January 2, 2009

holiday adventures, 2008

ok this is going to be a mostly personal post, but there are a few craft projects thrown in to keep it fun.  these last couple of weeks have been totally nutso, so i have quite a bit to catch up on.  i’ll try to speed through stuff, but there’s a lot i wanted to share, so i’m sure this will be a pretty long post…  here i go…

so i left portland on dec. 17th – this is what the city looked like on the way to the airport that day:

12/17 snowy streets

it had been snowing off and on since sunday the 14th, but was scheduled to stop soon…  so off i went to southern california to hang with my family in the sun and a little not-too-cold rain.  i took some neat photos out the plane window above the storm clouds…

above the oregon clouds above the oregon clouds

oh yeah and i was sick.  just barely starting to get a cold, i could feel it in my throat.  well, at the house, my mom and brother ben (who is temporarily living there) were both sick, so as soon as i joined them it hit me full force.  i spent that thursday, friday, saturday on the couch with my mom and lots of kleenex doing pretty much nothing.  feeling too crappy to knit sucks hardcore.  by sunday i was much better, but it never left completely, still – it’s the neverending cold!  not cool.

on sunday we got my brother paul from riverside and brought him home.  then on monday spud died.  it was extremely sad, but we all knew he was crazy super old and shouldn’t have even lived as long as he did.  he had a super happy life and was the sweetest dog ever, and i’m really thankful i got to see him and i did a little photoshoot with him 2 days earlier…

spud06 spud03

then what happened was that everyone kind of decided to not be too sad about it because we are never all home together and we wanted to enjoy our time together, so we went on with our holiday days and had a super good time.  matt (3rd brother) came home from la on tuesday evening, so all 4 of us kids were at the house together for almost 2 whole days – we hadn’t been together for more than just dinner since probably the xmas before i moved to portland, and even that was less than a full day.  so it was awesome.  we stayed up crazy super late watching bad movies and being silly.  i wish my whole family would just move up here, then i wouldn’t have to miss them so much!

the highlight of the whole time was that we crafted together!!  it was so unexpected!  when paul came home on sunday, he mentioned something about wanting a shirt that said something, and i said something like, i could show you how to make one, not thinking he would actually want to.  but he did!  and so did ben, and they kept bringing it up!  so on tuesday night when matt came home, we bought some shirts and freezer paper and they got working on their designs.  all three of them made superrad shirts and were so into it, they made more after i left and took freezer paper with them to make more!

matt + paul carving

that’s matt and paul hard at work carving their stencils.  and these are their designs… ben did a mos def cd cover that he sketched into a stencil, and then he added his blog name to the side later; matt did t-rex from dinosaur comics; and paul did the positive and negative versions of ride a bike:

bensshirt matt's shirt

paulsshirt paulssecondshirt

as soon as the shirts were dry, they had to model…


they are beyond silly.  that one below on the right is their 90’s band pose, or something…

boysinshirts22 boysinshirts18

if you want to laugh at them (or with them), there are tons more shots on my flickr.   moving on… some other crafty things – i made mitts for both my mom and matt, but different kinds.  recycled sweater ninja mitts for my mom, with hand-dyed yarn stitching, and binary-printed oven mitts for matt, a computer nerd who likes to bake bread.  (i didn’t make the oven mitts, just printed them.)

mom's mitts binary oven mitts

and speaking of gifts, i sure got some awesome ones!  i’m so lucky to have such amazing loved ones!  i finally have a couple elizabeth zimmerman books (i was horrible not to have already had them, i know!) and i’m so excited about every single book i got, i love books!  some of these (hookorama, diy screenprinting, diy: the rise of lo-fi culture, and the slingshot) were gotten with xmas money from in other words on ne killingsworth – we all went there to shop because i’d read they need some extra support right now.  it’s an amazing store, i definitely recommend checking it out and buying lots of stuff there!  they are the last surviving non-profit feminist bookstore in the country, so we need to help them continue to survive!  i also got a superrad camera wallet, and pete’s parents and uncle all found great stuff too!

xmas gifts - fiber arts xmas gifts - diy-y

and i/we got some great cooking stuff, since we’re getting more good veggies and trying to cook/eat healthier and stuff, and i guess we’ve been mentioning it to everyone.  my parents and grandma gave us the veganomicon (yay!!) and a new (huge) frying pan and spoon/spatula set, and pete’s family gave us a veggie chopper thing (so awesome!), measuring cup/spoon set, cutting boards, and a personalized signed copy of vegan a go-go!

xmas gifts - cooking

and then to finish my holiday adventures story, as you know if you live in portland, i got back on xmas day to this:

12/26 snowy streets

well that was the next day, since i got back after dark.  i got into the airport around 8, so because of the driving conditions, we had xmas dinner with pete’s family at the airport!  it was surprisingly great – we ate at stanford’s, where i got a homemade veggie burger with smoked gouda and roasted veggies, probably the best veggie burger i’ve ever had!  oh and, my family had our xmas dinner on xmas eve since i was leaving the next day (our traditional spaghetti dinner) so the airport dinner didn’t really feel like it was xmas.

12/26 snowy streets 12/26 snowy streets

then the next day was kind of supposed to be our xmas day with pete’s family, but we ended up driving around for most of the day in snow traffic in search of a shovel (which were sold out everywhere, of course) so we could park in front of our apartment.  it was quite a day.  but once that part was over, we finally got inside and opened presents, and had a third holiday dinner, this one made by pete and me!  pizza with mac n cheese, hashbrowns, and cashews, bean and cheese taquitos, and couscous with veggies!  our kind of dinner!!

pete’s parents stayed in town until the 31st, and took us out to amazing portland breakfasts every morning!  portland is such a breakfast town, and we rarely go out ourselves because we’re not morning people, so it was a fabulous holiday gift to be taken out to all our favorite spots!  in case you’re curious, we ate breakfast at: old wives tales (e burnside), jam (se hawthorne), vita cafe (ne alberta), cricket cafe (se belmont), and juniors (se 12th).  i highly recommend every one of them!  i discovered that my new favorite thing is a scramble with hashbrowns, veggie sausage, and veggie gravy.

oh and then, to finish the whole holiday season, new years eve was super fun.  star came over and we played bad movie bingo and drank hot buttered rum and girly juice cocktails with orange vodka.  we played to sisterhood of the traveling pants, which was definitely bad, but not quite ideal for bingo and way too long; and crank, which was, hmmmm, yeah probably the worst movie ever.  the role of women in this movie was to decorate a poolside, sit inside balls and act as ornaments in a fancy hotel, and start to be raped on the sidewalk but then decide it’s hot and be into it.  great for bingo though!  anti-feminism was marked on the bingo card like negative minutes into it.

then on new years day pete and i watched the entire second season of 30 rock!  spread throughout the day, of course, mixed up with some scrabble.  30 rock is so good. so good. i can’t even express. i love it so much.

so that was my rollercoaster ride of a holiday.  now that i’m all up to date here, i’ll be bringing you some fun project posts and other good stuff soon, hopefully.  i have so much catching up to do!  happy new year!!

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