nerd alert

Hi, my name is Heather and I luuuurve Twilight.

OMG guys...I'm super stoked for this. But...I'm not seeing it
until I get back from Thanksgiving break. Thankfully, I have a great friend who has very graciously agreed to see it with me. Thanks Jaclyn!

So quiz time. What is one book/movie/musical group you are embarrassed to like?

I feel like I'm at least 10 years too old for the book. And I don't care. Also, I like Britney Spears. And I'm not too proud to admit it.


it's funny because it's true

there is no substitute

The holiday season is a time for friends, family, generosity, and GRAVY.

There are few things in this world more sublime than a little flour and some meat drippings. For that, dear Lord, we are truly thankful for. Or at least I am.

I joke that I would drink gravy if there were no social faux pas about such things. And, as much as I love gravy, I love not gaining weight even more.

Most of the time.


i guess tosca isn't for everyone

I just saw the new James Bond movie. Ugh.

I seriously can't get over how incredibly attractive Daniel Craig is in a suit. Or in partially singed clothes. Or not in clothes. Uugh.

I'll be spending the next two hours watching Casino Royale. You'll find me on the couch if you need me.

P.S. Daniel Craig's middle name is Wroughton. I just...I just...ugh. That's hot.

P.P.S. His dad was a merchant seaman. That makes me giggle.


flickr mosaic and short quiz

1. My Sweet Heather, 2. Jack Black - Nacho Libre, 3. mount rainier, 4. [60/365] What (used to be) In My Bag, 5. Daniel Craig as James Bond, 6. 365.115 Tiptoe Through the Tulips, 7. Amsterdam, Holland 075 - The Venice of Northern Europe, 8. Crayons Taste Yummy.....And Are Good For You, Too!, 9. Call of the Raven (formerly Nature's Special Effects), 10. Camping in Shimoda, 11. When Waves Collide, 12. What Am I?

questions, and answers
1. What is your first name? Heather
2. What is your favorite food? Nachos
3. What high school did you attend? Tahoma Senior High School
4. What is your favorite color? Green
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Daniel Craig
6. Favorite drink? Diet Coke
7. Dream vacation? Amsterdam
8. Favorite dessert? Creme Brulee
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy
10.What do you love most in life? My family
11. One word to describe you. Nuts
12. Your Flickr name. Birdybebe


meet: my brudder

My brother David is awesome. But really, what else could you expect from someone who spent so much time with me in his formative years? Besides the mental and physical (no joke) scars?

Thus, I give you my brudder (he's the one on the left, eligible ladies):

H: Well hey Dave, thanks for stopping by and talking to us at A Bird in the Heather. Let's get on to the meat of the issue. What's your favorite food?

D: Pizza reigns supreme over any other food ever invented. I can eat more than anyone I know, despite claims to the contrary.

H: What would you say your favorite color is?

D: It used to be green when I was a kid, but I'd say it's more along the lines of blue.

H: I believe it. Next question...what do you want to do when you grow up?

D: Something in the field of medicine, or involving medicine and athletics.

H: Right...I remember you mentioning something about liking sports a few years ago. If my memory serves me correctly, you played football for a while. What would you consider your favorite football moment?

D: I have hella. I used to play fullback in 7th grade and my first game I broke like, a 60 yard run but then got taken down from behind by a kid who weighed half my size...and then I didn't even get to score the touchdown later on in the drive! In high school. beating Auburn who was top 10 in the state in OT, and coming from behind against Marysville-Pilchuck and also winning in OT to go on to State. But my most favorite moment was just the experience of playing with good friends for 6 years and having awesome coaches in high school.

H: Wow...long winded answer. Following the sports theme, what is your favorite Seattle sports team moment?

D: Tough question. I'd have to say the early Apple Cups in the 2000s and in '06. Going to my first Supersonics game with Dad when I was in 3rd grade was awesome, as was seeing Nate Robinson dunk on the Arizona Wildcats in 2004. Then having the Dawgs being to win in basketball. On a not-really-Seattle moment, winning 3rd place in the Renton softball league during my first year playing with the MVPC team was pretty great too.

H: Hmm...interesting. On to indoor activities. What would you say your favorite video game is?

D: Rock Band 1 & 2, NCAA Football.

H: Wow. Didn't see the football game coming. We just went to a wedding last weekend...what would you say is your most embarrassing wedding introduction?

