Wait… no, that’s not right. If you’ve been reading this then you should have a fairly decent grasp of who I am. That isn’t to say that you know everything about me, not by a long shot, but you know the basics.
- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Last summer (2009).
This summer (2010).
Well… long hair versus short hair, and at some point the necklace that I always wear changed from the silver heart to the tiger’s eye frog. Summer at home repainting the kitchen (hence the splatter on my face) versus a summer all alone on the lake working as a conservation educator. That’s just going off the pictures.
Little shoulder bag usually has a phone, keys, knife and gold card (if they aren’t in my pocket) along with my wallet, and car keys.
Field bag usually has a notebook or two, a few pens, pencils, a pair of earrings, loose change, a trees field guide, a flowers field guide, a botany text book, and a forests book. There are also other chances for other field guides, my sketch pad and pens, drinks and snacks. The little shoulder bag stuff gets transferred in to specific pockets in the field bag in case anything were to happen. Sometimes I also carry a lighter because you never know when you need fire. Sadly, I usually keep my rope in the car. If I think about it, I add my first aid kit.
Computer bag sometimes has my computer and power cord, along with an assortment of random stuff. It gets its own notebook and pencils. I also usually put whatever book we’re reading in my World Literature class or my Environmental Methods textbook in there as well.
Well… I could post my viola again, or a picture of my girlfriend, or of my rats (this is in no particular order). I’ll post a picture of Fiona and Willow as soon as I get a good picture of them online.
Rie - Riss was too lazy to type out my whole name on AIM. Interestingly enough, another friend did the same thing a few days later. And it stuck. They started calling me “Rie” in school and it spread to some people. Others picked up on it. There are very few people who call me Rie, but because of that it gets my attention really well because I’m always surprised to hear it.
Skye - (This is taken from Day 2) Skyerana is the nickname that my ex-boyfriend gave me for one of the stories that he was writing. I’ll admit that I initially wasn’t so happy with it, but it grew on me with time. Eventually I adopted it as my pen name and started using it for other things as well. I now answer as readily to “Skye” as I do to my given name. I have a few friends in high school who call me by nothing else. So, this is as close to my name as I usually get online, because its still me.
- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
There really isn’t anyone that I’d want to switch with for a day. All things considered, my life is quite wonderful, minus a few things that I really shouldn’t complain about anyway. I suppose that if I was going to switch lives with someone, I’d switch with someone who had a really shitty life to make me appreciate my own even more. Of course, I’d feel really guilty about not helping that person out more and forcing them to see how much their life sucks after living a day in my life so I’d probably have to go find them and give them a hand.
Also, would I gain all that person’s life experiences and remember them after the day? If so, then it wouldn’t really matter who I switched with because that would give you a really interesting perspective on life no matter who you switched with.
I think I need to find more recent pictures of myself… This one will do though.
Photo courtesy of Polly McMullin, and The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA
This is me and Onyx the Black Rat Snake. Onyx was surprisingly good that day, considering he could barely see because he was getting ready to shed. This photo was posted in The Daily News as part of their article on National Marina Day and RayCEP. I also made it on the radio that day, though the radio host wouldn’t come near me until I pulled out a Northern fence lizard and the snake was safely away.
So… To confuse you all, there are going to be multiple pictures and included last names of all present…
This is my mom’s mom’s side. Tidman, PA Webster, Friend
My step-dad’s side of the family, minus the California Websters, who other present Websters don’t talk to. This is the PA Websters, The Virginia Websters, the Watson-Websters, Mama Webster (Grandma), and the Loos.
This is my mom’s dad’s side of the family. I’m surrounded by Friends (this is funny because their name is Friend). And Leszczynskis and Uncle Bob.
We don’t really have any pictures like this for my dad’s side of the family, or at least, I can’t find the few that exist. I don’t know if they’re digital quite yet.
Lacking that, this is my sister Izzy. This picture is so amazing because she was born three months premature. This was this past summer at 1 1/2. She’s doing beautifully. No problems or anything. I’m so proud of her.
Richie and Aidan are my brothers. I’d say they’re coming along pretty swimmingly. You’ve got the gymnast on the left and the musician on the right
Yea. Kind of hard to put my family in to one picture. Oops…
Edit: I forgot two important peoples: Baird and Riss. A lot of my friends could go here, but these two are the biggies. <3
- How you found out about Tumblr and why you made one.
