This Week(s) in Photos: 4.15.18 + 4.22.18

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The couple we hired to install new floors at our house gave us an air fryer.

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Morning 6k race with November Project.

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Our logo has changed a bit over the years.

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Volunteering at Girls Inc’s fundraise event Power of the Purse.

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Peter and I ran a 5k in Corvallis, Oregon and this was the only photo I took all weekend. Go figure.

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Wish-making potential in our yard.

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Teammates and banana bread.

 

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Mama + coffee. We had a ladies cake-tasting weekend in Bend.

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This is where we’re getting married! So excited.

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Ladies looking pretty (terrifying).

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This Week in Photos: 4.1.18

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Running errands. We bought Peter a suit for the wedding!

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Workout buddy. We ran some laps.

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Bus stop coffee.

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Charming business partner being charming.

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Filming a video and cracking ourselves up.

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Peter made me a schedule for my day… it’s a great experience to be walked realistically through what you can get done in a given day and then doing it. I usually set expectations too high.

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Plane snacks on the way to North Carolina.

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Best pillow.

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The spryest 92 year old you’ll ever meet.

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Southerners are peanut butter fans.

This Week In Photos: 3.18.18

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I ran to Erika’s house to visit her and her child.

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I organized our office closet and all our stationary and supplies.

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Peter’s best man Richie came over to interview me for a bachelor party game.

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Beautiful view from Mt. Tabor.

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Team meeting views.

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City decoration.

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View from a track workout at Franklin High School.

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My mom’s favorite flower.

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Spying on my favorite lunch-eater.

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A little home yoga.

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Spaghetti squash and meatballs with red wine in front of the fire… YUM.

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IT WAS SO GOOD. No words.

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Waffles and bacon with Pete at Cameo Cafe, the coolest hole-in-the-wall breakfast spot.

This Week In Photos: 3.11.18

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Work day with Peter.

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Spring is springing.

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Making my fave easy curry recipe for dinner.

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Reading some wise words.

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Off to Expo West on Wednesday with Anna and Erika (#bestmarketingteam) to set up our booth. When I took this photo we were desperately seeking smoothies before the grueling task of booth set up.

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Blake and Erika soaking up some Vitamin D post morning exercise, pre tradeshow.

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A rainy day in California, walking to the show. Blake multitasking.

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Samples samples samples.

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Coffee coffee coffee.

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Jill loving #boothlife.

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We had evening committments every night except Saturday – we did face masks and watched a movie. It was pretty awesome.

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Team + Booth! I appreciate these squirrels.

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We left Blake alone with the final booth clean-up…

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And headed to the airport! Homeward bound.

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And guess who was in the middle seat in front of me? Always happy to hang with this one.

This week in photos: 3.4.18

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My Dad’s birthday was on Monday. He’s the best dad for me there could be.

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Mailing our wedding invitations on Sunday. Lots of love in the mail.

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Peter and I headed to Santa Fe this week for a ‘working vacation’, to soak up some Vitamin D and a change of scenery. Here’s my desk for the week.

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We’ve both been reading this book over the course of the week. I’ve only made it two chapters in and have been chewing on the message all week. Excited to continue to read and dig in. I also read a quick e-book, The Ask, as part of Seth Godin’s Marketing Course I worked on this week.

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Happy bubbles.

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A nice evening walk with my number one.

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We walked a four-mile loop around Santa Fe hills. Beautiful.

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You are _____.

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Cooking dinner and learning about 30,000 years of art. (Photo: Peter)

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Getting the daily workout in at the park nearby. (Photo: Peter)

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Our friend Nico came to join us on Friday. He used to live in Santa Fe and knows all the spots – including this bar overlooking the plaza, which he describes as “the best place to kill an afternoon.”

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The landscape was beautiful. We headed outside of Santa Fe to hike Tent Rocks.

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This looks like a Santa Fe version of Mt. Rushmore to me. (Photo: Peter).

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Goofing around in the canyons. (Photo: Peter)

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Tent-like rocks. (Photo: Peter)

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Getting psyched up for a margarita. (Photo: Peter)

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Stopped by at the Georgia O’Keefe museum on our way out of town today. I loved learning about her. She lived from 1886 to 1986… what a time to be alive!

“I do not like the idea of happiness — it’s too momentary. I would say that I was always busy and interested in something. Interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness.” – Georgia O’Keefe

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I also learned that Georgia O’Keefe had several Chow dogs. Funny imagining the Chows in the desert.

This week (or so) in photos: 2.25.18

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It snowed in Portland! I went for a sunny, snowy run. Felt like Christmas.

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An oatmeal themed photoshoot at WFF HQ.

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The glow of the Big Pink — got to the office bright and early for board meeting prep.

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And left when the sun went down.

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Another pretty early morning sky.

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The gym in the snow.

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So fresh, so pretty!

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Lunch at Boke Bowl with Jill.

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A much-appreciated act of service.

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Office sun beams.

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Putting together our wedding invites on Saturday.

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Read Little Fires Everywhere for 3+ hours on Saturday. So good!

