March 26th, 2017
My first time in Juneau was pretty good! To be fair, the area is pretty small and lots of people all seem to know each other, which was a little disconcerting. I went to stay with my roommate's family and spent a day with my uncle who was there for work as well.
On the way to Juneau, I decided that it would be a great idea to take the "milk run," which makes two stops at smaller airports along the way. As is often the case with my misadventures, there was a problem. The flight from Anchorage to the first stop was around 36 minutes. After 30 there was a problem with the plane we were in and we flew all the way back to Anchorage. We then had to wait in the plane on the ground while a discussion happened to see if the plane could be fixed or if we would all need to board a new one. After a time, we all were herded off the plane and back into the airport to wait for the new plane to be readied. We did eventually make it to the first stop, but by that point it was snowing so hard that we had to wait for 20 minutes on the ground for the skies to be clear enough to see. This was also the case at the next stop, so by the time I made it to Juneau it was 11pm rather than the respectable 7:45 it was meant to be! Sigh.
My uncle showed me around the Alaska state capital buildings on our day together, and we even spied the back of my econ teacher's head while he took some pictures with his phone (I mean, I'm pretty sure it was him...). Juneau is beautiful, though it honestly feels like it belongs on the east coast instead of in Alaska.
In terms of adventures, there was only one worth sharing. We went to a glacier while I was there, and the lake separating us from the glacier was completely frozen so people could walk across. Me being me, I was pumped and primed to walk the two miles there and two miles back, but my roommate was wearing cloth shoes with no socks. To add insult to injury, she had shoved her feet into them haphazardly and her heels were sticking out. In the snow! We made it a quarter of the way across the lake before we turned back, and I am still a bit disappointed that I did not get to see the glacier up close on my trip.
Here is the part I am sure you all have been waiting for; my food reviews. I went to a place called The Island Pub for lunch on my last day with my roommate and her family (as well as a bunch of their church people). The hummus was great, and there were lots of interesting pizza options, which I quite enjoyed as well. I ate a lot but did not feel overstuffed, as the food all felt rather light. My uncle is a foodie like me, so we went to The Rookery, which is apparently where everyone goes when they come to Juneau, since it was apparently listed in some fancy gourmet food magazine. We indulged in salmon and chorizo lumpia, duck and shiitake ramen with housemade noodles, and the fanciest s'mores I have ever had! It was all mouthwateringly awesome!
If any of you are heading to Juneau, check out the Northern Tea House as well. I had a personal pot of caramel apple rooibos that was amazing!
That's all for now, since the beginning of my spring break was spent doing accounting homework and not going outside of the dorm...
Rebranding~ March Faves 2017
So this is something a little bit different for me, so bear with me. I know that this type of post might not be your cup of tea, but there have been some new things in my life recently that are so freaking cool that I had to share them with you!
First off are these boots. I've been slipping on the ice a lot in Anchorage, so my dad suggested (read: demanded) that I get myself some new boots before traveling to Juneau for Spring Break. I found these bad boys in Fred Meyer, and they're by Columbia. This was the kind of purchase that is more functional, but I was pleasantly surprised that they turned out to be exactly what i was looking for. The traction on the bottoms is perfect for icy sidewalks, and the insulation keeps feet warm and dry. I should mention that I'm pretty picky about shoes, especially since I have pretty flat feet and need insoles in order to walk around all day comfortably. These ones are wonderful, though, and I wore them for five days straight over my vacation and have no complaints to report. 10/10 dragonfruit.