I was deciding which blog-ish site I wanted to run through and Tumblr seemed a decent one. I made it as a means of keeping myself sane. I suck at writing journals and such, but I figured if it was on my computer that would work for me. I spent a good chunk of the summer living by myself in the middle of no where on a lake (hence The Skye and the Lake). Kinda screwed up my head, so I started writing here. So ja. That’s it in a nutshell.
- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Happy - Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge! This song is even better if you’ve got another person around who loves this song and you can sing the duet. I’m no where near being a good singer, but I can’t help it with this song. I usually take McGregor’s part, since its closer to my range than Kidman’s.
Sad - A Window to the Past from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Standing alone, this song is beautiful and makes me almost cry. The way its used in the movie does make me cry. I’m a sap for beautiful music used well. Another good example of this The Steward of Gondor from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, especially when Pippin starts singing. It wrenches your heart out in the movie.
Bored - Manamanah as seen on Seasame Street and The Muppet Show. My brain defaults to this song when there’s nothing else going through my mind. Its also apt to start on Caramelldansen by Caramell. The Pikachu’s in the video are adorable. Just sayin’.
Hyped - Secret of Merguine by Vocaloid. This song is so bouncy and it makes me want to dance around the room. I usually succumb to this desire and hope no one walks in.
Mad -When I’m mad I will play about 10-30 seconds of a song before skipping to the next. I can’t decide what I listen to. I usually go through a bunch of songs before turning off my music in disgust.
A human being
Saw my light
Or it happened
That he tried
To subdue it
Or it happened
He tried to extinguish it
Never did a friend
The way it was
So I learned to
Turn it low
Turn it out
When I meet a stranger—
Out of courtesy
I turn on a soft
Which is found modest
It is a protection
I am rid of
I turn on my light
And become myself.”—Florine Stettheimer, an artist we’re studying in Women in Art (via liztheninja)
This is by no means the only instance of something like this happening. I’ll post things as I come across them. I don’t usually go seeking out the issue. I like being an Ignorant American, hiding behind all my own problems and saying that the world can deal with its own. The fault does not lie with one group or the other, but with everyone. We need to learn to accept people as humans. This would be a very good place for Jen’s door quote, which I cannot remember and, being the Lazy American I am, I won’t be getting up out of my seat to go look it up. That aside, the Israeli Palestinian conflict needs to end.
- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
There are a few people that are on this list because there is not one single being or thing that has had the biggest impact in my life. I’d put their pictures up, except that they don’t want them here. Lacking that, you get another picture of a viola.
The Old Violin (1886) William Harnett
Ok… I admit it. I lied. This is a painting of a violin that I like to pretend is a viola, but I figured this was better than re-using the Photo of Vaugn I posted a few months ago.
So music is important. Its my emotional release. Playing, listening, writing. Music is life.
So obviously I’ve been doing this challenge, and obviously, I’ve not been doing it day by day. Some how, my brain has separated morning and evening as two separate days. I’m not going to stop myself, simply because I’d probably stop doing it otherwise. Just thought I’d mention it.
So here are the candidates… Batman, Iron Man, Hellboy, and Deadpool.
Lets start with:
Good guy, bad attitude. Batman’s got it all, except, well, the super powers. This means that he relies on his own abilities rather than some silly magic that can be blocked with a rock. He’s smart, determined, rich, bored, and has a good amount of angst to back it all up. He builds everything he uses and knows tons of martial arts, works out. All he needs is his butler and sometimes Robyn.
"People think it’s an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It’s never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I’m doing. And on any given day, I could stop doing it. Today, however, isn’t that day. And tomorrow won’t be either."
Much like Batman, Iron Man relies on his own wit to make everything work for him. Unlike Batman, though, he enjoys the fame that comes with being kick ass. Not only was the comic Iron Man good, but they did an awesome job putting him on screen.
Hellboy is awesome. He’s a fucking demon raised by a priest. And he likes kitties. What’s not to love? Oh, and there’s the whole arm bringing about Armageddon thing and the fact that he grinds down his horns and is sarcastic as all hell. I tip my hat to Abe Sapien here. He’s wonderful.
Similar to Hellboy in that he is extremely sarcastic, but for completely different reasons. Deadpool is the coolest anti-hero in existence, “the Merc with the mouth”. He’s a mercenary, he’s Canadian, and he’s got a few nifty powers and lots of guns, swords, and other violent shit. Yea. He’s also beautifully wonderful at breaking the fourth wall. Also
"Shhhhh. My common sense is tingling." Best. Line. Ever.
Alright, so honestly, I can’t decide. I suppose the most heroic of these four would be Batman (Iron Man is a touch too full of himself), but Batman doesn’t fit the super category. That’s filled by Deadpool (Hellboy doesn’t quite fit the bill because he’s a fucking demon) and Deadpool actually has super powers.
