2013…You’re My Year!

216243219579778052_dEeBx3e3_cHello Friends and Happy New Year! I’m sorry for the major silence over in these parts. I’ve been soaking up the holidays with loads of family and friend time as I’m sure you all are!

I’ve also been busy with some major changes in both my professional and personal life. I know I’ve been a little cryptic if you follow me on Instagram, but I’m excited to officially announce that I’ll be moving to Seattle this February! I’ve been promoted to help lead the new PR department at another division of the company while also boosting visibility for my current division in the Washington market. I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for quite some time and excited to follow my passions in the field of public relations!

seattle_kerry_parkSo with a new year comes new adventures! You’ll be noticing changes on the blog, including regular updates and a new blog title! I know it sounds corny but 2013 is our year. I just have a sneaky feeling. So cheers to a new start, embracing change and grand adventures!! Bring it on 2013!

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When City Meets Country

Well folks…I know what I’m about to say might be a little shocking but I have never attended a rodeo. Well, until now. Oh yes. I popped my county fair/rodeo cherry lat week when I attended the Clackamas County Fair Rodeo.

My company sponsors a lot of county fairs and I’ve never understood the draw. So as part of my research duties I put on my borrowed cowboy hat and boots and headed for the fairgrounds with my two favorite country girls.

I’ll spare you the multitude of embarrassing comments I made during my time at the fairgrounds. Let’s just say I wasn’t quite expecting some of the rodeo events (cough calf roping cough) and the regular fair-goers were less than amused by my mortified expressions. But what was supposed to be a one-hour trip resulted in us closing down the fair! We were quite the naturals and dare I say, I can’t wait to go back!

Doggie Dash

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to attend amazing events all over the Northwest. Getting to represent my company and be a part of events that fund raise for worthy causes is a part of my job that I cherish deeply. One such event is the annual Doggie Dash, a fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society. It takes place every year at Tom McCall Waterfront Park where more than 3,000 pets and people participate in this walk/run race. But let’s be real…the “race” part is just an excuse to ooh and awe at the thousands of furry munchkins! I personally found it extremely difficult not to take all of them one home. I borrowed my friend’s pug so that I wouldn’t just be the creeper who attended the event to gawk at all the dogs. Luckily, I talked my friends into being creepers with me!

Meet Winston – the best big brother ever

Meet Nelson – Professional sideways kisser and local celebrity

Beautiful and Proud Mama 

 Best Kiss Contest – They were robbed. 

Alaska {Iditarod}

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Mine was packed full of happy activities in the sun including a very successful trip to West Elm, a birthday party at the Nines and an intimate family dinner for my birthday. Oh and if you were wondering how my “me” day was…it was fabulous. Arguably the best “me” day ever known to man. Seriously. I also managed to find a little time while soaking in the rays to finally post about my trip to Alaska!!

It has been nearly a month since I stepped foot off the jet and into a haven of snow-capped mountains. The state has experienced one the snowiest winters on record. Anchorage’s streets were fluffed with white powdered snow and soft snowflakes landed on my tongue every time I opened my mouth. It was truly a magical place.

The town was bustling with tourists and locals flooding in to see the opening ceremonies of the Iditarod. My co-workers and I layered up with our sexy snow boots and parkas to brave the freezing temps and walk around to see the competitors line up to start race day. I imagined the streets would be lined with fluffy huskies happily being petted by the gawking spectators. Far from it. These huskies were thin, athletic and very anxious to take off. Their howling enthusiasm was at times deafening as they waited, tied up, to finally line up and approach the start line. We walked miles down the start line watching the dogs be drugged tested, fed lots of delicious protein in the form of fish heads, and photographed to death by hundreds of spectators.

It was truly a remarkable trip both professionally and personally. I learned a ton about Alaskan culture including the fact that you can’t go to an event without the proper headdress. See below. I cannot wait to return to the snowy state…keeping my fingers cross that it won’t be too long from now!