Sunday, January 31, 2010

So you think I'm a dork?

So I have been told that I'm a dork. What's new with that? I'm proud to be a dork and wear it on my sleeve. I am comfortable with myself (for the most part). I love that I can be quirky and be myself. Because of this, I get to partake in awesome stuff like this Twilight themed dinner with my amazing friend Lauren! Now a lot of my posts have been about Twilight, and I promise that's not all I think about. Anywho, without further ado, I present Lauren and Elyse's dinner of awesomeness.

This is Lauren, she's pretty much the most amazing person on the face of the earth...

So these are Lauren's wicked mad decorating skills. She had her apartment dripping head to toe (if apartments had heads and toes) in Twilight stuff. These are just a few of my favorites...

This is Lauren's little bit of Forks brought to Atlanta...

Our blood, when we were feeling a little bit of anemic. Technically, it was Strawberry Crush...yum!

We also cooked out of my Twilight Cookbook and made mushroom ravioli. I must say that I was impressed by the way it turned out...considering we both can't stand mushrooms. "NO Jacob! You can't eat the mushroom ravioli!!"...haha, just one of the priceless quotes of the night.

Apparently Lauren gives her approval.

We also made yummy brownies and decorated them...

Lauren did Bella jumping off of a cliff...

and of course I did an apple.

Here's proof that I get sappy during the prom scene, just in case the last post wasn't proof enough.

Oh and these are Lauren's cats...say hi to Brit and Oliver.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm slayed...

So, my parents are out of town for five days and I'm so excited that I have the house to myself. I had big plans for tonight...pj's, movies, books, cooking my favorite meal. Well it was all going fine and dandy until I chose my movie. What did I chose, Twilight. I've seen the movie like a bazillion times, but this time was different since I just got back from seeing the movie sites. The prom scene has always gotten to me. I like to hide from everyone how much of a girl I can actually be (i.e. my sappiness and hopeless romanticism), but I'm going to admit it. This time I cried. That's right folks, I cried during Twilight. I mean seriously, when something is just as perfect as this... just slays me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Just keep swimming...

I'm usually an upbeat person, the glass if half full kind of girl...but lately, specifically the past couple of days, I'm failing miserably at it. Grad school applications are stressing me out. I began working on them in the fall, but when my top two programs got cut due to funding, I decided to take a temporary break from the process. Now that I'm trying to get back into the game, I've made a few mistakes and written down the wrong deadlines for some. I feel like a failure as of late, because I'm the type of person who doesn't get these things wrong. I feel like I'm failing my parents, because I should be on top of this. It's just scary. I'm talking around in circles, and I'm sorry. My dad just gave me the who talk about how I'm a recent college grad and I should know where I'm going in my life. Am I a failure because I don't? Sigh...crying isn't going to do anything to fix this. I've just got to keep my head up and not stop swimming.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So long, farewell...

So this is my last post about the Adventure of EJ...that is until I start feeling nostalgic about the trip and decide to do another post or there is another adventure. Anywho, I won't dilly dally around and I'll get straight to the point.

FOREWARNING: This is probably going to be a long post and I'll probably get pretty sappy :/

As the last days of EJ's marvelous adventure started to end, we decided to ring in the New Year with a bang. We celebrated the East Coast's New Year because we were wimps and tired. However, I can blame the tiredness on being full with yummy Italian food from Bella Italia.

What does a girl order from Bella Italia? The first thing she sees on the menu of course...Mushroom ravioli! And of course two Cokes must be had to go along with it. I am not a big fan of mushrooms, but I conditioned myself the first time I went to Port Angeles so I could at least attempt to eat the dish. Well I fell in love with mushroom ravioli and couldn't wait to have it again this time. It's quite sad, mushroom ravioli is the only thing with mushrooms in it I will eat.

Here we've got a random alley way in Port Angeles. I couldn't resist...

