I’ve taken a week to recover since my graduation last weekend. My mom, grandma, dad, brother, and brother’s girlfriend came from various parts of the country (OR, VA, PA) to celebrate and buy me food. We ate at a ton of good restaurants; Wild Ginger, The Harmon, The Rock, The Parkway, Gateway to India, and Paddy Coynes. My favorite was probably Wild Ginger, but the rest were insanely delicious too.

We also checked out the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Everyday Music. I picked up Nine Types of Light, by TV on the Radio and Demon Days, by Gorillaz. They were half price in the scuff CD sale!

My actual graduation ceremony was longish and not the most exciting, considering we didn’t even get our real diplomas. The president of the university gave a good speech and I’m super glad to be done with undergrad.

Here are some photos of the big day, for your viewing pleasure!

Me and Jack

Me and my dad

My mom, me, and my grandmother

Me, my best friend/housemate Mike, and my awesome housemate/friend Andy

My friend and research partner, Katie

My friend Rachael

Technically, I haven’t actually graduated yet. I still have to complete a 5 week field camp in Wyoming. Anti-climactic, eh?

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?