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So, a few years ago (I guess it was…2008?) Angela and Theresa and I visited the great Pacific Northwest. It was my first time in the region, and my last year of not being allowed to drive a rental car, so I was living it up and taking it all in. We started in Seattle and drove down the coast to Portland. I never thought I would love a state more than I love Colorado, but I have to admit, I totally fell in love with Oregon. I love it so much, I’ve made it my personal goal in life to live there some day.

I was given but a fleeting glimpse of what Portland and Oregon have to offer, but the taste has lingered. These are the things that I look forward to loving about my future home.

1. Portland is Like a Cooler Version of Indianapolis. There are a lot of things I like about Indy, and the homey feel and sprawling bungalowed neighborhoods is the best. When I visited Portland, it was kind of like coming home. I could easily picture myself on those quiet tree-lined streets that looked like variations of all the neighborhoods I know and love back home. The downtown is modest, like Indy, but full of exciting things to discover. 

2. Keep Portland Weird. From what I understand, Keep Portland Weird is a local belief/marketing strategy/sentiment geared toward celebrating the uniqueness of Portland and supporting local businesses. Kind of like our “Be Indypendent” idea here in Indianapolis. I haven’t quite wrapped my head around just what it is, but I have enjoyed the large signs, the bumper stickers, and the general idea that Portland is “weird.” It makes me feel like I would fit in there.

3. Mount Hood. I am really, really looking forward to the opportunity to look at a mountain every day. Even looking at a hill every day would be exciting to me, in comparison.

4. Powell’s Books. We walked right past this mega bookstore while in Portland, and I didn’t even know it existed at the time. So I prefer to buy books used, but I wouldn’t mind spending a few days hanging out in this veritable shrine of printed media.

5. Voodoo Donuts. I don’t know what all the hype is about, but I would love to find out. Plus? I loooove pink icing with sprinkles. You gotta love a city with famous donuts.

6. Mass Transit. I did get to utilize and enjoy this while we were visiting; but I want more. I want to use it basically every time I have to leave my house. It’s easy. And it’s FREE (well, you don’t have to buy a ticket or pass, at any rate).

7. No Sales Tax. Okay, so this one is completely opposite to my personal beliefs (I think there should be higher sales tax, lower income tax), but I’m willing to overlook that and enjoy this little perk as it comes to me. I hope everything is sold in nice round numbers there.

8. Hardiness Zone 8. Portland has a vibrant urban farming scene, and I fully intend to get in on it when I’m there. The biggest challenge may be finding a little space of my own that hasn’t already been claimed as someone’s garden. On a related note, I’m stoked about getting involved with the huge Portland Farmers’ Market. Living in Zone 8 will be gooooood.

9. Heading East. And Heading West. Hop in the car and go, and you’re bound to find something awesome. The amazingly beautiful Oregon Coast lies to the West, and Columbia River Gorge will steal your breath away to the East. You can’t go wrong. And I have a few waterfalls I have yet to meet.

10. Ethnic Food. The Gardens. Chinatown. Portland Art Museum. Museum of Contemporary Craft?? I’m just going to have to lump all of the rest of my anticipation in to #10, because there are far too many places I want to see and things I want to do.

Most of all, though, I want to become familiar with the town. I want to know its ins and outs like I know Indianapolis. I want to find that little hidden fountain in that tiny historical neighborhood on the east side where you can cool your feet after a long walk from the park (if such a Portland counterpart exists). I want to know which gas station sells candy cigarettes, and make special trips there on my way home from work. I want to find my favorite quiet little neighborhood that is perfect for taking walks with my sweetie.

Portland, it’s been a while, and I know we don’t know each other well…but someday, we’ll just have to remedy that.

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I’ve worked every day since Memorial Day, so I thought it’d be a nice idea to take a day for myself today. I decided to document my adventures by photographing my feet wherever I went. It wasn’t as simple to execute as I had thought it would be, as many of the places I went were not exactly conducive to picture taking. In addition, it’s not easy to find creative ways to repeatedly photograph your own feet!

