If you want to make yourself feel even more bad ass on a motorcycle, ride with over 100 of them in a group throughout your city. It's the best, especially when for a good cause on top of it. This past weekend we did exactly that and it was great to ride with a bunch of skilled, safe riders to raise money for prostate cancer - http://www.gentlemansride.com/about/ride/Portland-Oregon.

I'm in the front crouched down next to the awesome gal with the suspenders. Chicks on bikes!

Beautiful bikes lined up together, always a heart melt.

I need glitter fall paint on my moto, also I just need this.

Oh just hanging at the top of Pittock Mansion.

Kevin and his dapper little Grom.

Plenty of people to take our picture and we opt for a selfie.

Oh it just got professional up in here.


Badassery seen in Boulder, Colorado

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For me, a life full of adventures is a life well lived. Adventures is a broad term that can involve many things like hiking, biking, walks and climbing. But, an adventure can simply be the moment when you are opening your mind and see or do something new. While I was in Boulder, CO I was reminded that sometimes if you're going to take adventure you might as well double up or you're doing it wrong. 

Bicycles on motorcycles? My two favorite two-wheel adventure mechanisms in full force. This is serious badassery.


Centro Latin Kitchen in Boulder, Colorado

Posted by Tamara

If you arrive in Boulder, CO in the evening to late night and you want to get a spicy, delicious drink with a bowl of melted cheese, you should go to Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace on Pearl Street. The name is unecessary long, but a bowl of melted cheese is made of forgiveness. We live in a place where we can get a bowl of melted cheese. Maybe we can piper down the complaining and think about that for awhile.

I didn't get a picture of the melted cheese, I know, for shame.


Fake Fall

Posted by Tamara

Hi, I'm still here. I'll provide some content soon of recent adventures. The end of the summer continued to be filled with explorations and mountains, which is why I haven't been online very much. Not a bad excuse. Right now the weather is confusing me. I was in my bathing suit on the deck this past weekend soaking up the 90 degree sun while leaves were falling all around me. Is this summer or this fall? Technically it's fall now. But, it still feels like summer.

This past weekend while leaves were falling from the trees, but it was 90F outside.

Something to get you thinking about fall in a total cute overload way.

I should say I'm totally ok if the weather wants to stay summer while the plants and stores think it's fall. You like pumpkin, deal with it. I'm totally cool with the best of both of these worlds. Bring it on, climate change. Kind of. Just bring it on a little. Don't kill our ecosystem. Thanks.


Download Google Camera App

Posted by Tamara

Smartphone apps are changing lives. There is an app for almost everything. We can send people money with the click of a button directly to their bank accounts without worry or fees as described in an earlier post here - http://everydaytamara.com/content/square-cash-cell-phone-and-desktop-app. It's amazing. You can plan weekly shopping lists, create meal plans, have a flashlight, measure things and listen to music all with apps. I'm pretty sure the list of things you can do is beyond what I even know. My latest favorite app is Google Camera. It makes pictures look professional by using a method where it scans the depth of your picture. You slowly move your camera up keeping it steady on the focus and you can change what it focuses on after it renders. It is available for download here, with probably better instructions and details.

The following pictures were taken with Google Camera. They almost look professional. Almost.

It's a summer of weddings. I hope next summer has only one and I hope it's a destination wedding and I hope there are cheese fountains. Although we've been a little wiped out over weddings this summer, they have all been beautiful and reflective of each couple. Congratulations Sean and Kazue! We are so happy to be a part of your special day at the gorgeous Sweet Cheeks Winery

That view. 

Giddy Sean, adorable. Or maybe drunk and nervous, still adorable.

I've never seen these guys look so fancy. Abel, stop slouching.

A quick glimpse of the beautiful bridal party.

These guys.

More fools.

A new member, the Swede, came to town! We love her. Abel is ok.

And then this sunset happened. What a cool day.

It's not a marriage unless you capture awkward moments of eating food. Mission accomplished.

We love you, Shazue Koble! Sad you are so far away now, but looking forward to hearing about your next adventures and our next reunion.



Floating Down Sandy River

Posted by Tamara

Holy hotness Portland summer. It's been an amazing summer. How is it almost September? Before it starts to be pumpkin, high boots and warm sweaters everything, I want to savor the summer memories. In Oregon, we are lucky enough to have a lot of cool nature adventures in our back yard. Hiking, boating, floating, wind surfing, fishing and things I haven't though of yet are available in the summer months. One of my favorites is floating down the Sandy river. There are many rivers in the area and all have their purpose. However, I find Sandy river to be the best for floating down. 

It's around a 4 hour float if you leave one of your cars at Lewis & Clark and start the float up at Dabney Park. It's easy, breezy, beautiful just like CoverGirl. 

It's not a real adventure without a foot and water picture.

Kim and Matt soaking up the sun and being awesome.

"I feel so bohemian right now."

