more Winnie the Pooh

So, to go along with the theme from yesterday, I have yet another Winnie the Pooh book to post about. I'm pretty sure I've posted about this one before, but it is wonderful enough to post twice, if you ask me. Trina surprised me with this fantastic little book one day, and it's been sitting by my computer desk/recording equipment ever since. It's a tiny little 1968 edition of Pooh Hears a Buzzing Noise and Meets Some Bees. It's such a cute story, and I love the illustrations in it. Here are some pictures:


Winnie the Pooh

We have this nice set of 1960's Winnie the Pooh books, that have wonderful pictures and are nicely made. I love Winnie the Pooh, the stories are so sweet and funny, and the pictures suit the books perfectly. Here are some pictures of them...

Winnie the Pooh:

The House at Pooh Corner:

When We Were Very Young:

Now We Are Six:


book finds

So, as we are starting to build up a decent amount of pretty and/or old books at home, I thought I would start a label called "book finds" and start posting pictures of them :) In this post, I'll be showing you a particularly beautiful book, titled Lalla Rookh. It's a story by Thomas Moore (not to be confused with Thomas More), written in 1817. This particular copy of the book is an 1880's copy, I believe, as it has an engraving on the bottom edge of the cover reading "COPYRIGHT 1884 BY T.Y. CROWELL & CO." Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and gained considerable popularity in both Ireland and England. He apparently is considered Ireland's National Bard, and holds a position in Irish esteem similar to Robert Burns in Scotland.

Trina found this copy at Village Merchants in Portland for somewhere around $5, I think, which is quite a bargain considering the condition it's in and how amazing it is.

Ok, are you ready for the pictures yet? :) Yes? Ok.

If you follow the link to the picture in Picasa, and then zoom in on the picture (there's a little magnifying glass icon in the top right of the main image area), you can see more of the detail in the cover, which is really extraordinary. The picture doesn't really do the texture justice, it looks even more beautiful in real life.

There's something about ink applied by typewriter or old typesetting machines that just looks very comfortable or cozy somehow. I don't know if it's the type fonts they used, or the particular way the ink looks applied to the page, or what, but it is just really aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention the paper is extremely thick (it feels like about 3-4 typical pages in a standard hardback book these days), and the smell of old books...

It has some fantastic images in it as well...

And the page decorations with the little frame around the page make it look really nice as well.

You definitely should follow the links to the actual images and zoom in to see more of the details, it's worth looking at.

And here's the spine, with some more wonderful detail, like the cover has.

I'm just starting to read the book today, so I don't have much to say about the content so far, but the book itself is beautiful. Hope you've enjoyed this little show :) Cheers!


sick, but with good news :)

well, today I'm home sick and feeling pretty nasty (stuffy nose, sore throat, chest congestion, fever, etc)... however, late last night we did do something exciting, which is purchase our plane tickets to Tokyo! We have an itinerary! It seems so weird and surreal still. We're going from the middle to the end of July, to visit our dear friend Alina, who has been there now for going on two years now, and is there for one more. More on that as we get closer to the departure date. Until then, hope you all are feeling better than I am :)


Sunday Adventures

So, Sunday we woke up later than we expected, we were both feeling really tired for some reason, and we had intended to go to brunch at a new place we saw called Jobie's, that actually is in Pix Patisserie's building on SE Division, but as we were up late, we got there and it was really busy, so we decided to go to Chez Machin instead. We had a wonderful dish of 3 scrambled eggs, ham, cheddar and roasted potatoes (Trina had it with bacon and swiss), and then a baguette and bread, and coffee. It was an absolutely perfect breakfast. We headed back to the car, and I found these sidewalk dates:

From there, we went to IKEA, where we picked up a few random things, a kitchen rug, some soup bowls, and a couple other things. Then we headed back into town, over to Rerun on NE Fremont. We got some wonderful vintage linens and a couple of cute wall shelves, both of which I'm sure Trina will blog about at some point. Then we headed back over to Hawthorne to go to House of Vintage and Deco to Disco, to look for a dresser. We didn't end up getting a dresser, but we did get these fantastic Flour, Sugar and Coffee cannisters at House of Vintage:

When we came out of the store, the sky looked like all doom was about to come pounding down on us:

And then we noticed, on the side of the building was painted this amazing mural:

We then went and got dinner at Ohana Hawaiian Cafe, which was fantastic, and then went home and helped our friend Linda clear out our second room, as she is going to be staying with us for a couple months.

At this point, I'm kind of feeling like I'm coming down with a cold, so let's hope that doesn't get worse. I have one other bit of fun news to share, but it'll have to wait just a bit longer yet. Hope you all had a lovely weekend!


Friday Night Movies

Last night we went to the CineMagic Theater on Hawthorne to see the film Be Kind Rewind.

The film is by our favorite director, Michel Gondry, who has also done Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, both of which are in our top favorite movies. We went with our friend Theresa and our friends Michael and Dara, and Michael's brother, who was in town from New Jersey for the week.

