Thursday, May 23, 2013

happy march!

Back in March, I got bit by the mix-making bug and made a giant mix for a friend.  It's kind of all over the place, but it's full of songs I love.  I wanted to share it with you too!  Why not?

You can download it by clicking //\\//\\// h e r e ! \\//\\//\\


an oregon coast weekend trip

A few weekends ago, Joel and I took a trip down the Oregon Coast to get out of town and just see what we could see.  I didn't really realize that we were actually going on an out-of-town adventure, since we just hopped in the car to get out of the house, and I left my camera behind.  Big mistake!  We made it to Astoria, OR before we were hungry and stopped for fish and chips off of a boat!

Not long after, we decided to make it to the beach, and rather than hitting Cannon Beach, like we normally would, we chose the quieter option nearby of Hug Point.  We brought along a blanket and guitar, laid in the sun, explored some rocks, and dipped our toes in the water.

We stop at this view point every single time we drive by.  I'm always convinced I'm going to see whales from here, but I never do.  It sure is pretty, though.

We got a hotel for the night that had a BUILT-IN HOT TUB.  OMG.

The next morning, we got up early and drove to Depoe Bay (my personal favorite little town in Oregon) to take a boat for the third time to potentially see some gray whales.  We showed up the day after their week-long Whale Week, and only made it about a mile from shore before we were surrounded by whales and spouting water.  AMAZING.  I wished so hard that I had my SLR.

Our next quick stop was to Newport, OR to visit the sea lions hanging out by the dock.  One kept sticking its face into the water and blowing bubbles while it was asleep.  HILARIOUS.

We had a minor meltdown on our way back home and stopped in Lincoln City for lunch.  Epic veggies burgers were eaten in a warm sun room overlooking this pretty lake.  Worth getting hangry for.

And just because we had to, we stopped in Cannon Beach.  Windy and beautiful.

When we got back in the car, Joel broke my favorite sunglasses.  SAD TIMES, but still worth the amazing day trip.


k staff playlist - some of my favorite songs

This post is reposted from the K Weblog.

K Staff Playlist - Some of My Favorite Songs by Sarah Cass [Mail Order Maven Eric has asked members of the K staff to create Staff Playlists for the K Mail Order Dept. What follows is a playlist of some of Production Manager, Sarah Cass', favorite songs that were released on K.  Her K Staff Playlist is available as individual digital downloadables or as a full album download.] 

1. Knowing the Things That I KnowThe Blow
2. When I Lose My EyesSaturday Looks Good To Me
3. Before Telling DragonsKarl Blau
4. Christmas IslandLAKE
5. C Is The Heavenly OptionHeavenly
6. My Best FriendTalulah Gosh
7. AirwalkerJeremy Jay
8. Free Groove RiderMahjongg
9. The GardenMirah
10. CookiesCity Center
11. Moral of the StoryWolf Colonel
12. Hundredth TimeGigi
13. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I WantThe Halo Benders
14. Nice to Come HomeJulie Doiron
15. Uh-Oh (It's Morningtime Again)Little Wings
16. I Felt Your ShapeThe Microphones

These are the songs that make me play them again and again on repeat, and the songs that get stuck in my head more than any others from the K catalog (with the exception of the songs from my last playlist).  I just can't get enough of them.  I have sweet memories of seeing Mirah sing "The Garden" along with the rest of the audience in Denver when I had just started college, hearing "Moral of the Story" from a full Wolf Colonel band in a basement in Grand Junction when I was in high school, and sitting in a field at Helsing Junction the week that I moved to Olympia, where someone had requested "The Dragon Song" by Karl Blau (which he played), but afterwards finding out that they had actually meant to request "Before Telling Dragons."  I listened to it on the ride home that night and immediately fell in love.  These songs all just hit me where it counts.  Maybe you'll fall in love with one of them too.

Love, Sarah

Saturday, May 4, 2013

snowy owls near ocean shores, washington

A few weeks ago, Judy and I drove down to a small beach near Ocean Shores, WA to see if we could spot one or two of the twelve snowy owls that had made Damon Point their home for the winter.  We walked around for a few hours, partly along the beach, partly along pre-made paths, and partly in the brush in places that we really had no business walking, but were successful in finding two snowy owls hanging out in the area.  

The first was easy to spot hanging out in a tree, with a dozen people below it taking photos with their iphones.  We took a billion photos too, and moved along to see if we could find more.

We stumbled onto another photographer with the biggest lens we've ever seen, scoping this guy out from about 100 yards away.  We approached slowly and quietly stood about the same distance away taking photos too.  More people came along, and he took off further down the beach.  Judy and I went to investigate where he had been sitting and found an owl pellet!  We obviously decided to take it home to dissect!

While we were walking where we shouldn't have been, we almost walked right into the biggest ant hill I've ever seen.  NO THANKS!


Our first owl buddy was still hanging out in the same tree that we had originally seen him in, but the lighting was getting better, and no one else was around.  We decided to get a little closer to check him out and see if we could get some better photos.  I just wanted to pet him -- he looked SO SOFT.

This man showed up not long after we came back, and decided to get even closer for photos with his phone.  The owl shot him the funniest look!

We waited even longer, and when the owl started to fluff up, Judy and I both let out a collective, "OOH!"  Ha!

We decided that we had probably had enough fun and were getting tired, so we took a stroll down the beach back to the car . . . where Judy decided to THROW MUD AT ME.  

Such a beautiful day!  Thanks, JB!