The Weekend Send-Off

November 4th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Mmmm, I miss that cotton candy hair. circa 2006

So there’s this meme on Tumblr (maybe other places too?) – “Flashback Fridays”. I’ve been doing a lot of flashback-ing of my own these last few days, because tomorrow, Damian and I will be celebrating five years of being together. Five years! It seems like such a long time (for both of us it’s our longest relationship) and simultaneously, so short (someday we’ll be celebrating 50, after all).

Anyways, I’ve been getting super nostalgic lately, digging through old photos, reminiscing our love story, and having these vivid dreams at night. Life is such a trip, and I’m so damn lucky to be along for this ride! So in honor of “Flashback Friday”, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from our very early days together . . .

Winter Solstice, 2006

For a student project, by Marcella Kligman

For a student project, by Marcella Kligman

For a student project, by Marcella Kligman

Sid and Nancy; “Dead Rock Star” party, 2007.

Here’s to five – and fifty more. I LOVE YOU BABE!


Le Love List:

1. No-Nee
Waits just started saying “Mommy” last week. He always said “mama” before, and when he looked up at me and said “Mommy” for the first time, I straight-up got tears in my eyes. Damian was standing right there, and we both sort of began hooting and hollering and did a little family-style happy dance. So Waits thought that was just the neatest thing, so he said it again! Yay, more whooping! More dancing! Within a few minutes we had him saying “Daddy” (from “dada”), and it was like Dance Party USA up in this little rowhouse.

Well, all that positive reinforcement might have been a bit much. The “dogg-a” to “doggy” transition certainly works, but adding “ee” to the end of every word has become his new favorite game, and the results are not always so successful. Most notably, “no no” has morphed into “no-nee”. Which doesn’t make any sense, and nobody else understands. But can I just say . . . sweetest thing ever. I love it!

2. Sprouted, Dehydrated Buckwheat
I tend to go through food phases, and I am currently in the depths of a lurid love affair with buckwheat. I eat an enormous bowl of it every day and I can’t get enough! Sprouted, then dehydrated, served like cold cereal with cinnamon, stevia, and homemade almond milk, then – the clincher – topped with sliced bananas and an enormous scoop of peanut butter. That, my friends, is a micronutrient- and protein-packed breakfast bomb of DELICIOUS.

3. Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
My Granny always used to tell me that, and it’s so true.

This week Damian went away for a short business trip. It was HARD to be on my own with Waits, and I was jealous that he was in SoCal soaking up 80º heat and staying in a posh hotel directly across the street from Native Foods (which I’m DYING to try!). But all that aside, damn I missed him and damn, it’s good to have him back.

Also! Brown corduroy baby blazers, when I say “I think I want to start fixing myself up again” and Damian says “I totally prefer you without makeup . . . I like that I could just LICK your face at any given time.” HA!, the perfect pair of jeans, when I say “I need to try and dress up more, I look like a damn slob” and Damian says “you look hot in jeans and hoodies, you don’t need to change a thing”, Ally McBeal marathons (shame!), and on it goes . . .


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!

Have a wonderful weekend, dearies! And how about one more for the road – taken as we waited for our cab to pick us up for our wedding adventure!

  • Kelsey

    I love sprouted buckwheat cereal! And Native Foods (they are opening one in Portland)!

  • Moira

    No shame here. I’m on the third season of Ally McBeal. My stats prof told us its best to datacrunch while watching trashy TV. I wouldn’t say that Ally McBeal is total trash, but I certainly feel justified for watching it all the time.

    Congrats on your five years!!

    le lovin my productivity, i’m slow but at least i’m movin. le lovin a fantastic halloween with wonderful friends who flew out from cali and boston. <3 and le lovin the return of beautiful fall weather after our crazy day of cold and snow. what else? oh and it's FRIDAY! whew.

  • Rande McDaniel

    Such lovely pictures, you’re a beautiful couple! I’m also in love with “buckwheat crunchies” (as I call them), they’re delicious on salad like croutons!

