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10 Things Loved in July

I’m a little late in posting this one; August is nearly over! Regardless, here are 10 things that made me happy in July.

  1. The Waffle Window: I’ve been hearing about this place for-like-ever, thinking “yeah, yeah, good waffles, I’ll get there.” But, seriously, go soon – it’s delish. Seriously! Waffles so good, you’ll be OMG-ing like teen girl squad.
  2. Free TriMet pass: My work gives out free annual TriMet passes. While I’ve only used it to get to work a few times, it comes in handy on the weekends. I heart TriMet, unless it’s late at night or I’m riding past 82nd.
  3. Cannon Beach: Only in Oregon can you capture scenes like this on a “busy” weekend.
  4. World Cup fever: Great fun, despite my allegiance to Les Bleus, who had more drama than an episode of Glee. In fact, by the time my t-shirt came in the mail, France was OUT! Watching the World Cup Final in Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown Portland made up for my disappointment.
  5. My kitteh: …and his patience over the last month as I have accosted him on a daily basis with my oh so lovely new iPhone. I can haz photo shoot?
  6. del Inti: I love a restaurant that changes the menu on a daily or weekly basis. I also love watching the chef chop leaves from a plant to use as a garnish. They call themselves Peruvian-northwest. I call them yummy. I had the gnocchi.
  7. Mini designer chairs: I got my first blind-box design interior collection miniature chair in Tokyo a couple of years ago. Each collection has nine pieces, so you never know what you’re going to get… an Eames lounger? A Mezzadro stool?
  8. Café Yumm!: My favorite is the smoky yumm bowl. It’s about time Portland got a Café Yumm! I do have a slight beef with their inclusion of an exclamation point in their restaurant name, and their double-m version of yum, but their darn yumm!iness makes it tolerable.
  9. Paper crafts: As I slowly adjust to leaving my work-life as a designer, I’m feeling the need for more creativity in my home-life. I busted out the craft supplies and turned some old paper samples into a fun birthday card for Comma Mister.
  10. Zinnias: These made me smile all month.
22 Aug
2010

Made it: Lemon curd

Lemon curd is one of those things I’ve always loved but for some reason assumed was overly complicated to make. Not so! It’s incredibly easy.

I set out to make this lemon cake recipe from Martha Stewart but was appalled at the number of eggs required for their lemon curd – eight! I really didn’t want to go to the grocery store, so I found this recipe from the joy of baking, which only calls for three eggs, leaving me two eggs for the cake.

I ended up creating my own combination: a lemon curd tart with lemon whipped frosting, topped with candied lemon slices.

Happy birthday to Comma Mister!

19 Aug
2010

The demise of reading and the Consolidated Pearl

I’ve had issues with reading recently… in that, I haven’t been. I suppose you can blame it on the summer and my time outdoors. I promise that when the weather turns sour, I’ll get back to the library and hit it hard. (Yes, another reason I’m planning my “13 books in 13 weeks” for a time of year when the sun sets at 4 p.m. and it rains 20 out of 30 days.)

Well, my lack of actual reading hasn’t kept me from the written, er, printed word. I visited the Portland Letterpress Printers’ fair last weekend. It was full of great letterpress cards and posters, and there also were a few tables with castaway press pieces. I picked up this awesome piece that says “Consolidated Pearl.” I imagined all kinds of turn of the century shipping or warehousing companies, or even a Portland company with Pearl District ties. After much Googling, I could only find one reference: the Consolidated Pearl Button Company listed in the 1906 copartnership and corporation directory for the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Not too likely, but I have a thing for buttons, so I’ll take the association.

The piece has currently taken up residence on my mantel but I hope to find it a more permanent home when I tackle my home office project (#7 on my 30 before 30 list). I can see it happily sharing a space with my growing family of ampersands.

