Some Insta-moments

I love Instagram! But I don’t post pictures very often… I’m kind of picky about what I put out there.. it needs to feel right. I hate blurry pictures, and I rarely post pictures of the people I’m with. Not that I don’t love them, but I want my account to have a certain mood about it. I’m not trying to be pretentious here at all (trust me, I’m not the world’s best photographer!!), but I’d like  it to be a display of how I see things, be it a flower, an animal, or just something I can’t take my eyes off of. (Cue Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons!)

Anyways, here are a few pics from my account. If you want to follow me, you’ll find me at @anki_hm 🙂

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City

Daytrip to Cannon Beach

Daytrip to Cannon Beach

The Hotcake House in Southeast Portland

The Hotcake House in Southeast Portland

PSU Campus

PSU Campus


When life hands you lemons…

.. Ask for tequila and salt! That sounds goofy, yes, but it’s a reminder that whenever there are bumps in the road, there’s always a way to overcome them. Even if you need a drink. We’re all humans after all!

I haven’t been a good blogger lately. I’ve been busy with work, life, everyday stuff. But I’ll try to write more, because it’s therapeutic to me. Sure, what rants and nonsense I put on here probably won’t draw a huge audience, but that’s not the point. It’s a diary I can look back at whenever I need to. I call it a diary, but I’m not sharing super personal stuff – about myself or others. I’m just another person using the internet as an outlet for whatever reason that might be.

Today I want to focus on happiness. How it can be a choice. And how you can do anything in YOUR ability to find out own path and overcome obstacles.


Message from the elusive blogger

I haven’t given up on this blog, I swear! I’ve been swamped the past few months, as well as not having a working computer from which to spew my knowledge/bullshit, but just hang in there.. I will be back soon!


“If we could live happy and healthy lives without hurting others, why whouldn’t we?”

That’s a good question.

So without futher comments, I present you Leon, the piglet on wheels.

Being born a ‘farm’ pig, Leon was destined for the plate, but then an accident caused by his injured mum (which claimed the life of two of his siblings) saw Leon up against it again. With his right hind femur both broken and dislocated, plus an injured hock and ligament damage on the other side, things could not have looked much grimmer for the wee chap. But no one told the plucky little Leon that these obstacles of his world should hold him back. His life was precious, and thankfully this was recognized by a kind hearted soul who sought a better outcome for Leon.


Yes, I am still here!!

Whoa… it’s been too long. I’ve officially failed as a blogger. To be honest, this blog hasn’t been a priority, but it’s always lingering somewhere deep in my thoughts. I wish I had the time and energy to do more, and I will, but in the meantime bear with me.

Life is good! Busy, crazy, lame, exciting, unpredictable, stressful and whatnot. I’m always sleep deprived (and always hungry!), but I’m juggling it all while still trying to enjoy everything that Portland has to offer. I love this city. I love its quirkiness, hipster vibe, great food and beer, music, location and Oregon. What’s not to love about Oregon?!

If you’re in the area, feel free to say hello! In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram – @webangel81.

I’ve got some more news for you in a bit, but pace yo’self.

Here are some pics from the past few weeks…


Munching on Voodoo Doughnuts at work!


With my friend Elissa in the elevator!

My hubby's band Candy Machine Wrecker performing in Eugene

My hubby’s band Candy Machine Wrecker performing in Eugene


What shaped me

When I was turning 16 it wasn’t so sweet. I was an angsty teenager who threw fits and didn’t know where I belonged, or what I was supposed to do. And yes, this is one of those sappy posts that reminisce about past times and which – in retrospect – almost always make sense.

I found my refuge in music. It was my solace, inspiration, motivation and escape from my own world. What I found in music was what kept me afloat. And there is only one album I can credit that for. It prompted the start of my own recognition – the journey of my own transcending into a more spiritual awareness. It all started with Jewel. And to this day I have to remind myself I wouldn’t be where I am today without the epic CD Pieces of You, acrylic paint, the arts of Paul Gauguin and writing. Today I’m 32, but whenever I hear this song, I’m traveling back in time, reliving my youth, cherishing the memories and thinking  I’ve had a heck of a ride. And it will keep going, because as humans we are  all always in some kind of transition, whether it be relationships, work, ideologies, dreams, ambitions…. you name it.

This song will always be my favorite. Because it made something inside of me alive, and whatever that was soothed me in some of my most difficult times.


Music Monday: ‘Cause I heart Florence

Is any introduction necessary here? Behold the FAB Florence + The Machine Spectrum