11 March 2015

Think of the happiest things, it's the same as having wings

A few things I like, snow globes, acorns, Princess Leia, this dog figurine.

I was watching this episode of Parks & Recreation last night and there was this funny bit with the character Craig where any time he got annoyed or angry he would name three things in life that made him happy, the joke was of course that his three things were always so random and funny, but I really liked the idea! When I get sad or angry or annoyed at life, I want to think of things that make me happy. I started a list today, I think it will be an ongoing thing for me.I thought sharing them might make someone else happy too!

Some things in this world that make me happy:
wind chimes
the smell of old books
the smell of fresh coffee
crushed ice
swing sets and teter-toters
a light wind in the trees
birds chirping
babies laughing
racoons washing their food

What are some things that make you happy?

08 March 2015

The last week.

It's been a lovely weekend. Yesterday we spent the morning cleaning, and then spent some time with a friend having a lovely lunch and then hanging out in the yard, enjoying some of the spring blooms that are popping up.  In the evening I watched a few episodes of Orphan Black, which was amazing! It's a very exciting show that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Some pretty yellow blooms from my yard.

And some pretty white blooms.

Brian sampling some brews at Pfriem.

E & me sitting in the sun while we waited for our table.

Some delicious beignets with carmel and chocolate dipping sauces.

Today was spent with family, celebrating my parent's 35th wedding anniversary. Did I mention that the weather was great all weekend long? So great. After getting lunch we took the old highway home from Portland, stopped at the Vista House at Crown Point and at Multnomah Falls, it was so nice!

The lodge at Multnomah Falls.

The view of the falls from the upper bridge.

Looking towards the Columbia River from the upper bridge.

I've also been really enjoying audiobooks lately. I can check them out from the library and listen to them on my iphone while I commute. So convenient! On Tuesday I finished the amazing Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and started My Life in France by Julia Child. I've been really enjoying autobiographies lately, especially ones from cool ladies who I admire. :)

Blurry photo from a drive home from work last week. 

A delicious dinner I made on Wednesday, Morrocan-style chickpeas, collard greens and wild rice. 
Work in progress.

Tonight my plans are working on a couple crochet projects. I'm bummed there won't be any Downton Abbey tonight, but I'm sure I'll find something to watch while I crochet. :)

How was your week?

28 February 2015

Flashback Saturday?

 I've been going through my photo archives again, always such a task when you've taken a million photos like I have, I could be exaggerating on the number, haha, lets just say A LOT of photos.

The fun part of course is stumbling upon old gems, like this one of Eli and Scully from October of 2010. I'm not exactly sure where this was taken but if I had to venture a guess I would say Gabriel Park in SW Portland. We used to take Scully on walks there a lot (we lived not too far from the park) and also to play in the dog park they have there, which is pretty nice. :)

24 January 2015

My Favorite Paintings - Part 1

I've been going through some files on my backup hard drive; thought I'd weed out some things that maybe didn't need saving anymore, look for hidden gems, that sort of thing. Today I came across a word document titled "Favorite Paintings" which had last been saved May 30, 2008. I thought it would be fun to post them here and let you all know if I would still consider them favorites, so over a series of posts I will be sharing the paintings, along with some of my thoughts on it. Enjoy!

First up on my list was The Lovers, by René Magritte (1928). Now, there are two paintings by Margritte with this title, but I'm sure I was referring to The Lovers II, but for fun I'll post both of them. First, here is The Lovers II.

Thoughts: I still really love this painting. It's intimate because of their kiss, yet they are shrouded, so they can't see one another. It's like they can't really know each other, even in love. It's kind of bittersweet. Margritte often painted shrouded faces, or things covering faces which I think is interesting (perhaps his most famous is The Son of Man).

Here's the other painting titled The Lovers. I like this one too.

What do you think of the paintings? Any other Margritte's that you like? Or other surrealists?

01 January 2015

January 1, 2015

Ok I try this every year and always loose steam fast, but here goes again. Gonna try and blog often. More like a journal than anything else. More for me than for you reading this right now, if anyone is, haha! :)

Today was a pretty relaxed day. Eli made me breakfast this morning, yum! Then we went to my Grandma Gorman's and I lent her the book Orphan Train, because I just recently finished it and thought she might like it. We also piled in a bunch of wood from the porch so she can make fires without having to go outside for wood. She has these boxes full of pinecones and scrap paper and other random things like sawdust and such that she uses to start the fires in her stove, kinda weird.

After that we went shopping for a few groceries (we were totally out of coffee!) and then came back home where Eli started gaming online with some friends, and I played Lord of the Rings Online while watching episodes of Friends, which just came out on Netflix. Yay! Really exciting considering the random gift we just got in the mail:

Central Perk coffee mug.

I also cleaned the kitchen and managed to overfill the coffee pot with water, which Eli had already done this morning before he noticed we were out of coffee and I not noticing that it was already full decided to fill it up and make a huge mess. That was good times.

So I made some quinoa in my rice cooker (hopefully that worked out, never done that before but the internet told me I could) and I think I'm gonna do this recipes for Honey-Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for dinner. Hopefully it will be super tasty.

I'm currently listening to Sarah Silverman's audiobook, The Bedwetter which is pretty hilarious. Last year I had a goal to read (and/or listen to) 52 books, aka one a week, which of course I got behind on and only finished the year with 48, but that's still good, 48! I'm gonna shoot for 52 books again this year and see how I do.

Happy new year folks!