WHAT THE FRIDAY!

Starbucks Spring Cups photographed on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

Well, hello there!  Posting about shampoo the other day sparked the blogging bug so I thought I’d pop back in with a WTF! post and catch you up on life lately.

Not much is happening.

The End.

Starbucks Spring Cups photographed on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

(Image Credit: Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

I guess that’s not true.  Sure, nothing knock-your-socks-off exciting is happening, but things are going on:

  • STARBUCKS HAS SPRING CUPS!!  Have you seen them?  They’re so cute, except I hate getting the blank one because I can’t think of anything cute to draw.  Why have they not done this sooner?  They know we go crazy for their cups, they should have hopped on this ages ago!
  • I’m still at my part-time job, working the front desk at a local massage studio.  It’ll be a year next month and I’m still feeling like it’s the right thing for right now, and the massage perks are pretty nice!
  • I’ve been working out pretty regularly since the first of the year and am pleasantly surprised that I’m still sticking with it.  Thanks to my friend Jen who is a Beachbody Coach, I tried out the 21 Day Fix workout and I’m loving it!  I’ve tried a few other things here and there but I keep coming back to 21 Day Fix.  It’s fun to see how I progress at different moves, and I recently upped my “heavy” weights to 5lbs (haha!) so I’m pushing myself, but also still modifying some moves.  I’m just taking it at my own pace and only focusing on competing with myself one workout at a time.
  • I’m doing another round of Whole30 in April and just joined some friends in a support group on Facebook.  I’ve been wanting to do another Whole30 ever since we did one back in January 2015, but I’ve never been able to complete another one.  It’s actually a pretty common phenomenon, and additional Whole30s can be more difficult for a variety of reasons.  I also skipped the reintroduction phase of our first one, and THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF DOING IT!  I really should have extended it to a Whole45 or Whole60 because my sugar dragon was still very much alive.  On day 30 I was still thinking about donuts and on Day 31 I was shoving maple bars into my donut hole and it was all downhill (and sugary deliciousness) from there.  So I did all that detoxing and got myself off the biggest trigger foods and to a good baseline, only to throw it all away and not even figure out what foods might be causing me issues.  Well, obviously sugar, but that was no secret, ha!  So I’ve got two weeks to plan and prep and pep-talk, and I’m really looking forward to the support and new friends on this Facebook group.  I’m planning to do more detailed journaling this time around as well so look for blog updates too!
  • Very excited to see Beauty and The Beast (hopefully soon!!), but even more excited for The Little Mermaid that’s coming, and I got exponentially more excited when I found out that Lin-Manuel Miranda was working on the music for it!! #littlemermaidforever
  • I have a goal to read 52 books this year and I was running way ahead of schedule but have slowed down recently.  I’m currently at 12 though so I’m doing pretty good.  A more detailed post is coming soon about the books I’ve read so far.  Find me on Goodreads!

And that’s honestly all I can think of right now.  We are so boring and low-key!

Now tell me…

What workouts are you into?  Have you done a Whole30?  What books are you LOVING?

What the Friday!

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So… it’s been a while since my last post, and obviously my February blogging challenge went nowhere.  I made it through the first four days of February before it all went to heck.  I’ll spare you the details and just hit the highlights…

  • sudden onset sore throat
  • terrible sinus thing that lasted two weeks (had to cross state lines for some real Sudafed)
  • few days of lady cramps
  • depression
  • depression
  • starting to feel normal
  • depression
  • depression

And now here we are, the middle of March, and feeling mostly normal.

What have you guys been up to?  Besides what’s listed above, here’s what I’ve been doing:

Starz

I added Starz to our Amazon Prime Video account for the sole purpose of watching Outlander.  Totally worth it, ye ken?

Screen Printer

I met with a screen printing company in Portland about getting some shirts made and I really liked the place.  Stay tuned for more info on that, putting some big business plans in motion!

stupid f***ing bird

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I had a lady date with an old co-worker friend to see Stupid F***ing Bird at Portland Center Stage.  We started with dinner at Grassa (I had the carbonara which was amazing), then dessert at Cacao (my friend had never heard of drinking chocolate so we rectified that immediately), and then it was off to the show.  We had to laugh when we read the program since it appeared the play would touch on the things we had just been discussing – taken from the ‘From the Director’ section:

“… the story resonates because the theme is nearly universal – the clash between the dreams of our youth and the sharp realities of our adult lives.”

