When Plans Go Awry

I had big plans for this post.

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Okay maybe they were medium plans.

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(Ruling the universe is obviously a medium goal. So hush.)

But plans go awry.

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Mostly the plan was to leave more time to post this post.

BUT THEN…

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You know what I mean?

 

No?

Hmm.

 

Well you see the plan was to go swim laps and then blog, but it’s Sunday and I decided that maybe I would sit in the hot tub instead (plus it was 8:30 and really dark and I was mildly afraid that without my glasses and while in the dark I’d run into the side of the pool).

Then I got to the hot tub, intending to have a nice quick warm soak

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Except instead of Santa ho-ho-hoing and Rudolph and his crew prancing through the sky it was the northern lights exploding above my head.

I swear they were salsa-ing.

(Or whatever the equivalent form of dance is for solar flares)

I would have taken a picture for you but I was busy drooling over them.

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Also the water was warm and the air was cold. So there was no way I was leaving my warm water theatre to run around half naked in the cold looking for an object that can’t get wet.

Better luck next time peeps.

No seriously, I promise to take a picture for you before the semester is over.

It’s just THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL AND DISTRACTING.

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If you don’t understand the Seinfeld reference…well…let’s just say you shouldn’t talk to my momma until you’ve done your homework.

We take Seinfeld very seriously at our house.

Errr, I feel like anything containing “serious” in it shouldn’t be used when discussing Seinfeld…it’s time to call on…

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Actually it’s 10:30 so it’s time to go to bed (Because tomorrow we have to go find some missing sheep!). So I’ll leave you all to come up with a better word, consider it your homework (goodness knows I have enough of my own).

In the meantime, I highly recommend you follow @everydayclimatechange on Instagram or check out their pictures here  . They’ll give you something to think about (/feel bad about/force you to change your lifestyle/global climate change effects all of us so time we start making changes/ I think you get the point).

Curious what how your section of the world stacks up? Check out the EPA’s graphs and indices for your county using MyMapsMyWaterMyAir . Then you’ll see just how toxic and wasteful our local environments really are! YAY!

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We’ve been learning a lot about the acronym “PAIN,” which stands for Personal, Abrupt, Moral, and Now. So take a look at how awful it is that you and your family are being powerfully and personally effected by our mistreatment of our environment. It seems a lot more important when it hits close to home.

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Then watch this video (partially because going to bed on a positive not is important) to see what some superheros around the world are doing to help save Mother Earth (thanks to my human momma for sending me this golden nugget of awesomeness).

 

Now I’m on a mission to be his assistant.
If he takes on assistants that is.

A girl can dream.

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Now I should really go to bed.

I realize I said this a while ago.

Then I remembered how worried I am about the planet.

So I started rambling.

SOMEONE STOP ME FROM TALKING SO MUCH!

 

Hugs from miles away❤ (and with hopes you’re recycling)

 

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marley and Me

 

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hip hip hooray! It’s happy day!

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No seriously.

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Today was (no joke) titled “Happy Day” at Solheimar.

So how did they start this day?

With a 9k.

I have not trained for a 9k.

I mean, I run often, I enjoy running, but THIS WAS A MILDLY ALARMING ANNOUNCEMENT AT 8AM.

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Given my lack of preparedness I was a wee bit worried it would go something like this:

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Thankfully, this was an overreaction on my part (this is a common problem).

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Instead it was more like a 9k swim…on the road.

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I kid you not the rain and wind attempting to take my raincoat off my body (and almost succeeded)…then I realized it wasn’t fully zipped.

Zipping it did quite a lot of good.

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Life lesson learned: Zip your jackets kids.

I should start listening to my mom.

Even fully bundled, it was still really wet

and cold

and windy

and yet, it was the happiest run I’ve ever been on.

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Probably because as I was running by a mountainand then another one

(Did I mention it was a hilly run?) a herd of horses started running along next to me (well behind a fence, but still). They were the most beautiful creatures I’ve ever seen.

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And probably the reason I finished the run. A herd of horses neighing you on is good motivation.

(Note to self, bring a herd of horses with me everywhere. Is that okay mom? I know you don’t want chickens, so how about horses?)

Eventually I could feel my fingers and toes again.

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Later we had some pretty intense card game sessions with the residents. When you lost you had to have your nose colored black.

I’m still not totally clear on why.

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Either way it was fun.

I tried to use some basic Icelandic and it was basically awful. Better luck next time.

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For now I must sleep because:

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So tomorrow we’ll talk about other things,

like puffins,

cookies,

puzzles,

yoga,

how much I miss my puppies,

adventures,

climate change denial,

the importance of stretching,

the meaning of life,

wool socks,

and knitting.

(Not ranked in order of importance.)

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Hugs to my loves from miles away❤

 

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marley and Me

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

 

I Seem to Lack Viking Blood

Vikings took their sweet time figuring out waterproof shoes.

I appreciate my waterproof shoes.

And my woolen socks.

Also my raincoat.

But seriously, having wet feet is a feeling I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

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In case I haven’t mentioned it, it rains a lot here.

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NO GOOGLE, NOT THAT KIND OF RAIN, REAL RAIN

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Much better.

