

Excuse me? Can I borrow some toilet paper?

Imagine this scenario. You’re in Guam and you’re on the beach and you have to go to the bathroom. And since most bathrooms I’ve seen in parks and beaches have no doors, there’s nothing to keep things from getting in. So you’re sitting in your stall and the next thing you know on of these creatures comes crawling right under. Can you imagine it going for your ankle?!? This thing breaks coconuts as a lifestyle. It’s the very thing nightmares are made of. And pets. Yes, people have these things as pets.

Would you like to take a nap under the shade?

Would you like to take a nap under the shade?

Or say you’d like to take nice nap under the cool shade of a coconut tree…the wrong coconut tree. Bam! Next thing you know you have a crab attached to your face. (Or for some of them, the entire upper half of your body.) I hope they never develop a taste for human flesh, or we’re screwed.

I wouldn’t even want to eat one of those things (even if I could, allergies and all). All I can imagine is a reanimated claw wrapping itself around my throat. I’ll irrational fear I read at the Best Week Ever blog: “Sure, they taste delicious…but they also seriously look like gigantic cockroaches with huge murder hands. — Michelle Collins, On Lobsters”

I’d say these things look like giant spiders with armor and huge murder hands.

And for the sake of your sanity DON’T look up Japanese spider crabs.

Seriously.