Thursday, February 28, 2013

nyc still

  Day 4 of being in nyc again and I haven't seen much.  Dinner at The Spotted Pig last night was delicious.  If you are looking for a good, salty, savory burger, go there, but be prepared to wait. 

  I did make sure to go for a walk today at lunch.  I spotted these balloons hanging out on the fire escape.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

nyc again

  I'm in nyc again.  A breakfast at The Grey Dog, a lunch at Friedman's Lunch and a dinner at The Spotted Pig.  All wonderful, casual restaurants that remind me a little of Portland.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

rough road

  This impending move has weighed heavy on my mind.  I am convinced every realtor in the Portland area has my number and has walked through my house.  It has only been 4 days and I am over the process.  And of course all I want to do is disappear and go photograph and craft.  This project caught my eye the other day.  And of course I keep listing sale items in my shop.  Do you need more incentive?  Enter MOVIN at checkout to get an extra 10% off.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


  It has been 5 days since I found out the place I'm renting will be on the market.  3 nights and 2 days of cleaning, purging and organizing.  Daily trips to Goodwill, scrubbing and scouring the house, multiple bags of trash, emails to friends to give things away and (slowly) putting my studio inventory on sale on Etsy.  I'm excited to have gotten rid of a lot of things I don't use, especially before I need to start packing, but I am exhausted.

  And my photo project...  I knew there was going to be a time when it would become a struggle.  I knew I'd get bored and a more directed photo project would emerge.  It would be mentally tough and emotionally draining, just like art school, but without the expense or humiliation of crying in a class of your peers.  It would be just what I need to get out of my rut.  But why now?  I thought for sure I could be happy photographing trees, mountains and my dog for at least 2 months.  I forgot that I had to edit through hundreds of these pictures.


  I have been working hard to make some changes this year.  I set goals at New Years, I made a list of 34 things to do before I'm 34 (inspired by Andrea), I've planned two big trips for this year and I've been working on a small project.

  But I guess the universe thought I needed something else to keep me on my toes.  My little townhouse that I rent (that I've said I've wanted to move out of for 2 years... thanks, universe) is going up for sale and sometime soon I will have to be moving.  In an effort to seize the moment, be positive, I am cleaning out all the stuff I've accumulated the 3 years I've lived here.  And because I hate moving more thanI'm having a GIGANTIC e.soule etsy sale.  I will be posting prints, cards, boxes, all discounted so I don't have to move them.  Right now you can find prints for 50% off.  More will be posted throughout the weekend.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Crystal Mountain

  I spent the weekend at Crystal Mountain in Washington.  You ride the gondola up to the top and the first thing you see it this amazing view of Mt Rainier.  And then as you spin 360 you see that you are in the middle of the mountains and it is breathtaking.

  There was lots of terrain to choose from.  Unfortunately the large snowfall they received earlier in the week had turned to cement with an icy crust.  This trip seemed to negate most of what I thought I could ski. 


  "I'm from the East coast, ice is no problem,"was proven false as I went skidding over 3' tall moguls towards a rocky edge.  "I can ski down anything," should be amended to I can ski anything when there is an ample amount of snow and no exposed rocks.  There was a small adventure off the groomed that involved me taking my skis off (first time ever) and sliding, then cartwheeling down the mountainside.  My pride was hurt more than the rest of me. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

33 and 400

  Wow, post 400 and my birthday...  seems like too many occasions for one small post.  I have lots of plans this year to make 33 special.  A spring trip to Iceland, a long overdue mother/daughter knitting trip to Friday Harbor, and some photo projects that I need to sort out.

  This is one of the many shots I took from a window of my hotel in nyc.  I wish I had some other shots, but I was hardly outside the whole time.  And those darn windows in the showroom are double paned glass.  Grr!

  I'm heading out for a birthday dinner and a weekend of skiing!