Anyways, while the Inuit were making shoes of Seal Skin (You know, those animals that stay warm in the frigid water for the entirety of the winter?), the Vikings were making shoes out of flimsy fish skin that basically fell apart on contact.

Why?

To prove how tough they were.

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No one ever doubted it guys, so could you just chill for a sec and appreciate the beauty of being dry?!

 

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No?

Okay good, neither did I.

You’re scary.

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I’d probably run upstairs with my tail between my legs if I saw a Viking, kinda like Penny does when she sees the vacuum.

Also only if I had a tail.

Which I lack.

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(I’m really surprised you all aren’t sick of my jokes yet. Or at least if you are, I appreciate you lying to me.)

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Why do I know about Viking shoes and their lack of warmth and durability you may ask (seventy million bad jokes later)?

Because today was our first history class.

Our teacher lets us knit while she lectures.

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I’m never coming home.

(JUST KIDDING MOM I SWEAR I’LL BE HOME ON NOVEMBER 30TH)

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(Mom I love you <3)

 

I definitely had a point somewhere in here…

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History.

hehem:

'Hi. I just rowed in from Norway and boy! Are my arms Thor!'

Apparently bad comedy runs rampent in all ages.

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As does feminism.

But in order to learn this, the archeologists had a real struggle.

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For an actual serious account of Iceland that is interesting and informative I highly recommend you watch Viking Journeys

 

The four parts play right in a row and it comes to about 40 minutes total.

Even if you’re not a history buff it’s an interesting watch.

If you’re History Channel obsessed (*cough cough* Dad), then it’s basically crack.

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Except legal.

And free.

And won’t kill you.

So maybe it’s marginally better.

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Other things the internet enlightened me with this evening:

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And now I must depart.

Because my tea mug is empty. And that is unacceptable.

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Hugs from Iceland❤

 

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marley and Tea

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

I Will Never Be Warm Again

I will never be warm (or dry) again.

Except when I walk inside, then things tend to get a wee bit toastier.

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This pup knows how to live, inside AND bundled up!

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, the past four days were some of the most beautiful days of my existence, BUT I WAS WET AND COLD AND EVERYTHING I OWNED WAS EITHER DAMP OR WET.

Nothing made it out dry.

Especially my face.

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Except they were happy tears because I was in the presence of so much beauty.

 

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And you’re sitting there like:

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Until you admit to yourself:

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For your further amusement:

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Now* back to being serious:

*I never will be

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I took pictures just for you!

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Seriously, it was chilly.

Send your teenagers to chill themselves out of their angsty phase.

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Because with this view, they’re bound to realize their insignificance.

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So our first 14 mile day was spent hiking to this (see breath taking heart stopping view pictured above), and then day two of 14 mile days (legs significantly more like jello) was spent in the valley with this magnificentness.

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Here I am hanging over a slightly perilous sharp turn in a mountain as we scramble upwards. My foothold was about 5″ by 5″. BUT IT’S TOTALLY OKAY GUYS IT WAS WORTH THE VIEW.

No students were harmed in the taking of this picture.

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And it really wasn’t that drastic. I just (apparently) have a flair for the dramatic hehe.

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That feeling of success when everyone makes it out alive:

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Naturally I did some yoga on the beach.

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Because what else does one do in front of a glacier (for the five seconds it wasn’t raining)?!

Besides kissing the black sand (I tend to get really excited about nature, Earth Day to the Extreme).

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Then we made glacier angels.

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ALSO LOOK AT THIS ICEBERG.

IT’S SO VERY BERRY BERGALICIOUS.

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The trip ended in a way only Iceland could make possible…

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IT’S OKAY PEEPS, IT’S ONLY A DOUBLE RAINBOW THAT ENDED IN A GLACIER.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

I REPEAT.

WE COULD SEE BOTH THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE RAINBOW.

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So now that we’re all dying of Icelandic beauty Imma go have a cuppa tea and stare at the mountain in my backyard.

 

Hugs from a (finally dry and warm) Marley across the ocean❤

Live, laugh, love,bake,

Marzipan

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

 

Me: Falls Asleep On Keyboard

WHAT A DAY TO BE ALIVE!
(What a night to not be able to stay awake!)

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We hiked 28 miles in 2 days.

So I’m trying to be like this cat:

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And stretch all the muscles currently screaming at me (Which is all of them. AND THEY’RE SO LOUD JEEZ I WONDER WHERE THEY GOT THAT FROM *cough cough Dad, definitely Dad*)

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What a lovably loud goofball.

 

There I go getting distracted again…

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My point was I have a date with my pillow. And it’ll be really upset if I’m late.

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So I’ll blog for real tomorrow🙂

Until then enjoy this glacier I was drooling over earlier.

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(THIS PLACE STILL CAN’T BE REAL!)

 

Hugs from a Marley who is finally in dry clothes (it rains a lot here, a lot a lot)❤

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marzipan

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

 

 

The Apocacropolypse

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This is (apparently) the apocalypse.

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This is the Acropolis.

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This is the alpacalypse.

