Celebrations, Sweaters, New Beginnings & Winston Slobber๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

It’s finally Fall, and zohmygosh I am so happy! During my Trader Joes run yesterday, I caught myself gawking over all of their new pumpkin items. I am a little ashamed of how much of their fall collection I purchased ๐Ÿ˜ฌLooks like Ian and I are going to be eating lots of pumpkin this week!!img_6876Despite our not-so-fun commute to work, there have been a few mornings over the past week or two that have been absolutely gorgeous. Call me crazy, but I love a good foggy morning!

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I also can’t help but feel excited just looking at all of the changing leaves here in Oregon ๐Ÿ˜ I thought I would snap a picture and show you all!

While I would love to go on and on about Fall and how pretty it is, I do want to actually take the time to catch you all up on the past two weeks or so. With everything going on lately, it has been difficult for me to hop on here and update you all. So bare with me as I run through the past few weeks of my life!

37 Years and More to Come

Two weeks ago, Ian and I joined Ian’s parents in celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary. After driving to Springfield (which is 2 hours away from Portland) for my last meeting at my current company, I picked up Ian from his office and we met up with Ian’s parents at Brix Tavern.

Once there, we were seated next to a window with a charming view of the Pearl District and other people enjoying their evening together- whether sharing a meal on the outside patio of Brix, or grabbing a coffee from Barista – located just down the street. Everything about our table was perfect – ambiance, view, and most importantly – the company.

While I would love to write up a full review on how amazing all of the food was at Brix, I will save that for a later time. Being invited to Ian’s parents’ wedding anniversary was something else. I guess I have never really been to a wedding anniversary before, well, maybe once as a kid? Anyway, it was a really cool experience. I loved listening to his parents’ old stories and watching them chuckle while reminiscing over memories from years ago, but felt like yesterday. The craziest part? I felt like I was seeing their 20 something-year-old selves coming out as we all re-lived their stories from 37 over something years ago. I couldn’t help but thinking about what it would be like looking back on my memories from today in 37 years – would the same young hearted Brittany come out while telling my stories? Would I still be the same me? Just something I couldn’t help thinking about…

I guess I will never know how me, 37 years from now, will feel and think BUT I do know that I hope one day I am sitting at a dinner table – able to look back on my past with that same warmth that Ian’s parents were able to.

New Beginnings

For those of you who have been reading along or listen to my ramblings over the phone, you probably already know that there have been quite a few changes in my life lately! I typically try to keep my posts to sharing adventures & tips/ideas, but I also think it’s important to keep you all in the loop with things that are exciting for me ๐Ÿ˜Š

As of a week ago, I have started my career in Product Management. For those of you who do not already know, I have wanted to get into Product Management for some time now.. so I am more. than. thrilled to say that I have finally made it. Not only am I stoked about doing what I am passionate about BUT I am also working for a really cool company with awesome peopleโ˜บ๏ธ I have a lot to learn in the next few months, but I am so excited to expand on my knowledge and continue developing! I feel like a student again – and I love it!

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Little Brittany Cheesin’ –ย  couldn’t help but think of this picture with everything going on. So here’s a pic of me, pretending to drive without knowing how to drive with a big ol’ smile on my face. That’s how I feel right now, excited about starting my new career.. without a clue as to what I am doing!

As for apartments, Ian and I will be moving this weekend into our new apartment! I am really not looking forward to the moving part… but I am stoked for our dramatically reduced commute time and proximity to our favorite stores and restaurants.

