home again

we're happy to be back in portland. even though we were only gone for a week, it felt like longer. we packed a lot of awesome into that week. so much awesome that i think i have a fun hangover. i'll be writing and posting pictures from the trip here and there. stay tuned.

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crush month - day 31

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my favorite part of driving from san francisco back to portland was crossing through the redwoods. words and pictures can't really convey how magic they truly are. so old and so, so giant - standing beside one is truly humbling. i could go on and on but i won't - mainly because i'll sound a little crazy. i will say this - these trees could turn the most cynical, most jaded person into a smiling, happy tree-hugger.

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crush month - day 25

this lady. she's awesome. its her birthday. i miss her.

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crush month - day 13

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just sayin'. 

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crush month - day 12

i read this quote on wil wheaton's tumblr earlier today and it stuck with me. i just kept thinking about it.

later today i went back to re-read and clicked through to the source - an advice column on the rumpus. the whole letter is amazing really - well worth reading. 

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today was a champ

i had a great day. seriously great. it started off a little rocky and at a critical moment the postman arrived with packages. gifts from friends, including a pair of radish earrings from kateri. she's known how much i adored the character luna lovegood and her wacky radish earrings. so, she made me a pair. i may wear them everday, possibly forever.

i've also finished all but one summer wedding order - which feels great. the remaining one is in progress and is SO MUCH FUN. i can't wait to post pictures. for now though, here's the one i finished up today. they are silk chiffon flowers for the bridesmaids hair - to match their shoes. i sent pictures to the bride, my friend and massage therapist ellee and she LOVES THEM. i think its going to look great!

a few other things about today: 

i watched twin peaks while i worked all day. its still excellently weird.

we're doing a cleanse. we are currently only eating fruits and veggies. i'm not really hungry but really want cheese. i've also been feeling really great though.

i ended the day catching up on letters. as much as i love my laptop, it was so much more satisfying than an evening spent playing on the internet.

    

and now, i'm going to grab my book and crawl into bed. night night y'all!

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sunshine and rainbows

photo courtesy the lovely and talented bettie

it was a perfect day. sunny, warm, seriously perfect. we went to see harry potter and then came home to get ready for cake and cocktails with some friends. that was also perfect. 

there was cake, cheese, chips and salsa - all my favorite food groups. michele and nate came. bettie and family came and i became instantly smitten with this small person. she is, as awesome as her older sister, who i'd already met. kathy and jason came. jason declared that he's seen some serious baked goods in his house but my crazy cake was awesome. this is funny since kathy's a pastry chef. kirsten came and was charming as always. emily came with madeline. i invited nicole last minute and she was able to come. all in all, it was a perfect group of people. i feel really lucky to have met so many great people since we've moved. and you know what else? they brought presents. they so didn't need to but they did. and really, who doesn't like presents? (especially when they're of the drawings by small people variety!)

and then, this morning i woke up to find this. gravity had its way with the cake. and that somehow seems perfect too.

  

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flashback friday

thanks mom for the awesome pictures! and for you know, giving birth to me. love you!

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36

36 is seems like a big number. maybe just because its been a big year. i mean, a REALLY BIG YEAR. i quit my job, became an aunt, moved 2000 miles, got serious about baking and about cookoorikoo. a really big year. i'm finding it awesome and a little daunting. so, instead of freaking out, i'll bake a cake tonight, watch harry potter and start another list.

did i mention i dyed my hair blue? yeah, that counteracted the feeling old thing a bit. its mermaidy awesome. 

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things i love tuesday

i've seen this book a bunch of times. i think nikki mcclure's work is amazing. i've resisted buying it on multiple occasions - not sure why. i don't know that i'd ever paid that much attention to the cover though. today i was at the grocery store and i glanced over at the greeting cards. this image was on a card, without the words, and in slightly difference colors. i took one look at it and almost burst into tears. all i could think about was lucy, and watching her make pie crust when i was wee. i took one look at it and felt wee again. i could smell my grandmother and the butter. i could feeling the flour-y texture of the counter and the been worn & washed thousands of time feel of my grandma's apron. i could remember stepping on her feet, to get even just a smidge taller. i could hear cicadas in the yard and wgn cubs radio. i knew my grandpa was going to be home soon. it was awesome. it was the best possible memory to have of my grandma at the best possible moment.

we were buying a flat of strawberries to make jam with. i remember lucy canning, too.

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