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Things I'm really looking forward to next week when we arrive in southern California. Yes, my favorite things are exercising, shopping, family and eating. 

*the ocean
*new year
*loads of raw restaurants!!
*Camarillo outlets: Betsey Johnson, AG, and more!
*Santa Monica promenade
*Juliano's Raw
*Real Food Daily
*Malibu- Cross Creek
*Au Lac
*Santa Monica stairs
*The beach
*Tarina Tarantino
*Marc by Marc Jacobs
*Madeleine Bistro
*Montana Ave

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Here's my little horoscope from yesterday, September 2nd from the DailyOm:

Limitless Dreams
Aquarius Daily Horoscope
The multitude of possibilities that lie before you could make you feel limitless today, and maybe because you see a wide range of options for your future, you might have a more idealistic view of what you are able to accomplish. While there are times when it is important to ground your decisions in the reality of the moment, perhaps today you can let your imagination soar, and listen to the inspiration of your soul to guide your decisions. You might try by thinking about what you picture yourself doing five years from now. Without thinking of the practical aspects of your life, such as career or resources, see where your mind’s eye takes you, allowing yourself to dive fully into this picture. The vision that you have for your future, you may find, could be your inner self telling you what you really should do in order to fulfill your deepest purpose in life.

Our dreams for the future are the wishes of our souls. Because we are so often bogged down by the everyday details of our lives, it is easy to forget our true aspirations. The hopes that we have, however, usually come from within the part of ourselves that wishes to really connect to our true calling – something that isn’t necessarily rooted in the practicality of the present, but instead in the wisdom of our spirit. Letting your dreams run wild will point you in the direction that will help you live out your real calling, and realize the true desire that lies within you today.


The reason that I want to write about this one in particular is because of last night. Andy, Eliot and I went to dinner with a friend of Andy's. He asked us how we like Portland, everyone always asks us how we like Portland, so that's not the notable part. I said some cast-off remark like, "I really need to meditate on where we should go." Andy's friend quickly and nicely suggested that it's not "where" it's "what", the questions to ask are things like "what do we want in a place?" and so on.

I don't read my horoscope every day, some days I just delete it without a second thought but this one got to m a little. Especially the line, "Our dreams for the future are the wishes of our souls." I'm all over that thought. I have a vision board that I've been fine tuning, I pay attention to my dreams, my gut, and my heart. And today something hit me with a surprising voice and the Bay Area, northern California is resonating with me. Unless of course McCain gets into office, then we're heading to another country for a spell.

 So, hubby- what's next? 

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I have such a problem. I walk down the lovely tree lined streets here in Portland, and what is my one major thought?: This is not California. Why do I torture myself this way? And then to make matters worse I decide to read my feeds before heading to bed early and one of my favorite singer songwriters, Tom Brosseau has a new post up today. He is living three blocks from where Andy and I used to live in Santa Monica. Pure torture for a girl like me with a longing in her heart for palm trees, window shopping, celebrity watching, sand in the air, jasmine flowers filling me… I could go on and on. I remember before moving from Berkeley to Santa Monica I was scared of the possibilities of being surrounded by fake hair, fake boobs, fake everything. But, I loved it so. ("It looks fake, I like it," from Joe Versus the Volcano.) And I miss my friends, and well… I could go on and on.

Check out Tom's blog if you're interested. He's very talented and heartfelt, my kinda fella:  

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How many push-ups can you do?,67984

oh my i love waking up to this! this has been a god month for vegetarians when an athlete like this comes out declaring his change of mind or heart, whichever it was.

and the huge beef recall in california, pay attention people, please please please. it's the meat industry that wants and needs you to believe that you need meat in your diet to be healthy. simply not true.

oh, and my new favorite superhero is tonya kay:

she's a raw vegan!

and as far as the push-ups go, i can do over 100. and i'm vegan, newly almost raw vegan.

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you know how you go on vacation then suddenly you're jut ready to go home? that's how i feel right now. i'm trying to embrace portland, i really am. but, when i think of california i get a little dizzy with longing. i hear joni mitchell singing to my heart about california, "oh california i'm coming home, gonna see the folks i dig i'll even kiss a sunset pig, california coming home". makes me blue. eliot is echoing my sentiments. he keeps saying he wants to go on a trip.

pdx positives:
the allen-gibson fam
vegan friendly
andy works at home

things i miss:
boot camp
my fav raw restaurants
the dish
spring starting in february (sort of)
ability to drive to see fam

what can i say? i feel weird here. like i don't belong. in some ways like an awkward teenager. yuck! i must change this mindset, and plan a trip!

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How far from your last home do you live? Why did you move and are you glad you did? 
Submitted by Matthew 25.

i had a feeling that the qotd would draw me in today. how far from my last home? over 300 miles. in the last almost 13 years i've bounced from tacoma, washington to ventura, california to puyallup, washington to berkeley, california to santa monica, california to palo alto, california and this time next week we'll be packed up for our move to portland, oregon.

over the holidays people kept asking am i excited and what am i looking forward to and so on. well, aside from not wanting to leave california, i feel like crying whenever i think about it, i'm trying.

i have moments that i'm excited, open for the new experience, new restaurants, neighborhood, being close to family. but i hate ignoring my gut. my gut intuition tells me constantly that we shouldn't go to oregon. what am i to do? the movers are coming, we committed to a nice house in a nice neighborhood. maybe it's all this bouncing around that has me wondering where home is for us? what it means to us? eliot will need to stay in one place soon and this bouncing will have to stop. i think that may be my problem, i'm ready for it to stop but i don't think portland is it, no offense, portland you're really really lovely in a lot of ways. so we'll go through this move and have a new adventure and i'm very much open to changing my mind (and gut) about it. but where will we end up for the long haul? time will tell because i sure can't answer that query now.

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