Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cabin fever

   Think of a little cottage in the woods. Where civilization is scarce kinda. And you're surrounded by nothing but trees and critters. Like... Aurora. Banished to live in the woods in a small cottage with no way to escape. She just sings and stuff, until a stranger finds her and grabs her from the back and she's like who the fu
Yeah, a cottage in the woods. We stayed at one.
And this is how so many horror movies start out.

After work on Thursday, we were on our way. 




Much of the drive was the usual boring SoCal traffic with some idiot deciding to not pay attention and cause an accident, therefore slowing everyones' lives down by hours
jk, the drive wasn't bad. Once we reached the base of the mountain, things started getting really pretty as dusk approached. 





The trip up was absolutely beautiful. The roads were super windy, the sky had this cool orangey gradient from the sun setting, but it wasn't dark just yet. And there were barely any cars. All was quiet and tranquil the high up we went. Was awesome



Before making the trip, Chicken had looked up a spot for us to pull over and gaze out over the view. There are no words, honestly.



nothing is sacred anymore...
 i lied. there are but a couple.




 So, if you drive a manual car, mountains don't give a shit about that.



 I love views. 
There's this ominous tranquility that completely envelopes me as I only think of how insignificant we are. Views like this are humbling. 
I am entitled to absolutely nothing. I am owed nothing. And I am just happy to be here and alive. A fucking turn signal from a slowing car that's not even nearing the right side of the road before it comes to an almost completely unneccessary and dangerous basically full stop before it turns right onto the road at a busy traffic light, isn't asking for much... but I realize that I should just be glad I have a car. Because I know people who don't have cars, and that's a luxury they'd probably like to also complain about. So I should shut up and just be more grateful. 

I am, though. I am so grateful. Especially for my Chicken


 As we neared the cottage, everything just looked cooler and surreal.



When we arrived, it was the cutest little area ever. Like, I could've screamed if it wasn't 7 at night. We let our host know and they came right over to give us the tour. He was SO friendly. Also, gave us the most important assignment of waking up bright and early to make sure the Steller Jays were fed their peanuts. Very, very important.

Also, Rhett. 

Once he left, I did the photo thing while ugly crying on the inside.






 IT'S CREEPY, BUT ALSO CUTE, RIGHT?!

 


Everything was so cute. Like out of a little fairytale.
Normally, rustic themes aren't... like.. what even
BUT THIS WAS SO CUTE.


 When we went upstairs, it's a LOFT



Since we were arriving late-ish, Chicken prepared and brought some quick stuff for dinner lol.




 Was one of the most peaceful evenings of, probably ever. 
Wine, noodles, fireplace, and a K-Drama about ghosts, in Ben Brode's flannel shirts, all while enjoying the quiet of the forest surrounding us.


I brought my laptop thinking I'd... idk. I'm an idiot. 
But didn't even unpack it. If Chicken brought his, I wouldn't have known.




CYNTHIA, WHY'D YOU GUYS GO TO A COTTAGE IN THE MOUNTAINS? LIKE, TO DIE?
That's a great question!



Not putting Gollums' face on our address wasn't as fun. Nicki, the invitations are beautiful, I'm so sorry.

A wedding! Is that... a lembas bread leaf? WHY,

YES. 

YES, IT IS.

The wedding invitations were just... omg. And.. here I am, a cosplayer. And.. there it happened, my own overzealous, but hilarious downfall. 

We went out to stay in a mountain cottage for Nicki and Tom's Lord of the Wings themed wedding, and the excitement was just... unreal. I even bought stuff to wear for it that was like... themed-ish enough, with ear stuff and all that stuff. Very excited.

The morning of the wedding, we were up by 6:30 a.m. 
Because the jays said so.

 We followed directions and set a handful of peanuts out on the ledge of the porch. And they came



We sat inside and watched in awe.




And set out some more.



This time, in spite of the cold morning air, we sat out on the porch and watched. It was like magic.







 I totally understand why bird watching is a thing. I get it now, and it's really dorky, but also really cool.



If infant Bambi was with us, and we were teaching him how to say literally any other god forsaken word in the English language, he'd probably do a lot better here.

