Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tiny Tuesday (Wednesday): Bah Humbug.

Elite Event: Thai and Sweaters!

Elite Event at Soi9 last night!  Peep the sweater and find the full story of its creation here.  Lovely to see everyone, as always, even if seating was a little bit awkward. 

Daily Food 12/21/10
Breakfast: veggie sausage patty, potato pancake, toast
Lunch: lentil soup, Tofurkey slices on toast
Dinner: shared at family-style dinner, misc vegan noodles, tofu, salad rolls, red curry rice croquet, vegan tom kha soup, green curry, rice. 
Misc: Hot toddy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Peacock Lane

Not quite as grand as I recall from years prior, but Peacock Lane is still lovely and pretty as always.  Had some great holiday time with friends yesterday, walking the lane after a happy hour at Bonfire and before capping the night off with some pinball at Red Flag.  I'm getting slightly sad that Christmas season is almost over, and I know I have several days still so am determined to embrace it as best as I can!  FedExing the big box o' toys to my niece and nephew today, so it will be there waiting on Christmas Eve.

Daily Food 12/19/10
Breakfast: roasted red potatoes, poached eggs, toast
Dinner: shared HH pita/tzatziki, sweet potato fries; veggie burger, hot toddies
Misc: cider, white choc pretzels

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Came Early, Manicure Edition

Check this out!  I got a surprise early Christmas gift from Matt E.  Yes, that's right, every imaginable color of nail striper available.  I am going to go crazy with these kits.  These tiny bottles are way cool - they have a super thin, long brush, to make any kind of design your little heart desires.  I see snowflakes and Santa Clauses in my digits' future. 

Tiny Tuesday: Not A Creature Was Stirring

I tried the old "Come here, I promise I won't attach a Santa hat to your fat face" approach again, after a disastrous first attempt at clothing the cat.  It did not go well.  She wouldn't talk to me for hours, but here's the beast all tuckered out after that traumatic event.  I WILL get the Santa Suit on her at some point.  Mean?  Kinda.  Hilarious?  Definitely.  It's worth it. 

Daily Food 12/13/10
Breakfast: NF Greek yogurt, banana, pumpkin granola
Lunch: mixed veg salad with garbanzos, orange
Snack: toffee peanuts
Dinner: Quorn patty, tomato salad, baked potato

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Grotto

Breathtaking, inspiring, humbling, sparkling, serene, peaceful.  

The Grotto is an amazing place, and many thanks to Groupon, Ma and I scored two tickets plus a beverage on the cheap.  After a fun dinner out at Equinox, we headed to deep NE, rolled up in the Camry right into a princess parking spot and meandered into the Grotto for a really fun traipse through the Festival of Lights AND caught a choir concert, too.  I would definitely go back again and pay full price for another visit before Christmas.  It was awesome.

Daily Food 12/11/10
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, potatoes/mushrooms, fruit salad
Dinner: appetizer madness while decorating the tree - mushroom turnovers, assorted crudite, tiny GF crepes with roasted Golden Nugget squash and mascarpone, nuts, fruit, cheese, pinot g.  MADNESS!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Cheer, It's On.

Matt brought over some gorgeous floral arrangements the other night, and my whole apartment is transformed.  Smells great, too!  My mother arrived from Colorado, and our mission is to do up my place to make it look like someone lives here and then cover it all up immediately with super tacky Christmas decor.  Really going to clash with these super-classy additions from my bestie, but oh well.  Holidays MMX. 

I can barely admit this:  I bought a fake tree.  And it's white.  WTF.  Seemed like a good idea at the time- if you're gonna go fake, might as well go super fake, yeah?  But I don't know, I'm seriously doubting the whole thing, and might return it.  There was a very cheesy little fiber optic tree for sale at the library next door... I might go check and see if it's still there today.  At least that $10 would go to the library.  We'll see how it pans out, as Mama Trip and Operation Festive-i-cize the Apartment continues.  There will be glitter involved. 

Got to see St Frankie Lee yesterday:  TWICE!  A rare occasion. 

Daily Food 12/9/10
Breakfast: two poached eggs, polenta cake, tomato sauce, kale
Lunch: hummus, rice crackers, mixed fruit, piece o' cheddar
Snack: popcorn, almonds, apple/pear juice
Dinner: Caesar salad, Gladstone pizza, pinot g

PS Daily Food might be going away, as I am now using which is super sweet.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: That's a Wrap

I'm fresh out of Tiny photos, plus they were all starting to look the same.  Guest spot!  Photo courtesy of Matt E.  Mama AB arrives to Portland tomorrow! 

Daily Food 12/6/10
Breakfast: Fuji apple, 1/2 Trio nut bar
Lunch: Quorn patty, roasted potato/asparagus, Laughing Cow wedge
Dinner: Light veg soup, Stacy's soy crisps

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tree Lighting in Milwaukie

 The winning umbrella, pirate-themed, and peep Santa in the background.  Aw yeah. 

Dear God it was like stepping back in time and into Mayberry.  I have never seen a more cute gathering.  Also, I don't believe I've ever seen more people or action in downtown Milwaukie before.  Everyone was out, most proudly displaying their decorated umbrellas from the parade (see photo above for the winner - of course it's a pirate theme, duh), with the Johnson Creek Brass Band providing music and some old folks handing out cookies and hot cocoa. 

Miss Clackamas (yes, re-read that) did the countdown to the tree lighting, tiara and all.  Santa ho-ho-ho'd.  There were horses and carriage rides!  It was pretty goshdarn thrilling. 

Daily Food 12/3/10
Breakfast: egg/cheese toasty from Wind Horse, banana
Lunch: 1/2 egg salad sandwich, leftover kale stew
Snacks: chips/salsa, cookie at the tree lighting  
Dinner: shared pumpkin curry, pad kee mao, rice, som tum, salad roll
Misc: pinot g

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Holiday Cheer Soon.

This afternoon, my little neighborhood is having an umbrella parade (?) and the official downtown Milwaukie Tree Lighting.  You bet yer bippy I'll be there for that, even if it means having to leave work early... the festivities start at 3:30 for some reason, do they not know people are at work?  Oh, well!  Good times either way, looking forward to it.  This is happening in conjunction with First Friday's Art a la Carte.  Details here

Daily Food 12/2/10
Breakfast: GF toast, apple, banana
Lunch: kale stew w/ GF pasta, roasted carrots w/ garbanzo gravy
Dinner: arancine, caesar, bread, pinto g
Misc: diet Coke, chips/salsa snack, hot toddys!