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A trip to Portland, Oregon


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Earlier this month, Mike and I spent a week in and around Portland, Oregon. Sadly, a large wildfire started burning the day we arrived, so for most of our trip visibility was poor and everything was covered in soot. We had never experience a wildfire up close and personal and it was just awful to think about its devastating impact.

Despite those circumstances, we had a wonderful visit with friends and family. Half of the time we stayed in Happy Valley with the sweetest, most adorable hosts ever, Jean and Jeff. From there, we took day trips to see the coast (Cannon Beach) and to do some hikes (Mirror Lake Trail and Silver Falls State Park).

The rest of the time, we stayed in the Pearl District with Natalie and Scott, exploring downtown by foot. Other highlights include: eating Salt and Straw not one, not two, but three times, seeing the sea lions at Buoy Brewery, visiting Powell’s Books and the Pittock Mansion and the International Rose Test Garden, discovering sour beers, relaxing with Roan on a rooftop and sitting around the dinner table chatting for hours.

Thanks to Hanna Martens for taking the last photo of me in the water.




jan151jan152jan153jan154jan155Despite arctic temperatures, January was filled with activity. Walking along the Brooklyn Bridge. Trying Grimaldi’s pizza. Getting to know coworkers over pickle back shot at the most adorable bar in the East Village. Starting a leisurely Saturday at a favorite spot, Quintessence. And taking in a Broadway show, thanks to a buy one get one ticket promotion.







An unseasonably warm December, filled with holiday preparations, decorations and festivities, mastering the art of making lattes and snuggling with our new baby boxer, Sasja.



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Lately I’ve been enjoying the transition into autumn, my favorite season, and trying to appreciate the fiery beauty of the foliage before the leaves fall to the ground. We filled Columbus Day Weekend with as many fall activities as we could and managed to cross baking homemade apple pie, mulling cider, making caramel apples, taking crisp walks in the woods, collecting leaves, sitting around a fireplace and picking pumpkins off our list. This cute pup named Gadget recently entered our lives and it has been fun to watch him try to figure out life. Things like walking on a leash, sitting on command and eating slowly take a lot of effort for him right now, but he’ll get the hang of it soon. I’ve also taken a few trips into Manhattan as I chase the ever elusive carrot known as employment. Sometimes I forget to look up when I’m walking from destination to destination but I’m never disappointed by the view when I do.