Entries from July 2011

Portland Love: Living Room Theaters

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 

A couple of weeks ago Nicole and I went on a lovely friend movie date. It was a nice day out, so we spent some time (like 20 minutes) on Hawthorne selling her clothes and trying stuff on. We failed to find anything (which was fine) and headed downtown to see a movie at Living Room Theaters. We had our eye set on watching The Trip with Steve Coogan…
Well, Nicole wanted to  watch that movie, I just wanted to go to Living Room. I wasn’t really in a picky mood. Or maybe I was but figured british humor (humour… since we’re talking british here) would be just fine.

Either way, this isn’t about the movie so I’ll move on.

The glorious side of the theater. My dear cell phone and I are still not getting along when it comes to taking pictures of backlit things in the dark. Either the backlit letter are showing and the building isn’t or the building is and the letters aren’t. As shown above. That big white glowing rectangle actually shows the movies playing.

Like this… but see, you can’t see anything else now. Sigh, that’s a problem for another time.
So, review time… I have nothing, and I mean nothing bad or slightly negative or even just mediocre to say about them.
Seriously, fantastic.
Two picture then I’ll tell.

Better side picture kind of…

Blurry movie description picture
Okay, here we are. Why I like LRT…
First, the lovely woman in the ticket window was very awesome to the couple in front of us. She let them have the teacher discount even though he didn’t have his card with him. He seemed legit, I would have done the same thing. Excellent customer service.
I wanted popcorn so I stepped up to the small and adorable concession stand register and ordered some popcorn. Their small is actually a small, and their large is HUGE (see picture below) but both are very reasonably priced.
The gentleman ringing me up was very friendly (not in a flirty way, just in a nice person way) and told me that I could have refills, as many as I wanted, of my DC (diet coke). One price, refills?!?! No “do you want 20 million ounces extra for .50?” Awesome.
He filled it in an actual glass. 
We head toward our theater, the seats are large love seats. We found one with an ottoman, well, a block foot rest. 
I realize my DC is without the D. I go back out and say sorry but could I get DC instead of just C. He apologizes and says he must have heard me wrong. Again tells me I still get free refills. I tell him I love him. (not really, I just think it)
Go back in and register gentleman comes in soon after carrying plates of real food.
This place serves you real (and very delicious looking) food, to your theater, to your love seat or recliner! And they have little tray things that pop into the cup holder so you have a place to hold your plate.
Next time I go I’m ordering food I think. Or maybe I’ll get food in the restaurant part (yes there’s a restaurant part) and then get a small popcorn to take into the movie. Options! So many!
The movie is on, lalala, good stuff. Etc etc.
The chairs are comfortable, they also look really clean, the popcorn is delicious and if I had wanted to get up I could have had more soda for free.
The price for admission is the same as all the other regular priced theaters but it is way more comfy
big part I forgot. After 7pm you have to be 21 to go in. 
Because you can have alcohol (not just beer!!!) during the movie. You don’t have to sneak it in. (Some of my friends are lushes, what can I say.)
All in all, customer service was awesome. Seats were awesome, popcorn and soda were awesome. Everything was two thumbs up five star awesome. 
Safe to say, I love Living Room Theaters!

Resting our feet waiting for the movie, giant popcorn in our reach!
To Visit:
342 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
If you have a place you want me to check out feel free to leave me a comment or email me!

The Baby Bundle

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

 It’s getting to be that time in life where my friends are starting families. I’m going to be honest with you, I feel like it’s all happening quite fast and we’re still just kids ourselves but then I think about my actual age and realize it’s not so uncommon. 
Sheesh. Where does the time go?
So, friends are having babies and with each one I’ve been trying to figure out what to get. I know the common books like The Little Engine That Could, The Hungry Caterpillar or The Giving Tree * but so does most everyone else. It’s hard not to give a duplicate book to a friend’s new baby and I don’t want to have them feel they have to keep it because I wrote a little note in it. I’ve thought and thought and now I think I’ve come across a good mix!
I thought I would share my little care package/first gift to new parents. 
Part 1: First things first… a lovely book.

This book I think was one of the major reasons I loved reading and I think, started reading at a very early age. My Grandpa would sit with me in a chair and read this over and over again. My favorite was saying the sounds of the animals with him. The best, Ga-Dunk!
My mom sat and read it with me too I know. I remember loving this book and thinking we had gotten rid of it (I may have decided in my tender youth that decorating it with stickers was a good idea…) but while my mom was moving one year she found it again and I was so very happy. 
Stickers and all that book holds so many memories and I’m going to be so very happy (I’m almost tearing up here) to pass this on to my child.
The best news about this book? They started printing it again. So guess what parents to be… you’re going to be getting this book for your children! I don’t even care that this ruins the surprise, I mean how surprised are you really when you open baby presents unless someone shells out the big bucks on some fancy dancy item? Yeah… exactly. It’s for your child, don’t be so selfish.
Anywho… moving on…
Part 2: I will get for new babies (I might wait until the child is 1 for this… haven’t fully decided yet) is this awesome, wonderful movie.

