Weekends come & weekends go

I just had one of those perfect weekends where I got to do exactly what I wanted to do

I was able to relax, spend time with Steven, meet up with friends, and watch my Timbers play. I got to see my favorite 90’s singer-songwriter perform (random, I know!) and I had my first (and wonderful) experience at the Oregon Brewer’s Festival.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Confession: I love my planner.

I would be lost without this little blue book. In three days, I will be at the end of my planner. August always signifies a brand new planner.

I can’t help but feel a little sad for this now useless planner. It contains all of my due dates, test times, and themed parties from UP. Now it’s filled with my never-changing work times, happy hours, and dinner ideas.

Everything is perfectly color-coded, separated into sections. My messy highlighter lines denote important events, single red slash signifies completion.

For one entire year, this planner went everywhere with me. It’s messy, coffee-stained pages document my senior year, my capstone project, my relationship with Steven, and every family event and college party.

I know that I always have a slight love affair with my every planner I have. But now it’s out with the old planner, and in with the new.

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”

If there is one thing that Netflix has given me during our love affair, it’s the endless supply of choices in the documentary department.

I just finished the 2010 documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” which follows Australian Joe Cross’ attempt to regain his health and battle his weight. Cross decides to drink only fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days to “reboot” his system. With his juicer in tow, Cross travels around the United States talking to normal everyday Americans about what they eat.

The most prominent (and unexpected) part of the documentary is the story of Phil Staples, a truck driver that Cross meets during his journey. Staples, with the guidance of Cross and his doctors, takes on the juice “reboot” challenge.

What happens is truly inspiring…

I am now putting down the Smartfood popcorn and picking up an apple. 

My Online Portfolio

Let me please introduce my brand-new online portfolio, which will now be featured on the menu of my blog!

You can find my work from the University of Portland Beacon, as well as articles written from my media relations internship at Roya Ghorbani Portfolio

I took a class called “Online Journalism” my last semester at UP and my wonderful professor (hi Dr. Lovejoy!) instilled in us the importance of having an online presence as a communications professional. Dr. Lovejoy required us to maintain a blog about any topic of our choice. Check my old blog about UP Theater (which I absolutely loved writing in).

Do you have any suggestions for me to create more of an online presence as a budding communications professional?

“Iranian Thanksgiving”

If there is one thing I know as an Iranian-American, I know that Iranians LOVE to eat.

Iran trip 2006

I grew up eating Iranian food. From shami to “Iranian salad” to kebabs & saffron rice, Iranian food is an ever-present food genre on the Ghorbani-Elizeh menu. My dad keeps his secret spices tucked away above the fridge away from prying hands. Many of his spices are hand-picked,  packaged by my grandmother Mamani in Iran. Although I never realized it growing up, cooking Iranian food allowed for my dad to share just a little of his culture with us.

Yesterday my parents had some of us over for an “Iranian Thanksgiving.” My dad cooked all of his favorite dishes, each of them accompanied by a story or an anecdote. It was the first time Steven and Kian’s girlfriend Brittney had ever had Iranian food and they were definitely in for a treat!

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Here’s an easy recipe to my favorite Iranian side dish. As children, we always called it “Iranian salad.”

Zalad Sheraze

"Iranian Salad" or Zalad Sheraze

1/2 cucumber – diced

1 tomato – diced

1/4 onion – diced

4 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp of olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Mix and serve chilled

Ta-Da! Welcome to the world of delicious and fresh Iranian food! 

My Supporting Cast: Friends

To understand my ever-so-changing life, you need to meet my supporting cast. These are the people who have changed my life/are around me constantly/will be mentioned in this blog all the time.

Sorry for the long post, tons of people to squish in!

Meet & Greet: My friends

Steven

 Steven – We met a couple years ago and have been dating for over a year now. He is truly a wonderful guy and always knows how to make me laugh. Steven is a technical support guy for Apple computers. 

Jamie

Jamie – My best friend and ultimate confidant. She is basically a member of my family now. I can’t even begin to describe how many adventures we have had (or how long it took me to decide on a photo for us). 

Katie

Katie – Roommates sophomore year at UP, Katie has always been one of my closest friends. Now that she’s a Nurse (!!!) she will forever be taking care of me. 

The Cottage

Cottage (my college house for 2 years) – Jamie, Danielle, Hillary

Karen

Karen – Best friends since high school, we lived in the dorms together our freshman year. She left me (sob) to go to Chicago for acting school. She’s going to make it big, I just know it.

'The Linn girls'

‘The Linn girls’ (high school best friends) – Elyse, Karen, Lissa. 

Eric

Eric – He is my best guy friend that basically got me through every heartbreak and teenage breakdown in HS. We have gone to countless concerts together and have so many ‘friendship’ songs that I don’t even remember them all. He is now off in Switzerland to study…something in the medical field.

(I’m sorry! I promise posts won’t be this long!)

My Supporting Cast: Family

To understand my ever-so-changing life, you need to meet my supporting cast. These are the people who have changed my life/are around me constantly/will be mentioned in this blog all the time.

Meet & Greet: Ghorbani-Elizeh family 

The Ghorbani-Elizeh family

Tammy (mom) – She’s basically my best friend. We talk almost everyday about anything and everything. Mom is an avid reader and a book collector of sorts. Take note, she gives the best advice.

Kara (little sister) – She is 16 going on 25. Kara loves to shop and gives hilarious one-liners. She is a total teenage and has tons of friends in high school. She’s the walking definition of a social life. 

Kian (little brother) – We currently live together in SW in our cute little apartment. He is basically a walking NBA announcer who knows anything and everything about basketball. He goes to PSU and is studying psychology. 

Eddie (dad) – He is always active and is one of the hardest working people I know. It’s literally impossible to get him to sit down and relax. He tells hilarious “jokes,” which always involve his mistakes with the English language.

And who could forget our demonic, but adorable dog Rusty….

Rusty Ray Ghorbani-Elizeh