Adventure #2: Alpacas

My parents and sister are visiting me at college for Thanksgiving, since a lot of our family lives up here anyway. Yesterday we went to Whidbey Island to visit Pronkin’ Pastures alpaca farm! They have 38 alpacas and one rescue llama.

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There was one alpaca named Destiny who was especially friendly. She kept trying to eat my sweatshirt.

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The farm had eight babies born this year. Destiny is pretty young. She’s a lot smaller than the adult alpacas, who seemed less eager to say hello. We also met a little brown alpaca named Milo.

This is Miss Lilah June, the only adult who would let me get near her.

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She’s just about as tall as I am, and I’m 5′ 6″.

I saw these alpaca socks in their little shop, and I was very tempted, but $22 was a bit out of my price range.

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P.S. Here are this morning’s sunrise and the oatmeal I ate while watching it.

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A more subtle sunrise, but still beautiful. (:

Things that make me happy #1: Care packages

Yesterday I got a wonderful care package from my best friend and her family, whom I’ve known for ten years (!!!) now. It had just enough decorations in it that it prompted me to reorganize my entire room, which is now very clean and looks great, in my opinion. (:

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This photo is extremely blurry, but it’s because I had to lean backward over my roommate’s bed in order to take it. Our room is the size of a big walk-in closet, which would be nice and spacious for just clothes, but it’s pretty cramped with the two of us living in it.

The lighting is also really bad in this room. I’ve tried to improve it by adding fairy lights and a little lamp, but it’s not doing much.

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Included in the box was a pair of snowflake knee socks, so of course I had to base my outfit for today around the socks.

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I don’t even know if I should point out where the rest of my clothes came from, since a lot of what I own is thrifted… oh, well. Here’s the info anyway. Maybe it’ll be interesting.

Sweater, tank top, and belt: thrifted (Seattle Clothing Exchange)

Skirt: My mom went shopping one day, came back, handed the skirt to me, and said, “I got you this. You don’t have enough clothes.” I don’t know where she got it.

Flats: I don’t even remember what store they’re from (they’re a few years old), but I do remember going shopping with my mom and my sister. I found shoes I liked in the first store we went to (It was probably Target or Kohl’s) and my sister spent ages looking in every store until she finally found some she liked.

Dance tights: Danskin (bought from discountdance.com)

Watch: Target

Necklace: Gift from my mom. I wear it every single day so I probably won’t mention it again.

P.S. Here’s this morning’s sunrise. The sun appeared over a fog bank instead of the horizon.

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Adventure #1: Sunrise

Hi, I’m Rebecca. I don’t really know how to run a blog (I tried one in 9th grade and completely failed), but here I go anyway. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

This morning I got up at 5:50 for winter quarter registration, which started at 6. Once I got all my classes squared away, I looked out my window and saw this:

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I live on the 5th floor of my dorm, and the views at sunrise are absolutely incredible. Here’s a little collage of sunrise photos I’ve taken since I moved here in late September. I can’t believe the variety of colors I see.

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One of my roommates, a photographer, wanted to take photos at the waterfront (you can see the lake in my pictures) before it gets any colder and rainier, so that’s what we did! We walked down seven flights of stairs to the basement parking lot of our building and set off toward the water. It looked like there was a fire burning.

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We went through a big parking lot, over a little bridge, and past a few trees, most of their leaves gone by now.

There’s a tiny little wilderness area down by the water where, evidently, runners like to go in the morning. I didn’t take any pictures of them, but there were a few interesting ones, including three people with dogs and a middle-aged man with capri-length leggings and five finger shoes.

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We walked along some little meandering paths, breath fogging in front of us, my nose about to freeze off, until we reached the lake I’ve seen so often out my window.

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A little group of ducks was swimming around, and the crew team was rowing their way across the lake. I have no idea how any of them stayed warm. That water must have been freezing; we saw two very small ponds nearby that had actually frozen over.

The sun tried its best to come up, but it was stuck behind a cloud, illuminating everything without giving any of the direct light that my friend was hoping for in her photos.

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At some point, we realized how cold we were. The ground was frosty, and so were our shoes by then:

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So we said goodbye to the lake and headed back to the dorm, just in time for me to grab the stuff I needed for the day and leave for my 8:30 lecture.