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Memorial Day Trip to Cannon Beach, OR

I am so excited that I live so close to the Pacific Ocean now!

While our original moving goal was Southern California, we eventually expanded our search to all of the West Coast. The important thing was being within a short distance of the ocean. We were finally able to drive out to the coast on Memorial Day to enjoy the sea breeze.

I have only been to Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast before, so we were open to any of the beach communities near by. After a quick Google search, I discovered Cannon Beach, and saw that parts of The Goonies were filmed there. We headed out on Monday morning to check it out.

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Tuesday Tidbits: Career Search Tips

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is done, it’s time to launch back into the week! As many of you know, for me, this currently does not mean going to a 9-5 job.

The 1 year anniversary of graduating with my master’s degree has come and gone, and I am still without employment in my field. Granted, a good portion of that time was dedicated to planning for and eventually executing a move away from Wyoming, and I haven’t been idle the whole time! I’ve been doing freelance and volunteer work, both of which have grown my portfolio and helped me continue  to fine tune my skills.

As I push on in my career search, I’ve come across some great advice in various places on the internet. I’ve also had plenty of opportunity to discover what absolutely does not work, and some things that do help on the job hunt. This week’s Tuesday Tidbits post is dedicated to some awesome career search related content!

What I’m Loving This Week: Career Search Tips

→ One of the biggest challenges I face before relocating was letting employers know that my out of state address wasn’t going to be a hindrance, that I was ready to relocate, and I wanted this particular job. Careerealism has a great post on  tips for achieving this.

→ Unfortunately, in my job hunt, I’ve had a few major disappointments where I had awesome interviews, progressed until the last round of hiring, and then did not get the job. DailyWorth (one of my FAVORITE websites) has a fantastic roundup of why this happens.

→ In order to build my network out here in Portland, I have been working on scheduling informational interviews with PR agencies and professionals in this area. My second one is tomorrow afternoon! This Forbes article has advice for setting these up.

→ For my fellow PR young professionals – check out the PRSA’s entry-level employment center.

→ Fellow blogger Bernandine has a recent post that really resonated with me. I’ve been feeling a bit hopeless about my career, and her post on remembering that this state is temporary was the boost I needed.

→ And a little sweet kitty face never hurts morale, either:

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Detective Mittens “DM”

 

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Book Review | Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

jane eyreJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Book Finished: May 10th, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5


It feels extremely weird to me to try to review a literary classic.

Despite being an avid reader, I have a pretty long list of classic books I haven’t gotten to yet. This past month, I was able to cross another one off the list – Jane Eyre.

I’ve previously read Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, both set in the same era. While I did enjoy those reads, I thought both Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy were unbearable. With Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester, I finally found a Victorian gentleman I approved of. Jane is much more interesting than the women featured in the other novels, and was rooting for her throughout.

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Tuesday Tidbits

Summer is fast approaching! Although in Portland (and I know back home in Wyoming), the weather has been really rainy, I can still feel the summer time breeze coming in. Yesterday, we had our first thunderstorm since moving to Oregon, and thunderstorms have always been a sign of summer for me.

Evenings are filled with the smell of propane and charcoal grills, including ours! Even in the world’s smallest back yard, we have a tiny, portable charcoal grill that is perfect for two people. Despite some adventures in learning how to properly extinguish charcoal, I am looking forward to more cook outs this summer.

This week’s Tuesday Tidbits features all things grilling! I’d love to hear some of your favorite grill recipes, especially with Memorial Day next week.

What I’m Loving This Week: Grilling

→ Lauren Conrad featured some tips for keeping grilling healthy last week.

→ If you have a charcoal grill, there’s a good chance the bag your charcoal comes in says Kingsford on it. Their website features a comprehensive guide to working with charcoal.

→ One thing that will definitely be making an appearance on our menu this summer is grilled fruit. I have always wanted to try this technique, and this recipe for grilled watermelon and feta salad from the New York Times seems like a good place to start.

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Engraved BBQ Tools by Rustic Craft Design

 

→ If you’re spending a lot of time with your grill, it only makes sense to invest in quality tools to work with. I like these custom designs from Rustic Craft Design on Etsy. You can customize them with almost anything you’d like!

