Friday, November 4, 2011

Chris's Birthday and a Portland Adventure!

A couple of weeks ago Chris and I went to Portland for the weekend. Chris attended the annual "Animals and the Law" conference put on by Lewis and Clark Law School. I walked around downtown and hung out with my sister and her husband who just moved to Portland two months ago.

This is my sister Courtnie and I on our way to the Portland Saturday Market.

If you haven't seen the show Portlandia (available to watch on Youtube), it is a must see. Courtnie told me that she doesn't really get it. Kenny, her husband, said that Courtnie just hasn't lived in Portland long enough to find it really funny. The Saturday Market it a great place to "get" Portlandia.

Case in point:

We went to the Saturday's market to try to find the perfect birthday present for Chris, whose birthday was that very day. I had already bought Chris a bunch of fruit trees for our backyard, but I wanted to get something to give to him that day. We were wandering among the booths listening to a live Peruvian flute band play Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" when I stumbled on this gem:

So perfect. What else says 'I love you' like your face on a garden gnome? And what better companion for all of our new fruit trees? Of course I had to do it.

Me posing for the sculpture

Pretty decent likeness I say!

The final result unfortunately had to be mailed to us four days later, which meant that I had nothing to give to Chris on the day of his birthday...

but here we are in our garden. Happy birthday Chris.
You are the love of my life!


  1. oh my goodness! i really love you guys, and that you have gnome selves in your garden. happy birthday Chris!

  2. Best.present.ever.

    Can't wait to see you guys!

  3. oh my, i love this post so much!

    we're in town dec 9-jan 11.

    so excited to see your little gnomcitos in person!

    love you two.