Manatees + Florida Oranges + Alligators = Weekly Love

And welcome back to regular Powered by Tofu blogoland. If you hadn’t realized, November was 100% 30 Days of Indie Travel project around here. I had a ton of fun reading everyone’s stories and blogging everyday (ok there were 2 days in there that I was really not feeling it, so it was a struggle, but I did all 30!). Woo!

This week:

-Florida – I spent eight days in the Tampa Bay area for Thanksgiving, meeting boyfriend’s family and friends and enjoying the Sunshine State. There’s something incredibly reassuring about meeting your significant other’s hometown friends and finding them to be just your style, isn’t there?

-Oranges, Alligators, and Manatees – My Florida checklist was along the lines of: see an alligator in the wild, pick oranges, see a manatee in the wild, eat Cuban food, go to the beach. And I’m pleased to say I did all five, and I got to visit with some pelicans too! I was also wanting to do a standup paddle boarding thing around Fort Desoto area, but the weather wasn’t cooperating the last two days in town. Next time!

-Pinterest – Yes, I joined Pinterest awhile ago, but wasn’t using it too much, because of Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr and Instagram and this here WordPress blog. But thesoybean is a big fan so I decided to give it another go, and it’s easier/more fun than using Picasa Albums to accomplish the same thing. So add me my fellow pinners.

Gifts, gifts, gifts – Two weeks ago, I wrote a wishlist post on WhyGo Portland about Portland gift ideas, featuring 14 of my favorite made-in-Portland items. Aaand some of the companies and artists featured offered up some giveaways (hello Stumptown Coffee, Freshy Fig and more), so go check out the post and enter the giveaway by Dec 9. You’re welcome.

BikeCraft 2011 – Dropped by BikeCraft this weekend. Sometimes I’m so proud of all the cool crafters and artists we have in town. :)

Coming Home – As much as I loved getting the chance to wear my sundress, shorts, bikini and flip flops in Florida, I’m still a total sucker for coming home and bundling up in skinny jeans, boots, scarves, and my coat and sitting around the fire at Doug Fir drinking a Bourbon Sour. Remind me I said this in March.

What are you up to this week?

2 Comments

  • It was great meeting you Olivia! That place Doug Fir is awesome, hopefully we’ll be out there again sometime soon!

  • Hey lady! Fun to hear about your Thanksgiving adventures. I love Pinterest; glad you’ve joined. I’ve been so busy this past month that I’ve pinned less than three things, but I’ll get back in the groove once I’m footloose and finished with this crazy year. I enjoyed reading many of the #indie30 posts…thanks for your work on the project. Maybe I’ll see you for a final meetup before 2012 arrives? Happy Monday to you xx