I’m never really sure if I *get* the message of some plays, I usually just know if I was entertained or not, but I’m not big on having to search for deeper, underlying meanings.  Does that make me a bad theater patron?  A superficial one?  I went into this one knowing nothing about it, or about the classic that is was loosely translated/adapted from (Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull from 1895), but we both really enjoyed it, and it was hilarious!  They also broke the 4th wall and spoke directly to the audience at some points which I love.  One of the gals, Kimberly Gilbert who plays Mash, does some singing while playing a ukulele and while it’s a funny song she does have a beautiful voice.  She also reminded me a bit of Tina Fey, not sure if it was the dark hair, certain voice inflections or body movements, but there was something.  The entire cast was great.  I’m always amazed at the amount of dialogue these actors have to learn, and I always end up wishing I’d been brave enough to audition for shows in high school.

If you’re local, the show is playing through March 27th.  You can get tickets here, see more pictures here, and read more reviews here.

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Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tvPictured (l-r): Katie deBuys as Nina, Cody Nickell as Doyle Trigorin, Kate Eastwood Norris as Emma Arkadina, Charles Leggett as Eugene Sorn, Darius Pierce as Dev and Kimberly Gilbert as Mash in “Stupid F***ing Bird” at Portland Center Stage.

rms at blush

I met Rose-Marie Swift of RMS Beauty.  I try to use more natural/organic/non-toxic products on my face and have been following her on IG for a while, so when I saw that she was going to be at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland helping out with some mini makeovers I knew I had to go.  It was so much fun and she is just as nice in person as I had imagined!

RMS Makeup

brunch book club

Macey came over from Idaho so we had an impromptu Brunch Book Club get together.  It involved brunch, of course, this time at the new Besaw’s location.  As expected, it was delicious (I had the cider braised oatmeal – with carmelized apples, LEMON CURD, local honey, and walnuts), and they passed the Bloody Mary test too.  We talked briefly about the book, The Good Girl, but we were meeting up before the deadline so only two of us had read it so far.  I liked it right up until the end and then I was super annoyed.  Have you read it?  What did you think?  For me, it was that the character’s actions did not mesh with how I felt about them based on earlier descriptions of them in the book, if that makes sense?  Let me know if you’ve read it!

Besaws

vine gogh

Macey couldn’t join us that night for painting at Vine Gogh, but Yvonne, Lindsay, and I had a bunch of fun painting a happy panda!  Not sure I have a future in animal portraiture, but I had a blast and can’t wait to do it again.  Mr. Won’t Run says he’d totally pay money for this, he’s such a good husband.

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instagram

Ugh, and then there’s the latest news about Instagram starting to implement algorithms like Facebook.  I guess it was only a matter of time since FB owns IG now, but why do they have to ruin it???  Why do they think they’re smarter than we are in knowing what we’ll like?  I’m already not that impressed with the way they curate the “Explore Posts” section, so why the heck would I want them messing with my feed.  If people are missing posts it’s because they follow too many people, and that’s the whole point of turning on Post Notifications!

Here’s the official announcement from Instagram: See the Moments You Care About First (and my thoughts in angry purple)

You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. (then they follow too many people to keep up and that’s their choice) As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most. (if I really care then I turn on post notifications because THAT’S WHAT IT’S THERE FOR)

To improve your experience (my experience is just fine thank you), your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most. (I can assure you, the moments you believe I care about and the moments I actually care about will be two different things.  It’s why I’m rarely on FB, you F’d it up because you think you know me but ya don’t, I kind of think you only know your bottom line)

The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. (seems self-explanatory, but if I’m following someone it’s because I’M INTERESTED IN THEIR CONTENT) As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order. (here’s an optimized order: THE ORDER THEY WERE POSTED)

If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you won’t miss it. (then just put it in Trending or Explore Posts, if I really care I’ll seek it out or turn on post notifications)

We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way. You’ll see this new experience in the coming months. (taptaptap, is this thing on)

There is a Change.org petition you can sign, and some are planning to boycott by not using IG today, 3/18, to show them what a drop in usage might look like.  Not sure either will work but we might as well try.  I’m hoping they listen to the feedback and don’t do this (I doubt there’s any chance of that since I’m betting there is money in it for them), or at least give people the option to opt-out.  We’ll see.

