Titian, Tao of Tea and Double Dates

I took a few days off for my birthday this year. I slept in, I went to the gym and enjoyed a swim too. I loved splitting up my workout. I did about 45 minutes on the elliptical and then went for a nice swim. It was great!

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:26
Calories Burned: 700

Thank you to all of my readers and friends who sent me birthday wishes! My Twitter, Facebook, blog and phone was flooded with well-wishes all day. It was nice. 🙂 I even got a shout out from the Mayor! (Shameless, I know! LOL)

Michael and I had lunch at home (leftovers) and then headed downtown to the Portland Art Museum. I bought a Google Deal last month for the museum–2 tickets for super cheap. We went to the Museum and spent a leisurely afternoon enjoying the latest exhibit. I couldn’t take photos for the Titian (which was gorgeous, by the way) but everything else was fun to look at.

Van Gogh - I LOVE this one
Monet - Water Lilies

I’ve probably never mentioned this before but my major in college was going to be Art History. I loved it. I still remember a lot of the stuff I learned. It’s funny how reality steps in and you realize “What kind of job can I have with this degree?” Anyways, here are just a few of my favorite works of art from our adventures in the Museum:

by James Vibert


And one of my favorite paintings of all time:

The detail in the feet are absolutely breathtaking and you MUST see this painting up close and personal to really get it. The first time I saw this painting it was in a traveling exhibit and I remember standing in front of it, mesmerized by the tiny lines in the baby’s feet. They were exquisite.

My New Outfit

We had about an hour to kill before our dinner plans, so we stopped in at the Tao of Tea on SE Belmont. It’s an amazing teahouse with the best tea I’ve ever had in the States, and really good food. We relaxed in the serene atmosphere and enjoyed our tea and biscotti. The biscotti was ginger and vanilla flavored with dried cranberries and drizzled honey on it. It was delicious. The tea I ordered was the Ayurvedic healing tea–I chose Shanti (supposed to be good for immune systems and I’ve been fighting off a head cold for about a week now).

Then Michael and I met my friend Ember and her boyfriend at our favorite pizza place for dinner. The last time Ember and I hung out together we planned to double date and she said she had never been to Apizza Scholls before. I told her how hard it is to get into the restaurant on the weekends, and suggested that we all go together. Since Michael knows a guy. Well that guy was just featured in the local paper here! Our secret is out.

I enjoyed a glass (or two) of wine with pizza. We ordered one sausage and peppers pizza and one of the “white” pizzas. We’ve never tried the white pizza before but it was amazing! No red sauce, just cheese and truffle oil. It was fantastic and probably by new favorite kind of pizza.

It was such a fun day! Michael surprised me with chocolate, a sweet card and Adobe Lightroom. It was very generous of him and I am sooo excited to learn how to make my photos better.

QUESTION: What was your major in college? Does it have anything to do with your current career? How did you spend your last birthday?