Sam

Sleep Over

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to help a friend celebrate her upcoming wedding! My friend, Samantha, is getting married in August and we had her bachelorette party over the weekend.

I’ve known Sam for over 11 years. We worked together in my last job. She was the “floater” who would cover the people on vacation or leave so we met one day when she was covering for someone in my unit. We became friends right away. Sam is an awesome, funny, smart, strong lady who is the QUEEN of PUNS. 😀

On Saturday a group of people got together for lunch to start the party! We met at Matador–one of my favorite restaurants (and where we had our rehearsal dinner!).

I got the street tacos and the brussels sprouts. The sprouts were AMAZING! So delicious! I got a Mojito (they usually have Boneyard on tap but not this time, bummer!). There were 12 of us there to celebrate this awesome lady.

After lunch we had some time to kill before we could check in at the AirBnB so we stopped for gelato:

After that we all headed to the house that was rented. It was in Sandy, so not far from Mount Hood. I was the first one there and got to poke around before everyone else saw it. WOWZA. That house was stunning! There were several rooms with king sized beds and then a few rooms with bunk beds. But that view…words cannot describe how gorgeous it was.

Oh and…there were a lot of animals heads. LOL

And a fire pit:

We were pretty high up but the view was stunning and we could still hear the Sandy River below.

Every body else arrived and we unpacked and unloaded the beverages and picked out our sleeping arrangements. Then settled in for the evening. There was a lot of just hanging out, especially on that deck. I mean, how could you not?

Sam made everyone dinner, despite numerous and frequent requests from guests to help or do it for her. But she wanted to cook everyone a meal to show her gratitude and love. I mean, what an awesome person, right! She made a tofu curry that was absolutely delicious!

There was some wine and some of the ladies brought whisky and tequila (no thanks!!).

Group shot!

Then the fire and roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

As the sun started to set, Mount Hood poked out of the clouds for the first time. It was breathtaking. There were bats flying around, it was a warm summer night and no one was in a hurry to do much of anything. Before we knew it, it was dark.

We had this gorgeous cake for dessert:

And just hung around around the campfire. My favorite summer activity! I think we all went to bed around 11:30 (party animals!) and it was a nice, quiet house for sleeping. I slept pretty good with my bunkmate in the king bed. She joked that we had the same bedtime routine: eye masks and ear plugs!! I woke up a few times kind of early in the morning because I could smell someone downstairs making coffee. It wafted through the house but I was so sleepy and lazy feeling I just kept going back to sleep. Then up for breakfast with the ladies.

Fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, coffee and mimosas for whoever wanted them) and someone made a “buckle” coffeecake. I’d never heard of it before but it was SO GOOD! It was basically coffeecake with a ton of fruit in it. It was a pretty slow morning. I enjoyed some coffee out on the deck in the sun. It was already a pretty hot day. Then it was time to pack up and say our goodbyes.

I had SO much fun celebrating my friend! She’s an awesome person and I’m so excited for her wedding. And I got to widen my friend circle and made some cool new friends. It was a very fun, relaxing, empowering weekend of ladies!

After leaving I went swimming and then home to my boys!

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I’ve been posting so much about puppies lately, I think it’s time to share some kitties. Below is Maya. You don’t see her much on the blog because she’s a scaredy-cat and hides a lot. She’s very skittish and flees when people enter the room she’s in. She’s silly. I wish she was more affectionate because she’s such a small and gentle cat.

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And then of course there is Fat Kitty. He’s always around. When I watch TV, this is what it means:

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Two different days and pretty much the same view for me. No complaints here! It’s awesome. The cats are doing good. I recently got them one of those bubbling cat water fountains. Supposedly it’s supposed to entice them to drink more water. I put it together over the weekend and it took about three days before they finally drank from it. I think they were scared of it. Fat Kitty stalked the water fountain and then would look at the bubbling water, then look at me, then back at the water. Finally they drank from it! So there you go, an update from the fur-babies in my house.

The other night I met my friend Sam for dinner at Tarboush. It’s a Lebanese restaurant I’ve wanted to try for years and just never got around to it. The place is on SE Hawthorne, a very popular place to visit in Portland, in an old Victorian house. There’s also a ton of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options marked on the menu.

Sam started with the TarBoush Blood Simple drink. It was a bunch of ingredients I’d never heard of (Fernet-Branca, Canton Ginger Liqueur, lemon & lime juice, and Pomegranate Grenadine) but it was tasty–sweet and tart at the same time.

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I got a glass of Lebanese white wine (Masaya Vin Blanc), it was like a dry pinot gris with a hint of pears. I liked my wine a lot. I asked the waiter (who was super nice and attentive) for advice because I didn’t recognize any of the Lebanese wines. This was a good choice.

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Sam and I shared a happy hour appetizer of “Foul Mouddamas,” it was fava beans cooked with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. It was really tasty. I ordered the Lamb Shawarma Plate. I almost always order lamb when I go to Middle Eastern restaurants because it’s not something I ever cook at home. It was so good! I ended up eating a little more than I should have. It came with basmati rice and tahini sauce.

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After eating a little too much, I took the rest for leftovers. The next day I had a salad for lunch and topped it with some of the lamb. After dinner Sam and I wanted to continue our chatting because we were having so much fun so we went for a walk on Hawthorne. It was such a nice evening and it almost felt like summer–a warm night that was still light out at 7pm. We ended up at Cup and Saucer where I drank too much peppermint tea and ate some coffeecake.

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Don’t be fooled by the picture, the coffeecake was huge. It was a cream cheese coffeecake and they warmed it up before serving it. The crunchy, sugary topping was the best. I asked for a box immediately and cut the cake in half so I wouldn’t eat the whole thing!

Before I knew it, it was 9pm and I was getting sleepy. When I got home Fat Kitty was anxiously awaiting my return from the front window, saw my car and then raced to the kitchen where he flopped onto his back with his legs in the air. This is what I come home to every day: the “come scratch my belly” pose! It makes me so happy. 🙂

Have a great weekend guys!