Trip to Astoria and Cape Disappointment

Summertime in Portland can’t be beat. The sun is always shining, the skies are blue, and the nature is magnificent. A friend and I decided to take advantage of the great weather and a free weekend by making a spontaneous trip out to the coast!

We left Portland early on empty stomachs, so our first priority was to find a cozy brunch spot. Fortunately, one of Astoria’s brunch hot-spots was waiting our arrival. I decided to try out the veggie ratatouille.

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From the restaurant we were able to see great views (including this one of the Astoria bridge)

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Our waitress kindly reminded us that Hood to Coast (one of the largest relay races in the world) was happening this weekend which would surely back up traffic in Oregon. So we got in the car and crossed the bridge to go to Cape Disappointment state park in Washington.

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We first walked along the long stretch along the coast that is Benson beach. It was nearly empty, with some kite enthusiasts flying their handmade kites, dogs running with their owners, and TONS of driftwood. I could totally see myself camping out in a fort of driftwood!

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After walking on the beach for a few hours we decided to check out Waikiki beach a few miles away. From there, I was able to get a great view of the lighthouse, and we layed out on the boulders with water brushing up to the rocks.

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There is something about the sound of water and the feel of my toes in the sand that is so incredibly relaxing. I’ll definitely be going on more coastal adventures!

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Alexander’s fourth birthday

Last weekend was Alex’s fourth birthday. I can’t believe how big that little man is growing up to be. Since I’m now one of Alex’s best friends (number 8… he told me), I was invited to the happening party that was Frozen themed (Frozen is a Disney princess-type movie) I love how Alex’s likes are so gender neutral. He likes what he likes.

I’ve never been around so many kids in the same room at once. One thing that surprised me is how much energy little kids have. They just ran around and swam in the pool. For hours. haha

I decided to get Alex a Spiderman watch with a Velcro strap (so he could put it on all by himself), and a wooden toy clock so he could learn how to tell time analog-style.

and of course, there was cake and ice cream!

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Happy birthday little dude!

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Foster the People and NONONO at McMenamin’s Edgefield

Last Saturday I got a surprise wake up call from my friend Erica, asking if I’d be up to go to a concert at an outdoor venue. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of going to yet another outdoor music festival (I’m getting too old for this) until I found out Foster the People was playing (one of the bands that’s been on repeat in my studio lately), and that they were playing at McMenamin’s Edgefield (basically a playground for adults in Troutdale). I managed to get a last-minute ticket for the sold-out show off Craigslist, and boom I was in.

Before heading out, we hit up ROOST for brunch. If there is one thing Portland knows, it is how to do brunch. ROOST is quite possibly my favorite brunch place in this town.

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Afterwards, we headed over to McMenamin’s Edgefield, indulged in a glass of wine and pizza, and checked out the opening act, NONONO, a band from Sweden with the popular song ‘Pumping Blood’ that you’ve probably heard on the radio a few hundred times. They were awesome live, the lead singer is stunning to watch.

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Next up was the main event. Mark Foster is incredible live. Foster the People knows how to do catchy, they do it so good. Erica and I could hardly stop dancing.

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Not bad for a random Saturday,

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Berry picking on Sauvie Island

Last weekend Santia, Steph, Alex and I headed out to Sauvie Island to go berry picking. We were able to get the season’s last remaining blueberries and buckets of blackberries. Looks like I’ll be having blackberry smoothies for the next several months…

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Memorial Day at the Rose garden

My friend Nancy and I decided to head over to Washington Park and check out the International Rose Test Garden. Portland sees a lot of rain, luckily the gloomy days aren’t for nothing, they yield these beauties!

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There were so many varieties of roses, and by the end of the afternoon, I couldn’t smell much other than sweetness.
Happy was ecstatic to romp about in the bushes and was quite muddy in the end.

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When mum comes out here to visit, I’ll definitely be taking her here. I also got the fantastic idea to do the 4T trail.
I’m loving the PDX summer already!

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Goldendale, WA

Last weekend, some friends from my women’s group headed a monastery couple hours north to Goldendale, WA for the weekend. It was so beautiful to spend time unplugged and in a peaceful environment so secluded that we couldn’t get cell reception even if we tried. I really enjoyed hiking in the woods, communing with friends, and playing with baby goats (my fave!).

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Now it is back to reality, and wishing this season of life to be over with.

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Sunday in Wicker Park

Last Sunday I spent my final day in Chicago hanging out with my friend Anna. We got brunch in Wicker Park at The Bongo Room (phenomenal food, I highly recommend), and I even got to rent a Diana Fish-eye camera from the Lomography store a few blocks from the brunch bar. It was fun to take photos despite the frigid temps.

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I’m back in PDX now after returning from Chicago and a quick 2-day trip to New York. So happy to be home.

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Pittcon

I’m in Chicago for the week to attend Pittcon –the most attended annual conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in the world. Riveting, I know. The cool thing is that I get to reconnect with my friend Anna (whom I met by way of the Barretts while I was a graduate student at IU), and I met her roommate Karen who shares many commonalities with me, and stay in their cozy home for the week.

We’re doing a lot of this…

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And I’m doing a bit of this (the conference site)…
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Despite the cold weather (it was 3 degrees this morning), Chicago is a blast. It also helps that it is a city of gourmet junk food 😉

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February Sweater

My latest selfish knit has been the Bedford sweater designed by Michelle Wang. I liked the simplicity of the raglan pullover, the texture of the reverse stockinette sleeves, and the right twist stitch pattern coupled with the tweed yields an interesting fabric.

I used the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn in Stormcloud. The sweater grew by ~20% post-blocking; I’m not happy with the size of the jumper post-blocking since it is now baggy on me (and fit perfectly before blocking). I suppose I have finally learned to not only knit gauge swatches, but to ALSO block the swatch before calculating gauge. With my OCD tendencies, I may end up deconstructing the sweater entirely and re-knitting it so that it fits me perfectly, or the sweater will be resigned as my weekend yoga/errand sweater since it is rather comfy as it is.

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Guess I’ll have to put my needles away for a while… I doubt I’ll have much time for knitting next month.

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Just in time for March

My friend Rachal asked me to knit her a slouchy hat and decided on the brambles cable pattern with a bit of a Celtic motif from the knitty website.

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Now, she has no reason to be pinched on the St. Patty’s day.

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