May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Four

May 24

On Friday I got a notification from the library that my copy of Super Smash Bros Ultimate was ready to pick up. I have had this bad boy on hold for MONTHS and it was so good to finally play it. I only have a week to play it before I have to return it so I went to town on this game Friday night.

Kirby of course is the most ultimate character to play as. He’s got a hammer, he can fly and he can suck you into his face and spit you back out and steal your powers.

This game is ridiculously awesome.

May 25

On Saturday we drove 5 hours south into California to camp at the Redwoods State Park. It was really amazing and I posted a ton of pics of clear blue river water, giant ass trees and beautiful ocean views.

I didn’t share that it rained the night we got in and we had to put our tent up in a downpour. Also, when the rain finally tapered off we were stuck making a fire in this giant pit that looked like one of those trash cans homeless people light on fires in alleyways in movies to keep warm. It was impossible to sit and enjoy the fire during this trip, which is one of our favorite things to do, because the pit was so deep that hardly any heat escaped.

It was a bit of a damper on the trip.

May 26

Before we took off on our amazing hike Sunday morning we stopped at the coast to get some coffee. I found this adorable little beach house with a great view. I took a picture of their gate because I thought it was really unique and cute. Reminded me of a pirate ship or something.

Our hike on The Boy Scout trail was really incredible. Giant redwoods, beautiful sights and smells. What I didn’t share was the insane chap I got on my butt. It’s kind of funny now, but definitely not at the time. I was wearing the wrong leggings for a hike like this. Too thin, not enough support for movement. Essentially in the essence of being real: ow. ow. ow. my poor butt.

May 27

We drove home on Memorial day. I have to yell every time I see farm animals on the side of the freeway.

Lots of cows and sheep. A few llamas and even some chickens. I hate seeing the tags in their ears and knowing they won’t live for much longer – but at the very least this life in the green fields is better than most agricultural animals get. Still all knifes look the same at the end no matter what life you’ve had.

On a happier note, if you ever do a road trip with me just prepare for some yelling about animals out the window.

May 28

Being back at work after a holiday weekend is such a drag.

I brought a PB&J to work for lunch because I had the ingredients left over from camping. It was so hard to be back though and I had to cheer myself up at lunchtime and go get whole bowl.

It’s not a very pretty picture but it’s one of those little things that make me happy.

Also, like their motto says, ‘It’s like eating a hug’ and god damn if that’s not true.

May 29

It should be illegal to have meetings that are longer than 2 hours. Tuesday brought me a 4 hour meeting and WOW it was rough.

My attention span for that length of time is pretty shit so I really had to pay attention and take notes and make sure I was on the ball with this one.

It wore me out though and when I came home it was an early bed time.

May 30

We found out we won a big project at work, which was great. I particularly spent a lot of time on it and it felt good to know the win will help a few people in our Texas office retire on the project and bring in good income.

We went out for a beer after work to celebrate. We were in a bar, watching a different bar across the street that is known for getting a bit rowdy with their rooftop deck. Had a good time poking fun at the people that came stumbling out.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I don’t have anything planned for June so I’m going to continue this one through the next month! Hope that’s okay with you all. Keep participating if you can with the #picturethelittlethings hashtag. I’ll highlight any that show up on here!

May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Three

May 17

On Friday I rewatched both John Wick movies. I took this picture because I was laughing at how massive umbrellas are at funerals in movies. Like you can fit a family of five under there. I’ve never seen umbrellas like that in real life, but anytime there is a funeral on TV they break out the big guys.

Saturday we saw John Wick 3 and it was awesome and I cannot wait for the 4th one they’re planning in 2020. Love me some Keanu.

May 18

After our movie Saturday I was on the hunt to get to Salt and Straw and try their Skittles sherbet. It did not disappoint in any way. There were five distinct skittles flavors in one scoop and they all tasted amazing.

Salt and Straw is always busy and it isn’t my favorite ice cream shop in Portland, but every once in awhile they have a flavor come out that I have to go try. Notable mention to their rose water ice cream with saffron cream and pistachios. They have also taken a pledge this year to have at least three vegan menu items at all times and that is just the coolest.

