um, what was I going to say again?

Funny things happened today that deserve to be told in an entertaining and appropriate way.  I, however, am exhausted and simply have zero energy to do so.

Cliff's notes version of my day:

1.  I babysat today for 3 adorable children, ages 6, 5 and recently 3.  Today was the first time I ever sat for these kiddos, so I didn't know what to expect.
2.  I was there for 8 hours.
3.  They also have a 7 month old goldendoodle puppy named Sammy.
4.  By 11:30, I had already encountered a bloody nose and split lip. There was blood everywhere. It pretty much looked like I had murdered the kids.
5.  There was an argument that lasted 10 minutes, that ended in tears and pinching, over one kiddo's towel touching the others towel. That is very very frowned upon.
6.  There is a private beach at the end of their street. Beach is a loose term since there was maybe 2 ft of sand and the rest was covered in seaweed- gross gross fly infested seaweed.
7.  We decided to go to the beach- and after 45 minutes of wrestling kids into swimsuits, slathering sunscreen, finding crocs, towels and boogie boards, we were there.
8.  10 minutes later, the littlest one decides he has to go to the bathroom. Well, we were the only ones there, he is 3, and thinking he just had to pee, I told him to go ahead and pee.
9.  He proceeded to take a monster crap. Right there. On the beach. 
10. WTF?
11.  I couldn't help but laugh. I then proceeded to covered said crap with a pile of seaweed and then repeatedly dunk the child in the freezing ocean to rinse his bum free of poo.
12.  Um....I didn't tell the parents. 
13.  Am I a bad babysitter?
14. I have no idea why I am writing in list form, either. But see, I am tired! 
15.  I'm also babysitting these goofballs again tomorrow- here is hoping that it is poo free. I'll report back with new stories later. I really should write a book about my babysitting/nannying experiences- they put "Nanny Diaries" to shame.

ps: I'm so so so tired right now- I'm going to gather some energy for chocolate chip cookie eating and then drag my self to bed.


How did Monday get here so fast?

Oh Monday. I can't really complain about you right now since you sort of blend in with the other days, but still, Monday. YUCK.  Mondays are the days that you can't quite get your bearings and are more of a space case then usual. Is it just me?

Example: This morning, I was sitting at the breakfast counter enjoying my bowl of steel cut oats & berries, when Jeff came downstairs in a button down, dress socks and his boxers. Then he sat down and started to put on his shoes. At first I thought he was joking. He wasn't. He totally forgot his pants! You should have seen the look on his face when I pointed it out. Monday really took him for a ride!

Anyway, Mondays are also Etsy days. Best. Part. of. Mondays.

Multistrand climbing rope bracelet by SuperGozi

7ft tall leaning chalkboard by Toddmanring
Say What You Want to Say cuffs by Simag

small heart suede bracelet by DesignsbyJamieBoyer

Karagray Silk Dress by Leanimal
Yellow ballet flats by Extraseed
Alright, off to face the rest of Monday- hopefully with pants on!


A few reasons...

...why you should be totally jelly that you don't live in Portland.



When I was in high school and running cross country, I had this coach, Mr. McPhetres.  He was probably one of the most encouraging people I have ever met. And corny. He used to shout to us as we'd run around the course, "Cross Country isn't a sport, it is a TEST!!!"  We were a small team of about 5 girls and 8 boys and easily the most under-supported sport at the school. Mr. PcPhetres didn't care- he would badger the school about giving the team extra money to rent a bus to drive us to this 3 miles long uphill run in a town 25 minutes away, every single Tuesday (I dreaded these days).  He would make us sing songs while we would run, shouting out verses louder than all of us, cut out inspirational quotes and stick them on our lockers. He didn't care that we were a bunch of athletic misfits, or what no one else in the school gave a shit about the cross country team- he believed in us.

I get now how rare that is.

I still remember a quote that he left on my locker during my senior year season.  It is pretty fitting for where I am now in my life and I think I am going to use it to fuel me a bit further. Can't stop running now. I'm not just talking about my half training.


Monday means ETSY time

Since I am broker than broke lately, one would think I would hate to browse a site that has things I want and yet cannot buy. NOT the case. I like to think of it as visual retail therapy.

Here are a few items I've been lusting over for the past week:

Seahorse mug from Skybirdarts

I know I know, I have picked rings similar to this one- but there is a simplicity in this that I just love. I see being a 'wear all the time' ring. I need it. Hello, job? Are you out there? Anyway, this is a hammered gold vermeil and faceted chrysoprase ring by Delezhen

freakin' cute Word Birds by SkyeArt
Antique door headboard by Alexg1785

can you tell i'm looking for a new bed? Reclaimed wood platform bed by Croft House


I am tired
I just had an incredible weekend.
Tired from lack of sleep, late nights and getting lost.
Bruised from tripping in heels, opening doors into myself, dancing mishaps.
Sore from laughing so so so hard.

I'll try to post a more coherent recap from the weekend at some point, but time with my soulmates coupled with beautiful weather and fun adventures just gave me an amazing 3 days.
We slept in cars, ate M&M's, made pizza, drank wine, watched romantic comedies, played on our computers, talked serious and talked nonsense, slept in, drank coffee, explored flea markets, took pictures, walked dockside, played with puppies, played dress up, ate sushi, drank cocktails, danced to old rock & roll, just danced, ate popsicles, spoke in silly accents, laid on the floor, wrote thoughts and overall, were entirely ourselves. 

