Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Album Pages

I feel like I have nothing to do anymore, because I caught up with all my scrapbook pages! It's both exciting and sad, because while I'm proud of myself for doing it, I was having such a fun time choosing papers and figuring out colors, and how to embellish the photos.  At least it give me something to look forward to for after the next visit I have with Brian.

Here's a look at my finished pages! It felt like it was way more than just four full page spreads.

Cover page! It took forever to trace and cut out that US map, and it didn't help that I did it two times after I didn't like the way the first one came out.

I'm a fan of using embroidery around the edges to frame the photos.  I also really like having accompanying text to add memories that go along with the pictures and/or aren't included. I got a ton of stickers for this because I hate my handwriting, but I'm also trying to get used to that because it's quite a lot of work to pull each tiny sticker off!

Now I have to find some new crafting hobbies to fill up my free time after work. Maybe not having scrapbooking will also be the kick I need to exercise more -- I have a 5k in two and a half weeks!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April Visit!

So my boyfriend Brian visited about a week ago, and just like last time it was tons and tons of fun.  Neville also enjoyed it as you can see.

So what did we do?  We went to a cat cafe in Portland right after he got off the plane.

Yes, it was awesome. Cats and cat toys everywhere! Beverages ranging from tea and coffee to random craft beers (because Oregon), cat shaped cookies, and cheese plates.  I kind of expected it to be weirdos, but it was basically all couples.  And yes, the majority of them fit the hipster qualification in terms of looks.  Because again, Oregon.

On Easter, we decorated eggs, a few Harry Potter themed.  I also put together an Easter basket at the Dollar Store.  Definitely recommend that place for all sorts of cheap holiday things.  There were some decent chocolate brands!

We also ate delicious food of course.  Because what's a vacation if you don't get delicious food?

And some sight seeing -- you can see all of downtown Eugene from Skinner Butte.  It's also an easy drive to the top.

I also showed Brian a winery outside Eugene.  It was a really nice day and there weren't many people so we had a little corner on the patio all to ourselves!  I even kind of liked the wine I got, it's like I'm becoming a real adult! Mostly I was excited to wear that hat, because it feels like a hat that should be worn at a winery. After being classy, we went and were less classy, playing pool at a sports bar.  We tried to be less classy at a skating arena and then a bowling alley, but apparently things don't like to be open to the public on Thursdays.

I took plenty of pictures to be able to put in my album! It's nice that I won't have to rely on the internet/just going through pictures on my computer to reminisce.  Scrapbooked albums can include little quotes and descriptions of memories along with the photos.  Kind of like a blog, yes, but it's nice to have something more tangible.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lincoln City

 So it was quiiite a few weekends ago now (three?) that I went to Lincoln City with my friend Carrie.  We were on the hunt for glass floats along the beach.  Every couple weekends, the city drops glass orbs and other glass items up and down its costal limits for people to find.  I think it's something to get local tourists during the off season, and it definitely intrigued us!

 As I'm sure you're already guessing from the lack of pictures of a glass float... we didn't find anything.  We searched for about two hours, but we were either looking in the wrong place, or at the wrong time.  They can apparently be dropped anywhere, at any time, so it's nothing you can really plan for.  It was still fun! The day was fairly warm, and it felt nice to have my toes in the sand and cold surf.

Once we finished on the beach, we stopped at the local outlets, found some a few deals before eating delicious ice cream, and sleepily doing the two hour drive home.  What is it about the ocean air that takes so much out of you? We were almost too tired to hit up more than a store or two (but obviously rallied when we saw some great things in the windows).