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A week in Oregon, part 1: family time in Portland

A week in Oregon, part 1: family time in Portland

We’re baaaaack! We arrived home last night around 9, sticky from the humid Oregon weather and worn out from the drive, but intact! One week spent: in Portland, down to Lincoln City, up to Manzanita and Cannon Beach, back down to Newport (twice), and then over to Eddyville! Plenty of driving, dogs, beaches, and wind on this trip. So let’s get on with the 520 photos I took, eh?

Erika and Cash
First stop last Sunday was my cousin Erika’s new house in Portland. I don’t know what setting I had the camera on, but about 5% of the photos taken at her house turned out in focus–everything else looks like this. Heavy sigh.

Erika and Cash II
Normally I wouldn’t post these shots but they are the ONLY shots, so there you have it. Camera fail! Erika gave birth to sweet little Cash four months ago. He is a happy, quiet little baby–he currently has a reflux issue, but other than the spitting and slobbering he was an angel. I got several long whiffs of baby head, my favorite.

E E and C
I handed the camera to Josh, and evidently he didn’t notice the pictures were all out of focus either, grrrr! We really need to tryyyyy, just a little bit harderrrr…Note the quilt on the couch–I made that quilt for Erika and her husband for their wedding gift two years ago. She said it gets a lot of use, which makes me happy.

I’m crazy about all of her dark wood furniture. The house they moved into is not new–built in the 50’s, but they did a great job of remodeling the kitchen with all new cupboards and tile. Made me jealous–I can’t wait until the day that we are no longer renting. Hooray for paint on walls!

The art was great too. I’m thinking a Liz painting would fit right in with their décor.

living room
Erika gave us a little starter plant that will someday grow to be as large as the one in her living room (that leafy blur you see above). She made a fantastic dinner featuring Greek salad and a fabulous moussaka with beef and lamb. My aunt came over to the house and brought my cousin Aimee’s twins with her, who I met for the first time. Erika’s mother-in-law brought Erika’s stepson back home from a weekend with granny and they joined us for dinner as well.

little Matt hooping
After dinner, Little Matt (as I call him–to differentiate between Erika’s husband Matt and her brother Matt–oy vey that’s a lot of Matts) hooped for me. He has skills!

Josh playing with kids
Josh playing with Little Matt and the twins after dinner. Nice butt!

It was a lovely start to our vacation. I brought Erika flowers and some Lindor chocolate balls, which are special because when her family lived in Switzerland they used to ship them over to my family all the time, and we all love them. Erika made a fabulous dinner and it was wonderful seeing her new house and spending time with her and her family. Portland is a mere 3 hour drive from where we live, and I am definitely going back–soon, hopefully.

After dinner and visiting we were ready to embark on our drive down to Lincoln City–about two a half hours away. Stay tuned for part 2…exploring Lincoln City! IN FOCUS!

My hooping brings all the dogs to the yard

My hooping brings all the dogs to the yard

that darn...dress
April, 2009. Happy Flashback Frock Freaky Friday! That “frock” is little more than a piece of neon tie-dyed fabric that I actually paid money for from “We Love Colors“. Note to tights-loving girls: their stockings are worth it. They last foreverrrrrrr.

I just went and had my ultrasound–sho nuff, I do have a cyst on my left ovary, caused by the Clomid! That explains the horrible pain! I figured there had to be something there–I’m pretty in tune with my body. Anyway, I’d like to think so. So now I have to have another ultrasound before I go on Clomid again–if I go on Clomid again. I don’t really care for it. The side effects–formation/bursting of cysts, causing too much pain to even have sex–seem ridiculous.

But enough about my ovaries, what else is happening? Tomorrow we are doing the 5k “Earth Day” run, probably in the rain. The Boy is sick, but (as usual) determined to do it. Sunday I have a weight loss hypnosis class with Corinne, and it’s also the Boy’s birthday. I bought him rainbow chip cake mix and matching frosting at the store, because he told me that he’d NEVER HAD IT. Can you imagine such a thing? Have a flab-u-lous weekend, blog-logs!

Hoopin’ it up

Hoopin’ it up

silver dress hooping 3
My happy place: hooping at Burning Man, 2009.

So I signed up for a “30 minutes of hooping for 30 days” contest inspired by Raymi, which seemed like a great idea at the time. Why couldn’t I wedge in 30 minutes of hooping for a month? I’ve been meaning to get back into it anyway. Unfortunately, the contest kicks off today, and my cold is at its peak today. At least, I HOPE this is the peak, sheee-yit. I worked this morning and then went to the library and then successfully resisted Jamba Juice (damn carbs). I could just put in some Crest whitening strips, pick up the hoop, and let ‘er rip for 30 minutes, perhaps while listening to “Confessions on a Dance Floor”. It’s gonna take a LOT of willpower! Siiiiiiiiigh. I really want a Jamba Juice.

