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6 Feb
2011

10 Things Loved in January

I had a great January. Here are 10 things that rocked my month.

10 Things Loved January

1. Winter hiking: What’s better than bundling up and trekking out into a cold, but not freezing forest?

2. Santoku knives: I received a wonderful, belated Christmas gift of a santoku knife. It is crazy sharp and after a few weeks of using it, I’m lucky to still have fingers.

3. Little Dragon: Caught them at the Doug Fir in Portland. Great show at a great venue.

4. Cooking class at Sur la Table: Definitely my best use of $70 in the past few months.

5. Shuffleboard: I am tempted to buy a shuffleboard. Hmmm… I do have the space for one.

6. Strawberry marshmallow snacks: They take me back to our Tokyo trip. I did a taste test on two different varieties this month. If you must know, the Hello Kitty brand marshmallow snacks won by a long shot.

7. Snowboarding: Where have you been all my life? I feel incredibly guilty for squandering the last six snowboarding seasons. We headed up to Mt. Hood and were rewarded with fresh powder!

8. Timberline Lodge: We spent a wonderful weekend at Timberline (that’s where you’ll find the snowboarding and shuffleboard mentioned above). Despite having season passes seven years ago, we never actually made it inside the most beautiful, historic lodge of all time. (“Red rum, Red rum” … part of The Shining was filmed there too.)

9. Pambiche: Cuban food in Portland – who knew? The avocado salad was pretty good, but the desserts are what made my day.

10. A new year: January was a great start to my new year. I am feeling blessed.

10 Things Loved in December

This very well may transition into a “10 Things Loved” blog, although I do have a 2011 goal of more regular posting (don’t we all). Until then, here are 10 things that closed out my year with a smile.

10 Things Loved in December

1. DIY Christmas decorations – I wanted to do something new for the mantle this year, so I wrapped three frames in brown kraft paper, stuck a cranberry pick in each one, and then hung them with a black ribbon. Then I made a long garland of DIY tinsel with strips of black tissue paper and pages from an old economics book. I am really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

2. Bow making – Let the craftiness continue! I was googling and youtubing up a storm trying to find a bow making tutorial that I could actually follow. After I had my fill of Southern belles telling me how easy it is to “simply loop and twist and loop and twist” and “there, a perfect holiday boooooow” I found one that actually worked. I would share, but I can’t find it now.

3. Christmas at the coast – Spending Christmas at the beach is a gift unto itself.

4. “Long live vintage” handbags – I love Fossil’s line of vintage-style bags. I picked up a purse and lunch bag at 50 percent off.

5. Eureka Springs, Arkansas – Who knew this little Arkansas town would be so beautiful and inspiring. I’m in love, and I’ll be back next year!

6. Broder – Aebleskivers, please. Broder is a great Swedish restaurant in Portland that serves up a delicious breakfast, and they have many covetable items on their walls.

7. Seattle – Perhaps this is appearing on my list too frequently, but I enjoyed flying into Seattle at night and seeing the Space Needle and twinkling city lights.

8. Deep fried cheese curds – Heaven help me. I’ve been traveling a bit more for work and I stumbled upon deep fried cheese curds in Wisconsin. OMG, they are to die for, and I’m so glad we don’t have these on menus in Oregon. (And if we do, I don’t want to know about it!) P.S. –  Please don’t tell Tillamook Cheese that I’ve been cheating on them.

9. Just Dance game – I got this Nintendo Wii game for Christmas and it is a riot! Now I suppose I could eat deep fried cheese curds on a daily basis.

10. Eames rocker – Look who finally got an Eames molded plastic rocker? Me! I’m proud to say it’s a knockoff from Overstock, which I scored for $99. I know I’ll never spend $500 on a real Eames rocker, so I may as well enjoy the look.

3 Dec
2010

10 Things Loved in November

10 Things Loved November

1. Notebook paper tea towel – I got this from the WonderThunder Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot. Delightful.

2. Snowshoeing – We ventured out to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. Bring on winter.

3. Portland Chinese Garden – The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a little pocket of beauty in Old Town.

4. Mad Men – I am in love with this show! Perfect style and inspiration, and who could resist Don Draper at this price? I’m still planning a Mad Men inspired office. Stay tuned.

5. Tao of Tea – The teahouse at the Portland Chinese Garden is the perfect remedy for a rainy day.

6. EXPEDIT bookcase – I finally got an Expedit! I’m converting part of the family room into an office and crafty room, so I paired the 5×5 cube Expedit with a 2×4 cube on its side, and added the Expedit desk attachment.

7. ClarkLewis – I have been wanting to try this restaurant since, oh, the day it opened in 2004. Well, finally!

8. Ravenna chair at World Market – A great print, and perfect mix of new and old.

9. Thanksgiving dinner for two – Part New Seasons deli, part home cooked. Yum!

10. My new job – Yes, I did just get a new job five months ago. Same company, new position. This is great opportunity and what I’m calling “my big girl job.” (Jumps up and down, clapping.)

 

22 Nov
2010

10 Things Loved in October

I’m happy to say I spent 18 of the 31 days of October in Greece and Turkey. This month’s 10 things loved list is going to reflect that.

1. Greek yoghurt – I could live on this stuff. I’ve always loved Greek yogurt, but there’s nothing like going straight to the source. Topped with honey, nuts, fruit – you name it. Love, love love. And isn’t it fun to spell yoghurt with an ‘h’?

