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Secret Santa 2019

Petras.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Tuba Christmas - Silent Night

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

narwhals

What would you call your...

  • Band? Surfer
  • Bar? Drinkas
  • Food Truck? The Mamyte Caffae

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

craving for parmasian cheese

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

Kisielius

What are you most grateful for this year?

I am most greatful for being able to learn more about computers in my computer science class.

One item on your must-do bucket list.

Install linux

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

dogs, I often like to touch them.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

shrimp inchalada

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

different pictures of skiing

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

White Noise Pro

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

lenaring more about Cyber Security

Vejas.

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

The Syncopated Clock

What would you call your...

  • Band? Lietuviska folk group called Vandraugai (Friends of the Water)
  • Bar? Gerus Gerimus
  • Food Truck? Stumbro Sparnai (buffalo wings)

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

I keep dreaming about visiting my first imaginary house that I created when I was 7. It had 28 floors.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

I feel like I've tried pretty much everything, but am avoiding silkes. I'm not even sure if I can eat them!

What are you most grateful for this year?

I am very grateful to have been able to experience having an internship.

One item on your must-do bucket list.

I'd like to go to Celtic Colours, a folk festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

My spirit animal would be a surf scoter. It's a type of large duck found in the US and Canada, and it's very clever: it can pretend to play dead when it's not. But mainly I just love the name.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Grilled cheese with Louisiana hot sauce and garlic

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

I would design a float of all sorts of different birds flying together.

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

I found a Web site called Mainly Norfolk, which specializes in English folk songs. Every song posted has an index number, as well as a list of the people who have recorded it throughout history. Sometimes you'll even see information about the liner notes of records, or comments about the songs made by more recent singers.

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

I tried out some new clubs at school. I know that most of you are no longer in school, but where we live, there is so much to do. Pick something and find a group! And if it doesn't work out, just try something else!

Kristina.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Kitties!

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

Don’t have a particular earworm to share. Depends on what phrase in the day triggers a song - usually a church song, especially “God is Calling Me” when someone’s cell phone goes off in church or in school.

What would you call your...

  • Band? Aftershocks Rock
  • Bar? Raise a Glass
  • Food Truck? The Cheesiest

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

Traveling around a futuristic city trying to find someone I used to know....different person, same environment.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

Still and forever holding out on silkes. Yeccch!

What are you most grateful for this year?

Daina, Rūta and Liana being awesome!

One item on your must-do bucket list.

Kryžių Kalnas

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Laumžirgis (dragonfly) I love how they fly, love the lietuviška name visual, and they’re totally badass bug eaters.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

...technically not food - peach soju.

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

A science lab with lots of interesting beakers, flasks and specimens

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

FlipaClip lets you create digital flipbooks

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

I really need to get out more........Sad!

Rasa.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

What would you call your...

  • Band? The Dream Weavers
  • Bar? Bar: Perfect Potions (Harry Potter themed drinks and food, etc.)
  • Food Truck? Happy Snackers

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

I am at work. I don’t have the list of patients. I am at school and I have no idea what classes to go to. Seems like a lack of control issue.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

I grew up having to eat everything, so I have had it all.

What are you most grateful for this year?

That Petro surgery was successful. Vejas and Petras continue to follow their passions. Health

One item on your must-do bucket list.

The northern lights, luminescence bay

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

I had to read about this. It is not what one wants to be, but allegedly what has shown up in life randomly, to remind one of something. Based on that definition, it would be some kind of bird or a dragonfly.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

crunchy corn kernels at a Peruvian sushi restaurant

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

Jellyfish, underwater magic

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

Colossal

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

Being an elf on the Santa float. Very, very, big fun.

Vytas.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

The Glippy-Gloop Gloopy Song

What would you call your...

  • Band? Rock and Schlock (actual name of the band I was in!)
  • Bar? Vito's
  • Food Truck? Led Zeps. Serving Lithuanian food. Featuring cepelinai

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

  • I am in college and it’s finals time and I have never even been to class for the whole semester. I don’t even know where the classroom is.
  • I find a secret room in whatever house I am living in. And the room is huge!!!

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

  • Avoided the hot mushrooms for the longest time. They are yummy.
  • Not onboard (yet) with viniagretas and fish with tomatoes and onions

What are you most grateful for this year?

I finally found a job that allows me to do electrical design rather than event planning and does not require work on weekends.

One item on your must-do bucket list.

To live by the ocean again.

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Grizzly bear. I love the photos of grizzly bears standing in a stream. They open their mouths and salmon just jump in. Sushi!

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Pancake in a mug. Mix pancake mix and water in a cup. Nuke. Voila! Pancake in a mug.

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

A tribute to Lithuanian folk dancing. It would have a stage with sokejai and be covered with juostas made of flowers.

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

Google calendar. I know, it’s just a calendar app. But it works really great between my computer and cell phone. I used to have several paper calendars. Now I have everything in one place.