At any rate, here’s my day. Can you guess where I’ve been?…

9:15am

10:04am clean hobbit feet

11:15am

12:02pm

1:08pm: too big for Bee 😦

2:22pm

2:53pm: this one's easy..

4:15pm

 

4:25pm: I'm on ur coccyx

4:27pm

 

4:37pm: too much to see

 

5:30pm: break

 

6:40pm

6:53pm

7:44pm

9:43pm: no rest for Bee til blog is posted!

Therein lies a very incomplete snapshot of my day! It was fun, but exhausting. Next time I’m going to just stay home and read a book. 🙂

 

 

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I’m turning into a regular foodie here, it’s ridiculous. But when you discover fresh produce and all its potential, it’s hard not to become obsessed with finding things to make with it.

This healthy and inexpensive eating option was inspired by the Buttered Noodles dish at Noodles & Co. Except, Noodles & Co. will charge you upwards of $6.00, and isn’t as healthy for you as my version. Take that, fine dining.

First you need to choose a noodle. We choose bowtie pasta because it has a fun shape. In my experience, though, it takes more time to thoroughly cook, so if you are really pinching pennies you might stick with egg noodles or macaroni or something that won’t take up as much energy to prepare.

Next, you need a good olive oil. Or even an average olive oil. I’m not an olive oil connoisseur (yet), but the darker, more virginy ones tend to have more flavor, or so I’ve heard.

The toppings are the best part. Here we’ve used a farm fresh tomato, basil picked from our lovely garden, and a bit of shredded parmesan cheese. But it can be equally tasty without the tomato, and using dried crushed basil instead. I wouldn’t omit the cheese if I were you.

So, one or two cups pasta, cooked to your preference.

Optional diced tomato (or perhaps another veggie?).

Olive oil of any type really.

Basil, either chopped fresh or from the spice rack.

Shredded parmesan cheese.

Additional flavorings, such as garlic salt, table salt, etc.

Simply mix the ingredients, and you’re good to go!

Our favorite drink to go with this dish (and any other dish really) is our cold brewed herbal tea:

We get a box of Celestial Seasonings tea bags for about $4.00, which makes about four or five pitchers. Simply fill the pitcher with hot/warm water from the tap, add three or four tea bags (and some sugar at this point, if you really must), and pop it in the fridge to cool and steep. We never take the bags out, they just float around in the pitcher til it’s empty, then they are fed to the worm farm. We prefer any of the fruit flavored teas, though I’m sure a cold-brewed peppermint tea or floral tea would taste great too.

Last time I went to Noodles & Co., I was disappointed in the taste of their buttered noodles. My oily noodly dish is just so much tastier. And cheaper.

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The past two weeks at the Bee Family Garden have been more of the same. More blooms, more fruits, our first harvest of one very rotund cucumber, and more waiting and scrutinizing.

I haven’t been too great about plucking the suckers from my tomatoes, so they are getting a bit wild and unruly these days.

But productive…

Zinna blooms, and cucumber blooms, and sweet pepper blooms (but no fruit yet).

Beans and Basil are downright prolific!

Cukes are lookin’ good..

And some friendly faces top it all off.

I’ve also tried a second round of pickling, using a different recipe without vinegar, and just a fraction of the spices. They turned out much closer to what I was hoping for, though I’m still not an expert pickler. All the experience has been quite delicious so far, though!

FYI: In case you were wondering, Jeff chose tonight’s blog title.

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One of the best things about my blog is the stats page. I check it almost every day, and it tells me how many people have viewed my blog, which pages are most popular, which websites refer readers to my blog, and whether anyone has clicked on any links or pictures on my blog. So I don’t know exactly who is looking at my blog every day, but I can surmise a thing or two from the information provided.

Kinda creepy, really.

One of my favorite parts about the stats page is a list of search terms that have brought random people to my blog. These are terms that any given person typed into google or some other search engine, which somehow ultimately, and sometimes inexplicably, brought them to a link to my blog. Some of them are downright absurd, and many of them are amusing, so I wanted to share. This is a full list starting from the very beginning of my blog almost two years ago.