May 19

Every Sunday morning when there is nothing going on I sleep in as long as I can, get up and make coffee and slap together some pancakes while watching David Attenborough nature documentaries in the background.

There are like eight of them on Netflix right now and I’ve already worked my way through Africa, both Planet Earths and Oceans.

I don’t know how this became a weird thing I do on Sunday now, but it’s been like this for a good few months now and I don’t really mind it all that much.

May 20

Okay, so….we watch The Bachelor in our house. Not just the Bachelor, but The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise too. It’s kind of a sick problem that I couldn’t stop at this point even if I wanted to.

Bama Hannah or Hannah Beast is our Bachelorette right now and she is very sweet and a bit weird, which I like. However, only two episodes in and she is sending all my favorite guys home and choosing to be impressed by two guys so far that have THE BIGGEST RED FLAGS EVER. It has been a bit cringy to watch this season so far because of this, but like a massive train wreck, you just can’t look away.

May 21

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Tuesday I had a doctor’s appointment before work. My doctor is ALWAYS late. I book her in the morning as her first appointment and I always see her duck into the side door of the building 15 minutes after my appointment was supposed to start and I’m like….I SEE YOU.

She’s a fairly nice doctor, but I’m thinking of switching primaries because I feel like she takes about two seconds to diagnose me after I tell her something and I’m always like….I wasn’t finished telling you about it. Sometimes it feels like she’s not really listening to me and any diagnosis she gives or remedy she thinks of she goes through it so fast that I can barely keep up.

Moral of the story though is if you feel that you aren’t being heard with your health….time for a new doc.

May 22

After work on Wednesday I went to celebrate my friend Megan’s new job here in Portland. The weather had been a bit dreary all week, but things finally started to turn for the better by the end of the day.

It was nice and sunny out and we went to some food carts and had beers and Indian food outside. I like to try to sneak in get togethers with friends when I can during the week. It’s good for the soul and helps break up the monotony of work-home-sleep.

I’m not a big picture taker when I’m with people because I like to be in the moment, but I asked Megan if I could snap a pic of her since she reads the site and knew all about this challenge. She happily obliged with a sip of hazy IPA and there you have it.

May 23

We had a video game night at work and I brought in my N64 along with a few classic games (Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, Perfect Dark, Goldeneye). We had some trouble hooking it up and eventually managed to track down a converter to work with the new TVs in the office.

I forgot how fun Mario Kart 64 is, particularly when you’re actually playing in person with people. We don’t do that often enough anymore. All multiplayer games are almost always played online now. There is something great about having to be hooked up close the to TV and in person, calling your friends a bunch of shitheads while they blast all your balloons away.

Finally, I wanted to thank everyone that participated this week in the hashtag #PictureTheLittleThings!

Your responses were so great. I love seeing what people do on an average day. Instead of sharing the highlights of our week and acting like that’s all we do is go on adventures and have fun – sometimes we are just sitting at home relaxing, or reminding ourselves about a song we like, or posting a picture of ourselves we love, but wouldn’t normally post. Thanks for sharing guys!

May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Two

May 10


(I’m the shortest one in the middle of the group of yellow shirts).

Friday I took the day off work with a few coworkers and we took advantage of our free volunteer day with Habitat for Humanity. The opportunity came around last year, but I was too busy at work to take advantage of it. I almost didn’t got this year either, but since our proposal got canceled I had some free time.

I posted an up close photo of me on my Instagram, but I thought later that it was more important to show the entire group that worked that day. Habitat employees do not get paid that much and their dedication to their work is really impressive and inspiring. They rely a lot on volunteers to get their work done. The homes we helped build and clean this day will be open and ready for move-in to four local families in the area in July .