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

There was one week this year where I actually caught up with sleep, was no longer sleep deprived. It was awesome! I had energy and clarity of mind. I would highly recommend to everyone!

Ruta.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Couch Surfing

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

Little Drummer Boy. For how much I avoid trying to hear it, I can’t help but having it get stuck in my head! ( still in LDB as of noon 12/19)

What would you call your...

  • Band? schist happens ( rock band)
  • Bar? A Little Boulder ( bar theme of bold flavors and bold new live music scene. Exposed rock that the building is built on at the coast or Arizona. Prominently displayed small boulder.)
  • Food Truck? Flan-Gogh ( Van Gogh inspired desserts, frequents art festivals and idles outside of museums.)

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

Recently tsunamis. A tsunami sucks me out to sea, I grab my surfboard or PFD on my way flowing out my big front windows, and float all the way to Catalina.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

Vinegretas. Possibly had a polite bite or two, but secretly still need convincing. Used to get away with Močiutes because she would make egg mushrooms for Daina and I.

What are you most grateful for this year?

The ocean. I’ve been on, at, or near it all year and I’m still not over how beautiful, powerful, and mysterious it is.

One item on your must-do bucket list.

Find a hot spring. Either wintertime with snow around, or mid summer with long nights watching the meteor showers and taking a long soak after a long hike.

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Portuguese Man o’ war. It’s a siphonophore ( not true jellyfish) with a sail. Perhaps not a spirit animal, but the animal I’d be tricked into if I met an old sea spirit and wished to sail the rest of my life.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Sprouted cashew nuts. Introduced by Teta Rasa, foraged for by me at the Laguna Farmers Market, improved by Liana with a delicious roasting recipe.

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

The most decked out, glamorous, sparkly street sweeping machine ever. It would go last and would actually sweep the confetti too. At intersections it would open up as a transformer that would have a full musical number about saving turtles and shaming any litterers nearby.

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

Adobe Draw. Started trying it out for drawing on my iPad. Other app still constantly used is iNaturalist.

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

Windsurfing! Not as hard as it looks, faster and less work than SUP*! Wind required though.
*SUP = Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Liana.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

"Makeba" by Jain
"Prisencolinensinainciusol", a song written by an Italian dude to sound like English (but it's actually just nonsense)

What would you call your...

  • Band? “Skip Intro and the Binge Watchers” — a cover band that only does TV/movie songs
  • Bar? “Roulette” — a concept bar/show where you are handed a menu upon arrival, but there are only names, no ingredients. Sometimes ordering a “Summertime Bird” might result in a tequila cocktail, but it might also be an expressive interpretive dance performed for you by a man in a chicken costume.
  • Food Truck? “Ceci N’est Pas Une Pizza” — a truck that makes pizzas based on other food, like “Thanksgiving Feast”, “Kung Pao” and “Wine and Cheese Board”

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

I’ve had this one about being in a big house, often with a crowd of people (but never the same cast of characters), and knowing or finding this hidden passageway that leads to an epic stage/auditorium room. It is sometimes paired with another recurring element of giant, warm swimming pools, sometimes several pools on grassy terraces. The best ones are when I discover I can breathe underwater and go “flying” in these pools.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

Silkes: ain’t gonna do it, no sir, no how. And Kopustai. Was a holdout on the green jello for the longest time.

What are you most grateful for this year?

I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve been learning as my art space business continues to grow. I’m so happy to finally live in my “dream loft” at the Brewery, something I’ve wanted since I moved to LA. And most of all, I’m ridiculously grateful for the friends and family that have helped me get through this particularly challenging year — nothing is insurmountable with the right tools and some helping hands.

One item on your must-do bucket list.

Take a month completely off the “communications” grid — no texts, no emails, no Facebook. Just, ya know, to see what it’s like to not be on call to work and society 24/7.

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Definitely a cat… curious but also lazy; friendly and playful, but also likes to disappear alone into a cozy place for hours; can survive on processed food but prefers something rich and tasty; guarded and aloof sometimes, dopey and ridiculous the rest of the time.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Homemade tomato soup made with Asian spices like cinnamon and anise instead of traditional Italian ones, topped with a swirl of coconut cream.

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

A surreal desert-scape with an orange moon, pink and purple cactuses, and blue mountains with strange Adventure Time style characters wandering the landscape

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

  • Habit List — amazing for tracking tasks that have to happen every day
  • Daylio — “micro diary” in which you can record your day just by clicking a few buttons re: mood and activities

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

Go to a farmer’s market and cook something with what you find there (thanks, Ruta). Oh, and: GO SEE TOKYO.

