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Party & Portland Again

OK.....I am in bed with a cough. Let me tell you how I got the cough. And I haven't been sick in a LONG time but now I finally got sick. The other night me, Desi and Skyler went to supposedly the party of the year in Bend. A Halloween party located at a brewery warehouse and I usually associate warehouse events with very entertaining rave style parties.....so I was like cool! You know something like Prodigy's No Good (Start the Dance) video. I was going to be a skeleton last year but ended up going to bed early on Halloween so I was a skeleton this year instead. I had a whole outfit picked out and waiting for me, I slapped on some white and black make up, my first time doing this kind of face painting and since I have an impatient streak I did not spend much time on painting my face.
I looked like this. Living dead girl.





It sure looked like "party of the year" from the outside, long lines of people waiting to get in. And waited we did. With everybody else. In the freezing cold.
For a very long time. Like sheep. BAAAAAAAAA! It was freakin' cold as fuck and the line we were in was not moving, I think we froze for close to two hours. Hence my persistent cough. Many (smart) people got pissed and left but we waited and waited. It hurt to move after a while. Finally they started letting small groups of ten people at a time in. More difficult than getting into Studio 54 back in the day I bet. Now I have been to parties that DESERVE to be called party of the year and even at those parties they were letting people in at a faster pace. It can take many hours of waiting in line to get into Burning Man but at least the line is MOVING, this line did not move for long stretches of time. So when we finally got in I was annoyed. Once inside we discovered that it wasn't crowded so why they were playing games with people that were suffering outside in the cold I don't know, that made me even more annoyed. Then the music SUCKED in both areas, people were pushing and running into others (read me), in general the party was too vanilla for my taste. The kind of party you need to get drunk or do drugs to have "fun". I rarely leave a party early but a bit before 1 I excused myself and drove home. So happy to leave. Then I laid in bed trying to warm up, still cold to the bone, then I couldn't fall asleep for hours, and then I felt feverish and woke up sweaty and with a cough. Yeay!
Here we are, posing like happy little sheep.



The next day (yesterday) me and Desi headed to Portland again. We decided we needed some more haunted house adventures. I love haunted houses and so does Desi. I will write about that tomorrow because Halloween is tomorrow.
But first we needed food. So another friend of mine that lives in Portland, Autumn took me to a place called the Bipartisan Cafe two years ago when I spent a few days there. Well, that is where me and Desi ate too, three times total so far.
We told the girls working at the cafe that we will be back. The pies are AMAZING. Seriously. I am fantasizing about those pies. So we found out that the pies get baked early in the morning by two people that come in and bake. You have to ask about the pies! Two of those went into my stomach.



The latte is good too. I love the Bipartisan Cafe!



Desi bought a whole pie, a three berry pie. Now I wish I had a whole pie in the fridge as well....I really like the raspberry rhubarb.



After that we went to Hong Phat so Desi could get lumpia wrappers, dragonfruit, candy and whatever else she stocked up on. On the other side of the road we saw some sort of Chinese herbal center, I felt curious and I suggested thar we go inside. And so we did.
We opened the door and entered a room full of jars containing powders and roots and I am not sure what else, an aquarium with Koi fish and a large statue of some sort of a goddess. A man appeared from the back and said it was an appointment only place and that he was the doctor. We were going to leave but then he started talking to us and next thing you know, the Chinese medicine doctor is examining our tongues and taking our pulse. According to him I have a lot of fire in my belly. Something about that my spleen is weak too. And I have poor circulation. Yes, my hands and feet are cold a lot actually.
After about 30 minutes with the doctor we left. Interesting! I might actually go for an hour check up next time I am in Portland.
It was then time for some haunted houses, we went to two this trip. And two last week Tuesday. So four total.
Also last week I wanted some pictures of the Portland skyline at evening time, I think it is so beautiful. So close to midnight we drove up to Rocky Butte Park.
The view is great up there but not for picture taking unless you have an amazing camera.





And here is a pic of a part of the city taken while driving. I really like Portland.



After the haunted houses we decided to check out Dante's to see an event called Inferno Cabaret that they have on Sundays. My first time there and I LOVED it, the performers were all very talented, the go go dancers had skills and spunk and the DJ played really good music and he could mix. Plus he played Miss Kittin Frank Sinatra , any DJ that plays that is good in my book. One of my fave songs, it used to be my voicemail back in the day. I recommend that you check out Sinful Inferno at Dante's if you are ever in Portland on a Sunday evening......
A blurry pic of Dante's from the outside.