I am also beginning to realize that I have been getting better at adapting to changes in my life. I have always been pretty good at adapting, thanks to moving quite a bit growing up, but I have noticed that big life changes have been stressing me out less and less. In just 3 months, I have managed to move states, move offices, change my career, and move into another apartment. Safe to say, I am very excited to wind down and not move for a while, but I am still pretty proud of myself. I have taken a lot of chances lately and I think they are all turning out for the bestโ˜บ๏ธ

Winstadoodle

While work and moving has been taking up a lot of my time and attention, I haven’t forgotten about dear Winston.. and trust me.. he hasn’t forgotten about me. He has been asking for loooooots of cuddles lately.

img_6889He also has been growing a lot. As of two weeks ago, he was 82 pounds (see in his Instagram photo for proof ๐Ÿ˜‚). With that being said, I have been feeding him a lot. I even took him to Mud Bay, a local pet supply store, in search of salmon oil (for his joints – considering how much he has been growing) and it was an absolute blast! Winston got lots of love from everyone there and we walked out with lots of free samples! I highly recommend stopping by a Mud Bay if you have one near you.

lrg_dsc07381We have also been doing a lot of hiking lately. I used to hike a lot back in college and stopped once I entered the working world, but I have missed how refreshed I always felt during and after my hikes. That being said, Ian and I have been taking Winston with us to Portland’s gorgeous Forest Park.

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To my surprise, Winston has been wonderful during our hikes. Walking him has been becoming more and more difficult lately, due to his wonderful stubbornness… and 82lbs of weight. However, during hikes, he calms down and enjoys walking through the woods – thank goodness!

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Ian looking very excited during our hike

Not only has it been nice stepping away from technology and breathing in some fresh Oregon air, but it has been great finding a new trail that I really enjoy. I love trails that are enclosed by trees and greenery, so hiking in Portland has been wonderful.

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I have also been really bad at bringing my camera with me places, so I have been trying to make more of an effort to start carrying it around with me again. My grandma also asked me to take a picture with Winston, so here you go Grandma!๐Ÿ˜‹

More pictures from our hike:

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Someone built a mini dinosaur park outside of their house and I thought it was the absolute cutest thing!

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Well, it’s 10:00 pm now.. so I probably should head to bed. Call me an old lady, but I like my sleep. Who likes being tired at work?? Not me.

Have you been hiking lately?

Where is your favorite hiking spot?

~Britt

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Touchdowns & a Win for Oregon!

I’m sitting here watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding, thinking about Chicago and my family back home, but also thinking about all of the exciting changes ahead. While reflecting on this weekend, I thought about Oregon’s win this weekend against Portland State, but also my own personal wins. That being said, the title of this post seems only fitting ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6834To kick off our weekend, Ian and I went to a U of O football game. While driving down to Eugene, it suddenly hit me that I had never been to a collegiate football game. Just over a year ago, I graduated from college, and here I am.. one year later, going to my very first game.

As we approached Autzen Stadium, I couldn’t help but notice green flooding the streets. EVERYONE WAS WEARING GREEN AND YELLOW. Even the cars had green and yellow all over them! It was crazy! There was so much school spirit everywhere I looked.

I couldn’t help but feel a little bummed out that my college never had this much spirit. I think it would have been really cool to be a part of such a festive community. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t go to a large school.

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Me, being the cheapy I am, refused to pay for parking nearby.. so we had a nice walk to Autzen Stadium. Ian was very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

All of our walking worked up an appetite, so we made sure to stop and grab a good ol’ hot dog before finding out seats ๐Ÿ˜›

img_6841Ian won our tickets from his company’s raffle – which not only happened to be tickets, but club tickets. With club tickets, we were able to access the club floor which consisted of more food, beer, and U of O merchandise – it was so much fun going up there during half-time ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6839The game itself was an absolute blast. Everyone there was excited to be there and ready to show their school spirit. The marketing team played tributes to teams of the past – which made me think a lot about Ian’s dad, who played for U of O back in the day.

All of the training videos shown on the main screen also brought me back to my college days – training early in the mornings and night – all of the hard-work that went into getting stronger and faster as a team. It made me miss being on a team a little. While I definitely do not miss having rowing taking up most of my life and the early mornings, I do miss competing.

img_6845The U of O won against Portland State 95 – 84, which was exciting for me – my first collegiate game ended in a victory, as I am now a Ducks fan.