WARNING: while my blog is rated PG, some of these search terms are not. Like I said, I have no idea how some of these terms are in any way linked to my blog. But, apparently, they are.

Happy searching.

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I really enjoy the way you tend to meet some really absurd and interesting people at garage sales. Sounds crazy coming from me, I know. But the fact that in most cases you don’t even know the person’s name, and don’t know anything about them except what they choose to reveal, is intriguing. Some people choose to share the most obscure and personal information, as if they had known you their whole life. One lady shopping at our garage sale told me that her doctor advises her to stay away from her own 28 year old daughter, and that she has to take medication to keep her daughter from affecting her health too much. She also seemed to think I was a really great person, but I’m wondering if perhaps this is only relative to how she feels about her daughter.

Yesterday I had a few people, during the course of casual garage sale conversation, ask me if I were still taking photographs and making art. I’m happy to say that I could answer with an emphatic yes. The ability to have the time to design and create has been a really wonderful thing in my life lately. I consider my blog to be my prominent means of creative self-expression this summer, and it has been a motivation to keep producing more in order to keep my readers thoroughly engrossed, as I’m sure they all are. (right?) Creativity is something that takes practice. The more I create and dabble and write about my intentions, the more ideas come flooding into my brain. There simply is not enough time for it all.

I’m currently working on a little project, but it is not yet ready to be shared. Instead, I’d like to show you an inspiration board that I have made which helps me to put together designs and ideas in a way that appeals to me visually. It might be boring to you, but perhaps when I reveal my finished product you will appreciate having seen the building blocks in process…

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The other day I was hauling trash out of my grandmother’s basement, helping the mighty effort to clean up a space that hasn’t seen a good tidying in decades. The amount of absolute, pure trash that one couple can purposefully accumulate is inconceivable. But if you’ve lived through the Depression, as probably none of us here have, then you can easily find it in your heart to stash away every egg carton, every plastic gallon ice cream tub, every single scrap and whatnot you come across that could ever possibly come in handy some unknown day in the future.

Among the things I hauled out were some warped and moldy picture frames, some with kitschy “art” still in place, just begging, positively groveling for a chance to be displayed. Now, hopelessly ruined, they would never grace the walls of any house. Too bad.

As I chucked one in the trash can, it caught my eye and I pulled it back out. It was a simple little countryside illustration of a house and some rolling hills. I can’t remember the details much, but the style of the image was alluring, almost Hopper-esque in its contrast and color use.

(in case you forgot what a Hopper looks like…)

I decided the print wasn’t a keeper but wrote down the name of the artist, Irv Wyner, before I put it back in the trash with the others. It didn’t occur to me that, in this day and age, something noteworthy might not be available at my fingertips as soon as I got online at home to look it up.

And that I did. I googled Irv Wyner, and came up with a paltry amount of information and a painfully small collection of images.

It turns out that Irv Wyner was a background artist for all sorts of great animated movies and television shows. His work sets the stage for such big-time stars as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Sylvester, Porky, Elmer Fudd, you name it.

These are the only two images I could find online that look anything remotely similar to the print that I found..

Irv Wyner died in 2002, leaving behind basically no information about his personal life and very few marketable works of art, but a wealth of visual beauty that is regularly overlooked in some of the most classic animations ever created.

I kinda wish I had held on to that musty little piece of cardboard that led me to discover him.

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This weekend’s circumstances have gotten me thinking once again about the defining characteristic of introverts: we draw our strength from time spent alone.

Jeff is away for a few days, and I find myself alone in the house for the first time since we moved in last October. True to the description and my nature, I can feel myself relaxing and strengthening as I go about my day in solitude. As much as I dearly love my boyfriend and think he is perfect for me….I needed this.

Living with another human being can be a tricky thing for an introvert. For me, it’s mostly a matter of too much external stimulus. I have gone seven hours now without interacting with another human being, and it hasn’t once crossed my mind to consider myself lonely. The house has been perfectly quiet, and I move from room to room and back again without having to say a single word or acknowledge anything except the occasional needy cat. This is very calming to me.

