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Off to College

Off to College


Posted on Sep 17, 2012

I had the privilege of driving my niece to college this September. It’s been such a joy to watch her grow up over the years. I lived with her for the first year of her life and then I’ve lived about 10 minutes away from her ever since. She is such a great person and it’s been a joy to see her grow and change over the years. I gave my niece my old bike, so she can ride around campus. Luckily, all of her stuff fit in...

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Walking My Cat

Walking My Cat


Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Trilly is an old man at age 16. One thing I’ve always felt a little guilty about is that he’s an indoor cat. When we got Trilly, as a kitten, we lived on Burnside and letting him outside wasn’t a viable option. We had him for several years before moving to the more residential Brooklyn neighborhood.  He lacked the skills to be safe outside, so we kept him in. Last week, I drove past a lady sitting on her front steps....

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30 Days of No TV

30 Days of No TV


Posted on Jul 27, 2012

I decided a few months ago that Greg and I should take a month off from watching TV. We don’t watch commercial TV, but we watch a heck of a lot of Netflix. I spent many years as a latch key kid and TV has always played an important role in my life. Let’s face it, I love it. When I posed the idea to Greg, he quickly agreed. I had sort of hoped he would have put up more of a fight, because internally it kind of freaked me...

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It’s easy to document my weekend activities surrounding the World Domination Summit.  All very tangible scrapbook-ish sort of things. When I re-read that post in the future, it will help me remember all the great things about the past weekend. It’s a little harder to put a finger on what I got out of the summit. As an introvert, just showing up to the event was a success for me. While I’ve found that being a...

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I was lucky enough to be an ambassador at the inaugural World Domination Summit. I got so much good out of that weekend and it even helped me make a shift to my blog that relieved much anxiety for me.  I was on a WDS high for many weeks after the event.  I was so impressed with how nice everyone was.  The positive energy was tangible and gave me lots to think about.  I was thrilled to volunteer again this year.     Jen and I...

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Photo by Tammy Stroebel   A couple of months ago, I was asked if I wanted to help with 2 photo booths for last weekend’s the World Domination Summit.  I immediately said ‘yes’, but almost just as immediately I thought ‘eek, what am I getting myself into?’.  I took a deep breath and knew it would all work out.  My good friend Jen (in the middle of this picture, I’m on the right) had this crazy...

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Vacation in Seattle

Vacation in Seattle


Posted on Jun 29, 2012

Greg and I spent 4 days in Seattle to celebrate our anniversary and Greg’s birthday.  We hadn’t been on vacation in ages.  It was nice to return to Seattle.  We haven’t been here for a couple of years.  Our hotel was 4 blocks from Pike Street Market.  Our first night here, we checked out the market.     The weather called for rain pretty much for our entire stay.   We got very soaked this evening, but other...

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Greg and I spent a long weekend in Seattle a while back.  On the way up, we made the excursion to Snoqualmie Falls.  This was the first time I’ve been to these amazing falls.  So spectacular!  Of course, the falls makes me (and everyone) think of Twin Peaks.  It was so amazing to finally see them in person. There is a ton of construction happening at the falls.  The trail down to the water was closed due to this.  Still, it was...

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My Half Life and Griffin Tattoo

My Half Life and Griffin Tattoo


Posted on Jun 23, 2012

Today is a very special day that doesn’t happen very often in one’s life.  Today is my half life.  Exactly one half of my life ago today, I started dating Greg.  I was 19 and he was 20.  I’m now 38 and we are still happy and going strong.  We spent the past weekend in Seattle celebrating and we took this self portrait.   This was one of the very first pictures of us together in 1993.  I’ve always loved...

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Mixer Match Round 4

Mixer Match Round 4


Posted on May 7, 2012

All photos by Jen Neitzel I Heart Art: Portland’s latest Mixer Match event was last month.  This was the first Mixer Match I participated in as a member of the Leadership Council.  I helped organize the event with Jen Neitzel and Deenie Wallace.  I had a great time and learned so much. The night of the event, I worked the check in table with my sis.  We did this at the last Mixer Match too.  I did most of the email...

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