photobooth friday

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oh so quiet

this friday i won't be posting here. i'm going to be participating in a day of silence  to raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan. go to for japan with love to learn how you can get involved and to donate!

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in which we blow off everything for the day

today we drove to the coast. just because. shawn's been working really hard and i really thought he needed a break. so, we took one. we got up earlier than usual, threw the dog in the car and went. its a gorgeous drive and the ocean is really incredible. its exactly what we needed. 

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mama said

i'm not going to lie. i was not a happy camper today. i woke up feeling like crap again and let myself wallow in it. i was weepy and whiny and all around unpleasant to be around. i didn't even want to be around me but i was stuck with me, which only seemed to make me grumpier. 

the news didn't help. all that destruction and devastation just darkened my mood further. 

but then late in the day i got a couple texts from new friends checking on me and messages from old friends sending love and happy thoughts my way. i took a hot shower. i did a few things around the house. i read some news stories and donated some money to red cross. i ate some tacos, watched some tv and then i was going to upload some photos from the week to flickr.

here are two favorites from this week:

 

screw my mood. screw my stupid head cold. life is beautiful. and silly. and sometimes really sad. i just need to hold onto these really great moments. they're the ones that get me through days like this.

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week in review

i got acquainted with my new camera. i had lunch with these two. love them. i had coffee with this lady and a lovely group of crafty ladies, explored new antique stores and renewed my vows to books. i ate some tasty treats. i made some pretty stuff.

i got even more settled. i wrote some letters and read some more. went out with new friends. yeah, it was a delightful week.

 

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cuteness

my porch. its getting there.

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today

we accomplished some stuff around the house this morning and then went out into the world for a meeting with the rabbi of a congregation we're thinking about joining. it was pretty great - not only because it sounds like just the kind of community we'd like to be a part of but because she got a lot of my synagogue baggage. so, yay!

then we walked to the post office and checked out an antique store. we weren't really in shopping mode though, which is why shawn passed up this hat. i now think this was a mistake. i think its perfect. he's just not sure if he's a hat guy.

we finished out the afternoon at the alameda brewhouse. a burger and a blood orange saison. yum.

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things i love tuesday

i took a little walk around my yard with my camera this morning. i just can't get over how green everything is in portland. in january. JANUARY. do you know how cold and dirty snow grey everything is in chicago this time of year? well, it is. and it was when we left. and this is what i get to look at. green. and actual little yellow flowers. in january.

amazing.

also, the landscaping is pretty amazing. our landlord, chris, really loved his garden. and it shows. i can't wait to see what pops up throughout the seasons!

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and away we go

our stuff is on its way. in 36 hours or so, we'll be on our way. its a little intense.  but really, really great. the next day and a half are going to be a bit of a whirlwind. you probably won't hear from me for a bit. so, i leave you with this picture of shawn & i at our going away party the last time we left chicago. it was so much easier then. but just as great.

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artwork in progress

so this happened:

i had to take down all the art.

shawn & i have lived together for almost 16 years. there is art we've made. art our friends have made. art we've bought for one another. art that people have given us. and art we've acquired while traveling. its a lot of art.

and walking through our house, with its bare walls, it hit me like a ton of bricks - this is really happening. the art was part of what made this house our home. it being packed up, loaded on a truck in a week, and going to another house which we will call home. its all happening.

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