5 Months Later…

Most of you know that I graduated back in May with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Ad was away doing fieldwork at the time, so he and I never properly celebrated and he didn’t have time to pick out a gift for me. I did not let him forget this. In fact, I frequently reminded him of it. I’m not a greedy person, and I’m usually much more interested in experiences and adventures and memory making than possessions, but I felt I deserved a gift. It was a rough year.

Today, 5 busy months later, my gift arrived. And Ad did a good job!


The polka-dot bellied dog remains unfazed, and cannot understand what all of the excitement is about. He’ll soon learn. Tomorrow night Ad and I will head to the music store and buy some books, so that we can learn some songs together, me on mandolin, and him on guitar. Or me on mandolin and him on dobro. Or me on hammered dulcimer and him on mandolin. Or……. the possibilities are endless!


Portland II and Road Trip Tunes

There are three places we always go when we visit Portland: First Cup, Everyday Music, and Music Millennium.

First Cup Coffeehouse is so tasty, and they’ve just expanded so you can always be sure of getting a seat (inside or out). I always go for the spicy Chai tea, and the lemon ginger poppy seed scone. Ad likes the jalapeno bagel, and Hair Bender coffee. 













Everyday Music and Music Millennium are both great places to go to get cheap used CDs. I’ve found Everyday Music to be a little on the cheaper side. They’ve got a huge selection of used stuff, and lots of bargain CDs that are only one or two dollars. But Music Millennium sometimes has free in-store performances (we saw The Black Angels there once), so they’ve both got their perks! 














Ad and I scoured both music stores to get some cheap new tunes for our road trip back to PA at the end of July. We made the trip from PA to WA last summer w/ only one new album in the car and that was a mistake. Here’s what we got:

Weezer – Pinkerton

Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

Blind Melon

The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine

Devendra Banhart – Oh Me Oh My…

Franz Ferdinand

Pickin’ On Franz Ferdinand, a Bluegrass Tribute

Bill Monroe – 16 Gems

Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites

It’s an odd combination, but we’ll be on the road for days so who knows what mood we’ll find ourselves in! The rule is, we can’t listen to any of them until we start the trip. I may have already listened to Trampled by Turtles and Bill Monroe accidentally. I’m on a bluegrass/newgrass kick at the moment, so I can’t really be blamed.

Any suggestions of must have road trip music?