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Travel Bug – Really enjoyed talking with my Travel Bug guest Cole Donelson about his adventures with his wife Elizabeth. They are traveling to all 59 National Parks in one year. What a journey! A lot of people probably agree with me, this sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I liked what Cole said about not waiting to jump in. He and Elizabeth looked at each other and said “why not” – and then came up with a plan to make it so. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive – they are doing it on a shoestring, driving to each of their destinations, and camping to save money. I would LOVE to have more of that “why not” spirit in my life. How about you?
Travel Bug Trip – You can take a little of that “why not” spirit and join Cindy Passannante (of CP Trips) and I on an adventure this summer, to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. There’s still room for you on our July trip. Here's how to find out more about this fun excursion
Bucket List – How often have you used that phrase “its on my bucket list”? I know I have done it myself, especially with travel destinations. My list isn’t too long, but it is substantial. Among the spots on my list: Cuba, Indonesia, Vietnam, a bike trip across Ireland, Portugal and Spain. Plus I’d love to spend more time in the American South, the Southwest…and another trip to Chicago, New York and Boston would be swell too. But maybe we shouldn’t call it a ‘bucket list’….and pay more attention to where we want to go, and just start planning! Here’s a little inspiration for you. Happy Travels!
Travel Bug – Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved taking a trip. And I’m not all that picky, going around the block is somedays my big adventure, and what keeps me excited is you never know what is around the corner. I have found a kindred soul in Cindy Passannate of CP Trips, the sponsor of my “Travel Bug” segment on KPAM. So kindred are we, we’ve decided to start offering trips listeners can join in on with the two of us.
Our first adventure is at the end of July, plenty of time for you to join us. We heading down to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. And its so easy – you decide to go, and Cindy does the rest, getting you a lovely room at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and tickets to two plays. You pick which two productions you’d like to see, and they are good seats. There are other activities you could sign up for, or just soak up the ambiance that is Ashland. The hotel is within walking distance of the theaters and plenty of other fun things to do. A totally kicked back LONG weekend, in a beautiful part of our state….and we get to share it. I’m really looking forward to the fun. If you’d like to take a closer look at the package, go to http://www.cptrips.com/SiteContent/nx2/Sites/672-132177/CustomContent/files/CaravanAshland2016(2).pdf
Looking forward to getting THEATRICAL with all of you!
Cuba --- Its on my bucket list – we were fortunate enough this morning to talk with one of the reporters covering the President’s visit to the island nation. I have a longing to go and see a place that isn’t heavily influenced by the U-S. With our world getting smaller and smaller every year, finding a place like that has become more difficult. I guess it’s also fascinating for me to think of a neighbor, so close, and yet so different than we are. It’s almost like a science fiction novel, where there’s a country that looks like ours but took a left turn in history when we went right. Compare and contrast all you like, but I want to get my feet on the ground and EXPERIENCE it for myself. And you can do that now. There are more tours to Cuba, and we have a great resource with our Travel Bug sponsor C.P. Trips. Check out the trip that will be leaving later this year here. Experience of a lifetime!
Mindfulness – That’s been on my mind too (pardon the pun). I joined a yoga studio this year (Yoga Refuge, check it out and join me on the mat at my warm and wonderful neighborhood studio). I’ve not had a lot of success with mediation, my brain is like a monkey in the trees. But I’ve made a commitment to both in the New Year. I am apparently not alone. Mindfulness and yoga are turning into BIG business. Enjoyed this journalist’s take on the whole ‘mindfulness’ movement. Thought you might too.
Has Portland Peaked??
Burt Sperling, he of Money Magazine’s “Best Place to Live study…and plenty of others….says we’ve reached the breaking point on livability. With all the boom-bust cycles we’ve seen our larger neighbors to the north and south – Seattle and San Francisco – go through, he is predicting we’re heading for bust. Somehow, I’m ok with that. I hope it happens before the city is entirely inhabited by hipsters. Nothing wrong with hipsters – but I like my city a little more real than the way we’ve seen it portrayed of late. It’s a story you’ll find in the print edition of the Portland Tribune tomorrow.
Kitchen clutter – I have been in a real de-clutter, get-rid-o-crap mode for the last few weeks. We live in a small house (not a tiny one, just one that’s about 900 square feet) and there isn’t a lot of room for knickknacks. Nor is there an abundance of counter or closet space. I went through all my towels and sheets last week, encouraged by a blog post by a VERY organized person who got me to thinking with the question “how many sheets can you actually USE”? Two sets was the recommendation. That started a cavalcade of clearing and clutter removal - and its based on actual SCIENCE!