Then we were hungry, so we went to Tik Tok for some late night food. I had hot tea to try to warm up and potato skins and here I am showing off one of my many skills.
I don't need drugs. As you can see.



Then it was kind of late, past 1 am and we needed to hit the road and drive home. So.....driving along the 26 East while pitch black outside I suddenly spot something in the middle of the road. Two loose dogs running towards the car. OMG.
We stop, turn around, pull over, hazards on. I tie up Chhaya that is going bonkers barking in the front seat. We call the dogs and the large yellow/white lab immediately runs over to Desi. The other smaller black and brown dog still stands in the middle of the road. A truck comes towards us and I thought that was going to be the end for the dog so I start screaming NO NO NO. The dog avoids getting hit but runs off, I go looking for it but it was gone. The lab had a collar on with a phone number and an address but since it was around 3 am nobody answered, so I put the dog in the back of the car and he was so tired. About a four mile drive to the address.
When we get there the place was dark, we didn't want to wake anybody at that time or potentially get shot so we told the dog to go home and he walked down the path to his house, or at least what we hoped was his house. He looked back at us a few times. Then we drove back to look for the other dog. Couldn't find it. I felt bad.
Today Desi spoke to the owner, yes those are his dogs. The missing dog still gone.
I really hope it will get located, poor baby. I will pray to St. Francis of Assisi tonight that the dog will get back home safely. That was not a good situation for the two dogs.
At least one is safe but I do feel very bad for the other one.
:-(
I got home close to 7 am this morning......slept a few hours and been up since.
I think it is time to catch up on some much needed sleep soon.

The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

When I was in Portland the other day with Desi we went to a place called The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother also known as The Grotto. We are actually both Catholic, although I consider myself more spiritual since a while. I don't want to identify myself with any one religion and I am still trying to understand/figure out a lot about the meaning of life and the reason for being here, what happens after death, why is there suffering and evil and all those questions that most of us ponder from time to time.
The Grotto is a beautiful place, many trees and plants, it is very lush. I got the chills and felt a bit emotional a few times, even cried a little. Especially when reading about apparitions and when I think about death and people who have passed on. Where are they? I can NOT accept that death is the end.





May Peace Prevail On Earth.



Saint Francis of Assisi is my favorite because he is the patron Saint of animals and nature. I can relate to that.



Our Lady of Częstochowa (The Black Madonna), which is in Poland. The Grotto has a replica.













I recommend a visit here! Dogs are allowed to be walked on the lower level of The Grotto.
Sadly some people think it is OK to spit out their gum, leave behind their cigarette butts, plus other trash they are too lazy to put away properly and we even found a condom. I picked that up plus whatever else I just mentioned. So extremely disrespectful. People that trash have no respect for THEMSELVES, this reflects on how they view themselves. Trashy.

thegrotto.org

Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour Portland

So.....this past Monday I saw Depeche Mode in Portland with Desi. I decided months ago that I WOULD see them this tour, Global Spirit Tour no matter what. Last time I saw them was in Vegas in 2006 when they did Touring the Angel but I have loved this band a long time. ❤️
I was SO excited to finally see DM again. They are so good live, Dave Gahan has the most amazing voice and he is just great.
Do I even have to say it? They put on a great show. I loved it.







Where's the Revolution? Also during Enjoy The Silence they showed different animals on the screen....I liked that.





This man is WOW .....in so many ways.❤️







Sometimes words are not enough....I am so VERY grateful that I was able to see Depeche Mode. ❤️
I feel sad and empty when certain large events in my life are over when they are over.....like that's it? Is it really over? NOOOOOOO! But it is over, I have the memories left and of course the music. It was Depeche Mode playing in the car afterwards of course....Hopefully that was not my last Depeche Mode concert.

#DepecheMode

I am in Portland (going to sleep soon it's a bit after 3 am).....the reason for being here was to go and se Depeche Mode!!! SO GOOD!
As you can see mine and Desi's pic is trending at #DepecheMode.



I really hope I dream about Dave Gahan (my new BF) tonight! ❤️

A Rainy Kind Of Day

Today was a rainy kind of day....I got myself a lemon tart with meringue. Almost too pretty to eat.



Then I did errands and Chhaya took me for a walk. Fed a new cat friend I made in the park while Chhaya barked at us from inside of the car. A rainbow peeked out. Rainbows are amazing.



When I got home I made myself some Earl Grey tea, I drink my tea with sugar and lemon. I love the bergamot in Earl Grey.....it smells so good!



