Ahhh, welcome to the very last Week In Pictures of the year! It’s always a little bittersweet for me to say that, even after seven years of posting this column. This time of the year always feels a bit crazy between Christmas shopping, decorating, wrapping up work and plenty of parties. And, there’s been a lot of celebrating around here as well with family as my mom just turned 60 and my grandpa turned 88. Gotta love those milestones!
Onto some of the week’s highlights…
1. Weird selfies. I’m not the best selfie taker and this set of photos was especially difficult because I was trying to show all of my hair. Haha. I kiiiind of forgot just how long it was. After a year of letting it fade to a more brownish tone thanks to some nasty allergic reactions, I finally found a natural dye that works. Back in black, finally!
2. Oh Christmas tree! I worked retail for a big chunk of my 20s and honestly, it kind of wrecked Christmas for me for a really long time. After decorating the store (I sold shoes) and dealing with difficult customers, the last thing I wanted to do was to go home and put up a tree. Now, I love coming home to a living room full of Christmas decor and a stack of presents under the tree. Our stockings are hung from the fireplace and yes, even Rocky and Chubs have one. 😉
3. Blue Star Donuts. Why didn’t I try these sooner?! Portlanders, if you’ve been waiting, give in. Now. For my mom’s birthday, we decided donuts were better than cake and these are hands-down the best I’ve EVER had.
4. Color play. I never had the chance to take color theory in college so I’m constantly playing around with combinations and learning as I go. It’s so much fun gathering objects around my office and piecing them together in different compositions.
5. Happy Birthday, grandpa! Can you believe he’s 88? No glasses and no walker in sight. The key to Sharkey’s long life is chopping wood every day….in cowboy boots. He’s the sweetest guy and I’m so thankful that he’s been in my life so long considering that he had an aneurysm 5 years ago. He celebrated his big day in the best possible way — a little drinking and a little gambling. 😉 Next week, Joey and I are joining him and my grandma at their cabin near Mt. Hood for Christmas. Always a highlight to the year end!
6. Quiet time equals reading. One of the things I’m looking forward to most during the break next week is having some time to go through the stacks of books in my office. I am especially excited to finally have a chance to flip through Coralie Bickford-Smith’s book Penguin sent over — she’s best known for illustrating the hardcover classics series and has the coolest style.
7. Present wrapping time! I surprised my design assistant Samantha some goodies and had a great time wrapping them all up. Am I the only one that finds gift wrapping oddly therapeutic? Probably!
8.Holiday browsing. I’m always looking for a good excuse to visit one of my favorite Portland boutiques, Alder & Co. Right when you walk in, there’s a florist making custom arrangements and the staff is so welcoming. I’m always finding the most unique gifts for friends here.
Have a great holiday break, friends. I have a few posts lined up for next week and then I’ll be off until the new year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!