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Spending Time

Most Sundays (all Sundays of 2021 so far except one if I recall it right) I am spending time with the Pet Pack. Today was a great day! My friend Mario is back in Portland after spending the winter in California. He is fun to talk to and joke around with. I have made all kinds of friends (well more like weekly acquaintance ) during Pet Pack, both four legged and two legged, I look forward to seeing them all on Sundays. Today after I picked up our donations from the kind people at Mud Bay I was heading to Zupan's to get a latte when I saw a man and his dog walk downtown. I noticed that there was maybe a need for dog food judging from what I saw and I pulled over and ran after them and YES my offer of dog food was happily accepted. The very friendly and sweet boy pitbull got a bowl of kibble and some water and a bag of kibble to go. I told them that I was on my way to the Pet Pack location where they could get more dog food and also human food from Potluck In The Park, gave them the address and later on I saw them there which made me happy.
I have to tell you about the stroller too.... A few weeks ago I picked up a free stroller from a storage unit. I found the stroller listed on Craig's List and thought somebody could use it, either to push groceries, belongings or a pet. So I went and got it. Two weeks ago at Pet Pack a man asked if we were giving away the stroller so I gave it to him. I later noticed that he was driving a large newer truck and he put the stroller underneath a tarp in the flat bed. Well.....I would had liked to give the stroller to somebody more in need (when I see a large expensive gas guzzler I think that it must be expensive) and I have been thinking about that stroller since then wishing I would had given it to someone else. Today I saw the man again, getting food from Potluck In The Park with his partner. I approached them and asked nicely if he had a chance to use the stroller yet and he told me it was still under the tarp where he had put it. So I asked if he would be willing to give the stroller back so a person with a greater need than him could use it. That did not sit well with him at first, the got really grumpy but his female partner saw my point and I told them that they could think about it and decide on what to do. About ten minutes later they gave the stroller back and shortly after that a homeless lady with a small chihuahua got it. And she in fact moved her stuff from a metal shopping cart (for personal use not the grocery store kind) she was pushing her things in, into the stroller and gave me the shopping cart, which I in turn gave to someone else. I felt good about how that situation unfolded. Everybody was happy. Helping others makes me happy. I think that is what I am supposed to do. Well....we are all supposed to help each other. ♥️
Check out our supplies! All donated. Feeding cats and dogs. We also have blankets, toys, medication, collars, leashes, harnesses etc.

Pink Cloud

Hellllllooooo all my friends! It is Easter.....came early this year. I got ready for Pet Pack this morning, went by Mud Bay (a pet store that kindly gives us donations) for a pick up only to discover that the place we keep our supplies at was closed down today due to Easter. I could not do much about it so I went and got a latte and started driving home.
Went for a hike later in the afternoon.....second hike this week.
Ate some asparagus.....pretty!

And speaking of pretty....the cherry blossoms are out. A pink cloud of pretty.

Now I am watching how people in other countries are living. I watched a special on Somalia (Mogadishu in particular) and it is just horrible and horrible again and now I am watching North Korea and it is just sad. The world is a sad place. I feel bad for children and animals.


Relaxing in bed after a long day of doing stuff.....just laying here and reading stuff online. Marveling at some people. Read a bit about Hunter Biden's upcoming "devastating" (according to Amazon) memoir "Beautiful Things".
Read for yourself, "In the spring of 2018, he used his "superpower – finding crack anytime, anywhere" – in Los Angeles.
He later learned how to cook drugs and spent a lot of time with thieves, addicts and con artists. "I never slept. There was no clock. Day bled into night and night into day," he writes. The situation grew out of control. "I was smoking crack every 15 minutes," he writes. Biden returned to the East Coast in the fall of 2018, again wanting to get better, though that didn't happen."
Hmmmmm.....ok. Interesting.
Also, he was "drowning myself in alcohol" at some point around the sad passing of his brother and then in 2016 somebody offered him cocaine.
According to a timeline I read (Wikipedia) Biden served as a member on the board of the China-based private equity fund BHR Partners from 2013 to 2020. AND Biden was on the board of Burisma Holdings from sometime in 2014 until April 2019.
Call me unreasonable but how can a person, according to his OWN memoir (due to be released April 6), that was drowning himself in alcohol and smoking crack every 15 minutes hold positions on two boards? These boards are not like your local HOA board, ok......(although some of those can be quite intense as well, this I know from my own experience). He made quite a bit of income too sitting on those boards I bet. There are reports that he made around 50k/month some months from Burisma Holdings. Not bad. There are some other reports out there as well questioning some of his actions while on these boards......
Is Hunter Biden some sort of a super human to pull this off? He did after all possess a superpower that allowed him to find crack anytime and anywhere. Perhaps this superpower assisted him to sit on two different boards for several years while hitting the crack pipe every 15 minutes without snafus?
Impressive indeed. Or perhaps those con artists he met while hunting for crack taught him a thing or two that he later applied to his own dealings. I wonder who else will look into Hunter's timeline for work mixed with serious alcohol and drug abuse now that he himself revealed when he was getting wasted.
Ok....I am going to continue to marvel at strange stories and people online now.
Like how Greg Kelly (some television dude I never watched) once smoked weed and miraculously went from Kentucky to Kenya with no memory of it. WTF? And LOL. I don't smoke weed but maybe I should start if I could go on journeys like these while high.
Sounds like FUN!
PS - I am sober and if a board is looking to hire a sharp and sober person and pay them up to 50k/month....look no further! ;-)