Now I think it is time for a nap.


Vegetarian Awareness Month

October is vegetarian awareness month and I will do my "duty" and spread the word about the benefits you gain from being a vegetarian......
The following is taken from worldvegetarianday.navs-online.org

Vegetarian Diets
Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
Save animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter
Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources
Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats
Decrease greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming
Mitigate the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture

What are you meat eaters waiting for? Start reducing your meat intake.
The misconceptions that you need to eat meat every day to get a balanced diet, stay healthy and feel like you had a meal that satisfied your hunger are just that.....not true.



Harmony Farm Sanctuary

Me an Desi went back to Harmony Farm in Sisters the other day so we could meet the lady that owns the place, say hello to the animals and bring some stuff (donations). Robine (the owner) took her time and walked us through, told us about her place and the animals and we got to meet and pet most of them. I was in animal love heaven. SO CUTE. All of them. And so curious, nice and cuddly.







This baby calf's name is Norman. He was adorable. The most kind eyes with long lashes. He just wanted to be together with us.....most of the animals wanted to be close and part of what we were doing.







A Mama and her baby.











People should spend more time with animals so they can really understand how sentient and beautiful they are......then they should ponder a bit more about if they still think eating meat is a good idea.

www.harmonyfarmsanctuary.com

I, Robot

Well.....the art theme for Burning Man 2018 got released - I, Robot.
From the Burning Man Journal, "This year’s art theme will focus on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all from mindless labor? Everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the Human-Machine Interface. In a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?
This year we invite participants to use their native genius to create expressive robots of all kinds. We also welcome art that examines how it feels to live in a world that is filled with robots that watch us, track us, hack us, read our tweets and emails, listen to our phone calls, and sell this information to other robots. This is a science fiction theme."
I have a feeling next year will be very very interesting.....best theme of all the Burns I have attended so far perhaps?
Here is a pic of the robot Becoming Human by Center Camp in 2015.



Movies



I went to the movies twice this weekend to watch two very interesting and good films, both directors were there to speak to the audience. If you can, watch these films!
It's kind of emotional to sink down in that movie theatre seat.....I get all kinds of feelings inside when going to the movies.
First I saw The Last Animals directed by Kate Brooks. She has that dream job, she is a photojournalist and travels all over the world. I admire people like her.
I feel they make a real difference. A few minutes into this film I started tearing up. Basically humans are destroying this planet and killing the animals, greed is behind a lot of the destruction. It's difficult to watch that. But it is reality.
The next day I saw Dog's Best Friend directed by Eryn Wilson. It showed a man in Australia and his story about the dogs he loves and cares for.
I can say this....I don't regret cutting out meat from my diet. I did it for the animals. I don't want to eat what I love, I know they have emotions.
Far from perfect I am, I still eat dairy and I should start cutting down on that too. Animals have done nothing to deserve the horrible treatment they are getting from us humans.
I am also happy that I have managed to care for and love a beautiful and amazing dog - my Chhaya.
I can't put into words how much she means to me.

Hop In The Spa

Today me and Desi went to America's first beer spa, located in Sisters Oregon.
We soaked in wooden tubs full of hops, minerals and herbs. It was a very warm, nice and fragrant soak. If you ever go through Sisters perhaps stop for a microbrew soak.....and check out Sisters too, it's a very nice place.
www.hopinthespa.com







Desi and her size 5 feet. I think I told her she has the cutest feet ever like three times. If you want to see more of Desi you can look at her Instagram,
www.instagram.com/missdesirose



I also had Shirodhara therapy, I love Shirodhara.....! Now I have oil in my hair that I will have to shampoo out later. I've got to take the oil that was used in the treatment home.



Afterwards we were starving so we found a cute place called Angeline's Bakery, we both had chai and I had a super yummy potato and broccoli soup (not enough soup in my bowl though to satisfy my hunger) and one of the best....if not the best, lemon bars I have ever tasted.



Then we took Chhaya out and found the cutest little lizard!



Before leaving Sisters we stopped at Harmony Farm Sanctuary to say hello to the animals. This place is a forever home for rescued and adopted animals. ❤ ❤ ❤
I petted and scratched the backs of the cutest piggies, goats and sheep.....they were so friendly and curious.....sniffing me gently with their noses. I love animals so much. We are planning to come back here so we can spend more time with them.
Chhaya was very curious but respectful of the piggies, especially the large pig.
I loved this piggy! I think she was smiling in the pic with Chhaya. I just wanted to climb in to them and give them all kisses and hugs.