Image result for bambi bird




We spoiled those jays rotten. Until we noticed a visitor in a nearby tree.





As beautiful as the sunrise was, the cold drove us back inside, where we had a cute breakfast and made ourselves comfortable.




and left out more peanuts for the jays







The cottage was magical in the daylight. We sat on the couch and took a moment to just relax and take it all in when we saw a little friend scavenging for leftovers. So we set some peanuts out for it by the door.



 BUT SOMEONE ELSE SHOWED UP




Those jerks. 

... So we set out some more LOL





FINALLY, we left it at that, and sat down and went to have breakfast



Hi, Rhett.


No. It's not breakfast time for us. It's Rhett's turn. And fed her, we did.




She must've been the happiest squirrel.




We left her to finish, but then she um, let us know.
that she had eaten all of her peanuts.
and required more.






It's our fault.



And then it was time to get ready for the ceremony.

So, I wanted to do formal but also like... I've met Galadriel AND Saruman and helped the orcs to learn how to hold a quill properly. But still formal wear. Not full on cosplay, I didn't have time for that, nor the patience. Chicken wore a suit and looked so dapper ^_^






 Once we got there, we immediately spotted peeps. And I quickly realized.... it was a themed WEDDING. Not a THEMED wedding. That felt weird. Because the last thing I needed was to stick out like a sore thumb. Let alone... like... idk. I sincerely hoped with all of my soul that I didn't look like a total asshole to anyone because I genuinely thought people would dress up a bit with like... cloaks and hoods and leather pouches and shit. and floppy sleeved gowns. TURNS OUT, IT WAS JUST ME. AND IT'S MY OWN FAULT. AND IT'S FINE. (i was dying inside)

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO REASSURED ME THAT WHAT I FELT WAS UNWARRANTED. AND FOR YOUR GRACIOUS COMPLIMENTS uwu


 That's Fish and Lizzie
An autobiography







 There was so much cheese you guys. And we got these sick steins. I had Sapporo, he went with Guinness.




This is the first wedding I've been to since I was 3 years old.





 They look enthralled with one another. That's dope





Did I cry? I cried at this part:



The father-daughter dance. There's so much there that I could feel as they danced together. I love my father so much. SO much. And I know how much it hurts him that I'm not his little girl anymore. He sends me videos of my childhood, old photos and asks me if I remember moments when we were both much younger. When life was simpler. I know he yearns for me to also be happy, and to one day be at a wedding of my own. So... seeing them together was the tear-jerker for me. lol I cried typing this


The mother-son dance was also really sweet. His mom was enthusiastic and jovial. Smiling and hopping to the music happily. They were both so child-like. My mom is also like that. 

I fucking love my parents so much.



The evening was LIT. 
I ran into people I haven't seen in a long while. Some of which used to be at our work but moved on to pursue their own ambitions. It was SO good to see them again. I haven't been able to flash anyone at work my Bloods gang sign, and it really hurts you guys. But Friday night, I did. And.. and it was so beautiful you guys. T____T  

I MISS YOU SO MUCH, B'NAYNAY. We all do. 

I also never thought I'd be dancing like a ratchet potato next to Papa M and his fam. But... there we were. Disgusting wretches. Honestly though, it's the DJ's fault for playing the devil's music.

 I will say though, the DJ played my Edith Piaf request earlier in the evening, and that was dope. So he wasn't completely corrupted.


All in all though, the wedding was beautiful. Nicki and Tom looked enchanting together. Their vibe was just.. glowing all throughout and everyone could feel it. It's usually gross seeing people make out in public, but this was cool. Just... raw, amorous want and desire to unite with someone else so completely. Traverses love.

There are several of kinds of love, right? We love our parents, friends, pets, colleagues, even celebrities. And of course, we love our lovers. But I think there's another force beyond love that breaks the threshold to reaching an absolute and unyielding want of uniting with someone in every aspect of your life. Not obsession lol. This is the rational one, when you're an adult and know what it means to live as a responsible person. Experienced, even. This is a partnership, a team, but you're like... blue-toothed to each other. You love each other so much, that you take ANOTHER step to sync up, for life. That's crazy. And also beautiful.

