May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Six

June 8

My Dad came into town for the weekend and on Saturday we went to the farmers market in the morning and I found this amazing croissant/muffin (cruffin?) booth. They had a rose water raspberry vanilla one and I was NEEDING THAT. I had just eaten though so I was gonna pick up one on my way out. Unfortunately, they ran out of those ones so I stuck myself with the a coffee caramel one…which did not disappoint.

June 9

On Sunday we went to a Scandinavian Mid-Summer festival. Dad and I made flower crowns, which I posted a picture of on Instagram.

I also posted a ton of stories of the mid-summer pole being raised. That was all very photogenic and cool, but my favorite part was enjoying an older group of dancers doing traditional Scandinavian dances. It was all very fun and rather cute to watch them dance and enjoy themselves. Not very photogenic, but it was my favorite part of the festival. I took Dad to the airport on Sunday and spent the rest of the day doing laundry and grocery shopping to prepare for the rest of the week.

June 10

Monday was kind of crazy. We had a deadline at work so I came in early and downed coffee until we got all our deliverables out the door.

After work I recorded the Cinemabysmal podcast with Nick and Dylan. We had a great episode about Stephen Chow films, specifically The Mermaid and Kung Fu Hustle.

June 11

Tuesday I rushed home to make dinner, edit the pod and have everything ready for The Bachelorette. We always watch on Tuesdays because watching live on Monday means too may commercials.

I poured a salted caramel stout and got my amazing lemon garlic pasta ready and it turns out the show was a day behind because of the NBA finals. Just one of those things. It was also 100 degrees this day and I was melting.

June 12

Another 100 degree scorcher. After work I went to a friends home and sat out on her porch in the shade drinking gin and tonics with fans pointed all around us. It all felt rather southern.

When I left the sun was setting and it was so gorgeous outside, despite the heat. I snapped a little photo just to remember how the sky looked.

June 13

Had the first kick ball game of the summer season on Thursday. I was an avid softball and soccer player growing up so I felt like I was going to do okay, but was still a little nervous.

Luckily the temperature dropped down to a high of 86. Probably would have melted wicked witch style if it had stayed at 100 again.

We won the game, which was great, and I managed to not do anything really stupid or get hurt so it was a win win. Go Honey Badgers.

June 14

New music Friday! Taylor Swift announced her new album called Lovely, and had a really awesome new single come out supporting the LGBTQ communit. Just in time for pride weekend here in Portland.

Work went by really quick and we got off at 2pm to do some pre-drinking before our work’s brew cycle event. Brew cycle is one of those things that looks terrible until you actually do it. in fact you’ve probably made fun of people doing it, but trust me, just do it once and it’s pretty fun.

Always guaranteed to a be a shit show.

May & June 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Five

May 31

I came home Friday from work knowing I wasn’t going to do much over the weekend except relax and sleep. My weekends for the next month are super busy so it was important to me to self care this weekend.

I came home Friday and vegged out in front of the TV to watching Chernobyl. Spoiler: It’s awesome.

June 1

I’m planning on joining the kickball team at work and since I haven’t kicked a ball since I was fourteen I went to Target and got a soccer ball. It was a beautiful day outside and my husband and I walked over to a nearby park and spent an hour playing soccer.

I am luckily still pretty good and can aim well enough. I think I’ll be able to hold my own in a kick ball setting. We’re going to practice catching the ball in air soon and see how I do. I’m not worried about embarrassing myself, more worried about hurting myself. Coming up on 30 and I am not as limber as I used to be.

After the park we bought fresh strawberries and sat on the porch to enjoy the weather. Berry season is the best and the fruit is so good right now.

June 2

We spent time Sunday making sure we watched the Deadwood movie. We had watched the series together many years ago and were dissapointed by the abrupt ending.

The movie more than makes up for it.

Every character comes back and gets a solid ending that will leave any Deadwood fan satisfied.

June 3

Quick screen grab from twitter. It’s very millennial of me, but I’m trying out intermittent fasting for the month of June. I saw a great comic a few months back that was like ‘only millennials would skip breakfast and call it intermittent fasting’.

I was thinking about making that topic my June challenge at first, but it’s kind of boring to just make updates that say ‘FROM 9AM-11AM ALL WEEK I WAS RAVENOUS’. Maybe if I find it successful I’ll keep going and do weekly updates for July. But only if I can find a way to make it fun and interesting. I’m not going to bore you with my constant desire to graze on food 24/7.

June 4

To supplement the 16:8 fasting (that’s 16 hours fasting, 8 hours eating), I’ve been drinking iced black coffee in the mornings to get me through until my ‘feed time’ (as I’ve been calling it) at 11. It’s been working out pretty well.

I realized in the move though that I tossed my adult looking tumblers thinking ‘I only ever use tumblers at home, and I love my Beauty and the Beast one’. Well that’s all good and fun except now I’m taking this awesome made for a seven year old cup to work every day. I should care more, but I actually love it so it’s working out fine.

June 5

The little things are the best things sometimes.

On Wednesday I went to happy hour with some old work friends. We had a great time catching up.

As I was leaving the bar I realized my feed window was closing so I rushed to get a veggie sandwich and head home to eat it. I was at a stop light, listening to Jai Paul and enjoying the sunshine when I looked over and saw this adorable creature doing the same thing.

We should all be more like this dog.

June 6

On Thursday I went to the dentist before work. I think I need to switch dentists and doctors. These dental hygienists keep murdering my gums every time I go in for a cleaning.

I only really have myself to blame though. I never say anything even if it hurts. I am the most stoic patient of all time. I just dig my nails into my skin and bear the shit out of it. I am like that knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Oh you stabbed my face over and over again? Just a scratch. Do it again I dare you. I’ll just sit here and take it.

June 7

Two years at work already? Kind of insane.

Inside I found an elaborate cupcake, which I devoured during my feeding window.

Can you see now how boring a intermittent fasting month would be? Here is what I ate and when! Snooze.

It was delicious and well decorated and a really nice surprise.

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!