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Monday, February 4, 2013





untitled: sigmar polke / girl with a cigarette: moses soyer

lump behind the stove: sigmar polke / unknown




Hope everyone had a great weekend welcoming in February (and saying adios to january). We were in the clutches of the flu, however I think we are on the getting-better end of it. I know I had the flu a couple months ago and I am not anywhere as bad off as my boys who didn't get it then. I have to say, with kids it's so much better having a round of the flu; everyone gets sick pretty close together and no one can move. While it might not be super fun-times, it's not so bad laying together in a stupor going in and out of sleep while watching whatever channel the tv was on before the last person got sick. There are always the nerve racking moments like when Milo woke up in the middle of the night shaking all over saying "I can't . . . I can't . . . " Awoken to this scene in the middle of the night my first instinct was that he was paralyzed of course, so we had an oscar worthy exchange of  repeating "what can't you do?!" and "I can't . . .[unintelligible mumble]." Ended up he just needed to pee.

In between bowls of chicken soup and fluid refills, I did get a little time to upload some photos from our birthday outing to the Portland Art Museum. I didn't realize until this visit that it is in fact the 7th oldest museum in the United States and oldest in the northwest - maybe that's why Portland has so much creative energy. I don't know if M+L loved it as much as they seemed to or if it was just the flu symptoms coming on but they were quite intrigued by everything.

We then ended the day with some decadent treats from the very Portlandesque Pix Pâtissière. The treats are amazing, every treat has a little paint or sprinkles of gold and are made to perfection. You would think that it would be a quaint, light and bright little place, but mostly it's a dark bar which is hard to imagine all those perfect little treats coming out of. It opens late in the day and stays open until 2 am. It's lined with rows and rows of red lights and empty champagne bottles. It's for people of all ages and families are frequent visitors but it definitely caters to those that are eager to get drunk both on alcohol and french sweets somewhere between 9 pm and 1 am. It's one my Portland favorites (it has some pretty good cheese plates too).

Of course I love macarons (who doesn't?) so I bought an assortment. Normally this would be enough of a treat, but it was my birthday so we also ordered: creme brulee; a rich chocolate and caramel mousse wrapped in a tower of thin dark chocolate; chocolate meringue cookie cake with chocolate mousse and ganache; and a tart raspberry cheese cake that was sparkly pink which M+L loved. It was goooooood.

17 comments:

  1. That's amazing - I had no idea that that museum was so old! I really love the first photo of one of your boys and him looking up at the immense painting :)
    All of those desserts sound so good, but macarons are my favorite so I can easily turn away any other sweet to fill my belly with macarons.

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    1. that's mr. milo, he really, really loved that painting. macarons are pretty much the perfect sweet. even in my sickness i crave more!

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  2. My mouth is actually watering at your description of those macarons. They are my favorite. I have the little flavor chart from Ladurée hanging in my cube at work, haha. I don't know how I get anything done! Haha. Your photos are amazing, the first one just took my breath away. The shock of that bright red canvas and then that tiny little blond bob of hair... incredible. And the one of both M+L looking up at exactly the same angle! So cute! I'm so happy you were able to rally through your sickness and head to the museum! Art cures all :)

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    1. i know isn't it so sweet?! that's milo, he loooooved that painting. he stared at it for about 3 minutes and needed to take one more peek before we left. and yes, those macarons were amazing! glad i ate them before my tastebuds were all messed up! xoxo

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  3. That first picture is worth a thousand words! I'll try to visit the museum on my first trip to Portland - I love modern art more than I love myself!

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    1. ooooo, let me know when you visit! i can make a "places to visit list for you!" or meet you for macarons!! xo

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  4. Well my dear, despite your ills, it sounds like you made the most of your birthday weekend. And now I want to come to Portland! It sounds heavenly! Gorgeous art museum photos. We have a fairly nice art museum given the size of our city, but it's closed for remodeling for the next 13-14 months!

    I'm sure I haven't told you, but we remodeled our kitchen after I had the flu one winter. I blame HGTV. In my mind, it's the perfect channel to watch when you're sick. You catch the beginning to see the premise, doze off for the boring middle, and wake up to see the glorious reveal. And...cue new kitchen! Glad you're on the mend, dearie!

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    1. ha! that is an excellent idea! after one of my pillows was on a show on hgtv i watched it for months straight - i thought it was something like good karma if i did. i was convinced if i changed the channels my pillows would stop selling and my dream would fall to ashes. but after awhile there wasn't an episode of anything i hadn't seen. i try to watch it again sometimes now but i am still seeing re-runs! i think in another 6 months or so i can start watching again. xoxo

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  5. Oh no! It sounds like the flu really did a number on your house. We’ve all been dropping like flies here, and someone told me it has been one of the worst flu seasons. Good riddance to January right? I thoroughly enjoyed these pictures, this is the kind of Museum I could spend days in!

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    1. i believe it is. i never get the flu twice in one year! i thought i was escaping it but i think it was just gaining strength to really kick my ass. and thanks, it is our only big art museum here but it is really big. unfortunately it always seems one part is under construction.

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  6. oh Christine I hope you and your family recover very soon, flu is so boring but as you said you can be together at home.
    Those pic of your little kid on the museum are so beautiful.
    kisses

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    1. thank you. this flu is just hanging on. . . i wish it would go away already!!

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  7. Happy to hear you got some macarons from Pix!

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    1. i know! i can't believe for so many years i didn't realize they had macarons - i think i was always drawn straight to the cakes!

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  8. I like what I see in that museum. Ad the boys are adorable. And that place you treated yourself with those goodies sounds lovely.

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  9. The little ones are so adorable in the museum pics :) They're so cultural

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  10. Wow, my kind of girl. I want to go on a dessert date with you. I agree with your sentiments on everyone in the family having the flu at the same time. Our last bout, my son and I both had it and we just snuggled in the bed the whole time, falling in and out of sleep. He's a pretty active boy, so I really enjoyed the time.
    I love all these photos you took on your museum trip. They're making me want to slip out the door right now and head to a museum. Seeing both M+L admiring that painting is a great shot.

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