Daina.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

  • 2019 Viper 640 Worlds Day 1 RecapMe and ruta are in this regatta!
    My sail number - 301
    Rutas- 107
  • Maiden | Official Trailer HD (2019) maiden is making huge splashes in the sailing community and has recently been restored and has been touring around the world doing tons of charity work and establishing education programs all over the world. I was super fortunate to sail with them on Halloween when they were in LA. They also have a program that they invited me to join where I could do a leg with them sometime next year
  • Crocodile

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

What would you call your...

  • Band? Steamy Buns
  • Bar? Steamy Buns
  • Food Truck? Steamy Buns

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

I have sailing recurring dreams where I’m sailing on a boat but I take the wrong turn and I’m stuck on the 405 in traffic balanced on the keel. Another one is that whales come alongside the boat and beckon me to go with them but I miss the chance because I am trying to pack too many things or someone stops me.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

longest holdout: cold mushrooms and cucumber salad- are them last year for the first time. still holding out : vinegrettas, silkes

What are you most grateful for this year?

I’m grateful for stronger family bonds, the incredible opportunities and adventures I’ve been on, and the incredible and vast nature that is yet to be explored!

One item on your must-do bucket list.

Go see the Northern lights and see a live volcano. Sail on Maiden again. Pet a deer and a chinchilla.

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Tropic Bird - on the big pacific voyage they were always near the boat the entire way back. They’re some of the sleekest engineered looking birds I’ve seen and they fly like dogfighter Star Wars planes.

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Guava and papaya - never tried them before and ate a ton of them in Hawaii

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

A steampunk dirigible or a bunch of giant carnivorous plants

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

windy, seek, procreate (for drawing), pixel studio (for drawing)

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

I really really enjoyed the Hawaii delivery but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I would recommend snorkeling and fishing though! And rock climbing! And visiting Idaho/ Wyoming for the nature, snow, and amazing calmness.

Algis.

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

Haven't had a recurring dream since I quit smoking in my 20's. When I was a kid I had a recurring dream that I was a railroad engineer driving a train over a cliff and when I woke up from the dream, I had fallen out of bed. It was the same dream and same result every time.

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

I'm not one to hold out against food generally, and Kucios food specifically.

What are you most grateful for this year?

I'm grateful to be alive and whole, and try to look at "misfortunes" and "problems" as something to be thankful for. Someday I won't have any problems - on my last day! I'm also grateful to live in these times rather than ancient or any other times. It's an unbelievable stroke of luck to have been born human, and to have been born in the USA. It doesn't get any better!

One item on your must-do bucket list.

visit Asia

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Can't say I've tried a new food lately, all the old ones are so good. Not into trying any weird foods any more.

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

I'd hand off the Rose Bowl Parade to someone who could do it justice. It would be something for kids probably, or something regarding freedom and not entitlement. I'm not intersested in forcing the rest of the world to adopt my views.

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

Haven't found any website so great that it's worth sharing. The whole techy thing is way overrated. It's much more importhant to be real than virtual.

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?

A great new experience is to help a family that is down and DESERVES help than helping merely to be altruistic. To help personally than to an organization that will use those funds to run the organization and its emkployees. The help I gave was mostly monetary (bills) and homework assistance and an occaisional fun outing. There are many things that I would do differently the next time around, but it is entirely up to you how you help. "Sojourner, there is no path. You must find your own way"

Erikas.

Share an awesome YouTube video you found this year.

Drive everyone crazy with your most annoying earworm.

if you dare…) Ahhhhhh!!!!! The Cat Came Back Ahhhhhh!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!!

What would you call your...

  • Band? "Kaleidoscope"
  • Bar? “The Cave”
  • Food Truck? “KK&BB” (Kaldunai, Kugelis, & Bulviniai Blynai ;-)

Tell us about a recurring dream you have.

Rare, but oy! … Driving up an opening drawbridge & hitting vertical… (yikes); but one of my coolest dreams was when I was about 5 years old, I dreamt in 3D color cartoon of a proud & powerful stallion rearing it’s legs on mountain cliff (that was before 3D cartoons were invented!)

What Kučios food did you hold out on the longest? (And: admit what else you’re avoiding!)

Aguonu Piena

What are you most grateful for this year?

Family, Health, that Petro cochlear implant is working so well, & new experiences

One item on your must-do bucket list.

I’ve been wanting to become a Volunteer Adaptive Ski Instructor (“☑️” ) & to see the Northern Lights

What would your spirit animal be, and why?

Most definitely a small to medium-sized Dragon (with shape-shifting capacities)

I have a new favorite food, and it is…

Mmmm… Dried Mango (the pure kind with no added sugar or flavorings), Bullet-Proof Coffee, & my newest discovery: Real Persimmons (the whole fruit, not dried ;-) 👍

If you were to design a float for the Rose Parade, what would it look like?

A mess?…: (Seriously… you don’t want me designing a parade float 😬)

Share a favorite app/website you’ve discovered this year.

Mindvalley

What is a new experience you had this year that you would highly recommend?