Monday, August 17, 2009

My Review of Xtreme Instant Heat trade Multisized Hot Rollers

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Use on ethinic hair and hair extensions

Mrs. Oregon America 2009 Eugene, Oregon 8/17/2009


5 5

Pros: Easy To Use, Good Value, Effective

Best Uses: Frizziness/Flyaways, Color-treated Hair, Normal Hair, Hair Extensions

Describe Yourself: Beauty Conscious

Hair Type: Wavy Hair

I have used my curlers on my own "ethnic" hair and on my hair extensions. They are easy to use and the curls last throughout the day. I love my Conair Xtreme Instant heat curlers.


Monday, July 27, 2009

4 July 2009 St. Paul Rodeo - "I wana be a cowgirl". I am an Oregonian, I have lived here most of my life, I'd always heard of the St. Paul Rodeo, I even recall seeing the sign on I5 pointing to the town of St. Paul, but it wasn't until this 4th of July when Mrs. Oregon was invited to be a part of the St. Paul Rodeo that I knew what it was all about. What an awesome time with some of the friendliest people I have ever met, and I came to the conclusion that being a rodeo queen is not all glitz and glamour, those girls work hard for their titles and those really cool cowboy hats with the crowns on them. Again with Bob as my chauffer and Daniela as my riding companion we wound our way through the town of St. Paul waving and throwing candy to the spectators on the parade route. Afterwards we were invited to have lunch with the rodeo queens it really was loads of fun.

Cans for a cause...

3 July 2009 - The Waterfront Blues Festival - On this day the ladies of the 2010 Mrs. Oregon America Pageant got together for a good time and a good cause. Entry into the Blues festival did not cost any money, but they were asking for donations of canned food items and wow did my fellow Oregonians come through; the festival raised $573,688 in cash donations and 87,577 pounds of donated food items all proceeds will go to the Oregon Food Bank. I met some really wonderful and interesting people as I sttod by the entry gate and greeted people and though we were not able to see the performances we did hear some great music including headlining rock-blues artist Johhny Winter.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

6 June 2009 - The Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade - The Grand Floral Parade has a rich, rich history and I am proud to say that I have been a part of it on more than one occasion as a participant and a spectator, walking and/or riding on a float and it is always a spectacle to behold. I love parades but none more than the Grand Floral, if I wasn't a participant or a street side spectator, I was watching it on television usually with my mom, I guess mom taught me my love for parades. So this year marching in the parade with the One More Time Around Again Marching Band as Mrs. Oregon America 2009, was really a treat. With Ian and Bob following along and popping up as various places along the route, I had a wonderful time walking with Miss Oregon Earth, Miss Portland and Miss Portland's Outstanding Teen. It was a truly unforgettable time.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Long time Portland influencers Paul and Geneva Knauls (and oh by the way they've known me since I was about 5 years old)

Miss Black Oregon Chelsea Deloney

27 June 2009 - Good in the Hood Parade - is a multi-cultural music and food festival held annually in North East Portland and I am proud to say this year I was able to be a part of it. The great part was that I was able to make it a family affair. We decorated Bob's Toyota Tundra up, Ian sat in the passenger seat and Daniela and I sat in the bed of the truck with Blanche and Patsy, my two English Bulldogs. I saw people that I had not seen in years, it felt like "old home week". It's funny how I have been gone from Portland serving in the military for over 20 years, but coming home and becoming Mrs. Oregon has reminded how much I miss old friends and old places, my reign
has really been one wonderful moment after another.

Mrs. Oregon a Proud Mama - On June 15 th I enjoyed one of the proudest nights of my life and it had nothing to do with beauty pageants. The Rankins and Goodwin families watched as son/grandson graduated from Monroe Middle School. The gymnasium was hot, it was almost impossible to see the kids as they "walked across the stage", people were rude and talked, but I was still as proud as I could be as I watched my baby receive his certificate of promotion. But the true highlight was being able to watch Ian and the band with no name (that's not the name, they really don't have a name yet) rock out as a part of the ceremony entertainment. There was poetry reading, piano playing and a number of speeches by the graduating 8th graders. But the crowd favorite had to be the finale, when Ian (lead vocals), Sora (guitar) , Jake (drums) and Corinthia (bass guitar) took the stage to sing "Rock and Roll High School", the kids had a blast and so did the adults. Corinthia was a last minute addition to the group and I must say a welcome addition. With the boys in their black pants, white shirts and tennis shoes, Corinthia added a certain something with her stylish black and white dress and really awesome platform wedge heels, she had a truly matter of fact aire about her that said, "yea I'm with the band", where the boys seemed a little more full of themselves. Corinthia was silently screaming out "GIRLS ROCK"! The kids did wonderful job, I look forward to their future gigs as they all move on to Sheldon High School. My baby a freshmen in high school? It seems like only yesterday that he was a 9.5lbs cherub in my arms.......

