Thursday, November 27, 2008

cool upcoming craft show!

I Know what I'm doing on my lunch break next Tuesday! Anyone wanna meet up for some shoppin'?

Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at The World Trade Center Plaza for a fabulous holiday gift shopping experience! This event is downtown just 3 blocks away from Pioneer Place during the heart of the season. Join us for a celebration of ingenuity and thoughtful gifts. A handmade gift is the finest way to express your appreciation of friends, family and community this holiday season, and we've gathered some of the northwest's most innovative and talented crafters to make your winter warmer. Over 50 fabulous local artists and shoppers will enjoy large booth sizes and wide aisles for a day of local & handmade shopping as well as:
  • gift wrapping provided by Habitat for Humanity!
  • a glass-blowing demonstration by Aquila Glass School!
  • refreshments provided by Peet's Coffee & Tea!

This unique weekday art and craft fair is a great opportunity to take a long lunch from work and do some crafty shopping. All kinds of wonderful goodies made by local, Northwest artists are for sale. Visit the website for more information.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


World Trade Center Plaza
121 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97204

Sunday, November 16, 2008

One Laptop per child is on Amazon with buy one, get one!

It's so exciting the the OLPC has a site on Amazon now in which you can buy a laptop for a kid and get one for yourself! And, they're only 200 bucks! It's not in my budget at the moment, but I am excited at the possibility of playing around with this super cool, little, extra-durable machine that runs on a cool new feat of user-centered design: sugar. There are no files, folders or applications. The unit of interaction is activity! We got the benefit of checking out sugar in my Human-Computer Interaction class at UW a couple of years ago, and I was impressed by the approach then. I am even more delighted now by the improvements in sugar as well as for the hardware of the laptop, which is especially designed for harsh conditions, bright sunlight, you name it. There is no way I wouldn't be getting this if I had kids. There is much likelihood I will get one even though I don't have kids!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


This lil critter is so cute it's hurting me! Behbeh QT pygmy hippo

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is so cool it makes me want to cry happy...

Portland Hope Meadows is one of the projects/orgs supported by my work, and I was lucky enough to catch a brief news story about the first Hope Meadows which serves as the model for this amazing venture. Basically, honorary "grandparents" give about 6 hours a week to mentor/help out foster/adopted kids and their families in this intergenerational community.

Portland Hope Meadow's Mission is to develop and sustain intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children that promote permanency, community and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults. Find out more here.

The Portland Hope Meadows is in the fund raising and getting the word out phase to create this amazing place for these kids. You can help, even without money! If anyone can find the video from the news story, or if you happen across it, can you post it here?
OK thx bye