Wedding Day Alert !

Hi All!

Portland’s annual Starlight Parade is taking place this year on…you guessed it, May 31st! While we appreciate the City going the extra mile to celebrate our nuptials, we could really do without the street closures. The parade route does not go by Bridgeport BrewPub, but streets will close at 6:00 p.m, excluding Burnside St which closes at 7:00 p.m. We advise people traveling to the wedding to avoid the parade route streets and give yourself extra time traveling to and from the wedding as the parade runs from 8:30pm to 11pm.

Here is link to the parade route:

Please get in touch with us if you have any additional concerns or questions regarding getting to and from the wedding. We are looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!




Wedding Registry Information

Liz and I have registered at Macy’s as well as a honeymoon registry at

Thanks for looking, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the wedding!

Trip back to Oregon

Liz and I made our way back to Oregon last weekend so she could defend her Masters. We started the weekend off in Portland with a trip to the Bridgeport Brew Pub with Tom and Georgia, and then home to see their new puppy Boudica (Boudie)! For those who don’t know, the original Boudica was British tribal queen, who is best known for slaughtering a bunch of Romans. Boudica in puppy form, however, was nothing like her namesake. She was pretty adorable.

Next, we made our way down to Corvallis, so Liz could prepare for her defense. Needless to say, it was an overwhelming success! Here is the gist of CCS, for anyone that is able to read it…


I’m so proud of all of the research Liz did, and how well she pulled it all together into a talk that even a non-engineer like myself could partially understand! Yay Liz!

Our first weeks

Hello all!

Jeff and I are successfully moved into our new apartment in Walnut Creek! It is small, but slowly becoming more like home. Things are still in boxes, so I am not ready to take or post pictures of it yet.

Last week was a truly physically exhausting week.  Unfortunately for us, we decided to move on the two hottest days of the year in the bay area (several days in the mid-90’s). We were (re)assured by everyone who lived here that it is not like this…well…EVER. I was a little disappointed, but I think Jeff was a bit relieved 🙂

After countless bruises, innumerable boxes (seriously, why do we have so much stuff?!) and what felt like buckets of sweat (nice, huh?), we decided to treat ourselves on Saturday by checking out the *big* city. We jumped on the BART and set off to explore downtown San Francisco, which was hosting the America’s cup (a sailing competition), Fleet week and numerous professional sporting events. Needless to say, it was packed. We made our way along the “Piers”, ducking and weaving through slow walkers, and finally stopped to check out the view at Pier 39. 

The view from Pier 39 of San Fran bay and the Bay Bridge in the background on a beautiful, sunny Saturday.

We continued on towards Fisherman’s wharf where we watched the Fleet Week airshow and were even treated to a show by the Blue Angels! I tried to take a few pictures, but all you can see is a lot of light blue sky. I won’t bore you with those images here. It was impressive with numerous jaw-dropping (and loud!) stunts.

After the show was over, we wandered over to Ghirardelli Square and although it wasn’t the Willy Wonka Factory-like utopia that I had imaged it to be, it was still pretty delicious. We parked ourselves on a nearby bench and gorged ourselves on healthy (dark, its good for you!) chocolate. Here is us pre-sugar high:

Afterwards we went on the hunt for real food. All this walking, sunshine and chocolate, we needed sustenance!  We ended up in Little Italy. There were so many restaurants to choose from, it was heaven!! We found a great little place with outdoor seating and ordered a couple pasta dishes. Jeff paused to take a picture of the food with his phone. I did not. So you can’t see what we ate, but trust me, it was tasty. It reminded me of my brother and sister-in-law and our time together in Italy this past summer. Although, the restaurant did not serve Prosecco or Spritzes (Matt and Nat, it was a major disappointment, the waitress gave me the weirdest look when I asked), I guess we will have to go to Italy ourselves get the real thing!

Until then, I think we will have plenty of things to do and see (and eat) here. More to come, once the dust settles a little bit.

Thinking of you all!



Leaving Oregon

This coming weekend, Liz and I will be loading up a U-Haul and moving to the San Francisco bay area! I will be starting a new post-doctoral position to find novel enzymes to help degrade plant biomass for biofuels.

Liz will be defending her Masters a few weeks after that, so we will be back in Corvallis to celebrate!

We have made this little blog as a way to keep in touch with people back in Oregon and Colorado, and to share the adventures we will be having. So stay tuned!