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We had a busy and productive weekend! Michael’s dad and stepmom came to visit from Texas. We all went out to dinner Friday night at Wayfinder.ย Since Michael’s dad works in the beer business, we try and find good breweries for him to check out when he visits. The beer at Wayfinder is really good.

The wait for a table wasn’t too bad for a Friday night, but the place was pretty packed. We checked out the brewery area, had beers, let Logan run around a bit and then got a table.

We shared an appetizer of the fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and blue cheese. It was SO amazing! I seriously could have eaten that whole plate by myself. It was super spicy and so delicious. Big hit. We also got an appetizer of shaved Brussels Sprouts that were just ok.

For my entree I got a salad. I didn’t love my salad, but it was alright.

The next morning we all went to a new (to us) breakfast place in Oregon City, Yvonne’s. It was a really cute, small, place with good reviews. It was pretty busy when we got there but we got a table almost immediately, which is unheard of in Portland. ๐Ÿ˜›

Coffee, yes please!

I got the breakfast sandwich. It came on a homemade buttermilk biscuit and it was really yummy.

After breakfast we tried to go see Santa. It turned out to be a debacle, unfortunately. Last year we went to the 7 Dees Nursery for their “Reindeer Magic” event. I bought a “fast pass” last year and it was the best thing ever! For $5 we didn’t have to stand in a super long line to see Santa and got pictures. It was great. So this year we wanted to do it again. I marked my calendars and looked on Facebook for the announcement of the fast pass tickets (they sold out really fast last year). I got a ticket and we planned on going to meet Santa.

Well, we got there and it was a total shit-show. There wasn’t much parking in Lake Oswego (new location) so people were parking all over the place and then walking on a really busy street to get there (not safe) because there wasn’t a better way to do it.

We arrived 20 minutes after they opened and there was already a line about 2 hours long. We got to the entrance and apparently they were charging admission for each person (annoying, but whatever), so the four of us fork over more money to get in and I ask where the line is for the fast pass. Apparently they aren’t doing that this year! I was SO livid. Nowhere on the website did it say they got rid of the fast pass option. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have bought the ticket.

We stand in line, in the pouring rain (they didn’t set up tents for people standing in the rain outside!!!), pissed off. After about 10 minutes of the line not even moving a little bit, I go inside to get some kind of idea of how long the wait was and it was seriously going to be 2 hours–in the cold, rain. Logan was getting fussy and squirmy and didn’t want to be held. So we got our money back and left furious.

Other people in line were angry too. I talked to two friends who were there later and one said they waited 90 minutes to see Santa (her kids were older, so they couldn’t leave after she’d hyped up seeing Santa) and another friend said that they waited over an hour and decided to just leave. What a rip off! Lots of unhappy customers, lots of grumpy, wet kids. What a mess!

Do I need to even say how disappointed and angry I am? ๐Ÿ˜› Anyways, we made an appointment at the mall to see Santa in 2 weeks–no LINE! Screw that other place!

The day felt like an entire bust. We got back to the house and dried off. Michael’s dad and stepmom left for their weekend getaway to Bend, I went to the gym, Logan took a nap. I was really frustrated with how the day went and I was disappointed by such a bad experience at 7 Dees.

But, we managed to salvage the night. After dinner we put Logan to bed and Michael and I started a new tradition for Christmas. We drank eggnog, listened to Christmas records, ate donut holes, and wrapped presents together! It was so much fun and we got everything wrapped.

Sunday morning Logan slept in super late (I wish I had!) so I got up and got more stuff done. Sorting through things to donate to the Vietnam Veterans, and then I got all our Christmas cards done and ready to send out. It was a very productive weekend.

I ordered the cards from a Black Friday sale on Printerpix and they turned out really nice.

Anyways, that was our weekend. Hope you had a good one!

Mississippi

On Saturday I hit the gym early for some reason. It wasn’t crowded, which was nice. I did weights (I’ve been adding pull-ups and chin-ups to my routine lately!), my physical therapy exercises and body weight exercises and then went for a run on the treadmill. It was one of those runs that was FABULOUS. Where I didn’t feel the need to walk, that I felt like I was too slow and sped up the treadmill and my legs just wanted to RUN. It was a fantastic 2.75 miles and then I walked down the stairs in the gym and all of a sudden my knees were like “we are not HAPPY!!!!” It wasn’t good. ๐Ÿ™ Despite that my knees were doing okay, as long as I didn’t go down any stairs…I burned 646 calories! Wowza.

