Very Long, Very Rainy Stroll


If I were still feeling the project, these would have made perfect Original Intent photos.  But I haven't been feeling that project for a long time, and this walk wasn't about jewelry inspiration.  It was all about the prize at the end - a loaf of Country Blonde bread from Ken's.  Well worth getting soaked.


That First One is Mine


The rest don't have homes yet.



Today was one of those days that had me feeling lazy and bored.  I shuffled around the house for a while this morning, tinkering with jewelry, rearranging the maps on our walls, making comforting food (sauteed beet greens to serve with eggs on the biscuits I made yesterday), and fussing with our plants - there's some exciting new growth on many of them, and I'm looking forward to Spring when I can repot several of them.  Barry and I went out for a walk and some coffee.  It's all stuff I like to do, but I wish I'd done something a little more exciting this weekend.  There are a few classes I've been thinking about taking for, um, years now - metalsmithing, pottery, and hip hop dance.  Days like today give me the nudge I need to start exploring something new.



I Figured Out

what to do with the leftover buttermilk:


Birthday Week Recap (Or, What We Ate)

Barry and I now fall more into the "late thirties" category than "mid thirties" category, so we figured it was time to start acting a little more mature about our birthdays.  Birthday celebrations have, therefore, been reduced from month-long to week-long extravaganzas.  We managed to squeeze a lot of goodness into his birthday week.  And by that I mean we ate a lot.  A lot of really good food.  Oh, and really good drink.  Meals included:

Lunch of Rubens and great beer at Deschutes Brewery to kick off birthday week

Drinks at Whiskey Soda Lounge following an awesome visit to Loyly

A fancy dinner of chicken liver flatbread, tripe and chickpea stew, burnt flour orecchiette with pork and kale, leg of lamb with lentils, a nut torte, and marscapone and honey gelato at Ava Gene's (we weren't joking around with that meal)

A not fancy dinner at Moonshine - not fancy, but just right

A pre-work breakfast of Bob's Red Mill Hot Creamy Rye with brown sugar and dates on Barry's actual birthday (we love Bob's Red Mill)

Dinner at home on birthday night with Castelvetrano olives, funky cheeses, steak and potatoes, and a new favorite dessert - buttermilk honey pie with homemade crust - accompanied by a couple of Barry's favorite beers

There's some buttermilk left in the fridge and a day of celebration left in the week.  We'll make good use of both.


Love Times Two!

Happy Valentine's Day.
And happy birthday to Mr. Barry.
Nothing makes me happier than hanging out with this guy.