What I Read in 2017

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I love to read and sometimes lose track of my favorite reads in a given year. Here’s a list, to the best of my recollection, of what I read in 2017. I’m sure I’m missing a couple that were less memorable. I’ll be tracking what I read in 2018 as I go along in a separate post.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Best book I read in 2017. Read the entire thing on one flight and was worried the flight would end before I could finish. The characters in this book are beautifully developed and the storyline somehow both leisurely paced and compelling. I was surprised how much I loved this book about baseball considering how little I enjoy baseball.

Homegoing by Yaa Gwasi
Loved this one too. Also beautifully written and takes place across generations, tracking from the beginning of the African slave trade to modern day. Highly recommend.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith
I enjoyed this book but read it right after Homegoing, which I really loved, so it’s not as memorable for me.

A Feast for Crows (Game of Thrones: Book 4) & A Dance with Dragons (Game of Thrones: Book 5) by George R. R. Martin
Jumped back into the Game of Throne book series. I’ve never seen the show so the plot hasn’t been ruined – was on the edge of my seat for the last couple chapters of the fifth book. Come on George R. R. Martin… we need that sixth book!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A nostalgic re-read that brought me back to childhood. Crazy how outdated the perspective on women’s rights and marriage is, despite being a forward-thinking book for its time.

Harry Potter (Books 1, 4, 5, 6, 7) by J.K. Rowling
A near-complete re-read of the best series ever. I usually do this once a year or so when I want that comforting entertainment.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
I was reading this book right before Peter proposed to me in September! It’ll always have extra good vibes for that reason, in addition to the fact that it’s a stunning book on writing.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This book is incredible… read it.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Loved this book and have recommended it and given it as a gift to several people. So funny and full of helpful life advice.

Start-Up Boards by Brad Feld
We have a Board of Directors now, so I read this book. It was pretty helpful.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Funny, but not super memorable.

Radical Candor by Kim Scott
No need to read this book in my opinion – you can get the meat of it in the First Round Review article.

Power by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Recommended by a friend, this book is all about power (as you could have guessed). An interesting read that I’ll probably re-read to refresh my memory.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Love me some Brene Brown – not a lot of new material in this book, but a thought-provoking read nonetheless.

Disrupted by Dan Lyons
This book was so over the top, I stopped enjoying it. Parts were funny, but by the end I was pretty sick of this guy and his observations of start-up life.

The Nix by Nathan Hill
A well-written fiction book with lots of unexpected plot twists and great social commentary. Peter purchased this one and gave it to me, so I knew nothing about it when I started reading. I would recommend to anyone who wants to read a fiction book but is sick of the repetitive plotlines of mainstream fiction.

The Dip by Seth Godin
Seth being Seth. Thought-provoking, pithy, smart.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A beautiful read. Highly recommend. (Obama and I obviously have similar taste).

This week (or so) in photos: 2.18.18

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Packing some boxes in the basement before heading to Florida for a buyer meeting.

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Work travel is usually not so glamorous, Part 1.

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Work travel is usually not so glamorous, Part 2.

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You know you’re in the south when, Part 1.

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You know you’re in the south when, Part 2.

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Mandy, you’re killing the magazine game.

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Bought some new stamps for our wedding.

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Headed to Tumalo, Oregon for a long weekend. We’re getting married here in June.

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Scouting out the ceremony site in the desert.

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Our friend Ryan and his son Wesley joined us for the weekend. They are so cute.

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Cuteness in action.

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An evening view into our kitchen from the couch. Doing some late night work.

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Peanut butter and honey toast has been a consistent source of comfort in my life.

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Another consistent source of comfort in my life.

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Sky puddles.

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Valentine’s Day tradition at Lovely’s 50/50 with my #1 boo.

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Breakfast on brand.

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A sweet card from an old friend.

This week (or so) in photos

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Rainy Portland bridge walking.

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Sometimes I really relate to my car.

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My favorite boxes.

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We hosted a Girls, Inc event at our office! Our office was full of high school girls.

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Erika ran the show and set up an awesome almond butter making activity. It was so fun to see how excited the girls were to learn about Wild Friends and create their own flavors. All of these girls wanted to be engineers, scientists, and doctors. Girls, Inc is doing so much to empower the next generation of female leaders. We’re proud to contribute to the work they do.

 

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The girls also designed their own labels. I loved this one… check out the teeth!

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We’ve been running this company for 7 (!) years. Every year we go out to a fancy dinner just the two of us to celebrate (here’s my post from our dinner in 2014). This year we upped the ante and spent two nights at the Ace Hotel to enjoy some 1:1 founder “staycation” time.

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We went to yoga at Yoga Pearl, had breakfast at Prasad, wandered around downtown and browsed at a few shops (including Powell’s of course), worked and drank tea at TeaBar, and ate dinner at Departure. Then we saw The Post at Living Room Theaters with a bucket of popcorn. It was such a decadent, relaxing, fun day with my best friend. We are lucky to have found each other as cofounders. #workwife

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We’ve spent many, many nights in hotel rooms together over the last 7 years… it was a treat to stay at a hotel for fun without a tradeshow or meeting in the morning.

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It’s February! Whoa.

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Walkin.

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Wild Friends does Valentine’s Day right.

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Most of our office team, represented in the form of salads.

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Office vignettes.

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Fri-YAY.

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City lights on my walk to the bus.

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Reading in bed on a Saturday night.

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More reading – kicking off Sunday with The Daily Stoic and tea.