joycotting in portland maine

Portland Greendrinks hosted their first joycott at the Public Market House this past Sunday. Their mission? “Instead of boycotting the bad, joycott the good.” And joycott we did.

[the shirt off of graham’s back, screen printed on-site by artist tim poulson of infini-t, and hung up to dry while we enjoyed a bowl of chowder & fresh bread from karmasouptra]

[local bluegrass/folk band tricky britches]

[handmade crafts & cuteness]

[friendly faces at pie in the sky pizza, one of the seven market house shops]

[ridiculously delicious harvest-inspired red velvet cupcake from master cupcakestress stephanie of tulips cupcakery – it had beet juice in it!]

The Public Market House, while usually busy on a day-to-day lunch visit, was completely bursting at the seams on Sunday! Which was exciting to see, knowing that 51% of the day’s profits will be invested in improving the building’s energy efficiency. Well done! I wonder where the next joycott will be…

Oh, and Happy VDay/Valentine’s Day!


a few of my favorite things

[in maine during the winter]

Every Thursday night the Jerk of Grass, a fantastic local bluegrass band, plays at Gritty McDuff’s. Meeting friends for fish & chips, a pitcher of original pub ale, and listening to live bluegrass has been a wildly successful cabin-fever prevention plan for the winter thus far.

The Public Market House with its creaky wood floors, comfy seats, and local food vendors has also been a cozy winter afternoon retreat to grab a bowl of soup after after yoga classes or to pick up a latte on my way to another favorite place:

The Portland Public Library. I love this library. Actually, I’ve never found a library I didn’t love. But really, how can you go wrong with a place filled with books free for the borrowing?

And this is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, just down the road from Wolfe’s Neck Farm. I haven’t been lasting very long outside in the frigid air, even with lots of layers, but it’s worth the freeze to trace the ocean’s edge and peek out at the surrounding islands from under the cover of snow-heavy trees.

Today I also enjoyed a lovely & inspiring tea with some extraordinary women at Birth Roots, a perinatal community resource center. It was motivating and empowering to meet with other doulas in the area and exchange stories, insight, and ideas. I left feeling so grateful for the community and the space to meet them that it made me think of all the other things I’m grateful for in Portland right now… hence this post!

I hope you’re feeling good, too :)

sunday at the beach

Graham and I wandered through Nonesuch Books today – scouted out a few good reads (here are some great book recommendations from NPR) –  then made our way down to Higgins Beach to watch the waves roll in and the surfers all bundled up in their hooded wetsuits:

It was a brisk, windy, gorgeous day and all the surfers we crossed paths with said it was really warm. (!) I’m on-call for my first Maine birth so I was especially appreciative of Higgins today – of having such a spectacular place be so close, allowing me to be within a few minutes of where I need to be should that call ring in. And what better place to reflect on bringing a new life into the world?

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend too!

christmas shopping: local indie craft fair











After a glorious syrup-filled waffle brunch, a few of our friends braved the rainy (hopefully soon-to-be snowy) weather with us, and arrived at the Maine Irish Heritage Center where Picnic was raging on! This craft fair/music festival/yeti sighting location (a yeti – seriously, check out their website) was swarming with damp, rosy-cheeked, and chatty shoppers. It was a joyous scene to be a part of – meeting local craftspeople, listening to their stories and to the festive music, and sipping on some fresh coffee. One of the vendors, Merchants Row, sold these striking puzzles and paintings – he had designed and then printed images on regionally-sourced and hand-carved wood in the shape of the counties in Maine and a sailor out at sea. Loads of special holiday gifts and pleasant company. Hope you enjoyed a (rainy or otherwise) lovely weekend as well!

blogging inspiration

This is Heather Armstrong, my favorite of the momversationalists, and this image is from her website.

So the other night I was reading east side bride (because she’s hilarious and fierce and it’s nice to read sassy women’s thoughts about tradition, rites of passage, self-expression through fashion, etc… and no, I’m not planning a wedding) and I found an old post that referred to a site called momversation. And oh my goodness I love it. Like I said before, I’m such a blogging newbie and this is another find of mine that is already a big deal – but hey, it’s new to me and I’d like to share it.

What I find so incredible about momversation‘s videos is not the strikingly original concepts or an innovative format, (which are both present) but the simple honest surrender with which these bold women share their thoughts. I just think it’s brave. It’s brave to put yourself out there for someone else – especially when that someone else is a stranger (or a few thousand strangers from what I understand) watching you from behind a computer.

So if you’d like to, you can read their “about” statement here,  or watch the momversations here. I just love the community of women and the opportunity to explore and discuss some of the many aspects of womanhood – a couple of which I also happen to be involved with in my current career. I’m so excited to find women sharing such intimate stories with one another online – I’m finally finding members of my “internet tribe.” So happy.

(And if you click over to east side bride, don’t be shocked, she swears a little. Ok a lot. And I like that, because although I don’t use expletives – when blogging, thus far – I do appreciate the fact that sometimes only the f* word will do.)