Sep 202016

We had such a good time at Feastpdx! Our first experience there and it was a hit for sure. We definitely want to go next year. I think most of the events were sold out. There was a brunch event that sounded like fun to me. Maybe next year we can try that one.



After Feast we headed downtown to check in at the hotel. We got a room with a huge jacuzzi tub (so relaxing) and a view of the “park”. (It’s not really a park.)

We walked a few blocks from the hotel to Departure. It was still kind of early and we wanted to get a drink at the rooftop bar.



Great views of downtown Portland! Michael got an Old Fashioned and I got a glass of Pinot Gris and we stood outside for a bit and then got a table inside to finish our drinks and just relax a little bit.





Then it was back to the hotel for an early-ish night. I have to say, it was kinda niceΒ sleeping all night long!!!! Not that we didn’t miss our baby, of course, but sleeping all night and not being woken up multiple times to feed him was a nice little treat for both of us (especially for me). AND sleeping in!! We got to sleep in late the next morning. AND we got to be lazy in bed, taking showers…no real schedule or feeling rushed. Sorry Logan, but it was kind of blissful. πŸ™‚

We also got to go out to brunch! Something we rarely do. We went to the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland. I’ve never been but Michael has been a bunch of times and likes it. (The line for Mother’s was insanely long so we didn’t even try it.)

The wait for a table at Bijou wasn’t bad, maybe 10 minutes. It was completely packed though, and after we got our table there was a big crowd of people that came in so the wait time definitely increased. We got there just in time.


I splurged and got a Bloody Mary to go with my coffee. Both were divine.

There were so many tasty sounding things on the menu. Lots of unique items, in addition to your traditional breakfast items. Michael got an omelette with a green salad and baguette.


I was so tempted to get the French toast, or the special tomato, basil and feta omelette but what I ended up getting sounded so unique I couldn’t pass it up. I mean how many times do you see a cauliflower and kale hash with eggs on a menu??


The flavors were so good. The potatoes were crispy. The cheese was perfect. The kale was chewy. The cauliflower was an odd thing in a breakfast but it worked so well. Topped with runny eggs. Perfection!

We enjoyed our breakfast and I drank multiple cups of coffee and then it was time to head back to the hotel, check out and go home.

Logan was GREAT overnight with my parents. I’m so glad. I was worried he’d have a hard time but he was a good baby. He started getting a bit of a cold on Friday, so I had worried about that too but he was doing alright. And he seemed happy to see us.

The rest of the afternoon was super lazy. Cuddles with the baby, the guys watched football, I worked on photos from the weekend…I had planned on going to the gym but I was just feeling kind of tired and lazy. It was pouring rain and gray out and that didn’t inspire me to go anywhere, either.

But we did take my parents out for dinner as a thank you. We braved the rain and went to Apizza Scholls:


They’d never been so it was cool to be able to share it with them since we’ve talked about the pizza for years. Bonus: we got there right when they opened and got a table right away. And Boneyard beer:


It was nice being able to spend a little time with them. We talked about family vacations and the ones I remember as a kid and whether or not Logan will remember trips when he gets old. I think it will be really fun exposing him to places! Even though he’s really young right now, I think doing that stuff early is good. For example, Michael and I both want to do a road trip down to the Redwoods someday in the next few years.


Logan was awesome at the restaurant. We finished all the pizza and then went home for an early night. Even though we slept so good at the hotel we were both SO TIRED! Sleep deficit I guess.

Sunday we were supposed to run a 5k but we decided not to. It was pouring rain Saturday and Sunday and we drove by the park where the race was going to be and it was one big mud pit. πŸ™ So a big fat DNS for us on this one! Bummer.

Sep 062016

We’re living the life over here! The long weekend came and we didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. Michael had plans Friday night so Logan and I kicked back on the couch to watch season 2 of Outlander. Pretty pretty exciting. πŸ˜‰

Saturday I went to the gym and got in a pretty good workout. I did burpees for the first time in a year (I forgot how hard those were) and a bunch of other body weight exercises. I was feeling pretty good afterward:


I wanted to get some beer for the long weekend so Logan and I walked to the grocery store and back (1.55 miles). It was nice out, despite the black rain clouds off in the distance. We lucked out and it was warm and sunny and we didn’t get rained on (it had been raining off and on for a few days).


When we got home I fed him and then ate lunch and then I just crashed. I was so so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. I tried to lay down for a little bit but Logan didn’t let me sleep for too long. I had an awful feeling I was fighting off a sickness.

I got really lucky and haven’t been sick in a year and a half. Pretty amazing, especially considering I was pregnant at the height of cold and flu season last year. I was SO glad I never caught anything. But I suppose we’re getting into that time again and I’ve just been feeling run down lately–more than just normal sleep-deprivation-due-to-baby run down.

Anyways. I drank a probiotic drink with lunch. I’ve been drinking EmergenC. I’m crossing my fingers it turns out to be nothing. I know once Logan starts daycare in a few weeks my immune system is going to be fair game. I am NOT looking forward to that!


Sunday was a low-key day. I went swimming. Michael worked on some house projects and our evening wrapped up with homemade pizza and beer:



We used to make homemade pizza a lot and Michael got pretty good at it. But honestly it’s a lot of work. Ever since we discovered Trader Joe’s pizza dough, it’s a million times easier and we’ve been doing homemade pizzas again.


Monday Michael went for a run and so did Logan and I! Β I say “run” but it was a walk/jog. I’ve been doing that a few times a week for the last month with Logan, trying to get my “running legs” back.



Michael passed us on the end of his run when Logan and I were about half way through ours. πŸ™‚

After that it was off to a friend’s house for a BBQ!IMG_3164

The BBQ was at my friend Erika’s house and my other friend Robyn (Robyn and Erika were both bridesmaids in my wedding) and her hubby came so it was the 6 (7 if you count little L) of us. It was nice to hang out! I hate to admit it but I’ve slacked on seeing friends the last month or so. I’ve just been so busy and it was nice we could all hang out.

And we were having so much fun talking and catching up and sitting outside with some beers that we didn’t even realize that it was almost 7pm!

It was a nice way to end the holiday weekend!