Merry Festivus!


Happy Festivus! Merry Christmas!

It was a fun one this year! Michael and I woke up Christmas morning and Bella donned her gay apparel and we unwrapped presents! Bella first, of course. She didn’t seem to “get it” but she loved her new rope toy. She immediately ran off to destroy it while we opened our presents.



It was a leisurely morning. Michael built a fire, we watched A Christmas Story and just chilled out until my parents arrived. They were on their way south–somewhere SUNNY AND WARM (jealous) and they stopped in Portland to take us to brunch before they went on vacation. We went to Gracie’s again this year. We used to go to The Heathman for Christmas brunch and then one year I was too late making a reservation and they were booked so I tried Gracie’s and we loved it much better. That is the new norm now.


It was such a nice, sunny day out in Portland! We arrived at Gracie’s and had a nice table near the window. I was in desperate need of some coffee. I’ve been so tired lately. Not quite the “run down” tired but more like “I think I’m getting sick and I’m so sleepy” tired. The coffee took the edge off, slightly.


Gracie’s is in the Hotel deLuxe–a very swanky old-world hotel downtown. It was built in 1912 and was remodeled back to it’s glory. There are old black and white photos from the 20’s–50’s movies all over the hotel. It adds to the 1940’s glamour of it all.


I’d been craving French toast lately and the first year we went to Gracie’s I had theirs and it was a-mazing!! But when I got there and looked at the menu, I ended up getting something else. I ordered the eggs benedict on top of crab and shrimp cakes. Wow, it was a decadent dish! The hollandaise sauce was surprisingly light tasting and I loved the crab and shrimp cakes. It was cool that they put the poached eggs on that instead of biscuits.


I think their ketchup was homemade. It was great. Michael got the huevos rancheros. I had a bite; it was pretty spicy. Yum!


My parents love this restaurant, too, so it’s nice that we can do this. After brunch I asked the front desk if we could see a room. It’s a hotel that I’ve considered booking for our wedding night. The front desk clerk graciously gave us a tour of a few different rooms. The deluxe king suite was super nice! It was huge! With windows on two walls overlooking downtown Portland. There was a humongous walk-in-closet and a huge bathroom. It was a really nice room and I could see us staying there after the wedding. I was glad we got to take a peak.

After that we went back to the house for presents and visiting and then my parents took off for parts unknown in sunny California. Michael and I headed over to his mom’s house for the evening.



We had lots of munchies there — a cheese and cracker plate, a “everything pickled” plate, a veggie and yogurt dip plate. Plenty of food! Michael’s mom did some kind of beef tenderloin for dinner. It was perfectly prepared. She wrapped it in the cooking twine and then used the Montreal seasoning to crust the outside of the beef. ย It was so good. I’d love to try something like that but cooking meat is not my specialty.



Michael made his mac n’ cheese and it was a big hit, as usual. I had a little but of everything. Honestly, I was still pretty full from brunch!



(It’s been a lot of eating lately. Like a little too much honestly. I most definitely will not be stepping on the scale until I get back on track. Too many Christmas cookies (delicious ones made by Michael’s sister) and lots of carby-good things.)ย  It was a really nice holiday with everyone. I was glad we got to see everybody. I wish I’d been able to see my brother. It sucks he lives so far away.

One of the gifts we got from Michael’s mom was a headed mattress pad.ย I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I miss having flannel sheets in the winter time but Mr. Scrooge hates them and so we haven’t had flannel sheets. But the electric pad is dual controlled! His and hers temperature settings. Finally, one of the gifts Michael gave me was a Kindle. I’m also excited about this but honestly struggling with it. I’m usually pretty tech-savvy but for some reason it’s hard to figure it out! I KNOW there is a way to check out ebooks from my library for the Kindle but I can’t figure it out. Any tips??

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

19 thoughts on “Merry Festivus!”

  1. Sounds like you had a great holiday, and Gracie’s looks fantastic!

    Not sure how you’d electronically check out library books- I don’t think out library does it- actually, I don’t even think they have a website.

    I bought myself a Nook HD with an N2A card to convert it to full-blown Android with my Christmas money and giftcards. Can’t wait to get it!
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  2. U have to ask your library to give you access to their ebook site. Then creat an account there, then find your books. Also note, amazon has a newsletter of 4 upcoming books and you can get 1 for free to own each month. And they allow you to borrow 1 book a month for free if you have prime.

  3. Our library has the information on how to download E-books everywhere – pamphlets at the library and links on the website. I can tell you that you may need to download an app to access the books, at least that was the case for me. It seems that libraries are much more friendly to Ipod users than they are to Kindle users.

    Beef tenderloin isn’t too hard, but I’ve only seen them over 7lbs this year, which is fine if you are feeding lots of people or have part of it slice into steaks. I ended up just buying filet mignon steaks since they were the same price as a whole tenderloin.

    Bella looks great in her holiday wear! Was she cooperative in wearing the hat?

    How wonderful that such a nice restaurant is open on Christmas day! The food pictures always look delicious.

  4. That hotel looks neat! I love old places like that. New hotels just don’t have the same feeling.

    I have a plain old kindle and John has the Fire. Check your library’s website because there is probably a link to check out online titles there. I haven’t set foot in the actual library in months. It’s so nice to browse books in my jammies ๐Ÿ˜€ Also – the free book a month for Prime members is good. I have been working my way through the Hangman’s daughter books this way.
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    1. I finally figured out the library thing. It’s AWESOME! Love getting books without going to the library. The downside–they don’t have a HUGE selection. But then, I can’t really be picky, right?

  5. 1. Love your dog – we could never get our dog to keep a hat on to save our life – even when he was 15 years old and slow! So cute.

    2. I want that mac n cheese recipe please!

    3. Love that Layer Cake Shiraz – do you have World Market’s in your area? I can get that wine for $12 a bottle – so good!
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