So, I’ve driven to Florida and back, to Montana and back, to Maine and back, to Niagra Falls and back, flown out to Northern California, and flown over to France to visit Paris, Bordeaux, and Cape Ferret.
And after all of that, the picture that I’m putting up is (figuratively) in my Juniata backyard. For those who have been here, you’ll appreciate this. For those that haven’t and are at JC, you should go. Failing that, come visit and go.
This is some of the high school crew. We manage to keep in pretty good touch. Also, I have such varied groups of people in college and we all prefer taking pictures of nature that there aren’t many pictures of my college friends and me.
I decided I might as well do this since I’m up and won’t have time later today or tomorrow.
Skyerana is the nickname that my ex-boyfriend gave me for one of the stories that he was writing. I’ll admit that I initially wasn’t so happy with it, but it grew on me with time. Eventually I adopted it as my pen name and started using it for other things as well. I now answer as readily to “Skye” as I do to my given name. I have a few friends in high school who call me by nothing else. So, this is as close to my name as I usually get online, because its still me.
The Skye and the Lake was my attempt to be witty for a blog name. I liked how it sounded and, well, yea. I am Skye and I was living on a lake. So it made sense. That lake was and will always be a huge part of my life. I’ve never felt so attached to a place as I feel to that lake. I miss it…
- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
1. I have three younger siblings; two brothers on my mom’s side (9 and 13 years younger than me respectively) and one sister on my dad’s side (18 years younger than me).
2. I am majoring in Wildlife Conservation.
3. Got in to WC because of my interest in wolves. Now I’m debating conservation education to educate the general public through something like an animal rehab center.
4. I want to own my own education and rehab shelter. It would be great to specialize in birds of prey and mammals. Like wolves or foxes or other cool dangerous stuff.
5. I lived at a field station on a lake for almost eight months, from the first week of January to just about the end of August.
6. My first relationship lasted for 5 1/2 years. That guy is still one of my best friends and his girlfriend is also now a great friend (we hit off right away).
7. My current relationship is so far 22 months in with no plans of stopping. My girlfriend and I are debating getting an off-campus apartment next year.
8. I’m working on two costumes right now. I’m going to be a Jedi for Halloween (see older posts for lightsaber and tunic ideas) and am working on a Hogwarts uniform for the HP7 release.
9. I play the viola. My viola is my pride and joy. His name is Vaughn. There are pictures and rants about him on here already. Sadly, I may have to sell Vaughn and buy a smaller viola (I will not go back to the violin. Lovely instrument though it is, my heart lies with the viola). This makes me want to cry.
10. Pets are always a must in these lists, so here goes…
-Lili (Maine Coon mix, found as stray, ~20 years and still going)
-Keeley (lab mix, adopted from shady shelter, ~3 years)
-Fluffy (Gerbil, bought from PetCo for brother when my gerbil died, ~4 years)
-Liam’s Brother and Charles I (male beta fish, one for each brother, ~1 year)
-Fiona and Willow (dumbo and fancy rat respectively, bought from SuperPetz two weeks ago, ~3 months)
… There are more at my dad’s house.
-Livingston (Maine Coon mix, Lili’s son, ~18 years and still going strong)
-Freya and Luna (Husky/shepherd mixes, adopted from a shelter in Ohio and then moved to Philly, ages unknown but less than 5 years)
I still feel like I’m missing animals….
11. My rats are better trained than my dog.
12. I used to play soccer as a goalie, and I played/fought Judo. I’d like to start both up again, but I can’t find non-competitive soccer nor are there any Judo clubs around me. My wrist probably thanks me.
13. I had tendinitis in my left wrist for over a year. It required two sessions of being in a cast and a lot of physical therapy. This is also why I might have to give up Vaughn.
14. I don’t keep my room clean. It drives me nuts and drives my roommate nuts. The simple solution is to clean it then. My solution is to ignore it and do other things (like school work, sleep, read, write…).
15. I am currently working on 8 different stories right now. My mood determines which one I work on, since my writing style varies with my mood. If you’d like to read anything of mine, check out http://skyerana.livejournal.com/ I try to post bits and pieces of things there, but I haven’t written anything recently. I also tend to forget that site exists (oops…). I usually do my own character and map drawings, but they never make it online…
That’s me in a nutshell. There’s more. I draw, paint (very poorly), love being outdoors, go hiking, I drive a minivan, love my family (even though they drive me nuts), am a lesbian. You know, normal stuffs.