Ian receives his Promotion certificate

Ian Rocks
Ian and Sora Rock

Corinthia rocks

Sora, Corinthia, Jake, Ian
The Band with no name.....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

4 June 2009 One of the customs of Rose Festival Fleet week is the Officers Reception on the evening that the ships arrive in Portland. This was the second opportunity that I had to attend the reception, the officers truly were ladies and gentlemen, we had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty. I hear that there was much revelry until the wee hours but the beauty queens needed their beauty sleep, to check on their babies, and get home to their hubbies. And so we left the sailors to navigate their way around Portland on their own.

Mostly Canadadian officers in this photo

Miss Oregon, Miss Oregon Earth, Mrs. Oregon and the
delegates of Mrs. Oregon America 2010

The Battleground princess court

Miss Oregon Earth

Monday, July 06, 2009

On 4 June I had the awesome opportunity ride down the Willamette River from the Port of Kalama into Portland on the USS Shoup DDG86 the ship is named for General David M. Shoup (1904–1983), the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps . I arrived with my friend Miss Oregon 2008 Danijela Krstic. We took a charter bus ride from downtown Portland to the Port of Kalama. We were soon underway and enjoying a beautiful northwest morning on the river. I was told that this was the first time in many years that during the Rose Festival fleet arrival that it did not rain or it wasn't horribly cold. Danijela and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, meeting wonderful civilians, Sailors and Officers.
Mrs. Oregon boards the USS Shoup in Kalama, Wa.

Miss Oregon and Mrs. Oregon embark on
their journey down the Willamette River
History of the USS Shoup
In the Army it's a mess hall. Not sure what it is in the Navy

One of our kind tour guides

We were joined by the Seattle Sehawks Seagals on our trip
Mrs. Oregon found a fellow female military officer and
fellow vegetarian...a good thing when all they were serving
visitors was hamburgers :(
Miss Oregon and Mrs. Oregon pose with a group of Naval
JROTC Cadets
Miss Oregon enjoys the view as she sales into the Rose

The old and the new (Buildings not me) Memorial Coliseum
on the left, Rose Garden on the right

Standing watch as we arrive in Portland

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3 May 2009 - two years ago I ran in my 4th marathon, the inaugural Eugene marathon, for my 4th marathon I I knocked 1 hour and 20 minutes off of my last marathon time. So I was really looking forward to the 2008 marathon, I began training for it I got to training mile 18 but came up lame and never completed mile 18, and never got better, so instead of running the marathon I sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the race, it as a good experience but I felt kind of empty at I watched the runners go by me. I worked hard to try to get back to running, but a year later I was still having problems with my knee and haven't run more than 4 miles and even then it was with pain. So knowing that I would not be running the 2009 Eugene Marathon I put together a team for a marathon water station "Those who can run marathons do, those who can't...volunteer". So along with fellow board members from the Lane County Chapter of the University of Oregon Alumni Association (LCAC) we manned the second water station on the marathon route. I found great joy in handing cups of water and Gatorade to the thousands of runners and walkers passing by our water Station, I laughed and talked with my fellow LCAC members as we found ourselves soaking wet not necessarily from the falling rain, but from spilling the cups of water on our feet, also being sticky from the elbows down from stirring ans spilling Gatorade. It really was a fun and memorable experience but once again, I wish that I could have been on the other side of the water station, running knee is no better I can walk and sometimes ride a bike fairly well but as soon as I go to run on my knee it hurts....Stupid Knee.

Judges Mrs. Oregon, Mayor Williams & Brad Cohen

End of the day - Cold, wind blown and disheveled

2 May BIKEFEST2009 - The STAR Chapter 339 - held their 5th annual bike fest in downtown Cottage Grove a charity event to help Parent Partnership. Parent Partnership is a non-profit organization that helps Youth On There Own (YOTO), to continue to survive and get an education. Without Parent Partnership most of these children would have nowhere to turn for help. I was honored to be invited as a judge for the bike show. The day started out beautiful, but then turned into a windy, rainy, cold day, which can be attested to by my wind blown hair in the pictures here. I was joined by fellow judges Gary Williams, Mayor of Cottage Grove and Brad Cohen owner of Brad's Chevrolet in Cottage Grove. In spite of the weather it was a really fun day.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bond proves full measure of support
By Bob Welch
Register-Guard columnist
Appeared in print: Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 ,

