SEA & PDX Almost Killed Me

OK, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…but I have to say at times, it did feel like that. Two days after getting to Seattle, I started having ear problems. Pain, fullness, itching, you name it. There were countless trips to walk-in and Urgent Care clinics, doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists, one right after the other.

Sadly, the problem didn’t get any better in Portland. We suspected that it was crazy allergies giving me all the problems. Something in the Northwest does not like me.

Strangely enough, I should have known. The same thing happened to me the one and only other time we were in Seattle. We went there when we were first dating and my ears completely closed up. During that trip, we ended up driving up to Whistler—and by the time I got to the top of the mountain, I couldn’t even hear our waitress try to take my order.

This time it was much worse. The fact that I’m older now, we were there for longer, and it was more of the rainy season were probably all factors, I’m sure.

So we ran.

We ended up leaving Portland earlier than expected, hightailing it to some place drier and outside the Northwest. Originally we were thinking about Reno—just because we thought it could be fun, in a strange sort of way—but then a snowstorm hit. Chains were mandatory on cars, we didn’t have any, and we didn’t want to buy them. So, we opted for Sacramento.

Once we got there, my symptoms started to improve within days, and we knew we made the right choice. We also got a great deal on a cute hotel downtown (which I’ll post on later), perfect for a little holiday hideaway. I believe I’m on the up and up, finally. Just crossing my fingers to make sure it sticks.

So here’s some advice: if you do decide to travel like this, make sure you have health insurance. Seriously. Even if you aren’t traveling, you should have health insurance. I am a strong advocate for this, especially after my healthy, 30-miles-a-day bike fanatic husband almost died because of a heart defect. The bill for his care at that time (three years ago) would have been over $70,000 without insurance. It’s expensive, but it’s necessary. And you just never know.

Also, make sure that you know how you’re covered when you travel. I was lucky enough to have a great plan that’s part of an extended national network, so I was able to see doctors who were in-network in a bunch of different cities. It took a little bit more effort to locate them, but it was worth it.

As far as prescriptions go, we filled a lot of ours at Target pharmacies. We were already using Target in Minneapolis, and I have to say, they have been great for filling prescriptions on the road. Once you’re in their system, all their stores have your info—plus, when we were comparing the number of locations to CVS and Walgreens, Target was a winner there as well. Maybe the only problem is that a lot of their stores are located out in the suburbs, which could be a problem if you don’t have a car.

Here’s to being healthy!

The Lost & Found Dept.

We met Jamie Paul of The Lost & Found Dept. through our very first intern, the very talented Natalie Schaefer. Both of them made the move from Minneapolis to Portland about six months ago, so we were excited to see them and reconnect over some drinks at the Spirit of 77. Jamie’s illustrations have always made me smile. There’s always a touch of playfulness and humor incorporated into his work. He also just started doing small letterpress prints, which he sells in his Etsy store.

Adam Garcia is The Pressure

The Work of Adam Garcia
It’s always nice to finally meet someone whom you’ve heard so many great things about—or, in this case, seen so many great things from. Adam Garcia, aka The Pressure, is a Portland-based designer/illustrator/art director with roots deeply planted in Minneapolis. Graduate of MCAD and former art director for the Rhymesayers Entertainment record label, Adam’s custom type and colorful illustrations have graced the Twin Cities (and beyond) for quite some time. We met up with Adam and his girlfriend quite a few times during our Northwest stay and it’s safe to say, we like them quite a bit.

The Work of Adam Garcia
The Work of Adam Garcia
The Work of Adam Garcia
The Work of Adam Garcia
The Work of Adam Garcia
The Work of Adam Garcia

Always With Honor

I love it when we finally get to meet Twitter friends in person and find out that they’re just as cool in real life as they are in 140 characters. I noticed Always With Honor about a year ago. Their strong vector lines, unique shape structures and detailed infographics stood out immediately. This week, we were lucky enough to grab a drink with this creative couple, Elsa and Tyler, and talk a little shop at Aalto, a bar on their side of town. More of their work can be viewed on and also Elsa’s blog, here. Thanks for the Portland warm fuzzies, kids.

KeeganMeegan & Co.

Keeganmeegan Open House Signage
You have to love Midwestern hospitality. We were only in Portland two days before receiving a Twitter message from former Minneapolis locals @KeeganMeegan with a whole list of gems to check out here in the City of Roses, plus a friendly invite to their letterpress studio open house. Since we’d never met them before, we were delighted to be introduced to their uniquely diverse work: tightly crafted letterpress and thoughtful design, hand-drawn type and illustration.

Keeganmeegan Open House
Keeganmeegan Open House
Keeganmeegan Open House
Keeganmeegan Open House
Keeganmeegan The Farm Cafe
Keeganmeegan Mike Wenkman Motorcars
Keeganmeegan Mike Wenkman Motorcars
Keeganmeegan Max & Allison
Keeganmeegan Seth Ciferri
Keeganmeegan Button Set
Pictured Above:
The Farm Cafe: Design and Printing by KeeganMeegan
Mike Wenkman Motorcars: Design and Printing by KeeganMeegan
Max & Allison Save the Date Coasters: Design by Max Folley, Printing by KeeganMeegan
Seth Ciferri Custom Tattoo Machines Packaging: Design and Printing by KeeganMeegan
KeeganMeegan Button Set: Design and Printing by KeeganMeegan