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Rain Rain Go Away

rain-Just when I thought summer was finally here and that we could say goodbye to the sniffles, strep, missed work days for me and kids feeling better. Now there’s more rain about to come. Aaah!!! It’s crazy! Daniel says this happens every year around this time but it’s not true…

So now I’m going to have to start dealing with that again. Get out all the winter stuff. I knew it wouldn’t last but still, it would have been nice if the good weather would have at least taken us into the weekend!

Still, maybe we’ll use the bad weather as an opportunity to check out a new restaurant opening on Sunday – Noraneko – an interesting fusion of Japanese ramen and juice bar!

Madonna Meets Moda

Wow I feel young. I had no idea Madonna was in her late 50s. For some reason I always assumed she was somewhere around my age – mid to late 40s. But she’s not, she’s older and still going strong. In fact, we just heard that she is coming later on this year to perform here in Portland! As part of her “Rebel Heart tour” (can you really still be a rebel at 56?) she’ll be making a stop in Portland, at the Moda Center. She’s still going strong, with her 13th album. This is part of her 35-city tour.

I’m going to make sure we get to go. Tickets are going on sale sometime next week and I’m going to get Daniel to get us two. I’ve never seen her in concert and I’d just love to see how she performs live, at 56! I wonder if she has enough energy to bounce around a stage.

Apparently all those mad Madonna fans in Seattle are not happy as she’s not making a stop there. Well good is what I say. All the top performers always go there and so rarely come to us. It’s about time we had one of the cool, strong, female singers – who has been going for around three decades now – say that Portland matters. Because it does. And we do. And so do you Madonna. You sure do rock!

Superbowl Fun!

superbowlThe Superbowl was so much fun. Personally I’m not so into spectator sports (I just enjoy working out to stay fit – and of course I’m incredibly vein), but since Daniel is this year I decided to join him in the event. We got a babysitter and ended up at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern.

I have to say that even though I don’t really understand the sport so much, it really was a lot of fun. There were prizes to win at every quarter, the bar was teeming and there were 100 different types of beer choice!

Since I’m not such a beer person I was thrilled that the food was great. I started with the spinach and artichoke dip, followed by the pepper crusted salmon (that I tell you was to die for!). I was sure to leave enough room for dessert and was sure glad I did as I really enjoyed the Mud Pie Brownie Sundae. I also have to confess that I stole some of Daniel’s Warm Donut Holes when he was focused on the game!

I’ll definitely come back to this place. It was a blast.

Portland’s Charitable Heart

heart-63974_640Portland is such a great place to live and raise kids for so very many reasons. And one of them is Christmas and the city’s charitable spirit.

Portland – for the last four decades nearly – has been giving kids whose parents cannot afford it a bike for Christmas. And this year, over 150 kids will be the lucky recipients. What began as an early morning run in celebration of the holiday has now become a wonderful philanthropic event.

Cyclists started joining in to raise money for the bikes that were given to a local organization which made sure children got their gifts on Christmas morning, along with all the other kids getting lots of fun things.

It’s been quite a family event too, this charity. Founded by Dennis Ferguson, son Bart and cousin Ted designed a T-shirt which sold at $25 a piece. The money made from that – along with other donations – paid for the bikes.

I’m so glad my children are privileged. I am also happy we live in a place that recognizes those less privileged than them.

The Cost of a Cuddle

I must remember how wonderful it is that I have Daniel. And the kids. And the dog. Because all of them are there for cuddles whenever I need/want them (well, Daniel sometimes needs a push, but in general I can’t complain).

I started thinking about this recently as I came upon Samantha Hess’ store, Cuddle Up to Me. I mean I totally get the idea of it and it makes a lot of sense, but I also feel there’s something a little sad about it. But then again, that just makes me appreciate all that I have even more.

It’s doing really well which is great because it means that Hess has found a niche and that it’s something that people want. But not great because it means so many people are without cuddles in their lives! It’s totally not a weird freakish thing at all. It’s really platonic and nothing sexual. You pay $60 for an hour of professional cuddling. With that hour one can get hand-holding, hair stroking, spooning, etc. Hess seeks to provide for her clients “the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves.”

I guess when my single friends get sad I could recommend it to them. Alternatively, I could tell them to get a dog! I think dogs are the best companions ever. But I do see that Samantha is responding to a need in Portland.