So, robot penguins basically.


Kids, get married early. You're totally ready for it lol



For the first wedding I've been to in 29 years, this was pretty awesome. I'm extremely humbled to have been able to witness them blue-tooth, and to just experience a wedding, period lol. 


Also, during the part where Nicki and Tom were cutting their wedding cake, the Totoro theme song was playing. And I turned to Fish (Chicken's friend) and was like omg we have to do the thing where they're growing the trees out of the ground. And he was like huh? And I was like
you don't know? And he's like... ??? And I was like TOTORO? And he was like, oh Miyazaki? He did Grave of the Fireflies right? And we were like ya but wtf you've never seen Totoro? and he was like 
no and I'm not going to beCAUSE YOU SAW ME CRY THAT ONE TIME

everyone paused. and turned around too look at him because just as he was saying that, the music was turned down. and I'm pretty sure the cake cutting was being recorded.... and all you hear... when the volume goes down, instead of Nicki and Tom, beautifully holding the knife together cutting into the cake... in the background you just hear Fish.. very emotionally shouting... "YOU SAW ME CRY THAT ONE TIME" 

and in the crowd of people surround them, Tom knew exactly who it was.

Nicki and Tom.... again... we're so sorry Fish basically ruined your entire wedding




The next morning, we were up early, though not as early as the day before. But early enough to enjoy the last few hours we would have at our cute little cottage.

Chicken brought up Stouffer's mac n cheese... the large size ^_^




 We shared breakfast with Rhett, and a friend of hers.










Before we left, I took a final stroll around the cottage and captured everything I could to look back on.




This little cottage is home to so many little friendos.






It's so easy to get lost in nature. Thoreau had the right idea.






Leaving was extremely bittersweet. We would've stayed longer, but other guests had booked the cottage right after us. It's okay though, because we'll be back. I can't stress enough how amazing our stay was. I want to live in the mountains lol. 
We even mused about opening up a funeral home and our families would work there with us. And it'd be cute. Chicken would do the website, his mom would do the accounting and paperwork, my mom would work with the bodies and she'd LOVE it, our dads would do maintenance on the building, his sister would work with clients and his other sister would be our lawyer :) and I'd do a bit of everything. And we'd all be happy living in the mountains and working at a cute family owned funeral home ^_^ 
  
That's... my fantasy. Let me have it.



Before we left, we stopped by the local market. I wanted to take something back with me that I could use and remember our time there by. This was right next to the lake.





 The drive down the mountain was just as beautiful. Though I'll admit, I liked it much better at dusk.




back home.



This is what I picked up at the market. That soap is one of the things we had at the cottage. It changed my life. Annnnnd the candle... I couldn't resist. What can I say?


As soon as we got back, I went and go groceries to make stuff for today and tomorrow. Today I prepared seco de res. Tomorrow gonna make guiso de carne. I took a picture of the seco but accidentally deleted it lol and idc anymore but you can google it. it doesn't look appetizing at all. but it's one of my favorite Peruvian dishes. I don't put carrots in mine though, that's fucking weird.

And now we're here.

I finally beat that bastard Guardian Ape in Sekiro. and today discovered I had to do it AGAIN, but WORSE. Didn't even think that was possible, but... it is. I did it though. Fuck that fight. Jk, it wasn't even that bad, I'm just so over that damn monkey.


Anyway, yeah. Um. Blue-tooth. If I ever propose to someone, I've decided that it's gonna be by a dumb blue-tooth thing. Idk what yet, but... that's it. There it is. Spoilers.

ok jk I got leftovers because I made a bunch. and


weird exotic home cooked meals yeah fine whatever
but 
look at my plates though. I've had them forever
and 
got them at the 99 during the Halloween season, like 4 years ago. and they're so cute T_T

homewares during Halloween season are SO IMPORTANT. GO. GO NOW BEFORE THEY'RE ALL GONE, I'M TELLING YOU.


oKAY now that you've seen my cute plates, I'm ending it here. Gonna go blast that O'rin of the Water chola back into her grave