Another win for this weekend? Iย  managed to remember to take photos of the two of us ๐Ÿ™‚

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Touchdown! Apartment Edition

If you have been following along, you may already know that Ian and I have been apartment hunting for the past few weeks. To our disappointment, all of the apartments we have toured have been lofts/open concept layouts, which is not what we are looking for. Who knew having a bedroom door could be such a rarity??

Well, we finally found the perfect apartment. It’s location, layout, and design were everything we wanted. No more commuting 2 hours a day in Portland traffic!

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With our lease ending in one month, we gave our 30 day notice and applied for our new apartment. We have already been approved and I am so excited to move in!

More Life Changes

I mentioned a few posts back that I had some exciting news but wanted to wait to share that news with you all. Well, now that I can share the news – I am starting a new job next Monday. For the sake of privacy, I will not share where I will be working on here, but I have been working towards breaking into this role for just about a year now.

I know it sounds super cheesy and a little cliche when people write that they want to thank their friends and family for their support – but I truly am thankful for all of the support I have received throughout this process. I definitely could not have made this career change without Ian’s encouragement and my mom’s wisdom. You two are amazing.

All that being said, there are a lot of exciting things happening right now. Change is exciting, but also a little overwhelming at times – so I am sure that these next few weeks will be a mix of the happiness and also stress from these new beginnings.

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever been to a collegiate football game?

~ Britt

Labor Day Weekend Adventures

Hello friends and family!

It is me again. I am currently writing you all from one of the most adorable coffee shops in Portland. I haven’t had the chance to explore much of Portland’s coffee scene, so Ian and I decided it was time to venture outwards and try somewhere new ๐Ÿ™‚

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For a girl who loves a good coffee shop, I sure did choose the right city to move to ๐Ÿ˜‰

img_6769With all of life’s most recent changes – changes in which I cannot wait to share with you all in due time – Ian and I decided to work on rewriting our budget. As I have mentioned in the past, our current lease only goes until October.. so it is almost time for us to put in our 30 day notice.. which means we need to figure out where exactly we are moving to. That being said, we have been apartment hunting for the past few weeks and are looking to increase our monthly rent – awesome – which means.. an updated budget!

img_6767To make our budget planning more fun, we decided to try out Sterling Coffee Roasters ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny because, we are here to work on our budget and in reality, I am here writing to you all and Ian is the one actually working on the budget! Gotta put his Finance degree to good use!

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Anyway, as I sit here writing and thinking about coffee shops, I think I may eventually write a post on coffee shops in the Portland area ๐Ÿ™‚ I will also try to add to my city guides that I have been working on for other areas I happen to explore – SF, Chicago, Casper, etc. If you have any places, restaurants or coffee shops that you absolutely adore, please comment on this post below so that I can add it to my city guides ๐Ÿ™‚

Bernie’s Southern Bistro & Birthday Celebrations

To kick off our three day weekend, Ian and I went out with a few friends for one of their birthdays after work Friday night.

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Rather than heading to our usual wing spot, we decided to switch things up and try out Bernie’s Southern Bistro, and boy were we not disappointed! During the summer months, seating is on their back patio area, which is where I snapped the photo of the flowers above!

img_6630As it got later in the evening, the patio area became livelier and somehow prettier than when we first walked in.

img_6629As for the food, it was nothing short of amazing. I am a HUGE jambalaya fan, have been since high school, so I obviously ordered what I love most. The prices? Not so great, but the food definitely made up for them.

Overall, I would definitely go back again sometime in the future. Everything everyone ordered looked amazing. I just need to give my wallet some time to recuperate!