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And this is the book that made me maybe a smidge widgen paranoid that any and or all of the above may happen if we don’t get our acts together.

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Just kidding.

(Kind of.)

Mostly it motivated me to want to save the planet.

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Except if we try we could be wearing matching BFFLs shirts (best friends forever for life obviously)

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It could be a delicious friendship.

But right now we’re in a fight.

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Our current approach:

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Soon:

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So instead:

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Let’s act now🙂 together we can change the world.

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Mostly because Emma Watson is perfect.
And then maybe after we can sit around a fire and sing kumbaya.

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But we’re not there yet.

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(We’re not really at almost there either.)

My goal this semester is to learn some concrete ways to strike a balance between alarmist

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And hiding my head in the sand.

'So, no matter how bad things may look, you just have to say to yourself, 'Hey, it's not the end of the world!''

 

James Gustave Speth, the author of The Bridge at the End of the World says:
“Today’s dominant worldview is simply too biased toward anthropocentrism, materialism, egocentrism, contempocentrism, reductionism, rationalism, and nationalism to sustain the change needed,” (page 204) and he concludes that we need a new worldview that focuses on quality of life, human solidarity, and a reframing of our purpose of life (pages 205-206).

Time to build our bridge and get over our unsustainable lifestyle.

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But don’t worry…

 

For starters, check out The Story of Stuff

 

Doesn’t it blow your mind?

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(Make sure to wipe brain bits off the floor to prevent slippage)

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Hugs from across the ocean❤

 

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marley

 

P.S. Always give in to your wanderlust.

 

 

 

 

They Made Me Wear Pants

 

Before I left some peeps were really confuzzled.

My first semester at Siena my freshman year my roommate looked at me in awe the first time I wore pants, “I didn’t know you owned those!” she said.

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No, I do not walk around naked (or in my underwear).

I just really don’t like pants. They’re so constricting.

I wear a dress or skirt pretty much everyday. With heels. And coordinated lipstick.

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So you can see why they were confused when I expressed my interest in Iceland.

Cold requires warmth, ice requires shoes with traction, hippie programs look at you funny if you show up in bright red lipstick.

So away went the pumps, on went the pants, and off came all the makeup.

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What people seemed to forget is that this program lets me wear fleece lined athletic clothes, sweaters, and hiking boots Every. Single. Day. And without all the makeup/hair shenanigans, I can get some extra z’s.

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Solheimar is on a constructed wetland so we have to be really careful with the cleaning products we use for our house and bodies. The constructed wetland serves as a biofilter to clean the wastewater, so we were sent the following list of chemicals to keep out of our products:

  • Ammonium lauryl ether sulfate
  • Ammonium chloride
  • Cocoamide DEA or MEA
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Parabens
  • Parfum (fragrances)
  • (Poly)ethylene glycols (PEGs)
  • Quaternium-15
  •  -siloxanes and -methicones

The following brands were on the definite no-go list:

  • Herbal Essences
  • Garnier Fructise
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clean and Clear
  • Philosophy
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics
  • Suave
  • Pantene
  • Nature’s Sunshine.

I was hopeful that Neutrogena or some of the organic brands at Target would work…they failed.

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It started me wondering, what have I been putting on and in my body?!

As Britney would say It’s…

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So I’ve become a salad.

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Why you may ask?

Easy! I put oil on my body and vinegar on my face🙂

Almond oil, commonly used for massages, is a great moisturizer and a little bit goes a long way. I keep it in a mini mouth wash container to prevent leakage when traveling.

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Applecider vinegar works as a great face cleanser/acne wash. My face feels fresh as a daisy🙂

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For a more intense clean, I use a Burt’s Bees Pore Cleanser. Not only is it free of all the evil chemicals listed above, but above all it doesn’t use micro-beads.

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Micro-beads are tiny plastic balls put into face washes and scrubs as an exfoliant. But they don’t biodegrade, and they are so tiny that they don’t get filtered out of wastewater. So, they end up in our lakes and oceans and streams, part of the food and drink our seafood consumes on the daily.

So when you’re eating your salmon, it comes with plastic filling free of charge!

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Burt’s Bees uses Jojoba Oil (the extraction of a seed from the Jojoba shrub). They turn the oil into a wax and let the waxy balls cleanse your face.

O natural.

The fish and your tummy will thank you. (Side note: Salt scrubs are also good, because, ya know, salt.)

For a lotion, I stick with Aveeno. It’s nice to my skin and to the planet.

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One with Nature makes ahhhhmazing soaps from lovely ingredients. Added plus? You can find it in Price Chopper, so you don’t have to go anywere swanky to find it.

My faves:

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If you’re lucky, you’ll look as good as this pup after.

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My shampoos and conditioners were new finds from CVS (picture one) and Basic Foods (picture three)

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(They make you smell like a fairy flower goddess, it’s wonderful)

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(This is me trying to be a fairy flower goddess. I’m still practicing.)

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Now you smell good AND are treating your body + the planet well.

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Sending fairy flower hugs from across the ocean (WHICH IS FILLED WITH MICRO-BEADS SO SERIOUSLY PEEPS STOP)❤

 

Live, laugh, love, bake,

Marley