→ The online version of Women’s Health Magazine is featuring a comprehensive guide to grilling -beginners to advanced grillers will be able to find tips and ideas here!

What are your best grilling tips? Do you love the smokiness of charcoal, or are you a propane devotee?

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Reading List | May 2015

Welcome to the May reading list at Intrusions of Beauty!

I love libraries, and love that they provide free reading material to the community. Literacy is something I’m passionate about, as well as making sure the next generation appreciates and loves reading. The local library near our house has become a wonderful resource for me. It’s free, within walkable distance, and has access to all the libraries in the county if they don’t happen to have what I’m looking for. Kevin and I have even enjoyed an afternoon reading and drinking coffee in one of their reading rooms with a gorgeous view of the surrounding area.

As I wrap up reading and reviewing April’s books, I have an awesome list to look forward to this month – most of which are library books.  I have another classic to check off my list, and a few books that I plan on using to help me with my latest volunteering project. I’m working with a wonderful nonprofit on growing their social media, and I’ve found a few books to give me some new ideas and tactics – one of which I used for my thesis last year! I’m looking forward to reading it again with a new perspective.

Reading List | May 2015

 

  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin || After last month’s The World of Ice and Fire, I’m ready to dive back into this series. Since I’ve seen the show through season 4, I have a pretty decent idea what’s coming up in this volume ( where I last left off, I hadn’t even reachea storm of swordsd the Red Wedding, so that should be “fun” to relive in print!). It has been interesting to see the differences between the show and novels, and I expect new details and side plots that didn’t make it to TV in this one too. Now, if I can just get Kevin caught up through season 4 of the show, we can start in on season 5!

 

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To Do List | Portland Restaurants

I love food. I am willing to pay more money for an amazing meal than clothes, and consider dining one of the Macaroni and cheesebest parts of traveling. I am an unashamed foodie, and will try most anything at least once. To me, food is one of life’s great joys, and should be an experience.

When I found out that we were moving to Portland, I was excited to discover that the city is a foodie destination of sorts. Local eateries out number the chain restaurants, and we’ve already tried some amazing dishes in the two months that we have lived here. From mac and cheese made to order at the Tillamook Cheese Factory (at right) and gluten free lemon basil cake at Kyra’s Bakeshop to fresh burratta at Fireside and burbon ice cream at Salt & Straw in the Alphabet District, I am surprised I haven’t managed to put on twenty pounds yet.

Through Pinterest and Portland news sites, I have built a running list of places for us to try next. Here’s the top five I am currently looking forward to most.

To Do List: Portland Restaurants

  1. Mac! Mac and Cheesery | Kevin often jokes that if you cut me open, I’ll bleed mac and cheese. This restaurant sounds like a goldmine for me. 17 varieties of mac and cheese. And all of them can be made gluten free! Is this heaven? It might be.
  2. Elephants Delicatessen | This deli has a couple locations, and is a frequent pin in the Portland tag on Pinterest. They now have dine in options, including a grill, wood fire oven, and cheese and charcuterie counter.  Though Kevin can’t always partake, I am all about fresh, warm bread.
  3. Urban Farmer PDX | I follow Urban Farmer’s stunning Instagram, and frequently find myself drooling over the photos. The steakhouse focuses on sustainable, farm to table fare and is located on the 8th floor of the Nines Hotel downtown. Kevin and I both appreciate a good steak once awhile, and will have to stop by the next time the craving hits.
  4. Toro Bravo | Tapas to me fit the idea of food as an experience perfectly. When we lived in Vegas, we used to love stopping at Firefly for an evening of small plates and drinks, and I dearly miss the food at Social in Fort Collins, Colorado. Toro Bravo looks like it could be our new tapas spot.
  5. Pok Pok | With every search for Portland restaurants I’ve done, this Asian eatery has turned up near the top. Their site notes that they’re not a “fusion” restaurant. Their dishes are researched and tested to ensure an authentic dining experience.

Ah, so many food comas ahead!

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