Problem is, I’ve now strayed to the kitchen where we have more wooden spoons than the law should allow. I want to get rid of some, or at least designate them to the basement until one of our kids moves out and needs wooden spoons…and all the other kitchen stuff that’s taking up too much room in my cupboards. My husband came upon my ‘go away’ pile in the kitchen yesterday, and went through it AGAIN. He has a thing for gadgets and insists we need to be a home with more spatulas than we have hands! I came upon this article the other day, and I’m trying to convince him that he will be ok without all that stuff. (He’s got a spatula just for his tater tots….its bad!) Just wait till I go through the casserole dishes!
Bicycle Built for Tuesday – Sunday Parkways will roll out again this year in Portland. The dates are set. One Sunday each month, May through October, a neighborhood in each area of Portland will shut down the streets to most cars, and open them up for walkers and riders. If you haven’t ever taken part, its more fun than you might think.
A Horrible Day – Its always a tough one, when you have to break bad news to people. And that’s part of our job, so you have to find a way to do it, and leave the sadness in the right place. I try very hard not to take the sorrow of the day home with me to my beloved and our family. One of the ways I do that is watching videos, ones that will make me laugh out loud. Found this one, hope it will give you a chuckle.
My on air partner Tim Hohl and I watched a good cat video too – you can never go wrong with those!
If you have a favorite Kangaroo or Kitty vid, send a link along to First Edition. We often need to laugh off some of the gunk that collects in our synapses after a day like today.
Have You Looked Yet? I did this morning for the first time, since Wall Street went wacky, at my 401-K. Grateful I’m NOT retiring tomorrow, and also grateful the hit wasn’t as hard as I imagined. For me, its better to deal with facts, so I took a look at my account. For others, ignorance might be best. If you can stand it, wait a few weeks till the China connection sorts itself out. If you’re like me, and you just have to know…don’t do anything rash, take a peek….then go to the above mentioned videos. Every little bit helps.
Stress Reduction – Now we’re talking. There is a new trend, adult coloring! I love it. As a kid, I remember my favorite crayon was violet red, and I used it often. Research shows we tend to calm right down when given a coloring book and crayons….or whatever you want to use to get inside or OUTSIDE the lines. It is a throwback to simpler times, and if you loved coloring as a kid, its likely to work well. I’m going to get a coloring book this afternoon!
I Want To Go To School With This Cat – My 40th High School Reunion is coming up in TWO weeks (all hail the ’75 Chieftains of Columbia River High School) and I’ve been fondly looking back on those days so long ago. We never had critters come to class though – and after seeing this cat in Colorado, I think we missed out!
Speaking Of Cats – and we were…how about this? How patient is your kitty? Is he, or she, willing to become a bread lion? Or do you just go with doughcat? Up to you!!!
Bike Ads – Yeah, it seems like a no-brainer, but its actually Gary Courter’s baby. He is the one who came up with the idea of putting ads on bikes. You’d think in a place like Portland people would be lining up to get in on that. Not quite yet, although he has people willing to put the ads on their bikes. Gary is still looking for advertisers. I’m willing to bet this is going to take off. It was fun having him on First Edition’s “Bicycle Built For Tuesday” this morning. We wish him well
Baseball, From a Dog’s Point of View – You know how much we like baseball, but I doubt you’ve seen a ball park like this. Someone put a “Go Pro” on a pug, (the official Los Angeles Times Pug, to be precise) then turned him loose in Dodger stadium during Dog Day. The rest is history:
Meet the Minions – Saw the first review for the new Minions movie. I fell in love with the stumpy yellow mumblers after watching the TWO “Despicable Me” movies. Sounds like this one is going to be something my crazy family and I will enjoy
Bike month update – The first of May I challenged everyone to try biking to work. I also said I was going to ride three days a week. Both of those statements, I sincerely meant. Unfortunately my three days a week has turned into once a week, and maybe running some errands by bike. Don’t know about you, but whenever I make any grand pronouncement in my life, there’s usually something waiting in the wings to sidetrack me. I rode yesterday, and even did a couple of errands by bike. I’m going to take my cue from this encouraging blog entry from Bikeyface. Just try two, miles that is.
I’m going to keep that in mind the next time I start beating myself up for not riding more.
I did experience a “first” on my bike yesterday – riding my purple bike to go shopping at Costco. If you’ve never had the pleasure of riding up to that big warehouse store and easily finding parking, try riding your bike. The bike rack is right there in front. It also keeps any overspending in check, because you can only haul home what you can get on your bike! Smart huh?
Ban Fart Stench – Loved talking on the air with the very clever Peter Walters today on the show. He managed to write a very tongue in cheek letter to the editor of the East Oregonian, making a point about the Pendleton City Council adding the smell of marijuana to its nuisance ordinance. He stated that the smell of farts should be added to that list. His letter is quite funny, and I am hoping people got the joke. It certainly got Tim and I giggling. Do you have any idea how many fart songs there are on Youtube? Now I do.