  • Rachel Fesperman

    Congrats on 5 years! :) I have a rabbit named Buckwheat who is brown and fluffy which brings me to my love list:

    -nutritional yeast flakes (ALWAYS)
    -my favorite grass green hoodie I’ve had since highschool
    -the weekly walk to the farmer’s market on saturday morning with my rockin’ room mate

  • Anonymous

    Aww that is so sweet! You guys are adorable :)

    1. Beginning my journey through network chiropractic. It is already helping me and I can’t wait to continue it.

    2. Roseanne marathons! Totally my guilty pleasure when I am not feeling well and just need a laugh.

    And most importantly…

    3. OCCUPY OAKLAND! Oh my gosh, being out in the streets with 20,000 people, old and young, teachers and preachers, marching downtown to shut the port of Oakland down and fighting for a better world? My heart was filled with such gratitude and joy!

  • Jenny @ Simply Be…me

    Kids are just so darn cute! Our little guy has started getting very excited when one of us enters a room and then says “Uh! A mommy/daddy/nanny” The addition of “a” in front of it is too much sometimes :) He also asks “What dood?” when he wants to know what we are doing. Let the heart melting begin.

    My love list:
    1. My mom is here and my house has never been so clean! I keep joking that it looks like we got new appliances because they are so shiny.
    2. When my husband Andrew says things like “I love Lincoln so much that I can hardly handle it.” Another heart melter,
    3. Family group hugs. This results in jumping up and down and an inevitable giggle fest.
    4. And in keeping with the TV guilty pleasures theme, Dawson’s Creek.
    5. Apple juice making! Friends of ours own an orchard and it’s time for their annual apply juice making party. They have a huge machine that pulverizes the apples – it’s going to get sticky!

    Happy weekend to you and your family!

  • Alina S

    1. Native Foods because, yes, it IS amazing
    2. Having an awesome discussion with my boss about being promoted soon
    3. Awesome table and chairs for cheap on Craigslist :)

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    You guys are one crazy-beautiful couple! Happy 5-year anniversary. :)

  • Charlotte

    Happy Anniversary. Loving the Sid and Nancy picture.

  • Meghan2

    Native Foods is coming soon!! It’s going in Bridgeport Village in Tualatin this month and then I think Portland at a later date… ? I can’t wait to try, especially since we often meet family there as an “in between” location from our homes.

  • Eve

    Awesomeness. I LOVE that deep red hair color girlfriend!

  • Kelly

    Aaaaaw…GREAT post….lovely photos and such joy and LOVE! I think I love Damian too… ;o) Oh and I definitely used to love Ally McBeal!!

  • Lou

    LOVE the Sid and Nancy shot, hot city :) mmm sprouted buckwheat is such a favourite of mine too, it goes so well with cinnamon. Love this post, so sweet – congrats on the 5 years, and here’s to many more happy ones to follow.

  • Lindsay

    love this post. Your hubby is a keeper! So cute about lil Waits adding an -ee to everything!

    This week I’m loving:

    Gorgeous and cool fall weather (finally!) in Florida!

    My new juicer. Finally got a masticating juicer and I love love looove it!

    gold nail polish. love it.

  • felicitates

    Whoops! Double post. Sorry about that.

  • felicitates

    You guys are so cute! Congratulation on your five years together. I can’t wait ’till my fellow and I reach that point. It must be so lovely!

    That recipe for cereal sounds AMAZING. Hang on, going out to buy some buckwheat now haha!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I know I can’t wait!!! Soooo excited. =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Yay fellow Ally fan! It’s such a guilty pleasure, but I can’t help but love that something so . . . WEIRD was on mainstream tv. Love it!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, never tried them on salad, I’ll have to give that a go. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, that’s a great name for a bun-bun.

    I’m currently wearing my favorite grey hoodie which I stole from Damian *before* we started dating. So, not quite since high school, but very old nonetheless. Aren’t the rattiest oldest ones always the bestest ones? ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I love Roseanne! I grew up watching that show and I still love it. Did you read that amazing interview with her a few months back? Good lord it was profound . . . let me go find it . . .

