Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sloan Boutique

738 NW 23rd Ave

Monday afternoon seems like a long time ago but I could not leave it without a separate post on this great boutique. I’ll admit that in these days of malls and online shopping I’ve fallen away from going to small standalone stores. Sloan Boutique is exactly why you should not let this happen! It’s perfectly sized and executed with a chic but not snooty vibe (one of my biggest peeves with boutiques). It’s like walking into someone’s house and finding it filled with all sorts of delicious clothing and accessory options- from casual to dressy even work wear is represented. More importantly, these are not designers and styles you’ll see at the department stores. Everything feels fresher. Which it is because the owner goes to LA almost weekly. You can’t get that at the bigger stores.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday Adventure- Nob Hill

This week’s adventure (and yes, my life is that small now) took me to  Nob Hill (aka Northwest Portland). I’ve not spent much time there, aside from meeting friends for drinks (which means the late hour not  the alcohol intake inhibited my ability to look around).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Citrus Yogurt Muffins

I’m secure enough to put my mistakes out there on the web to be read in perpetuity which is why I wrote How Not To but if I get it right I’m also going to crow a little- and share the results!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Recent Reading- The Help

Important preface to this review: I am one of those people who doesn’t do well when faced with exhortations to view/read something widely and unanimously praised. Call it childish or perverse, I often find it that much harder to like or enjoy and certainly not to the degree everyone around me seems to be feeling. Several key examples of movies and books which I disliked in the face of adulation from the majority- Terms of Endearment, Black Swan, any of Lauren Hilldebrands’ against-all- odds books, Bridges of Madison County (I’m still freaked out by both the book AND the movie) and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bella Luna

taken by whitehawk in Eugene, Oregon

Last night the moon passed 31,000 miles closer to earth than her normal orbit resulting in what is being called a supermoon. What that meant for us on planet earth was she appeared 14% bigger and more beautiful (I’m a bit of a moon freak). This is a rare occurrence and will not occur again until 2029.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Aging and Acceptance

Recently my friend Amy was listening to NPR and called to tell me she had heard some author who writes books (yes, this is something Amy would say) talking about how 50 is NOT the new 30 it is only 50 and looking down the road to death. Her point, apparently, was that as women we shouldn’t try and be younger or lie to ourselves that our best years are behind us but should instead accept our age and focus on how to prepare for the twilight years. Basically, how to ensure that you don’t up in a state funded facility because your husband will go before you either deliberately (after sucking every last dime out of your retirement accounts for his top notch medical care which includes young Swedish nurses) or accidentally (about which I know nothing).

Friday, March 18, 2011

What I Love This Week

My dear friend Mark came to dinner last night and to open the door and see his arms filled with this lovely bouquet was the definition of joy. Is there anything (besides serious bling) that can bring a smile to a woman’s face as quickly as flowers?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Little Bits

Attended lecture at OHSU last night on the brain and the immune system in the realm of multiple sclerosis. I know, I’m a rock star. Most of you could not live at this pace.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This is 50 Now: Julianne Moore

Instyle, March 2011
So she’s never been in the sun and I used to use baby oil and iodine and lay out for 8 hours. So she has access to the best skin care, facialists, hair stylists, and colorists in the world and I recently covered my grey roots with mascara. So PhotoShop is a reality. She still looks amazing and is my 50-is-fabulous hero. Plus, I really want that necklace...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Breakfast Smoothie

Happy Monday! I imagine you’re all at work by now but sleeping in is one of the few perks of being unemployed so don’t hate me.  Instead, be happy because I’m about to share something that will make even going to work not so heinous. This smoothie is ice cream level yummy but so healthy and low fat you can be satisfied and virtuous- and how often can you say that?!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Little Bits

It was only after I finished tucking the Kleenex into the bottom of my sleeve that I realized I have passed right over those girlhood fears of “becoming my mother” and morphed into my grandmother.

Which is all right because, Kleenex issues aside, she was a pistol.

Friday, March 11, 2011

What I Love This Week

I’ve been as big a fan of retail therapy as the next girl (as evidenced earlier this week) but I’ve also come to realize that often just buying something doesn’t mean you’ll end up using much less loving it. I posted about this (Decorating) a little while ago but have now decided I need to keep it in the forefront of my mind with a weekly mention of something already in my life that I love. You know- the whole attitude of gratitude thing only I don’t like to go on about it like that.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I realize that I just posted but I experienced that job stuff yesterday and made it all the way until this afternoon before giving into my feelings of worthlessness and depression by spending money I ought to be saving for the mortgage. But seriously, how much of a dent is $50 going to make on the mortgage and it made me feel SO much better!

The Unemployment Diaries- Take 1

Friday, March 4, 2011

Talking... or Not

What is it that makes most of the world’s greatest books or movies great? Costumes and gorgeous scenery always work for me but if you set those aside it’s dialogue. Who can forget “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn”, “Fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a bumpy night”, “That’s all”, “Have fun storming the castle!”, and “Here’s looking at you, kid”. If you have a favorite movie then I’m willing to bet you can quote at least a couple of lines from it. If you’re like my husband and it’s The Big Lebowski then you can do the entire movie verbatim and to suit any occasion- which is a startling accomplishment from a man who can’t remember what we fought about at the Macaroni Grill in Denver on July 4, 1998 (I’m just saying).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How Not To- Cupcakes

There are a million blogs out there that can tell you how to do almost anything (OK, some places my mind simply will not go) but sometimes I need reality. I love perfectly done how-to tips accompanied by glossy well lit photos just as much as the next gal but honestly, how often does that happen in life? To be more accurate: how often does it happen on the first or even the first 5 tries?
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