my first ever gallery show

This gallery contains 12 photos.

I had my very first solo gallery show back in May of this year. It was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. That sounds terribly conceited. Not the show, I was referring to the amount of love and … Continue reading

portlanders love their bikes

This past weekend started off as a typical stay at home weekend for me and the hubs. My nieces came down to visit on Friday night, we played some corn hole and I baked for their late birthday.  (Recipes found on pinterest. I may go into further detail on here one of these days.)

love you girls!

Saturday we worked in the yard, pulled some of the endless weeds, I managed to get yet another surprise sunburn, he studied and I worked on more jewelry and some fun new items (again, more coming on them later). All in all it felt like we had a very productive Saturday so a nice datey night out was called for. We decided to walk over to the old ‘hood on SE Belmont; we stopped and visited the goats, we scouted out all the good yards looking for some plant inspiration for our yard, we had some super-fantastic Lebanese and then ended the night a $3 movie at the Avalon. A pretty fantastic evening.

As we were coming out of the theater to head home, wrapping up a very nice and very Portland-y feeling evening the city trumped me. “A little walk to dinner and a movie? Is that all? That’s not Portland!” said the city. “THIS is Portland!”

a wall of flesh on wheels

The month of June is Pedalpalooza here in Portland. A month-long celebration of all things biking. There is an organized ride for pretty much every group of people you can think of: Star Wars Junkies, Wine Enthusiasts, Super Hero Lovers, Families, Buddhists, Food Truck followers, even Gingers. The biggest ride of them all is by far the World Naked Bike Ride, which just happened to have been taking place Saturday night… right down Belmont… just as our movie was ending.

Not that I am bothered by this, I actually took part (well as close I think I may ever get to taking part) last year with a friend of mine (I wrote about it here). I was just caught off guard and then was trapped, unable to cross the street due to the sheer amount of bikes and bare flesh flying past me. It was pretty impressive, people’s inhibitions and also their ingenuity when it comes to costuming while still remaining naked. Impressive on all fronts.

Just another reason why I love Portland.

World Naked Bike Ride 2012 photos courtesy of bikeportland.org

finding my breath

One of my 300+ photos from our 5 year anniversary vacation… I love the ocean. It calms me too. Someday I will do yoga on the beach and just melt into a puddle of happy goo.

The past few weeks I have had a ton going on. Jewelry making, street fair planning, new logo design project (still in progress will update on that soon), keeping the shop up to date, trying to blog more, attempting to tame the yard of our new house, endless new house projects, planning our 5 year anniversary trip, going on said trip, trying to jog more regularly with the hub., and a few other mentally taxing and time demanding personal projects, not to mention my full-time day job. In other words – too much.

My solution? Add something else to the list. Yeah, really.

Yoga. I have missed it. I used to practice semi regularly and it always gave me that rejuvenating moment of being 100% in the moment, in my body, with a quiet mind. It is really fantastic and with all of these to do lists running around in my head and on every surface around me all of the time, I have been craving a calm moment just for me. (Also wanting to get back on track of taking better care of my self physically. Two birds. But then that is going against what I am going for here… forget I said that at all.)

So two weeks ago I bought a groupon I couldn’t pass up. Now I have two months of yoga ahead of me.

As of tonight I am only 3 classes in, my arms feel like jello, my hips feel weirdly loose when I walk, it hurts to climb stairs and I am so happy to be finding my breath again.

Another thing I have missed that has returned with these classes is my yoga playlist.

Song of the day: This Year’s Love – David Grey

Pause. Breathe deep. Be happy where you are in the moment you are in.

…then go back to making lists.

PS- If you are in the Portland area and looking for a laid back pay as you go yoga studio I suggest Yoga on Yamhill