The film was absolutely hilarious, one of the best comedies I've seen in a while. And, to coincide with themes from his other films, gives a picture of both how difficult life can be, but as well, how we can create a reality of closeness and peace in the midst of difficulty. It's all about what we do with life. As with his other films, we came away from it feeling like the world isn't quite as scary or depressing as we might have thought, we all felt light and hopeful and glad to be here.

Anyway, if you have a chance, I'd highly recommend seeing it, especially with good friends. Cheers!


number 600... and politics

Well, here we are, 600 blog posts. I would prefer to celebrate with something cheery and wonderful, however, the thing that is motivating me to write today is not so much... it's the Pope's visit with Bush and Bush's remarks about the occasion. I saw this New York Times article posted on a friend's blog this morning, and it made me angry enough that I felt I need to vent a little bit here.

When Bush makes statements like the following (which is in reference to the Pope's message):

"In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred."

I can't help thinking things like "How about all those civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan? How about those military prisoners getting tortured within inches of their lives? How about those people in Guantanamo Bay and other places being held indefinitely without a sentence? How about the Iraqi soldiers who were just defending their country out of fear or a sense of duty? What about all the American soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq for some vague goal that nobody really has ever defined but that we keep being told we are moving closer to? What about all the friends and family of all those people listed above whose lives will never be the same because their friends or family were killed, tortured, broken? Where is your sense of value for their lives? Where is your respect for them as human beings, and how have you not acted like their lives are something to be debased and discarded?"

The article included this little tidbit about Bush:

Mr. Bush, who has made his own Christian faith a central tenet of his life as an American politician and who has assiduously courted religious conservatives during his tenure as president, used his speech to affirm the role that faith plays in American society.

I feel more like Mr. Bush has made a lot of noise about the fact that he is a Christian than that his Christian faith has been a central tenet of his life as a politician. His words that "God is love" and that "all human life is sacred" are indeed ideas that Christianity expounds, but while Mr. Bush is saying these words, he seems to be forgetting that for the past 5 years he's been pushing war at all costs, the capture and execution of several people, the torture of captives and prisoners being held in inhumane conditions with no sentence.

Granted, I understand that it's a complicated situation and there are probably a lot of things going on that I'm not aware of, and I also understand that we are all hypocritical about certain things, but saying all human life is sacred while you're in the middle of pushing something that is ending innocent lives just seems a bit over the top. Sorry Mr. Bush, you seem all empty on the inside to me.


more ways to get music...

hello everyone, this is a public service announcement to notify you that my music is now, and will be for the foreseeable future, available to purchase from Amazon MP3. this gives you the ability to buy high quality non-DRM versions of it, if you prefer to do so (as opposed to buying them from iTunes). Those of you who may have an eMusic subscription can still get high quality non-DRM versions there as well, but for those of you who don't, this should be a good option. Here is a link to the album, Poems Without Words.

keep an eye and an ear open for a new collection of songs to listen to, hopefully within a few months.


I've been tagged...

by my cousin, Diane!

1. Ten years ago I was…
18 years old.
I was in my first year at Mt. Hood Community College and I didn't know it yet, but I was going to meet Trina before the year was out! (though I would be 19 by then).

2. Things on my to do list today:
Kiss Trina (maybe more than once) :)
Potentially have dinner with mom and pick up a laptop and stack of records
Go to bed

3. Things I would do if I was suddenly a billionaire:
Buy an apartment with an art studio in Paris.
Be an artist/musician/writer. (Diane, you're already an artist)
Visit everyone we love around the world (including Diane).

4. Bad habits:
Leaving the shower curtain open after a shower.

5. Places I have lived:
Gladstone, Oregon
Clackamas, Oregon
Oregon City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Vilnius, Lithuania

6. Jobs I have now or have had:
Postal Annex
Wirelily LLC (web development)
OHSU School of Dentistry (computer support, web development, application development, etc)

7. Things people don’t know about me (quirky things about me):
I get depressed in hot weather, and I love walking while it's raining.
I make weird faces in the mirror at myself
I'm geeky about language the way other people are geeky about racing cars or sports stars or politics, I just get all giddy about it

8. Things that make my life superfabulous right now:
I live in a beautiful city with a beautiful woman and we enjoy life.

I tag.... everyone in the world! :)


Food Blog

I've made my first post over at my new Portland food blog. In case anyone is interested, you can find it here at http://portlandfoodstuff.blogspot.com/.

It's pretty utilitarian at the moment, and not very pretty, but I'll fix it up, I promise :)




I'm starting a blog about food places in Portland, Oregon... it will be located at http://portlandfoodstuff.blogspot.com. There isn't much of anything there at the moment, but come back soon, to see the wonders of eating in Portland :) Cheers!


right now I'm just thrilled about Rachmaninoff's 2nd and 3rd piano concertos. I highly recommend this recording, which they have at Amazon MP3, of Rachmaninoff performing them himself. They are late 1920's recordings, so think of them as such, but I think the recordings and performances are quite good. And the music... oh the music. Beautiful. Happy weekend all.