Apartment Hunting

With our 30 day notice just around the corner, Ian and I have kicked off our apartment hunting by scheduling apartment tours. We have been touring apartments for the past few weeks and just haven’t found the right place for us. Before heading to our appointments for Saturday, we swung by Blue Star Donuts for some apartment hunting fuel ๐Ÿ˜‰

img_6644We also made a quick coffee stop to pair with our sugary donuts. Healthy? Nope! But hey, it’s the weekend.. so that’s ok, right???

img_6661The first apartment we toured, we had very high expectations for. It’s location, amenities, and style all aligned with what we were looking for.. except for their layouts and pricing. For some reason, someone thought it would be a great idea to build a bunch of studios and lofts, rather than one bedroom apartments.. so there seems to be a shortage of one bedroom apartments and a surplus of open floor plans.

img_6650Unfortunately, an open layout will not work for the two of us and our hyper active puppy. Not having a bedroom door just seems like a recipe for disaster – Winston would have free reign of the apartment – and me – no where to hide from that crazy dog. I love that fluffy dog, but man, sometimes I need some space from his dog breath and uncoordinated movements!

The apartment roof was nice though. Too bad their rooms were too small and overpriced :/

img_6686After apartment hunting, we decided to walk around a nearby Pottery Barn. I was SO excited to see that their fall line has already been released. So exciting. I know it is still technically summer, but I’m ready for fall.

img_6692Also, I have been in love with Pottery Barn since I was a kid. Call me crazy, but the highlight of my day used to be stealing my mom’s catalogs and day dreaming about the fun rooms I would one day design. Years later, I am still obsessed and still daydreaming.

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^ How cute are these pumpkins???

Homemade Pizza Night

After apartment hunting, we finished off our day with some homemade pizza ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6700I swear Ian had fun!

More Apartment Hunting

img_6727Sunday morning we woke up bright and early and grabbed some breakfast before heading off to more apartment tours. I needed to start my day with a nice cup o’ Joe.

img_6742The next apartment we toured was absolutely gorgeous. I LOVED the kitchens! However, the pricing was a little higher than what we were looking for. The layouts were also a little smaller than what we currently have, so that did not help either.. but at least we were making progress in our search!

img_6732^Check out this lobby! So cool ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6764After looking at apartments, we finished off our Sunday with some Chinese takeout at Ian’s parents’ home ๐Ÿ™‚

And that just about sums up my weekend! Lot’s of apartment touring!

Hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend!

~Britt

 

 

A Dairy Good Weekend

I am currently sitting on the couch laughing at the fact that my post titles are 1) ridiculously lame 2) way too alike . To give you a better understanding of what I mean by this, please see my previous post (A Fair-ly Good Weekend) to see what I am talking about. I make myself laugh, so I guess that is all that matters, right?!

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Tillamook Creamery

For weeks now, Ian has been telling me about the infamous Tillamook Creamery. Finally, after weeks of dreaming about cheese and ice cream – we made the hour and ten minute trek over to Tillamook, OR.

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Once we arrived to the Creamery, I was immediately impressed by the fresh architectural design of the newly renovated building captured just behind Ian. I also got a kick out of the large cow mural hanging above the entrance.

img_6502Once inside, we were greeted by floating cheese pieces and fun facts about the Tillamook dairy farms. I knew from just looking at the floating cheese pieces that I was going to like this place, and I sure was right.

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img_6468Upstairs, you could observe the cheese making process, learn about cheese production, and even taste Tillamook’s variety of cheeses.

img_6472The cheese tasting lines were absolutely insane, but Ian and I were determined to have our cheese – no matter what the wait! I think we may try revisiting in the winter time when the tourism season dies down a little.

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Our favorite cheese was Tillamook’s Cape Meares. Wow. The cheese was so good, we bought two bricks of it to bring home ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6489After cheese tasting, Ian and I decided to learn a little more about the cheese we ate by walking through their observational assembly line.

 

img_6480img_6481I would say the coolest part about watching Tillamook packaging cheese, was the packaging of 45 lb cheese bricks!

img_6478Not only did Tillamook offer an insight into their cheese making process, but they also educated their visitors on the original producers of their cheese – the cows!

img_6477In this section of the creamery, we had the opportunity to learn about the various dairy cow breeds and the characteristics of their milk. Prior to visiting the Tillamook Creamery, I had no clue that different types of dairy cows could produce a variety of different milk consistencies and flavors. For example, Holsteins produce milk in large quantities, however, their milk is lower in butterfat and protein. Jersey cows, on the other hand, produce milk high in butterfat. That being said, dairy farmers will utilize milk from various cows for a variety of products. For example, dairy farmers will use the milk from Jersey cows in dairy products requiring a creamier consistency (such as greek yogurt and icecream) and the milk from Holsteins for your everyday drinking milk.

