Friday, May 28, 2010

OMSI After Dark

 Ooh, we're all infrared!

My first-ever visit to OMSI (eight years too late) was a blast!  Once a month or so, they host an adult-only night with beer, wine, food vendors, and special events.  We tinkered around like kids on dozens of demonstrations, made some spin art (remember those?), caught a Michael Jackson laser show, and the Hubble Omnimax film.  Turns out, laser shows just aren't the same as I remember from high school...  pretty dorky,  but fun nonetheless.  The Hubble film was amazing.  I wish I understood half of what they talked about!  Would definitely go to one of these again. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Parks and Rec

Kenton Park is pretty big, 12 acres, and a good one for sporty stuff (they have all of the sports amenities here, including baseball field, basketball courts).  It's been there since the 1940s and is a cornerstone of the neighborhood.  It's just a block or two from the historic Kenton fire station and a lovely Audubon-certified backyard wildlife lot.  Nice spot in a nice neighborhood!  This would be a super good one for park drinkin', with bathrooms, and some stores/bars really close-by should that become a necessity.

Daily Food 5/23/10
Breakfast: roasted potatoes, zucchini, garlic, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, jack cheese, poached egg
Lunch: Papa G's salad bar, 1/2 tempeh reuben, corn chips
Dinner: white bean chili, quesadilla on brown rice tortilla
Misc: shared some Tart frozen yogurt 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekend Culture

Sign outside of Kenton Station and one of many rap-video worthy autos at the car show.

I love it when weekend activities span a wide spectrum of things, the more random the better!  Saturday morning was the AHA's Heartwalk, which began on the Eastbank Esplanade, up to the Steel Bridge, through Tom McCall Waterfront park, over the Hawthorne Bridge and back to the finish line where we began.  We had a pretty big team, including a group of residents from our facility in Forest Grove.  Luckily, the rain held back during the walk, and getting to watch the dragon boats in the water below the Hawthorne Bridge was an added bonus. 

Next up, Kenton Street Fair!  The Weather Gods went crazy at about noon, and the black skies opened up, so we took shelter at Kenton Station for a bit and rubbed elbows with some neighborhood folk.  Vendors, food, three music stages, and a whole bunch of fun shops to duck into made for an awesome afternoon.  Before long, the rain started coming down in sheets again, so we headed to The World Famous Kenton Club, which was awesome.  Bartender was super friendly, drinks were stiff, and the jukebox was awesome.  I don't often find Old Crow Medicine Show and Gillian Welch alongside Al Green and Ray Charles.  After another go-around up Denver, we caught some sweet martial arts and skateboarding demos before heading out. 

If all this fun weren't enough, capped off the night with a super sweet Clash tribute band at Devil's Point, complete with amazing shows, fire dancing included.  I was speechless.  It was better than Cirque du Soleil, I swear to God. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Parks and Rec

30 Parks in 30 Days Continues, but I haven't been very good about posting.  There are many more...

Tanner Springs Park is not your average park.  It's a tribute to what the Pearl District area used to be - wetlands.  No grassy knolls here, it's all reeds, water, concrete, and metal, with pathways throughout and public/functional art.  The park was planned over several years, starting in the 90s when the Pearl District was being plotted, and was part of several dedicated open spaces amidst what would (and has) become a mix of heavy residential and retail. Love that view of the Fremont bridge. 

Daily Food 5/19/10
Breakfast: soy cheese on corn tortillas, habanero salsa
Lunch: squash/red pepper soup, big mixed veg salad
Dinner: sauteed brussels sprouts/sun-dried tomatoes, glazed tofu, risotto topped with some goat cheese I bought at the farmer's market straight from the cheesemaker, who showed me pics of her goats and everything! 
Misc: diet Coke, corn chips

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: Let's Get Physical

Seahag Walrus made these leg warmers for us, after inspiration from the IASIP clip, "Kitten Mittons" has us all in stitches.  This did not go over too well after we put her on the ground.  The legwarmers flew off almost immediately.  Need alternate plan for cat Jazzercise outfit.  

Daily Food 5/17/10
Breakfast: brown rice tortilla, tomato/mozz/basil salad
Lunch: curried garbanzo/tomato/Soy Curls stew, Tofutti sour cream
Dinner: giant mixed veg/greens salad, avocado, potato salad; sf tapioca pudding cup
Misc: starlight mints, diet Coke

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sibling Rivalry and Roll Out, Roll In!

Saturday night, the Expo Center was one giant rat trap as the Wheels of Justice beat out Rat City Rollers 124-104 in an epic bout, bumping up to a #5 Western Division Spot, and generally feeling really good about those trash-talking Seattlites going home a bit humbler and a lot more bruised.  There were no seats whatsoever, so we stood, but as soon as that bout got going, we didn't mind one bit, it was fine. 

Barely twelve hours later, we were back in front of the fabulous team again, as they served up a mighty fine brunch at Kay's in Sellwood.  It was a fundraiser, and a helluva deal!  $12 for an awesome brunch, mimosa, and raffle tickets.  Sadly, I did not win the super sweet PBR beach cruiser, but one of our friends scored a lovely signed photo of Cadillac, who also happened to be our server.  She picked up my name pretty early on, and I swear each time she said it, I was a little starstruck.  I wanted to tell her my derby name, Annibal Lecter, but I chickened out.  Hats off to the staff at Kay's for keeping up with the suggested pajama theme, curlers and all. 