I tend to get frustrated about 100 times a day. That’s not a problem for me, because as long as it all stays in my own little world, it’s pretty much easy come easy go. But if I get stressed when my partner is home, it’s like a big mirror, bouncing all that negative energy right back into my face. I stress about trying to hide my stress from my partner, and about how he feels about my stress, and whether it makes him stressed, and if not then why not…and so on.

I’ve gotten frustrated several times this very evening—but nobody cared. And hence, I haven’t felt stressed. I feel great.

I’ve often considered the idea of taking a nice, solitary vacation to some quiet place where I can just be alone and really and truly get away from everything for a few days. A Thoreauvian getaway to recharge like introverts do. Where would I go, and what would I bring and do? I’d always thought it’d be great to rent a cabin somewhere, like Asheville, NC, or just head up to Michigan and camp on the beach for a while. I’d want to be somewhere with other people close by, for safety’s sake and to keep from feeling completely isolated and out of touch. But my own little space would be my own, encroached upon by none other (ideally), and all the time I need without any agenda or second opinions. I’d bring a sketchbook, of course, and a journal, because those are some of my typical means of self-expression. I might leave the camera behind, because capturing images would imply my desire to share my experience with others, and that is not the point of it all. I would consider bringing my laptop, so long as I could completely avoid encountering the internet. And, being a smart young lady, I would certainly bring along my cell phone which does nothing but text and make calls, so that I could keep in touch with those who need to know my whereabouts. But I can’t really think of anything else I would want, aside from a good book in case it rains the whole time. I think that I could do fine for several days with just a pair of walking shoes and some interesting places to wander. It could be city, it could be forest, it could be a country road in the middle of nowhere, but I am sure I could be quite content.

Even so, I am well aware that there is a time and a place for everything, and that things are best when they are experienced in moderation. I crave and appreciate my chances to be alone and gather myself together again, but I have no desire to be lonely. A few years ago I moved into my own house, to live by myself for the first time in my life. I thought it would be perfect peace at last. Instead, I was pretty miserable. Evening after evening of solitude started to get to me. I looked forward to every chance I had to be around other people. All I wanted was a living, breathing, thinking human being to be sitting close by in another room while I went about my daily routines, which seemed so empty and pointless without it. When I drove around, alone, in my car, I would spy passengers in other cars and envy them with all my might. Tearfully, I realized one day that I would rather be in a car with someone else having a heated argument or giving each other the cold shoulder, rather than be canned up like a lonely little sardine in my own.

I’m thankful for the experience I had to live on my own. It has made me realize that I do need companionship, and that the quiet and not so quiet happenings of domesticity and cohabitation are what keep me deeply contented and stable from day to day to day. I need my home and my sweetie every bit as much as I need my time away from them on occasion. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the healthiest way for me to be.

But I’m just a weirdo introvert. 🙂

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One fine day last summer, we were roaming around downtown Cincinnati on a trip to visit Jeff’s sister, looking for something to entertain us. Downtown Cincy isn’t always the most happening place, you know. While passing by some store fronts, a display of brightly designed skateboards caught Jeff’s eye, and he beckoned us back for a look. We were pleasantly surprised, and looked for the name of the store: Harper Studios. Hmmm. We tentatively ventured indoors, and were greeted by a small gallery space packed with art that instantly won us over.

Of course, the first thing I noticed was that everything was animals. Then, I noticed the incredibly unique minimalist style and the vivid colors. Things just kept getting better and better. These weren’t just paintings of animals, they were works dripping with personality and insight, full of charm. It was impossible not to smile as I recognized the quirky little habits of all the wildlife I love personified in these flat, two-dimensional images. Geometry and nature were fused into one medium which was guaranteed to win me over. We left with a catalogue of Charley Harper’s works, and kept coming back to enjoy the fun images time and time again that weekend.

Last Christmas, I had the great fortune of receiving not one, but three Charley Harper prints! They seem to blend in naturally with my decor and color scheme, and I never get tired of admiring them. Thank you Ang, Trese, and Jeff!

