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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

2 Jul
2010

#26: Take a day or two off work just because – 30 before 30 list

This may have been the first time EVER that I’ve taken time off work without going on vacation or hanging out with Comma Mister. Time off. By myself. With nothing to do. I wasn’t prepared!

The first day I acted like my OCD self and cleaned the entire house, created photo books I’ve been procrastinating on, weeded the garden and cooked a big dinner. I was beginning to wonder what stay at home wives do (those without children, that is)! Then I started getting the hang of it… here are some things you can do if you’re not at work:  (I went ahead and tried them all.)

low cost by photolupi

I was tempted to try this during my time off, but the weather wasn't cooperating. (photo by photolupi)

  • Sleep in.
  • Catch up on reading your favorite blogs.
  • Take classes at the gym (no crowds during the day!)
  • Go on coffee dates with friends who don’t work 9 to 5.
  • Play with your new iPhone 4.
  • Have a lunch date with your sweetie.
  • Get a massage.
  • Lay in the backyard with a refreshing drink and a book.
  • Have a sleepover at friend’s house and stay up late!

Thanks to my 30 before 30 project, I learned that time off work (but not on vacation) is essential. Now I totally know what to do with “me time” …plus, I had such a fun time, I plan to incorporate this into my yearly “time off” plan. Call it work-life balance, a mental health day, personal day or whatever, it’s important and I’m there!

10 Things Loved in May

It’s time for another things loved list. Without further ado:

Issey Miyake1. Issey Miyake’s L’eau D’Issey
Nordstrom sent me an offer for a free atomizer with my choice of perfume. I chose the Issey Miyake scent and have absolutely fallen in love. Sephora says Miyake’s fragrances are fueled by “technology, minimalism, and nature.” OK, I’ll take the technology-fueled scent. …now to get a larger version for when my freebie runs out so I can be the woman your woman could smell like.

Springwater Trail2. The Springwater Trail
The Springwater Trail is part of a 40-mile paved loop in Portland. When I was marathon training, I did my longer runs on the trail, but biking has always been my favorite Springwater activity.

3. Hash Restaurant
Hash Restaurant happens to be just a block north of the Springwater Trail, and is a great destination for a weekend morning ride… good luck pedaling home. Hash is a classic Portland/NW style with many sustainable and local ingredients. I love their French toast with whipped creme fraiche. They also serve mini scones with their coffee, which is a nice touch.

photo by greenhem, because I'm too lazy to get out in the rain and take my own

4. Peonies
I have two different varieties of peonies in my yard – magenta in the front yard and pale pink in the back. The magenta ones always bloom first in mid May and the pale pink peonies usually bloom the last week of May (and often get rained out). I just love the choppy texture of peonies. Very scissor-hands!

5. Sexy Boot Jeans
As I have been hinting, we’ve had a ton of rain in Portland, which really made May feel like winter or fall. I took the opportunity to stock up on my favorite Sexy Boot jeans from the Gap and ordered dark wash, medium tint and distressed finish. I won’t need new jeans for at least a year!

6. Pacific City, Oregon
In May, we took a mini-break anniversary vacation to Pacific City and stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, which was very beachy and cozy. Haystack Rock and the Pelican Pub and Brewery are the highlights of this postcard-perfect town. (And it happened to be featured in the June issue of Sunset magazine, so we felt like we went at the perfect time before it is “rediscovered” for the season.)

She and Him7. She & Him
Genius collaboration project between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. I was able to see them at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend over Memorial Day weekend. My absolute favorite song on Volume 2 is “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” which is a Skeeter Davis cover. During the concert “She” forgot the lyrics and asked to start over, which sounds annoying, but she was absolutely adorable.

aqua-blue-santorini-table-world-market8. Santorini Table
I finally scored my summer cafe table! I drooled over the Santorini table at World Market last year but wasn’t convinced on the red or green. This year it came out in a new color – aqua – and it is PERFECT. I used a $10 off coupon to get it for $90. Then I got home to find purple marks all over the tiles so by the time I went to exchange it, all the Santorini items were on clearance and I ended up getting it for $50!!! I’m picking up outdoor “wicker” chairs at Target to go with it.

9. Dreaming about a vacation to Greece and Turkey
Speaking of Santorini, visiting Greece and Turkey is #20 on my 30 before 30 list and there’s a good chance I’ll be crossing it off my list this fall. I’ve been researching trip ideas and airfare (ouch) and planning the ideal itinerary. Fingers crossed it works out with work schedules and budget.

10. Career Changes
I spent about half of May contemplating a big career move (which was the real #21 on my 30 before 30 list). I applied for two jobs, scored interviews for both, negotiated and accepted a great new position. Change is on the way and next week I’ll start a new job after seven years with the same company!

