As many of you know, Zach and I are taking our first real vacation at the end of this month. And this week I took my first steps toward getting ready (semi-successful Alli diet aside). These arrived on my doorstep today:
And they’re going to look fabulous with this, which also arrived today:
These don’t have a specific outfit partner, yet, but they arrived too and they’re SO cute!
Starting to get excited! Even if I’m sea-sick the whole time, at least I know I’ll look good!
Two things that are making me happy right now… my pretty tulips and my new orchid! They’re like a little bit of springtime right in my house.
Portland was BEAUTIFUL today! It was warm enough to spend some time outside in my t-shirt and Gibson took a little nap in the grass.
Zach is out of town for the weekend again so I decided to do some projects around the house to surprise him. First, the boring one – I rearranged the bathroom storage. I think it looks nice and much cleaner and more organized. When Sarah moves out we’ll be able to spread out into the guest bathroom and that will help even more. It will be nice to put some display items on the open shelves instead of having to look at all of our necessary day-to-day things.
The more exciting projects were outside. Zach has been saying for a while that he really wants a bird feeder for the backyard so this weekend I bought him one that should attract finches. I put it right outside the backdoor so he’ll be able to watch the birds while he works. I also planted a couple of hyacinths so he’ll get the sweet scent of spring.
And out front I wanted to green the place up (and girlify it a little bit) so I did a big planter near the entryway. I put in some big grasses to match the existing plantings and to make sure the pot would be “green” all winter. I mixed the grasses with some flowering perrenials to add some color to the front yard. I’m excited about the way it turned out and am looking forward to watching it bloom and grow this spring. I hope Zach is happy too!
It’s been an interesting time, living in Portland. These nearly four weeks have been full of wonder. I’ve decided to make a little list of things that have seemed important or interesting or happy.
In the last week or so I’ve noticed that there are birds singing when I wake up in the morning and my drive home is getting lighter and lighter. I love the feeling of spring – pulling out your springtime clothes, watching the birds return and the flowers bloom. Zach and I bought a lawn mower last weekend and he mowed the lawn and blew leaves while I played with the plants. We found a pussy-willow tree in our backyard and I think we have lilacs too!
I’ve attended my second knitting class and we’ve started a small knitting group at work too. Yesterday I finished the back of my first sweater and I’ve cast on the front. It’s so exciting to see something take shape before your eyes and I can’t wait to finish and wear it.
Wednesday during knitting class we took several trips outside to watch the lunar eclipse… did you see it? I felt like a little kid in awe of both the grandiosity and smallness of the universe. Amazing.
This is my first job really in the heart of a downtown area – I love having so many lunch options; I’ve found a coffee shop that has rice milk and makes a mean latte with it; I’ve wandered and found the bank, the post office, Rite Aid, Whole Foods, and so much shopping! I also found human poop on the steps of the parking garage this week and was flicked with cigarette ashes by someone wearing a cape today (I’m not talking Superman… I’m talking full Obi-Wan Kenobi… hood up and everything). I guess you take the good with the bad.
Tonight Kristen and I are going to see a movie and tomorrow we’re getting our hair cut and having lunch and walking around NW 23rd. It’s so nice to be back in the same city together. Tomorrow night Gibson and I are going to mom and dad’s for dinner and to spend the night. Sunday morning mom and I are having pedicures with Cherie and Adrienne before I pick up Zach from the airport.
Zach has been traveling a lot and while I miss him (it’s so much fun having him around all the time), I feel proud of how busy I’ve kept myself this week. Gibson and I even went to the park yesterday and met some new dog friends. It feels good to learn new things and be independent.