"Your waffle is your drink ticket, so please don’t lose it". #elgl14 #leslieknope

"Your waffle is your drink ticket, so please don’t lose it". #elgl14 #leslieknope

We have a new manager at work

And she likes to talk on her speaker phone with her office door open.

This is Joe Biden eating at Salt & Straw ice cream in NE Portland.  Less than a mile from my house (and I was just there 2 days earlier, damn it!).  Bummer I missed out on seeing this! 
(More info here on what flavors he chose & apparently he has quite an ice-cream eating internet presence including this (old) Tumblr!).  
Also this article in the Washington Post: 

If he’s going to get ice cream at a Dairy Queen, he’s going to look at it like it is not only the first time he’s ever seen ice cream before, but that he was just told that it is the best ice cream known to man.

Swoon!
Biden is really my kinda guy.  Spirit animal qualities right here.

This is Joe Biden eating at Salt & Straw ice cream in NE Portland.  Less than a mile from my house (and I was just there 2 days earlier, damn it!).  Bummer I missed out on seeing this! 

(More info here on what flavors he chose & apparently he has quite an ice-cream eating internet presence including this (old) Tumblr!). 

Also this article in the Washington Post

If he’s going to get ice cream at a Dairy Queen, he’s going to look at it like it is not only the first time he’s ever seen ice cream before, but that he was just told that it is the best ice cream known to man.

Swoon!

Biden is really my kinda guy.  Spirit animal qualities right here.

Some of you may recall my friend’s crazy experience with a meth lady breaking into their apartment. She wrote a really sweet & funny update about going to court, so I thought I’d share some of it here:

Going to court was very scary and intimidating. I feel fortunate to not be on the other side of that.

I felt lots of sympathy for the people being sentenced, even though I suppose they made choices to end up there. But did they really always have choices? I’m not so sure about that. 100% of the people I saw sentenced were minorities or disadvantaged peoples, where as 100% of the people involved in the sentencing were not (as far as I could tell). Seems rather too much to be coincidental.

I was never really sure what to look at since no one likes being pitied, but ignoring seems kind of heartless and bourgeoisie (even saying bourgeoisie probably makes me bourgeoisie so maybe it’s hopeless). Lots of awkwardly staring any my hands.

Meth lady had a cute cat sweater. I’m glad her mom came with her because her lawyer didn’t show up until nearly an hour after we were scheduled to start (which I gathered is not unusual). I can’t imagine just sitting there waiting to be sentenced all by yourself. I wanted to talk to her, but it was not allowed. “Hey I like your sweater. I like cats too! Did my cats keep you company while you were under the bed? Sorry I sat on you.”

She was sentenced to something very complicated that I didn’t totally understand. 119 days of jail x 2, but she can go to in-patient treatment instead and then back to jail if she doesn’t show up for it. Plus she has to pay $422.41 remuneration for my bunny lamp and screen window replacement. I didn’t ask for money for the bed since that’s expensive and it was old. I think I have a lot more money than meth lady.

Oh, except there are no treatment beds available for her (she tried to get treatment before this incident but her insurance wouldn’t cover it). Instead goes to holding pattern jail where she stares at the wall for 8 hours then goes home. I don’t feel like drug addiction is something you can just put on pause for 3 months while you are waiting for for treatment space to free up. I also doubt fake jail is much cheaper than treatment.

In summary: Going to court is very depressing no matter which end of it you are on. Criminals are just regular people with moms and cat sweaters. Jail is a terrible option for people with mental health and drug related issues.

Part III - NYC

(Part I, Part I.5, and Part II)

On Wednesday morning, we started our day with breakfast with my cousin who works in NYC at Maison Kayser, a French bakery on the Upper East Side. So dang good!  I had eggs en cocotte with smoked salmon and asparagus (essentially soft baked eggs in a ramekin w/lots of toast fingers for dipping). 

After this lovely repast, we continued on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka “The Met.”  Wow. I was really blown away by the breadth of their collections.  Above is the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple brought to NYC in the 60s so it wouldn’t be flooded permanently by a Nile River dam project! In addition to just wandering on our own, we took one of the free hour-long tours - “Highlights of the Met” and it was a great way to hit a few highlights & learn a little bit about each.  As well, we got to see a lot of the museum rooms just walking through on the tour.  Definitely worth doing!  You could spend weeks here and never see it all, so I feel like we did well for our first visit.  We also took a lovely break up on the roof top and enjoyed the views of Central Park.

Following that, we strolled through Central Park and enjoyed all the sights you see in movies such as the rowboats, the Reservoir, and my favorite, the Alice in Wonderland statues.  Above is the gorgeous Italian tile under a bridge near the Bethesda Fountain. There was a woman singing opera under the bridge, and it was so magical to chance upon in this setting. One of my favorite thing was all the musician buskers we came upon especially in the subways.

We later stopped by Madison Square for the Madison Square Eats pop-up food tents.  I enjoyed my turkey meatball slider and coconut curry chicken empanada immensely!  I also scored 3 cookies (compost, cornflake marshmallow & blueberry cream) from Momofuku Milk Bar's stand, so I was able to cross that off my list.  The blueberry cream was my fave as it was so different & the dried blueberries were super plump.  My mom got an enormous lobster roll that looked super good, and my niece had some kind of salad rolls that she didn't seem super excited about.

We tried to wrap up the night at the Top of the Rockefeller Center, but they were already sold out. Instead, we stopped off at Grand Central Station to admire the constellations on the ceiling and the gorgeous details of this old building.  It was nice to be there late in the evening, as it was pretty quiet and we nearly had the space to ourselves. We reserved a time for Top of the Rock early the next day so that was the last thing we did before, sadly, heading to the airport.  This was a bit of a bummer, as it meant we didn’t really get to explore Brooklyn much beyond our apartment which we had planned to do Thursday morning before flying out in the afternoon.  (Tip: you can get a discounted ticket for both Top of the Rock & MOMA at either location - recommend!).  Top of the Rock was worth it, especially if you have nice weather like we did.