Who wants to design a new app with me that can replace IG when it goes to heck?  Anyone?  Let’s get on it and promise to never sell it to Zuckerberg.

your turn

Any fun weekend plans?

 

What the Friday!

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Welcome to What The Friday! where I share things that made me say WTF this week.  In a good way.

Gilmore Girls!!

Its finally official and Logan will be back!!!  I’m so excited, must start re-watching ASAP!!!!  I also recently discovered Gilmore Guys which is a podcast with two dudes discussing the show and that sounds super fun.  They do episode by episode so I’ll start listening when we start re-watching.
Yes, I said we, Mr. Won’t Run is a fan too.  Of Lauren Graham.

Me Before You

This is a book by Jojo Moyes that I read with my little Brunch Book Club, although I didn’t actually get around to reading it when the club did.  We found out it was being made into a movie (6/3/16) so I finally read it and really liked it.  I had been warned about ugly crying so I was prepared and made it through with no tears, but they just released a trailer that I barely survived!!  I think seeing it in person is going to completely ruin me.  I should just schedule an appointment with a therapist now.

Whole 30 dinners

It’s funny, we started a round of Whole30 in January and were both over. it. by day 7.  We completed it last year and loved it (would recommend it to anyone), we learned a lot about food and how it affects us, but this year I think it just made us think “yeah, we know we should be eating this way most of the time so let’s just do that”.  Now that we’re not officially doing the program I seem to be cooking more Whole30 compliant meals than ever before!  If the term Whole30 scares you, just think of it as whole foods, nothing scary about that.  These two recipes were so tasty and will definitely be on rotation!

First up was the Chicken Chowder from the Whole30 Cookbook.  It calls for broccoli which I wasn’t thrilled about at first, thinking it would just be soggy, but you actually blend that up with the chicken stock and coconut milk and spices before adding chicken and sweet potatoes in, so you get the goodness of broccoli without it being mushy.  I didn’t think the broccoli flavor was strong at all, but if you’re not a fan you could probably try it with cauliflower instead.

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Then it was Vietnamese Lettuce Cups from the NomNomPaleo Cookbook, and you can find that recipe here.  Really easy and so delicious!  Mr. Won’t Run said “yeah, you can make this again, like tomorrow”.  PSA: that chili garlic sauce is good but HOT!

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New recipes I wanna stuff my face with

Dumpling Week – PDX

If you’re local, the Oregonian’s Dumpling Week starts tomorrow!!  From February 6th through February 13th, twelve amazing restaurants, serving up dumplings like you wouldn’t believe.  Print your dumpling passport to collect stickers and enter to win prizes, even though just eating the dumplings is prize enough!  See all the restaurants and their divine dumpling creations listed here – Salt & Straw even has one, a baked salted caramel apple dumpling with double fold vanilla ice cream.  WTF!

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What WTF-worthy things did you discover this week?

What the Friday!

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{Lovely Portland in the Fall image by Jane at In the Pink and Green}

1. A whole month of blogging in September and now my first October post isn’t until the 23rd!!  I may need a refresher on how this whole blogging thing works.  I’ve had plenty on my mind to share, but work has been a bit crazy this month with my partner-in-crime out of the office for the last 5 weeks, so the last thing I want to do when I get home is get back on the computer.  Thank goodness she’s back on Monday, work isn’t as fun without her!

2. The weather in Oregon is finally cooling off and starting to feel like Fall and I always get back into tea this time of year.  Tea is one of the things I try to buy organic, but this new Dirty Chai from Celestial Seasonings was too interesting to pass up – CHAI TEA + ESPRESSO!  The chai spices aren’t overpowering, and the espresso is light and doesn’t leave a bitter coffee flavor at all.  Added a splash of creamer and it was that perfect cup that gives you the cozy blanket + roaring fireplace feeling.  That makes sense, right?  Or am I just a crazy Fall person?  The only problem is that the first time I had it was Tuesday evening around 5:30pm.  Apparently I didn’t register the part where it said espresso, but it finally clicked about 9 hours later.  It’s now in the morning tea rotation.

