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If the Shoe Fits

Last weekend Zach’s sister Nathalie and her husband Bil and daughter Josie came to town to have a look around and do a bit of work. On Saturday we had the most delicious dinner at Autentica on Killingsworth. Black bean flat bread and salsa, queso fundido, tomato salad with avocado and cotija, and pulled pork tostadas. It could possibly have been that we were in the middle of the move and the only other things I’d eaten all week were bagels and pizza, but I think it was actually just amazing food.

On Sunday we took Josie over to our new neighborhood park where she went down every slide available, played on the merry-go-round, swung in both the “baby” and “big girl” swings, and generally ran amok.

And on Monday it was my turn to hang with Josie – just the ladies – while mommy and daddy went to a work meeting. We napped, jumped on the bed, got ourselves dressed, played with Pete and Gibson, went to New Seasons and made dinner. She even requested extra kisses from Sarah before bedtime. Good times had by all, I think!



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The Move

We picked up keys to the house Monday the 17th and haven’t stopped running since! All the projects really stood out when the place was empty and each little bit of work we do brings up three more projects that have to go on the to-do list. I keep saying we’ll get everything done eventually, but Zach’s brother-in-law politely reminded us this week that home-ownership is a never-ending project. Thanks Bil.

So, here’s a quick photo recap of what we’ve done so far…

New Keys

Don’t recognize the vehicle? She’s new… Bessie Buttercup is now our main mode of transportation whenever we need to haul anything.

The first piece of furniture we moved in? Zach’s new desk. A danish teak piece we found at Lounge Lizard… our new favorite place to shop!

Zach's Desk

Project number one: Paint the living room. We liked the latte color that was in here, but in the evenings it felt really dark. So we stuck with the tan family and lightened things up a bit.

Livingroom Paint

Livingroom New

Had to get the painting done quickly so Zach and Seth could install the new built-in cabinets they made for us! Those guys were hard workers.

Built Ins Zach

Built Ins Seth

And of course, having the cabinets in meant the fireplace looked old and dirty… so we painted that too. See SOLD! for the living room before and after comparison…

Livingroom New2

And finally, some new shelves in the kitchen. I love that my Corningware matches the paint colors in there!

Kitchen Shelves

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Overheard in PDX

Possibly my new favorite blog of all time. So true.

Overheard in PDX.


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Winter Wonderland – Portland 2008

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I’m Back!

Wow… I’ve been gone for a long time. It wasn’t that I didn’t think of you… I just didn’t write to tell you so. But now, here I am. And, I’ve set up some personal goals for myself so hopefully I’ll be around more often.

To start, let’s recap what I’ve been up to.

After Thanksgiving my mom and I got together for a craft day and made our own Christmas cards. You probably didn’t receive one… don’t be hurt. I never got around to writing in them and putting them in the mail. Maybe you’ll get one next year.



I did some knitting for Kristen – a new scarflette for her friend. The yarn was beautiful – candy apple red and a really pretty lime green. I discovered the Button Emporium downtown too, so the buttons were fab!



And after that it was full on winter… Portland had its biggest snow storm since the 60’s… or at least, I think that’s what they said. I got some amazing photos that I’ll post as an album in the next entry… but here’s a preview.

Remember my fall decorations?


How about all my summer plantings?






Finally it was Christmas! Zach did a great job decorating the house with tons of lights and we had a beautiful tree this year. And, Daveen gave us the perfect tree skirt. I LOVE it!





We had one little incident that served as a good reminder that Pete’s still a puppy. But after a minor freak out on my part and some time in the kennel on his part he never went near the tree again.



For Christmas I made Kelly a new hat. She mentioned while she was down here in December that she loved hats and having new hats, so I thought maybe she’d like something hand made. I tried out a new pattern for a slouchy berret that I found of Ravelry. I love how it turned out! The colors were so soft and pretty and the pattern made on the top by the alternating cables and the decreases turned out really nice!


I’m happy to be back to blogging… more soon!

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Save Broadway Books

A friend of Zach’s recently wrote a post on his personal blog telling the story of independent businesses struggling during these tough economic times. One of those struggling businesses is his mother’s bookstore in NE Portland called Broadway Books. But, not only did Aaron post on his blog, he Twittered about it and wrote about it on Facebook and emailed his friends. And, he’s offering to buy a burrito for anyone who can produce a receipt from Broadway Books for $50 or more between now and Christmas – “Meet me at Cha Cha Cha on SE Hawthorne in Portland on Friday January 16th at 6PM with a receipt from Broadway Books for over $50 and between today’s date and Christmas and I’m buying your kind ass a burrito.”

I don’t have any books on my Christmas shopping list, but I hope to make it to Broadway Books soon anyway. And, I’m not doing it for the Cha Cha Cha burrito (although they are delicious), but I’m looking forward to seeing how many people show up on January 16th to celebrate with Aaron.

If you’re in the Portland area, maybe I’ll see you there!

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