Like I said, it was a wonderful weekend.

iphone evidence:

napping with Luna + Cali

Liv, teaching her adorable students. Luna, oblivious.

Princess Lunabelle

Beautiful wooden carving at the flea market

Alivia with our new friend at the flea market

so ugly he was freakin' adorable

flea market finds: $1 bracelet and beautiful old book

I can't really explain this- it was 1am.



I just spent 10 minutes trying to come up with a title for this post- couldn't, so decided to move on and figure it out after I write what will surely be a huge mishmash of thoughts.  I apologize in advance for my lack of coherence.  There is going to be a lot of thoughts today that do not make a bit of sense.

Exhibit A- this is a text I sent to Alivia last night. To be fair, I had fallen asleep, woke up because the cat was chewing on my ear (let's just move on from that bit of knowledge, shall we?) and saw Liv had texted. I sent a reply. This morning I checked my phone to see if she responded and of course once I saw what I had written, understood why she did NOT, in fact, respond. Yipes.

Right, that sets the tone, no?

I am losing my mind a bit lately- trying to find a job, which isn't fun. I was one of the lucky few to be getting unemployment payments since I was laid off in December (Thanks Paul LePage). Mixed blessing at the time, was able to study for the bar exam full time while I hunted for employment. However, I never ever anticipated I would STILL be looking for work. Did you know that going to law school is completely pointless? It is! True story! First, Portland is over saturated with attorneys and thus no body is hiring. Second, I'm too scared to do my own thing. Third, NO ONE will hire someone whose resume says "I went to law school"- they assume we all want to practice and doing any other type of work is beneath us and we'll leave the moment we discover this. Um, not true. I would love love love to work at a non profit that either works in the juvenile justice arena or domestic violence awareness. I wouldn't leave, I swear.  Anyway, I'm very tempted to remove stupid law school from my resume and just pretend that I have my bachelors. My other law friends are having the same issue. It ain't just me.

Elizabeth & I hunkered down in a coffee shop for hours job hunting.

Baaghgghgh jobs. Well, this all wouldn't be as terrible if I wasn't in a bind with unemployment- long story short, I took a job while Jeff was in Australia that was only temporary until they found a permanent replacement. It was a marketing coordinator position. So, 30 days came, they found a permanent replacement and I left. They mistakenly sent unemployment something saying I left voluntarily and poof- I lost my unemployment,  I am in the middle of an appeal, and I haven't received $ for 3 weeks. Girlfriend is broke.  I fully comprehend that I am lucky to live with the love of my life, Jeff, who understands my situation and takes care of me, but it still super sucks. To add insult to injury, the unemployment office hearing officer lady I've been dealing with is rude and acts like I am trying to screw the system. Hey lady? Trust me, I'm the LAST person you should be worrying about. I want a job. I don't WANT to be unemployed. Please, tell me where the jobs are because the sooner I'm off unemployment's leash, the better. So go be rude to somebody else, I'm the least of your worries.

And then on top of all of that yuck, my dear sweet mother thinks that you can just "find a job!" in the newspaper. 


I don't think she believes me when I tell her I am actively looking for employment. Mom, I am. The newspaper, however, will not be of any assistance in this. Please, trust me. Gah.

Maybe I should just make bracelets for a living? 

Speaking of poor and law school, Emily did a fantastic post today about where to go in Portland when you are broke-- right here. I loved this post! All so true and wonderful, check it out and then go to all the places she recommends. I'm craving an Ohno breakfast sandwich right now, thanks EM!


these two will be here this weekend and most likely we will go to Ohno for some bfast sammies! Can I just point out that the majority of photos I have of Emily and Alivia, they have cameras in front of their faces? I did a pretty hilarious impression of Emily recently, that involves her walking around with a camera attached to her face.  How have these two not taken a major digger yet? 

I'd also like to point out that I'm not doing awkward and awesome today, but I am sure after a weekend with Emily and Alivia, I'll have plenty for next week!

ps: random, but does anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of fruit flies?


when life hands you a rainy day, make lemon cookies!

The past few days it has been a little bit drizzly and cool- sometimes after a weekend of sun, I am okay with that. Perfect excuse, if you ask me, to cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea and warm lemon cookies. It may be safe to say that I have a slight lemon obsession. I love the taste of anything lemon- it gives such a fresh taste to anything and tones down overly sweet dishes. Plus, yellow is my favorite color. And nothing offsets a rainy day quite like some bright yellow fruit and the smell of baking cookies.

I used this recipe- tried to restrain myself from eating all of the raw dough- and came up with a delish batch of cookies that I guarantee won't last longer than a few days. I'll have to whip up another bunch for the weekend when Alivia and Emily come visit!

Excuse me, I'm off to eat some cookies for lunch...



I can't believe it is mid August. Where did summer go? It makes me sad that pretty soon I'll have to start packing away my summer dresses, flip flops and super fun jewelery. Especially since lately Etsy has just been flooded with bright fun summery accessories. One of the most BEST things about Etsy is that it doesn't restrict itself to seasons and right now I've seen a bunch of cozy sweaters and fun scarves that I can't wait to wear or drool over.

Anyway, here is what I've been lusting this past week!

Jade bracelet by Anemone Jewelry  
Sterling silver wrapped triangle ring by Sdmariejewelry

Rocket Fish earrings by Jewelrycollectibles

Tiger tee by Pineconeandchickadee

Vintage cream & burlap memo board by MDesignTree
Pitcher by Olliepots

Grey cotton skirt by Aftershowershop