Unoriginal Strawberry Banana Bread, Ant Songs, and Drunken Canadians

Oh, hi there! Again, it has been a while. QUITE a while. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been busy with so many things (yes, reading books and binging shows on Netflix is super important, okay!) I have the morning off and I wanted to write up a little update for you all – let you know I’m still alive. I’m going to make a list. I love lists. Post it notes. Old receipts from Olé. Mentally in my brain. they’re the best. So here are the haps

- I made some stellar Pokéball cupcakes for the boys I nanny after school.

- I started working for a market research company. I’m a back-up dialer in their call center. It’s kind of hilarious that I, of all people, am working at a call center.

- I surprised Nicole for her bridal shower and she had NO IDEA. It was the sweetest and best kept secret.

- I went home for the last show of Ingrid Michaelson’s Lights Out tour. To say I almost cried on the T back to the house is an understatement. Live shows always get to me. Hashtag, MUSIC.

- Mama Mary (Anna’s mum) visited. She is the sweetest, coolest, quirkiest, and the best.

- I made strawberry banana bread and thought it was a super original idea. Turns out it was not. Thanks for ruining everything internet.

- A drunk Canadian soccer fan 2x my size tried to trust fall on me. Twice. (I love my job. I love my job.)

- I finally binged watched and finished The Office. I don’t know why I never had before. It was so hard to put down. (That’s what she said – a la Michael Scott)

- I’ve started running (O_o). It only seemed fitting because this is the first summer in many moons that I have not had a sprained ankle (If I just jinxed myself, I swear to god…)

- I was inspired by one of my old college professors via a dream to write (that sounds crazy, but it’s not.) Dream Katie and ants.

- I’ve been babysitting so my kids that I could tell you all you need to know about Minecraft. Really, ask me anything.

- I’ve cuddled with cats. SO MANY YOU GUYS.

- I mastered the art of biking whilst wearing a dress. It works.

- I chopped my hair(s). It’s SUPER short. Like, 1 inch around the sides short. I left the curls on top though. Don’t worry Mom.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m signing off. See you soon, hopefully.

L

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Dumplings, Cosmic Cats, and Plane Tickets

Hey there friends. Long time no write!

I’ve been super busy the last few weeks so I apologize for my lack of blog(ging). Hell weeks at the bookstore were basically a rush of adrenaline, then exhaustion, for 2 weeks. I got up at 6am to get to work for 7:30-2pm, rushed to the bus to pick up the kiddos at school, then got home at 7pm. Pretty full schedule for two weeks. It was pretty sweet though. Made some awesome buddies. There may, or may not, have been a PSU bookstore karaoke rendition of ‘Come Sail Away’.

AND now, I’m back on the job hunt for something part time. The soccer season is coming to a close and I need something more than just nannying. I hear Powell’s is hiring for seasonal help. I may head over there this week.

I’ve started a fun and cool new project, and YOU (yes, you reading this) could be a part of it! I want to decorate my wall with postcards. I have friends around the country and even WORLD (Thanks sarabfans, street teams, internet things, etc. You’re the best)! Shoot me a postcard @ this address:

 Lizzy MacKenzie

2116 NE Flanders Street Apt. #4

Portland, OR 97232

If you do, you will get a cool lil’ card from me in return. Michelle told me about ZimZim. It’s a super cute/weird/quirky/awesome gift store a 5minute bike ride from the apartment. It has everything; greeting cards with curses, pole dancing sloth iphone cases, and cat sweaters. It’s basically heaven and i want all of it. I stopped in there and picked up some rad postcards. You WILL want one of these. Promise.

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Adventures in nannying are going well. I spent the day with the boys on Wednesday. We watched tv, went on a walk(s), did homework, made caramel apples, and ate dumplings! The dumplings were a pleasant surprise though. At 10:30, we walked dow to the candy store on Alberta to get candy for our apples. Unfortunately they didn’t open until noon. We walked back at 1:00 and there was a sign posted “Private event- Will reopen at 3pm”. Agh! We duck walked and moon walked back home. On our way, I saw a cool dumpling food truck. The twins and I picked our favorite flavors and had dumplings & leftover pasta for lunch. It was great.