We are a general contracting firm so a lot of the people volunteering had some great knowledge of power tools and hands on work. I was not one of those people and didn’t want to do anything with ladders or things that could kill me so I went outdoors to do yard work. I thought this was a safe bet, but instead I ended up chopping down trees with a hand saw for four hours. Then I painted some doors. We had beers after, which was nice, but I was starting to notice my arms hurt. I went home, showered and texted my husband to wake me up at 7pm. After I woke up from my nap I dragged myself, and my forearms that felt like jelly, to go see Detective Pikachu – spoiler, it was adorable.

May 11

After sleeping in a bit on Saturday we headed to the store for camping supplies and then took off to our favorite campground on the Oregon coast, Nehalem Bay State Park.

I took a lot of great scenic photos and posted on Instagram another one of myself just staring at the ocean. All beautiful and serene but my favorite photo I took from that day that I didn’t share was this one. If you look at the top right of the log it kind of looks like two eyes and a face screaming in pain and being burned alive. I had a few beers and thought this was the funniest thing I’d seen all day. Less funny now, but worth forcing myself to share.

May 12

Saturday we woke up and packed up our camping gear to have coffee on the beach. There were a ton of people out with their dogs and we really enjoyed just watching them run around and get water and sand everywhere.

Half way down the beach we were surprised to see a woman on horseback gallop toward us. I snapped a pictures just because we don’t see it a whole lot.

Apparently the dogs don’t either because they started chasing the horse down and running in between its legs – much to the dismay of the horse owner.

I really love just taking advantage of a quick weekend getaway in nature.

May 13

Back to work Monday, and it was a pretty average Monday.

At lunch we went somewhere where they had Vodka Lavender Lemonades. I had to go back to work so I just got a Lavender Lemonade, which was really exceptionally good and had a cool ombre tone to it….but like most things in life, it would have been better with vodka.

May 14

I had a terrible migraine for this entire day. It just steadily got worse until it took over everything.

I was trying to watch The Bachelorette, but my head was killing me. Now that I think on it, watching something that makes me want to tear my hair out probably wasn’t the best idea. Side note: I can’t BELIEVE Bama Hannah sent home Old Matt Donald and the paper airplane pilot – they were adorable).

Anyway, eventually it got so bad I couldn’t even function anymore and while I was trying to brush my teeth in the dark to avoid the light murdering my face I came back into the room to find the bed made and turned down for me. Sometimes it’s the small things.

May 15

After sleeping for 11 hours I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday. The weather took a turn here in Portland and we went from 80 degree days to 60 degrees and raining. I didn’t mind. I get really sick of the heat when there’s no water around to jump in. The rain was welcome. This change of weather did mean that it has been harder to get outside for lunch and walk around without getting soaked.

I took this picture from our communal kitchen. I love how much natural light we have in our office, it really helps when you’re stuck inside all day.

May 16

Welcome to the UPS drop box by my work that has been my constant companion the last few weeks.

The problem is heels. I have a wedding I’m a bridesmaid for in June and I need a pair of heels. I own one pair right now due to my minimalist wardrobe and they are dark blue and don’t really work with rose dress I have to to wear. So I’ve been ordering a pair of heels every three days on Amazon hoping one pair will maybe one day fit and also be comfortable to stand in for eight hours. When they don’t (so far all seven pairs have failed me) I drop them off here at the UPS drop box that has become a fairweather friend.

Keep sharing photos on your social media of your own every day moments that you wouldn’t normally share with people. Thanks to everyone who has so far – it’s been really enlightening! Let’s use the hashtag #PictureTheLittleThings and I’ll share some of the best ones on here next week!

May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week One

May 1

After an exhaustive three week effort at work to get a proposal completed we were told that our corporate office in London was cancelling the proposal. It was a good thing really, because we shouldn’t have been going after it in the first place. Also, it was completely emotionally and physically draining. We were going to have to work weekends and honestly the deadline was beginning to feel impossible. So all in all it was a good thing. The downside was that we had just killed ourselves for the last three weeks to get this done and now it all felt like wasted time. I was going to have to go to Indiana for a review meeting so I was pretty happy because Indiana is a place I’m not sure I ever need to visit. I took this picture of my desk, which was very messy and included a hodgepodge of all the different work we had been doing. Right after I took this I shredded everything.

