Puddle in NW PDX
Summer Wedding Accessories Search continues with a lovely “summer sale starts today” email from Jcrew.
Just saw this movie tonight…I want a pet dragon I can fly on!! My ancestors were norwegian…maybe I am a viking at heart…*fingerscrossed*
Concert #2 of Spring/Summer: Broken Bells. Venue: Wonder Ballroom.
I admit that going into the concert I did not know many of the songs and was nervous for my inability to sing-a-long. They are a group that sings so smoothly you can’t quite make out what they are saying, unless you are a cool kid that learns the lyrics (aka NOT ME). My fears drifted away when the 7, yes SEVEN, regular dudes came on the stage, beers in hand.
Of course their this-guy-could-totally-be-my-friend vibe is just that. Not only do their musical abilities range from guitars and keyboards, to tambourines and trumpets, their lead singer is James Mercer–lead singer of The Shins & Portland Native–and drummer/keyboardist/guitarist is Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse. Sometimes it seemed even the band was in awe of these two.
Mercer pleasantly greeted the crowd with a “Hello Portland, Hello Home” which kicked the night off right. An intimate venue, with easy to find free parking, complimented the feel of this lead singers homecoming well. Being only a short distance from the stage, there was a point when I thought Mercer was looking right. at. me. . . only to realize later that he was searching for his toddler daughter who was standing behind me in her oversized protective headphones and fairy wings, FAIRY WINGS!
The group played a solid hour, which may be too short for many, but was the perfect length for me on a Monday night. Their light graphics were basic and almost unnecessary to back up their great sound.Their music was not too loud, not too soft, it was juuuust right. I didn’t leave with ringing ears, but instead left with the tune of The High Road stuck in my head.
They were an impressive flannel-clad bunch, which is no wonder they sold their show out in a week. I highly recommend seeing these guys the next time they are in town, and in the least checking out some of their songs.
Summer Wedding Dress Search continues…I am a HUGE jcrew fan. There style is classic, feminine, and fun. They always have adorable dresses, and are making a huge showing for the summer wedding dress search. Below are just a few of the dresses making the finals, thoughts?
It’s been awhile since I have written a Here’s To You… post (I told you I wouldnt be consistent!) but today I have two for you.
The first is a magical appliance. I don’t know how many times I have watched the infomercial for this product (because it has come on after a show I was watching…) and not changed the channel. Not only is the infomercial hilarious because it is making fun of infomercials altogether, but the product itself is AwEsOmE!!!! Perfect for margarita night, or I mean, smoothie making…and a mass array of other culinary delights, I have to say: Here’s to you…Magic Bullet! I personally need a new one, and am being convinced again by the infomercial now…
The second shout out goes to a restaurant I went to last night on 21st & Glisan. A cute little restaurant with a friendly staff, awesome drink menu, and one of the best macaroni & cheese dishes I have ever had (with BACON). This Here’s to you…goes to Pope House Bourbon Lounge!
This past weekend at our regional regatta, I got to talking with a parent of a rower that is going to my alma mater to row next year. He was a bit worried about how his childs level of academics and athleticism would be affected by the other kids at the school, and more importantly, the kids on the team.
My response was never ending, as I could not properly describe the talent and greatness of the girls I rowed with for 4 years. Now a few days after this talk, I continue to think about how amazing my experience with these girls was, and written below is my attempt at a short summary of my response.
The only way anyone gets to be a student athlete at BU is by hard work and dedication in the years prior to college. Once on the BU rowing team, I was immediately surrounded by incredible competitive athletes and coaches who I knew would push me to my highest level of sport. There were always girls ahead of me who were better, and other girls next to me who wanted to beat me to the top. It was tough, and exhilirating, to be training so hard to be stronger, faster, better…and never be done. Not even now, post college.
What I didn’t realize after my last race when I was “finally done” with all hard training, is that I wasn’t. I could be if I wanted to, but instilled in me is the Drive, Desire, Determination, and Dedication to keep up with these girls I trained with for 4 years. My teammates are still achieving great things as athletes. From world cup rowing and national selection regattas to traithalons and marathons. They inspire me to work harder, in order to keep up and to represent what it is to be a BU alumni rower.
At BU, my competitive nature (and that of my teammates) did not stop in the weight room, it was carried into the classroom as well. All the girls I rowed with not only graduated in 4 years, but did so with high grades, and honors. My teammates are so incredibly talented on and off the water, the bar I had originally set for myself for college was raised immensely in order to keep up and “fit in” on this team.
Now with graduate degrees, careers in medical fields, philanthropic activities, and work in business firms, these ladies could rule the world.
As you can probably tell I was, and still am, in awe of the girls I trained with during college. They not only pushed me to do my best in college, they continue to make me a better alumni.