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   I've always had a strong love for the National Book Award.  Being an English major, I try to read award winning literature as much as I can.  While I've had some luck with the Pulitzer, Man Booker, etc winners I find, more often than not, that I'm disappointed with those books.  The National Book Award winners almost never let me down.    I made a personal goal a few years ago...

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  Once again, I found myself downtown for the Portland Marathon.  My mom-in-law decided, after completing the Eugene half marathon last May, that she'd like to run/walk the Portland Marathon.  She convinced my husband to join her and she diligently trained for this competition.     This is the 3rd year in a row that I've helped friends and/or family with the marathon.  There is something so...

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Hello Etsy – Gratitude Abounds!

Hello Etsy – Gratitude Abounds!


Posted on Sep 19, 2011

  Saturday was the Hello Etsy: Portland conference focused on small business and sustainability.  I was so glad for this day to finally be here!     As you know, I put all of the program journals kits together for this event.  I didn’t sleep at all the night before the conference, because I was so worried something unexpected would go wrong and the journals would be a disaster.  Thankfully, this was not the case....

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Hello Etsy: Portland

Hello Etsy: Portland


Posted on Sep 16, 2011

Hello Etsy: Portland is tomorrow!  I’ve been so excited to attend this sold out conference geared towards the small business owner – not just crafters.  The schedule of speakers is top notch and I know I’m going to learn so much. A few months back, my good friend Jen Neitzel (co-chair of Hello Etsy) asked if I would be willing to prepare all the materials for the “make your own conference program journal”.  These...

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Musicfest Northwest – Day 4

Musicfest Northwest – Day 4


Posted on Sep 15, 2011

  Saturday, we found ourselves again at the Crystal Ballroom.  We first had sushi in the Pearl and then walked over to stand in line to get in.  The line was around the block, but when the doors were about to open, I walked up to see if folks with wristbands had to wait in that line. Nope!  There was a second line for people with wristbands and I was the first in that line.  Fun!  This night, I...

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Musicfest Northwest – Day 3

Musicfest Northwest – Day 3


Posted on Sep 14, 2011

  We used mass transit on day 3 of MFNW.  I felt bad for not busing to the Crystal or Doug Fir, but quite frankly it's a very super quick drive to both of those for me.  Busing would have required at least 2 buses and in the 95 degree weather, I just didn't have tolerance for a lengthy commute.  But this night we were headed to see Iron & Wine at Pioneer Courthouse Square which made busing a breeze....

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