Yes, I am still alive, the past week has just been busy. Wait, no it hasn’t. I’m just acting like I’m still on Hawaiian time and keeping myself as far away from my computer screen as possible. Can you blame me?
I went back to work last Monday and Tuesday and had the remainder of the week completely off. It was glorious. I woke up Wednesday morning and immediately knew where I needed to go. I cannot remember a Fourth of July in my childhood that wasn’t spent at Grand Lake– good food, boats, jet skis, fireworks and family. Be still my heart. So in honor of the tried and true traditions of my adolescent years, I biked to Lake Oswego to get a glimpse of the water and tackle a few hills. It was so much fun. I arrived in the quaint, yet affluent, city just in time to see some of the parade festivities.
Our friends Sally and William had a cookout that night so I woke John up from his post-call daze and drug him out with me. He didn’t last very long so I dropped him off at home before going to Chris and Courtney’s to watch the fireworks from their hilltop abode. It was a hap-hap-happy July 4th.
Fourth of July cookout at Sally & William’s
The Waterfront Blues Festival also took place last week so John and I couldn’t resist a little music by the water. Thursday night we made it just in time to see Toots & the Maytals and then went to a smaller after-hours show for JJ Grey & Mofro. Entrance is covered with a $10 donation plus 2 cans of food. Leave it to Portland to get some top named bands to come play in exchange for some support to our local food banks. Win. Win. Win.
Waterfront Blues Festival 2012
Because of my foot issue (it has been 3 weeks since I have laced up for a run), I loaded up my bike on Friday and drove out to Sauvie Island. It was a gorgeous day. I made new friends, enjoyed great views of St. Helens and Mt. Hood and officially felt bad for all of you that didn’t get to come with me. The tiny island is full of berry farms. Blueberries, raspberries, marionberries. After 4 hours of riding and passing farms galore, I decided I couldn’t leave without some berries. I am not much of a baker but I thought I would give it a try. End result: Blueberry & Marrionberry Cobbler. Thank you, Alice Waters. It was delicious. (I used the cobbler recipe from The Art of Simple Cooking and topped it with homemade cream biscuit dough).
Seafoam toes, biking on Sauvie Island, JJ Grey after hours show
Saturday John and I grabbed brunch and I dropped him at a drum lesson while I ran some errands around town. Then we biked down to the waterfront and out the Springwater Corridor for a good 2 hour ride. We arrived home just in time for me to clean up and get to Lille Boutique for a lingerie shower for my JLP friend, Larisa. She is getting married in a few weeks so we rented out the place for a few hours, handed her some champagne and money, and let her shop her little heart out.
Lingerie Shower for Larisa at Lille’s Boutique
To end my vacation appropriately, five of us l headed to the river to float the Clackamas on Sunday. It was such a simple and fun outing. It only took about 20 minutes to get there. We blew up our tubes, filled the cooler with ummm… ice, and hopped into the freezing cold water around noon. I had no idea we had such a beautiful river so close to us! It was the hotest day of the year so far hitting 90* and I loved every minute of it. On a sad note, I got back to my car to find it had been hit. C’est la vie. One of my resolutions this year was to “stress less” and I must say, it’s an easier life this way. Nice try, sucker… you aren’t going to ruin my vacation. Cars can be fixed, it’s not the end of the world.
Floating down the Clackamas River
I hope all of you had a great holiday. I am full speed ahead finalizing an RFP for a grant and learning every step of the way. Summer is finally here in Oregon and it has definitely been worth the wait!