2012 re-cap, part 1: lots and lots of pettipants

2012 re-cap, part 1: lots and lots of pettipants

It’s that time again! Time for me to re-cap the FUN things I accomplished in 2012…so when I’m feeling creatively stifled or depressed I can look back and go AH HA! I did stuff that year! “Not completely useless, you know,” (said in Bubble voice).

pettipants primer
Received a serger for Christmas, and made my very first pair of pettipants! I came up with the idea for Pettipants Revolution in 2011 but it was on hold until the serger came along. Hurray! Hurrah. I gifted this first pair to Corinne.

– I decide that 2012 is the year I start running (jogging slowly), and the Boy and I, after 6 years of being together, go for our very first run together. Mawwwww!

Joshy cross country skiing in the backyard
The snow hits Seattle, and the Boy goes cross-country skiing for the first time in 6 years, in our backyard. Then I do something shocking…

Liz on cross country skis
…a little cross-country skiing myself!

Now, I told the Boy that I would really cross-country ski with him this year (like in public), but the ski season just baaaarely began and there’s pleeeenty of time for me to still do it. In, um, 2013. Spring season! He told me it’s all about the crazy costumes during spring ski season! And you know I need a crazy costume. Or else what’s the point?

family portrait 2012
My camera/tripod take a nice family portrait, at the Boy’s grandparents’ house. All smiles! I need to print this out.


– the Boy enters the “Biggest Loser” contest at work, prompting us to start watching the show at night and then exercising in the living room. We keep up this healthy habit for at least 2 months, although the contest runs from February-April. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t win.

The Revolution begins...
After frantically sewing for a month, I finally have enough product to kick off my second Etsy shop, Pettipants Revolution! My goal for 2013: add more pettipants to the store. I started out making the pettipants this long, board short length, but eventually found a different pattern to make them short, like this:

pink floral pettipants main
…which I like a lot better. Variety is good.

bang bang
I have an ear infection for WEEKS, but it doesn’t stop me from having fun!

paint splatter pettipants
Paint splatter pettipants, still for sale.

RAW artists asks me back for a third show, but between my real job (part time), the pettipants store, and a rockin’ ear infection, I turn them down. Perhaps in 2013 I’ll do it again–once I complete some new paintings, that is.

turquoise paisley pettipants
Turquoise floral paisley pettipants (still for sale!). The posting of these pettipants also causes my mother to comment on my blog for the first time…in 9 years. To be fair, nobody knew about my blog for the first…several years. Heh. For good reason–it was big time embarrassing (more so, I mean).

– Madonna’s Superbowl performance is so good, I cry!

The Boy launches “Bearduary” (in 2013, he’s starting it a month early–BOO).

– Corinne’s hilarious post-dentist drugged-up phone message

flannel paisley pettipants
Flannel paisley pettipants, for Mumsie, per her request.

Baroque flannel pettipants
Baroque flannel pettipants, size large. Still for sale!

bright scrubs
I purchase the first “cute” scrubs I’ve ever owned. Incredibly comfortable!


spring pettipants
Floral pettipants for spring! Still for sale.

Bearduary: the evolution

Liz post haircut
Corinne and I get our hair cut at a hairdressing academy, and my hair actually looks worse afterwards! Not to mention I lost a lot of length…and my hair takes forever to grow. Never again!

– our beloved Korean donut shop, located 5 minutes away, CLOSES. This is both good news…and bad news.

blue floral pettipants
Blue floral pettipants–sold!

red pettipants (with wig)
I realize that my pettipants photos are missing something important–WIGS! I start adding full outfits, including matching sunglasses and wigs, to my pettipants listings. These red floral pettipants are still for sale.

acid floral pettipants side
Acid floral pettipants, one of my favorites, and sold!

– Corinne gets so fucked up at the dentist, they have to wheel her out (she gave me complete creative control to videotape her, whatta gal!)

pink paint splatter pettipants
Pink paint splatter pettipants, another fav of mine. Still for sale!

Christopher and glory holes

purple daisy pettipants outside
Purple daisy pettipants, still for sale!

– thanks to Jerry, I get my first iphone (for free), and immediately become smitten!

the lily painting
I send the Lily painting off to Kissyfur! Yay.

inside of shoe card
I also send him a blue glitter “retard” button, because we have extremely inappropriate senses of humor! Double yay.

purple floral pettipants with petticoat
Purple floral pettipants, still for sale! Also, my first listing with the pettipants under a petticoat. Werk.

pink floral pettipants side
Pink floral pettipants, still for sale, amazingly. So cute! Maybe I should keep these. Hmph.

blue floral pettipants main
Blue floral pettipants, for Fleeta.

purple pettipants with silver stars
Purple pettipants with silver stars! I can’t believe these haven’t sold. Alright, time for me to start promoting my shop! Shee-yit!

– we attend Grandpa Lew’s concert

– I still hoop sometimes

Corinne holding the Corinne painting
I finally finish the painting of Corinne’s tits and present it to her!

black and silver star pettipants
Black sparkle pettipants, still for sale!

