Mega-Late, Mega-Decorated Post!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz!

I have done it!  I have for you not one, not two, not three, but six pages of general wreckage and good times.  True I did this to myself, and true it seemed like a daunting task, but I have completed it.  Behold.

The first page we had to complete was very reminiscent of a page in our previous wreckage books.  Last time, I felt like I had done a terribly messy job, so this time I took it upon myself to make the neatest page possible.

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This probed to be very difficult, as both kittens instantly came out of the woodwork to attack the yarn.  This resulted in a very tragic tearing of the paper, but I still feel like it looks fairly nice.

Secondly, I had to decorate a sticker.  I chose the absolutely riveting Lisa Frank heart dolphins, pictured in their non-decorated splendor below.

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I initially planned on making an intensely colorful, heart themed, abstract picture around them, which is why there is that weird dark spot in the middle of the page.  After committing to the weird dark spot, I decided an ocean background would be much more fun, so just pretend that didn’t happen.

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I actually had a nice time doing this little freehand doodle.  Though, I basically enjoy any chance to utilize my shmansy color pencils.

Excuse the maps to follow.  They’re rather dreadful.  Directions and spatial reasoning just aren’t my friend.  I obviously have no future as a cartographer.

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Since there were two pages, I made two maps.  One that leads to something that I, or most people, would want, and one that leads to something the puppy dogs would want.  As you can see, the paths are pretty straight forward.  Also, I fail at drawing things on any sort of consistent scale.

This brings me to the page that started all of my problems.  The food page.

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I actually ended up getting this to work better than I thought.  I had been distressed because I forgot to save random items from both Papa Johns and Steak n’ Shake.  However, as I was foraging for yarn in my desk, I found coupon sheets for both establishments.  Happily, these provided representation for them on my page.  The Panera logo is extra big because I ate there twice in the last week and a half.  No shame!

For the page of life advice I’d want to read in 10 years, I had no idea what to put.  I scrolled a bit on the Internet, looking for quotes from authors I liked or something similar that would suffice.  I found nothing, which is so typical of the Internet.  Fortunately, I did find a picture I had saved of definitions for emotions all people have but don’t know how to describe.  I’m skeptical as to the overall legitimacy of some of these definitions, but I’ve always liked the list and saved it in my phone.  I thought it would be fun to save them here for my thirty-four-year-old future self to re-discover.

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Finally, I bring you the wax page.  I did not like the wax page.  I should no longer be allowed to complete wax pages.  In the case of this wax page, I used way too much wax, burnt my palm, and got wax on my dishwasher.  Artemis found it fascinating.  The wax also slightly bled onto the next page, so I’ll have to figure that nonsense out next week.

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There you have it!  I have completed my mission.  I feel so accomplished.  I’ll leave you with the note that I’m looking forward to your instagram post today (look us up on pawsandpages), and this picture of what Annabelle was doing whilst I slaved at my wreckage.

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Love,

Super Koala

A Long Overdue Sister Bag Adventure

Dearest Sister,

My sincerest apologies for having the sister bag for basically a thousand years.  It is a rather tragic event, especially when considering that I’ve done a lot of fun things, I’ve just failed to take the sister bag with me.  Luckily, I remedied this two weekends ago when I took the bag to Cider Days for some quality puppy volunteer time.

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Now, as you may or may not know, Cider Days is a Springfield, MO fall festival.  It takes place on “Historic Walnut Street,” and I used to find it quite fancy and adorable.  However, Sparhawk and I have now attended fall festivals all over the Ozark area, and we have found many more impressive events.  Sorry, Cider Days.

Even if it is not nearly as fancy as the other festivals, Cider Days does have one significant benefit.  And that would be the Humane Society tent!  In past years, I have giddily ogled the puppies that come to these events.  This year, I got to hang out with them.

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These were three of the puppies that came with us.  The fourth, Stormy, spent most of her time on another volunteer’s lap, so I didn’t spend much time with her.  The first puppy, Bella, is the one that Amanda ended up adopting.  The middle one, Oddie, was my little buddy most of the day.  And the last one posing with her paw on the sister bag, Brittany, is the one that almost came home with us.  No shame.

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We had a fun day saying hello to people and going for miniature puppy walks.  After many hours outside, we were all sleepy.  Particularly little Oddie, who was also chilly.  We made them all beds.  It was incredibly precious.  Fortunately I had the bag with me to save my chair and house my snacks.