May 2

Our new place we moved into in March has been really lovely. It’s clean, relatively quiet and we are near some really great walking paths.

The downside is the parking spot that we are assigned to has a garage and a driveway. I leave before my husband and get home before him so we have to do this car shuffle thing every day to make sure my car isn’t blocked in.

It’s a minor inconvenience that doesn’t irk me as much as the fact that this spot sits right beneath a ledge that birds love to sit on and poop. Every day now there is fresh new bird poop on my car.

May 3

Everyone has one thing they consistently spend too much money on. This is mine. “It’s The Famous” is a local salsa made in Salem, Oregon. It hovers around the $7.99-$999 mark depending on the store you go to. It is an extravagant amount of money for salsa.

However, trust me when I say it is worth it. I feel like you haven’t tasted salsa until you taste It’s The Famous.

This was the highlight of an extremely bland day.

May 4

There are a million nature pictures all over the internet so I didn’t show this one I took on Saturday. It’s also not that exciting.

We went to Fort Vancouver, which despite being only 20 minutes away we had never been.

When I was reading U.S. Grant’s biography it was mentioned he had spent time at the Fort before the Civil War and I was really interested in going just to be in a place he had talked so highly of. It was really beautiful. Mt. Hood was out and there was weird people dressed in period wear eating biscuits. There is also a free air museum. We watched small planes take off a land right next to the highway.

The Fort was really beautiful and I took this picture looking up into some trees because it was finally the perfect weather in the pacific northwest and the wind was rustling softly through the branches. It just felt right.

May 5

I spent Sunday cleaning and grocery shopping for the week, but more importantly Game of Throne was Sunday.

Only two episodes left, which is kind of crazy. I captured the part right where Sansa tells Tyrion a thing. I write Game of Thrones recaps for my podcast’s website if you haven’t read them yet. They’re nothing special but kind fun. And they’re also dark and full of spoilers.

Husband made this fatty casserole for dinner so I was on my second helping during this scene.

May 6

I had to get my oil changed because we’re planning a lot of road/camping trips in the near future. We always take my bird shit car because it’s big and nice and made for camping.

I went to a new place that advertised $24.99 oil changes only to find out my car takes fancy oil only, which is pretty annoying because it cost me $65. It came with a free car wash though. I use the word free lightly. I got the bird poop off the car, which was great until I went to work the next morning and there was a fresh one waiting.

May 7

This was a pretty emotional day for me. I was drained by work and some personal things, but promised to meet friends for happy hour.

I came home at 7:45, put the fan in the window to pull in cool air and went to bed with the sun still out. We have air conditioning, but I couldn’t justify using it this early in the season. Adulting it hard.

May 8

I went for another happy hour Thursday after work. My friend picked a new bar I’d never heard of by my work and we sat outside and caught up for a bit.

They had my favorite summer beer, a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler. I wasn’t really in the mood for drinking, but this beer tastes like straight up carbonated juice with a kick and it really hit the spot.

The bar had a really fun vending machine with prestamped and addressed letters to Trump at the White House, copies of The Great Gatsby and the classic pregnancy tests. Something for everyone.

May 9

Thursday this week was my Friday due to a volunteer opportunity that came up that I’m really looking forward to.

I was on a call from 6am-2pm and it was…well, exactly how you’d think a call that long would be.

When I finally resurfaced I ran out to grab some lunch at one my favorite little carts called The Whole Bowl. I saw a guy there with a ‘Rabbit Rabbit’ tattoo and asked him if I could get a picture of it. One of my coworkers months ago mentioned that at the beginning of the month you’re supposed to say ‘Rabbit Rabbit’. It’s for luck or something weird. I’d never heard this before, but now it’s an on going joke at work every first of the month.

Rabbit, Rabbit y’all

I’ve got some fun things planned for this next week so I’m exited to take pictures of stuff I’d normally not share on my social media and share with YOU all. This has been a really fun way to reflect on my week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Share with me a photo you took for just yourself this week, or of something you liked, but didn’t share on social media. Let’s all be more aware of our average days.