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This is Rodney…

Frog!

LOOK AT THAT FACE!  What a smile!  Last evening, we were ecstatic to have had our in-home interview with Rodney, and his foster mama, Alessandra.  Rodney is a sweet & energetic French Bulldog, rescued by the totally awesome org, The French Bulldog Rescue Network.  We have been hoping for quite some time to add a new member to our family, and we think we’ve found him!  Rodney spent almost 2 hours galloping around our backyard with Sebastian…batting a few balls around, showing us some really cute tricks…and getting a LOT of attention.

Isn’t he just the cutest dog you’ve ever seen?!  We are hoping to hear back soon for the “Official” seal of approval, but we think it looks pretty swell.  And should YOU have a lot of love to give an animal who needs a home, especially a sweet-as-pie dog, DO check out your local rescue organizations, humane societies, or FBRN!

We’ll keep you posted…

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Sometimes…I am confronted with the total radness which is Portland, OR. Like this morning for instance, when, on my way to my exit interview for Oregon Tradeswomen, I stopped by Sweetpea Bakery (cruelty-free cupcakes!) and then just a hop-skip-and-a-jump next door into Food Fight! Vegan Grocery. Where I was able to score some uber yummy, extra chocolate-y cookies, my favorite faux jerkey, AND get some advice/news (like how much more yummy vegan stuff there is to eat now vs. just a few years ago! including the yummy peanut butter cup he gifted me) from Chad. I learned that I just missed “Try Vegan Week PDX” (darn!) where there are vegans in town who volunteer to mentor people who are thinking about becoming vegan. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

I’ve also been loving the Yellow Rose Recipes blog by a Rose City local, Joanna Vaught. Her website is awesome, and I can’t wait to get her new book! I think I might have to go pick up a copy asap…at Food Fight! and Sweetpea’s neighbor in the VEGAN MALL (i still like to think of it as a mecca) Herbivore.

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The above photo is from Sebastian’s performance of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” at his preschool’s latest fundraiser, “Artquake”  which happened just a short time ago.  Sebs is about to celebrate his 5th birthday…and I have so many mixed emotions about this one.  It all started a few days ago when he LOST HIS FIRST TOOTH.  Yep.  That’s right ya’ll, my baby isn’t teething anymore…he’s begun to LOSE those pearly whites.  And woa!  They are so weirdly teenie…it was quite the task for the tooth fairy to find it under the pillow!  (or so I’ve been told)  He starts Kindergarten in only a few months…and it’s just hit me…he is growing up!  And it’s really hard for me to be O.K. with how fast time seems to be flying by.  We’ve been so busy lately, I barely know what happened between waking up and falling asleep and waking up again…let alone feeling like having the time to make some kind of mental scrapbook of it all.  Alas!

So, what does the farmgirl do when she’s feeling low?  That’s an EASY one.  I close all of the curtains.  I turn up Sam and Dave, Otis redding, Rufus Thomas, Booker T. and the M.G.’s (when I bought my first bass guitar, I asked my stepdad what I should listen to to learn how to play, and in his infinite wisdom he told me to lock myself in my room and listen to “Green Onions” until I figured it out.  If only my teenage self would have listened to that sage advice and not put on Nirvana’s “Smells like teen Spirit” instead!!!  To live is to learn, and now I try my dangest to listen to Donald “Duck” Dunn’s fabulous grooves…Booker T’s immensely understated and underrated keys…Alan Jackson’s immaculate drum beats…and Steve Cropper laying it down on the guitar….) and various other Stax record’s alumni, and dance my chubby arse off until I can’t move anymore.

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