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After we loaded the pups back in the van to go home, Sparhawk and I wandered around the street a little more to look at all the vendors.

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I had spent most of my time in the tent with the puppies.  We found a lot of fantastic things, including the customary honey sticks, the most delicious apple cider candle of my life, and your present!  We also found this lady who does absolutely fantastic work.  Some of her paintings featured pets, so of course I asked her about them, and I discovered she does custom pet portraits!  So look out for that in my house soon.

All together, it was a very fun day.  I ran into lots of people I knew on the street, and several friends came by to visit and pet puppies.  As you can imagine, when I returned home, Annabelle and Nyxen were very jealous and had many opinions on how I spent my time.

– Super Koala, Out!

Sister Weekend: Second Annual Color Run

Dearest Readers,

This weekend marked another milestone in the history of our sister blog.  That is, of course, the semi-running of another 5k.  We tackled the Color Run, crazy to think it has been over a year since we started recording our adventures!

Spazzmataz came to visit me after leaving school early on Friday. (Shh, don’t tell.)  After her arrival, we embarked on leg one of our adventurous weekend.  First we went to gather our race packets, where we purchased the most adorable unicorn, Hue, who became our mascot for the weekend.  And for life.  Obviously.  Afterward, we saw the movie Home.  It was adorable, as was Hue during the spectation.

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Saturday we arose painstakingly early for our run.  The race was in a different area than last year and took another route.  I found this slightly disappointing.  I think last year’s set up was much better.  Nonetheless, it was still a good time.  It’s nearly impossible to actually run at the Color Run; there are too many people walking.  But, I think we still put in a good running effort.

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Customary before and after pictures.

This year, it was just the two of us running.  So we had to take solo jumping pictures.  Behold their excellence.

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Afterwards, we shamelessly waited outside Pineapple Whip for at least fifteen minutes to retrieve our first Whips of the year.  They have new flavors!

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We then spent a most glorious afternoon at the dog park, feasting on Hu Hot, and watching the live action version of Cinderella.  Surprisingly delightful.  Also, Hurts Donuts.

After so many activities, we were sleepy this morning.  We spent a nice deal of time cuddling with ze adorable puppies.

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Once motivated, we went for a nice trail walk.  It is oddly chilly for almost May.

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Bonus Color Run nails picture that I am too lazy to properly integrate into this post.

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Now, we lay on Spazzmataz’s bed in mah hizzouse with puppies at our feet, preparing for her most tragic departure.  Thank goodness it is almost summer time.

– The Sisters Ravens

Long Overdue

Dearest Readers,

It is I, Super Koala.  It has been quite some time since the Spazz and I wrote a conventional post.  The past few weeks have been filled with lots of time together, and we’ve been busy actually doing things instead of writing about doing things.

That being said, we thought it’d be nice to reconvene and summarize what we’ve been up to lately.  For personal posterity.  I wasn’t sure how far back to start, and the Spazz is presently unreachable somewhere abouts Colorado.  So, this will likely be rather disjointed.

In late March, the Spazz spent a week at mah hizzouse and we had many lovely adventures.  This included dinners, fish fries, puppy expos, and trips to Silver Dollar City.

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After Spazz went back to St. Louis, Sparhawk and I traveled to St. Louis for an extremely special occasion.  However, we began with a trip to the St. Louis Zoo.  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.  It’s pretty excellent, and it’s completely free.  I took a lot of pictures, particularly of monkeys and birds.  The highlights are posted below.

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Somewhere in there, we had the below Starbucks “Happy Birthday” beverages.  THEY WERE DELICIOUS. They deserve a picture.

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Onto the main event!  The reason we went to St. Louis was for a Bo Burnham show.  I shall perpetually measure time, we decided, as a pre- and post- Bo Burnham.  Kind of like B.C.E.  The show was most extraordinary.  We had front row center seats, and were promptly blinded by the very bright staging.  My favorite thing about a Bo Burnham show is that he makes me think.  Sure it’s comedy, sure it’s amusing, but above all, it’s intellectual.  I’m still ruminating on some of these sprung thoughts.  Life goal completed.  Spazz and I got shirts not pictured below.