My favorite pieces at the fair were from these shops:

Keegan Meegan Letterpress

Ilfant Press

Twin Ravens Press

23 Jul
2010

10 Things Loved in June

1. Punchbowl Falls and the Eagle Creek trail.
punchbowl falls eagle creek june 2010

2. My new iPhone 4. Words cannot describe how much this has changed my life (I know, gag). By far the biggest game changer of the year.

3. Sugar snap peas. Finally, my garden is growing and these are the most delightful harvest so far. They make it possible to make my favorite stirfry.
spicy tofu stir-fry with peanuts

4. Half pint creamer by Fred. I love practical items with a touch of whimsy. Fred has the most hilarious gift and novelty items. This hand blown glass classic milk carton makes coffee time extra fun.
Fred half pint glass creamer

5.  My birthday. The big countdown to 30 begins! I LOVE birthdays. (Who doesn’t love a day of me, me, me?)

6. Bento lunch. This bento box lunch was almost too cute to eat.
bento box lunch mio sushi

7. Havaianas. Why do we feel the need to tell people how long we’ve been loving the cool stuff? Let’s get this out of the way: for me, it’s been since 2000 when Brazilian friends let me in on the secret of the best flip flop ever. At that time you had to get them straight from the source (or Miami) or order online. Now they are EVERYWHERE and I welcome new converts to the Havies club. They’re on my Things Loved list because I got two new pairs of thin strap Havaianas for my birthday (love them), and wearing classic stripe was a fun tribute to Brazil during World Cup.
summer thin strap havaianas

8. Le Hana. Great Japanese food on Portland’s South Waterfront. 50% off entrees makes this place a steal. Yum!

9. Feta cheese. Nothing says summer like feta cheese. Perfect in salads, pasta, pizza, anything. Costco is my secret source.
Orzo with Feta, Tomatoes and Dill

10. Stream silver placemats and coasters. I absolutely love these new placemats and coasters from Modern Twist. They are made from silicone and are screened with silver lines.
Modern Twist stream silver placemat and coaster

20 Jul
2010

#5: Create a wedding album – 30 before 30 list

pez dispenser bride and groom wedding cake toppers

Best cake toppers of all time!
The PEZ bride and groom.

The worst procrastination of my adult life? Creating a custom photo album from my wedding. Comma Mister and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary this year. And still, no wedding album… even though the project has appeared on my New Year’s resolutions (I prefer to call them goals) list EVERY year. For the past eight years.

You’d think that since I was able to make time to, oh let’s say, run a marathon, complete a master’s degree and spend countless hours researching crap on the internet, I’d have a day or so of my life to put together a wedding album. Nope. Not me. Until now! I committed to tackling this project for my 30 before 30 list. And I’m happy to say I finished it with almost a year to spare.

Comma Mister and I were married in a time before digital photography, or at least before it was good enough to actually use for anything. We also got married on the cheap, so our barely there budget was just enough for a photographer but not for the wedding album. We walked away from the agreement with 200 proofs and 10 enlargements.

Six months later I had sketched out the photo sequence and layout on a piece of notebook paper, along with my plan for which book and matting pages to purchase from a photo supply company in Seattle.

Fast forward five years and I still hadn’t touched the project. Plus, I had decided it would be better to have a printed photo book, so the first task was scanning and editing all 200 photos. After that tiring job, I was so weary I didn’t go back to the project for three years. Seriously, what is my problem? 🙂

Finally, I had a day to myself and knocked out the whole project in about four hours!* Wedding album at last.

So without further I do ado, I present, the wedding album.

wedding album herbie love bug

Our get-away car was a vintage Herbie the Love Bug
- a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

* I used Photoworks for the layout and printing. I’ve previously created photo books with Photoworks, Shutterfly, MyPublisher and Snapfish, but I think I like Photoworks the best. While their web-based layout software is painfully slow and sometimes the photo quality or vibrancy could be better, I really like the variety of custom templates and book finishes. (It would be fun to do a comparison with the same order, as it’s difficult to measure projects that are so different.) Photoworks has a special 25% off photo books in July with coupon code JULYBOOKS. (No, I don’t get a referral.)