3. Tried this year’s version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (you know, with actual pumpkin in it)… still not a fan.  Anyone else brave enough to admit that?

4. Jem and the Holograms opens today – no thank you.  Question for movie producers… why make a version of something that is “loosely based” on the original?  All you’re going to do is piss off the fans who loved it, especially when you change everything that was lovable about it!  How does that make sense?  Me and my inner 9 year old have no desire to see this.

5. Are you local and looking for some pumpkin patch fun this weekend?  Head to Our Table in Sherwood for the second weekend of their ORGANIC U-PICK PUMPKIN PATCH!  Get your gourd on and take a hay ride around the farm, snap a photo in the farmer photo booth, use their pumpkin carving station to spare your home from kitchen guts, and check out their seasonal treats like caramel apples and popcorn balls – this Saturday and Sunday, 10-6!

6. Speaking of local, I discovered a new-to-me local blogger recently – REAL FOOD, WHOLE LIFE – her site is beautiful and she has recipes like this Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce that needs to get in my mouth ASAP!

7. And in more local news (sorry, can’t help it), my friend Heather from Aspen Summit has partnered with Casey from Menagerie (an adorable boutique in a restored 1979 airstream!), and they’re opening a storefront in Portland called WORK/SHOP.  It will be a botanical gift boutique as well as a collective work space where they can host classes like brush lettering, macramé, fiber art wall hangings, smudge sticks, etc.  Want more info?  Sign up for their newsletter here, store opens Friday, November 13th!

8. So, it’s October, and that means a lot of pink ribbon stuff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The last few years I’ve had mixed feelings about this.  Is anyone on the planet not aware of breast cancer?  Yes, awareness of the disease is important, awareness of early detection measures is very important, but let’s up our awareness of PREVENTION!  I’d love to see more mainstream talk about the environmental factors, chemicals, and radiation that are known and suspected of being linked to cancers.  Obviously there’s no surefire prevention method (besides removing certain body parts), but let’s do what we can to protect ourselves in the areas we have control over.  I may not be able to change my family medical history, but I can certainly make different choices in the things I put in and on my body today.  Let’s educate ourselves so we can make informed choices.  Let’s focus more on what we CAN do instead of throwing up our hands and just hoping for a cure one day.  Let’s try stopping it before it starts.  It’s easy to see a pink ribbon on a product, buy it, and feel like you contributed to the cause, but before you get your ribbon on, check out the 5 tips in this article to make sure your support is making the impact you want – #3 makes me want to punch someone in the face!  #RethinkThePink

9. On a lighter note… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the amazing scent of wintry pine trees should NEVER be used as a bathroom air freshener.  Merry Poopy Christmas. (By the way, did you know it’s wintry and not wintery? I like wintery better.)

What do you have planned for the weekend?
I’ve got laundry on the agenda, and getting together for dinner with some college friends!  If anyone mentions how long it’s been since we’ve been in college I’m going to stab myself with a fork and then order another glass of wine.

What the Friday!

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Holy moly, my fantasy could come true!!  For only $150.00 and a 250 word essay, this Vermont country inn could be mine-all-mine!!  Or yours-all-yours!

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“Vermont should be beautiful this time of the year, all that snow.”
(if you don’t know what movie that’s from I may have to rethink our friendship)

Portland will be the opposite of snow this weekend, it’s supposed to be 90 melty degrees again.  Has Oregon forgotten how to September?!!  It’s been teasing us with glimpses of cooler temps and changing colors, and now a heat wave curve ball.  Not cool.

Despite the heat, I could not be more excited for the changing season so I was thrilled to see the new Fall collection just released at Lindsay Letters.  I honestly gasped when I saw this one, it’s my favorite Fall quote, Delicious Autumn!  There is a larger canvas version too with different color options.

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I also love this one.  And this one.  And this one.  Just go over and check out the whole line here, 15% off right now with code FEAST15.  No, I don’t work for her, I just crazy-stalker-love her stuff!

Speaking of Fall, TV premiere season has started!!  What shows are you excited for?  I’m embarrassed to list all the ones I’m looking forward to, there are sooooo many, haha, our DVR should be very scared!  How about Netflix, have you seen what’s new for September?

