Not all of the things turn out, but some do.

I’m leaving tomorrow for about a month. Though it will be nice to get out of Portland, I’ll miss it. Today, I’ll start with a song that pulls at me particularly.

Here’s where I went to breakfast with my good friend V:

It is called Sugar Mama’s. It’s located on the corner of 13th and Alder downtown. When you eat there, they feed you with purpose. It’s a very Southern type of hospitality that they attack you with. You will leave full. Absolutely.

There’s nothing vegan about these pancakes… But they were amazing. The coffee was great, the people were adorable, and they compost (like most of the restaurants in Portland).

And even though you’ve been talked into a cinnamon roll (it’s worth it; let them do it), and you’ve gorged yourself on pancakes, they bring you teensy samples of things…like these little muffins. There is no leaving here without waddling. You are their “Sugar Baby” when they’re done with you. Breakfast is served all day. The rush time is usually earlier in the morning (for the cinnamon rolls). Go there. Do it. PERFECT DATE PLACE.

After we ate, we went to the Holiday Craft Bazar in the Convention Center. I really loved the prints at the Victory Garden of Tomorrow booth. It’s a poster campaign supporting civil progress in terms of food and sustainability. Also, these guys give you cute temporary tattoos of chickens that say “Keep ’em Flying”. I really love how they use old war propaganda type styles to get their mission across. 

On that note, if you have Netflix, please, for the love of God, watch “Ingredients“. If it doesn’t make you want to just go dedicate your entire life to farming and eating…well…I don’t know. It just did it for me.

On another note- I really loved the Girls Can Tell booth too. Sara Selepouchin got a degree in architecture (I think?), but was too confined with the professional life. Her love of labeling and drawing turned into this whole line of diagrams screen printed on towels and lunch bags and journals and cards. Adorable. She’s planning on putting my favorite design on a lunch bag next year. I will have it. 

I heart brains.

I also want the following books:

The Beekeeper’s Bible by Richard A. Jones and Sharon Sweeny-Lynch

Back Yard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum

A Chicken in Every Yard by Robert and Hannah Litt

The Practical Homestead by Paul Heiney

Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler

Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff

Make Your Place by Raleigh Briggs

The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Stamets and JS Chilton

Chick Days by Jenna Woginrich

Compact Cabins by Gerald Rowan

Your Farm in the City by Lisa Taylor

Nomad by Sibella Court

Getting into farming and don’t know what the fuck you’re doing? Check out Home Grown. It’s a great community online that can help you get started. Neato. Now go keep some bees and grow heirloom veggies instead of GMOs. They taste better. 😉

Woo. Back to packing!

Weenis is coming with:

Here are cookies I made yesterday. Holiday cookies. Yes, they are dinosaurs. Dinos celebrate holidays too, dammit.

I like this.

That is all.

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