Call me nerdy, but I really found learning about different cow varieties to be very interesting. If you want to learn more about dairy cows, I found this website to be interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6473After learning all about Tillamook’s cows and cheese production, Ian and I decided to stop by the gift store for some treats to bring home!

img_6501To my surprise, the gift store was not only filled with Tillamook merchandise, but also products produced by other local farmers in Oregon. They strategically paired up with local producers and crackers and wine to pair with their famous cheese. I have to say, Tillamook’s marketing, merchandise, and business operations team is absolutely killing it. I was in awe the entire time. If there is a company who knows how to brand itself, its Tillamook. #goals

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Now that I am sitting at home writing this post, I am beginning to crave Tillamook cheese. Too bad it’s 10 pm and I need to go to bed soon!

img_6505After all the shopping, Ian and I worked up a bit of an appetite. Wanting to save lunch for one of our favorite breweries, we decided to treat ourselves to the luxuriously creamy Tillamook ice cream. Also, on a random side note, how cool is the photograph behind me?? I think I drove Ian crazy talking about how much I liked that photo!

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Just a pic of me being me

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Ian and I always forget to take pictures together, so I managed to get this one of us while at the Creamery ๐Ÿ™‚ I looked a bit sleepy in this photo but I am just happy I finally remembered to get a picture with the two of us.

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After a 15 minute or so wait in line, we finally placed our orders. Ian was more than happy when he got his chocolatey chip cookie dough single scoop icecream in a waffle bowl.

img_6544I ordered their Oregon Hazelnut and Salted Caramel single scoop ice cream cone. To our surprise, the single scoops were not quite single scoops. Our ice cream portions were HUGE!!!

img_6538Safe to say, we had a blast at the Tillamook Creamery. I had no idea I would leave the Creamery a bigger fan of Tillamook products than when I had walked in. I am absolutely in love with the company’s business strategy and their desire to gain customer loyalty through providing their customers with high quality dairy products. Everything about the Creamery was perfect – and I do not say that lightly. If you ever find yourself in Oregon, please do try giving the Tillamook Creamery a visit ๐Ÿ™‚

Tillamook Creamery Visiting Tips:

  • If you are not one for crowds try visiting – in the morning close to opening or during a weekday. The weekend tends to be pretty busy in the afternoon, especially around noon.
  • Expect lines for cheese tasting and when ordering food
  • If ordering ice cream – keep in mind their serving sizes! If you are not looking to eat a lot of ice cream try to share a single scoop with someone. Their single scoop servings are ridiculously large. (Trust me, Ian and I wished we would have known before ordering two single scoops).

Tillamook General Information:

  • Address:ย 4175 N Hwy 101, Tillamook, OR 97141
  • Admission: FREE
  • Cheese tasting: FREE
  • Website: click here

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Pelican Brewing Company

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img_6548After eating more icecream than I care to admit, Ian and I headed to Pelican Brewing for lunch. We first visited Pelican Brewing Company when we visited Cannon Beach a few weeks ago (a post will be coming in the near future) and immediately fell in love with the brewery. This time, we decided to try visiting their brewery down the street from the Tillamook Creamery.

img_6549This time around, I was not very hungry – thanks to the ice cream I had just consumed – so I stuck with their famous clam chowder soup. The first time I had tried their clam chowder my mind was absolutely blown, so I knew I needed order it again ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately, we could not spend too much time at Pelican Brewing Company due to Winston being at the groomers, so we headed home after finishing our lunch.

