Day 355 – Marshmallows

The girls and I made marshmallows today. I’ve wanted to make them for a while, so figured it would be a fun rainy day activity for them.  I saw this recipe, and decided I had to make them. I mean, an engineer re-wrote it to make it more fool proof.  What could go wrong? Right?…

Day 354 – In-Laws

The afternoon with the in-laws actually went better than I could have expected.  They can be the nicest people on earth or the craziest.  It makes visiting them so stressful because you don’t know which you are going to get.  And if it is crazy, you hope it is crazy during a time when they…

Day 353 – Seasonal Survival Tactic

A Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA – it’s yummy and spicy. Perfect way to start the chaos that is the holidays. Garbanzo needs to no longer control our social calendar. He has booked us dinner or some get together with people starting tonight and ending Christmas Eve. I just want to relax and be low key…..so…

Day 352 – Weird Christmas

I am always amazed at what weird Christmas stuff you can find. This year, feathers seem to be popular…and…Feather balls as modeled by Garbanzo. Oh, and gigantic gems….which are Christmas-y because they are red? Weird stuff aside, we did get the rest of our Christmas shopping done.  We went out for a quick dinner beforehand…

Day 351 – White Elephant

Any guesses why my husband – the talented Garbanzo – decided to keep this white elephant gift instead of trading it away??Here, because the flash created a glare on the name of said gift:Yeah – the “Original Swinger”……..I wonder how many of his coworkers wondered why he thought this gift was funny & assumed it…

Day 350 – I’m Married…..again

After not wearing my wedding rings for almost 9 months, I finally got them back from being re-sized because they were sent back to New York.  Gotta love Tiffany’s.  In March, I almost lost them while mountain biking when they fell off mid-ride.  It’s weird wearing them again, but it was stranger not wearing them. …

Day 349 – Rain, Rain, Go Away…

I really don’t care about the rain. I’m just being clever with my title. Rain means it is well above freezing many times, so I don’t mind it.  I do mind the fact Oregonians forget how to drive in it which is perplexing given we spend about 6-8 months of the year in rain, but…

Day 348 – Drug Stores & A Rant

When I spoke before about my daughter and her possible hearing issues, I told a bit about my own experience as a kid with ear infections, hearing issues, and eight million sets of tubes. (Ok, it was only 6 sets between age 6 and 11 – but it felt like eight million.)  I never wanted…

Day 347 – Public Art

Portland is known for the amount of public art it has throughout the city. Art is important in this city – a city that seems to nurture the creative.  Today was a great example of that nurturing. Twice a year, a crafters’ guild holds a huge craft sale. Don’t mistake these crafts as those horrible…

Day 346 – Mittens

The girls found these decorative mittens a while ago at SCRAP. They found them today and hung the as stockings to each of the caged animals. This one is for Annie the Guinea Pig. The chinchillas each have one too.  I’m curious to see if they hang one for each of the chickens.