Thanks to everybody who gave me suggestions (HopStop was a great subway app!). I wish I could have done everything and more, but it just means I’ll have to come back soon.  NYC is truly addictive. I don’t think I could see myself living there (unless I suddenly win millions in the lottery), but it is an incredible place to visit.  The people watching, the hundreds of languages/accents spoken all around you, the cultural institutions, and the fantastic public transportation & parks makes it like no other city. 

NYC - Part II

I finally got around to finishing up these posts! (Part I here and Part I.5 here when I met Becka/Goular)

Sooo… on Tuesday, we headed up to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  It was pretty crowded but still fun. I would recommend going to most NYC museums about an hour after opening to avoid the lines.  We focused most of our visit on the two floors of the main collection as it has all the “greatest hits” that are fun to see like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Andy Warhol soup cans.  Above are few favorites I saw - The Park by Klimt, Still Life with Flowers by Juan Gris, and Dynamism of a Soccer Player by Boccioni (plus Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein, and Whitten  We took a break for lunch at the Museum’s Cafe 2 which was really delicious!

We rushed back to the apartment for a quick change as my mom and niece had theater tickets for the Lion King (don’t kill me, but I’m not very into musicals so I skipped it!).  We then headed back into Manhattan to an early dinner at Nizza, an Italian restaurant in the Hell’s Kitchen / Theater District.  I picked this place as it took reservations, had an extensive gluten free menu, and was walking distance to the Minskoff Theater.  It worked out great. My niece (gluten-free) got a great pasta dish made w/corn pasta & they even brought out her own plate of GF-foccacia bread.  The food was tasty (maybe not mind-blowing but most Italian rarely is in my opinion) and prices were surprisingly reasonable for the location.  After a minor incident of my mom leaving her Ipad at the restaurant (cue freakout! thankfully they found it), I dropped them off at the theater, then wandered about Soho a bit by myself (such a relief after several days of playing tour guide).  I found a Vosges chocolate shop that had awesome samples out & picked up a few bars to bring home.

After the theater, we headed over to Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar for desserts.   Max Brenner’s has one of the craziest dessert menus I’ve ever seen.  It is every form of chocolate imaginable from hot cocoa to fondues to ice cream sundaes.  I guess they serve regular meals, too, but I’ve only ever gone for chocolate.  My niece had a smores sundae (background of pic), I had a vanilla ice cream that came w/3 chocolate dipping options, and my mom had a churros fondue w/3 sauces (not pictured).  Go hungry is all I can say!

Good to stop for a minute. I rush by this most days, headed home. Last night I paused to really see it #pdx #mycommute #bikecommute #whatIsaw

Good to stop for a minute. I rush by this most days, headed home. Last night I paused to really see it #pdx #mycommute #bikecommute #whatIsaw

Nope, this does not suck. #pdx #inlovewithfall #gobybike #mycommute #bikecommute

Nope, this does not suck. #pdx #inlovewithfall #gobybike #mycommute #bikecommute

My commute home isn’t bad some days. #gobybike #lovethelightinfall #pdx #steelbridge #portland #bikecommute

My commute home isn’t bad some days. #gobybike #lovethelightinfall #pdx #steelbridge #portland #bikecommute

I was seeking some black booties for this fall/winter as they feel fresh after years of knee-high boots and basic black flats (not that I’m giving those up!). 
After some internet browsing, I had narrowed it down to the pair above (Kork Ease Natalya) and the Sam Edelman Petty.  I tried both on at Nordstrom this week.  The Petty was super comfy, but I think I really like it best in the putty suede (which is a sort of grayish/taupe) & I already have gray suede booties, womp womp. It’s not as cute (to me) in the black version. If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely snag these as well!
I really love the bit of height from the Kork Ease - it works better for me to wear it with pencil skirts/dresses, and yet it’s still comfortable for walking/biking.  I also love the mix of the black and the brown heel for contrast, and I think these will work great for our soggy winters.  Bonus - they’re on sale right now at Nordstrom for $130 instead of $190 (and come in multiple cute colors & free shipping god bless you Nordy’s).  Still a little spendy, but I always think a good pair of leather boots is well worth the investment as I will wear these again and again.  
This has been my fashion post on my non-fashion blog.  Sorry to tempt you with beautiful leather shoes (one of my greatest shopping weaknesses).

I was seeking some black booties for this fall/winter as they feel fresh after years of knee-high boots and basic black flats (not that I’m giving those up!). 

After some internet browsing, I had narrowed it down to the pair above (Kork Ease Natalya) and the Sam Edelman Petty.  I tried both on at Nordstrom this week.  The Petty was super comfy, but I think I really like it best in the putty suede (which is a sort of grayish/taupe) & I already have gray suede booties, womp womp. It’s not as cute (to me) in the black version. If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely snag these as well!

I really love the bit of height from the Kork Ease - it works better for me to wear it with pencil skirts/dresses, and yet it’s still comfortable for walking/biking.  I also love the mix of the black and the brown heel for contrast, and I think these will work great for our soggy winters.  Bonus - they’re on sale right now at Nordstrom for $130 instead of $190 (and come in multiple cute colors & free shipping god bless you Nordy’s).  Still a little spendy, but I always think a good pair of leather boots is well worth the investment as I will wear these again and again.  

This has been my fashion post on my non-fashion blog.  Sorry to tempt you with beautiful leather shoes (one of my greatest shopping weaknesses).

Ew?

My friend overheard this order at a Starbucks today:  “pumpkin spice mint latte.”  Hard to imagine this is good??

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.