Shenanigans…. Portland Style

May has been a month. Really busy, but in a good way. One of those months where you get to see so many friends and do so many things that things like laundry and grocery shopping get pushed to the wayside. That said, I spent a fabulous weekend on Portland two weekends ago. A dear friend of mine is just finishing up her masters at PSU, and a few of us felt the need to celebrate her awesomeness with a weekend of good food, dancing, and shopping, three of my favorite activities.

After a late arrival and a quick drink friday night, we were ready for some fun on saturday. This started with a simple but delicious breakfast at Portlands Meat Cheese Bread. Nothing fancy, but I don’t need fancy as long as it is good. Breakfast burritos, coffee, and good company.

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Next came the shopping. I give credit to K, R, and K for sticking around whilst I shopped. I can shop with the best of them, and love to try on clothes for hours on end. Fortunately we had set a busy schedule for ourselves, so I couldn’t bore them for too long. After lunch at the farmers market, a viewing of The Great Gatsby, a dip and drink at the Kennedy Hotel (go, it’s awesome), and we were ready for a night out.

Who doesn’t love a good shot out of a mason jar?

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And we danced, and we cried

And we laughed, and had a really really really good time

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Crawling into bed in the wee hours of the morning, we were in no state to be seen by the population the next morning for breakfast. Problem solved with homemade beignets and mimosas for brunch.

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Brunch was delicious, and exactly what we needed to pull ourselves out of our sleepy stupor. After brunch R had to study, so the rest of us ventured out for a walk in the park.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering downtown, perusing Powell’s, and enjoying the sunshine. K had to head home in early afternoon, so for dinner just K and I grabbed a bite at Canteen. It’s a vegan cafe, and it’s delicious! I’m not a vegan at all, but in my opinion, good food is good food, and I don’t need animal products to enjoy it.

I had the Bangkok bowl and a Post Standard juice, and let me tell you, it was delicious! K had the Portland bowl and the Ginger Berry smoothie. It’s not very spacious inside, but I would love to go back for a summertime lunch on their patio.

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We spent a lazy sunday night eating ice cream and watching Save the Last Dance. It was an excellent weekend, and I cannot wait for my next trip! I leave you with one last photo, my favorite shopping finds of the weekend.

Isn’t that book cover beautiful?

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Until we meet again!

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Stop competing with others…. and Start competing with yourself

Or in other words 2013 race number 2…. BLOOMSDAY. Otherwise known as my favorite race of the year!

Before I get to the Bloomsday bit though, I thought I’d share a bit about one of my other loves, Roller Coasters! Now I don’t get to ride these very often, what can I say, Washington doesn’t have any good ones. So when some really fun ones are a mere 40 minute drive away, you better bet that I will be there! In what I’m hoping becomes a yearly pre-bloomsday tradition, my dear friends L and K and I trekked on over to Idaho for some fun at Silverwood.

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Now Silverwood isn’t home to any of the world’s tallest, fastest, scariest rides, but it does have some pretty fantastic wooden roller coasters, as well as some other fun rides! We spun, we dropped, we bumpered, and all in all, had a lovely day! Who couldn’t though in that glorious weather!

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Just don’t forget, DON’T STAND UP ON THE ROLLER COASTERS!

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By the end of the day, we were pretty beat. At my insistance though, we had one last ride to ride. My childlike heart simply cannot pass up a ride on a carousel.

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While L and K rode like regular people, i’m clearly a bit more manic in my enjoyment! Are you scared?

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Ok, fine…. I’ll calm down and smile like a normal person.

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Now, onto the racing. I love Bloomsday (I may have said that once or twice already)! Somewhere around 50,000 people race every year, and you simply can’t beat the atmosphere. Observers everywhere, new bands performing around every twist and turn, and lots of like minded racers who just want to get out and participate in a fun activity.

Now I am nowhere near the fastest, or the slowest, and winning a race will never be a part of my future, but here are the reasons I love to run.

1- It is the best thing for me to do when I’m stressed out and need to mentally work through a problem.

2- It is also is the best way for me to completely clear my head of everything but a really good jam (Jonas Brothers or NSYNC anyone).

3- It gets me outdoors (what can I say, all my other hobbies tend to be confined to the indoors).

4- I am my own worst competition, and running pits me against myself and nobody else.

That all said, last sunday was not my best race. Don’t get me wrong, I had a gem of a time, but it was a bit too hot and I was a bit undertrained. I have taken a few weeks off from running to do other activities, but this race was definitely the kick I needed to get my butt in my runnings shoes on a more regular basis. Still a fun day though!!

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As you can see, it’s a wee bit crowded at the race start.

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L, K, and I managed to find each other though….. clearly excited for the 7 plus miles ahead of us.

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Don’t worry if you didn’t wear enough, one of Spokane’s special jacket trees will provide you with something cozy. Just kidding, runners can deposit clothes on the street/trees at the start. The city then collects this and donates it to the Union Gospel Mission.

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I only snapped a few photos during the run, and most of them were a wee bit blurry. But look how beautiful that day is! A little hot yes, but certainly better than rain.

All right, time to lace up my running shoes and head out the door.

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