Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday Nights are my favorite!

Matt and I have started having Tuesday Night Date Nights! Weekends are usually busy doing things with friends, so we decided to have Tuesday Nights be our night!

Last weekend, we went on a wonderful walk along the waterfront in downtown. Even on a Tuesday night, there were plenty of things to see, and Portland is always great for some awesome people watching!!

So on Tuesday night, Matthew cooked me dinner, then we went to this place by his house called Ceramic Cafe. They have tons of different plates, cups, bowls, whatever you want. And then you pick you paint color and paint however you want! After you finish painting, you leave it with them, they 'fire' it for you, and then in 5 days we will have our finished pieces - all shiny and dishwasher/microwave safe!!

You can draw whatever design you like with pencil, and then the pencil burns off in the kiln [spell??]. I had done this about a year ago, and made a big black/white/red argyle plate, so I decided to make a coordinating bowl! I know it looks like it's going to be grey and pink, but after they do whatever they do to it, it will be black
and red and shiny!! Matthew made a little plate - and found a much more efficient way to paint the bottom of the plate by just pouring the paint directly onto the plate!

I'll try and remember to post pictures of our finished bowl and plate once we get them back!

On to other news - my ring will be
done today! Next week, Matt and I are going to Utah to do wedding stuff, and get engagement pictures! Cross your fingers that I can find a wedding dress!

At the beginning of July, I'm off to Washington DC with a friend to celebrate the Fourth of July!!

Matt and I have also taken up racket ball. Ok - so we've only played twice, but it's alot of fun, and Matt is a great teacher who is very patient with me and my lack of coordination!

AND... my favorite show ever is back on again - So You Think You Can Dance! YAY!!! We get together with a bunch of friends on Thursday nights and watch all the dances an everything [minus commercials - thanks Tivo!!] and pick our favorites. Always a good time!

That's about all for now! I've actually done quite a good job of blog posting lately! This is like my second or third post this month!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

I am convinced that there is not a problem in this world that can't be fixed with a good pedicure!! There's just something about sitting in that big, black chair that makes all your problems go away!! Maybe it's the massage. Or maybe having someone rub your feet. Or the nice calf massage and oil rub that they do. Maybe it's the gossip with good friends, or maybe it's that final wax-dip! Maybe it's just the warm towels and brightly painted toes that make me smile. Whatever it is... I'm just glad that I can go to my local little pedicure place and escape from it all for a little while!

Ah.... I already want to go back!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Canada, eh?

I spent the past week in Vancouver and Victoria Canada with my Family! It was a great little family trip – lots of pretty driving, pretty scenery, beautiful weather, and good family times!

Warning!! There are a ton of pictures in this post!!

A cool bridge right outside the Washington/Canada border

Dad, me and Dave at a cool waterfall

downtown Vancouver at some cool, really old clock

eating lunch at a park

a view of Vancouver as we left on the Ferry.

me and Dave at the Chinese Gardens

family photo! right outside Whistler - where the 2010 Winter Olympics are going to be

Dave and I did a zip-line tour. There were 5 zip lines, and it was awesome! The longest one was almost a half-mile long!!

dave on the zip line

me and Dave at one of the tree balcony things

self-portrait while on the zip line!

Dave up-side-down!!

Me up-side-down!!

me and my mom!

me and Dave touching the freezing cold water off Vancouver Island!

Dave giving Mom a piggy-back ride. How cute!

view from another ferry ride

is there ever such a thing as TOO much ice cream?!?!
[obviously the pre-wedding diet has NOT started! haha]

views around Vancouver Island

A cool Castle tour in Victoria, Canada

family bike ride along the water in Victoria

Great family trip!

In Cambodia

In Cambodia
January 2007

A DAY AT THE PORTLAND ZOO!!! (June 1, 2007)

A DAY AT THE PORTLAND ZOO!!!            (June 1, 2007)
on a tricycle for elephants