1. Family and friends. Because I have the best of both and wouldn’t be who I am without either.
2. My husband who is the best husband on earth. And who waits on me hand and foot when I’m not feeling well and loves me all the same.
The furry dudes.
3. Our house. Because it’s awfully cute and I’m always happy to be here – at the end of a long work day or a long vacation. It’s home. And we have a cute fireplace that keeps me warm in the winter.
4. My community. Because as much as I complain about the pretentiously unpretentious around here, I’ve become a bigger part of this community in just six years than I ever was in KC. Part of that is me, of course, but part of that is also the city which has gone above and beyond in welcoming me into the fold.
5. That Christmas is just one month away from today. Christmas really *is* the most wonderful time of the year and is certainly my favorite holiday – my favorite season. And knowing that I can officially start celebrating and listening to Christmas music makes my whole day.
6. Newman, Timber and Lucas. Because love ‘em or ‘hate em they’re my furry dudes and they’re mostly pretty sweet and snugly. And life wouldn’t be as cute if they weren’t around.
Enjoying my time in Bend, basking in the sun, playing in the snow…In fact, ‘Relaxation’ is my new middle name.
Best 30th birthday cake ever for a die-hard Pearl Jam fan such as my husband? I hate to brag… but yes, yes it was.
Big props to Sam Robinette, graphic designer extraordinaire and sweet, sweet Mandy Litton for helping me craft this whole idea together. Oh yeah, and also, thanks to Fred Meyer who produced a perfectly delicious cake that didn’t cost even close to $90 like the proud, proud cake lady down the street was trying to charge. $90! For a cake! Insanity!
Birthday cake for a Peal Jam fan.
And for those of you who have no idea why this is the world’s most amazing birthday cake, see Our Friday Favorites: Pearl Jam Twenty.
Portland: A lean, green hipster machine.
Portland ranked #2 greenest city in US by Eco Salon! Who beat us? Well, San Francisco, of course. A favorite city of ours, Boston, took the #10 spot.
EcoSalon ranked big cities on public transit, energy and food -or, more specifically for having “clean, efficient public transit, bike — friendly infrastructure, multiplying trees, reliance on renewable energy and a fierce pride in locally — produced products,” according to Huff Post Green. (And I’d say there are probably zero cities with more “fierce pride” in locally produced products than Portland)
Here’s an excerpt from what EcoSalon had to say about our fair city of roses:
The first city to adopt a climate change action plan, Portland offers free plug-in parking spots for electric vehicles and has more LEED-certified residential towers than any other city in the U.S. Portland is beating back sprawl with zoning regulations that encourage dense urban growth while leaving farmland for agricultural use.
And if Portland’s recent switch to every other week trash pick up in favor of every week curbside food/yard compost pick-up is any indication of Portland’s green-ness, then EcoSalon is right on.
By the way, just in case you’re a Portlander who has had to think through every single scrap of garbage she threw away/composted this week, here’s a short video from the fine folks at Portlandia explaining the changes. Enjoy.