My mom would put this movie on and I don’t know how we got it but I remember liking it slash being a little scared of it. Maybe we’ll push that to 2 years old. 
What I realized in High School (seriously we watched this in a math class) is how much information was in this movie. So many facts surrounded by a silly character.
I’m not going to lie, I ordered myself a copy and I can’t wait to get it in the mail.
I would love to say we kept the VHS but when I stopped using a VHS player I figured tapes were unnecessary. 
Part 3
I don’t have a picture for this because it will be different for each parent/baby pairing but Part 3 is the blanket. 
It is my goal to make a baby blanket for all of my friends’ babies. Maybe just their first born, we’ll see what happens when they all start popping them out at the same time. 
But in all seriousness, this was always a given, AND the color scene/layout of the blanket will always be a surprise. (There you go parents, something for you!)
I love making baby blankets. As of yet I haven’t used the typical baby pastel colors. 
We’ll see what the future brings.
What about you? What gifts do you find yourself turning to for new parents?
*three other books that positively shaped my childhood and early reading

Portland Love: Swirl Frozen Yogurt

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 
Tonight after enjoying dinner with a friend I dragged him (don’t get any ideas, seriously we’re just friends) to Swirl for some amazing frozen yogurt… by the ounce. I always go crazy at places like this but oh well. I try to limit how many times I frequent these places so I don’t feel so bad.

I love, love, love this place for many reasons. 
1. It’s in the middle of (in my humble opinion) the best part of Hawthorne.
2. Every single person that I have talked to that works there is incredibly friendly. I honestly think it’s genuine. Seriously it blows my mind, especially here in Portland.
Sorry folks, we aren’t always as friendly as people say we are. Seriously these kids don’t act like they are better than anyone else, they are helpful AND they always punch more than they need to on my punch card. 
AKA Stellar Customer Service. I’m quite impressed.
3. It’s by the ounce. Love these places.
4. So many toppings!
5. Open until like 10 pm. 
Because I feel like everyone does their self serve frozen yogurt a little differently I decided to share my way. Enjoy!
First, the cup with the waffle cone in it. Yes it makes less space to fill but that’s not so bad… especially because with a cup that big you don’t realize just how much you are making.
Second, put some toppings in the bottom. My favorites are rainbow sprinkles, granola and oreo pieces.
Third, add the frozen yogurt… my favorite mix is usually chocolate with a touch of peanut butter.
Fourth, put some more toppings on the top, sometimes strawberries, sometimes more sprinkles. Choose with your mood.
Last, and this is the best part here…
What are your favorite toppings for frozen yogurt (or ice cream)?
Visit here: 
3538 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, 97214

If you have a place you want me to check out feel free to leave me a comment or email me!

Favorite Books: High School and Beyond

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The beginning of the rest of your life… that’s what high school is right? Something like that. I decided to put together high school and beyond because frankly I can’t remember which were my favorites in High School and which extended beyond that. I think I read a little less in High School than I did in Junior High. I remember now, as I type this, that most of my high school reading was the Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging series as well as the Harry Potter series topped with some Faye Kellerman books. I wasn’t going to anything series during those years it seems. Thankfully I branched out after high school, read some possibly deeper reads and would every once in a while come back to the young adult books.
My list to date of books I have loved from High School and Beyond:

Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (series) – Louise Rennison
Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende

Reading Lolita In Tehran – Azar Nafisi
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
A Room of One’s Own – Virginia woolf
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
If You Have to Cry Go Outside – Kelly Cutrone
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

What books helped you through High School? What about after?

My Week Via Cell Phone Pictures (and added anecdotes)