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After shaving Winston and grooming him ourselves, Ian and I decided to take him into the groomers for the first time. I had been putting off spending money on getting him groomed, because honestly.. I could not get myself to pay more for Winston’s hair to be cut than my own. That being said, I finally got over it and took him in – Winston’s fur was becoming to difficult to keep from matting :/

img_6561And boy am I glad we finally made the choice to take him in! He is now matfree and fluffier than ever!

As for the rest of our weekend, we spent Saturday night watching the Pirates of the Caribbean with one of Ian’s friends. Sunday morning, we ran a few errands and headed over to Ian’s parents’ house for dinner.

And wow, where has time gone, it is now almost 11 pm and I have work in the morning. That being said, I am going straight to bed! Hope all of you had a nice weekend!

~ Britt

 

 

A FAIR-ly Good Weekend

Hello friends and family!

It is currently Sunday and I am currently sitting on my sofa watching Gotham and thinking about how excited I am to go to work tomorrow. HA! Why do weekends fly by so fast?

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With our lease coming to an end this October, Ian and I have started looking around for new apartments. Our current apartment is just outside of Portland, and while we love our apartment, the commute to work absolutely sucks. However, the apartment we are living in currently is a part of the same company that my previous apartment in the Bay Area belonged to. That being said, I was able to transfer my lease rather than breaking it by moving into our current apartment.

Now that we are looking for apartments again, we have been taking our time and doing our research on where to make our next move. Funny enough, we happened to stumble upon one of the cutest neighborhoods a few weeks ago when we were looking for an Urgent Care (story on that here) in Portland.

The Waiting Room

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After driving through Goose Hallow, we decided to have a date night Friday and explore the area a little more. We decided to have dinner at The Waiting Room, which turned out to be a great choice!

img_6236Rather than eating indoors, we chose to eat outside. The weather on Friday was absolutely perfect and the atmosphere outside was fun! Everyone enjoyed sipping on a cold drink while enjoying some good ol’ Southern food under summery string lights.

img_6226As for their food, everything looked and sounded amazing. The prices? Meeeh, but it was date night, so treating ourselves we did!

img_6232We typically like to share food, which was perfect considering that most their menu was categorized as share plates, so we decided to try their andouille sausages to start off.. and boy were they good.

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After the sausages, we topped off our dinner with The Waiting Room‘s notorious fried chicken. I now know why their chicken is notorious.. because wow. Both Ian and I agreed that their fried chicken may have been the best fried chicken we have ever had. Then again.. most of my fried chicken knowledge stems from good ol’ KFC!

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Needless to say, if you are ever in Portland and are looking for some good fried chicken, give The Waiting Room a try!

 

Fair Fun

Not sure if any of you caught me trying to be punny, but I tried being punny in this post’s title. Ian just faced palmed himself after I showed it to him – that’s when I know that I came up with something good! HA!

Anywho! Ian, some friends, and I went to the County Fair yesterday and had an absolute blast! I am really regretting not taking more photos, but I guess it’s because I was too busy having fun ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6239While the fair was packed with people, it was also packed with things to do. Along with the usual fair attractions, such as rides and fair food, there were beer tents, performances, dirt bike shows, art stalls, body piercing tents (what..?), and so on. It was definitely an experience! I think my favorite part of it all was eating a hotdog and sipping on some cold beer with Ian and our friends under string lights, watching people dance to a small town country singer perform. Definitely a night to remember ๐Ÿ™‚

img_6244As for today, Ian and I took things pretty slow. It was 95 degrees out here and well, the fair food didn’t feel as good as it tasted…

We did, however, make our way out to the dog park with Winston. Unfortunately, no one else seemed to share our love for going to the dog park because there was absolutely no one else there. Hmm. Maybe it was due to it being 95 degrees outside?? Probably should have thought about the heat before leaving!

And that just about sums up my weekend!

What did you do this weekend?

When was the last time you went to a fair?

~ Britt

Moving, Work, and Urgent Care Visits

Wow.

What a month.

I don’t even know where to begin. So much has happened since the last time I wrote on here! For starters, I am currently writing to you all from a little cafe outside of Seattle. Why am I in Seattle you may ask? Well, for work!

