September always feels like the start of the new year to me. Fall always seems like such a fresh and new beginning after a busy and hot summer. Here in the Northwest, September usually has a way of easing you into the season, with the weather still being warm but the colors changing enough to distinguish it isn’t summer anymore. Plus your dog still swims in the river… Continue reading
Well, looking back on the first trimester of the year, I’d have to say it’s been a pretty wild ride. Now I can officially make the announcement of one of the biggest life steps ever: We Bought A House! I can’t believe it. This feels way more adult than getting married, or anything else I have ever done. I’m so glad we were finally able to take this huge step. It was one of our goals for 2015, and it feels so good to say CHECK!
Our new neighbors and hood have been great so far. I was so happy to find one of these Little Free Libraries pictured above a few blocks away, I have heard of them but never seen one in real life! Continue reading
What a great start to January! We have had a world record month of beautiful dog walks and sunsets. Even though it’s dark and cold half the time, I don’t mind when it’s clear and crisp outside.
Mt. Hood like BAM!
Sunset silhouette tree like BAM!
Cotton Candy Clouds like BAM!
Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Anchorage, Blue Star Donuts, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Cupcake Royale, Geraldine's Counter, In Review, November 2014, Por Que No?, portland, Portland Dining, seattle, Sinju Sushi
Above is the view from the Sorrento Hotel from my very missed and beloved city of Seattle. The weather of course had been really crappy in the days leading up to this, but we had the most perfect day for my friend Ursula’s wedding, and this sunset proves it! Seattle, you win. Continue reading
October in photos…Let’s start with the above, driving to Leavenworth for Ursula’s Bachelorette/Oktoberfest…
Popcorn! That I didn’t eat, but it looked cool. Give me cheddar and caramel corn any day, but fruity popcorn trips me out. Continue reading
We started off this July HOT – 99 degrees. This calls for my favorite summer wine (seriously, I could drink it all year) Rose!This was the Rose we served at our wedding. When I found it I instantly loved it (and the price point). It was perfect for our wedding. However, I *accidentally* bought too many bottles, so we had a few cases leftover after the wedding…Hence why I’m still drinking it almost a year later. It is seriously my fave, and it brings back great memories, even though I didn’t drink it on the actual big day (I was more worried about the bartenders making our Cherry Limeades correctly).
But hot days lead to warm nights…And then of course there is the 4th of July, which, sorry everyone…is my least favorite holiday. Of course I like BBQing and the festive and patriotic food, but nothing has ever trumped my memories of it as a kid. There have been too many years now where it lands on a Wednesday and you just have to go to work the next day. Or you don’t want to travel because it’s crazy out there during the 4th. The woes of being a full time adult, right? However…this year it was on a Friday and on the 5th we went on a little excursion…To the Alpine Slides on Mt. Hood! The amazing Erin was visiting us and we took her up for a little adventure. If you have never been, Alpine Slides are fun, fast, and DANGEROUS! Well, only if you get a clear shot all the way down. You can get stuck behind a line of people going slow. But sometimes that is for the best, considering the fact Jordan wiped out. The giant scabs are still all over his body to prove it…There is an entire Adventure Park up at Mt. Hood. With go karts, ziplining, mini golf and tons of other stuff to do besides Alpine Slide. We chose not to go in the giant blow up hamster balls on such a hot day…On our way back we had to drive through Hood River, for another epic stop at The Gorge White House. It’s kind of like a very small scale adult Disneyland – Wine, beer, AND cider tasting. A gourmet food truck on site, berry picking, flower picking, and a market all await you. Plus this tractor, and I love Erin:Usually when we are heading back home through Hood River we are too wiped out to stop at all of the wineries and breweries around that the town has to offer, so The Gorge White House is the perfect one-shop stop. However, we did make it to a packed Double Mountain Brewery:After this we almost gave up. But we decided we had to hit one more stop before going home, the East Wind Drive Inn in Cascade Locks. (Keep in my Jordan was extremely worried about his open and gaping wounds from the alpine slide).If you have read Wild you know exactly where this place is. They have giant ice cream cones that make many people happy everyday…Wait in line, you know you want these ice cream cones!
The rest of the month was pretty relaxing and your standard summer. This is good, because August and September are going to be madness! Below we have a farmer’s Market Bounty…Heck yeah.And OBVIOUSLY 7/11 Slurpee day! We didn’t go on July 11th because that shit was crazy, so instead we bought these cheesy “mason jar” slurpee cups and mustache straws…Because we are suckers for any gimmicky promotional item. These will come in handy later, trust me.
Clyde Common for Brunch. Let’s just say I can’t wait to go back here for dinner.
THE CUTEST! Otto loves swimming, but what he loves most is bobbing for those torpedos that you throw in the water. Shallow end only, of course. But watching him dunk his head into the water to get them is one of the greatest things on earth.
Other than that, I’m trying to savor the summer and be outdoors as much as I can. Running in early mornings before it gets too hot, and more than anything lap swimming at the local Outdoor Pool. An outdoor pool where I can work out but not have to worry about the drama of my next swim meet is truly a happy place for me.That’s about it for July. Let’s hope I get some more posts in before August rolls around…
I’m going to *try* to start doing a few more life-ish posts, because hey, it’s all about the self-documenting these days. However, I *hate* selfies, so there won’t be too many of those in these self-documenting posts.
Here are highlights from the month of June:
Sunset Picnic with my boys. Otto’s tongue is insanely amazing in this pic. The view aint bad either. I am thankful for the area we live in, even if it’s a little far into the boonies for me.
We saw Michael Ian Black, and it was amazing, obviously. However, there is a side story about how I decided I wanted to sit down in an empty chair, and then maybe kind of fell asleep there at the end? It’s a never-ending problem in my life. My friends all know about this issue, however they don’t really understand why (including the husband). I don’t get it either. But I find myself wide awake in the wee hours of the morning.
One of our neighbors has BEAUTIFUL roses in their garden. And I have started taking pictures…They probably have seen me and think I’m weird. Sorry…
We went for it and purchased McMenamins Passports. They look like real passports, and you get a stamp for every McMenamins you visit throughout Washington and Oregon. Once you hit all of the locations in a region, you get a prize like a free appetizer, burger, growler, tshirt, etc…McMenamins also has beer flights, wine flights, and liquor flights, which come to your table all at once and make you feel like a total lush…
We went to Apizza Scholls. I have heard about this place many times over the years, and we finally got to go! It was amazing, some of the best pizza I have ever had, outside of Italy. Try to get there when they open at 5, or else you are in for a long wait.
Firepit Time! One of the best life decisions you can ever make it having a firepit in your yard, or knowing someone who does. The biggest cons are getting sick of smores (yes, it’s possible) and smelling like a smoky campfire all summer (things could be worse).
Firepit time also includes your friends and their adorable kids, and also tiny green spiders.
Seeing the I5 bridge go up between WA and OR. I really didn’t think traffic would be as bad in Portland as it was when we lived in Seattle. Dear Lord…I was wrong. Being caught between two states is weird. More weird than I ever remembered. There are the Pros…and the Cons. It’s hard to even get into it. I don’t know if I can quite make the leap over the river, if any Oregon residents want to start convincing me, go for it!
Girls Weekend | San Francisco
I ended June with a girls weekend in San Francisco for a joint Bachelorette party. We wine tasted in Napa, went out, walked around the city and had a great time.
Obligatory #pdxcarpet photo at the Portland Airport…
Tasting some bubbles at Domaine Chandon in Napa…
The crew on Lombard (aka Lumbard) street…
Wishing these donuts were real at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Just having the best time with the girls. All in all I would say a pretty good June!