Hello hello there! Back from my mini-sabbatical, my 5-day stay-cation with my favorite little man, my week-long stab at slow and steady catch-up, I’m just popping in to say hello and drop a Love List before heading back out into the weekend, woo-hoo! I had a super-rad and much-needed week to myself, so thank you for humoring me. It’s good to recharge my batteries though, to make me a super-charged blogger!
I hope your week was a good one as well. Ours was lazy and lovely and simple and sweet. There was matching mama-baby green juice:
and there were many nannas, because the bubs is sort of obsessed with nannas:
and there were super exciting kitchen experiments that I can’t wait to share:
and there were a lot of green smoothies, and the resulting green face-painting!
There was also Tiny Tots singalongs at the Library, and bike adventures to Farmer’s Markets (yes plural) for 1st market: wheat grass shots and stinging nettles, and 2nd market: Missionary Chocolates (BEST TRUFFLES EVER), and there were long walks and evening family bike rides and a few trips to Herbivore to finish up and finalize my manuscript (OFF TO THE PRINTERS TODAY!) and there was even an artisan gourmet raw vegan cheese-making class. But of course, sometimes one is too busy living the life to stop and photograph it, so none of that is captured on film. Ah well, you’ll just have to imagine.
Now, with so much joy this week and so much to be thankful for, let’s get on to the gratitude!
Le Love List
1. Bikes, Animal Sanctuaries, and Activist Friends. My friends are doing the annual Ride to the Light bike ride this coming September, in order to raise money for a really, really good cause (animals!). From the press release:
Ride to the Light is a bike ride to benefit three animal sanctuaries, Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary, Out to Pasture Sanctuary and Hope Animal Sanctuary. On September 24, 2011 a group of 10 to 20 cyclists will ride from Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary, just outside of Scio, Ore., to Out to Pasture Sanctuary in Estacada, Ore., and home to Portland, Ore., completing just over 100 miles through the Willamette River Valley.
Animal sanctuaries are facilities where animals are protected and able to live out their natural lives. Often the animals have come from abusive or neglectful environments or even experimental labs or factory farms. These cyclists are riding to raise money so the organizations can continue doing the critical work of caring for animals.
If you’re interested you can learn more at their Facebook page, and please consider joining me in donating! I would totally be there riding along with them, if I weren’t already booked up that weekend . . .
2. Rootstalk. OH. MY. GOD. Have you guys heard of The Rootstalk Festival? I’m practically peeing in my pants I’m so excited! From the poster:
Join us for a unique experience in the majestic old growth forests of Salem, Oregon. Wander the emerald woods by day to learn wilderness skills, plant identification, home herbalism, urban farming, DIY sustainability, and more from the country’s most dynamic teachers and experts. Then as the moon glows, enjoy herbal brew under the towering trees or stomp your feet to strumming banjos, singing fiddles, and ecstatic rhythms drumming into the starry night sky.
Rootstalk is an extraordinary celebration of skill sharing, plant folklore, artistic expression, scientific wonder, and spirited community.
Hello?! Does that sound like my idea of hippie heaven or what? This 4-day festival is happening at the end of September (same weekend as Ride to the Light, unfortunately), and I’ll be working with the organizers to live-blog the event as it unfolds. I AM SO EXCITED!!!
3. My Co-Op! What can I say, I just love them so much. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for co-ops (seriously, Damian teases me because whenever we travel, the first thing I do is find the co-op, and I totally treat it like an attraction. Some people meander through museums – I “sight-see” the local health food. No joke.) Anyways, my little co-op is spectacular and I adore them. This Saturday they’re even having a party, and that’s just one more reason to be excited for the weekend!
Alright guys, now it’s your turn – tell me what you’re loving this week!
My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!