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10 Things Loved in April

Wow that went quick! April marked my first trip back to Portland for work. And boy did I work – almost around-the-clock for three straight weeks, including weekends. I did have time for meals out with friends, coffee with my parents and an afternoon of shopping though. Phew. I was so happy to get home. Here are 10 things that brought me joy in April:

  1. Tasty breakfast spots on Oahu – especially ones that serve Portland coffee like Town and Morning Glass.
  2. Hiking to Maunawili Falls.
  3. Having a “fruit corner” instead of a fruit bowl.
  4. Cooking with beets – my favorite veggie.
  5. Kayaking to the Mokes.
  6. Shopping ’til I dropped at the Columbia and Adidas employee stores. What? I needed more outdoorsy gear – it’s for my health!
  7. Dreaming at Rejuvenation Hardware – love this place.
  8. Running along the waterfront. I have missed you, Portland.
  9. Seeing my lovely parents, even for just a short while.
  10. Making up for lost time at my favorite Portland breakfast spots.

10 Things Loved in February

Home at last! I am officially a Hawaii resident – and I even have a driver’s license to prove it. On February 1, Mr. Kitty and I landed in Hawaii. What a journey this has been. The “house” arrived a couple of weeks later. We are settling in. Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. My patient and very quiet travel companion on the flight over. (He was not happy, but at least he kept it to himself.)
  2. Flying over the windward side of Oahu – a rare treat. I could see my house from the plane!
  3. Being reunited with my love. <3
  4. Beautiful flowers.
  5. Weekend adventures and discovering new beaches.
  6. Sweet Home Waimanalo – my favorite restaurant.
  7. Sunrises at Kailua Beach – mmmm, the Mokuluas
  8. Sunsets at Kailua Beach – that burst of color as the sun disappears over the Kooluas. Until tomorrow.
  9. Opal Thai – amazing Thai food on the north shore.
  10. The arrival of our household goods. It is truly who and what you surround yourself with that makes a place feel like home.

A great month.

4 Feb
2012

10 Things Loved in January

January was an emotional rollercoaster! After spending December with my favorite guy in Hawaii, I was back to Portland for a month to get our house ready for the big move. It was bittersweet, and involved delicious food and many goodbyes. Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. Seeing Monk Seals on an early morning hike to Kaena Point on New Year’s Day (my only day in Hawaii this month, tear).
  2. Baking and cooking a few last times with my 1950s oven – oh, how I’ve loved you.
  3. Another trip to the Barefoot Sage – I have a great friend and I am so spoiled.
  4. Taking a “Mastering Macarons” cooking class with my bestie, from a French Laundry alum, no less. (Best Christmas present ever!) She did a great recap of our class here.
  5. Dove Vivi pizza – the cornmeal crust is ahh-mazing … I think I may have mentioned this before.
  6. Breakfast at Besaws – although, this time I liked their “2012 – what will it bring for you?” chalk art more than my food.
  7. Snow!
  8. A going away party hosted by my dearest, with four of my very favorite people in attendance. Cupcakes also made an appearance.
  9. Shopping – I went a little overboard, snatching up things at my favorite places like West Elm, Anthropologie and World Market, none of which are in Hawaii. The movers were a little perplexed at the sight of unopened boxes. My favorite shopping find was not a purchase, it was seeing the EXACT typewriter I own in a store display at Anthropologie – swoon.
  10. Bamboo Sushi – definitely my favorite sushi place in Portland. Amazing quality and unique, tasty combinations. It’s also a great place for non-drinkers to get a fancy drink, as they will make many of their signature cocktails without the alcohol. My favorite is “purple haze” with fresh blackberry puree – yummy!
  11. This one was a love/hate – watching our Matson shipping container get loaded up over two full days and then seeing it drive away … the end of our Portland life.
1 Jan
2012

10 Things Loved in December

I spent most of the month in my new home – in Hawaii! It was a great first look at what my life will be like there, especially since I worked remotely during most of my three-week trip. Aside from beach walks, sunrises, rainbows and the general magic of moving to Hawaii, here are the things that made my December wonderful:

  1. Mom and daughter trip to Barefoot Sage in Portland
  2. Decorating two houses for Christmas
  3. Crafty Wonderland in Portland – so much great art! I ended up buying the Ryan Berkeley “Wonder Kittens” print
  4. Watching kite-boarders on Kailua Beach
  5. Hiking the “Stairway to Heaven” – Haiku Stairs – breathtaking
  6. Watching big wave surfing on the North Shore
  7. Dean & Deluca gift box – delightful
  8. OnoPops at the farmers market – Kalamansi Coriander is killer
  9. Beach combing
  10. Prima Restaurant

It was a Christmas for two.

30 Nov
2011

10 Things Loved in November

November was my first month without my sweetheart. I was hanging out here in Portland while he was beach combing and snorkeling on Oahu. OK, so he may have been doing a little bit of work at that new job of his. While it was quite the solitary time, I did manage to have some fun. I did yoga 3-4 times a week and was blessed to have great friends who still wanted to hang out. 🙂

Here are 10 things that made my month:

  1. Best friends – this couple rocks
  2. Mt. Tabor in the fall
  3. Rain or Shine Coffee House – a great post-yoga indulgence
  4. Veritable Quandary – one of Portland’s best kept brunch secrets
  5. Pyro Pizza – brick oven pizza cart
  6. Small dogs and the people who love them
  7. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas
  8. Stumptown Coffee – you can’t start winter without it
  9. Going out to eat alone – it can be fun!
  10. Yoga Union – amazing teachers and a great studio
  11. Spending Thanksgiving with my favorite guy