Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Best Babymoon Ever!

Just got home. So much to blog about....

Check back, gotta get my Jicama to bed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


According to this site (which sends me an email update about my baby each week), BabyF is now about 3.75lbs, or "the size of a large Jicama". What the heck is a Jicama??? Am I the only one that doesn't know? The site didn't give any explanation, I had to do some research...

(Pronounced HEE-kah-mah)

Jicama (also known as a Mexican potato) is a large, bulbous root. This juicy tuber has a thick brown skin and a white crunchy flesh. A popular Mexican vegetable, Jicama can weigh anywhere from one to six pounds. Its sweet, nutty flavor is good both raw and cooked. Once cooked, Jicama retains its crisp, water chestnut-type texture and flavor.

Now I know.

I love my Mexican Potato!!!!

Update: spellcheck didn't know about Jicamas either, that made me feel a bit better.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Banana = Boy ?

A very interesting study suggests that banana intake can increase the chances of having a boy. We always have bananas in the house but I am not certain that I intake a lot of them.

Anyone that knows O knows that he almost always has one with him. O never boards a plane without a banana tucked away "just in case". He rarely goes to work without one. Often he comes home with one that he picked up somewhere throughout the day.

Despite this habit of his, I am not certain that he actually intakes too many either. Most often I find them (rotten) in his gym bag, work bag, or car. They are never hard to find...I know the scent well, I have actually grown to love it (that is how much I love him).

Perhaps I have inhaled enough banana scent through the years to have influenced the gender of BabyF? The study did not mention this possibility, but I think that I kind of believe.

Good work O, you know I wanted a boy.

Catchy Tune

If you are a registered voter in Portland, you gotta check out this song. I know nothing about this dude's politics...but he may get my vote just because I love his song. His name is Jim Middaugh and he is running for City Council to replace Eric Sten. Jim is running against Nick Fish. I guess I should do my homework about both guys before I go and vote for Jim based only on his song.
Ballots go out in 10 days. I wonder which one of these guys will be most supportive on the real issue facing city council?
I love my Portland...I love my Portland....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thoughts of Boston

All of this Boston talk (marathon, JS's shop) got me thinking about our beautiful Boston life. It is hard to believe it has been over 2 years since we left. I have been so busy falling in love with Portland, I have rarely looked back.

This afternoon I took a trip down memory lane and pulled together some pix from our old pad. 232, we miss (all 600 fabulous square feet of) you!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cover Girl

Go JS!!! I have bragged, I mean blogged, about my old college roomie JS before. Here she is again, on the cover of the Improper Bostonian (She is on the right, in black. Pictured with her is her bff from highschool and her biz partner - another fab lady, MH) . Love it. Go JS and MH!

If you are in Boston or near Boston - go to her store. If you are not, plan a trip to Boston so you can go to her store.

The Hunt

The Hunt is over, but hopefully the momentum for the issue is just beginning....

Over 50 volunteers, approximately 25,000 butts, and the weather cooperated. Here is an audio recap from the radio this morning. Look out city council, we'll be there to talk butts on 4/30!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Boston Eve

At least this year I have a great excuse (BabyF) for why I didn't qualify for Boston. So, maybe this year as I watch I won't feel as bummed as I do every other year, wishing I was running.

They say that in distance running women peak in their mid to late 30s, so I am still very optimistic that my day will come. Plus, MamaK manages to improve her marathon time by 10+ minutes with each race, and she is over 60 - lets hope I have her good marathon genes!!!

We lived in Boston many years, and I often would walk to work. The finish line is always painted on Boylston, and stays year round. Much like my Boston motivation/ambition, it fades, but it is always there, and it will probably never go away. Every day as I walked to work I would scoot around it, never crossing the line...thinking...someday I will cross this line, someday I WILL CROSS THIS STUPID ANNOYING FANTASTIC LINE....I still believe...!!!!!!!!!!!

To my friends in Bean Town...get ready, because one of these years I'll be there....and I'll need you on Boylston (and on Heartbreak Hill)!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Funny Confession

I got a manicure the day before the butt hunt.

Another Reason to Love This City

I am always impressed with how nice everyone in PDX is to each other. When we first moved from Boston it was mind blowing...now it has starting to feel normal, but nothing I take for granted.

This blog post explains that the "nice" of PDX it deeper than the "hello's" and eye contact that local citizens give to each other as they pass by....

Did you know that Oregon has more nonprofits per capita than any other state in the union and the bulk of those are located in Portland?

As you'll read in that blog the non-profit community is collaborating in innovative ways...this is inspiring. Go Carole Zoom.

I don't know her, but she sure sounds like an interesting person! I hope she and I cross paths...Portland is so small, we probably will. Carole, I look forward to meeting you!

Love This Dress

I would marry O all over again any day. I would keep most things the same. But if we did it again I may want to wear this dress because it is AMAZING.

Better to day dream of changing up the dress, than the man, right? O, you are the only one for me...even though you never read this silly blog o mine.

I found this dress here, via sk*rt.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's a Hard Knock Life for Z

Just like her mom and I were, Z is way into Orphan Annie.

Z, where on earth did you get such a fab costume and wig?? Someone must really love you.

Radio Coverage

Turn up your volume and click here. Enjoy. Spread the word.

