Monday, August 29, 2011

I got Butterflies

For realz. I did. When I looked at this:

The HIGH is 86. The HIGH!

Also please note the LHN ad at the top. They are advertising... but we cannot watch it. Way to go LHN, way to go.

We're leaving with Nericka on Thursday for George, Washington (hehehe). We'll swing by Ivar's, Pike's Place, and say "hey!" to Jackie. Then we hit the road for about 3 hours and head out east to the Columbia River Gorge. Oh, that reminds me! I am sooo sorry to all those who had planned to attend the Caravan Tour in NYC this weekend. Yeah, it was canceled because of the hurricane. Major bummer. Hopefully DMB can make it up to you in an even better way.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


On Sunday, during our flight home, I started reading the Hunger Games and have loved Part 1. Don’t tell me what happens! I hope to finish it this weekend.

You should know this by now, but they’re making a movie out of it.

As with The Help, I didn't want to know the cast of the movie until I finished the book. Um, kind of hard to do when you're reading the book this far behind the rest of the world. When the topic came up at girls' night last night, I couldn't help but listen.

And then today, IMDB it to check out the full cast.

Lenny Kravtiz as Cinna!?! Whaaaat!

No, but I actually really like Lenny Kravitz. Fly Away was definitely one of those songs I would record on a cassette tape while listening to Mix 93.3 after school. Oh, and then when he showed up to totally rock out with that guy on Oprah? Watch this, it is so, so, so cool. Hopefully I haven’t already linked it. Whatever, worthy of repeating.

ttp:// Click here and watch!

So right, the rest of the cast. Meh, whatever. I’m not far enough along in the book to know who everybody is or how significant they are yet. I do think Woody Harrelson will be amazing. Not quite the physique I would have picked for Haymitch, but aren't they both always a little bit drunk?

So while I was IMDBing the movie, I followed the links from Elizabeth Banks. Do you see what I see? Are you kidding me?

Actually... as shameful as it is, I will so, totally, see this movie. I still haven't seen Something Borrowed. And by now there's The Help and Crazy Stupid Love luring me to the movie theatres. What, go to a movie? Nonsense, there's reading to do!

...says the film major.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

home again

Well ladies and gentlemen........... we’re back!

I couldn’t help but think of this just then.

What a trip. It was great. Oregon was beertiful and Ohio was tons of fun. I am SO THANKFUL for my job, my company, and my boss to give me a week and a half vacation in the middle of August. A serious, serious vacation, where I did not think about work for one second. Ok, except for maybe last Monday morning, when I woke up smiling with the thought that I wasn’t there. It was glorious.

And this week, my boss is taking her verymuchneeded vacation so I’m thrown right back into productivity at the workplace. No complaints here, as it’ll Labor Dave, ACL, and KV/Wilgen’s visits to TX before I know it. Uh yeah, you heard correctly, I only have 2 full weeks of work before we’re back to the northwest. TAKE THAT Texas drought. We can escape you!
I uploaded all the pictures to my laptop last night, but the edits/cropping will take another few days before they're facebook worthy. In the meantime, here's a preview of the memories I captured from my camera phone.
11:15am on Thursday, August 4th. We arrived at PDX. (Is it just me, or is it a bit funny that Austin is abbreviated as ATX, and Portland is PDX? Comparison #1.)

Wine tasting on Friday. LOOK at that green grass.

Ha, after three, or four, or, eh-who's counting? wine samples, clearly, I had to document the BACON JERKY BITS in the nut mix we were served. Peanuts? Bacon? Wine? I'll take it.

REAL, LIVE, GROWING lilies at my aunt's house.

Mt. Hood, in all it's volcanic glory.

What is Beyonce doing in Rockaway Beach, OR? Bahaha, enormous metal chickens will be eternally hilarious to us all.

and while I'd really like to end with that one. Our trip continued to Ohio last Thursday, and this image below pretty much sums up our all-night flight, 7:00am arrival, and no-i'm-not-kidding 4:00pm hotel check in. We were sleepy and homeless for the day.
Thank goodness it still rains in other parts of the country. Cleveland State University offered a bed of grass for Chris to nap on.

Many more stories and pictures to come. What a trip!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peace Out Austin

Sheesh, and I thought last week was busy.

I have planned this trip from top to bottom. Thanks to the recommendations from Yelp, Trip Advisor, Draft Magazine, and GQ, I feel like we know what to see and where to go. And well, if not, at least I’ll have this to keep me happy.

Portland has repeatedly been named as the place to live after you’ve done your time in Austin, thus, I will return home with a full report on its livability.

And just when I think there’s nothing else to do but finish packing, Chris’s body decides it doesn’t want him feel good. Traveling while you’re sick? Soo not fun. Traveling for 10 days while you’re sick? Ugh, the worst. Here’s hoping he starts to feel better so that we can enjoy this vacation together.

Dad likes to send me picture mails to remind me he's already there.