winter in Portland


I like this time of year in Portland. It’s fairly dry and while it’s cold, the sun is often out. I will take sunny but cold any day! The rain usually starts around January and doesn’t let up until sometimes July. The leaves are almost done falling too. Everything is just bare and spindly. I think it’s also time to start decorating the house for the holidays! I’d planned on decorating the house on Thursday but that plan changed.

Michael had a stressful week so he suggested we go out to dinner. I offered to make dinner and do all the cleaning but I think he just wanted to get out of the house and break up the monotony of the work week. I totally get that. My poor guy!

I suggested we check out Manao since we had a Living Social deal for it. Manao is the new Thai restaurant in Sellwood from the owner of the amazing Pok Pok. I love Pok Pok, so I had high expectations about this place. While it fell short of Pok Pok, it was still decent food.

The place was pretty empty when we got there but a few more people showed up and it was about half full. We started with a small appetizer of fried caramelized tofu with sweet and sour sauce. It was pretty good, even though I’m not a huge tofu fan.

We ordered two entrees to share. The one I wanted was the PAD PAK RUAM.  My dish was stir-fried chicken with Chinese broccoli, carrots, cabbage, onions, and green onions served with jasmine rice. The sauce was mild but delicious and I absolutely loved the crunchy cabbage and carrots!

Michael got the PAD KII MAO. It was stir-fried wide rice noodle with pork, red bell pepper, onions, mushroom, and basil in soy sauce. The noodles were a bit slimy and hard to eat but they were delicious. Michael ate all the mushrooms. 😛 Yuck!

I liked the food. It was pretty spicy but not sweat-inducing spicy like Pok Pok was! I enjoyed one glass of chardonnay with dinner and that helped with the spice a bit. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Even better!

My only complaint about the restaurant was the table cloth. They were a black and white gingham pattern that made both Michael and I nauseated. I felt dizzy because the pattern was so crazy! My suggestion would be to get rid of those and make them a solid color. Ooof.

I really wanted to stop for frozen yogurt on the way home. I’d left the coupon for the place near our house at home so we didn’t stop. Once I was home I was tempted to go back out and get us dessert. So tempted. I debated with myself why I should and shouldn’t go. I decided not to. Skipping dessert was okay. I didn’t need to go back out, especially since I was pretty full from dinner. Non-scale victory!

Sometimes it’s nice to just get out of the house and change up the routine.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite cuisine? 



Oh my god! There’s snow in Portland! The city is shutting down!

All week there was talk of snow but I was skeptical. Oregon freaks out at the slightest bit of white stuff and the whole city comes to a screeching halt. I still didn’t think it would snow enough to make a difference. I woke up Thursday morning, saw a very light dusting and got ready for work. Thankfully a friend of mine texted me asking if my office was closed. I had TOTALLY spaced about the work’s Emergency Line. I had already showered, eaten and was warming up my car to drive to work when she texted me. I immediately called and the recording said: “10 AM START.” Aw man! I could have slept in until 8am? What a bummer. But I’m not complaining about a few extra hours to hang out at home and watch Netflix.


That’s a pretty funny parody of hour Oregon reacts to snow.

The shirt I ordered on arrived. Unfortunately the small is too small–I couldn’t get it over my shoulders! 🙁

WOOT does not allow returns or exchanges. In fact I got this response: “If your shirt is defective, or if we sent you the wrong size, or we sent you some other shirt by mistake, let us know at If you just realized you don’t look good in orange, or you decided not to check the sizing chart before you placed your order, well, our impulse is to say that you got yourself a new washrag.”

Hmm. I did check the size on the website and I measured and thought I got the right size. Of course the shirt runs super small and doesn’t fit. I will never use WOOT again. Thanks for the fantastic customer service, WOOT! Fail. My response: “Thank you. I will never purchase something from WOOT again. Good to know this.”

I hope the roads are clear enough for Michael and I to get to the movies tonight…I already bought the tickets!

Well I guess I need to brave the snow storm and get to work!

QUESTION: How does your city react to a little white stuff?