So who is this Charley Harper guy, and what is his studio doing hiding out in downtown Cincinnati?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Charley Harper was born and raised on the family farm in West Virginia, where he no doubt developed his keen perception of the quirks of nature. He left home to attend the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he met his wife and fellow artist Edie, and where he stayed on for years as a teacher. Eventually he worked in the commercial art world before opening his very own studio. He became immensely popular before he died in 2007, and his works can be seen in books, posters, and displays across the country. Since I fell in love with Harper’s gallery last summer, I’ve been more aware of his works popping up in random places. Walking through the education building at the Indianapolis Zoo, a Charley Harper print would catch my eye. Perusing photos of interior design spaces, I get excited when I notice a Charley Harper book artfully placed on a coffee table. And of course, at the Cincinnati Zoo there is a wealth of Charley Harper waiting to be noticed by the zoo-goer in the know.

What is so appealing about Charley’s works? Well, it has something to do with the way he takes an impossibly dense natural situation, and breaks it down with mathematical simplicity into a scene that instantly reflects the complex beauty of nature. Each image tells a story. As Charley used to explain it: “I don’t try to put everything in, I try to leave everything out.”

You’ll just have to see for yourself what we mean…

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Did you know that grocery stores refuse imperfect produce? This should strike you as a shock, or as very obvious. As for me, I was shocked. Even though I’m perfectly used to seeing something like this…

..when I visit the grocery store, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that about 20% of a farmer’s crops are simply refused by supermarkets based on looks alone.

Thinking back, though, I can’t believe I didn’t realize for myself, and much sooner at that. I mean, when is the last time I saw a crooked carrot while shopping for groceries? An oddly shaped orange? An elliptical eggplant? A malformed mango? (I could go on for a while..)

And come to think of it, how many times have I set aside the blemished apple, and the watermelon with the funny little scar on it? Any bruise or spot or lack of luster was grounds for condemnation, when I had hundreds of others to choose from.

I feel a little silly now.

Anyone who gardens knows that mother nature is not perfect. (That’s debatable, but for simplicity’s sake we’ll say she isn’t.) It’s amazing and fun to watch perfectly formed fruit and veggies ripening in your backyard, but it’s just as fun to come across those funky little edibles that decide they want to do something completely different. Everyone knows they still taste just as delicious.

Right?

Apparently not.

There’s been a steadily growing trend toward organic foods in the past few years. That’s wonderful, except that, we’re still really spoiled. We want fruits that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals, but heaven forbid anyone try to sell us a pock-marked pumpkin or a pear with a divot. It seems that even those hopping on the organics bandwagon still don’t quite have a grip on the idea of where food comes from (the dirt), and the wonderful process of how it’s made (pollinated by bugs, fertilized with manure, nibbled on by countless critters big and small). The idea of dusty, crooked, spotted food is not a new one. The demand for perfectly pristine food is.

A couple of years ago, the European Union repealed certain laws prohibiting the sale of imperfect vegetables. Yes, there were actually laws that stated that a grocer could not sell a cucumber that had more than 1cm of curve for every 10cm in length. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for this little guy in our cucumber patch, we don’t believe in discriminating against malformed veggies.

At any rate, the sale of imperfect produce helps pretty much everyone. At least, I can’t think of anyone who would lose profit from it. The farmer’s don’t waste 20% of their harvest, the consumer pays less for their food…what, really, is the point of the law in the first place?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. Somebody must be profiting from it; otherwise it would be perfectly legal.

Aside from all the bickering about wasted food and greed, there are many who delight in “wonky” food, simply for the novelty it has become in our culture. One such artist, Uli Westphal, creates some rather vivid works using fruit and veggies that would never have made it to the grocery store shelf.

Although, Edward Weston has been celebrating these “real” foods since the 1930s…

I guess I have rambled enough to come to some sort of conclusion:

funky food is beautiful, and delicious, and we should all definitely eat it and enjoy it every chance we get.

Also, in the words of Joni Mitchell,

“Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees, please.”

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