Last week, both Kendall and I celebrated our birthdays. The morning of my birthday, we woke up to find our entire front yard flocked with plastic, pink flamingos wearing party hats.
Turns out that a friend of mine was responsible. She found a company that will come in at night and flock your yard with flamingos for any occasion. They have different outfits that they can put on the flamingos depending on the occasion. They have party hats, graduation hats, wedding attire, and much more.
The flamingos visited for two days and then disappeared overnight. My neighbors were sure wondering what was going on. What a fun way to surprise someone.
My sister came out to visit with me about a week ago, and we made sure we visited some of the Portland establishments. We attended Tuba Christmas in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Imagine 225 tubas of all sizes (they do come in different shapes and sizes) all playing Christmas carols with about 1000 Portlanders singing along. It’s a tradition that’s fun to experience at least once. It’s usually held around Dec. 7th, always on a Saturday, and it’s free. This year it didn’t rain on us.
We hung out there for a little while and then headed down the street for one of our favorite Portland traditions – Spanish coffees at Huber’s Cafe.
Huber’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland. They’re known for their delicious turkey dishes, but nothing beats the Spanish coffee and the show that goes along with making one. According to their web site, a Spanish Coffee at Huber’s consists of Bacardi 151 rum, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg on top. There’s fire involved and lots of whirling arms and glasses.
We were just down the street from another Portland icon, so we walked down to Voodoo Doughnuts. If you watch the Food Network or the Travel Channel, I’m sure you’ve seen Voodoo Doughnuts. They make some pretty weird doughnuts. You can even get married there!
We had a bacon maple bar, a Butterfinger, a Voodoo doughnut complete with pretzel pin and raspberry filling, and a boring chocolate one that I picked out.
If you ever find yourself in Portland with a hankering for good food and drink, you’ll have to stop by these places.
Kendall’s BFF is Rico, the cat. They love to hang out together and just recently they’ve been playing more and more. I got my new iPhone 4S today and took advantage of the great camera to catch a moment of them playing.
Rico is declawed (we got him from Craigslist this way) so there’s no chance of Kendall getting scratched. They have so much fun together.
We spent last weekend camping with our teardrop trailer and vintage trailer friends for whom I do the newsletter. There were 49 trailers there at last count. The weather was almost perfect. It did sprinkle toward the end of the trip on Sunday, but it wouldn’t be camping if there weren’t a little rain. I think it’s rained every time we’ve been out camping in the last three years.
There were a lot of dogs on the camping trip. Some we’ve met before and others are new friends. I was able to get a few of them with their trailers. Spike, who was featured in our Wordless Wednesday post, was camped right next door in a nice little teardrop trailer.
Many of the teardrop trailers are home built while others are built by manufacturers. It’s a lot of fun to see what people have put into them. The traditional teardrop trailer is 4′ x 8′ and has a hatch in the back that lifts up to expose the galley. Two people can fit inside to sleep just fine, but it gets a bit cramped when you add a dog or two.
Many of the teardrop trailers are pulled by antique or classic cars. They usually weigh less than 1000 lb, so they’re easily pulled by most cars.
There was even live music on Saturday afternoon. The Cow Chips played for about 2 hours.
Later that evening we had a huge potluck dinner. Many of us cooked in our Dutch ovens. I made chicken enchiladas, which was enough for about 20 people. I’m hoping that someone who was camping with us took some pictures of all of the Dutch ovens lined up before dinner.
All of this was followed by THE BIGGEST BONFIRE I have ever seen. The camp out was on private property and they had been saving up all of the debris on the property in a giant burn pile. It was a sight to see! It was so hot there wasn’t any chance of roasting marshmallows on it. Someone built a smaller side fire so that people could make s’mores. A big thanks to Spike’s mom for the bonfire picture.
I made it back from BlogHer ’11. I had a great time. I’ll be sure to post about the fun times and great schwag I brought home with me. It’s been one of those crazy-busy weeks where there’s something going on every evening. I haven’t even gotten my laundry finished from last week.
While I was away, I got an email from the wonderful creator of the first infographic that I posted telling me that he had put together another one. I hope you enjoy this one just as much.
There’s something about the occasional smell of elephant dung, rather than fried elephant ears, that makes an outdoor concert at the Oregon Zoo special. Last night we went to see Chris Isaak at the zoo. The concert was excellent.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of showing up at 4 pm to get in line to go through security just to be let in to wait in another line until they open the lawn at 5 pm. The concert didn’t start until 7 pm, so there was a lot of waiting and A LOT of people. One thing I love about the people in Portland is that they tend to be very polite and well behaved in a crowd.
Tyler Stenson opened for Chris Isaak.He was named “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards and “Songwriter of the Year” by the Portland Songwriters Association. I’d never heard him before but really enjoyed his music. We’ll have to find out where he’s playing this summer.
