the end is here

well folks, this is it. the day it all ends. the end of an era. the passing of the baton. the day for new beginnings... 
 (oh come on, i couldn't resist being a little over dramatic about the whole thing.)



Actually it is a bit of an exciting start for me. I am officially jumping into my very own solo little business after crafting with my dear Theresa over at Doormouse for many fun years. 

marizy doats will be making its debut tonight at Last Thursday in the Albert Arts District. If you are in the Portland area, come by. :) I'll be right in front of Townsends Tea shop. This was a last-minute opportunity and i decided to go for it even though i don't feel quite ready.

but you know, sometimes i never feel ready. sometimes i just have to go and try. this is good for me, the consummate perfectionist. ;)

little felted animal pincushions? check. loads of pretty and random earrings and necklaces? check. pretty display items? check. makshift business cards? check check

Also, my friend Guadalupe will be there with me, one table over. She is a silversmith and designs and creates beautiful jewelry with lost wax cast silver designs and amazing natural stones and gems.

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So there it is, my brand new place to ramble and post profuse amounts of pretty and/or cute images. Please change your links, as after today, i will no longer be posting here at somebody's little weasel. 

It's been a long go of it but i am glad to moving on to a fresh page. The past couple years have been full of so many good clean starts and this one feel like it's been too long coming. 

This blog has been a place for me to rant, think out loud, ponder, have fun, post all the random silliness, a way to process all the things in my head, and share the things in my life. 

There is a lot of posts here that have hard memories tied to them, many with good memories too. But for now i feel like it's time to put them away and let them gather some dust. It's time for them to go up in the attic in a cigar box and be memories. It's time for moving forward and being new. 


down a rabbit hole

it started with this...

then i found this...

and this...

on to this (!!!!!!)

and then this (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

(also this, especially at about 2 min into it.)

so i pretty much just listened to her the rest of the afternoon.

quite an enjoyable soundtrack while spiffing up my new etsy shop and working on a pretty new home blogging base.... both should be done by the end of the week, yippee!



whose is bigger?


so today i rode over to the grocery to pick up some things for the rest of the week. As i pulled up some guy asked me with fair amount of snark in his voice, "hey is that one of those bikes that pedal for you?" I looked up from locking miss Abigail Lucile to the awkward bike rack (seriously who thought this was a good design??? (Photo: Brian Eustis via Bike Portland) The big clunky square posts are really awkward to lock to and even harder to get more than one bike per rectangle even with one bike per side. but i am rabbit trailing...) 

He was probably in his late 40's or early 50's,wearing all black and a well worn (i think band) t-shirt, unlocking his bike, which was what looked to me like a pretty basic hybrid or sport/mountain bike covered in dings and stickers with chipped paint; seemingly well loved and often used. 

"No, just me and my 40lb behemoth. " I replied, smiling. I am wearing a high pouf of a messy bun on the top of my head, a pale teal tank and light weight cream cardigan, capri's and mary jane shoes, looking pretty girly overall. He then switched his tone from slightly patronizing and condescending to more of an 'oh hey, i guess you're cool' and said  "Oh good, good. that's good. It's good that you just pedal"...I thought your bike might weigh about as much as mine but it might even be a bit more" 


I think to myself, "ok, i'll talk to you for a bit." So i say, "It's heavy but solid and gets me where i need to go and I can carry what i need to. There is actually a bike shop in town that does make electric assists for bikes, Clever Cycles. I believe they switch on once your pedaling gets slow enough. I think they made them with cargo bikes in mind so if you have a big box bike with kids and groceries or whatever you are hauling you can make it around better."

"Well, for those people that's fine, i'll grant them they can use something like that but..."

"Um, yeah. Hmm". He hops on his bike and nods to me and into the store i go...

So this little exchange, while not terribly mean or confrontational or anything really got me miffed. Why is it that everything is a contest of power and legitimate-ness? It's not a physical contest.  It's not a race and no one will be giving out ribbons on who was the most manyly/badass/powerfull/athletic...

A bike is a means of transport. In my opinion a way more fun, enjoyable, prettier means, but still, just getting me around. So make it work for you. If you are concerned with the ecological aspect, yeah it's great when people make some or all car trips by bike instead. The social one, yup bikes are cheaper to purchase and maintain than cars so are more accessible for more people. They make cities cleaner and quieter by reducing car trips...yup, they are great. But bottom line, a tool that is useful for getting people places. So if you need an electric assist to make the bike more feasible for you, then do it. it's still cheaper/more ecological/cleaner/quieter than a car. Given the choice you wouldn't drive around a tiny 2 door sedan if your life needed a big huge truck for hauling things around would you?

But oh wait, that can't be right. It must be that they are solely sport machines for the sole purpose of showing everyone how superior you are. Made for only the best people. the morally more upright, physically superior, smarter, and if i ride one then i too am in the right and should look down on anyone else who doesn't use one or who uses one with pedaling assist attached...

The following is what i said to the guy in my head as i mulled the whole conversation over while walking through the store getting dinner groceries. warning, snark ahead...

"hey is that one of those bikes that pedal for you?" - no. just a bike.

"It's good that you just pedal."  - and if I did have an assist on my bike i'm suddenly in the wrong? Less of "cyclist"? lame? a poseur? Would you rather have me move to a traditional or electric car rather than make my bike work for what i need it to? And if i also own a car or used to? Or use a zip car sometimes when i need to or just don't want to ride? What am I then, oh man who gets to deem everything right or wrong or cool or lame?

"I thought your bike might weigh about as much as mine but it might even be a bit more" - yeah, my bike weighs a fair bit more than yours i'd guess and that's before the hefty front rack and basket are counted in, not to mention how much weight is added by library books/groceries/whatever i am carting around for the day. Oh yeah and while we're having a flop our wieners up on the table and measuring them contest, i personally probably outweigh you by about 75lbs... so yeah mine's bigger. 

end of snark. thank you. we will now be returning to our regularly scheduled cute kittens/pretty things/crafting schedule...  (seriously, click those links, i think you'll like them)



go buy some kale


saw this referred to as Kale Crack in my search for this clip... based on the speed at which the giant baking sheet of kale was eaten and the urge we felt to immediately go to the store and buy another bunch of kale i would agree with that nick name...


catching up (or a very very very long post)


I had a birthday

Trina's Birthday 2011

Trina's Birthday 2011

we cooked for 14-16

Trina's Birthday 2011

Trina's Birthday 2011

well, maybe we cooked enough for more like 50...

party menu

Trina's Birthday 2011

Trina's Birthday 2011

we re-arranged the house to accommodate everyone

Trina's Birthday 2011

Trina's Birthday 2011

I love my new ikea sideboard and folding tables!

Trina's Birthday 2011

got a new bike (Abigail Lucille)

WorkCycles Secret Service

and have been riding a ton


passed my old bike (Beatrice) along to my sweetie who adores her!

New Rear Rack/Bags


and passed along an old friend (Bertram) to someone who will adore him


gardening a bunch



watched fireworks with his family





went to the zoo with mine




cooking cooking cooking

Bacon, chard and fresh tomato pizza

Bacon, chard and fresh tomato pizza


More Japanese Hot Pot

Japanese Hot Pot


Scrambled Eggs and Zucchini



it's been a pretty great month


sunday morning

woke up at 4:45... fed the kitties (they were pleased)... went back to bed... couldn't sleep...got back up at 5:30... drinking tea, listening to amelie, waiting for a reasonable hour to wake Dave... working on crafting projects and ideas, a logo, reading blogs...

got this for my birthday (!!!!!)

trying my luck at this (HA! 8114 comments so far, so odds are not with me)

happy sunday


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