Jumping on the bandwagon

Finally tried sunflower seed butter this morning.  It’s pretty delightful. It’s like the delightful salty goodness of sunflower seeds but without all the hassle of spitting out the shells. 

Just joined ‘Ello.  I don’t really get it yet, but right now it feels like Facebook & Tumblr had a baby.  I’m hopeful but skeptical.  Anyone else ello-ing?

Had my first Elysian pumpkin beer this weekend.  So dang tasty. 

Down to the last episode of Orphan Black - Season 1 (planned for tonight).  This show is pretty good - it’s really different than anything I normally watch.  My favorite version of the clones so far is Cosima, the grad student from SF w/dreads.  I’m really impressed with the actress who plays all the clones as they each come across as different. 

Sunset from my backyard last week. Lucky to have 3 mature Doug firs! #latergram #pdx

Sunset from my backyard last week. Lucky to have 3 mature Doug firs! #latergram #pdx

Things are looking up!
It may be Thursday and my 4th day back after vacation, but today we have a work-sponsored taco bar buffet (have you heard dreamier words than that lately?). 
Tomorrow, I was invited to a lunch meeting at a German bakery. 

Things are looking up!

It may be Thursday and my 4th day back after vacation, but today we have a work-sponsored taco bar buffet (have you heard dreamier words than that lately?). 

Tomorrow, I was invited to a lunch meeting at a German bakery. 

zombie-xvx:

vicvondoombwhahaha:

You can’t convince me this raccoon isn’t elegantly playing the deepest sonata you’ll ever hear on a avant garde harp

misandryxvx
Made me laugh on a Tuesday.

zombie-xvx:

vicvondoombwhahaha:

You can’t convince me this raccoon isn’t elegantly playing the deepest sonata you’ll ever hear on a avant garde harp

misandryxvx

Made me laugh on a Tuesday.

(Source: howdyhannaa)

Part 1.5 of my NYC trip - meeting Becka!

(Part I of my trip here)  After returning to Brooklyn on Monday evening, I was lucky enough to meet up with Becka (aka goular) who is just as awesome and easy going as she seems on tumblr.  I also got to meet her lovely gentleman friend, Joe who is equally cool and so super nice and understanding of her meet up with her internet friend!  He is also mega-kind and treated me to my beers (much needed after a full day of travel w/my mother), so I definitely owe you both one when (not if) you come to Portland!  I am so glad we found the time to hang out - on a work night no less, so thanks, Becka!!!

Thanks to Joe, we also were to able to properly capture this moment to prove we are truly real (or at least a really elaborate scheme involving Bailey as she has met both of us!).

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Also, my mom thinks I was out visiting with an old friend, not an internet friend so don’t tell her!  (Well, I have known Becka since the tumblr book swap so that makes her an old friend! We knew each others addresses at that point!).

NYC - Part I - Sunday/Monday

I spent last Sunday-Thursday in NYC with my mom and my 17-year old niece, Sarah.  We really only had 3 1/2 days after accounting for travel time, but we made the best of it! 

We stayed in a 2 BDRM apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn (found via airbnb which I totally recommend for vacation rentals!).  Sunday night we didn’t get in till about 9pm, so we just walked to a nearby Whole Foods to grab a bite from the deli & some breakfast foods for the week (nice part of renting an apartment).

On Monday, we grabbed a 7-day subway pass for just $30.  I definitely recommend getting the pass if you are in town for several days, as it is otherwise $2.50/ride.  We easily surpassed the $30 value in our 3.5 days. 

We first stopped off near Brooklyn Heights. After a lovely walk through a tree-lined neighborhood of brownstones (swoon!), we found our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park which is a really amazing park built on the old piers - breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, peeks of Lady Liberty, and just an awesome park in general. 

From there, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, then jumped on a quick subway ride to the Staten Island Ferry which is *free* & has fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty & lower Manhattan.  I had the most random experience on the ferry of running into my friend that I know from working in Boston 13 years ago (hadn’t seen since!).  She now lives in Chicago with an Aussie husband so even more random we were in the same place at the same time!  Too weird.

Next, we popped into the Tribeca Whole Foods for a quick/late deli lunch (I know, boring, but it was convenient esp since my niece can’t do gluten) then zipped over to the 9/11 memorial (after making our way through the sea of humanity headed the opposite direction of us as it was 5pm!).  Sobering, no words really, for this site. 

We next buzzed up to the High Line near the Meatpacking / Chelsea neighborhoods.  It was near sunset and was just a gorgeous time to be walking this park.  I think we were lucky to be there on a weekday as I hear it gets packed on weekends.  We did about half the park, then popped down to the Chelsea Market which is like a gourmet food court (I think the Food Network has studios upstairs?).  I had some tacos, guac, and chips while my mom & niece had milkshakes for dinner (vacation!).  We finally headed back to Brooklyn almost 12 hours after our day began!

The amazing thing about this day is that the only things we spent $$ on was the subway pass (to use all week) and lunch/dinner (which was cheap) - everything else was all free!  So, NYC can be pricey but definitely doesn’t have to be.

(To be continued…)

Oof by Edward Ruscha (at MOMA, NYC).
AKA me returning to work after 12 days of vacation.  The struggle is real.

Oof by Edward Ruscha (at MOMA, NYC).

AKA me returning to work after 12 days of vacation.  The struggle is real.

ahappyernie:


Me. 

this is so great

Perfect for this time of year!  It is so true… (as I peruse sweaters & booties online today after a high of 93 degrees on Saturday).

ahappyernie:

Me. 

this is so great

Perfect for this time of year!  It is so true… (as I peruse sweaters & booties online today after a high of 93 degrees on Saturday).

(Source: sarahseeandersen)

Jasper Johns - layered newspaper and encaustic wax. Even better in person. #MOMA #nyc #latergram

Jasper Johns - layered newspaper and encaustic wax. Even better in person. #MOMA #nyc #latergram

Lichtenstein, #MOMA #nyc #latergram

Lichtenstein, #MOMA #nyc #latergram

Siberian Salt Shaker by Whitten at #MOMA - so good. He painted color on canvass then overlaid with black paint & used a squeegee!  #nyc #latergram

Siberian Salt Shaker by Whitten at #MOMA - so good. He painted color on canvass then overlaid with black paint & used a squeegee! #nyc #latergram

Came back from NYC last night…

And I have spent most of today sitting on the sofa after sleeping 10 hours.  “The city that never sleeps” is no joke.  Full wrap-up of all we did and some pics to come when I have more brain capacity. 

My biggest regret is I failed to eat a bagel & only had one crappy pizza. Sigh, better go back soon!

Barely even had time to check in on my tumblr folks - did I miss any drama or memes?  How was your week?