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  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Illustrator, Housecleaner
  • Bachelor's in English
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About Me


To see the world


I live in Portland, Oregon with my skinny orange cat, Spike.

I make pictures. Right now I scarcely do anything else. My pockets are filled with the debris of a creative life. Pieces of interesting paper mingle with the stubs of pencils and tiny nubs of eraser. I am constantly writing ideas down on scratch paper, chewing on pencil ends and scraping paint from underneath my fingernails. These days I do a lot of mixed media work, in an attempt to make something simple and happy out of something that can seem so messy.

I love going on walks, vibrant colors, flying kites, seeing ducks at the park, playing with sidewalk chalk, drinking coffee, cooking, reading, camping, laughter, going on adventures, and many, many other things.


This could easily get long winded, so let's break it down to the most basic things:

1. Be happy. Appreciate (and seek out) the simple happy things in this life.

2. Do what you want to do. Don't do what you don't want.

As long as you can make those two things happen, I think a lot of other things will work themselves out a little easier.

I read the following Keri Smith's website (, it's a great list: Things To Do Every Day

1. Read a poem
2. listen to a piece of music (or look at a piece of art)
3. eat good food
4. create something
5. express gratitude for something
6. have direct experience of life
7. drink tea
8. touch the earth
9. stop getting to work 'on time' (let go)
10. love with an open heart

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


So far I've set up this account. That's a good start. Then I need to find a couch or two for our camping-in-Canada adventure this summer. Then I'll write wonderful reviews about the people we stay with. So that's something.

I'd like to offer my own couch but I need to measure it so people know what they'd be getting into. It's not terribly large, but I have lots of blankets and I do live in a pretty neat city.


Nothing to do with this site specifically yet. I've done lots of crashing-on-floors-of-friend's houses quite a bit though.


  • cats
  • arts
  • writing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • running
  • drinking
  • flying
  • reading
  • blogging
  • painting
  • music
  • camping
  • communications

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Yesterday I saw a kid running and carrying an armful of grass clippings. His mouth was open and he kept going "puffh! puffh!" because the little bits were getting in his mouth (and everywhere really).

Teach, Learn, Share

I know several strange "time waste" type of games from all my years of being a girl scout waiting for the mess room to open. Hand clapping games, repeat songs, the like. Also I do lots of art.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Ireland, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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