Checking In

Hi there....checking in here with the latest from me.
Did another photo shoot, yes soon you will see me on the cover of Vogue and Sports Illustrated ;-) but until then you will have to read my blog to see any photos of me. For this shoot I also brought along a friend that wants more pictures of herself and why not, when you are 25 you should take as many pictures of yourself as you can so you can marvel at how cute and young you once used to be....My friend's name is Ann and she took some pics of us for her Snapchat.....when you are in your 20s you do things like Snapchat. Pics with some sort of filter. That explains why most girls on Snapchat, Instagram and other types of social media look like flawless big eyed cartoon characters. Filters.

I decided to make an effort for this shoot and bought a foundation and even got some foundation brushes - fancy!
I never use foundation, I used to a long time ago and one day I got smart and realized that my skin looked and felt way better without it. No need for foundation. But I guess for a photoshoot I can make an exception. My first thought was to get the Armani Luminous Silk but the stores around here are only selling the larger size bottle and I do not need that much so I got a much cheaper brand, L'Oréal. It looked a little weird on I initially thought but I got used to it.

AND I painted my toenails. It's been over a year since I had a pedicure and nail polish on my toes....of course I take care of my feet at home but I decided to let my nails breathe hence no polish. Well I decided on pink and glitter (of course).
And in case you are really into feet or curious about MY feet in particular, here you go - two pics of my feet. Size 8 in case you wonder. Another fun fact, foot massage is one of my fave activities to enjoy. Preferably for two hours.

And from foundation and nail polish to dogs. Today I had Pet Pack. And I met a super cute shy little girl named Lola. And her Dad Bob. We gave her a blanket that she immediately took a liking to.

And after Pet Pack I took Lola and Bob (a Vietnam veteran) to the VA hospital so they could get shelter and stay the night and so Lola's Dad could get his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow. Lola was tired and started snoring one minute into getting into my car.

Afterwards I went and picked up some food at the Hawthorne Asylum food carts.
Drove home and ate. Went for a walk. Relaxed. And now I am in bed not all wanting it to be Monday tomorrow. I have a busy week ahead of me. I'd rather sleep and do "nothing".

Hair Modeling

I spent Monday afternoon doing some hair modeling for the Olivia Garden high performance professional flat iron. A hair stylist flew in from CA to record a tutorial on how to make spiral curls with this tool and needed a model with long hair and that is how I came into the picture.
I sat around at a downtown salon for a few hours and watched how they (there were two stylists) did their magic on mannequin heads (with real hair), then I got my make up done and hair curled.

Hair salon products. My next line to try is going to be Kevin Murphy. And Briogeo.

What color am I? There are cool and warm blonde tones.

Here is the result although about 40 minutes "old" the curls are coming out. I don't know HOW some people have the time and patience to do their hair every day. To each their own.

For my extraordinary supermodel efforts ;-) I got some pictures (there was a photographer there as well), I will get a copy of the video and I got a swag bag full of Olivia Garden brushes and Truss products. Yeay!


