Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Crybaby Diaries

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Have you ever watched a video/movie and sat on the couch PRAYING no one will walk in and see you bawling your eyes out?  
Tears pouring out and snot having a hay-day.

That was totally me last night as a blubbering hot mess.

First, I watched this video.

Then, I read this article.

My little heart is hurting for all of these babies as I sit here and dress my pooch up in every outfit I can get my hands on!

So then I went to bed and told my lover-fiance:
"I want another dog."

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Monday, Already?!

Sometimes you have those weekends that drag, then sometimes you have those weekends that FLY.

This weekend we  flew :-)

Friday was a zoo.  I've decided I'm never hosting an "Ice Cream Friday" day at work solo ever again.  I can't tell you how many times I wanted to put my sassy pants on and tell people to be thankful they were getting ice cream.

Straight from work I headed to a bloggy date with Brooke, Jessi, Laura, Jane, and Rachel at Saucebox in Portland.  By the way - they have an AMAZING happy hour.  My bill was $10.  $10!!  I'll be back.  But I had a wonderful time and the conversation was so easy!  The creepy thing with blog friends is you already know about each other.  So the conversation starts like this, "Hi it's so nice to meet you!  By the way I love the pictures of your apartment." 
Not creepy? 
It's a bloggy thing.

After the bloggy date I picked up Aaron from home and we got more food (because that's what weekends are for - gaining back the weight you lost during the week - duh) and went to Powell's because I NEEDED my new Portland 2014 Events calendar.  Guys - if you live near PDX you NEED this calendar.  I lovelovelove my 2013 calendar and demanded to have the 2014 version:-)

Saturday Aaron and I slept in, spent the entire day together, and headed to a party with some friends.  To be totally honest, whenever I'm doing anything with that fiance of mine I am totally head over heels in love.  Too mushy? 

We also made an Ikea run to pick up some things.  I don't know who thought it was a good idea for us to live 15 minutes within an Ikea, but I'm pretty sure we've single handedly ensured all their employees will receive Holiday Bonus' this year.   We brought the Polly pup so we could show off her new Lumber Jackie hat!  Turns out dogs aren't allowed in Ikea, but we didn't find out till we were leaving

;-)  Shucks.  Plus - she's not really a dog - she's more like a little human. 

We seriously have problems.

And lastly, have you voted for the World's most adorable baby in the Gerber baby contest yet?  If you have a few extra minutes, show a fellow blogger some love and vote for Courtney's adorable little Mia (Entry ID 249510). 

Sami's Shenanigans

Monday, November 11, 2013

What HE puts up with

I would LOVE to sit here and tell my pretty friends and family that I'm perfect, and an even MORE perfect significant other. 

But seriously guys, I'm no peach. 

I'm not entirely sure how he puts up with me, but he does.  If I were in his shoes, these would be my pain points:

I'm messy

Ask any of my roommates - I'm not tidy.  I mean I'm not dirty/filthy.  But I'm....cluttery.  I neeed those yoga pants right there on the floor.  How will I know where they are if they're put away?  And yes I neeed our bathroom counter to be littered with  different lotions, 2 different toothpastes, and lip gloss galore.  A box of tampons on the bathroom counter?  He has never ONCE complained.

That's a real catch, ladies.

I forget to turn off the oven

In all honesty, this is what inspired this post :-)  This is a nasty little habit of mine.  I don't know HOW people remember to turn the oven off.  The alarm is sounding, the food is hot, the steam gets in your face, the food NEEEEDS to be eaten asap.  The last thing I'm thinking of is turning the oven off.  Duh.

I'm insecure

If he had a dollar for every time I've called myself fat or insisted he checked out another girl, he'd be rolling in dough.  I wish I could say it's because he never calls me pretty or compliments my outfits, but that's quite the opposite.  Not only does he tell me how pretty I am and that he thinks I look great (even in the morning with yoga pants and bad breath), he also compliments my mom.  "Terry you look great today!"  She was astonished.
At the Astoria column

Beat it lady, he's mine.

I hate touching paper

Hate hate hate hate.  As much as I hate taking time off work.  Very few people really understand this about me.  So when someone hands me a receipt and I quickly throw it his way, he gets me.  If we fill out paperwork and someone hands me a copy, he'll take it for me.

Bedside Cups/Glasses/Tumblers

When the cupboards go empty and there aren't any cups left, your best guess is to check my night stand.  Where cups go to die.  I need ice water before bed, and because I was blessed with lazy bones it's easier to bring a new cup upstairs with me each night and accidentally forget to take it downstairs the next morning.

He deals with it.  And never has ONCE complained about the missing cups.

In truth, he doesn't  complain about anything.  Ever.  He calls me pretty.  Gives me love notes. And makes me laugh.

Boy did I luck out :-)

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Engagement Photos!

Ok this post may be a little misleading.

When I say "photos" I really only mean 2 pictures (and I threw a 3rd in for giggles).  Aaron and I are sending a lot of our pictures as Christmas gifts this year for family (SPOILER ALERT) and we are trying to keep the pictures a surprise :-)

BUT for now here are the pictures we have shared with our friends and family!

