Tuesday, August 23, 2011

week 23

This week, baby's as big as a papaya! She's developing little nipples (woah!), her face is fully formed, and she's listening to my voice and heartbeatand even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

Monday, August 22, 2011

surprises are the best

last weekend we surprised our friend for his 27th birthday. instead of coming home to an empty house, he came home from dinner to find his place flooded with people clad in spandex. that was the theme of the party, spandex. not sure why. guys wore bicycling "onesies" or running tights, while girls rocked electric-blue stretchy pants made in the '80s.

(by the way? spandex is very flattering—and not embarrassing at all!on gals who are almost six months pregnant.)


anyway, everyone was still and quiet until the birthday boy crept up the stairs, leftovers in hand. we yelled "surprise" in unison and watched him jump. the best part was seeing his frightened eyes fade into a permanent, ecstatic smile. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

let's get snap happy

august 19 is world photography day! which means people across the globe are celebrating their cameras by capturing this day and sharing their photos.

i'm not participating. 

(shots of me at my desk on a friday afternoon are nothing to share with the world.)

however, i did take the time to flip through the 500 snaps on my iphone this morning. they got me thinking about all the times i've forgotten my "real" camera at homei use quotes because my iphone takes better pictures than my old point-and-shootor chosen not to carry the clunky thing around. when i forget it, i default to taking less-than-perfect shots with my iphone. but i've captured so many goofy, happy memories and special moments this way, i feel so lucky to have a cell phone with a camera built in! (seriously, what did people do before cell phones?)

i'm recognizing world photography day simply by being thankful for cameras in general, all kinds. i love looking through my photos and remembering how silly, busy or breathtaking life was on a certain day, in a single moment.  

here are just some of my favorites that i came across this morning:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

date night, southern style

every girl loves a good old-fashioned date night, right? right. i don't know if this one qualifies as old-fashioned (i didn't dress up or put on lipstick or anything, and jeff wore a nike windbreaker), but we got out of the house on a monday to wine and dine over candlelight. 

(this is something we're trying to do more often, leave the house on a whim. sometimes we start to cook and then stop halfway through and decide to go out instead. because pretty soon? we won't have the luxury of spontaneity, what with having to pack a diaper bag and all.)

my favorite gourmet pizza place is closed on mondays, so we decided on screen door, a super popular restaurant in southeast portland that serves southern cuisine. let me tell you, it felt good to gorge myself on something besides fruit and vegetables! (pregnancy regimens are tough!) i had catfish, mac and cheese, a bean salad, hushpuppies (fried cornbread? yum.) and bubbly pear juice. jeff had a beef brisket. we've been eating leftovers for days.

Monday, August 15, 2011

week 22

DIY Weekend

When your boyfriend’s out of town for the weekend and your cat is being nothing but obnoxious, biting your ankles and whining for food and purring in your ear, shaking you awake before the sun even comes up, you have an excellent excuse to lock yourself in a room with a sewing machine for two days straight.

That’s exactly what I did this weekend.

On Saturday, my crafty mother and I took a field trip to the fabric store for neutral, natural fabrics that would cover all of my throw pillows, which, before this weekend, were every color of the rainbow. I wanted something calmer, lighter, more grown up. (After all, I’m buying my first house in a week! I can’t put bright reds and yellows and colors reminiscent of a college dorm room in there.)

After a quick refresher course on sewing—from filling and loading the bobbin thread to adding final stitches by hand—I plopped myself down in front of the machine and didn’t move (except to snap photos) until Sunday evening.

I love you, burlap pillows with rustic buttons!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

new name + a makeover

okay, people. it's time to face the music. i'm no longer a girl of two cities. i'm buying a house, having a baby and, in fact, completely grounding myself in portland. which means the name of this blog (a tale of one girl and two cities) no longer applies. 

the new name? my kind of crazy. why? because my life is crazy. unpredictable. impulsive. it catches me off guard. and it always has. i've always been spontaneous, one to jump at the opportunity to move to a new city or travel abroad (even if it means going alone) or quit a job on the spot. when i want to do something, i do it that day, and i don’t consider what i’m getting myself into until i’m knee deep in whatever it is that i’ve gotten myself into. (patience is not one of my virtues.) 

i love that about myself. i love that the life i've chosen is impromptu, busy, full of surprises.

(jeff is the opposite, so if after reading this you're wondering whether i'm capable of raising a child, he balances us out. keeps me grounded. no need to worry!)

anyway, the blog has a new name and a new look to reflect a new chapter of my life. i hope you like it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

lately in iphone pictures

life lately, according to my iPhone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

we're (almost) homeowners!

jeff and i are doing everything backwards. first we're buying a house. then we're having a baby. and last but not least, we're getting married. someday. (i don't have a ring or anything yet, but at this point i think it's a pretty safe assumption.)

i kind of love that my life turned out this way: unpredictable. my world flipped upside down four months ago, but now, after experiencing all the craziness, stress and joy of preparing for a baby and finding a home to raise her in, i wouldn't want it any other way. i mean, how boring would it be to actually live out the plan i had for myself since childhood? the plan was to be a super successful, well-traveled novelist and wait until at least thirty years old to have kids, to sit down with my husband and say, "okay, i think it's time we start trying." 


getting thrown into this head-first, without warning, is much more of a rush.  

anyway, we're buying a house! we close in just two weeks. (that's me up there signing the offer letter.) today we got word that all went well with the appraisal, so i'm hoping there aren't too many more hoops to jump through. jeff is being conservative, thinking only about the important things we'll need (like a refrigerator, washer and dryer, and so on), while i can't stop dreaming of paint colors and living room accessories. 

i could always use more inspiration! any ideas? :-)  

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fresh Oregon Air at Multnomah Falls

Last weekend, after hours and hours of cleaning my filthy apartment (which included unpacking from the Sunriver trip I took three weeks ago!), I was craving some summer sunshine and fresh Oregon air. And there’s no better place to get that than Multnomah Falls.

Jeff and I rounded up a few friends (and a backpack of snacks, because I can’t even go two hours without eating these days!) and headed for the falls at the Columbia River Gorge. It was beautiful! Like, way better than I expected. The air was clear and the weather not too hot, perfect for climbing the short but steep, steep hill to the top. My calves are super sore today! I was huffing and puffing the whole way up. (But I suppose having a baby on board is a good enough excuse for that.)

Based on the photos? You can probably guess that the grueling climb was well worth the pain.

In other news, I can’t wait to start posting baby bump photos! But the bump’s not big enough yet. Can you believe after almost 21 weeks I have nothing but a little bulge? Some people even tell me I don’t look pregnant—I look like I’ve had a few beers. A beer belly. That’s what they say. I’m not sure whether to start wearing tighter clothes to make it more obvious or just wait it out. My belly has to pop eventually! Until then, stay tuned... 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

gender reveal!

i suppose most soon-to-be parents learn of their baby’s gender during an ultrasound, after the doctor asks if they want to know the sex. others find out on the day of their child’s birth, after their brand-new baby takes its first breath and reveals its boy or girl parts.

people like us? we find out with cupcakes.

yes, cupcakes. 

you may be wondering how a cupcake can reveal gender. just take a look...

thank you, liz, for the beautiful party!