Wednesday, October 28, 2009

new blog!

Not sure if anyone checks this blog still, but just in case:

I have officially changed my blog over to what was the wedding website:

So... that's where I'll be.

Over and out,


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."

-Jane Austen

**With special emphasis by Haylie Swenson,
fiancée of one Ross Dewey**

Sunday, May 10, 2009

in just spring

I'm loving two things about equally right now: spring, when the world is "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful"; and e. e. cummings, who wrote this poem.

What is delighting you today?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

the fitful blogger

I know I've been an unsteady blogger recently (after I promised so faithfully to post often), but seriously, I've had the most maddeningly hectic week at my job(s). Good thing I love what I do.

Anyway, more to come soon. I promise.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

my house... is a veryveryvery nice house

See? I promised that I would be a more consistent blogger once I got a camera, and I am trying to deliver. About a month ago I put an ad on Craig's List advertising my availability as a roommate. I was actually pretty floored by the response I got (apparently, in the current economic climate a lot of people are looking to pad out the old income), and after interviewing with a bunch of people I finally moved into my new place last week. I love my house and my roommates. I live with this fantastic married couple. His name is Humberto. He's 33 (?) and from Peru. Her name is Lucyna. She's 24 and from Poland, and they are both incredibly nice and laidback. They met while Lucyna was studying abroad in Peru, and two weeks later he asked her to move in with them. I don't have a picture yet, but Lucyna is stunningly beautiful (like all Polish women, apparently... thanks, Ross!). Plus, their house looks like Ikea. And they have wireless internet. And they like my fish. Life is good.

Sugar (cukier) and rice (ryz), in Polish. Lucyna says Ross speaks Polish with a pretty decent accent. I'm so proud.

The only thing prettier than the quince tree in the backyard is Bono the fish.

i'm so excited i might throw up

Even though I feel kind of like the kind of dad who insists that everyone see the birth photos--in all their gory, gruesome detail--I am just too excited not to share. Today I spent a deliciously sizable portion of the whole day playing with Ross' and my new toy. Here are just a few of the results. A sampler, if you will. And I will.

Locations: My house, downtown Hillsboro, and the Oregon Zoo.

Regarding the above, I (mis)quote from one of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story: "Can Haylie pick 'em or can she?"

And Ross took this photo of the sequoia, by the way.

This is of two of our ladies at the Zoo, Shine (a nickname: her real name is Sung-Surin) and Chendra, who is on the right. Further zoo photos, including pictures of baby Samudra, coming soon.