O and I will be supporting the arts ce soir...this out. How awesome and bizarre?! Initial reviews of the show so far are great...Tonya, Portland's favorite bad girl and local celeb, was even at the show opening night! They say that music is good for baby in the womb, boy does he have a treat coming up tonight...what to wear?
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
If you are not in Portland, click here to find a location near you to catch the game.
Go Cats Go.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Why is it that cigarette butts are an acceptable form of litter (even in uber green Portland!)?? Doesn't that bug you? It bugs me so much. If I were standing at a bus stop or browsing at the farmer's market finishing my tall-nonfat-no-water-chai-latte and then as I finished I tossed the empty cup onto the street and stepped on it, I think anyone and everyone that saw me do that would call me out on it and make me pick it up. In this community it is 100% unacceptable to litter like that. And yet, if it was a cigarette (as if!) instead of a chai latte that I finished and then tossed, nobody would comment - because it is totally normal behavior.
Well, let me also educate you a bit about this situation. Not only are they ugly, they are toxic, they are not biodegradable, they are extremely harmful to our world, and they are the most commonly littered item in the world (2 billion butts per day - eww).
Don't worry, there is good news, there is a new movement in Portland to educate ourselves and our city about this issue. Hopefully with education we will see some behaviour changes. Porltand is such a respected leader in all things green, I really believe we can make an impact far beyond Portland if we are succesful with the movement here in town.
Stay tuned for more on this, I intend to follow it closely. Here is a link to some Portland-specific info - including info about how bad the butts are, and how you can help. Be sure to check it out.
PS - Don't hate the smokers, just hate their litter. We can't make a change unless we get the smokers on board with the movement....spread the word, butts are ugly.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
It is so great to be HOME. Portland is sunny and warm today - bluebird sky, spring is filling the air. Oli is up shredding at Timeberline and I am off to a lunchdate with girlfriends, outside!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It is kind of late in Helsinki, but my flight is super early...so I figure if I pull an all nighter then sleep on the plane, I'll be ready to enjoy the weekend without jetlag. I have a cab coming at 4:30 am. So excited to come home!
I really enjoyed Helsinki on this visit. The city is pretty cool, and I feel fortunate to have been here a few times for work as it is not a city I probably would have planned a vacation to.
Here are a few observations about Finland...things you may not know:
- Fish are a big deal, canned fish, fresh fish, raw fish, fish with heads and tails and eyeballs, fish in a tube, fish filet.....
- Liver is also a big deal, it was the only option in the cafeteria at work yesterday, awesome
- EVERY BATHROOM has a "personal bidet" - hotel bathrooms, airport bathrooms, work bathrooms, restaurant bathrooms....see picture below...it is like one of the things you have on your sink to rinse dishes
- Modern design and architecture; below is the Kiasma Museum, which is one of many museums that I did not visit while I was here, but I admired the structure...
- Licorice (this is a big deal over here - all colors, shapes, sizes, flavors...)
- Saunas! Everyone has one at home, every hotel has one, there is even one in the office and it is not uncommon to use it with colleagues
- Vodka - big deal
- Bikes, everywhere...not like amsterdam, but lots of bikes
- Parks in the city - plenty of green space, very clean city - although I did see lots of cigarette butts (don't get me started on that topic)
- Wood products...all different types of things, kitchen gadgets, toys, sculptures
- Reindeer (people eat it and also decorate with the antlers)
- Glasses - everyone wears glasses! I am thinking they are more fashion than function...men and women all wear the same kind of glasses....they have really wide side things that go over your ears....I would estimate that 6 out of every 10 people wear them, interesting...
My work here is Finnish-ed, can't wait to land at PDX tomorrow. Last biz trip for a long time...feels good....and weird. Ready for the next phase, bring on BabyF!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
One of the most interesting things I learned was that very soon the curbside recycling program in Portland is going to kick up a notch. This is called the "Portland Recycles! Plan" From my perspective, the recycling options in Portland are already pretty amazing....but they are about to take things to a new level. I think the changes will start this summer, just in time for green BabyF.