New Years Day, Jana and I woke up uber early and drove the scenic route (the 101) out to Oregon. We could've taken the shorter route down to Portland, but Jana and I wanted to spend as much time along the Pacific as we could. It's an absolutely gorgeous drive. I recommend the long way round to anyone.

One of the main reasons we took the scenic route was so Jana and I would have time to make a stop by Ecola State Park. Yet again, I can't say enough how beautiful it was out there. This picture is of Cannon Beach. Breathtaking! It was well worth the drive, even if it was windy enough to blow me down and muddy my jeans.

Okay, so I must admit, Cannon Beach wasn't the reason we visited to was Indian Beach aka Fake First Beach. Indian Beach is the beach used as a stand in for First Beach Twilight. I totally understand Catherine Hardwicke's shooting struggle now that I've been there. It's beautimous, but boy are the winds deadly. When the rain hits you, it's like being hit with tiny cold stones.

From the park, we headed to Portland. It was my brilliant idea to stay in a hostel. Be forewarned, if you stay with the International Hostel in Portland, they will nickel and dime you for everything. Other than that, Portland was a pretty cool place. Powell's Books is a must as well as Voodoo Dunuts. I highly recommend the Maple Bacon Donut, The Loop, and the Vegan Voodoo. Now, just when you think I've done all the Twilight stuff that is to be done, I pull another one out of my sleeve. Jana and I hit pretty much all the movie spots.

This is the Carver Cafe, where Charlie, Bella, and Stephenie eat. They're a great place for breakfast and their french toast is to die for. It's a small cafe in Damascus, OR. It's pretty tasty, so if you're not a fan of Twilight, the breakfast is worth the trip.

Also if you're in Oregon, you might want to check out St. Helens. Here there is...

Thunderbird and Whale, which is actually a lawfirm...

The Bloated Toad, which apparently you can rent it if you want.

The infamous alley...

The prom dress shop...

The courthouse, which is just briefly seen in the background...


The Swan House.

In Kalama, WA there is Kalama High School or as I like to call it Fake Forks HS.

Back in Oregon, there is this little place....

The View Point Inn is in Corbett, OR and it's the site of the prom scene. It is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. My poor little heart hurt so bad when I went there. I have decided that I'm going to get proposed to there when the right guys comes along. My friends are already on it ;) Sadly the gazebo isn't there anymore, but the Monte Carlo sign still is. I was humming Iron and Wine the entire time I was there.

Last, but not least, is Multnomah Falls. It's just ten minutes down the road from the inn and are the falls in the background of the baseball scene. They're gorgeous. The drive to it is pretty cool too as there multiple waterfalls.

Now my friends, I must end my trip and go back to the real world. I am already longing to go back again. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been. Sorry for the long post. Hope you enjoyed.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's La Push Baby...

So as anyone that has read Twilight knows, La Push is only 15 minutes away from Forks. La Push is one of my favorite places on earth. It's got the trees, water, sand...pretty much everything I could ask for. There are four beaches in and around La Push that everyone should check out: First Beach, Second Beach, Third Beach, and Rialto Beach.

Another well known fact about La Push...the Cullens don't come here. At the Three Rivers Resort, you'll find this sign and some yummy Twilight themed food (i.e. Bella Banana Split, Jacob Black Milkshake, and Cullen Clam Chowder).

This is First Beach. It's probably the easiest to access out of all the beaches. From here you get excellent views of Akalat, my favorite island in the world...more about that later though.

When climbing over the logs to get into First Beach I saw these awesome paw prints and I just knew that it had to be Jacob :) Okay, just kidding, there were a couple of dogs running around on the beach. But hey, a girl can pretend right?

First Beach, is fun and is in the heart of La Push, but Second Beach is my absolute favorite beach. This is where you go to see the tide pools and gorgeous sea stacks. But to get there, you have to do a short hike. It's not so bad on the way down, but on the way up you have stupid stairs that just seem to be never ending. Anywho, this from the hike down to Second Beach.

After the short hike down, you then have to conquer the massive amount of logs in order to actually get to the beach. They're fun to climb over, but if you fall off of them into some water, it's a wee bit chilly.