All in all, I’m doing pretty great out here. Right now, at this very minute, I have gloves, a beanie, and a hoodie on. My hoodie is purple and I look like Justin Beiber…Eh, oh well. It is cold and I am warm so, I WIN. This weekend has just been a weekend of me downing soup and Emergen-C, and avoiding the plague. HAH. Slight exaggeration but, Anna and Emily are both sick. Michelle has allergies. It’s basically been a medley of coughs and sneezes all weekend. We should start a band.

L out!

xo

Lizzy

ps. I’ll be home for Chritstams (Youuuuuu can plannnnn on meee)! I got a ticket back home for Dec. 20-29th. See you then guys! <3

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Silver Linings, Book Rentals, and Funny Faces

Hey there!

This week wasn’t too eventful. Rode my bike. Rode the bus. Right now I’m sitting on the couch and listening to my ‘the ladies’ playlist (think: Bess Rogers, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Lelia Broussard, Allison Weiss, etc.). It’s raining outside- I know, that’s a shocker, right? Hah, but I really don’t mind it. I like the rain. I got the cutest Halloween card in the mail from Grandma and it made my day! Hey if you want to be cool, send me things (:

I had a practice shift at PSU this week. Worked 9-2 ringing up students and their textbooks. A couple people rented them so I had to do some cool things on the register. yep, It’s a pretty simple job. Reminds me of the ol’ Fye days.

I bought  Silver Linings Playbook last weekend and it has been my night reading all week. I just finished it this morning. It was so good. SO GOOD. even though I’ve seen the movie, it’s still spectacular. I recommend it.

Another highlight this week was my google hangout. Hah I got to video call with Patty, Erica, and Shannon. Agh, I love those weirdoes.

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Ps. I’m officially First Aid certified! Yippee! I can treat myself when I inevitably hurt myself. Like a couple weeks ago when I tripped and fell trying to change into my Pajamas. It was embarrassingly hilarious.

xo Lizzy

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New Jobs, Harry Potter, and Stormy Bike Rides

Hey all!

a short update this week.  (Sidenote: As I type this, Peanut is falling asleep next to me. I am dying of cuteness overload).

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I am home after a full Sunday of babysitting. I watched the neighbor (9yr old girl) of the boys I nanny for. We had tons of fun making forts, baking cake, playing Jenga, and chillin’ on the roof (safely). Riding there was pretty cool. It was windy. Very ominous skies. Very cool. Here’s a video. http://instagram.com/p/ekrMzrLOn0/

This week was rad. Anna, Emily, and I had a Parks and Recreation viewing night. We made it a drinking game. SO FUN. so many rules. Agh…. good night.

I got the job at the bookstore and started on Wednesday! It’s like working at fye all over again.

Yesterday, Anna and I had some adventures. We got some delicious treats: cookies, strawberries, cucumbers, and apple cider. Oh, apple cider. It’s finally cider season. I am so happy I could die. Also, Anna accidentally called me Harry. My room IS under the stairs so…. HAH. Then she spammed my facebook messages with HP memes. They were golden.

Here is a gem

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Okay, I’m signing off internet. Until next week.

xo Lizzy

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Faulty Stars, Banana Bread, and Manic Smiling

Last week was pretty cool. I DID get the position at the bookstore. So, let’s tally. I have so many lil’ odd jobs: (1) JELD-WEN soccer stadium, (2) After School Nannying, and (3) PSU bookstore. It’s only temporary (beginning of each school semester) but it will do for now. After that, I’m hoping to get in at a record/music store for the busy season. EVERYONE looks for extra hands in October right? Wow, It’s already almost October….

I’ve been riding the bus lately. I had to get downtown for the PSU stuff and didn’t want to ride my bike. So, with the bus rides comes the reading. I finished ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green. Guys, that book… It was remarkable. So well written. I recommend it to anyone with a heart. I promise, the book will melt it. I mean, come on:

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

I also picked up Mindy Kaling’s book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)’. I read it in two days. No lie. She is hilarious. In one chapter, Mindy goes on about her first encounter with Amy Poehler. I love Amy so much. When I read that excerpt, I just started smiling like an idiot. Amy is the sweetest person. I bet the people on the bus thought I was crazy. I laughed (literally, out loud) so many times reading this. Here, let me include and excerpt for your reading pleasure:

“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”

I’ve officially been here a month and I’m really loving it! Nannying is my big thing so far. It’s 2-4hrs of my day, every day. I get to walk their dog and pick up the boys at school.  I watch 7yr old twin boys and their 11yr old older brother. I was playing of Super Smash Brothers Brawl with the boys  and beat them in one round (of MANY). It was the best day EVER. Seriously guys, I suck at video games. Ask Gabe. Anyway, nannying. It’s lovely.

