26 February 2012

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

We found this museum totally by accident. I saw it off the highway on the way from PDX to the coast, and thought it looked interesting. We endeavored to try and take a look on our way up to Mt. Hood at the end of our trip. I'm so glad we did! This place was awesome! The planes aren't models either, they're real! Just take a look at a small sampling of all the ridiculously wicked cool things they have!

F-104G Starfighter

X-15

SR-71 Blackbird (61-7971)

SR-71's Engine (Chad's favorite)

747 Jet Engine (Aidan's Favorite)

Spruce Goose

Northrop T-38 Talon

Pitt's Special

AQM-34 Ryan Firebee Drone

McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II

X-38

The Oregon Coast in Pictures

Yachats & Cape Perpetua







Seal Rock




Depoe Bay




My custom meal at Tidal Raves. Soooooo yummy!



Hot Tub Fun at Starry Starry Night








Look! Even the Aliens love the fresh crab at South Beach Grocery!


We also went to the Evergreen Aviation museum, but that deserves its own post. WOW!

One last thing: I ordered chowder at every restaurant in which stopped in order to ascertain who made the best. We determined that J's Fish & Chips in Lincoln City has superior clam chowder. Actually, everything we ordered there was great. If you're ever passing by, definitely give them a try. It may look like a dive, but the inside is clean, the staff is friendly, and the food is delicious!

13 February 2012

Happy 8th Birthday, Aurora!



Love you, Aurora Bora, even when you wake me up at 3am!

01 February 2012

It Gets Better

Just because this is a cause dear to my heart, and I've been remiss not to share these links in the past...



One could argue, especially considering where I live, that I'm lucky to be who I am: white, Christian, straight, and married, living in a home that I own, and essentially being a stay-at-home mom. We are the epitome of the conventional middle-American household. But, that doesn't mean I haven't seen how difficult it is for those men and women who walk a different path. Yes, it does get better...but it could be SO MUCH MORE SO if the people in this country had the courage to stand up for what's right, or at the very least, keep their noses and their legislation out of other people's private business (and bedrooms). Did you know it's legal to marry your own cousin in Wisconsin (provided one of you is sterile - ha!) but illegal to marry someone of the same gender? Could it get any more ridiculous?

A wise woman once told me, "Be who you are, because you're awesome." She probably doesn't remember the exchange, but I do. And, at the time, it made all the difference.

And for her, and for everyone who has ever accepted me for who I am - socially incompetent and often resentful as I am - I promise that I will never remain silent in the presence of any sort of bullying. Whether by fists or by legislation, it's still wrong...and I'll not tolerate it.