Michael and I went to the Mississippi Street Fair next. It’s been about two years, I think, since we’ve been. Of all the street fairs in Portland it’s my favorite. I like the vibe and there’s a bunch of different stages with different kinds of music playing. It’s always crowded, so be prepared. This year it wasn’t quite as crowded as it was in the past, so it was slightly easier to walk up and down the street checking out the booths.
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First stop: LUNCH. We decided to bag street food and went straight to a restaurant. Little Big Burger. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been there. I like that the burgers are not ginormous. I got a cheeseburger and we split an order of their AMAZING to-die-for truffle fries.

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We wandered around and saw some of the booths (lots of arts and crafts and jewelry) and there was music everywhere. I’m not sure what this instrument is but it was fascinating to watch.

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Does your cat need a bowtie? I think it might! I almost got Fat Kitty a bowtie (this photo kinds of looks like him!) but I knew he’s never let me put it on him and would either a) give me the grumpy cat face or b) immediately take it off and destroy it in a rage. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We walked around a little bit and met up with some friends. Our friends that came over for the 4th of July were hanging out doing the kid stuff (bouncy house) so we hung out with them for a little bit.

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Michael got two t-shirts and I got one (I will wear the shirt soon and post a photo–it’s so Portland). I ALMOST got a Sasquatch bumper sticker. Almost.

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We left our friends and met up with some other friends, who also have a daughter the same age as Rowan (2.5). It’s such an adorable age. We walked up and down the length of Mississippi with them and looked at the booths (she got a Kimchi Hot Dog for lunch which really fascinated me–I might need to try that combo soon). I bought a jar of kimchi from the hot dog vendor (can’t wait to eat it!). Then we ended up at Ecliptic Brewery.

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It was a cool, modern, high-ceiling and concrete floor and walls kind of a place with a ton of outdoor seating. Our friends ordered some food and drinks. The Orbiter IPA was a really smooth, balanced IPA. It SMELLED like a super strong, hoppy, intense bouquet of citrus and it smelled like it was going to be a face punch IPA, but once you took a drink it wasn’t like that. It was very mellow, which was kind of odd. Our friends shared their appetizer order of deviled eggs with us. They were topped with a sardine, which I didn’t eat. They assured me that it was the best part but…yeah, no thanks. I love deviled eggs, though!

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After hanging out drinking and talking at Ecliptic we realized it was pretty late in the day and walked back to the cars. Check out Charla’s super awesome cobalt blue shoe in this picture:

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Somehow it seems fitting with the Willy Wonka quote and I don’t know why. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday

I went back to yoga!!!

I hadn’t been since March when my back went out. One of the moves that hurt the WORST with my whole back issue was downward dog. As I continued with my healing and did physical therapy, downward dog was still something I couldn’t do at all. It was a benchmark for me. I periodically checked to see if I could do the stretch and for months and month, not at all.

I decided recently it was time to give it a try again. I tried downward dog at the gym one day as a stretch and didn’t have the immediate, searing pain in my low back so thoughtย hmmm, maybe it’s better?ย I decided on Sunday I’d give it a go, with the caveat that if it hurt, I’d leave the class. I warmed up with the elliptical and then went to yoga class.

I spent the majority of the class subbing child’s pose for downward dog. I did to downward dog a few times in class, and it was just fine!! But I defaulted to child’s pose just to be safe. The rest of class went really well and I was able to do most of the stretches in class and I was SHOCKED to find that my balance hadn’t decreased after months off. I’m guessing that the combination between doing the One Leg Romanian Deadlift for my knees and all the core work I do with physical therapy for my back have maintained my balance (thank goodness!).

There were a few rotations in a lunge that felt not fabulous but overall it was a great class.

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After class Michael and I went and saw Jurassic World! I was so looking forward to seeing it. I knew it wouldn’t be as good as the original, of course, but I had high hopes. Then…I started hearing from people it wasn’t great. I was disappointed and dragged my feet in seeing the movie but we finally had a free afternoon so I caved.

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How was the movie? It was okay. It was fast-paced and had some exciting moments. There were definitely a lot of cheesy moments that made you groan but they’d switch gears pretty quickly so you didn’t have time to dwell on the cheesy for too long. Overall it was a decent action movie. Just don’t try to compare it to the original too much and you’ll enjoy it.