Birthdays, Snow Days & Sick Days
We didn’t go into February with the intention of taking a month long break from posting. It just… sort of happened. Cory was getting in the groove of his new job and I was (am) battling a few health issues (my immune disorder, the flu, migraines). It just seemed right to focus on getting healthy and getting used to our new normal. So let me take a moment to share with you all that has been going on. Grab a cup of coffee/tea and settle in.
For me, February is always a tough month, no matter how hard I try. For the past 4 years, I inevitably end up sick on or around my birthday. The ‘can’t leave the house, I’m fairly certain I’m dying’ kind of sick. The month started out promising, since on my birthday weekend I turned 27 and didn’t feel like death. To me, birthdays are the perfect excuse to consume a delicious meal (or two). We indulged in a late breakfast at Broder Nord and then made our way to Powell’s in Cedar Hills to hear Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis talk about their latest work. They were both incredibly charming and had us laughing out loud as they shared stories and images from their childhoods. We were even fortunate enough to get them to sign all three of our books. After the reading, we met up with my family for dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant and ate way too much unagi.
My birthday weekend also included a flight of chocolate ice creams at Salt & Straw, a few coffee dates, thoughtful gifts and cards (including one from one of my inspirations) and lots of cuddling and movie watching with my husband.
Cory was complaining all winter long about the lack of snow and I kept telling him to be patient because February is the coldest time of year here in Portland and we were bound to get at least a little bit. Well, to the surprise of us all, we ended up with more snow and ice than we’ve seen in years. Here in the PNW, it’s rare to get snow that sticks for more than a few hours so when we faced nearly a week of cold, wet, constantly pouring down snow, we couldn’t help but be hypnotized by it’s beauty.
The first full day of it, Cory ended up not having to go into work so we took advantage of the opportunity, bundled up in our warmest garments, traipsed down to the nearest bagel shop, picked out a few flavors (an everything and a tomato pesto to be precise) and then proceeded to trudge through the falling snow to the theater where we watched the ‘Wolf of Wall Street.’ Speaking of Leo, #poorleo. Matthew deserved that award though this year, if you ask me. Don’t fret Leo, you are a winner in my eyes. You’ll get that gold statue someday… although it might be in the form of a lifetime achievement. Who are we kidding though, that man doesn’t need to win some silly award. UGH, and how glorious is Lupita Nyong’o? A gracious, humble, beautiful, talented dreamer. I just admire and adore her. Ok, enough of being sidetracked by the Oscars, back to the snow.
A few days into it is when I started to not feel like myself and began the back and forth visits to the doctor’s office. Since 2007, I have been battling Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic, painful immune issue for which there is no cure. I was ill for 2 years before I was properly diagnosed and it was absolute misery. Now, whenever I get sick, I can’t help but grow depressed and fearful. I get transported back to that time in my life where I basically thought I was dying. Someday I’ll write a more in depth post about it all, but not today. Today I’ll just say that because I have a faulty immune system, when I get sick, I get really sick and it takes a very long time for my body to heal. Thank you to everyone who visited, called and left instagram comments. It really helped keep my spirits up.
Being stuck at home, sick in bed, gave me the time to catch up on blogs (I especially loved pouring over Manger, Paris in Four Months, Local Milk, Essie-Button and welcomed the return of OMS), read a few books and pick up my brushes and start painting again. Nothing makes me feel more like myself than creating. I’ve tried to be something more practical than an artist, but it just isn’t in me. I’m still trying to find my footing and regain my skills but in the short time that I’ve been creating and sharing my work again, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Seychelles Footwear and winning the #YoureOn competition with Diet Coke! That means they are sending Cory and me to New York in September for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! AH! It has been nearly 7 years since I’ve been to New York and this will be Cory’s first time ever. The main thing I’m look forward to (besides eating) is hopefully meeting up with a few internet friends (Vanessa, Keiko, Eva & Stefan) live and in person.
Other odds and ends: We applied for a new apartment. Neither of us want to get our hopes up, but we could really see ourselves making a home there. Now it’s just a waiting game. I bought this and now my life is forever changed. Only a few months left of sporting braces, I can’t believe it! We deep cleaned the apartment, donated a ton of stuff to Goodwill and filed our taxes (FUN!). I got a haircut and found a new favorite lipstick. We took our February photo booth strip. I spent too much time organizing my Pinterest boards. I ‘oohed and aahed’ over the instagrams my dear friend took on her honeymoon in Thailand. I had this song stuck in my head for days thanks to ‘The Lego Movie‘ (I need a croissant lego now). Mostly, I just tried to get well. I’m still trying.
We’re looking forward to getting back to our regular posting schedule: more London and Paris photographs, new Portland favorites, recipes and an absolutely incredible giveaway in celebration of over a year of writing ‘Endlessly Enraptured.’ I truly can’t wait to share with all of you.
Tell us, how was your February?