Alberta ArtHop

 Robot Mustache Man
  This was a fun one to watch throughout the day. 
 This was part of a super strange collective that was very Eyes Wide Shut. 
 Bought this super sweet shirt for my brother (and another awesome one) from a couple of really nice guys who just started selling their stuff at the print shop on Alberta. 
 Bottle Cap Truck. 

Weather was incredible, streets were hoppin', and there was so much going on I couldn't focus on one thing for more than two seconds.  Upon arrival, the first person I saw was Sam Adams, helping paint one of the four new murals being created yesterday.  I realize everyone loves talking about what a crappy job the mayor is doing, but I gotta be honest - that's such a weak cop out.  I wouldn't want that guy's job, no way, no how.  Despite whatever is going on at City Hall, the guy should get a weekend, too.  I thought it was rad he spent a Saturday being a regular dude with regular people.

Music, incredible art, awesome food, and possibly the best people watching I've seen in a long time.  Major highlight was the group of Middle School girls dancing to a sweet selection of radio megahits.  You could tell they were dying to drop it like it was hot but clearly had been instructed to keep it clean, seeing as how they were 13 years old.  Fabulous outfits.

 So much fun.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sellwood Waterfront Park

This park is amazing.  Just gorgeous!  There are flat, grassy areas and also trails, plus several floating docks.  It could not have been nicer out last night, either.  I will be back to the park for sure, this is the kind of magical place you could post up all day.

Daily Food 5/12/10
Breakfast: Clif bar, 1/2 apple
Lunch: big mixed greens/veg salad, rice crackers, quinoa salad
Snack: banana, wasabi chips
Dinner: fresh collards from farmer's market, sauteed with tons of garlic and sundried tomatoes, brown rice tortilla, apple slices with walnut/almond butter, SF tapioca pudding cup

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Parks and Rec

I decided last night that I'm going to try to hit 30 parks in 30 days.  Kicked it off last night with Powell Park and Brooklyn Park.  There's two.  While I go to the gym almost every day, I'm super sick of it, and find that I will exercise a lot longer if I'm on foot, outside.  There are over 10,000 acres of park area within city limits.  And don't get me started on the parks in the suburbs!  You wanna see a fancy park, head on down to Lake Oswego.  Portland Parks and Rec, while they don't have a ton of money, does a good job, and I like that they have a "Dignity Statement" on their website:  

We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. We ask you to participate in fostering this spirit. Any expression of bigotry, hatred, prejudice or disrespect is inconsistent with the ideals of preserving dignity and contradicts the values of healthful living and fair play promoted by Portland Parks & Recreation.

Quite a statement for the Parks and Rec Dept!  Leslie Knope would be proud. 

Daily Food 5/11/10
Breakfast: smoked tofu, banana, pear
Lunch: leftover garbanzo/tomato stew, sweet potato chips
Snack: tempeh jerky, rice crackers, diet Coke
Dinner: arugula/orange/cranberry salad, brown rice tortilla/soy cheese quesadilla, taco-style soy curls, glass of local pino gris

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: Thinly Veiled

Scheming on some birds outside of the window...

Daily Food 5/10/10
Breakfast: homemade granola bar
Lunch: mixed veg salad, tofu with spinach, jasmine tea
Dinner: curried tomato/garbanzo stew, roasted brusssels sprouts
Misc: sugar-free choc pudding cup

Monday, May 10, 2010

But I Heart Gluten, So, So Much...

My mother got this back from some testing: 

Interpretation Of HLA-DQ Testing:  HLA gene analysis reveals that you have two copies of a gene that causes gluten allergy (any DQ1, DQ2 not by HLA-DQB1*0201, or DQ3 not by HLA-DQB1*0302). Having two copies of a gluten sensitive gene means that each of your parents and all of your children (if you have them) will possess at least one copy of the gene.    
Her Doc says this is one reason why she can't lose weight (seriously, the woman eats like a bird and exercises, every day, and continues to balloon); metabolism and thyroid are all jacked up from this allergy.  So, basically, she's got the gene double, which means I have it for sure and now I need to stop making fun of all of the gluten-free people like I've been doing for so long.  I mean, really.  So much mocking.  Now I might have to... *shudder*, become one of them.  

I don't anticipate it to be too hard to make the switch here in P-town, where gluten-free-chic is fairly prevalent, but poor Mumswell in her little tiny town!  Pretty sure there's no gluten-free restaurants in Niwot, CO.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Text Message Hall of Fame

"I'll explain later, but I met Daniel Baldwin AND he bought me pizza!"  

Which is better - celebrity run-in or free pizza? 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Oh, Tony Stonem!

My coworker blew my mind yesterday when she told me that Nicholas Hoult from Skins and most recently, A Single Man (awesome film) is the same kid from About A Boy.  I hadn't put that one together.  I felt like I'd just seen a purple dog or something. 

Daily Food 5/4/10
Breakfast: Nancy's plain yogurt with raspberries, Larabar
Lunch: New Season's hot wok - tofu, green beans, kale, carrots, mushrooms, peas, yakisoba noodles, peanuts, garlic/ginger
Dinner: SoyCurls, pinto beans, Tofutti Sour Cream, tomatoes, olives, Have'a chips
Misc: freshly-roasted pistachios, glass o' bubbly at Kir 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: Necklace, check.

I swear I had nothing to do with this.  

Daily Food 5/3/10
Breakfast: everything bagel w fresh veggie cream cheese, veg sausage, apple
Lunch: mixed veg salad, palak tofu/spinach
Snack: Clif bar
Dinner: green salad with cranberries/almonds, smoked tofu