Four things I can't stop thinking about right now

This four part post on @humansofny

These posts gutted me. I kept waiting for the next one to be uploaded so I could read the rest of the story. Click on the image or this link to @humansofny’s page to read the other two parts.

Brandon Stanton, the person behind the camera, is such an amazing story teller and humanitarian. I love it when he leaves New York to travel and tells the stories of those he encounters along the way.

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Tea

I’m taking a break from coffee at the moment, which is going surprisingly well. Only one raging headache so far!

So I’m making tea my new best friend. My favorite place to pick up tea is from Tea Chai Te in Sellwood. It’s located inside of a historic red caboose, and it’s precious. My current favorite is their rose peony tea, which has a delicate flowery flavor. Get your tea there then walk across the street to Jade and grab a dessert. You won’t regret it!

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Basket case

I’m taking a basket weaving class later this week and I’m super excited about it. I signed up for a three class pass through Assembly PDX, and it has been so much fun! If you’re like me and tend to purchase a lot of arts and craft supplies, but then don’t actually know how to use them — and therefore don’t — taking classes and then deciding if it’s worth the investment might be a really good idea. So far, I’ve taken punch needle and weaving classes, and I’d highly recommend both. Cheers to getting crafty!

Book club

I told my husband earlier this week that I’m hosting book club at our house and he responded, “What book club?” So I guess that means I should probably both read the books and attend more often. This month, I’m managing both! So maybe that will start a streak for me.

Our book this month was Notorious RBG and conveniently the new RBG documentary is out on Hulu. Might be time to give it a watch!

My happy place

Do you have a place where you can go that no matter what’s happening in your life everything feels ok? For me, it’s the public library.

[Also: Target. But our bank account doesn’t feel so good after that.]

When I was a little girl, I was a voracious reader. And overdue books fine accumulator. So much so that one librarian at my small hometown library had my card number memorized. As an adult, I’m a weekly visitor to my local public library. I love the smells. I love picking up a book off the shelf and scanning the description to see if it’s something that might be interesting to me. Most of all, I love the atmosphere. We’re all equals here.

My beloved local library is being torn down to make way for a new, more modern library. It’s closed for a few weeks while they move all of the books to a temporary space. So in the meantime, I’m going to explore some of the other libraries in my county.

This is the Happy Valley Public Library. Isn’t it so pretty?

That’s my friend R. there, just casually modeling/studying.

That’s my friend R. there, just casually modeling/studying.


Slumber party

Ain’t no party like a slumber party. We had a blast during our sleepover with our niece and nephew last week. We played hard. We sang songs. We read books.

This was our first sleepover with this bedroom mostly renovated, so it was quite exciting. Or as my niece said, “This is very special.”

For ten incredibly peaceful minutes while B. was napping, S. quietly read books while we listened to classical music. Just about the time I sat down, she was over it so we made cookies.

For ten incredibly peaceful minutes while B. was napping, S. quietly read books while we listened to classical music. Just about the time I sat down, she was over it so we made cookies.

Slumber parties are so much fun, but boy they can tucker you out something fierce. Worth it!

Slumber parties are so much fun, but boy they can tucker you out something fierce. Worth it!


Focaccia

What the foc?

While we still have pockets of sunshine coming through, we’re making the slow march into the cold and rainy season here in Oregon. Which means soup season is here as well. I already have several glass containers full of stews to thaw out on days when we feel too lazy to stand around the stove. If you give a girl a bowl of soup, you’d better hand her some bread to dip in it as well.

This focaccia is honestly the most delicious and incredibly easy accompaniment to any meal. It mixes together in about five minutes, sits in the fridge for a day or two until you’re ready to bake it, and then freezes beautifully if you have any leftovers. And no kneading!

Be sure to use good quality olive oil and flour. My favorite flours are King Arthur or Bob’s Redmill, which is based out of our local area. It’s important that the sea salt you sprinkle on top is large and flaky to give it that crunch that it needs. Too fine and it will just taste salty. If you have a salt grinder, unscrew it to its loosest setting (just be sure to tighten it back up!) or pick up a small jar of flaky sea salt at the store.


Books to borrow

Here are a few books that I’ve recently read that I’d highly recommend. These are likely in circulation in your local public library — save yourself a few dollars and some time by setting up an online account through your neighborhood branch so you can place holds for books in your pajamas at home!

Wealth and power gained and lost in just a few generations. In the words of the Countess, “Money can’t buy you class.”

I nabbed this on Amazon First Reads a while back, but would have happily paid for it. Let me know if you have a Kindle and would like to borrow it.

This book was such a gift to read that I rushed it back to the library as to not stop someone else from devouring it. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest.


Thanks for checking in this week! I’d love to hear from you. How are you doing?

With love,
Bec

My favorite day of the week

We really know how to do Sundays around here. Despite our best efforts to sleep in, we usually wake up early and are sipping coffee by 7. On goes the electric fireplace and a nature documentary, and we snuggle with the doggies on the couch. When the weather is nice out, we sit on the back porch while Barkley chases butterflies. As you can probably imagine, it’s my favorite day of the week.

Please note that we have moved on to watching Crocodile Dundee, which is practically a nature documentary if you ask me.

Please note that we have moved on to watching Crocodile Dundee, which is practically a nature documentary if you ask me.


Terry the terrarium

Meet Terry

I stopped by my favorite local shop last week to buy myself a little happy during kind of a cruddy week. It's an apothecary called Milwaukie Mercantile and they sell the best chapstick along with herbs, soaps, and plants. This is the place where my fun money budget goes to die. They had an adorable terrarium there, but I was a babe with an already full basket. I already have plenty of succulents to kill at home, so I decided that I could make it myself. 

Next up was a quick run through the aisles of my corner Salvation Army. The pricing there absolutely kills me sometimes. 🤦🏻‍♀️

 
 

I picked up a glass bowl there for about $6 and two packages of rocks from the Dollar Tree next door. $8 for this beauty! Not bad. I'm trying to find a dinosaur or some other little creature to add to the mix for some flair. What do you think?

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Barkley’s Birthday

Sweet, sweet Barkley turns two this week!

This poor guy is battling a little bit of an eye infection, but worry not: he gets the good treats after his twice daily eye meds. 

This is my one of my favorite pictures of these two guys right after we first got Barks. Thor was a wee bit apprehensive — can you spot him?! — but you’d never know it now. They’re best buds!

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Breath of Joy

I wasn't sure if I should laugh or run out the door when my yoga teacher Elaine decided to share the breath of joy with us for the first time. She was kind of flinging her arms around and making weird sounds, and good gracious I'm a little granola but deep down inside I'm still a Midwesterner. 

I decided to go along with the rest of the class, and either the sheer silliness of how we all felt or the extra oxygen entering our bloodstreams made us all feel joyful. 

This is a great thing to do when you need a pick-me-up in the afternoon. I usually do this five times in a row and then stand still for 20 or 30 seconds before going about my day. 

Let me know what you think if you decide to try it. Videos encouraged! 


Thanks for making it this far! I’d love to hear from you. How are you doing?

Is it weird to throw a birthday party for a dog? Asking for a friend.

With love,
Bec