10 Things Loved in April

Here’s my ode to Domino magazine’s “10 things that make me happy” lists (and the many other bloggers who have created “things loved” lists). Maybe it’s just spring, but for some reason half the things on my list this month have something to do with flowers.

liberty of london for target sixty watering canAnn Taylor Loft Beaded Flower Appliqué Tee

1. Carnations
They get no respect, but I love their simplicity and persistent nature! I’d say they’re totally making a comeback. No more filler flower stereotypes.

2. Liberty of London for Target
As a bit of pre-gardening inspiration, I purchased almost everything in the Sixty print. Seriously.

3. Art-inspired Collectible Tees
I’ve been eyeing these shirts from Ann Taylor Loft for the past couple of months and finally scooped up three during a 40% off sale. I love dressy t-shirts, and the fact that they’re all a little bit different (neck lines, fabrics and applique, trim, beading details) means you can get more than one.

wii fit plusGingher Scissors Roberta 5 inchHaagen Dazs Five Ice Cream - Passion Fruit

4. Wii Fit Plus
I’m a little late to the game with the Wii Fit and balance board, but I love the fun games and it doesn’t hurt to have a little yoga and strength training for a gym workout supplement. If only it would stop telling me I’m 37!

5. Powell’s Books Home & Garden Store
Our favorite place to hang out on Hawthorne before movies at the Bagdad. Awesome gifts and outdoor/gardening ideas.

6. Gingher Designer Scissors in Roberta Print
Any quilter would call me out as an impostor and I don’t sew enough to be worthy of these adorable scissors. However, the cuteness will make my occasional sewing/craft project uber-special.

7. Häagen-Dazs Five Ice Cream – Passion Fruit
OMG! Light and sweet with just the right amount of tartness, this tastes more like gelato than ice cream… it’s a close runner-up to the passion fruit gelato at Ono Gelato in Hawaii.

Cabins at Stub Stewart State ParkTaqueria Los GorditosCole Haan Petra Boot

8. A mountain cabin getaway
The cabins at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park are a must-do spring activity. It’s still too cold to tent camp (in my opinion), but perfect for a cozy weekend getaway… crisp mountain air, a sprinkling of rain, s’mores, a cozy cabin… plus a 10+ mile bike ride on the Banks Vernonia trail (a rails to trails project complete with some killer trestles you can pedal across).

9. Soyrizo Burrito from Taqueria Los Gorditos
My favorite thing at this taco cart is the veggie (not vegan – I need sour cream) soyrizo burrito. Thankfully all the fame and attention hasn’t gone to their head. It’s also a fun place to people watch while you wait…and there’s a fair share of the “I’m so cool, I stopped showering/shaving/changing my clothes months ago” variety.

10. Cole Haan “Petra” Boot
I’ve been searching for the perfect flat boot in brown leather for a few years. Yes, years. And I finally found it. This one has Nike Air to boot (haha, get it?). And for $100 at Nordstrom Rack, they were a total steal.

Maybe it’s spring but for some reason half the things on my loved list have something to do with flowers. 🙂
8 May
2010

My 30 before 30 list

While in the throes of a “holy hell I’m getting old and what do I have to show for it” moment, I opted for organized and rational thought. Rather than pursue a traditional quarter-life crisis, which I’m technically too old for unless the average life expectancy grows to 120 ( hey, it could happen), I decided to create a 30 before 30 list. Lists cure all!

I will turn 30 in June of 2011, which means I have about 13 months to complete my 30 before Thirty list:

1. Eat (hyper) local for a week.
2. Spend a day at the spa.
3. Buy a new house.
4. Start strength training.
5. Create a wedding album (seven years and counting).
6. Start a blog, website or side project.
7. Create a cozy mini-office at home.
8. Volunteer.
9. Do Finish the Apartment Therapy Spring Cure.
10. Make a plan to start a family.
11. Go to a comedy show.
12. Learn CPR.
13. Cook a 5-course meal and have a dinner party.
14. Do a 30-day yoga experience.
15. Attend a cooking class.
16. Go rafting or sailing.
17. Learn how to change a diaper (I always got out of this, like dodging the empty water cooler at work).
18. Run a 10k or 1/2 marathon (I ran a marathon in 2007 but stopped running consistently).
19. Get a smart smartphone.
20. Visit Turkey, Greece or the Adriatic Sea.
21. Make work meaningful.
22. Go backpacking (and possibly have to pee in the forest).
23. Get a full set of grown up dishes.
24. Visit 3 National Parks.
25. Read 13 books in 13 weeks.
26. Take a day or two off work (holidays and vacations don’t count).
27. Try a new class at the gym.
28. Get a dog.
29. Learn the Tittibhasana (Firefly) pose.
30. Attend a scooter rally or go on a group ride.

I will post my progress on the “30 before 30” tab and sidebar of my blog.

photo by 96dpi