I also made some pretty (and edible) banana bread. It was brilliant. Mom, I had a salad for dinner. You’d be proud. Don’t worry, I’m eating right out here. (;

Anyway, I’m off to bed. Signing off!

xo

Lizzy

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Flat Tires, Sara Bareilles, and Puppy Poop

Week Three! Hey there everyone.

This week (well last week) was a blast! lots of cool things happened. Let’s first start with my multiple bike trips to and from Community Cycling Center. I’ve been borrowing Anna’s bike for two weeks and decided to get my own. I rode hers to Margaret’s house to watch the boys. On my way home, I stopped by the shop to get a bike. I bought one and they had to do a few repairs to it (it was used). Halfway back to the apartment, ANNA’S BIKE GOT A FLAT TIRE. Haha, I walked it back to the shop and left it there. they were done with my repairs so I rode MY bike home. But hey, I finally have my own bike! Yippeeeeee!

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School started this week and I began nannying. 3 kids. 3 BOYS. 7, 7, and 12. They’re a handful, but it’s very fun. They also just got a new dog. His name is Sparky and he is adorable.  One itty bitty accident occurred though. He pooped inside…. :/ nasty man. Oh wellz. Hey, the boys love me. “You’re our favorite babysitter!” They’re the best.

I went to see Sara Bareilles at Edgefield with Anna, Emily and Melvin on Friday! It was pretty awesome! Outdoor venue. She played some new songs. She played crash cymbals during Cassiopeia. She covered “Yellow Brick Road”.  She said she was moving to Portland someday. AGH… She’s pretty much the best.

I see new adventures in the horizon. ps. spoiler…. I have an interview at the PSU bookstore this Wednesday! Until later this week!

xo
Lizzy

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Biking, Football Games, and Smelly Buses

Hello there internet on this two week anniversary of my being in Portland!

Things have been fitting into place, and I starting to settle into my new home. My half basement (room) is pretty great actually. Peanut/Anna and I have spent weeknights watching Gilmore Girls and it’s the greatest.

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This week I had my first biking adventure. I biked to the post office to pick up money orders for my security deposit and rent payments. I’m an adult. It’s weird. It was kind of scary riding on the main road and all (I would NEVER do it in Boston, even with the bike lanes) but everyone does it here. There are tons of bike lanes. It feels ten million times safer biking here vs. Boston. ANOTHER THING. The public transportation here is wonderful! honestly, the MAX is cleaner and less crowded than the T. It’s also easier getting off and on. I’ve fallen in love with Portland Public Transportation, PPT if you will. Well… there were two minor hiccups on the bus yesterday though. The 20 was running late (by 30mins) so I had to get on the 12 and then get on the MAX at Pioneer Square so I could get to JELD-WEN for my training. Also coming home from the PSU game, the bus reeked of weed… I thought it was hilarious though because the girl standing in front of the door was totes the culprit.  PERFECT TRANSITION!

Speaking of JELD-WEN stadium, I got a part-time job! I working at a Portland landmark! I had my training last night and worked my first game. It was the PSU Vikings vs. Eastern Oregon. The Vikings won. I think? I may (or may not) have asked my coworker what inning they were in. I TOTALLY MEANT QUARTER. I SWEAR. meep, I was having high school flashbacks. Good ol’ SHS Marching Band. I scanned tickets. It was interesting to see all the people going to the game. It wasn’t too bad… but I’ll let you know after my first Timbers game on the 7th. I’ve also got a part-time nannying job. 3-6pm, Monday-Friday. All I need is a Part-Time job at a music store and all be golden.

I had lunch at the famous Brunch Box food cart. It was beautiful. Yes, I did need to take two lactaid pills. But miraculously, they worked. I enjoyed the YouCanHasCheeseburger for my lunch/dinner. Two grilled cheese sandwiches for a bun, burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. I had to try it once right?

Alright, I’m off to shower. I’ve planned out my biking errands for the day. Until next time internet.

xo Lizzy

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