Ian and I recently moved up to Portland after Ian received a job offer there. It just made more sense for us to move to Portland rather than staying in the Bay Area. That being said, my rent is now (more than) half the cost of my apartment from the Bay. That’s huge.ย  It’s going to be so much easier saving up ๐Ÿ™‚

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Winston posing in front of the moving truck

With Ian’s new job, I requested to transfer offices and was approved to work in Portland’s office with the condition that I help our Seattle office out as well. So, that explains why I am here in Seattle!

Urgent Care Chronicles

Unfortunately, I am travelling for work.. and sick. Honestly, it has been extremely rough. I began feeling “off” this past Friday but did not think anything of it. I was a little more tired than usual and had a headache. I figured I was just tired from moving, going to a wedding, unpacking, and working. However, when I woke up Saturday morning my throat was beginning to hurt and my headache was worsening. Still, I shrugged it off and assumed it was my allergies. I was so wrong!

By the time Saturday night rolled around, my tonsils were swollen and clearly infected. My lymph nodes were swollen as well, and my head felt horrible. Ian and I then went into an Urgent Care, which ended up not being helpful. They tested me for strep and after the results turned out negative, they gave me an oral steroid and told me that whatever I had would go away on its own.

Nope.

I flew out Sunday night for my Monday meeting, had my flight delayed, and ended up arriving to my hotel by 1 am. It was awesome. That next morning, I felt horrible.. and to make matters worse.. I decided to walk in heels to the office.. downtown Seattle. Now, for those of you who are not familiar with Seattle, let me just tell you: do not wear heels there. The hills were awful to walk down in heels.

By the time I made it to the office, I felt lightheaded and my throat and head were hurting me more than ever. I still have no idea how I made it through my meeting that lasted 6 hours. To make things even worse, I began getting the chills during the last few hours of my meeting. I guess I was just a mess haha!

It wasn’t until I woke up yesterday morning and coughed up a little blood (TMI, sorry!) that I realized I needed to slow down and go back to an urgent care. This time, I walked out with a prescription. The doctor diagnosed me with a Bacterial Sinusitis, which after looking at the symptoms, I think I may actually have? I do not know. My symptoms could really be anything haha.

My symptoms were:

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged tonsils (with lovely white specs, yay!)
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen gums
  • Fever & chills
  • Fatigue

After taking the antibiotic for just over 24 hours, my symptoms are now:

  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen gums

So, I still don’t feel the greatest.. but hey, it’s progress. At least my head feels ok!

That being said, I had to miss my remaining meetings in Seattle. Which was a bummer, considering that I flew out to Seattle for my meetings.. and ended up sick and alone in a hotel room.

img_6080On the bright side, the view from my hotel was pretty freaking cool.

Life Happenings

Ok, so besides being sick, things have been pretty sweet. I have been running around a lot lately, which may be why my immune system is struggling.. but I am so happy with my decision to make the leap to move to Portland.

The actual move was pretty exhausting, especially when we had a wedding to go to the very next morning, ha! However, Ian and I had an absolute blast at his brother’s wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

dsc07135The wedding was outside and it was gorgeous out that day! It was a very laid back wedding, but it was so much fun!

dsc07174I also had a lot of fun taking pictures of Ian and his family on his brother’s special day! Everyone was so happy, which made taking photos so easy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I also learned that drinking two glasses of wine and taking benadryl is not a good idea.. especially when at a wedding haha. My allergies were pretty bad during the wedding so I quickly popped a benadryl without thinking about how drowsy it would make me. The after affect? Refer to the photo above. I was using all of my energy to keep myself awake!

Besides the wedding, I have been setting up the apartment, hanging out with Ian and some of his friends from high school (they are they coolest bunch of guys), trying out new recipes, and exploring Portland. If I get better by this weekend, fingers crossed, Ian and I might go to the beach! That was our plan until I got sick at least, so I really hope we can still do it ๐Ÿ™‚

Anywho, kudos to any of you who actually made it through this long post! Hope everyone is doing well and is healthy!