    Here it is! A long read but SO worth it –

    Also, I know exactly the protest feeling you describe. Gives me chills!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Your family sounds so adorable, totally made me smile. “What dood?” is priceless!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Congrats on the upcoming promotion!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Look who’s talking!! ;-D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks lady!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    First, I love that you’ve designated yourself “Meghan2″ =)

    Maybe when Native Foods opens, we can go down together for the first taste!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you, I miss it soooo much. I’m really over this “natural” thing . . . getting ready for a BIG change!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks, and I agree, he’s a keeper for sure. =)

    Congrats on the masticating juicer, so fun!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Is that you in your icon photo? Love the pink hair!

  • erosan

    Love list:

    x) I’m so happy for you! congrats, and may you live to celebrate your 100 aniv. near the guy you love.

    x) Damian learned to stand. Well, to stay on a standing position, without having to grab on to anything.

    Aly bought him this and it rocks! The boy loves it, too.

    x) I’m behind almost 1500 words on nanowrimo, but I’m still doing better than last year. I’m confident I can do well… I don’t know about finishing yet, as it is still a loooong way to the ending line, but…

    x) I shoul’ve realized this before, but I found out that from my house to my office there is only around 6k. And due to the long time I have to wait for a bus on the mornings, it turns out I make less time if I run to work than if I take a bus. Forget riding your bike to work, running is where the fun is at. I’ve been running to work every morning 2 days now and I love it. I was having trouble finding time to exercise anyways, and since we have showers on the office, it makes sense to use them.

    x) Losing weight. We are doing another round of “Biggest loser” on the office, (xtreme version, since this time of the year you pig out pretty much every 2 weeks… a special tamal on “Hannal Pixan” (the Mayan holiday for “day of the dead”) super tasty, super full of calories. Then thanksgiving (which I only celebrate because we work for an american company and because my brother’s fiancee is american so we celebrate with her family, then the xmas parties, the xmas dinner, all the food and alcohol on new year’s eve and then the rosca de reyes.

    x) Classes start on Monday, and I selected only classes I am looking forward to, so I’m super stoked!

    gee… no wonder I am behind on nanowrimo… I can’t help but waste my verbosity on this type of comments. I don’t even know if anyone reads em, but I still enjoy writing these love lists.

  • Chelibw

    congratulations! on the relationship and on surviving a week by yourself! serisouly, wow.
    personally, i am really loving that red hair!
    love list: husbad. i asked him for help and he stepped up. big time.
    2. realizing that when you change your mind set, you can change reality and things fall into place
    3. tea. i’m into tea, in liu of coffee. sorta just happened
    4. lucas, speaking english, rebirthing himself, knowing how to handle my crazy
    5. gaspar, with 3 words, nursing like a 6mo and eating like a teenager, hilarious, smart critter

  • cathy

    I love sprouted dehydrated buckwheat (aka buckwheaties)! Try this: after your buckwheat has sprouted, mix together a little coconut oil, some raw honey (or agave) and a pinch of cinnamon. Coat the buckwheat and dehydrate on the teflex sheet for a bit, then transfer to the mesh sheet, to finish dehydrating. It’s like sweet and crunchy buckwheat granola!

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Congrats on your anniversary! Mar and I just celebrated 7 years together total/6 years of marriage. It has flown by *so* fast!

    Le love:

    1. Mar and I had our first date the day after my birthday, and on my birthday card this year he wrote: “Seven years ago today, I had your number, but I hadn’t worked up the nerve – yet – to ask you out.” So sweet!

    2. My new, vegan, super tall over-the-knee black boots. They’re my new excuse to buy another pair of skinny jeans.

    3. Knitting! I’m going crazy getting holiday gifts started, but Nina has a few items queued up that she insists I get done first. It’s so exciting to watch her flip through my pattern books and dig around my stash and see what she comes up with.

  • Rachel

    you are seriously so adorable. CONGRATULATIONS on five amazing years! (PS. the Sid and Nancy costumes are awesome!)


    1. working my butt off right now but it’s all gonna pay off in a week and a half, after I defend and become an official MASTER OF SCIENCE! being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is awesome!