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The weekend after that, I traveled to St. Louis without Sparhawk and without puppies.  The occasion was for Easter, but as Spazz and I both have April birthdays, mine being the day after Easter, we did some pre-celebrating.  I was terribly excited to give Spazz her birthday present, which was a travel-sized record player along with Maroon 5’s new album.  This became extra perfect as the album is the same colors as the record player I picked out.  I had no idea.  The present went off very well, in my opinion.  Despite some incredibly vague hints I had dropped, Spazz had no idea, so the surprise was most successful.

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After initial presenting, I discovered MamaBird had made me some most excellently awful Avengers cakes.  They tasted delicious, but weren’t incredibly pretty.  Nonetheless, chocolate cake is chocolate cake, and it’s the thought that counts.  I also received some delightful presents in the form of grey, polka-dot Vans from Spazzmataz and new Sperrys from my parents.  My feet are so well adorned.

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While we were together, and before the Easter celebrations, we decided to accomplish a post card task.  As I had received multiple pairs of shoes, and was wearing my new Vans, this option seemed perfect.

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Before we headed out for an evening of musical delight, we fastened our badges to our clothes.  Spazzmataz adjusted hers to reflect her birthday gift.  If you can’t read it, it says “Ask me about my record player.”  We each had three people ask us about our respective badges; fortunately, none of them were strangers.  I almost always hate talking to strangers.  And, we got to see our friend’s band play.  Their name is Koa, and they were really good.  Check ’em out.

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That’s all for now!  Hopefully the Captain of Spazz will assemble some sort of Colorado post upon her return.

Aaaaand, terribly cute Annabelle picture below!  I missed my girl.

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Comparatively Belated Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

As you know, based on our This is the Voice correspondents, I have been belated in my posting.  Yesterday was oddly stressful.  I had a lot to do teacher wise with being gone for so long.  And then I made it more stressful because today I decided I don’t like our play scripts and ordered scripts for an entire new play.  Given that our play is April 17th, this is not good.  But I’m hoping it will make for a better play overall.

I meant to have a really fantastic post today, too.  But all my ideas revolved around school, and then the play thing happened, and I no time at school.  So, my wreckage today is okay, and I’ll work on executing my ideas for next week’s post.

Post Cards:

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One of my cards is one we’ve never done before, but I believe you’ve done the other.  My “carving” one didn’t turn out quite as nice as I would have liked.  I automatically knew I wouldn’t be carving anything.  In case you don’t recall from my refusal to scratch the scratchers, I hate the texture of scratching paper.  Of all kids.  So, instead, I went for a literary reference to one of my favorite books of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird.

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My goal was to draw all the little items that get hidden in the tree.  Technically, I did this.  However, as the black ink dried, some of the items started to get a little muddled.  But, I’m still happy with the idea.

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The next card features the daunting task of creating my own planet.  I decided to keep it, obviously, very scientific by using a strict legend to document life on my planet.  I named it Diana, as I feel the goddess Artemis is largely underrepresented in our present Roman mythology based solar system.  For every heart, there is a happy flock of puppies frolicking about and being loved and well cared for.  Every star is a library, of course.  A circle is a breakfast cafe, which is my favorite meal.  A square is a movie theater.  There aren’t as many squares because I think the movies would be more fun if they were a relatively special experience.  Ergo, travel.  Finally, every triangle is a dog park.  Because puppies need room for all that adorable frolicking.

For my wreckage, I tried to copy a Springfield transit route.  This was going okay, until Annabelle decided she wasn’t being petted enough and ferociously buried under my arm, bumping my clearly beautiful rendering.  The Springfield bus does not come to my house, so I went for the route that would get me as close to home as possible.  It’s still not very close.

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My last wreckage is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is sadly still not finished.  I’ll take care of that this week.  It’s supposed to be a sharing of very tiny thoughts, but all the tiny writing hurts my hand a whole bunch.  And takes forever to fill a page.  So, for now, this one is a work in progress.

 

 

 

 

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That’s all for the evening!  I’m terribly sleepy, so I am off to retire.  I’m getting excited for your Spring Break visit!

Love,

Super Koala

Valentine’s Weekend Fun

This weekend the Super Koala and I were once again united. Friday we both had the day off, so I made my first drive to Springfield. After three hours, we were finally together. We spent the day eating tasty food and hanging out with Pleasant Hopeians. For lunch we went to Bread Co. and I had my first ever bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. It was delicious, and I can see many more in my future. Then we went to Elle’s for tasty desserts.