The goal is to minimize actual trash by increasing the recycle options for various household things. We already recycle paper, plastic and glass - this will continue (although they are increasing the types of plastic they will take and there will be a few other positive changes). We already dispose of yard debris separate from trash, this will continue but I think it may increase to weekly instead of every other week. And also, they are going to add a service to pick up compost-able waste (food, etc.) every week. With these changes, they will only haul garbage every other week - which should be just fine since none of us should have much actual garbage anymore after we recycle and compost everything.
The changes will be rolled out by neighborhood along with education and new bins (no more yellow bins). They expect these changes will increase curbside recycling by 33%!
There are 4 main goals for the changes:
1. Zero growth in the waste stream.
2. Increase recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015.
3. Make the whole system more sustainable: safer for garbage haulers and neighborhoods.
4. Reduce toxics and greenhouse gases.
The office of sustainable development website does a much better (probably more accurate) job articulating all of these coming changes than I am doing so check it out!
What an amazing city. Go Portland. This is why I am here!
The show was sold out; many people were standing in the aisles.
The next Live Wire show is on March 15, although I keep hearing that the April 12 show is the one to go to. We will definitely be back for more.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Today is the birthday of one of my college roommates, JS. To celebrate, everyone in Boston should run to her shop on Newbury Street (dress). Tell her I sent you.
While you are there, be sure to check out the "my sun leo" jewelry which is sold at dress and is handmade by our other roommate, JE.
J&J, I am inspired by both of you girls! xoxo
3 VDay thoughts:
1. B&E sent me some super cute pens and each has a different love-related saying on it. This is my favorite, and B told me it was her favorite too. “Love is friendship set on fire”. Amen to that. My friendship has been burning up since '96.
2. On that note…I love that UVM sends special vday cards to all “catamount couples” – couples that met at uvm and then married. Below is ours. Go cats go.
3. Happy VDay to all!
On the design her gals site, you can customize everything about the gal on the notepad (hair, body, outfit, eyes, accessories...). Its so fun and a these make a great gift.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
To me it is less about how you say it and more about how you view it for yourself. I try not to get discouraged if I feel like I can't fit something in, I try to evaluate how important it is to me and make changes if I need to, so that I don't have to miss the important things. I also find it feels great to be honest with people by saying, "I can't make time for that this week". Phrasing it that way lets them know that you are not going to do it, and that it was your choice not to do it because you control your schedule.
I am choosing to spend the next several hours of this day by doing work, so I need to end this posting. I hope that you spend your 24 in a way that you choose today and everyday!
Monday, February 11, 2008
All through college he commuted by skateboard. This continued into the real world - when we lived in Boston he would ride to work by skateboard the few times he came into the office. (Normally, he had to commute by plane to random locations like Peoria or Boise). Our firm was fairly conservative...he got some pretty funny reactions when he would roll in each morning and "park" the board in his office.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
website, their photo (below) of the same unit is not nearly as well staged.
PS - that tree wallpaper from the cute mag clip is available here. I have seen it in so multiple mags over the last year (domino, sunset...). O is anti wallpaper....but I am still tempted to give this one a try.
I discovered Pam Greene in Oregon Home magazine. I love love love her work! Her studio space is pretty amazing too. I hope to meet her and see her studio & work in October during Portland Open Studios.
Doesn't she make you want to paint?!
The state-of-the-art tram travels at 22 miles per hour, rising 500 feet for an amazing three-minute trip over sw portland. The top of the tram is about 1 mile from our house.
here. I am not sure they'd work in my house...M&L, I think you guys need these.
I think I will add "why I am here" as a label in my blog for postings that give me that feeling.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I am excited to get my ideas and thoughts posted. I plan to post about things, people, and ideas that I love and want to share.
Enjoy the Portland Sunshine.