We got our photos done in Northern Washington (Bellingham, WA) from Meg and Aaron with Evantide Photography and BOYHOWDY they were a hoot-and-a-half.  They were so much fun and Aaron and I LOVELOVE our photos!

Aaron was adamant that he wanted photos done up in the Mt. Baker wilderness.  Good luck love, good luck.  It was near impossible finding a photographer that would travel that direction and not charge an arm and a leg.

It must have been meant to be, because I happened to stumble upon Evantide who not ONLY were willing to travel to Shucksan/Mt. Baker, but were also conveniently having a photo workshop the same weekends we were considering!  They were extremely accommodating and I can't say enough good things about their business.  To top it all off, they were awesome.  So fun.  So funny.  You can tell in half of our pictures we're both laughing hysterically! 

Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

When Yosemite is closed, head to Northern Washington

If you need to know something about me, you should know I HATE taking time off work.


But my main squeeze and I decided to take a trip to Yosemite with my mom at the end of October.  Only problem was the government went on strike and closed down the planet national parks.

Queue - cancelled plans.  Rather than fly to Reno for our Yosemite trip and waste 4 days of PTO, we cancelled our flights and stayed in the PNW to do some hikes we've been eyeballing.

We also thought it was a good idea to bring our dogs.  Turns out we suck at coming up with good ideas.

Anyhow - we conquered the Mt. Pilchuck hike.  For you fellow PNWers - this is only a 4 mile hike but incredibly rewarding!  See for yourself ;-)

Then we booked it to the coast and did an 8 mile coastal hike.  Sounds nice right?  Guess again.  It was beautiful, but maybe for a couple of miles.  But when you're hiking for 8 miles on a flat beach you realize the scenery doesn't change at all. 

But regardless it was beautiful weather and I never pass up a chance to hang out with my handsome honey.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I'm not sure why I've been such a bad blogger lately.  You know how you get SO behind and have so much to update so you don't even know where to start?

That's where you just post a bunch of Instagram photos and hope no one notices ;-) 

Here's my life lately - according to Instagram:

TOP:  Miss Polly;  Me and my Squeeze in Northern Washington

TOP:  Kayaking during a beautiful Fall day;  Work Sleeping - Work a little, Nap a little, Work a little....
BOTTOM:  How adorable!  Aaron and Ibo;  PNW mornings :-)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Backyard - Current City

Remember my last post about my hometown?  My next little post is about my current city, Portland, OR.

Guys - it's B-E-A-Yoooootiful here.  Gosh darn gorgeous.  We put up with 9 months of rain for a reason: The Summers.  July, August, and September could not be any prettier than up in the Pacific Northwest.

We have festivals almost every weekend in the summer, everything is about beer (and microbreweries), the food is amazing, and we have color.  Tons of color.  The people are colorful.  The city is colorful.  It's wonderful.

I joke about living with hippies, but in all honesty I'm totally serious.  There are hippies galore here.  If you move to Portland or visit here, you'll learn really quickly to recycle (you want me to have HOW many trash cans?) and appreciate Gluten Free/Vegan foods.  And get used to the smell of incense (blech gag vomit).

So with that being said, here are some of the pictures we've taken while we've lived in Portland!
Woodburn Tulip Fesitval!
Hop, skip, and a jump away to the coast

Outdoorsy stuff.... like skiing

A beautiful waterfront

A forest... smack dab in the middle of Portland.

Good beer and perfect temps

Waterfalls... everywhere
Amazing hikes and beautiful rivers
Bridges, Bridges, and Bridges

Now that I've fully exploited this beautiful city we're living in, come visit (curing July, August, or September).  We love guests and love to share this wonderful city.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My Backyard - Hometown

Hi Friends!

The other day I was in the airport leaving my day-and-a-half trip to Vegas, because I work for the coolest company that has an annual company conference in Vegas.  Although I was still an 8 hour drive from Reno, I thought I'd finally make this post I've had in mind for a while.

I constantly see people post pictures on their blog of this magical land called "Tahoe."  They then proceed to talk about where Tahoe is and how beautiful it is.  Every time my comment to those posts is "that's my backyard!!"

I'm from Reno, NV.  Born and raised.

I tell people this and they usually give that, "Gross" look.  It's not gross, unless you go downtown.  Then it's gross.  But Reno is lovely, especially if you're outdoorsy.

So welcome to my Hometown Backyard.

We have Santa Pub Crawls 

We have Wine Walks

We have Balloon Races and Dawn Patrol

We have Night in the Country and amazing sunsets #NoFilter

We have Donner Lake and backyard rock climbing

We have TAHOE


I could go on and had to limit the pictures I used, but Reno really can be a fun city.  Not to mention the Doughboy Donuts rock ANY donut shop here in Portland.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Utah Vacay Part 2

Oh Hey Friends.

This post is long overdue, but I just haven't had the time to get these pictures posted!  I can't rave enough about our little Utah trip.  We had the best time and our pictures really don't do Utah justice.  If you missed my first post about our Utah vacay and our Canyoneering trip, you can find that here.

Aaaand queue photo-dump:

Hike to Calf Creek Falls

Bryce Canyon

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Canyonlands National Park - SUNSET!