Where to begin? First of all, let me just say I am damn excited. Damn excited, I tell ya. “Pero por que, Rosalinda?” those of you with inquisitive, bi-lingual minds may be wondering.
Dude! I’ve totally been doing this blog for almost a year!! Celebrate, right?
So that’s why I’m excited. Now that you’re totally let down, let’s move on to the oh-so-exciting life of a thirty-something recent college grad. Whoo boy.
Last Wednesday was steamy. No, I’m not going to share some wildly inappropriate story with you all (that time the shuddering was a collective sigh of relief).
No, I finally decided to bravely try the steam room at the gym (please, hold your applause). It was hot. And steamy. And frankly, pretty gd awesome. It smelled like eucalyptus and made me feel fancy. Highly recommended.
Thursdays new is NOT recommended. I repeat, don’t go see this.
Visually, this was a stunning film and it did start off with not a little promise. However, the plot quickly disintegrated and this thing just started to drag, man. Just drag. Plus it’s a major pet peeve of mine when a woman is scorned and as a direct result of said scorning becomes bitter and universally reviled. That’s some patriarchal paradigm crap right there.
Friday’s new was surprisingly great. We went to see the “Portland’s Funniest Person” contest (or one of the rounds of said contest, anyway) and rather than leave super depressed as we have in the past, we really enjoyed ourselves! The service was great, the crowd was cool and the comedians themselves were HILARIOUS. Check out Eric Alexander Moore. We loved him.
Saturday I tried a new kind of cider. This was a result of a whirlwind Saturday night involving a trip to Target to go pajama shopping (FYI pajamas at Target? CRAP!). Jealous yet? Anyway, Michelob has apparently gotten in on the cider game and makes a “lite” version, which only has 110 calories and kinda tastes like an apple Jolly Rancher. In a word, meh.
Sunday was a new run! Seriously, it was awesome. Loving those $5 5Ks! Set a PR, even. Not to brag (but kinda bragging).
Monday I have no clue. This is becoming a pattern. Here, here’s a pic of some kittens.
Tuesday I got my teeth whitened. It was kinda weird. The mouth stretcher made me feel like Chatterbox.
Wednesday was double new. Our super great CEO Mike took me and a co-worker plus her husband out to see the Timbers in an open game. 2-0! I’d seen the Timbers play before, but not since they became MLS. The Army was lively as ever. We had dinner before that at a place called Gilda’s. I’d never been there, so, new! Pasta and Kate Crawford Sauv. Blanc? Oh hell yes! Thank you Mike!!
Thursday was new-and miserable!-for my poor little Angus. He had multiple small surgeries, including (but not limited to!) two fatty tumors removed, a skin tag removed, a eye cyst removed, as well as various other things. It was traumatic for us both. And expensive as hell. Sigh. Oh Angus. So brave.
Friday I got my nails done in company colors. Any of you who are friends with me on Facebook know all of this already, but I’m sure the second time around is even more interesting, right? I mean, what could be better than hearing about a work-themed manicure…twice? Goddamn.
Saturday was a ton o’ new! Hurray! Clayton had taken the day off because my wonderful mother-in-law and her fabulous man Gary were supposed to be here, but due to a family illness they had to cancel their trip. You’re in our thoughts, Hollis and Gary. XO!
Clayton and I made the most of our day, though, and went to a NEW exhibit at OMSI called Mummies of the World, and man, is it ever good. Dude. This exhibit was intriguing, humbling and respectfully done. The oldest mummy there was 8,500 years old. There was still hair attached. Incredible. I highly recommend it.
After the mummies, we finally tried the White Owl Social Club. It’s owned by the same folks that run Sizzle Pie, so we had high hopes despite mixed reviews on Yelp. The WOSC is in the same space occupied by Plan B, and, while the space is the same, the overall feeling is a little classier, plus reviews complaining of bad service proved to be untrue, at least for the people who helped us. I had a Party Boi, the rum drink special of the day (fruity and delicious!) and we shared a vegan fried mac n’ cheese sandwich. It was decadently rich and I don’t even want to imagine how many points/calories it had.
Sunday I walked in the PSU graduation ceremony. This is how that felt:
Yup. Ebullition and pride abounded. Thank you to everyone, especially my family and Clayton, who made this moment possible. It was an amazing day and I am so grateful to you all. Thank you.
We also went to Rocky Butte State Park, which is right off of 82nd and I had no clue it was there. Panoramic views and interesting history made it worth the trip (we had some trouble finding it). Oh, and we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, Blossoming Lotus, and tried all kinds of awesome newness, including cheesecake and port wine! Yes!
Yesterday I flew to San Diego! Which is where I’m typing this from. We’re at the #NAAEduConf, the National Apartment Association Education Conference and Exposition (whew!) so everything I do will be new.
Here’s to a great conference. Big love to you all. Til’ next time~