He’s 82 and lives in Lincoln City. She’s 45 and lives around the block from me in Eugene.
Father and daughter. A relationship that, on this Father’s Day — as told by the two — sounds to me like an old vinyl jazz album: a few scratches here and there, but sweet music other than that.
Like a lot of father-daughter relationships, I’d assume. Only this one is like none I’ve ever seen.
There’s the military thing, for example, a rare bond for father and daughter. George Rankins is a retired master sergeant who fought as part of the only all-black Army Ranger company in the Korean War. His daughter, Lisa Joelle Rankins Goodwin, is an assistant professor of military science in the U.S. Army/University of Oregon ROTC program.
Then, there’s the pageant thing, which doesn’t bond them in the least. Well, maybe a touch after what happened last January.
Joelle — that’s what she goes by — is the reigning Mrs. Oregon, the first African-American to win the title.
“I haven’t been excited about this pageant stuff,” George says. “Takes too much time and money. But she points out I’m the one that got her into it. When she was a little girl in Portland, some lady in our neighborhood wanted to know if she wanted to be in this pageant, and I said OK.”
This all got me thinking about how these inter-generational relationships depend, in part, on a willingness of one person to support the other — even if the endeavor at hand leaves one of them cold.
As George’s golf outings did when Joelle was a little girl. He’d have her tag along as he and his buddies played at public courses in Portland. Rain. Sleet. Cold. You name it, they played in it — and she watched in it.
“I may have been miserable,” Joelle remembers, “but I never complained.” And hooted and hollered when her father would win.
But she learned to love the golf outings. Among her favorite childhood memories? Driving to California with her dad and a pal for a tournament. “Flying along in one of dad’s Cadillac Eldorados, singing to Sam Cook on an eight-track tape. My dad was my hero, a gentle giant.”
And a hero in other ways, not that many people, even Joelle, had heard much about that chapter of his life. How in 1950 he’d tried to join the Marines and been told by a recruiting-station captain that he’d wind up on a ship, “waiting on some white captain.” How he’d heard about this all-black Army Ranger company that was forming — paratroopers — and earned a spot on it. (Never mind that the armed services had supposedly been desegregated in 1948.) And how, in Korea, he’d won a Silver Star for gallantry, once saving a buddy who’d lost most of a leg, George using his rifle as a crutch for the two of them.
“He’s tough as nails on the outside,” Joelle says, “but a teddy bear inside.”
He taught her to be proud of who she was; his job at the Portland Urban League was about creating opportunities for minorities.
He insisted she spend a couple of years of high school in Tennessee, living with a great aunt, so she could have a deeper “black experience.”
He taught her the value of volunteerism, a love for music — especially jazz — and the ability to procrastinate. “She taught me about love and how to follow through,” he says.
And never made him prouder than, when attending the University of Oregon in the mid-’80s, she joined ROTC. (He’d been an ROTC instructor at Oregon State from 1959 to 1962.)
Joelle graduated from the UO in 1986, served in Germany, earned her “airborne” wings at Fort Benning, Ga., and returned to her alma mater to teach ROTC as a major.
Twenty-two years of military service, then this out-of-the-blue idea to compete for the Mrs. Oregon title in her 40s.
She competed but didn’t win in 2007 and 2008; George didn’t attend either competition.
Joelle decided last January’s pageant would be her final shot. George told her he wasn’t coming. Said the weather was too bad, code, figured Joelle, for his disliking pageants.
She showed up at The Broadway Rose Theater in Tigard that Sunday night with little confidence; she’d even insisted her husband, Bob, stay home because she thought her chances were so poor.
But when she came on stage, she glanced at the audience. “And who’s out there, screaming his fool head off?” she says. “My dad. And there I am, grinning ear to ear.”
Her confidence buoyed, she went on to win, of course, George hooting and hollering as only a proud papa can do.
Just as the little girl on the golf course had once done for him.
Bob Welch is at 338-2354 or

Saturday, June 20, 2009

30 May 2009 Continued....The Road Less Traveled - One of the great joys in my life is traveling with my husband "bobgoodwin", as I lovingly call him. bobgoodwin would much rather travel by car than any other mode of transportation. When traveling via automobile never suggest that bobgoodwin take the interstate that would insult his inate sense of adventure. One year for a present I considered buying bobgoodwin one of those new fangled car mountable GPS kits, but the more I thought about it the more I thought that I would offend my dear husband, you see bobgoodwin claims that he has "magnetic boogers". He does not need a GPS and rarely will he use a map, and god forbid that he should have to turn around for any reason, he does not get lost. bobgoodwin's sense of direction is one of my greatest joys in life. Traveling with him is never dull and that is why this particular day is so special. We had just finished with the Starlight Parade in downtown Portland, we had to drop Daniela off at her mothers house in Beaverton/Aloha and had planned to spend the night in the Portland area and then head back to Eugene in the morning. We dropped Daniela off and figured we really didn't want to drive back to Portland to find a place to stay and we sure didn't want to stay in Aloha so thought that we would drive West just a little bit; instead of going just "a little bit West", we went from Aloha to Forest Grove, to McMinnville, to Sheridan, and we finally stopped for the night in Willamina. We tried to stay in in several cities along the way but found that there were no rooms available in any of the towns. So we spent the night in Willamina, I town I had barely heard of. When I woke up the next morning and I realized that we were only 25 miles away from where my dad lives in Lincoln City, I knew we had to go visit my dad and so we did. Then we made our way down highway 101.....oh never mind, we turned a 2 hour drive into about 15 hours, It's better if I show it to you in pictures. A side I don't ALWAYS ride arond in the car with my crown and banner BUT I am Mrs. Oregon and this was the perfect opportunity to showcase my state and all that she has to offer....

Welcome to Willamina

Welcome to Lincoln City