~Britt

Packing, Photographing, & Procrastinating

I am beginning to think that time moves at a faster rate the older you get. Holy moly. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that at this time last year I was preparing to graduate from college and enter the reeeal world.

DSC06898Now, here I am, one year out of college and taking graduation pictures for my friends and family. I think the combination of being on campus and packing up my apartment is solidifying the fact that I am moving on to the next chapter in my life, which is both exciting and a little scary. I absolutely loved studying at Santa Clara, so it will be bittersweet saying goodbye to the Bay in less than two weeks.

DSC06868Nevertheless, taking grad photos for my sister and friends was so much fun! I love getting the opportunity to practice and improve my photography, so I definitely learned a lot from all of the photos I took over this past week!

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So much fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so proud of all of the soon-to-be graduates!

Berkeley Fun

Besides taking grad photos, I have been running around packing, avoiding packing, and trying to make the most out of my time left in the Bay. That being said, I thought it would be fun for Ian and I to spend Saturday hanging out in Berkeley!

DSC06940Wanting to stop by Five, a restaurant we found on Yelp, we decided to head over to Jupiter to wait until they opened for dinner at 5:30 pm. That being said, I could not help but try one of their beers, and oh my gosh, was that a great idea. For those of you IPA lovers out there, Jupiter does not mess around when it comes to beer.ย  Pictured above is their “Blueberry Haze” unfiltered IPA and I highly recommend you try this seasonal beer should you ever find yourself wandering the streets of Berkeley.

DSC06941To compliment our beers, Ian and I decided to snack on their Petaluma Chicken Wings.. and of course they were incredible. Definitely different, but sooo good.

Jupiter Review:

Overall Experience: A+ great service, incredible beer, and Ian approved wings.

Atmosphere:ย  A+ย Gothic inspired interior with laid back vibes

Beer: A+ the Blueberry Haze was among my favorite IPAs I have tried.

Service: quick and friendly

Price: Average

DSC06948After hanging out a Jupiter, we headed over to Five. It was definitely a switch in vibes from Jupiter! People in Jupitor sat back and enjoyed a beer or two with friends and family. The atmosphere was lively yet comfy. Five, on the other hand was less lively and more upscale in both appearance and menu price.

DSC06947While I typically prefer lively restaurants, I loved the interior design of Five.

DSC06949The bright walls and modern aesthetics made for a calm dining experience.

DSC06944Or, as calm as they get, ha!

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Seeing that they had Papas Bravas on their menu, Ian and I jumped at the opportunity to try them and compare them to previous Papas Bravas we ordered. While they certainly were good, I still have to give first place to Cafe Ba-ba-reeba (in Lincoln Park, Chicago) and second place to Shakewell (in Oakland, CA).

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Already filling up on appetizers, Ian and I decided to try ordering one more appetizer – Moroccan Pork Meatballs. Thoughts? They were okay. Tasty, but not out of this world.

Sunday Happenings

DSC06957As for today, I spent my morning off with some good ol’ coffee and some Sponge Bob. Yes, I am a young professional.. and I still watch Sponge Bob from time to time. It’s nice watching shows from my childhood while starting off my day ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC06958Winston was also absolutely adorable all day today, so I had to snap a few photos of him. He had surgery last week and has been pent up for the past week or so which has been pretty tough on him. Thankfully, his two weeks of “rest” are almost over. His follow up appointment is this upcoming Thursday, so I can’t wait to take him on long walks again! He needs the exercise.

DSC06966Besides hanging out with Winston and watching Sponge Bob, I spent a good portion of today packing up the apartment. For those of you who do not already know, I hate packing and I am a huge procrastinator when it comes to packing. Thankfully, Ian has been awesome at pushing me to pack ahead of time, rather than rushing a day or two before the move. I just hate looking at boxes in my living room and watching my decorations disappear into those boxes.

Anywho, that’s all for now! Hope you all had a nice weekend!

~ Britt