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Mural at Dekum Cafe

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dekum cafe

The backside of The Dekum Cafe. Picturing Frank Dekum. At first, seems so sweet, a man with nature, birds love him, he loves birds. Then you realize his hands are chopped off. Not sure what that’s about… Maybe that’s what he gets for importing all those non-native species to Oregon.






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Lunchtime Running

I did something today that I’ve never done before. I went running at noon, in the middle of my work day.

Due to the slightly chaotic nature of my daytime job, I hardly ever take a lunch break. I’ll eat at my desk while I work or while I’m in a meeting. Taking an actual break is something I rarely do. And taking a full hour to actually go running has pretty much been unheard-of. But I decided to change all that, starting today.

I mean, why not? Magazines and such always say to schedule in your run just like any other appointment on your calendar. So why can’t that be at 12:00noon instead of at 6:00pm? It also strikes me as unhealthy to never ever take a lunch break.  And what about all the people that say a lunchtime run invigorates them and makes them more productive the rest of the work day?  Seems like a great idea, right?

I figured I could do this once a week without it being an issue at all. More than that and it might start meaning I work even later to make sure I get my work done, or people would start wondering where I am, or something. Or maybe not. But I guess we’ll find out.  Once a week for now, if I could do twice a week it’d be great.

My run was sandwiched in between two meetings. So I had exactly an hour of free time between 12:00 and 1:00.  I wasn’t planning on running for a full hour. Maybe for about 30 minutes. But I wanted a lot of time because I was so anxious about the logistics of it…. changing my clothes, getting out the door, getting back, taking a shower, getting dressed again, actually eating something, and getting to my next meeting on time without looking harried.

My Garmin wasn’t working because it couldn’t find a signal. But on Map My Run the course I did was 2.7 miles.  All on hilly terrain, which is one of the reasons I wanted to run at lunch. The area around my work is all hilly and a great course to practice running hills. Since I’m terrible at running hills this idea of lunchtime running on hills seems perfect to me.

It took me a full 45 minutes to change, run, cool down with a 10 minute walk up hill and up two flights of stairs back to the locker room, take a 2 minute shower, get dressed, fix my hair, apply mascara, and stroll on back to my office.  I actually would like to run more like 3 to 3.5 miles at lunch. So this would add a little bit more time but I think I can still do it in an hour. I run pretty slow on hills.  I was pretty anxious about how long I would be gone, mostly because of my 1:00 meeting.

So what about all you experts out there that do lunchtime runs all the time?

How do you fit it in?  Do you ever have trouble fitting it in due to work commitments? At what point does work “‘win” and you pass up a run, versus committing to your lunchtime run like any other meeting you need to attend?

What is the longest mileage/time you can do on your break and still get back to work?

Mural at the SE Powell Firestone

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This mural is chock full of all the fabulousness that is Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

It’s got our mountains, forests, native plants, wildflowers, mushrooms, rivers, salmon, wildlife, and great people keeping the place clean.  All in all a gorgeous painting.

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Update on Etsy shop

I’ve now just opened up my very first Etsy shop!

There’s not much on it right now, but I’ll continue to make some more items and add as I get them finished.  I made a new hat yesterday but haven’t taken pictures yet.

For now, feel free to check out my shop and tell your friends!


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Mural at the Cricket Cafe

You’ll wait in line an hour to get breakfast here, but it’s one of the best!

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update on my new Etsy adventure


I’m almost ready to open up my Etsy shop.  I’ve been working hard on building my shop online as well as making the first few hats that will be listed for sale. This is a lot of work! But I’m excited, as well as totally frightened, by this new adventure.

Taking good pictures is really difficult. That’s my first obvious lesson is learning to take better pictures of the hats so they are enticing to people.  I also think I’ll need to reach out to friends to help model them, so all my pictures aren’t just pictures of myself. But, I’ve got to start somewhere.

I ordered some apparel tags, and I’m waiting for those to arrive so I can sew them into my hats before I open the shop.

I went out and bought some new fabric today, so I have lots of material to inspire my next few creations.

Wish me luck! And when my shop opens feel free to visit and give me some pointers on taking better pictures, or any advice about what is appealing or not appealing about it. It would really help me out.  Thanks much!