Monday, July 30, 2012

Ingrid Music

Phew!  My summer concert series has been in full swing!  I 've been to no fewer than a concert each week.  I have three more left and it seems that summer will be beginning to wind down.

This past Saturday I saw Ingrid Michaelson at the State Theatre.  I adore her music and was super excited to see her live.  Before the show I took advantage of an opportunity to see her in person at a signing she did at Newbury Comics:

She signed my CD case and also this poster.  There is some glare on the poster but it's really artistic and beautiful:

I was a bit scared when I approached the State and saw a line that winded down Congress, around and down High, and finally a ways down Deering.  Luckily it moved very quickly!

Instead of posting pictures of the show I am sharing this video.  I know many people have not been exposed to Ingrid's music so just take 30 seconds to check her out.  She's a great talent!

Monday, July 23, 2012

More Pics-Thru The Years...

My mother spent a lot of time and effort and poured a ton of love into making me an incredible slideshow for my birthday.  It included pictures of me as a newborn right through a week before.  There were a few pictures that stood out either becuase they were sentimental, I hadn't seen them before or because they were just freakin' hysterical!

Here are just a few of the many she put together:

Here I am with my mom.  It's one of the only pictures of us where I don't have a finger shoved up my nose or I don't look angry.  Mom looks pretty happy too!

Here I am helping my grandfather shovel snow.  I probably even liked snow back then.  My how things have changed :)

All I can say about this is:  Those curls, that skin, that hair, that shirt.  I had it all going on :)

I wanted so badly to be a preppy girl in the early 1980's.  I even had a copy of the Preppy Handbook which is a hoot to read all these years later.  I had forgotten this picture but judging by my socks I was taking the whole pink and green preppy thing as far as I could!

This picture is going to be framed immediately!  I had totally forgotten about it.  We look like we are having a blast which we love.  The red and white striped pants though are a mystery.  An absolute mystery.  I think mom photoshopped them in :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hens In Print

I was looking through photos this weekend...I don't even remember why now but it brought me to pictures that my friends and I have taken on trips or taken at memorable occasions.  I flipped through them and realized that there are a few pictures that each one of us would probably admit just captures a moment of our true hen essence.  I consider them some of our classics.

This picture was taken in 2004 during a day spa trip to Lucinda's in Scarborough.  We had each had either a facial or a massage earlier in the day and eaten lunch.  We all joined up later to get manicures or in my case a pedicure. 

This picture was taken in 2005 at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park.  We walked around the nature path and then ate popovers at the Jordan Pond House.  Later that evening I was violently ill (not due to the popovers which weren't that great but weren't that bad!) but in this moment all was right with the world.

This picture was taken during a trip to New Hampshire in 2007 where we stayed in a condo in Franconia.  The weather was great and we did many fun activities including a ride in the tram to the top of Cannon Mountain where this photo was taken.

In February 2009 one of us celebrated a milestone birthday.  This remains one of my favorite pictures.

In August 2009 we took a bike ride on some of the carriage paths in Acadia.  During the ride we stopped for a rest and I balanced my camera on the bike seat, set the timer and took this picture.

And finally in May 2012 we got all dressed up and hung out on a cruise ship.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Silly For Silly's

I've been living back in Portland for over two years and I've been eating vegan for almost two years.  Why did I wait so long to try Silly's??  Who knows but I'm really glad I chose their patio as a spot for a late lunch today.

It is a truly funky, quirky environment.  There were plenty of trees for natural shade and an abundance of patio umbrellas for even more shade on this very toasty afternoon.  I had three wait staff helping me equally.  What struck me was that while yes, the service was fantastic, it wasn't great in the way that sometimes you know a waitperson is polite and professional but behind the dead eyes would rather be anywhere else, and really you just can't help but understand and agree with them?  Well, today at Silly's the wait staff truly seemed to have a peaceful joy surrounding them.  They seemed genuinely happy and pleased to be where they were in that moment.

Now on to the food...  I told the waiter that I had never eaten there before and that I was vegan.  No problem, he's vegan too and assures me that I can't go wrong.  He answered some questions and told me about the specials. 

I decided before I sat down that I would be having the deep fried pickles.  Just because they are a delight and these came with a tangy sauce.  I have no idea what was in it but when you combine the crunch of the pickle with the soft coating dipped in a creamy, tangy glad there were plenty left to bring home!

After the pickles I was glad I opted for a small salad.  It is a green goddess salad that was a daily special.  The greens (spinach, kale and collard) were crunchy fresh and the dressing a perfect compliment.

I know I'm going to seem like a glutton but I also ordered strawberry coconut cake to go.  Check out the size of this thing.  This whole meal was such a rare, wonderful treat that I did indulge.  And I will be back!