Monday, July 23, 2012


I received this interactive graphic on tipping from a reader of the blog.  He thought you might find it useful.  As we know, in Oregon, our minimum wage is $8.80, much higher than the national average listed on the graphic, but still quite a low wage to live on or raise a family on.  Also keep in mind that many tipped workers are taxed on tips whether they receive them or not.

I don't necessarily agree with all of these rates.

Relay for Life reminder

This weekend is the Relay for Life in Gresham at Centennial High School.  If you can't participate, please contribute if you can.

Link to the original post,  Relay for Life - July 28-29 - Centennial High School .

What a Vacation!!!

Snake River Canyon, Twin Falls, ID

I love to travel, roadtrips are the best!  We just returned from a 2 week, 4,250 mile trip.  We went as far as Minneapolis, MN and back, hitting TONS of great stops along the way.  Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, Bedrock City, The Corn Palace, A Twins game and so much more!  If you want to see more about the adventures visit,

There's lots more happening this summer, so stay tuned for some updates this week!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

I know I totally blew it getting out info on the 4th.  If you are still looking for something to do, here are some links with info and ideas.  I personally LOVE to go see fireworks at the beach, over the ocean.  But, if you have to go to work on Thursday, that probably won't work.  There are plenty available around town.

Oregon Live Clackamas and Washington County 4th celebrations

In Portland Events

Events on the Coast

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Relay for Life - July 28-29 - Centennial High School

The fact is that most poeple's lives have been touched by the devasting effects of Cancer, mine included.    Relay for life is trying to change that by helping to fund Cancer research. 

Amanda Scott, director of Gresham's Relay for Life, contacted me with information about their upcoming event. 

Amanda Scott....

It's going to be a great event for families. I myself have 3 kids and I can't wait for them to experience the event. We'll have music and food and games. We'll also have storytime and zumba and cakewalks.

A little blurb we have on our posters says:
"Relay for life is the American Cancer Society's national signature activity where teams raise money, honor survivors, and remember those who died from cancer. Teams walk throughout the night in the hope that we will find a cure for cancer. Relay for Life is an overnight event because cancer never sleeps. There will be all kind of activities geared toward families with kids of all ages and special treats for adults as well."

And that really speaks true to what this is all about. It's not only a time to raise money for cancer research, but also a time to connect and reach out to those in our local community that have been touched by cancer in one form or another. Whether you've had it, had family who has, or are a caregiver, you've been touched and we like to be there for those people.

An easy link to our website is . People can sign up to be on a team, buy luminaria to remember those they've lost, sign up to be a sponsored survivor, or just check out the dates and times and come out for a visit!

 If you can join, contribute, or share some infromation, please do.