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
starting to feel normal
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:
I added Starz to our Amazon Prime Video account for the sole purpose of watching Outlander. Totally worth it, ye ken?
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
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.
Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv … Pictured (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!
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!
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.
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!
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.