April 29, 2010

Quick Update

My trip to Portland was fantastic. As soon as I find the camera cord, I'll be uploading pictures from my weekend of fun with the Chapels and the USN conference. I haven't been able to blog much this week due to a pretty big thing that happened in my office on Monday...the NWP officially took a stance on the recently passed Arizona Immigration law, and has decided not to hold any of our summer events in Arizona. Considering we have 5 events in Arizona this summer, this is a huge deal.The past week has involved lots of logistics, new venue research, and letters to participants. For the most part, everyone is in favor of this boycott (a few, on the other hand, are not). I personally am very happy that we took a stand on this issue, and am so proud of the values of inclusiveness and diversity in this organization.

So, what does that mean for me? Well, I'm off to Austin and Dallas, Texas next week! My colleague Nicki found 2 great venues there, and we get to check them out. Of course, I will be reporting our findings too, but until then, I'll leave you with photos of each place.

Oh yeah, and my 29th birthday is Monday!

The Crossings Austin

Garrett Creek Ranch

April 20, 2010

Portland or Bust

This is quite a crazy 4 weeks for me - I just returned from Chicago and am leaving for Portland tomorrow...then camping in Big Sur next weekend, and 2 more local work meetings (at the Tiburon Lodge and the Claremont Resort, no less!) I'm really looking forward to this trip, not only because the USN conference will be amazing, but I get to finally see my Portland friends - the Chapels! We will do all of the things I love to do in Portland, including visiting Powell's Books (pictured above), my favorite elementary-school-turned-brewery the Kennedy School, and a hopefully a visit to this great fabric store called Bolt Neighborhood. And of course, lots and lots of picture taking and playing with babies...

It's going to be a great time!

April 18, 2010

Doggie in the window

I want a dog. I know they are a lot of work, but I'm ready. Paul and I can't seem to agree on the breed we want. Full-bred? Mutt from the pound? Puppy from a rescue shelter? I've grown up with spaniels and labs, so either of those work for me. I'm leaning towards an English Springer or a King Charles Cavalier. What do you think?

Springer Spaniel

King Charles Cavalier

photos from the AKC

April 17, 2010

The wandering mind...

I'm here in Chicago for a work meeting, though my mind is on this summer (the amazing spring-like weather we've had lately probably has something to do with it). I'm looking forward to many awesome adventures in the upcoming months* (including, but not limited to):

1) My birthday/annual Spring Camping trip in Big Sur

2) Buying our first house(!)

3) Teaching a youth whitewater school on my favorite section of the Green River, Desolation Canyon

4) Being a part of my brother's wedding in San Diego

5) Planning a NWP retreat (at one of my all time favorite venues, Tubac Golf Resort and Spa)

6) Helping/attending my co-worker's wedding at the Teller Wildlife Refuge outside of Missoula, Montana

*this of course doesn't include the other 3 weddings we have in August, September, and October. Oh yeah, and the celebration of our 1 year anniversary!

April 15, 2010

To Dry For

Such a clever name! To Dry For makes really cute kitchen tea towels. Here are a few of my favorites - these would be so great as a bridal shower gift! Those Brits make such creative things...

April 14, 2010

Birthday wishes

I know that my birthday is about 3 weeks away (19 days to be exact), but I've already come up with my birthday wishlist. This is mostly stuff I've been wanting for a while or have seen recently online - but have held off buying because we're saving for our "almost" house:

1) Tickets to see the Avett Brothers at Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

2) This stamp set by Yellow Owl Workshop:

3) Handmade Marketplace

4) This dress from the Gap

5) Handmade Home

6) This necklace from Tamar:

and finally....A teacup pig!!

April 13, 2010

new skirt

I love this skirt tutorial by Alisa Burke. It's actually a petticoat that you can wear either under a skirt or on its own...so feminine and pretty! I could totally rock this with my cowboy boots....

April 12, 2010

Lonny my love

The new issue of Lonny Magazine is out. I wish they made a print version because I would love to turn the glossy pages myself. These 3 pages were inspirational for me on this dreary, rainy, Monday morning:

In other news, the bridal shower I planned for my soon-to-be sister in law was GREAT! I will be posting pictures of my crafty goodness soon....

April 8, 2010

Fed Up: The School Lunch Project

Has anyone else been reading Fed Up: The School Lunch Project blog? If you haven't, here's the scoop: An elementary school teacher ("Mrs. Q") from the midwest has chosen to eat a school lunch every day for the entire school year, and anonymously post photos and her thoughts on a blog. I heard about this site through one of my co-workers (a former teacher), and it has been so interesting to see the transformation this woman has gone through over the course of the year. She at first didn't mind most of the food, and admittedly didn't know much about nutrition either. As time has gone on, she is barely able to make it through her lunch. She's gotten so much publicity that she's been featured on tv and Jamie Oliver even called her! I'm very impressed with this woman's stamina and dedication to the project. Remember when it was fun to get school lunch on Friday's (i.e. pizza day)? Take a look at this "lunch" of Salisbury steak. Gross!

To think, this is what the kids of our nation are eating these days. I'm so glad she's speaking out!

April 7, 2010

I wanna win!

I wanna win these 2 new books from Ashley English (there's a contest going on at Design*Sponge):

Even if I don't win, I'm definitely going to get these two for my urban-homesteading book collection!

April 6, 2010

Etsy finds

I'm in LOVE with this garland made from recycled wool sweaters (found in lovefromchloe's etsy shop). I think I could make this myself!

April 5, 2010

Operation Hide the Speakers

Check out this creative tutorial from Needlebook on how to hide ugly stereo speakers! I will definitely try this one out - at our house, there's a constant battle over where to put the speakers. I prefer them on the bottom of our bookshelf (they blend in better down there), while Paul likes them on the top ("they sound better that way"). I can't really stand the sight of them, even though they are black. Perhaps a trip to the fabric store for some stereo fabric is in order...

April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

We're heading up to my parents this weekend for some Groveland/Easter fun. I had the inspiration to make Cadence a little Easter present last night while watching The Office reruns. I think the chickie turned out pretty cute!

Wish I had more time to make some cute cookies like these ones. Happy Easter everyone!

from Prudent Baby

April 1, 2010

The seeds are in

In the "greenhouse", that is. I planted the following on Sunday, and some are already sprouting!

- Cosmos
- Lupine
- Sweetpeas
- Basil
- Mesclun Mix
- Cilantro
- Cucumbers
- Roma tomatoes

There's more to be planted (snowpeas, squash, peppers), but the labels suggest that they go directly into the garden (versus seeding them). We're waiting to see where are garden will be (hopefully on the side of our almost house). Fingers still crossed!