A city chick trying to keep her creative side alive! "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

All Done! (For Now!)

Here's a glance at the dog collars I completed:
Preppy Puppy:


Diva Sparkle:

Plus, there's a lot more from the last round. They're all for sale at Dogstar in the Pearl!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Craft Explosion

While Patrick is away....

Anita will play!

I'm in the midst of a craft explosion in my kitchen. Since I'm the only one home, I can just leave all my sewing right out on the table! I'm working on more dog collars, which will be available with the others at Portland's "Dogstar" down in the Pearl. And to my friends STILL waiting for aprons. I'm sorry... but I'm working on them!!!!


I feel like a teenage girl. I'm addicted to this whole "Facebook" thing. If you don't know what it is... check it, yo! And... make me your friend!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Word's Out

Word is finally out about my upcoming departure.
This is the explaination I posted on Oregon Media Insiders:

Yes - It's true!
Submitted by anitainportland on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 10:28am.
Hi Lynn -Before any rumors get rolling, I'd like to clear the air about my upcoming departure/adventure.

Yes, I've been accepted to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Starting in September, I'll be getting an MA in Political Journalism. It's a relatively new program aimed at mid-career professionals who want to refresh, rekindle and renew their passion for the craft we call journalism. The best part, the program is only 9 months!

That said - I'm not leaving for good! KATU has been gracious enough to allow me to attend the program and return after graduation. (As my news director said, it's not as if I'm going to pottery school, it's Columbia!) My dream is to do more reporting at city hall. (Randy @ KGW is my idol!) As much as I enjoy the spontaneity of general assignment reporting, I crave more depth.

There have been many "journalists" quick to criticize and tell me this is a waste of money, and I'm certain those type of comments will soon follow here. I'm the first to admit pressing “pause” on my current life will be difficult. (Sky-high tuition and no salary! Yikes!) BUT - The time to achieve this life-long goal is now, before my life gets any more comfortable or complicated.
So - if anyone's lived in NYC and has espresso/cafe recommendations - please send them my way! And hold the good stories until I get back!

-Anita Kissee

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

PDX 2 NYCers

The elusive PDX2NYC Photog steps out from behind the camera... in front of the camera.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A few things I will be obsessed with in NYC:

5th Avenue:

(The best H & M is on this street!)


(Sigmund would like to be like Eloise and live in The Plaza!)

The New York Times:

(Not just on Sundays!)

And most importantly:

(Hey - it's healthy!)

That's what I am now!

But I promise I won't developer the "New Yorka" crass attitude!

This... is CNN

At least the view from the inside the lobby!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Beth's Incredible View

And the same view not so over-exposed:

I could get used to this!

A Glorious Afternoon

72 degrees,
Central Park,
and a New York Times,
Can you think of a better way to spend a Thursday?

My New School

I checked out Columbia this weekend...
It's real...
and the school really does want me!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Vespa Envy

This is my Vespa:

I want this one to be mine, too:

It's a restored 1950's Lambretta! Is that SWEET, or what?
Here are a few other pictures from the Twist'n Play Spring Scooter Rally this weekend. It was so cool to see 70+ Vespas all cruising together around town. People smile, wave and have to pick their jaws up off the street because we're soooo hot! Anyone want to ride on the back tomorrow?

Gaa Gaa for Baby!

My sweet friend Denise is having one of these little ones of her own very soon:

That means I get to sew sweet little baby things!

I love the Sock Monkey fabric out right now. This is a blanket, travel changing pad, burb cloths and a little bib! Now she just needs to hurry up and get here so she can use these!

Friday, April 04, 2008

New York City Playlist

These are the songs on my NYC I-mix:

New York, New York -Frank Sinatra Sinatra
On Broadway - George Benson
The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon & Garfunkel
New York City - Norah Jones
Marching Bands of Manhattan - Death Cab For Cutie
Cleopatra In New York - Nickodemus & Carol C
New York - U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind Rock
Stolen Away On 55th and 3rd - Dave Matthews Band
Angel Of Harlem - U2
I Love New York - Madonna
Big Pimpin' - Jay-Z & UGK

Any other NYC suggestions?

Ivy League?

My new school:

(photos: courtesy of Columbia University)

The euphoria is starting to wear off... now I'm having a bit of a panic attack. Am I REALLY smart enough to attend an IVY LEAGUE school? The #1 journalism school in the country? I think I pulled one over on the acceptance committee.

(photos: courtesy of Facebook)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

U2 - New York

This song is constantly playing in my head right now.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

My friend Beth is funny!

To quote Beth:
This is the poor man's version of a video conference call.Beth found this web-cam on the internet a few weeks ago.
So - on her first night in the Big Apple,
she walked down to Time Square and stood in front of it to call friends.
Brilliant! We miss you already!
To check in on her other adventures go to:

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

My New Home

(at least for 9 months)