What’s a hungry person to do with a nearly empty refrigerator? Google and create! I had eggs and feta, and made a delicious scramble. Dear Martha has a similar one, so I stole her name. Too bad I didn’t have pitas because that would have been even better.
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:
- Seeing Monk Seals on an early morning hike to Kaena Point on New Year’s Day (my only day in Hawaii this month, tear).
- Baking and cooking a few last times with my 1950s oven – oh, how I’ve loved you.
- Another trip to the Barefoot Sage – I have a great friend and I am so spoiled.
- 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.
- Dove Vivi pizza – the cornmeal crust is ahh-mazing … I think I may have mentioned this before.
- Breakfast at Besaws – although, this time I liked their “2012 – what will it bring for you?” chalk art more than my food.
- A going away party hosted by my dearest, with four of my very favorite people in attendance. Cupcakes also made an appearance.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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:
- Mom and daughter trip to Barefoot Sage in Portland
- Decorating two houses for Christmas
- Crafty Wonderland in Portland – so much great art! I ended up buying the Ryan Berkeley “Wonder Kittens” print
- Watching kite-boarders on Kailua Beach
- Hiking the “Stairway to Heaven” – Haiku Stairs – breathtaking
- Watching big wave surfing on the North Shore
- Dean & Deluca gift box – delightful
- OnoPops at the farmers market – Kalamansi Coriander is killer
- Beach combing
- Prima Restaurant
It was a Christmas for two.
It took me a year and a half to finally step up to my yoga challenge goal – but I did it! During November, I redeemed my Groupon for a free month of yoga at Yoga Union in SE Portland. Technically I cheated, since I didn’t do a 30-day experience… it was more like four times a week. However, this is my goal and I can complete it how I wish.
I’ve done plenty of yoga over the years but usually not more than once a week. My goal was to go enough that I would develop a routine and really move forward in my “practice.” The fact that I was living by myself in November made it a perfect time to devote some energy to yoga and really center myself in preparation for the life changes ahead. (Moving!)
Things I learned from my yoga challenge:
- Teachers DO matter – and a higher-quality studio generally means higher-quality teachers.
- I love hot yoga.
- The different styles of yoga are actually very different. I enjoyed every class I went to, but particularly the restorative classes on weekdays and more intense/energetic classes like hot yoga or prana vinyasa on the weekends.
- I can focus for 90 minutes! No really, I had never attended a yoga class longer than 60 minutes. Most of the Yoga Union classes are 90 minutes. The time flew by!
Overall, this was a great experience. And one of my favorite habits was extending my post-yoga “me time” with a chai tea latte or a walk on Mount Tabor! I would definitely consider another yoga-intensive experience.
My 30 before 30 quest is officially over, but I plan on checking a few more goals off the list in the coming year. I may even make a new list … 31 before 31? 12 in 2012? At any rate, here’s one I finally got done.
My goal was to go on a group scooter ride or rally, that is ride with someone, anyone, just not alone! Well, good news: my awesome husband purchased a scooter in October. We took a few rides together before he moved to Hawaii and it was amazingly cool. We may have to start our own scooter gang.
Scootering – it’s even more fun with a friend!