Thursday, May 24, 2007


Blake is so happy with his boat. It calls him on the phone and he drops everything to go see it. They text message each other. He keeps tissues and lotion in the cabin.....Alright, alright hugely exaggerating. But it's great to have it so close. He found this new marina to park "her" in. The last one was right by a noisy cafe on the end of the dock and people would walk by constantly and lean on the boat while smoking which is like soooooo effin' disrespectful. Plus there was a super strong current so to get in and out of your space it was really easy to, like, slam into other boats which is, ya know, really bad. So the new place is gated and the waters are so clam and he's right by a huge open stretch of river and when you sit on deck you can see Washington State across the water and see planes fly overhead. It rules. And Mayan is his First mate. It's freaking adorable. She scrubs the deck with a little scrub brush and has her "boat legs" so she has free-range of the boat and doesn't have to wear a life-vest when docked. She is learning all sorts of sailor things like knot tying and about the sails. They spent the whole day there once and they were both beaming when they got home--Mayan just thrives on the responsibility of being first mate--she comes home calm, acting very mature, and connected to her Poppa. Sometimes we go as a family, too. I sunned myself on deck and read some celerbrity gossip, while the girls snacked on Farmer's Market goodies and played below, and Blake did Captain-y things. Yes, I never would have thought but I am really glad we have a sailboat.

guilt blog

...only 'cause I haven't posted in so long and Jennifer told me she checks it everyday!!!

So this one is for you, Vera:

My alteration leap of faith--
I found this super hot pair of jeans I bought on ebay a long time ago while moving. They fit me muy bien but they needed to be hemmed. I, being a huge fan of the original hem (shortening a pair of jeans but retaining the original bottom with it's stone-washed goodness) and being unable to do it myself, had to find a seamtress in portland. I had no idea where to start so I busted out the good 'ol yeller pages and found the closest one to my house--Kham's Alterations. I walked into the tiny space on the outskirts of town where the line between Portland and Gresham are blurred to find a row of teal industrial machines and numerous sun-faded posters of Asian models wearing cheap looking clothing that looked like they'd been hanging since 1991 and a sweet little Asian women in a lavender pantsuit.

"Hi. Do you do original hems?"

(shocked look) "How you know?!"

Apparently, this lady didn't know about orig. hems until another client brought in her pants and she's been doing them every since. I think she thinks it's some secret trick, and word got out that she does them. I asked to see a pair so I could see it she sucked at it or not--they are hard to do! I've gotten at least 5 or 6 done, and the best I've ever seen is from Sydney Scissorbird in Bend. They charge $25 bucks and it's worth every penny! I had another lady do one and it was decent and she only charged $15 which was a total steal until she went out of business (probably 'cause she didn't charge enough....) I had one done through Banana Republic and it was the crappiest hem ever.

But this lady had none to show me. I had to make a decision--go search out a different place or take an alteration leap of faith. Since I am a lazy person and optimist by nature I went ahead and said "Pin me up!"

As she wrote up my slip she kindly and apologetically explained that since these take more time, she has to charge a little more that normal hems....(I braced myself) it would be $10. Haaahahhhaaaa. Alright, I mustered an understanding look to mask my delight.

Won't know until next Tuesday if my leap of faith was a success--either I get what I paid for and my pair of Citizens gets butchered or I just found a screamingly awesome deal and a new alteration joint. Here's hoping......

Friday, May 4, 2007

put down the paint brush and make contact

as promised here are some photos. apparently i am in some time-warp and two weeks have passed. i have so much to do. everyday half of my "to-do" list gets ignored while other things get added on. yet the meals and butt-wiping are a constant. want a peek at life in our new world? you go it!

our first night. thank goodness we had movers or else we'd be sititng on the floor.

ah....the one room that is nearly perfect as-is

mid-painting, a little book nook off the kitchen/dining area

herb garden, mid-reconstruction

our glorious, over-grown but frog- and fish-packed pond

mom rules! she helped me plant my veggie garden--luckily it was sunny that weekend

the one bonus about the fire: the whole back of the house was re-sided

the girls' room

our yard from the balcony

the wisteria

our room: total work-in-progess

the hallway--check out those awesome skylights!!

*sigh* even messy this room looks cute

freshly painted, our new lockers we scored and a little artful sitting area--LOVE IT!

even since i took these, things have changed. haven't been at the computer much but i think of our bend peeps often. love to you all!!!! things will mellow soon and i will be more *in touch*.