Any locals hitting up Feast events next weekend?  There are still tickets available!  I’m hoping we’ll make it to the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting on Saturday but it’ll depend on Mr. Won’t Run’s work schedule.  Such a fun event and it supports a great cause!

Here’s a list of stuff going on around town this weekend.  One of them is Brandi Carlile at McMenamin’s Edgefield.  I had never heard of her but they likened her style to Patsy Cline so I knew I had to check her out.  Entered her name into Pandora and wound up with a great station, mellow and soothing – not to be confused with boring and sleepy.  I feel like I should be out on the back porch chatting with a good friend over a nice bottle of wine.

In case you missed it, I’m partnering with Our Table this month for a blog series all about my co-op experience with them so far, you can read those posts here.  It’s been a while since I’ve really felt a desire to blog, but this series is bringing it back.  I look forward to sharing more and getting back to writing here in general.  I hope you’ll stick around!

Cheers to the weekend!  Any big plans?

What the Friday! (aka: TV Talk)

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Yippee Fri-Yay Mother F… oh shoot, this is a family friendly blog.  Might have to rethink that.

Happy Friday!!  And a bunch of thanks to those who commented/emailed/texted/hugged in response to my last post, it meant a lot!  Getting if off my chest here and also finally admitting it to Mr. Won’t Run has helped and it feels like a weight has been lifted.  I still have a ways to go but admitting it is the first (and hardest) step to climbing out of it.  Admitting to yourself, and others, that you’re in the depths of it is hard to do, even with those closest to you.  It’s not easy to explain, and it’s hard for people to really understand unless they’ve been through it themselves.  When they ask how they can help it’s hard to come up with an answer and that can be frustrating for both parties.  There are no good answers, but Mr. Won’t Run and I are formulating a plan to help me out of the hole, and he firmly believes “happy wife = happy life” :)

Happy wife will be in full swing tonight because we’re going to see Three Days of Rain and I am super excited!  Portland Center Stage puts on great productions, and their latest one stars two of the actors from the NBC television show Grimm!  I love the show and I love that the actors love Portland so much that they wanted to be part of a local production. #sashaandsilasshow  The Gerding Theater is a good sized theater but small enough to still feel intimate and everyone gets a great view so it’ll be a treat to see some TV favorites on the stage in person.  Throw in dinner beforehand with my man and that’s a great date night!

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(Photo by: Patrick Weishampel/www.blankeye.tv)

In other TV news…

I was thrilled to hear about the Jem and the Holograms moving being made, until I saw the trailer that came out last week.  This article, with a tweet from William Shatner, nails my thoughts on it!  The producer has said we should reserve judgement and that we’ll be pleasantly surprised, but I don’t have high hopes.

I freely admit that I watch too much TV, so much that at certain times of the year I’ll obsessively be Googling to see what shows are getting cancelled or renewed, and what new show pilots are premiering.  During a recent obsessive Google session, I found out that Forever has been cancelled and it makes me hate the world.  Why were more people not watching this show???  Yes, it was a cop drama and 90% of shows on TV are, but this one had just the right mix of a mysterious sci-fi background story, great chemistry between the lead characters with little glimpses of the romance that could be, and a quirky sidekick.  It was a familiar setup but still felt new and original which is hard to come by these days.  And if none of that intrigues you, then these two words are all it should have taken: IOAN GRUFFUDD.

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How sad is this letter from him regarding the cancellation?  Makes me love him and the show even more!  I care so much that I actually signed a couple of petitions linked here to save it.  Who knows if it’ll work, but there are rumors that another network could pick it up or maybe it’ll get saved by Hulu (like The Mindy Project) or Netflix (like Longmire), but other networks won’t know it needs saving unless fans show an interest!

Speaking of Hulu and Netflix, since we have accounts with them we’re considering getting rid of cable and just using our Amazon Fire TV thingy to watch all the streaming stuff.  There are so many new shows that are exclusive to those networks (channels? streamers? what are we calling them?) that look good too!  Seems like a cheaper deal overall compared to cable.  Anyone else doing that?  Pros/Cons?

Any other Forever fans out there?  Are you mourning the loss of any shows like I am?  Please admit it so I know I’m not alone!