This my friends, is Second Beach. The tide was in between high and low, so we didn't get to see any of the tide pools. Normally you can walk out towards where that hole is in the cliff.

Here my dears, is Third Beach. This photo is from my trip back in March to Washington. Since the sun was setting at 4 pm while we were there, we didn't have enough time to make the trip, but I didn't want to leave it out.

After exploring La Push, Jana and I headed over to Rialto Beach. Rialto is known for the best views during sunset. Luckily, it stayed sunny long enough for us to see one.

I got a very soggy bottom from sitting on a wet beached log taking all these pictures, but hey it was worth it.

And as a grand finale to La Push...this is Akalat in all its glory at sunset.

Akalat is also known as James Island and it is the final resting place of the Quileute Chiefs. It is tied to the Quileute culture so much that you can just look at it and feel its importance. I am in awe every time I see it. It may just be the anthropologist in me, but this island really is my favorite in the world.

On a further note, did anyone know that the Quileute language is dying? Apparently there are only four native speakers left. Dazzled by Twilight is trying to get a linguist who is fluent in the language to come and try to implement a program to help save the language. My heart sank when I heard this. I'll keep everyone updated if I hear more information on how this project is going.

On the lighter side, the next post will probably be my last about my trip. However, there will be awesome pictures from the places Twilight was actually filmed.

Friday, January 8, 2010

It's just so green...

Hi, my name is Elyse, and I'm addicted to Twilight. Now that we've got that out of the way, I continue this post (and the next couple ones) without feeling any guilt what so ever for it being a bit Twilight-centric and uberlong. The next leg of the wonderful EJ trip was spent in the wonderful land of Twilight (Forks, La Push and Port Angeles). Driving to Forks from Seattle isn't too terribly complicated. It consists of taking one ferry, going over a floating bridge and taking the 101 all the way out to Forks. The scenery is beautiful and green, but there is one terrifying aspect of the drive...Lake Crescent (or the Devil Lake). Now it wasn't so bad this time, because I wasn't driving and it wasn't night time. But I swear, last time I drove around the lake, I could have sworn that there was some monster out there to get me. No signs of said monster this time...aka Cressie...but the ride was still treacherous for my camera's memory card because I was taking so many pictures.

This is Lake Crescent. It is a glacial lake with tons of dead people and a choo choo train down at the bottom of it. Pretty isn't it? Imagine driving around it at night with ice on the road and thinking a gigantic lake monster is going to come up and drag you down into it. Yea, I know, I've got an over active imagination.

About a half an hour down the road from Lake Crescent is the small town of there aren't really any vampires or werewolves there, but it is easy to believe it. This is my silly self standing by the sign. The last time I was in Forks, I had to climb a little hill to get to it, but apparently they moved it down closer to the road so it wouldn't be so much of a liability.

This is the Miller Tree Inn aka the Cullen House. They may be a bit more expensive here that the rest of the places in Forks, but you get killer hospitality and an amazing breakfast that makes it so worth the money.

The entire town has embraced Twilight, which makes for some silly tourist fun.

This is Forks HS. Technically the building the sign is in front of is no longer in use. People want to tear it down, so there is the Save Forks High School fund. You can find it on the Dazzled By Twilight website or Miller Tree Inn's Cullen Blog.

This is me wishfully thinking that I could really drive Bella's truck. I've always wanted a truck, and in my opinion, the older the better.

Sigh, to be able to have Carlisle as a doctor. I mean seriously, Peter Facinelli's entrance as Carlisle in Twilight was probably one of the best movie entrances ever. He could "smite me with his compassion" any day :)

This is Charlie's car. Okay, maybe not really, but all of the officers will answer to Charlie if you call them that.

Forks is beautiful. Yes, it's a small town with only one stoplight. No, there aren't a lot of things to do so you have to drive to Port Angeles for the nearest movie theatre. Do I want to go back? Yes! Hint to the next post...The Cullens don't come here :)