wine

Land of the Living

On Saturday I got out of my sweatpants after almost two weeks and we planned a little day trip.

After breakfast and showers and stuff, we hit the road. It was a nice change of scenery. We went down to Newberg to pick up our wine at Stoller. We missed the pick up party because of my surgery. Oh well, we’ll go to the one in the fall.

Fell asleep immediately….

It had been pouring rain all morning but by the time we drove down to Stoller, it was a nice day. Logan was still asleep when we arrived so Michael stayed in the car and I went inside to have a quick taste and pick up our wine.

I still have issues with sense of smell and taste but I can get a bit of the wine. 🙂 I wish I could have spent more time there but we just didn’t have that much time. Not with a toddler!

Then it was lunch time. The place we usually go was super packed and had about a 45 minute wait just for a table, so we skipped it. We drove to Wilsonville and stopped at the Oswego Grill for lunch instead. It was a nice choice.

Logan did pretty good, which was nice because restaurants are kind of hit or miss. He got a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries (his favorite).

I got the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon. It was really good and on the diet, so that was nice. Michael got a turkey and bacon, avocado sandwich. It was a nice lunch. I’d go there again.

Then we drove home. I kind of hit the wall at that point. It was about 2pm and the longest I’d been out and about since having my surgery. Even though we didn’t do a whole lot, it took a lot out of me. I took a nap when we got home, which felt amazing. Then when I got up I played outside with Logan for awhile so Michael could take a nap. 😉 We are hardcore partiers these days!

It was a nice day and it felt good to get dressed, do my hair and get out of the house doing something normal–other than errands. This week I’ve been home from work I’ve been doing one thing a day–grocery store, errands, Target, haircut, etc. But basically taking it easy. So this was a nice change.

Monday I go back to work. No more sleeping in, back to alarm clocks, no more sweatpants, no more laying on the couch watching TV shows I’m years behind on, and no more naps! (BOO!!) But it will be good to get back to it!

On The Lake

I had the pleasure of a girl’s weekend with my bestie, Rachel! Last year we rented an Airbnb on the water in Shelton (very remote, very peaceful). This year we rented a place on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington. It’s between Olympia and Tacoma. I’ve honestly never been–I’ve just seen signs off the freeway. 😉

The place we rented was the basement apartment of a house right on the lake.

I arrived a little before Rachel on Friday afternoon and after unpacking, I sat outside in the sun and read my book next to the lake. It was peaceful and quiet and beautiful.

When Rachel arrived we got some food at the nearby Trader Joe’s and then cooked dinner while catching up. We made goat cheese ravioli topped with Autumn Pumpkin Alfredo sauce–sounds a bit weird but it was tasty! Not too overpowering in either direction.

We drank wine, we talked late into the night, we ate the homemade popcorn the owners gave us and then went in the hot tub. It was a really nice, relaxing evening!

Saturday we both slept in (amazing!) had breakfast and lots of coffee:

And then I went for a run. The place we rented was right on the water and the neighborhood was very nice, but the streets were narrow and windy and not safe to run on. I asked the owner if there was any where I could go and she recommended Fort Steilacoom Park.

Apparently it’s a nice place for all kinds of activities and when I showed up there were tons of people doing stuff. There was some kind of event going on, then there was a soccer tournament and there was a huge dog park area, which looked cool.

There were a bunch of trails. I ran on the gravel/dirt trails a bit until I found the paved path:

It was a beautiful fall day, slightly crisp but not too cold. The sun was out, the leaves were turning. The paved path went around the lake and it was flat and clean and very nice. There were lots of other walkers, runners and bikers. It kind of reminded me of Greenlake in Seattle.

 

It was a nice run. I felt pretty good. I wasn’t in a rush, either, just enjoyed the scenery. Rachel was going to the store to get a few things and she said no rush, so I looked around a bit and found a cool old ruin:

I did a little more running and then headed back to the car. I did just under 3 miles and felt great!

I stretched and then drove back to the house (about a mile or so away), showered and then we kicked back with Pandora tunes and played board games a bit. Then Trader Joe’s honey goat cheese on crackers and some soup for lunch. We played a few rounds of Ticket to Ride.

Then chick flicks on Netflix! We decided to order takeout for dinner and picked up Italian food at Casa Mia. It was pretty close to where we were staying, so that was nice. Rachel got the mushroom risotto and I got spaghetti noodles with pesto and Caesar Salad. The portions were pretty big so we had lots of leftovers. It was a weekend full of carbs!

Then more hot tub time:

And bed. Sunday I hit the gym and then drove home to Portland. It was a fantastic weekend! I really needed the girl time and time to catch up with Rachel (and time to relax and do NOTHING) but I was feeling a little homesick. I missed my boys! I got home just in time for Logan to wake up from his nap!

It felt good to be home. 🙂