things I loved, 2017

An amalgamation of things I loved in 2017:

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homemade waffles on Sunday mornings: Cunningham’s yeasted recipe with fresh whip and blackberry/lime compote.

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this funky rabbit dish at The Harry Lobster in Portland, shared with some of my favorite software engineers

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fresh and reasonably priced ‘sters, off the beaten path, and within striking distance of my home

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fresh peonies for purchase in the same location

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sexy carrot stuff at Farm Spirit

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precious morels at Farm Spirit

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bottled whimsy at Farm Spirit

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hot floral tea and icy lovage at Farm Spirit

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the light in my home

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Afuri

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umbrellas in Vegas

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my yoga, metta, insight, and nidra practice

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going HAM with my twin at K&W Cafeteria

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a three-hour sit with Lama Gursam at the Appalachian Dharma Center in Johnson City, Tennessee

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post-sit conversations with my lawless and wonderful brother-in-law

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jalapeno hushpuppies in Boone, NC

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falling in love and learning how to accept it

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trailers in Washington

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Evesham Wood Pinot Noir

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the charcuterie board at Higgins in Portland

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my beautiful sister on the morning of her wedding in Summerfield, NC

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when he pulls up a chair to observe a fish tank

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smoked sweet potato, foie, and chanterelle Uzbek at Paley’s Place

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caravan tea ice cream at Paley’s Place

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Shake Shack room service in Chicago

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repeat: Shake Shack room service in Chicago

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the gougères served with tiny pints of Duff’s beer at the company holiday party. not pictured, a Homer donut delivered by drone

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Stevie Wonder played the holiday party and we all lost our minds

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Montaña de Oro State Park

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the seals of San Simeon

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the sweet potato enchiladas at Taco Temple in Morro Bay, CA

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Shangri-La = Morro Bay, CA. Thanksgiving laughter with my boyfriend’s family while Yma Sumac plays quietly in the background

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honestly the best damn calamari sticks I have ever had

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rewiring a vintage light fixture and hanging it in my dining room

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Spella coffee on my walk to work

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weeping at the Muhammad Ali exhibit in Vegas

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kite festivals

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Trifecta mai tais with good friends

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seeing him in the artwork, watching him be the art

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