.Behind the Redwood Curtain.

Easter

Easter is my favorite holiday.

Like yeah, I enjoy the food and present holidays, but Easter has always been my favorite.

When I was a kid, I’d wake up and there would be three easter baskets waiting for me and my brothers. Inside would be a treasure trove of See’s candy.

A chocolate bunny
Hollow chocolate eggs with white chocolate chicks inside
Jelly beans
Chocolate covered marshmallow eggs
and my most favorite a Giant Bordeaux Egg

We’d then head outside and search for solid chocolate bright foil wrapped eggs and of course the dyed eggs too.

I’d always go after as many mini chocolate eggs as possible, as we always turned the dyed eggs into deviled eggs, so it wasn’t as if we kept those individually.

After our hunt we’d make a big breakfast: waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, mimosas (or OJ) and toast or english muffins.

Then the rest of the day my brothers and I would gorge on candy, I’d help make deviled eggs for lunch time snacks, and that night we’d always have a big tasty dinner. Sometimes lamb, especially if people came to visit, sometimes a roast, but always something good.

Adam doesn’t really understand my love of Easter. 

Every year I go out and make him a big basket full of his favorite candies, he’s still never made me one. Usually he’ll take me out, or get me a present during the day after he’s presented with his basket and realizes he didn’t get me anything… 

Tomorrow’s Easter, it’s also another “holiday” up here. I know that my favorite day is going to be pushed to the wayside and that bums me out because all I ever want is to wake up on Easter and see that Bordeaux Egg waiting for me, perhaps a small gift. I just miss that tradition.


terrakion:

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
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"Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character." What about Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, because Princess Tiana is black… View Larger

terrakion:

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.

Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.

Read more | Follow policymic

SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA

"Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character." What about Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, because Princess Tiana is black…


crookedindifference:

Gulf Oil Spill “Not Over”: Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.

Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report. In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report.

—More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since April 2010. If you stretched the corpses lengthwise, that’s 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of dead dolphins, Inkley said. Scientists know that is more than in previous years because they’ve been recording deaths and strandings in the Gulf for a decade.

—There are five species of sea turtle that live in the Gulf, and all of them are listed as threatened or endangered by the Endangered Species Act. About 500 dead sea turtles have been found in the spill region every year since 2011—”a dramatic increase over normal rates,” according to the NWF. What’s unknown is how many turtles died at sea and were never recovered by scientists.

—An oil chemical from the spill has been shown to cause irregular heartbeats in the embryos of bluefin and yellowfin tuna. That’s a critical stage of development for the fish, so there’s a lot of concern that the damage could cause heart attacks or deaths, Inkley said. 

—Loons, birds that winter on the Louisiana coast, are carrying increasing concentrations of toxic oil compounds in their blood.

—Sperm whales that swam near the BP well have higher levels of DNA-damaging metals in their bodies than in the past. The metals in their bodies, such as chromium and nickel, are the same ones that were present in the well.

Download the full report:
Four Years Into the Gulf Oil Disaster: Still Waiting for Restoration (pdf)

This is highly disheartening 


in a matter of months my left hand will be worth more than anything i’ve owned ever.

nuts.


Whenever Adam and I go home mom insists she must take our photo. The top photo was the day we were cooperating, whereas the bottom two we’re really cold and I mean come on how can I not be tempted with the fake coyote… 


Adam left for Oregon yesterday.

I hate it when I have boring work and he gets to go on fun trips.

He definitely deserves it though; he’s going camping with one of his friends who lives up there, and he just spent a week with my parents. 

Good thing his friend only has 2 days off, so he’ll be back soon enough.


brittanyexpl0res:

napavalleywinetrain:

A beautiful day in Napa Valley’s winter when you see wild yellow mustard between the vines.

I don’t miss living there, but sometimes I do wish that it was a little bit closer so I could just go for a quick visit.

I saw this last weekend when I drove down home from Humboldt. Our normal route was closed so we had to go all the way down to Santa Rosa and cut through the 12 putting us through Sonoma and Napa and all the good things. (and adding 2 hours to our trip :/ ) View Larger

brittanyexpl0res:

napavalleywinetrain:

A beautiful day in Napa Valley’s winter when you see wild yellow mustard between the vines.

I don’t miss living there, but sometimes I do wish that it was a little bit closer so I could just go for a quick visit.

I saw this last weekend when I drove down home from Humboldt. Our normal route was closed so we had to go all the way down to Santa Rosa and cut through the 12 putting us through Sonoma and Napa and all the good things. (and adding 2 hours to our trip :/ )


My life has been taken over by wedding things which is good, but also bad because I want to stop planning it and just have it and there’s lots to do still and OMG this thing is going to be giant.


My dad came to visit. He loved the house and puppy. Hated the drive. It was a lot of fun to have him.


Chocolate mousse in the fridge.

Chicken in the oven.

Rice on the stove.

Veggies in the fridge.

Om nom nom