Chris Isaak’s band has great energy on the stage. They got the crowd up on their feet with some old favorites and some new music they recorded in Memphis. At one point Chris Isaak ventured out into the crowd. He worked his way up the tiers and came right in front of us!
If you look closely, that’s me in the black and white shirt on the left and that’s my smiling husband next to me. A woman sitting behind us took this photo on her iPhone, and she was nice enough to email the photo to me.
Today is Canines Uncorked after my trip to the farmers’ market. Have a great weekend.
Kendall’s always the dog of the month in our eyes, but she was recently picked as Dog of the Month for August at her doggie daycare. She goes to A Dog Gone Good Place out in Hillsboro. It’s right by my husband’s work so he can drop her off on the way in and pick her up on the way out. She goes once a week, on Tuesdays, and comes home bone tired.
I’m not sure why she won the award because the criteria says you have to “live fast and furiously.” Anyone who knows Cavaliers knows that they’re neither fast, especially Kendall, nor furious. Nevertheless, we now have a nice bumper sticker that reads “My Dog is Dog of the Month at A Dog Gone Good Place.” And, she has her picture on a plaque on the wall at the doggie daycare.
One thing I like about the place is that they take daily photos of the dogs having fun and post them on their web site. You can check their site during the day to see if they’ve captured any fun pictures of your pup. They also keep up with the bordatella vaccines and the flea treatments. I get periodic emails saying that her vaccine is going to expire or asking when she’s had her last flea treatment. I can’t say she’s always come home flea free, but it’s nice to know they’re trying.
The scientist in me loves to see data presented in a logical and easily understood fashion. One of the best seminars I’ve ever attended was a one day class called Presenting Data and Information – A One Day Course Taught by Edward Tufte. He took information that could otherwise be construed as boring, and turned it into graphical representations that bordered on art.
One of my favorite blogs is Information is Beautiful. They don’t post all that often, but when they do it’s worth a visit. Today’s post is about sunscreen. They also have some interactive infographics.
I received an email recently from someone who also does infographics. His is a little different from other infographics I’ve seen – his is dog-related. Does it get any better than this? Dog stuff and data all in one place! He gave me permission to post the graphic here.
Created by Pet365 – an online stockist of dog collars, leads and accessories. Click here to view the full post.
I usually don’t get around to posting pet events until right before they happen, but this came across my email in plenty of time to get it posted so that you would have time to get it on your calendars.
This event will be held at Potso Dog Park in Tigard. Follow the link for complete information. Please remember to make sure your dog is up on all of his/her shots when taking your dog to a dog park.
Paws for a Cause – Dog Walk and Fair – Saturday, July 16th, 8:30 am – noon OHSU is hosting this 1K or 5K dog walk as a fundraiser for the Parkinson Center of Oregon. DoveLewis will have an information booth at the event. This event will take place at the base of the OHSU Tram.
They say the first step to conquering a problem is admitting that you have a problem. I have a problem, not a usual problem, but a hairspray problem. I don’t inhale it or misuse it, I just use a lot of it. A LOT. I’ve always had fine hair with next to no body that lays close to my head if I don’t use any product in it. No amount of blow drying or curling with a curling iron will give my hair any fluff. That is, until I spray it with lots and lots of hair spray. I’ve tried the perm route and the teasing route, but nothing works as well as hairspray.
I was a teen in the 80’s when big hair was queen! My college friends will attest to my ever-present quest for big hair. I look back at those pictures and laugh, because the perms and all of that hairspray really did no more than give me the illusion that I had big hair.
I was even under the impression as I got older that the more you spent on hairspray, the better your hair would look. No more AquaNet for me. I’d moved on to the big guns like Hard Head Hair Spray by Bed Head. If it could lacquer up my hair and make it stay in place from the time I got a shower in the morning to the time I went to bed, then it was the product for me. I had hairspray stashed in my desk drawer and in my locker at work. No carry-on luggage for me because I couldn’t take my prized hairspray with me.
Then, my Vespa entered the picture. I live in a state that requires you to wear helmets when riding a scooter or motorcycle. I can tell you that lacquered up hair shoved into a motorcycle helmet for any period of time looks like crap. No amount of fluffing or applying additional hairspray will help the helmet hair. I was desperate, so I asked my hairstylist for a new do that would stand up to the challenge of the helmet. She said it was a challenge but that she’d do her best.
I’m happy to say that I am now hairspray-free. I have been for 30 days. Not a spritz. Not a spray. Nothing. Not that I haven’t been tempted. No, I have been tempted a lot. A LOT. But I stuck to my guns and haven’t sprayed a drop in 30 days! Can you believe it?
So, for all of you hairspray addicts out there, there’s hope! There really is. Get a great cut and go cold turkey. If I can do it, you can too!