Monthly Archives: September 2008

Totally awesome

today i walked 5K for my friend claire and for all of us who would like to kick cancer to the curb.

thousands of awesome people, Komen Race for the Cure, P'land2008

it is a rare occasion when you feel like you can actually DO something against a disease that so often made me feel so useless and helpless.  and it is completely awesome when you can do that with seven totally amazing women and friends, who together joined you to raise almost $4000 dollars, and woke up at the crack of dawn after working till late, or after dropping off a daughter on the other side of town, or after driving on hour, and hiked 5K though a rather cold and clammy portland morning with about 45 THOUSAND other awesome people.

more awesome people

more awesome people

am i using the word awesome a bit too much? no.  this was AWESOME. it can’t bring her back, but she’d have liked this.

i miss you

i miss you

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overheard barside, portland OR

two men, talking as they leave a lovely restaurant in NW Portland wednesday evening:

“no, you don’t understand, she doesn’t want me gone, she wants me dead

his friend’s response:

“johnny, let me tell you, that’s a good thing”

it felt like a scene of the soprano’s,  pacific northwest edition.

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and now for something completely different:

my new kicks

my new kicks

purchased these  at the nike store at the pdx airport.  there was no specific technical evaluation of their worth in terms of komen race for the cure appropriateness.  they were chosen exclusively on looks, and the fact that they were indeed quite comfy.

wore them most of the week, and i can say this:  they are surprisingly light, and that makes quite a difference.  it’s like wearing socks with arch support and a heel cushion.

and they are way cool.

on the subject of shoes that feel like socks, here’s another pair i got very recently:

insanely comfortable. they look like nothing on the picture, but they are the perfect ballerinas, and softsoftsoft on the inside.

and this, kind readers, completes our completely vapid shoe review.

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as if it weren’t bad enough…

i really shouldn’t read political blogs anymore. i feel quite ill.  click below and see why.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1463341016/bctid1774353180

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my mom and the boys

i just spent 4 days in CA rearranging furniture between two homes 70 miles apart.  the transfer involved a monstrous SUV in which we fit a surprising amount of stuff, one very controlled trip to ikea, two house cleaning bills (bc two homes) and one mother, sent from exotic places south to help me.

i need my mom for many things, but never more than when i am moving.  faced with two large bookcases and 10 empty boxes, i will tend to sit down and start thumbing through the books.  the process will take days.  with taskmaster mom at my side, it is done in less than an hour. ditto the large monstrous desk (inherited from my great grandfather) – which was used as a mailing station and liquor cabinet. without my mom i’d probably still be sitting at that desk now, wondering what to do with that box of paper clips, that almost empty bottle of knob creek.

we shlepped SO much stuff along the california freeways and still we managed to do some serious damage at the mall, have the best sushi i’ve had in a long time, and eat some pretty fabulous breakfasts at my neighborhood hang outs.

top experience definitely goes to my nearest starbucks – did you know strabucks no serves breakfast? and not a bad one? i know i know – i’ve been in small town oregon for too long… my mother ate her oatmeal with her eyes moving in all directions, trying to take in each scene as it developped.  the tatooed guy, the two skinny guys, the big buff bald guy, the guy with the teeny dog, the one with the huge dog. it’s not hat she’s not used to the diversity, but at 8am in the morning, even i have to admit that there was an lot going on.

and there she sat,  all of  102 pounds, in her jeans skirt and hip white converse sneakers,  eating her oatmeal with a plastic spoon, taking it all in.

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Must find shoes

The search has begun: my friend S likes New Balance so yesterday I tried on a bunch of them – all of which had too much room in the toe area. Nix that.

My friend C recommended Brooks – I like these http://www.brooksrunning.com/prod.php?p=42237

They are orange and they are semi bio-degradable.  Is this a wise choice, or am I falling prey to eco-marketing?  If I want to be environmentally responsible, maybe I should find the company that takes its shoes back and recycles them into more shoes, or plastic bottles or sweaters or something.

Perhaps I should try the shoes on first, and the deliberate with my conscience.

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i am back and Jacques Brel says HI!

please forgive the long hiatus.  i was travelling. actually, WE were travelling.  the lovely PB and i took or first vacation ever.  and it was the best vacation EVER. no seriously.  i love the family vacation at the caribbean, but one week in a flat european country with my baby trumps all the beach-side margaritas. ferrealz.

we walked and i had the best pepper steak ever  here:

Lissewege

Lissewege

and we walked (not biked) here

Brugge street

Brugge street

and we visited here

Atomium + sun

Atomium + sun

it was august in belgium, so we had sun on one day – which made the giant atom look particularly awesome, as did the people zippering off the tallest ball.  i guess when you live in a country where the sky looks like a dirty washcloth most of the time, you have to get your kicks somehow, and why not zipper down a very high, very shiny aluminum structure? the weather might also explain the belgian talent at making food that makes you forget the weather.   The chocolates that were in this bag, but did not stay there very long, are jsut that type of chocolates…

heaven in a bag

heaven in a bag

i know – the picture is quite crap, but that’s as much as i could muster after about 18 bottles of maes pils, or what felt like that many the next morning…

and now I am back in the land of ashlee simpson and sarah palin and trying not to get too discouraged by the impending 1000 mile trek back to work.  gala in oregon will temporarily relocate physically, but her heart will remain in oregon, so while the next weeks may be full of posts about preparations for traveling long distances with geriatric dogs and the last of the summer’s tomatoes, i will also regale you with walk for the cure 2008.  5K for the cure – not much by an athlete’s standard, but plenty for our team of seven.

but first i need a new pair of trainers – anyone have a favorite? The nike shox with the funny heel bumps is beckoning:

http://www.soleredemption.com/pics/2007/11/nike-shox-men.jpg

but i await recommendations from you, oh internets.

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