builtblocks:

PSU food carts. (at City Of Portland Bureau of Development Sevices)

Mostly can’t wait to go back to school because of these. 

builtblocks:

PSU food carts. (at City Of Portland Bureau of Development Sevices)

Mostly can’t wait to go back to school because of these. 

(via npr)

"Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that."

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via thesharpiemarkerapproach)

Wise words near the end. 

(Source: quotes-shape-us, via thesharpiemarkerapproach)

evergreen12:

offbeatchina:

Weekend fun: The big riding farmer of Chongqing

Ummmm wait I need to find this man.

BRB sending this to my bestie who owns a pig farm who said I COULD NOT ride a pig.

I’ll show you. 

evergreen12:

asiamericana:

Just found this interesting slideshow while doing some research on my lesson plan for International Women’s Day.  It covers a broad swath of experiences for women here in China, and is definitely worth a gander.

This is a great article, but it leaves out the women that I know here in my town. Someone like Rheena, my closest friend who collects teapots and wants to start a worm-bin on her balcony. She is 5 months pregnant and plays the piano every day for her baby. Or my host mom, who grew up in the countryside and went to school to be a nurse. She taught herself English and learned it well enough to pass the exam to become a teacher, and she is currently teaching herself to be a math teacher as well. While teaching and taking care of her parents and 2-year old son. Or Lily, the woman who is charge of my well-being at school, who is furnishing a new apartment for her family (husband, son, parents) while working in the office and teaching English and dealing with the crazy foreigner’s (me) broken internet and helping me start the English library on campus. My department is pretty much all women, they are my closest friends here, they cook badass dinners pretty much every day, they drive cars and drink wine, and they are spectacular.

This is one of those articles that I think could be infinitely reblogged throughout China. It leaves out my friend’s mother, who’s not her biological mother but instead took in my friend in when her family gave her up and raised her to be her own strong woman and supports her efforts to go on to graduate school and maybe one day go abroad. This doesn’t talk about my friend who works so hard every day to make sure her high schoolers are supported and loved and sticks up for the closeted gay kids that everyone else bullies. It skips over my friends who look around and say, “I’ve got to get out of here and experience something else” and others who see the same things and say, “I’ve got to stay here because I’m needed here the most.” 

These ladies are my world, as are so many more, and I wish I could share each and every one of their stories. 

fuckyeahtattoos:

This tattoo’s design is a replica of the one that can be found on the carpet covering the floor of the Portland International Airport (PDX) here in Portland, Oregon. Not only is it a reminder of where home is, but it also represents my love of travel. The design has been around and sentimental to me since I was very small. In the coming months, they plan to tear out the carpet. This way I’ll always have a piece of it with me.
Art done by Jesse Enz of Ritual Arts Tattoo in Portland, OR

fuckyeahtattoos:

This tattoo’s design is a replica of the one that can be found on the carpet covering the floor of the Portland International Airport (PDX) here in Portland, Oregon. Not only is it a reminder of where home is, but it also represents my love of travel. The design has been around and sentimental to me since I was very small. In the coming months, they plan to tear out the carpet. This way I’ll always have a piece of it with me.

Art done by Jesse Enz of Ritual Arts Tattoo in Portland, OR

theearthinimages:

Multnomah Falls, United States | expat1652

Oregon, I miss you! 

theearthinimages:

Multnomah Falls, United States | expat1652

Oregon, I miss you! 

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iconportland:

Leila working away on Sailor Jerry flash!

I miss this lady. 

iconportland:

Leila working away on Sailor Jerry flash!

I miss this lady. 

(Source: hateplow)