D: Well Heath, that would be when Tru (our godmother) introduced me to her single niece by saying "So, David's here alone too!" It was pretty much all over after that. You can't recover from that type of a first impression any time soon. Also, I had like 4 beers in half an hour, so I didn't really care at that point.

H: That sounds rough. Oh wait, I was there, and it was HI-larious. Eva looked pretty cute though. Is she your favorite niece?

D: She's my favorite niece until you have a boy.

H: Jerk.

D: You asked.

H: Whatev. Moving on. What's your favorite way to spend an evening, since you are so hot-to-trot on meeting the ladies?

D: Depends on my mood. Watching TV, playing video games, or going out with friends.

H: The first two will totally get you in with the ladies. Rock on. Now, why do you always wear shorts? To show off those great gams to the eligible women in the audience? (Editor's note: David wears pants less than 10 times a year. Except when work demands it.)

D: Pants are too restricting, and get me too hot (Editor's note: That's what she said! Zing!). Shorts are usually stretchy and keep me cool--just like my personality.

H. Riiiight. To end this interview on a high note, what would you say your favorite Heather/David moment is?

D: Going to Minnesota during the summer of 2000, and the past -4-5 years becoming better brother and sister!

H: I liked that roadtrip too! Remember the crazy AM radio? And Glacier National Park? And mom breaking the lock on my door? And her being convinced bears would eat us? And that crappy Potholes place in Moses Lake? And how we could put up and take down the tent trailer like pros?

D: Uh, yes. I was there too.

H: Whatev.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Meet:. I'll be scouting the peeps I know for forthcoming installments.


a love affair

I'm looking at houses, and for no particular reason. When browsing a local real estate site, I found this gem. I love it. It makes me feel like Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls all at once.

It's...um...a little out of the way, but I mean...it's got CHARacter! We tried finding it on the way to my parent's house last weekend, but turned down the wrong road. My brother David was with us, and I wanted to show him what I had found.

I sent him the above link.

His reply?

"that shit has to be haunted."


you know what i hate?

Real Simple magazine. No joke.

Everything within their pages looks so clean and easy to take care of. Unlike my home, which looks like a tasmanian devil just passed through.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Please notice the picture in Exhibit B has a "before" label. If my kitchen looked like that, I wouldn't be redoing it.

The root of my household issues are fourfold:

1. Eva. That fricken kid makes a huge mess and doesn't help clean up.
2. Eva. Taking care of her and making sure she doesn't kill herself takes up time I could be cleaning.
3. Time management. Brandon and I need a better system for who is watching Eva and who is cleaning.
4. I'm not good at cleaning. I'm good at it for a couple days, and then the wheels fall off the wagon and I think spending the evening watching TV on my butt is a better use of my time. That throws the whole system off.

I've been halfway okay at the hour of cleaning a night thing, but I could be better. Plus, there's the issue that I live in university housing. You can only get things so clean. I've learned to let go of that, but it still can be depressing. Also, you can only fit so many things into our apartment. Those that have witnessed the amount of stuff in our little space are constantly amazed. My mother is one of those people.


love love lost

Who's a Lost fan? Anyone out there?

I got hooked when Brandon and Ben and I spent Christmas at my parent's house two years ago. There was a huge storm that knocked out power in the region for over a week.

Lemme tell ya somthin': there isn't much to do in winter when the power is out and you live in the north part of the northern hemisphere. That means short days. Long nights. And a generator that can power the basics plus a TV and DVD player.

We chose Lost because it was the most entertainment for our buck, so to speak. Movies only last so long, but Lost's episodes are an hour long each. That gives you 20+ hours of chilly distraction.

And I love love it so. Lost. Sigh. Sawyer. You know you like him. It's silly to deny it. Really, stop embarrassing yourself.

I found this to tide you over until "early 2009" when the best show on TV comes back for another season of no repeats. If you are curious, I'm Prince Charles. I'm sure he has his reasons. And if you are curious as to the location of the island and other mappy information? This site is for you.

An aside: "No repeats" was awesome when it was just me and Brandon and I wasn't too busy. Now, with no repeats, I have to be committed to the relationship my butt has with our couch each week for Lost. Oh, we don't have DVR or TIVO (are they the same thing? I have no idea), so there's no watching at our convenience.