– the Boy and I attend the Gaugain exhibit at the SAM and he accuses me of “hating art” because I get bored! Heigh ho!


– the Boy gets filmed for local t.v. wearing the silver raver pants I made him and FORGETS TO PIMP OUT MY PETTIPANTS STORE but I still love him!

– I participate in Frock Friday, a’la Helga Von Trollop (once!)

neon green pettipants
Neon green satin pettipants of joy, which are actually the last pair I posted in my store this year.

What happened was around this time I quit running and started eating terrible things and gaining weight, RIGHT in time for my first 5K (of course! this is the way my life works). Since I’m my pettipants model I didn’t want to post chunky photos of my legs, so I stopped. Get it? Got it. Gooood. Not to mention sales weren’t exactly soaring so I figured, why post a ton of product online if there’s no demand? Ne’er mind, I lost that extra weight and am planning on posting new product in 2013. So there, Pierre!

The Boy joins Corinne and I in our very first 5K, the Color Run! SO much fun. So many photos! I actually want to do it again this year. There’s a great video of it here!

The following weekend, the Boy and I and the rogs participate in my second 5K, The Big Backyard Run! Not quite as fun as the Color Run, but ya know. It’s tough to compete! I had planned on signing us up for the Great Kilted Run in August, but we went camping instead. Priorities.

– I like Instagram

– make my first Etsy treasury, “Mint is Marvelous

– make my second Etsy treasury, “It’s not a rave, it’s a happening

nail marbling first attempt
Nail marbling! Kinda fun. Here’s my DIY tutorial. It was very popular this year…with 15-year-olds on Instagram. Heh.

– Corinne and I kick off a weight loss “competition” with each other and completely waste our time doing Weight Watchers for most of the summer. I simply gain and lose the same 5 pounds. POINTLESS!

I get a haircut/partial foils at my favorite (expensive) salon so my hair looks cute for 24 hours! Yes!

Joshy twirls
The Boy and I go to Pride! Yay!

HELP ME RHONDA these re-caps always take foreverrrrrr! Stay tuned for Part 2.

Halloween, Schmalloween (the end)

Halloween, Schmalloween (the end)

Ta DUH! 2 bras, one pair of socks and a stripe or two of bronzing powder to achieve Peg Bundy realness. In the chest area.

Peg on the loveseat, looking haughty
Although let’s face it, I didn’t really feel like Peg until I put the wig on.

no ma'am
He didn’t get his hair quite right, and try as we might, we never got the voices exact, but we were definitely Al and Peg there for a couple of hours. Tired Al and Peg. Did I mention we’re not having night Halloween parties any more? Yyyyyyeaaaaaah. Ooooolllld.

kids playing poi in the rain
It rained the night of the party. Seattle decided to make up for two beautiful, sunny, rain-free (totally unusual) months by dumping on us heavily this past week. I’ve been spending two hours on the freeway every day in it for work and complaining to anyone who will listen.

frowny pumpkins
The Boy carved these pumpkins at the last minute.

disco disco
Wanna know the funny part? We’ve lived in this house for three years now, and never had a single trick or treater. Since we’re on the Atkins/South Beach/”Fatkins” (I made that up) diet I decided to be strong and not buy candy this year…

black light spider nest
…and then at 10 o’clock at night my neighbor (who I forgot to invite to the party and feel guilty about) showed up on our doorstep with her 13-year-old son…for trick or treating.

Bear Cub with a mask
In my fruit print nightgown with wet hair from the shower, I offered the kid a choice of two Halloween masks in place of candy. At first he tried to refuse, telling me they were “too small” for his face, but his mother forced him to take the devil one. They had just gotten home from church. Love it.

Brenna looking glam
Brenna threw on some, you know, “old clothes” that she had “lying around” with a fabulous glittery hat purchased from my favorite haunt “Display & Costume”. Glam.

Corinne and Liz are hooping schmears
This is Corinne and I hooping to entertain our guests, as we do. It’s just a little out of focus, yeah? I still like it. It has spirit.

Al, Peg, Katniss and Effie Trinket
Al and Peg and Katniss and Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games”. If you haven’t seen that movie yet, don’t. Just watch “Battle Royale” instead and congratulate yourself on your good taste!

Al Bundy on the couch
We’re going to Spokane this weekend for the Boy’s grandfather’s 90th (!!!) birthday party. We’re also going to pay a visit to Lisa, who wants me to spend the night with her and the kids. It’s going to be hard, but she needs my support. I can’t imagine losing a spouse at this age. Still haven’t wrapped my mind around it. So sad.

scary Corinne
Corinne won “scariest costume”…

Corinne and Maggie love each other
…and had a little snugglefest with Maggie dog. Mawwwwwww. This is my favorite picture of the bunch.

Halloween COMPLETE! What’s next? I’m hungry.