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That time of year in blog land

That time of year in blog land


Posted on Nov 16, 2011

  It’s been a little quiet on my blog for the past month or so.  It’s that time of year when my focus is completely on the holiday season.  I’m blessed to be in 3 craft fairs in December and I’ve been working like mad to prepare.  I was tempted to take a formal blogging hiatus until Jan 1st, but I know I’ll have a few things to share between now and then. Just in case time gets away from me, as...

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Felt Flower Rings – Now at Knack!

Felt Flower Rings – Now at Knack!


Posted on Nov 14, 2011

  I have such exciting news!  My felt flower rings are now for sale at Knack!  I couldn’t be happier.  This is the first brick and mortar store to carry my rings.  What a great store to start in.     If you haven’t been to Knack, definitely take the time to check out this amazing store located in Multnomah Village.  Leigh, the owner, showcases beautiful work from over 90 local artists.  This is a great place...

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Wedding in Missoula

Wedding in Missoula


Posted on Oct 21, 2011

  Last Saturday, I got to see two friends get married.  You can read more about my adventures in Montana on my walking blog.   I was thrilled that I got to be part of their celebration.  It's obvious that these two were meant for each other and it was easy to toast to their future happiness.      My friends married at a vineyard outside of Missoula.  The grounds were gorgeous....

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Sirens of Titan

Sirens of Titan


Posted on Oct 17, 2011

  Yay!  I finally made it to the end of my summer long book project!  I actually did finish reading the 10 books by Labor Day, but it's taken me awhile to blog about them all.  I didn't really have an order in which to read the books on this list.  I made that decision when it was time to start a new book.  But, I reserved Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut for last.  I am a huge...

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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage


Posted on Oct 14, 2011

  I had mistakenly thought that Atlas Shrugged was the 9th book in my summer book project, only to realize that it was actually my 8th book.  I should have taken that as an omen then.  I also didn't realize that my copy of Of Human Bondage was abridged – something I adamantly try to avoid.  That should have been my second sign.  But I was fully committed to my book project and dived into Of...

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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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My Sis Turned 40!

My Sis Turned 40!


Posted on Oct 10, 2011

My sis turned 40 at the end of September. Her best friend and I threw my sis a party last Saturday to celebrate the beginning of this new decade.  My sis requested a special cocktail that she had tried on her last visit to NYC called Bee’s Kiss.  I had never heard of this drink, but was happy to comply to her wishes.  I had found many recipes online and went with the version below. Bee’s Kiss: 1 shot light rum 1 shot dark...

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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged


Posted on Sep 27, 2011

  Atlas Shrugged was the 8th book in my summer book project.  Wow!  Wow!  This book completely blew my mind.  I hadn't expected that at all.  When I picked up this brick of a book with 1084 pages, my first thought was that I was in for a mighty long haul.  I hadn't read a book this large since Infinite Jest and I'm still scarred from that experience.       I was...

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My Bike

My Bike


Posted on Sep 26, 2011

  My friend's bike had an unfortunate accident a few months ago.  Her bike is her main mode of transportation.  When I heard that she was bikeless for the next little while, my very first thought was that she should borrow mine.  I don't ride mine as much as I should and it was just sitting in my house.  It made perfect sense to loan her mine until she could get another.  I dropped off my...

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