2. Traveling with an iPhone – Pre-iPhone, I never imagined how fun this would be. There’s Facebook, Skype and e-mail on the go, but the biggest bonus was the camera. We brought our point and shoot Canon but we ended up using our iPhones during the day for most shots. Now I’m starting to think the perfect travel combination would be an iPhone for daily travel and busy city shots, and a nice SLR for the artsy, good shots. We also enjoyed hooking up to Wifi hotspots all over Greece and Turkey, and the GPS with Google Maps for directions.

3. Packing light – I contemplated taking just a large purse on the trip, a la the “No Baggage Challenge” guy … but I settled on this small Columbia backpack. I am always delighted by people’s reactions when they find out I’m traveling for 2-3 weeks with a tiny bag. And it’s totally worth it to take only the things you love, pack clothing that plays well in multiple outfits, and be able to hike around with your own stuff.

4. Santorini – Quite possibly the most romantic destination on the planet. We spent three days here – we stayed in Imerovigli and it was amazing. We hiked to Oia, relaxed by the pool, watched the sunset over the caldera, ate wonderful food, visited wineries, spent a day at the beach… We could have stayed for a week or two.

5. Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir Turkish delights – They’ve been making these lokum (Turkish Delights) since 1777. They are to DIE for. I regret just buying one box. We finished them before we even left Istanbul. The shop is on Istiklal Street, just south of Taksim Square. Must go back soon!

6. Going to a Hamam – I’ve wanted to go to a Turkish bath for years and knew I couldn’t leave Istanbul without crossing this off the list. Since I was traveling with my husband, we decided to go to a coed hamam. We chose Suleymaniye, which is housed in a historic building that was designed by the same architect who designed the Suleymaniye Mosque. It was a great experience and very relaxing … part sauna, part bath, part massage. Next time we’re in Istanbul we’ll hit the hamam when we arrive and the day before we leave!

7. Tulu – I have been drooling over items in the Tulu Textiles online shop for the past year or so and was so excited to go here. The designer, Elizabeth Hewitt, is an American, but the pieces have a great global feel… although I think many of her products are sourced in India. Unfortunately, It didn’t quite live up to the hype, mostly because the shop workers wouldn’t allow photos in the store (and proceeded to follow us around which was uncomfortable)! Needless to say, not the experience I had dreamed about, but still some amazing eye candy. The fabrics and colors are quite inspiring. I purchased a set of $80 napkins and a beautiful marble flower tray. Overall, beautiful store, hold the attitude. Tears.

8. Egyptian Spice Market – What an amazing source of inspiration. So many luscious colors and scents. I was completely taken with the variety of teas here. The jasmine blossoms were probably my favorite.

9. Sanborns – Our first restaurant breakfast back home in Portland was at Sanborns. We come here every few months anyway, but it was a great welcome home.

10. Portland Police – Really? Yes! We arrived home to the news that the people who burglarized our home during our last vacation were caught! That’s why I finally felt like I had some closure on my housing issue. Ah, sweet justice! Thanks, Portland Police. 🙂

muhiddin haci bekir Turkish delights

10 Things Loved in September

Another month already? September flew by with trips and and trip planning. Here are 10 things that made me happy in September:

1. Bumbershoot 2010 – Bumbershoot is an annual tradition in our household. It marks the beginning of fall and is an awesome time to take a jaunt up north for some great music and comedy. And isn’t the EMP just the coolest building of all time?

2. Rivers Cuomo – Weezer headlined Bumbershoot this year. I 100% agreed when he said “Gen X – this is your night.” Ahhh, like traveling back in time. 🙂

3. Uwajimaya store – Never mind the food, this is one of my favorite stores for gifts, dishes and kitchenware. They have locations in the Seattle area and Beaverton, and there has been a store rumored to be opening in Portland’s China Town/Old Town for a few years now. I get to the Bellevue store more often than the Beaverton one. What’s up with that?

4. Flatstock – Flatstock is one of my favorite parts of Bumbershoot. It’s an awesome place to get unique art on the cheap. My favorite artist for several years running is Kevin Tong. He has the coolest iSteamPhone piece that is a Da Vinci-esque drawing/deconstruction of an iPhone. So cool.

5. Seattle – OK, the lovefest with Seattle ends here. This might as well be a 10 things loved about Bumbershoot or 10 things loved about Seattle list. My excuse is that I was born and (partially) raised  near Seattle so my annual trips up there are near and dear to my heart.

6. Mango – I love love LOVE Costco’s mangoes. During September I had a constant supply of fresh mango and had mango for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days. One of my favorite recipes is mango “beef” lettuce wraps: mango strips, cilantro, scallions, bean-thread noodles and chi’a pow yu wrapped in Boston lettuce leaves. Yum!

7. Bar Carlo – Great little breakfast place in outer SE. They have the best mexicanos platos … my favorite is the black bean omelet with soyrizo.

8. Closet Couture – So fun – I spent a ridiculous amount of time over several afternoons photographing and categorizing all my clothes. It was quite fun and afterward I made collages and planned vacation outfits in Google Picasa. Which I know isn’t the point, but taking the photos was about 96% of the battle and now I can organize them however I wish… Dear Closet Couture – Please get an iPhone app.

9. 2011 IKEA catalog – Getting the new IKEA catalog is always a big event for me. This year’s isn’t particularly engaging, but I do love the “hooray for the everyday” theme.

10. Planning my Greece and Turkey trip – I spent a good chunk of September finalizing details for our big trip to Greece and Istanbul. And on Sept. 30 we arrived in Athens!