Floating necessities. Not pictured: Summer Breeze beers.



A New Purdy Ass Hotel Member

Posted by Tamara

I don't remember a more busy summer. The past two months have been full of travel, some two hours away and others flights across the country. Through all of it is laughter, reunions, non-stop movement and calmness before the next adventure. One of these adventures involved getting a kitten for the Purdy Ass Hotel. Meet Valentina Rossi, Rossi for short, a spunky and fast little girl named after our favorite motorcycle racer - Valentino Rossi.

It's taken a couple weeks for Dude, our resident cat, to meet the new kitten face to face. They can be in the same room and sit on the couch with all of us on there at the same time, but as soon as Rossi gets within a foot Dude will hiss. It's a warning hiss, a "bitch get out of my face" warning hiss and it's understandable. It's actually really impressive how the interactions are going, considering the last time a new cat came around there was a lot of ignoring and staying really far away. This time we took a lot of steps to ensure a more pleasant meeting. If you currently have a cat and are considering getting a new one, I highly suggest reading and following the steps on this site - http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/how-to-introduce-a-second-cat/. 

Rossi is cute overload when she is sleeping. I bet you want one now.

Dude contemplating her future with the awfully cute tiny being.

Many adoptions available at Oregon Humane Society in Portland, OR.


Robin Williams

Posted by Tamara

I'm at a late lunch with Kevin and his mom when we hear the news that Robin Williams passed away. With all things that first appear on the internet, I question the accuracy of it. There are often death hoaxs. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. While death is often around us, beautiful life is as well. It breaks my heart that so many people are affected by depression and it breaks my heart even more to think of how many people near and dear to us may feel this way but we do not know. Try not to hold on to anger and sadness. Look at the beauty we get to see, continue to love each other and share adventures. 

I saw this quote from BlogHer.com that is a great perspective on suicide and I don't think I could say it any better: 
"Ending a life is incredibly, incredibly tragic. It represents a lost battle with mental illness. In that, it is no different than cancer, or diabetes, or a heart attack. Where it is different is that suicide is a choice. Whether it is the right or wrong choice for that person is solely the business of that person who commits suicide. But for the family left behind, it is devastating."

RIP Robin Williams

A storm starts brewing the morning I am flying back to Oregon from Maine. Warnings of the potential thunderstorm reach my email three days before scheduled departure. JetBlue offers to change my flight without penalty, but I have three days to find out if the weather will actually be as bad as predicted. I take the risk of waiting it out. 

It's the morning of my flight departure and I'm constantly checking the flight status and each time I check it's still scheduled On Time. A part of me wouldn't mind the extra day with my best friend. Although I am trying to get back to work, I'm not in danger of missing a time sensitive life event. 

The chance to stay an extra night does not come the day of my departure, so I make my way to the airport. We say our good byes and I walk through the revolving door trying not to get my bag stuck or smack my face into the revolving glass. I've seen it happen. Thankfully not to me. I hope I didn't just jinx myself.

I sit down in an airport chair ready to board my flight at 3pm. 

A lady's voice gets on the intercom to inform the crowded room that the weather is quickly changing in New York, my layover destination. 

The lady's voice gets back on the intercom to inform us that we now need to wait until 4pm for the air traffic control to determine if we can land in New York. Airports provide air traffic control information by the hour. To ensure people do not get hangry, JetBlue provides an assortment of delectable snacks including animal crackers. I am reminded that I really love animal crackers. A lot. There has to be something really awful in those small animal-shaped crackers. I'm not sure why they call them crackers. They are definitely cookies. My mind is blown right now. I'm realizing they have always been cookies as I write this. I've been tricked my whole life into thinking these are simply sweet crackers so I can eat as many as I want. You sweet, delicious, evil cookies.  

The now familiar voice on the intercom announces that we will now wait until 5pm. Hurray! That's not what the other faces in the room look like right now. There is no excitement. There are just sighs. People might get hangry. My layover in New York isn't scheduled to depart until a few hours later. I'll go get a beverage and snack now. Might as well.

The voice of doom tells us straight like it is without trying to dance around the subject. Though I wouldn't mind people getting up to dance in a situation like this, really all situation. She tells us New York is a hot mess and if we can reschedule our flights for the next day, we should do it. New York is not my final destination and I'd rather be stuck in Maine with my friend than in an airport overnight. 

I quickly decide my best option is to take the opportunity to stay in town one more night. As I walk down the escalator to the front desk for resheduling, my flight is cancelled anyway.

Sometimes there are delays in life that we can't control. Every day is a new adventure, good or bad and I find it's how you react that will keep you enjoying adventures as they come. On Facebook someone says, "When life gives you lemons, eat more lobster rolls." That's how I roll. No pun intended.

My selfie reaction to the ongoing delays.

What I did to pass the time. Obviously.

This is why my flight was cancelled. Good call.

Bitches love thunderstorms.