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Later that evening we went to the great town of Pleasant Hope to watch a basketball game. It was very intense and stressful, and sadly they lost. Afterwards there was a sort of hang out at the high school that Super Koala had to chaperone. They had movies, video games, board games, basketball, and ping-pong. We played trivial pursuit and, of course, Super Koala was the winner.

Yesterday was a beautiful morning, so we took the puppy girls to Rutledge-Wilson Farm for a nice long walk. They have a cute little pond where Nyx was able to be an adventure dog.

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When we got home, it was too nice outside to continue to stay indoors, so we took the girls out to the dog park. It was the second best dog park day ever. Nyxie was was so nice to the other dogs, and she played, and she didn’t growl at anyone, and it was the best. There were even a couple of dogs bigger than her, and she didn’t get upset once. It was so cute because she didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home. Then we sat at home for a little until we traveled to Lebanon for dinner with Mamabird and our Nonna. We had Chinese food at Bamboo Gardens. It was pretty good, and I tried crab Rangoon for the first time.

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When we got home, we decided to watch one of the movies off of our list, but sadly we fell asleep so we will re-watch the parts we missed tonight.

I am supposed to stay with the Koalas until Monday because we both have the day off again, but it is supposed to snow really hard, so I have to leave today. So, we made the most of our last day and got lots of things accomplished. We planned on going out for breakfast one day, so of course we had to go to Waffle House. Then we went to the mall, and I got a new pair of sweatpants, and we each got a sister related piece of jewelry.

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Before we went to the mall, we had to make a pit stop at Barnes and Noble until the mall opened. We saw adorable kitten puzzles and lots of books that we stared at longingly.

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They also had a pile of vinyls and one was of the new Maroon 5 album. Super Koala and I are very curious as to weather it is supposed to be the letter V or the roman numeral 5.

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(Or maybe a less than sign)

Then we went to Hurts Donuts for a tasty snack. I also got a half-dozen to take home with me.

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They were super busy, but luckily there were lots of donuts, so there were plenty for us to chose form. We had a great weekend even though it was cut short, and we will see each other soon enough. Also, tomorrow we will have a Skype reading date, so there will be another A Million Little Pieces post.

Grammy Wrecking

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

This post comes to you as Sparhawk and I sit on the couch, with the girls, watching the Grammies.  Fortunately, I was very prepared for my post.  Early today, Sparhawk and I went to the Aviary for delicious, delicious creperie noms.  Whilst there, I completed all of my necessary wreckage to assemble this post.

First, le post cards!

As we waited for our food, we noticed a pouch attached to the wall by us.  Other patrons had filled the pouch with interesting, random notes.  I decided we needed to contribute a post card to the pouch.  So, we spent various points in the dinner working on this random thoughts card.  Sparhawk was the major contributor, including a poem he wrote on the back.  Before we left, we tucked it into the pouch for someone else to enjoy.

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My other post card was very simple.  It’s the one where you see how many times you can send the card back and forth between a friend.  I chose Philip, since we’re already supposed to be correspondents.

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For my wreckage, I found the most perfect prompt inside the book.

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Being titled the Aviary, the restaurant is filled with birds.  Though, they are redecorating, so there’s not as many birds as there used to be.  However, I still found a decent amount.

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My other wrecking did not turn out so well.  On our drive home, I still had one last wrecking to complete, so I chose the one where you draw while in motion.  It was a rather tragic experience, especially when I recall how well yours turned out.

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Sparhawk did not assist with this at all.  He kept forcefully lurching the car to make my poor drawing even worse.

I’m so excited to see you this weekend!  This week was fairly pleasant, though nothing particularly notable happened.  The weather has been so pretty this weekend, which severely cut down on my overall productivity yesterday.  I got back in the game today and did a fair amount of cleaning.  Now I only have to survive one four day week, and then I get a Spazz filled four day weekend!  I will continue to work on our list as well as keeping my teacher life in check, so I don’t have to do a bunch of grading while you’re in town.  Since parent teacher conferences are on Thursday, that shouldn’t be hard.  Grades need to be nicely caught up for that.

Well, I’m going to go read personal narratives and continue watching the awards.  Cuddling with the puppies through the process as been particularly delightful given their bath.

Love you,

Super Koala