Michael

Beach Escape

I’m not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, and maybe you’ve seen the news, but Portland has been basically on fire for the last week! And this coming week is going to stay in the mid-90’s! Talk about a hot summer!

Well last week Portland broke some records with a heat wave. At one point they were predicting 109 degrees and I’m not actually sure if it ever got quite that hot, but it was at least 105 at our house for three days straight. Friday arrived and we wereย so thankful that our friends invited us to spend the weekend at the beach with them!!! We were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but something came up and they had to reschedule. Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the weekend we rescheduled it to was hot as hell and at the beach it was perfect–70 degrees and lovely. Michael and I both got off work a little early on Friday and packed up the car, then picked up Logan and we headed to the coast! We were expecting a mass exodus from the city to cooler temperatures and were fully prepared for the usual 90 minute drive to take 3 hours. We were kind of leaving during rush hour traffic on a Friday. But, we somehow lucked out. The worst traffic was trying to get through downtown and once we passed the zoo, it was smooth sailing. Logan took a little cat nap in the car (like for an hour) ooooops! But that ended up working out in our favor! We got to Manzanita to our friend’s house, they made a great dinner (grilled chicken and steak and baby potatoes) and we ate outside on their deck, a block from the ocean. It was getting late (it ended up taking 2 hours to drive there, so NOT three!!!) and we just relaxed a bit, then Logan went to bed (way past his bedtime) which meant he actually slept in on Saturday! WOWZA. Double lucky for us! We got to sleep in on Saturday until 7:30am. We got up, had breakfast, packed up some beach stuff and walked a block down to the beach. Logan had a blast! And so did Bella! She loves the beach. Those two pictures above were taken by our friend Christi (who is a professional photographer and who has done our newborn and 1 year old photo shoots). How funny are those poses Logan is doing? Haha! So Logan had a blast playing in the sand, watching Stu build sandcastles, and filling his bucket with sand. Then it was getting kinda past nap time so we headed back to the house to clean up and Logan took a nap. We did manage to get a few family photos for the weekend, which was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m usually the one taking the pictures! Usually I would work out on Saturdays, and if we were on vacation somewhere I’d figure out a way to get in a workout. Either I’d go for a run or we’d go for a family hike–something. But this time I decided to take it easy. I’ve been feeling like I needed a break lately. My body has been hurting in weird ways and I’ve been feeling burned out. I haven’t been doing anything super extra-strenuous, but I’ve just been feeling like my muscles aren’t recovering like they should. So I took an extra rest day and the only “exercise” I got was hauling crap to and from the beach. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was kinda nice!!! The rest of the day was very relaxing. Instead of our usual go-go-go, we just chilled. Stu and Christ stayed at the beach for awhile and we hung out at the house while Logan took a nap. Michael made us lunch and we sat on the deck in the sunshine, listening to music and the ocean waves in the distance. i read my book a little bit, I took a nap. It was divine. A few hours later they came back and we hung out for a bit and then I took Bella to the beach, just us girls, for a little while. It was nice to hang out and just run around on the beach with my dog. The morning had been overcast but kind of warm, and then the afternoon brought sunshine and the clouds burned off. It was actually fairly warm for the beach. We grilled outside again for dinner. Michael and Stu went to the store and picked up dinner. We did some local Bratwursts and grilled up zucchini and had leftover potatoes from the night before. It was really delicious! Then we stayed up for a few hours playing cards and finally it was time for bed (for Michael and me) because we knew Logan would be up early Sunday!

Brotherly Love

My brother came to visit! Last week he came to Portland for a visit and to go to a work conference. He stayed with us for a few days and it was really nice spending time with him. The last time I saw him (and the last time he saw Logan) was last year when we went to Seattle for our grandma’s memorial. I think Logan was 6 months old. Logan isn’t really shy and he took to Uncle Andy almost immediately. He seemed so curious! Friday night after work and his conference Michael and Andy picked up spicy Thai wings from Pok Pok! After Logan went to sleep the three of us sat outside on the deck in the perfect summer air and ate our spicy wings and listened to music and talked about diet, fitness, losing weight and exercises that have helped us. On Saturday Andy went to the last part of his conference and I went to the gym. I did weights, PT, stairmaster and the elliptical, then home to clean up and we all went out for lunch. I saw another local blogger post about Wayfinder on Instagram last week so I suggested we check it out. It looked like a really cool place and it was! They had a HUGE outdoor dining area! So many people could fit out there. There were tons of picnic tables and big umbrellas. We got a table in partial shade.

Wayfinder is the brainchild of Charlie Devereux (co-founder of Double Mountain Brewery), Matthew Jacobson (co-founder/owner of Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, and Relapse Records) and Rodney Muirhead (co-founder/owner of Podnah’s Pit and La Taq). Our mission: to bring simple and authentic pleasures of the highest quality to the Rose City and beyond.

So last week when I read the above on their website, we were pretty much sold on going there. Double Mountain beer (YUM) and Podnah’s?? One of my favorites!! Wayfinder did not disappoint, either. ย  I got a glass of the Boneyard Hop Venom IPA. Michael got the Doomtown IPA. Andy got something called a “Hazy IPA”, I can’t remember the name of it. Now for lunch. We were all starving! I loved the nod to Twin Peaks– Black Lodge and White Lodge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got the Major Payne and asked for it to be a salad instead. Andy got to the Black Lodge as a salad and Michael got the sausage party platter. I loved that they could make anything into a salad! Andy’s lunch: Basically prime rib with peppers and onions on top of a salad. He said it was amazing. Michael’s: They made their own pickled squash–AMAZING! They were kinda like pickles but better. SO GOOD! And my lunch was the winner: The pulled pork was excellent. Great smokey flavor, juicy and tender, not overcooked or burned. The mustard slaw on top was really delicious. It was all slightly odd being a “salad” but it tasted good so I didn’t care. It was filling but didn’t feel like a gut bomb had it been on a bun. I’m glad I got the salad option. Next time when we go, I really want to tried their fried cauliflower topped with Buffalo sauce and Bleu cheese. How amazing does that sound?? YUM! It was a really cool place. Very fun, awesome vibe. Pretty good service considering how busy they were. We got a table right away, even though it was the middle of the lunch rush. The prices were pretty average. We’d definitely go back. Just hanging out on the outdoor patio alone made it worth it and the fact that the food was outstanding was just a bonus! We stopped at Sheridan Fruit Company after lunch and it turned out to be a really cool store with lots of specialty items, not just fruit! They had a huge frozen case of different meats–like ground camel (weird) and alligator. Lots of unique things. Michael picked up some specialty cheese and some spicy sausage for dinner.ย 

The rest of the day was pretty low-key and at home. Logan sort of took a nap, the guys watched sports, I went grocery shopping, then Michael made homemade pizza for dinner. Andy suggested that we do caramelized onions with the spicy sausage and it was probably my favorite version of our homemade pizza we’ve done so far. It was great.

It was a great day.