I got up at 9 30 today so I could be downtown and ready for Pet Pack (needed to grab a latte first, always) by 11. While in the parking lot with my latte, the person in the vehicle next to me backed into my car. It was an older man and since my car is far from a newer model and already got plenty of scratches and dents I told him not to worry about it. Why complicate someone's life if not necessary?
It was a busy day at Pet Pack and I even got flowers, daffodils and a flower made of fabric that I can keep forever.
Thank You Michael and Fritz for the nice flowers!
Yes I know I said that I do not like to receive cut flowers and everybody that knows me is aware of that but in this situation this person only knows me from a few short meetings at Pet Pack.....

I took the flowers home. I am not going to throw them away although I prefer that flowers don't get cut. And speaking of flowers, we are a week into March and I am starting to see cute little flowers slowly peeking out.

It is Sunday evening. How was your week? Mine was.....well I had a conflict with a person so I have been dealing with that.
Tomorrow I am having a busy day from 10 am until 11 pm. Tonight I am going to take a bath, wash my hair and put on a face mask. Maybe watch a movie. A typical Sunday evening.

Great Bargains

In case you don't already can make great bargains on anything Valentine's Day related if you wait until after Valentine's Day to get the card, chocolates, flowers, teddy bear etc.
So instead of stressing and running around on V-Day next year.....wait until the day after or even better about four days or so (for the even better bargains) after Valentine's Day and really spoil your special person with a lot of stuff.
I do not want flowers ever, flowers should only grow outside or in a pot if they are inside, instead of sadly wilting to their death in a vase. I think it is flower abuse to have flowers in a vase. So wasteful.
Look at all the flowers that are left over from February 14.

I like to appreciate my family and friends on Valentine's Day. It's not only about romantic love for me.
The other day one of my friends came over and we had these super cute macarons and some pink bubbly wine that was yucky. I want to find a sweet and yummy bubbly wine and it has to be pink. Still looking.....the one I had one New Year's Eve was ok.
Don't feel bad if you didn't get showered with Valentine's gifts this year or ever.
Remember that many of the couples that show off their "happy" relationship on social media are far from happy in real life.
Celebrate the love you have for family, friends and pets instead! ❤️️

Another thing that is wasteful in my opinion is to get a live tree every year for Christmas only to throw it out when the festivities are over. Poor tree. My plastic tree is over ten years old and it is not going anywhere.

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The power outage was still looming earlier today but I think most of Portland will be up and running by tomorrow. Unless something drastic happens.....I guess you never know.

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Power Outage work today either due to a power outage in some parts of Portland. So all the bars were supposed to reopen this past Friday, they have been closed since mid November of last year but on Friday Portland got snow and Portland is not very well equipped for snow.
So work got postponed. The snow lasted through Sunday and started melting fast today turning the outside to slush and then there was a power outage as well.
I went to the store and I saw empty shelves.....kind of weird.

So I spent today catching up on some paperwork that I have been avoiding and now that's done. And now I am going to finish Unorthodox (on Netflix), the mini series I started watching last night. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Tomorrow will tell if I finally can go back to work.

Portland Paused

Since it started snowing a few days ago Portland paused. Some stores closed earlier and other places did not open at all. No work until tomorrow it looks like for now. A few more days to relax and enjoy life.
Friday it was way too cold to do much outside, the wind was angry and the snow came down hard like little grains. But yesterday it was almost like a winter wonderland and I made a few snow lights outside, snölykta in Swedish, to brighten up the evening. I used to make a lot of these growing up in Sweden.

I spent time inside and watched The White Tiger, a movie which I really liked. I really like seeing stories about other cultures. Then I watched the 20/20 special about Anna Nicole Smith called "Tragic Beauty" and a tragic story it is indeed.
And last night I watched the documentary about Britney Spears called "Framing Britney Spears'". Now I love Britney and she can do nothing wrong in my eyes. And I am happy that more people are coming to her defense and understand how wrong she was treated by many (barf on Justin T he is so lame). Britney is amazing.
Tonight I started watching a mini series (only four episodes) on Netflix called Unorthodox and so far I like it a lot. A fascinating view into the life of Hasidic Jews which I do not know much about. Inspired by an autobiography by Deborah Feldman called, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Again, fascinating!
Today I had Pet Pack and I was also the barista for Potluck In The Park. FUN! This Sunday was the 1540th consecutive Sunday for Potluck In The Park, rain, shine or snow they are there giving out food, blankets, socks, gloves, toiletries, tarps and coffee. And so much more.

This evening things turned icy. The trees looked pretty.

And since it is Valentine's are some hearts from around my place.
Happy Valentine's Day everybody....! ❤️