we're moving!

...to the apartment next door. it's a beautiful, upgraded version of the studio we live in now. i mean, there's a wall that separates the kitchen from the bed! and multiple windows! friday can't come soon enough.

all photos from my landlord. how incredible is his couch?



happy friday! looking forward to another sunny weekend here in portland.



some recent phone pictures --

1. pretty pastel blooms.
2. champagne + st. germain with a side of research.
3. view from the hawthorne bridge.
4. floral anthropologie dress that i bought for an upcoming wedding.


woodburn tulip festival

sometimes, you just have to stop pretending that you're going to stay inside and write your thesis on a beautiful day, and go walk through a field of colorful tulips instead.



levon helm


yesterday was a sad day, as one of my favorite musicians passed. but the beauty of music is, of course, that he is not truly gone. i can listen to his distinctive voice whenever i please, and today i'm doing just that. a lot of that!


chocolate muffins

these are a cross between brownies and cupcakes -- i adapted them from my banana muffins, so let's just call them chocolate muffins (for the sake of being able to eat them for breakfast)!

chocolate muffins (makes 9 large muffins)
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

preheat oven to 350 degrees f. mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. add wet to dry, stir to combine. pour mixture into lined muffin tins* and bake for about 17 minutes. allow to cool completely and enjoy.

*i sprinkled mine with a little pink sea salt before baking.


first aid kit

I Just Needed a Friend by First Aid Kit on Grooveshark

we're seeing first aid kit tonight! i'm a total sucker for some beautiful harmonies and slide guitar.


for drew

happy birthday, drew! you're my best friend and i love you



happy friday! i'm not crazy about dr. dog, but i love their version of this architecture in helsinki song. it instantly lifts my mood, which is much appreciated today. i dug up all of my textbooks, papers, and research from the storage unit for thesis-writing purposes. my apartment (and brain) will be quite messy from now until june.


april rain song

let the rain kiss you.
let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
let the rain sing you a lullaby.

the rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
the rain makes running pools in the gutter.
the rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-

and i love the rain.

langston hughes, the collected poems


chocolate avocado pudding

i'd been thinking about homemade chocolate pudding ever since i saw it listed as a special at compote, so i followed this recipe for chocolate avocado pudding. it's made with avocado, banana, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a little bit of honey (my addition). it's a perfect dessert -- rich, yet light and airy.