Thursday, June 19
It was a beautiful day today. The kind that makes you suspect, wondering just how long it’s going to last. You truly become a weather cynic here. While tomorrow marks the first day of summer, it doesn’t usually go into effect until July 5, which is common knowledge here in western Oregon.
But, I’m not going to complain. I’ll just be grateful for the beauty that’s been the past few days.
I had to run by Fred Meyers in Newberg this afternoon to pick up some cheese for a media tasting at the winery, and while I was there, I picked up a copy of Jason Mraz’s new album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, and Coldplay’s latest release Viva La Vida. I got $3 off each CD, thanks to coupons. Both CDs are great! I especially love the duet Lucky with Jason and Colbie Caillat. I do have a little crush on the Mraz-man.
After work, I met Susan at Lake Oswego to walk around the lake. It was so perfect out. Driving into town you come down this hill and see this crazy beautiful view of Mt. Hood. We met this ornery guy who showed us the Sailing Club private residence – very cool historic houses that extended over the lake. As we continued around the lake we found ourselves in the most charming neighborhood we have ever seen! I fell in love with it. Every house was unique and magical with incredible landscaping, towering old trees – I felt like I was in an enchanted fairytale neighborhood that Hansel and Gretel would come out, and Humpty Dumpty would be sitting on a wall. There were lovely cottages and full blown mansions. It was just gorgeous. We decided we wanted to be neighbors and live there, right on the lovely water. It reminded me of a tiny Lake Como!
After our walk, and daydreaming about living up on the hill by the lake, we had a salad at Manzana Rotisserie Grill. It was fast. I’m not really a fan of chain restaurants, and the quality of the ingredients wasn’t great. Much of the lettuce was wilted, the dressing was too sweet. We get spoiled at our favorite foodie eateries around and about town. But, I guess you get what you pay for. For $15 it was what I expected, to be honest. Turns out the Pearl District Manzana location is getting ready to shut down. It truly gets lost in the amazing range of foodie destinations all around.
When I got home I got some information in the mail from Fishtrap, regarding my summer workshop in July. I am very excited. It’s going to be like going to camp. Writer’s camp!
learned that the Safeway Classic LPGA tournament is right here in Portland in Oregon. I made a note to myself to get tickets. I think it would be cool to go see part of the classic, to cheers on women’s sports and see what I can learn.