Feb 102014
 

My East Coast and Mid-West readers can feel free to roll their eyes with this…but SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

On Thursday Michael and I went into work together like normal and the weather reports predicted some snow flurries but I was skeptical. It doesn’t really snow in Oregon. And when it does it’s the extreme–either the piddly little stuff that doesn’t stick or it’s a full-blown snow storm that shuts the city down (like the snowstorm in 2008 when Michael and I first started dating and I was snowed in at his house with him and his roommate Shoe for a full week). Snowmaggedon ’08 Evidence:

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Boys. Yeah, so being snowed in for 5 days with two guys who decided to sword fight with sticks in the snow was interesting but nothing like that has happened in here in years. Well the snow finally came! On Thursday I was working at my desk and saw that some little flurries were coming down outside. I checked periodically but downtown seemed fine. Yet half the office was leaving. Portland Public Schools shut down at noon (when there wasn’t any snow yet) and I decided to stick it out at work for awhile in hopes that they’d shut the office down officially (which means we get paid for the whole day).

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Didn’t happen. By 2:30 the snow was coming down even more and so I decided to leave. Glad I did! The 10 mile drive home that usually takes 20 minutes after work took Michael and 1.5 hours. Traffic was ridiculously slow. It was like people completely forgot what the rules of the road were.

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That is a cyclist in front of us. They were out in droves. I guess I should be surprised, but I’m not. This photo is from BikePortland.org. It’s a great picture of the city! Reading through the comments on the post apparently people think we’re ridiculous for being excited about snow (one commenter said “in Minnesota this is just called Thurday”)–right right right. But it never snows here!

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We settled in for the very long and slow drive home and made one stop to pick up a Papa Murphy’s pizza. When we got home I took Bella outside for her FIRST SNOW! OH MY GOD SUPER SPAZ!! She loved the snow. She ran around the yard at full speed, turning in circles, jumping and rubbing her face in the snowy earth. It was so much fun to watch–it was like experiencing the very first snow experience of a child.

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I took Bella outside to play in the snow about every 30 minutes or so. It was so dang cold, even in a jacket, scarf, hat and gloves I was frozen to the bone and I worried about Bella getting frostbite since her hair is so short. She seemed cool with the short increments of snow play. We all settled in to relax next to the roaring fire with some hearty beer and pizza for dinner. :)

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I had 2 slices of the Papa Murphy’s deLite pizza (around 400 calories total) and then later we had some popcorn as a snack. For a rest day, I definitely indulged and went over my calories for the day. I think I got overly excited about 4 days off in a row in the snow!

Friday morning I woke up to discover the office was closed! Yay!!! The possibilities for the weekend were endless. There were so many things I wanted to do–catch up on my Netflix DVD I’ve had for three weeks, finish a few books I’ve been reading, do my taxes, play in the snow with Bella…..

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I was so happy and so excited to see how much she LOVED THE SNOW. Totally obsessed with it. She loves the snow more than food, that’s huge. So I started my Friday off with an at-home workout. I used the Nike Training Club App that I’ve used many times in the past. The app has changed formats since I’ve used it–now you have to download the workout to use it. But it was super simple and took two seconds to download on my phone from the app.

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After my workout I cleaned the house, did laundry and finished my taxes. After lunch Michael and I took Bella for a walk in the neighborhood. We got bundled up in our snow gear like we were going snowshoeing. The street was pretty quiet, just a few people were out and mostly it was kids pulling sleds heading over to the school in the neighborhood to go sledding. It seemed like ALL the neighborhood kids were out, young and teenagers, sledding down the hill on the school field. It was so fun to watch.

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Bella made some friends on the street, too. Several neighbors were out with their dogs. Bella met a few dogs and made some friends–she especially loved the little 4 month old puppy also named Bella! What a cutie! Puppies!!!

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Even after playing in the snow for two days, Bella still loved it. She was not getting tired of it all and she’d race to the sliding door whenever I said the word “snow.” It was such a nice break from the normal routine!

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Jan 212014
 

Historically we spend my birthday in the snow. We’ve gone to Bend many, many times, Sisters once and Mount Hood. Usually the snowshoeing is fantastic in January! Unfortunately this year the snow levels in the mountains were nearly non-existent. ┬áMany friends that went to Bend or Mt. Hood to snowboard or ski complained about the lack of snow. So this year we skipped the snowy-birthday and went to the beach instead. Maybe we just needed a change. We got a Groupon Getaway for a hotel in Lincoln City. I love Lincoln City. It’s one of my favorite beach towns in Oregon (Rockaway is my first).

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I was excited to try something new for my birthday and to also experience Bella’s FIRST beach trip!

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Funny enough, she seemed to prefer just rolling around in the sand! It was very odd and totally hilarious. She scooted, rolled, rubbed and flopped around in the sand. She was one dirty girl after this weekend. She didn’t like the super soft sand by the surf and she seemed scared of the ocean so she didn’t venture into the water, which was probably for the best because it was pretty cold.

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Lincoln City is a good beach town for flying a kite, which we didn’t do this time. The wind is just perfect for it. We got lucky this weekend. The weather was perfect–around 50 degrees, clear blue skies and not too windy. The first day we went down to the beach was a bit cold but the following days were not bad.

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We walked around quite a bit on the beach. Because Bella’s recall is about 80% we didn’t take her off leash, but we had a super long leash and let it all out so she could run around and have some semblance of freedom. She seemed over-stimulated most of the time which meant she didn’t bark at all the strangers on the beach or the dogs on the beach, which was good!

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Hopefully when she is a little older and more trained she can be off leash and go nuts with the other dogs!

After spending the afternoon on the beach we went over to Chinook Winds, the casino at Lincoln City. I’ve never played there before and wanted to check it out. It was super crowded for the holiday weekend but I squeezed in at the roulette table and gave it a try. I ended up walking away with double my money! WOOHOO!!!!

Robyn's Birthday

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Finally it was dinner time and we went to Humble Pie Pizzaria. It was a little hole-in-the-wall joint with some old hippies in tie-dye making some damn good pizza. We got it to go, made a stop by the local grocery store that had a walk-in beer fridge and then went back to the room so we could hang out with Bella.

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It was pretty darn good pizza. And there’s just something great about eating pizza and drinking beer in a hotel room. :) We called it a night because we were all pretty tired by this time. Even though we don’t really let Bella on the bed at home, we did in the hotel. She did really great. She slept in her crate at night and didn’t bark too much. She had to have a few time-outs when we first got there because she’d bark at the sounds outside, but it only took a few time-outs and she got it and was great the rest of the weekend. I was happy that her first “vacation” was a success. Now we know we can take her other places with us!

It wasn’t that late but I was super tired and that Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA hit me fast and honestly, the sound of the ocean outside your bedroom just makes you relaxed and sleepy. Why don’t we go to the beach more often??

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