Portillo’s Stop


Every week I make sure that one of my posts is a curation of “good things” that are making me happy this week. The wild week that it was reminds me why it’s important to keep looking for these things, and I’ve decided to restructure a little bit. I’ll be posting one good thing that’s happening in the world, one good thing happening in my own life, and one thing making me happy from the world of art and pop culture.
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In the world, I absolutely loved being a part of the Women’s March, and knowing that it was the largest gathering of its sort ever was reassuring. It’ll take a little while for that reassurance to turn into real change, but changes that last are always those that are driven by large swaths of people who embrace better ideas. These shape and outlive top-level changes, even if they take longer to create an impact.
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I’ve also started hearing back from a few places I sent resumes too– a lot of “we’ve already filled the positions,” but if you’ve ever been on a mass job hunt, you’ll know sometimes hearing back at all is a kind of a miracle. And guess what? They weren’t all rejections. Some were a little more interested in getting to know me.
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And lately I’ve been watching my way through The Man in The High Castle. The show moves really slowly, so this is my third attempt to get through it. Last week I was sick for a day and saw enough to get hooked to the story. And in terms of visuals, this show has crafted something fascinating. The aesthetics are probably half the reason I keep watching.

Maxwell Street Polish


How much am I missing Chicago dogs right now? Quite a bit. Gotta say I’m on board with the ketchup boycott.
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Here are some things making me happy this week:
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I finally got around to watching Sing Street and I really loved it. In many ways it felt like a spiritual sequel to Son of Rambow which was one of my favorite films from the previous decade.
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I am finding some crazy good flight deals right now. It’s hard to plan travels while looking for a job and not knowing what comes next, but if this drags on and I could use a consolation trip, there are good options out there.
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I’m loving the new album by the xx. Their second one didn’t sit with me the way their first one did, but this one does. I’ve missed out on that sound for the past seven years.

Anacortes


Our Thanksgiving weekend was a blast– it was awesome getting to see so much family and so many friends over the past few days. And it was much needed. The timing of getting (most of) a week off right before my most insane week of grad school couldn’t be better.
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And yet, here are some of the things making me happy this week.
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On Saturday, we got to see Moana in Sacramento and it was a fun flick! I was prepared for something a little bit more metaphorical, a la Zootopia or Big Hero 6. It was a much simpler story than those, but still fun, and a gorgeous film art-wise.
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I spent much of our time on the road reading Shoe Dog, which I wrote about last morning. It was a much more interesting and intriguing book than what I was expecting, and that’s a good thing.
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Andddd, Mark Helfrich is fired! Okay, it’s not a “good thing” that a guy got fired per se, and I don’t even think he’s necessarily as terrible as this past season made it look, but I also don’t think he’s as good as his first season-point-five made him look and I’d love for us to get there again. Yay for that door being open.

Orcas = Pretty Neat


Beignet: I give Orcas Island two thumbs WAY up!
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Here are some good things from the week that was:
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I had an amazing time on Orcas Island. I’d been wanting to get there for such a long time that I’m glad the opportunity finally came. Such a cozy place.
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Found a tiny little Indonesian Café in Seattle on the way back. That’s one cuisine that’s way underrated. Way to do your thing, Indo Café.
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Finally, I’ve been getting caught up on backlogging stuff into my Goodreads account that I’ve read over the past year. I discovered so many little Easter eggs on their site that show stats about what I’ve been reading. I can’t wait to have it be able to track complete info.

The Pint Pot


Gray mornings call for a classic Irish Pub. Thank goodness for The Pint Pot. An Irish coffee and a full Irish breakfast are exactly in order.
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Here are a couple other things making me pretty happy this week.
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I discovered that Terrence Malick’s film To The Wonder was streaming for free on Prime, and I loved it even though it wasn’t the most accessible of movies. In typical Malick fashion, it was full of amazing visuals, cryptic layers of meaning hiding beneath simple-but-poetic dialogue, and Javier Bardem being a priest. The film itself was so beautifully shot, despite being set in mostly sterile, suburban environments… but I kinda think that was supposed to be the point.
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And on the other end of the spectrum, there’s that YouTube video of a dog’s favorite Gumby chew toy being brought to life by its owner in a Gumby costume. I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve watched it, I love it so.
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And then there’s freaking baseball. What a game.

Current

Wind and rain have this river feeling pretty good about itself.
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Here are a few things making me happy this week.
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So first, there was the bit of good news we got last week that I mentioned in my last post.
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I’m also really loving Johnnyswim’s Georgica Pond album. So much soul and so many songs off the new album sounded great live.
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And before the show, I finally got to eat at Tasty and Sons, which was on my places to eat in Portland list for a good while. Get the Asian Bloody Mary.

Texas Nephews

Loved getting to hang out with these two in Texas the other week. They loved getting to hang out with this parrot.
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Here’s a few things making me happy this week.
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Deanna’s birthday weekend was so much fun! Having Bre, Jesse, and Raquel in town was a treat, and we mostly spent it just doing whatever felt enjoyable and of course, eating at some of our most favorite places.
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One of my favorite podcasts, On The Media, has been doing special segments exploring poverty in America and popular myths that surround it- all across the political spectrum. I’ve liked it a lot! It looks at the different “varieties” of poverty common in the country and challenges some of the notions I’ve held.
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And… it’s very much fall in the Northwest, and I love it. I happen to think we get an especially pretty taste of the season every time this part of the year comes around.