Next are the cosmetic- type items. I thought that the Rosebud Salve would just be a fad, but I was pleasantly surprised, especially as the Alaskan weather gets a bit warmer but the air is still pretty dry. I feel tres moisturized! 9.5/10 dragonfruit. In that same sort of corner, the Clinique and Crayola limited addition Chubby Sticks (in "fuzzy wuzzy" and "mauvelous") rocked my world. They don't really offer much color on the lips, but I love them and they bring me back to my childhood. Yay for more moisturizing lippy things! 9.8/10 dragonfruit. The last lip product I have used too much in March is the Tanya Burr Cosmetics matte lip in "Martha moo," which is a matte mauve- nude pink. I feel like a real adult when I wear it, and it goes with everything which is a total bonus! The only downside is that it does not last very well on my lips. I'm unsure if this is because I'm applying too much at once or something, but that's that. 9/10 dragonfruit.
Here comes the skincare! The Trader Joe's Coriander Body Butter is something I thought would make me smell like I bathed in chicken rub, but I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only do I not smell like Sunday dinner, but the light, almost floral scent smells like springtime to me, which is a major plus! Of course the thick consistency does take a while to sink into the skin, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love thicker lotions and always have! 11/10 dragonfruit. I have been adoring the Neutrogena Hydra Boost water gel and matching gel eye cream for night time. I love how soft and supple my skin feels after I use them together, and my under eye area pulls less as I'm putting in my contact lenses if I put on the gel the night before. 9.5/10 dragonfruit for both.
I love this toothbrush. I'm not sure what else there is to say here. I bought the Violife Slim Sonic toothbrush for 18 dollars in Juneau on a whim, and it might just be the best money I have ever spent. On my last dental visit, I was told that an electric toothbrush would fix the problems I had been having in adequately cleaning my gums (since there were no other complaints- still no cavities!). I'm sure the idea had just been rattling around in my head ever since, so I bought this one on a whim. The toothbrush comes with a battery, two brush heads, and the upper casing, which makes this adorable electric toothbrush perfect for travel and home. I am so in love... 11/10 dragonfruit.
My Crane Flower candle by Volupsa smells kind of like green and lemon meringue pie to me, so I just could not leave it behind, even though we technically aren't allowed to have candles in the dorms. I figure that since I can't light matches and don't have a lighter this shouldn't be much of a problem. The candle is made of coconut which also made me extremely happy! I just love candles. 10/10 dragonfruit. My Pentel EnerGel pens are less exciting, but I love pens that write smoothly and have used up both the 0.7 purple and 0.5 black already, leaving me with only the 0.7 black left. My only complaint here is that there isn't enough ink in the pens, but maybe I just write too much? 8.5/10 dragonfruit.
Here comes the best part! I feel like I'm shouting but I'm just soooooo pumped! BOOKS! I went to Comicon and it was amazing! I met some authors and bought new books. Ghost in the HATBOX is about young Hatter Madigan who is training in the Milliner's Academy. The story has elements that feel a lot like Harry Potter, Divergent, and, Alice in Wonderland. Of course, the whole point is that the story is supposed to feel vaguely like Lewis Carrol's famous work. Agents of the Realm is about a group of girls who find out that they're magic in their first semester of college. This book is a graphic novel, and I honestly really want to be friends with all the girls. The story is a little bit like W.I.T.C.H. and a bit like Agents of Shield as well. These books broke the dragonfruit scale and I couldn't put them down.
Lots of love,
PS: If you try any of these things or read the books please let me know what you thought of them. In addition, if there is anything you think I might like please let me know!!!!!!
Hello lovely people!
I was recently reading through the archives of this blog and thinking about how far I've come. Some of the things I've been through have been wonderful, some have been torturous, and some were supremely difficult at the time but are amazing to look back on. In thinking about this, I can easily address something you may be wondering about; the change in blog title. In a recent conversation with my mother, we agreed that I am a straight- edge hippie. I believe in peace, love (free and otherwise), nature, and caring for yourself . However, I'm simply not interested in getting high or drunk. There is so much that has changed about me as a person as well as the world around me, but I don't really see my attitude towards substances changing any time soon.
To be fair, I am still having some pretty wonderful mixed adventures, However, I hope to be able to do other sorts of content on this blog, which I hope you'll all enjoy just as much as I'll love writing them!
Please give me some input with a comment!
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