Wednesday, September 30, 2009

See ya Seattle, Hello Hood River =)

So I am leaving Seattle after good couch surfing times and heading to Hood River to pick grapes! Yay, the grapes should be ready at the end of the week as am I!

We drove into Oregon yesterday, the Pacific Northwest as they call this region is stunningly beautiful. Camping tonight. Bought stuff for good ole American smores.

Cara =)

Happy Hood River

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fired! Lovely!

So due to my last post I was FIRED! Hooray!

Let go, discharged, dismissed, not invited to return...whatever you want to all it. So now I am 'not engaged in a gainful occupation' even though I did my job adequately, perfectly and to the best of my abaility. Even though I am qualified, have an abundance of relevant experience and they need staff at the moment during a busy period. Thank you Corperate America!

The Convention Center gets flagged any time it's name is mentioned anywhere on the internet (hi guys! how's your day?) and while Naomi had cleared me working with everyone, someone didn't get the memo and had a problem with it. So beacuse we are not technically realted by blood and didn't grow up together beacuse I moved to Australia, but call eacother cousins and are trying to spend some time together, I can't work 'below' her. Not that I saw her much or she could favour me in any favourbale can someone be when you are filling butter and making ice water?

So yesterday I slept in and did ranodm handy woman work for Mike next door (let's see if he'll fire me too now?) and was invited out by Jason, a couchsurfer who went to Bainbridge Island. He has recently moved to Seattle and is interested in exploring. We went for tea at the Wallingford Tea Rooms (now look there, they have just been flagged) and I has tea jitters by the time we left. No seriously, I was drunk on White Nettle, Pink Chai and Black tea with smoke and sherry flavours. To fix that we ate falafels and then went to Jason's local bar and played pool. I really enjoyed hanging out and forgetting that I am awaiting for grapes now with no employment. I guess it's no big deal.

I have organised a CS Hike for tomorrow to Kendalls Katwalk souwth east of Seattle! =) Who needs Convention Centers, work and money!?! wtf?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Still awaiting grapes!

"The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do"
-Galileo Galilei

"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it only picking grapes or sorting the laundry"
-EB White

I am working with my cousin Naomi who is the Catering Manager for Lynnwood Convention Center. I am doing functions work, more or less large scale catering . It's funny, you travel half way around the world and the trolleys are the same, the butter goes in little dishes, the debates on 'is it too early to make ice water' ensue and there is always politics and nice people. I plan to be here next week and Oregon!?! I am calling Lloyd every Monday to check on the grapes, silly grapes!

I have hung out with CSers twice now and have had a nice time. The first was a bicycle trip to Bainbridge Island. We took a ferry, I love loading onto ferries with a bike! First on! Then today, I basked in the beautiful weather that Seattle is putting on in Gasworks Park (activities inculded tightrope walking). This was followed by dinner at Mama's Mexican resturant in downtown Seattle and drinks on the rooftop over looking the Sound.

Upcoming Bumper Sticker business:
"Just lie to make me feel better"
"Don't hit that guy"
"No thing, No fling"
"You guys hanging out more?""For the rest of my life"
"What I meant to say is, this Teriyaki sauce is banging"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Surprise Seattle

Burning Man to Portland to Olympic National Park to....surprise... Seattle!

So I am awaiting grapes! They are not ready yet and cannot be picked just yet! I talked to Lloyd today and he said October. So now I am staying with my cousin Naomi in Seattle. She works for a convention center and I am going to work part time until its grape time!

So many new photos and stories. What an experience Burning Man was. Indescribable. I could write all day and never adequately describe all that happened.

Cara =)

Monday, September 07, 2009

The place, the playa - Burning Man

Thank you Ben. Thank you.

The people, my people- Burning Man

Ben in all his glory

Jen in all her beauty

Couch Surfing camp

Calm Emin

Beeee happy! Woweeee

Friendship and joy

The fellas

Beautiful new friends

The night - Burning Man