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Life via Instagram
I have been bad at posting! Whoops!
Gerodi’s new favorite spot (above the heater vent)
Lunch with this guy
Got my hair cut! I love it.
These are delicious.
Videos projected onto the School of Social Work building at night.
Holiday party! So much cheese on that cheese plate.
The only one I got of Ryan’s amazing sequin bow tie.
I wish I had taken pictures of the appetizers! I put together a big cheese plate and had lots of crackers, but I also made a few special things. Dates stuffed with fontina and wrapped with bacon, Puff pastry pinwheels with cheese, arugula, and lemon zest, Cucumber cups with white bean puree and pimentos, Crostini with apple, raisin, and onion chutney and blue cheese, Crostini with caramelized onion dip, and Dried apricots with mascarpone cheese, almond, and honey. I also made eggnog which was incredibly easy and delicious. People brought snacks and drinks too. Fun fun fun!
So many hotties!
It has been really cold in Portland!
Megan gave us an amazing little table for our shed. Thanks Megan!
Sunday was pretty amazing.
I went to a cat show with my friend Celeste!
We even got to hold one! I learned a lot about fancy cats!
There were a lot of cat ladies!
This judge was wearing a head to toe leopard print outfit. It was amazing.
We took Ryan’s mom out to dinner at the super delicious Screen Door. I had a really amazing dish with chanterelles and celery root. Yum.
I baked up come oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to cheer some people up.
And spent the rest of the evening with this guy. He just wrote a new blog post. You should check it out if you are feeling nerdy.
It was a pretty awesome Saturday.
Walk to the hardware store in the (almost) freezing weather!
Our new cute chickens.
This shed is almost finished! I just need to finish painting it, and then we will install storage for tools and plants.
Cover crop is growing!
Hanging lights on the huge Dawn Redwood
I really really love Christmas lights. I love them even more now that we live in Oregon. Oregon is so much colder and darker than San Francisco. After Thanksgiving, once people started hanging up their Christmas lights, I felt warmer and more joyful.
I haven’t really blogged in awhile! Lots of big things have happened in the past few weeks.
We almost bought a house! Hopefully we close on June 4th – I didn’t realize it takes so long to buy a house after you pick one out. We feel really lucky to have this one though – it’s an awesome 1902 Victorian farmhouse on a dividable lot! I’ll post more about it once we have the keys. No celebrating until then!
Two months after sweet Custer passed, we adopted this little furry baby. His name is Geordi La Forge Roser, and he is totally rambunctious! And adorable! (And yes, his eye is a little winky – the vet gave us some medicine for that). He’s a sweet little boy and I adopted him through a woman who volunteers with The Oregon Cat (oregoncat.org), which is a great organization that helps rescue feral kitties and does low cost spay and neuter clinics. It is so important to spay and neuter pets – there are so many homeless pets out there and it breaks my heart.
Ryan thinks Geordi is part squirrel. He likes to hop and bite.
I fractured my fibula in an embarrassing and unexciting incident at a party. I wasn’t drunk or participating in extreme sports. I’m just clumsy. Now I’m on crutches and will hopefully feel better in 6-8 weeks.
It’s been so HARD to just sit back and rest this week. I took time off of school, work, and my field placement, and just sat on the couch. I’ve been on a lot of painkillers, so I haven’t even really caught up on papers or reading. I did catch up on Sunset magazine, so it wasn’t a total loss.
Oh! I’ve also gone gluten-free. See – lots of things happening here.
More on that later.
Things have been tough around here lately with Custer gone. Stella seems to be feeling better and more playful.
But it’s spring and the daffodils and paperwhites and tulips have bloomed, the trees are flowering, and in our backyard it sounds like there are a million tropical birds. The days are longer, the sunshine is warm, and we are all in the mood to drink wine in the afternoons and barbecue in the evenings.
Trader Joe’s was selling basil plants so I picked one up.
Dinner last night was whole wheat pasta shells with ribbons of basil and a quart of those tomatoes I canned last summer. It was so delicious – there is nothing more delicious than a summer tomato. I didn’t expect the flavors to be as bright as they were in August, but they were.
I just can’t get over how wonderful it is to have a yard with trees and birds and squirrels. Seeing everything in bloom reminds me to slow down and breathe. Winter in Portland is pretty depressing, but the feeling of warmth and joy that comes with spring makes it worth it.
Custer really missed us when we were traveling. He’s been all over Ryan ever since we returned.
Ryan doesn’t like it as much as I would.
I feel guilty that I haven’t posted any pictures of Stella on this blog yet. She’s just more shy.
It’s tricky to take a photo of a kitty that isn’t blurry.
Custer is so dignified.
I need to learn how to use the camera better. I’m just not very patient.