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Life and Lemons

Life lately. How is life going? Mixed bag, honestly.


Last week Michael and I met with a photographer for the wedding–the last we were interviewing before making a decision–and after the meeting we went out to discover some asshole had broken into Michael’s car. They stole my backpack and one of Michael’s bags. Luckily I had my purse and stuff with me so that was okay. It was clearly a smash-and-grab because they passed up hundreds of dollars in cycling gear inside the car and the very expensive bike on the back of the car. That sure didn’t make either of us feel any better, though.

I felt violated, angry, upset. It came on the heels of a bunch of other stuff that I am not going to get into on the internet as well as paying a vet bill for Bella. All things accumulating felt like one big kick in the butt from the universe. It was hard not to feel beaten down and sad. The damage to the car of course was not enough for insurance to cover, but just expensive enough to put a crimp in holiday plans. Thanks insurance deductibles!


One of the things that was in my backpack was a flashdrive with my novel in it. As well as my resume. THAT crushed me. My novel, that I worked on for years, gone. Yes I have a backup in the iCloud but not the most recent set of edits. I believe the cloud has bare bones. So it’s essentially gone. That brought tears to my eyes. Also, knowing that the crackhead that stole it could potentially have access to where we live freaked me out. My garage door opener was also in that bag. So that night Michael changed the codes just in case. That still didn’t make me feel any better!

It seems as though bad luck as been following us around lately.

The Wedding

In GOOD news, the wedding planning is going alright. We have the venue, my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the florist, the caterer, a day-of-wedding coordinator, the officiant, the photo-booth is booked, engagement photos are done, and now the photographer.  We went with Sean Morrison Photography here in Portland. Not only has he done weddings for awhile now, he is a photography teacher. 🙂

We have a pretty tight wedding budget and even doing the bare-minimum we’re pretty close to the budget. My mom and I are looking for ways to cut costs and we’re going to DIY some of it. For example, we’re sending out save-the-date postcards instead cards in envelopes which will save on paper and postage costs. Also, Michael made our save-the-date himself! I found some examples I really liked on Etsy and he said, “I can totally make that, you don’t need to buy it” and he was right. It took him like 10 minutes in Photoshop to make our postcard. Now we just need to figure out the postcard paper and get them printed up and mailed out!

What we have to do next is to make our wedding website for family, register, and then we can RELAX for a little while! That will be nice.


Bella is doing MUCH better after her paw mishap. We’re still putting medicine on her paws but she’s up and running around like her old self and she’s been off the pain-pills for awhile. She’s just as crazy and active as before.

The cats are getting along with Bella. Or at least, tolerating her more. It’s pretty funny because Bella will take her toys to Fat Kitty, drop them down in front of him and then smile and wag her tail. She REALLY wants him to play with her. He gives her the cold shoulder and walks away. I hope one of these days I’ll see them play. 🙂


A little while ago I watched the TV show “Luther,” which was such a good show! And then this weekend I started watching “Hemlock Grove.” I like the new generation of TV shows that feel more like movies than TV. Sometimes Hemlock Grove feels like it has potential, sometimes it feels like a bit cheesy and a little “Twilight-y”. Time will tell. I’m giving it a few episodes before giving up.

What’s going on in your life lately?

Rained Out

Our engagement photo shoot was canceled, again. I knew the weather wasn’t going to be great but as Saturday got closer and closer, there were weather advisories out that it was going to be a truly nasty weekend. Apparently the typhoon that had been in Japan had made it’s way to Oregon and the weather reports promised 4 inches of rain and a windstorm on the day we planned on doing the photos. Awesome, huh?



It’s kind of hard to tell but the above pictures were the wind storm and pouring rain at our house. Wish the photos could have done the storm justice, but my wind chime might illustrate it better than the trees. It was truly nasty outside. We could HEAR the wind while we were inside and I’m pretty sure our yard is now one big puddle.

Normally I’d just move the pictures inside. We had a few ideas for some indoor locations but in all honesty, I had my heart set on a few iconic Portland shots and was really disappointed that I wouldn’t be getting those pictures. So rescheduled again. The only upside to this cancellation is that maybe in a few weeks when we try again the leaves will have changed (and maybe Bella can be in the photos too!).

Friday afternoon Michael I went caterering-tasting (stay tuned!) and then got massages. It was so so so needed. We were both big knots of stress and ready to pop. Self-care, people, self-care. I hadn’t realized just how stressed out I was until 20 minutes into the massage and I fell dead asleep.

Anyway, instead of getting glammed up, we spent the weekend preparing to bring Bella home (doggy proofing things, cleaning, etc) and catching up on TV show. We finally finished the last few episodes of Dexter (not quite sure I liked it) teetering back and forth between mocking the dialogue and plot points and enjoying some of the suspense. Fat Kitty wasn’t into it either. 🙂


I basically took it easy most of Saturday and Sunday. I was pretty sore from Saturday’s weight lifting session and that in combination with the nasty storm outside, didn’t make me too motivated to do much.


Dinner Saturday night was good–an old familiar. Michael seared some scallops in brown butter and garlic and we did Brussels Sprouts with bacon and brown rice. It was around 600 calories total (plus the two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc wine I had–another 200 calories).


Then on Sunday we met some friends for dinner. We met them at the Sunshine Tavern in SE Portland. Apparently the chef opened another popular restaurant here, Lincoln, and was also on Top Chef Masters recently.


Michael got the burger–which according to reviews was one of their specialties. Unfortunately, he said it wasn’t the greatest burger he’s ever had. It was overdone and just nothing special. Disappointing. I ordered the pork terrine banh mi sandwich.

The fries were superb. I don’t know if they were cooked in duck fat or something else but they were perfectly crispy, perfectly salty and excellently flavored. It was incredible. The sandwich? It was pretty good. It was a tad on the dry side but the pork belly was excellent and I liked the flavors of the veggies in it.

The space was cool — open and modern — and they had a shuffleboard in the middle of it that you could use. The restaurant had a cool vibe. I’d be willing to go back and try some other things on the menu, but overall I wasn’t wow’ed.

How was your weekend? Hope you all were drier than us!