    2. hanging out with my pack (i.e. my boyfriend and his dog)… I love those boys.

    3. one of my friends who lives in Montana as a fly fishing guide for the warm months is back in PA for the winter, and we’re all stoked!! he’s hilarious.

    happy weekend everyone!!

  • Shamima


    I too have been feeling like I need a little makeover:). Some days I leave the house with Marcus all disheveled and feeling quite frumpy.

    1. Loving all the ‘talking’ my little one is doing now

    2. I will be starting yoga again next week…hoping it will help keep my mind from going, going and going….

    3. Catching up with Entourage.

  • chelsea

    Your formally pink hair is great.
    My love list:
    1) Nutritional yeast mac ‘n cheese with dill, broccoli, and tofurky sausage.
    2) Sushi night with friends, followed by first Friday art walking.
    3) Rereading YA fantasy novels that I was obsessed with when I was 13.
    4) Your love lists. They make me so happy!

  • Clair Johnson


  • Michelle McNeill-Coronado

    YA Fantasy novels … which ones?

  • Courtney Bliss

    My love list:
    1 – Going a week without any fast food. I feel so much better! Next up, another week!
    2 – My hubby. How can I not love him! He’s such a wonderful, geeky, understanding guy.
    3 – Oolong tea. It had become my favorite tea. It has just enough taste that it doesn’t need anything else either to boost it or dilute it.

  • Fran@BCDC

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your ever changing hair! Wish I had the courage!

  • Vicki

    Congrats on five years- thanks for sharing those great photos with all of us! My love list:

    1) my husband and three great kids- hubby and I will have been together 22 years on Dec. 19th. Time flies when you’re having fun ;)

    2)My 87 yr. old grandma was taken by ambulance to the emergency room last week and the doctors said they didn’t think she’d make it. Tonight she is at home, watching tv and enjoying her loved ones and life again!!

    3) Hearing my daughter say yesterday”Mom as much as I try to fight it sometimes, I think when I’m older, I’m going to be a hippie just like you.” Lol. What’s not to love about that. ;)

  • chelsea

    Right now I am rereading The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. Warrior maidens, magic, intrigue? Yes please. I’m also reading Wildwood by Colin Meloy. It’s new and it is very good.

  • Sarah Jessi Smith

    people do read them!

  • Sarah Jessi Smith

    1. C and I will have been together 3 years this December, I’m so happy!

    2. We have started investing in making our apartment more homey and actually decorating because we know we will be here at least another year and a half. Yesterday I bought some amazing hanging candle holders and today I’ve been looking up how to hang them from ceiling, and I’m just excited about making this feel like OUR place! And I’m happy C has said he is happy and excited about it too!

    3. It’s grey and yet sunny outside today… Awesome!

    4. I’m so so so so so excited to make these! HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT!? GAH!

    5. I’m going to St. Louis this next weekend to meet an internet friend and hang out while C is busy doing something else. So for 1 day I’ll hang out with my friend, and the next day I’ll have the car and a whole new city to explore! Because of that I’m FINALLY buying my new 50mm lens for my camera! I’ve missed taking pictures SO MUCH! And now I’ll get to do what I emailed you about months ago Sayward! YAY!

  • felicitates

    Yes it is! Thank you :)!

  • Brianna

    I love my children
    Roasting pumpkins and making pies
    My husband turning 30
    and marathons of Frazier :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes! I LOVED that article…just proved how bad-ass that woman is!

  • Annie



    1. My cute fiend sweet prince – Rowan – who passed early last year at a mere 20 years of age. I have *just* finished the year of school and been able to pause and reflect, and realise I miss him so. In her skill of timing, a dear friend sent me a link to a YouTube link to a video that my darling’s mother uploaded to her song that she wrote (she’s a musician) when he was a boy, teemed with various photos.
    It’s a lot to take in, and seeing myself in some of the photos with him is a bit weird, but I’m eternally blessed to know my one in a million and happy to stop and appreciate those gone.

    And that’s everything I love this week.