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week has seemed long and short. I guess that’s always how it goes though. Sometimes I try to remember what I did yesterday and get it mixed up with the yesterday a week before. Side effect of almost always going to bed when the sun rises? Maybe.
I think my confusion from days also stems from having Monday off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I love making Monday a happy day. This Monday was no exception to my happy beginning of the week rule.
I did some chores, sent out a package to a good friend for her little man (baby boy), stopped by the grocery store, and possibly even did some laundry. OH! I did!
After the mass amount of chores I picked up Nicole and we stopped at the local 7/11 for free slurpee day! Yeah 7/11!!! There wasn’t a huge mob and the machines were working (I saw a picture on instagram of a sad slurpee because some kid had broken the machine earlier) and I hate to admit it, but the slurpee was delicious. I did not make it through the full thing though, I liked it (and the blue tongue effect) but we were going to see a movie, Horrible Bosses, with our friend Bryan (to celebrate his birthday) and I knew I was going to have a dc (diet coke) and some popcorn, possibly even some candy so I had to stop that sugar rush.
After that I dropped off the others, went to the grocery store for veggies, made some stir fry and rice and then settled down to work on a project I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now while watching a movie I’ve been meaning to watch.
I put snaps on the opening to my duvet (that I bought at ikea a while back) and watched The Notorious Bettie Page. While I liked the movie, I felt a little odd about the ending. She was certainly adorable. I would like to read more about her sometime.
I’m not sure what I did Tuesday, probably worked on a current crochet project, read a bit, worked, thought about doing more laundry but didn’t get around to it…
Wednesday I hung out with my friend Cameron. We watched part of an old Jeff Goldblum movie titled The Fly. It was horrid and I was hungry so we went to my favorite thai restaurant and then I convinced him to go to Voodoo Doughnuts. (yes, again…)
He looks pretty stoked on that donut yes? I once again bought both the Blazer Blunt and the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He settled with some creme filled one and a Marshall Mathers for his girlfriend.
We went back to his (their) place and chatted about this and that. She’s fantastic! We mentioned the baby blogs we read (a lot of the same!!!) and gushed over that while Cameron rolled his eyes.
 At some point this week, it was Thursday night, yes now I remember, I watched The Notebook while continuing on my current crochet project. I bawled my eyes out just as I expected. Went to bed and read a bit.
Friday had a bit of excitement… Not the kind I like, but excitement none the less.
I went to he optometrist (finally) to get my eyes checked and a new prescription for contacts and glasses. The office was inside a Lenscrafters. I was running a tad behind and hadn’t eaten before I went to my appointment. I also have anxiety attacks in certain medical offices though up until Friday I didn’t think eye check ups would spark an attack. Wooo was I wrong! I get to the place and they ask if they can dilate my eyes… I say yes because it’s probably been a decade since I last did that. I am not exaggerating in the slightest. At that moment I had a wave of anxiety but I told myself it was fine, they are just opening my eyes and I’ll totally be able to drive, etc etc.
Get into the chair and talk to the doc, answer some questions and feel slightly off still but nothing I couldn’t breathe through. Then he put the drops in my eyes and everything started going downhill. First, I opened them a bit after the first two drops… it stung like a bee (haha punny) and that sent my already slightly anxious mind into attack. We had to put one more drop in each eye and I held it together for that but then I started feeling the metallic feeling in my nose (tell tale sign in my life), I leaned awkwardly in the chair telling him I need a second, then made my way to the floor because the nausea and cold sweat came about. Yup, on the floor in an eye doc’s office. I tried joking (as much as I could) with him which is quite funny considering I’m already on the floor. How normal is this many going to think I am from now on?
I ask for some water knowing there was very little hope for juice after I started feeling the cold hit me again. (That’s the best feeling in the attack, when my body can finally get cold again I know I am coming out of it)
I drink some water and think I am ready so I sit in the chair and he puts the lens changer in front of my face. I get through two options on one eye and need to lie down again.
Long story a tad shorter we used what looked like opera glasses to test my eyes after I recovered from the second (definitely less intense) wave and I somehow got through the appointment but was a tad frustrated none the less.
Who passes out (or comes close) in an eye doctor’s office?!?!?! This girl. Eye doctor and the gyno. I wish I was joking. Once a year. I apologize before hand to the doctor now, let them know what might just happen.
Moving on…
I scored some awesome new glasses, that look a LOT like my old ones, just larger lenses.
Saturday I had a new friend give me a hip hop technique lesson and then we went to the park close to my house for a picnic slash pool party but didn’t stay long as we both had other things to do. When I came home Saturday night after the dance lesson and work and such I went to the grocery store again, picked up some cereal and such and a couple of movies. (It’s been a movie week!) I watched The Switch  last night and while I understood why it didn’t do well at the box office I did fall in love with the kid in the movie. SO adorable!
The best line was in the trailer but oh well. This kid actor is so cute! Such a great character.
Today… oh today…
Today was a lazy day.
I slept in (suprise!) and then called Nicole to see what she was up to.
We talked possible plans and decided on a movie. We first went to Buffalo Exchange so she could get some cash for her clothes and try on things that just didn’t work (both of us did that) and then we headed downtown to one of the best theaters in Portland. I’ll be doing a Portland Love post on it this week.
The chairs are love seats (some single recliners), they deliver food you order (that looks positively amazing though I didn’t actually try it) to your seat, we found a foot rest and shared a big bowl of popcorn for the price of a small at regular movie theaters. I’m going to stop giving away hints of why it’s so amazing and just talk about the movie.
We saw The Trip with Steve Coogan. I like it, was definitely funny but it wasn’t really meant to be just a comedy I think. There was a little more to it than that.
While watching the movie I became very hungry (despite all the popcorn) and also inspired to try being better at salad making. I was inspired both by other movie watchers’ salads AND all the food shown in the movie. We were so very close to Powells (the big big one) that I couldn’t resist and dragged Nicole to go look for a salad cook book.
I didn’t find any salad books I wanted but I did find a good vegetarian one with plenty of pictures that I am excited about.
Lastly I came home, put on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (two british movies in one day) and worked on the crochet project yet again.
I also ate this… my newest try with fake meat and I must say, it was absolutely delicious. I don’t have to miss pulled chicken sandwiches anymore.
As of now I am sitting on my couch, ready to dive in to my book that I’ve been meaning to finish all week.
All in all it’s been a great week. I’ve been incredibly productive (oh yes! Thursday I called the bank that I pay my car payments to so they could send paperwork to the Portland DMV so I can pay them more money to put Oregon plates on my car AND I made my doctors’ appointments AND I received my Oregon driver’s license) and full of great things.
I’m thinking of my goals for next week which I will share later on.

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