A Letter to my New Bathrooms

Dear Remodel,

When will you be finished? We are ready to move back into the house now. You are behind schedule. Please hurry up and be done. I am trying to be patient, but it is harder every day. I trust that you will be worth the wait.

Do it for baby.

The (patient and pregnant)Woman of the House

Monday, April 14, 2008

A New Blog in Town

There is a new blog in town, and guess what they are talking about?! You'll have to click here to find out.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Come home

Hey mountain man, I know you are in Park City having a blast with the Nixon Vixons...but I am (we are!) ready for you to come back home!

Can't wait to see you (tomorrow!), I miss you. HammyT misses you.


We are (I am) planning our babymoon details! Grand Canyon here we come! Thank you to whomever popularized this babymoon concept...I am loving it.

Per wikipedia - A babymoon is a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons are usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage. The term babymoon comes from the more traditional term honeymoon, which is a vacation taken by a newlywed couple after their wedding ceremony.

Per moi - bring it on!


Ahhh...what a fab weekend with my BFF in PDX. You know who you are. You are my best girl. Thank you for trekking cross country for some QT with me and the belly. I am blessed.

Sitting by lake o sipping our fruity mocktails in the sunshine was fab. Cannot wait for your next visit - which is crazy soon! PS - the clowns loved seeing you...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

People Are Talking About Butts

Thank you Shelby Wood for blogging about the Butts!

Shelby has a great blog called PDXGreen, you should check it out. She is also in print in the Oregonian on Fridays.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rebel Hubby

While I had a nice girly weekend in PDX with the ladies, O was getting into trouble in the mountains.

When he got to the top there was quite a view, so I guess it was worth the citation.

O, I am glad you are home safely my love.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Weekend a Portland Avec Mes Besties

I have been unplugged for a few days because 2 of my best girls from college flew in from Boston and Nantucket to spend a fab long weekend with the belly and me. We were busy. These girls had never been to PDX before, and it was so fun for me to share my Portland (my Portland friends, shops, restaurants, hiking trails, etc.) with these fab ladies. Lots of highlights, lots of memories.

One "special" treat...we hit Voodoo late night on Saturday. Voodoo (late on Saturday) is no place for a pregnant chick, so this will not be a regular thing...but it sure was fun! I am ashamed to say that I have lived here over 2 years and this was my first visit to Voodoo, it will not be my last.

For the non-pdx-ers who read this (most of you), Voodoo Doughnut is a one of a kind doughnut experience. Well, at least I think it is one of a kind...I don't know of any other Doughnut joint that is open 24hours a day, where you can get married, buy undies, buy baby clothes, take Swahili lessons, take the tex-ass challenge (not sure what that is), get a "Nyquil Glazed and Pepto Bismal" doughnut, order from the vegan menu, people watch, or just grab a doughnut (or six) with 2 of your best girls latenight. The place is tiny too...they sure pack a lot of quirky into a small space!

The founders, "Cat Daddy" and Tres, claim (in their motto) that "The Magic is in the Hole". I agree there is some magic at this place....I think it is a must do for anyone visiting this magical city.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Date Night

I am taking my baby's daddy out for a night on the town ce soir. I have 2 tickets to a dance performance at the Schnitz. I love anything at the Schnitz....I just love walking in under the big old sign, esp at night when its all lit up.

We are going to see Urban Bush Women/ Campagnie Jant Bi - "An Extraordinary Collaboration between Seven Powerful Women from Brooklyn and Seven Dynamic Men from Senegal". Sounds cool to me.

The show is part of the White Bird dance series. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet the founders of White Bird, Paul King and Walter Jaffe (pictured below with Barney - their White Bird) after a speaking engagement that they did.

These two were really cool - a very inspiring duo...it is amazing what they have done with White Bird over the past 10 years. They are from NYC, but they are tres tres Portland...when I emailed them to thank them for speaking, they replied back immediately inviting me to be their guest at a show! Tonight is the night I picked - so excited it is finally here. I know it will be great!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Fast Food Done Right

I love Burgerville. After a late night mission to Home Depot last night (the remodel continues.....) O and I treated ourselves to a strawberry shake. Wow, so so so good. I don't go often, but each time I do go I remember how good Burgerville really is.

Burgerville is a local chain (there are 39 in Oregon and Washington). Burgers are made with love from pastured vegetarian-fed and antibiotic-free beef. The menu changes with the seasons (get your strawberry milkshakes now...they are not always available)!. There is hazelnut milkshake season, walla walla onion ring season, sweet potato fry season, yukon gold french fry season, blackberry milkshake season, strawberry milkshake season....

Burgerville purchases wind power credits equal to 100 percent of their electricity use, recycles used canola oil into biodiesel, and offers its hourly employees an affordable $15-a-month health-care plan. They are working towards an ambitious goal to be recycling and/or composting 85% of all waste by 2008. Burgerville was the first restaurant to use eggs from cage free chickens.

Their mission statement - "Serve with Love". Their motto - "Fresh. Local. Sustainable."

Since transforming their biz plan to align all parts of the biz to their green and sustainable values they have experienced double-digit same store sales increases in 2006 and 2007. Seems like sustainably is good business.

None of these impressive Burgerville factoids would matter if their food was not amazing. Go to Burgerville. You will not be disappointed.

I hear their salads, salmon, and veggie burgers are all fab....but I can't imagine getting anything other than the Tilamook Cheese Burger.
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