Archive | March, 2012

Friday links

30 Mar


Happy Friday once again!

It has been raining raining raining here in Oregon, but we are not letting that get us down. We are heading to PDX tomorrow for the night with our friends Sam and Matt (aka The Scos) for a little spring break adventure.

I should also warn you, my reader(s), that after tonight, the direction of this blog may change, given that I will be the world’s newest multi-millionaire. Yes, I bought lottery tickets. And Tyler and I have had quasi-serious conversations about what we would do with the money. Never having to utter the word “budget” in relation to wedding planning would be enough for me, but other ideas include an around-the-world trip, some real estate purchases, and helping our parents retire.

Here are some treats from around the interwebs:

Excited for lunch tomorrow.

The town with no roads.

Don Draper says “what.”

My newest lipstick shade – Love That Pink.

I really like the Dealbreakers series on GOOD.

Moody blues.

Slutty brownies. I have to make these.

Have you ever used Hotel Tonight? We love it for impromptu overnight trips. In fact, we’ll probably use it tomorrow.

I feel the same way.



kitchen adventures

27 Mar

There once was a time when I absolutely, positively could not cook. I ruined spaghetti when my dad told me to watch it. I had no idea how to brown meat. Bowl Appétits® were a staple in my college-student diet.

Those days are long gone my friends.

It all started when I lived in Spain. The easy, pre-packaged food was no longer available, and I realized I could not survive on bread and olive oil alone (at least not without getting even fatter. Ugh.)  So my friends and I started cooking family dinners on a regular basis and my confidence in the kitchen grew.

Fast forward to now, and in an effort to eat healthier and save money, Tyler and I have been trying a lot of new, delicious recipes.

Here are two of them. Photos aren’t great – my presentation skills could use some honing.

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup via

Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce via Epicurious

I’ve even tried my hand at baking. We made these Guinness chocolate cupcakes with Bailey’s cream cheese frosting for St. Patrick’s Day and they were a big hit.

Stay tuned for more kitchen adventures!

northern lights over Norway

18 Mar

Aurora Timelapse. Fire in the sky. from Anna Possberg on Vimeo.

(via Gadling)

Friday links: Hunger Games edition

18 Mar

I have been waiting for years for this day and it is finally here: The Hunger Games movie is out! We are going to see it tomorrow afternoon — tickets are already purchased and snacks are all set to be snuck in (popcorn, junior mints, and beer/wine, in case you were wondering).

Are you planning on seeing The Hunger Games this weekend? If you haven’t read the book, I recommend you do so before seeing the movie. It is pure, young adult, dystopian perfection.

As you may have guessed, this week’s Friday links are all HG related.

If you don’t plan to read the book, here are 5 things you need to know before seeing the movie.

The most disturbing Hunger Games merchandise.

The Hunger Games characters in Beatles lyrics.

Bring the food from the book to your table with these recipes.

A Hunger Games-themed wedding inspiration shoot.

Jennifer Lawrence at the LA premiere. I want to be her friend.

And lastly, the trailer. Makes me tear up every time.

Friday links

16 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend to all! How convenient that it falls on a Saturday! I am Irish-by-engagement, AKA a Polack who likes to eat salty beef and drink Guinness, so we are heading to some friends’ house for a cookout/party. Wisconsin also plays on Saturday, so I will be wearing my green, shamrock Badger shirt (makes no sense, but works well in this case). What are your plans?

My contribution to tomorrow’s festivities.

Very cool old school photo collages of London.

Michelle Obama is so stylish.

The best spaghetti sauce you’ll ever have (other than Tam’s).

The next time I go to Paris, I want to stay here. Or here.

Have a great weekend! And GO BADGERS!

venue = booked

15 Mar

Very exciting news on the wedding front – we have officially set a date and booked our reception venue.

May I present to you, the South Shore Park pavilion:

photo by ramesh sigamani

It is right on Lake Michigan, with a gorgeous view of downtown. And how awesome are those windows?

I never realized how beautiful this building was until recently – and I spent a good amount of time in it as a child/teenager. We took an annual field trip to the park in elementary school, our senior class party was here, AND I worked for the Milwaukee County Parks for three summers and had to garbage pick the entire park after the yearly drunkfest that is South Shore Frolics (btw, the south side of Milwaukee has I’ve definitely come full circle.

Friends, mark your calendars for April 27, 2013. Whitbull is getting married!

Ira Glass

14 Mar

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. I think the message of this video can apply to a lot of things in life – and it’s something I need to remember.

If you’re not familiar with Ira Glass, I suggest you check out This American Life.

Friday links

9 Mar

Who else is happy to see the weekend? The weather has been downright springlike in Eugene the past couple days and it is making me antsy to get outside. Unfortunately, the rain is scheduled to start up again at the exact same time I get out of work. So, fanstastic.

In related news, we are heading out to sing karaoke tonight and I plan to sing this song.

Trailer for the new HBO show Girls.

Why not owning a home is a good thing. (Should have read this before finalizing 30 before 30 list.)

Super easy and delicious meatless dish recipe. And you can get all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s.

Funfetti milkshake. ohmyfreakinggod.

How not to be a tourist. Guides to looking (and acting) like a local on vacation.

Mad Men premiere party guide. I can’t wait for March 25!

Currently reading

7 Mar


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Girls Weekend: Coastal Getaway

5 Mar

This weekend, while our husbands/fiances were rubbing elbows with some big shots of the sports world at a conference in Boston, my girlfriends and I took off to the Oregon coast for a relaxing weekend in an amazing house.

We cooked delicious food (like this salmon recipe), drank wine and martinis (extra dirty), watched Sex and the City, and gave each other facials. In other words, we did the girliest stuff we could think of. We also ventured into nearby Newport where we strolled along the beach and checked out some local shops, where we were tempted to buy “If mom ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” and “Girls just wanna have wine” dish towels.

It’s funny how if I had just stayed in my apartment all weekend eating and drinking and watching tv, I would have felt like a loser. But put me in someone else’s house with a few other people, and that is all perfectly acceptable.

This weekend also marked the end of what has been a busy, busy month full of visitors and trips and spending money (wah waaahh). It’s sort of bittersweet – I like having specific things to look forward to, but I am excited to lay low and have some quality weekend time in Eugene. It feels like it has been forever since that has happened.

Anyway, here are some of my photos:






What did you do this weekend?

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