Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Recap on Portland

I went to Portland this past weekend to meet Juliana L. Brandt and Lauren Spieller for the first time in person! SO MANY great things about this day, including gorgeous weather and a breathtaking city. Portland really surprised me by how . . . pretty it was. I LOVE the look of old-timey buildings, and Portland is FULL of them.

Husband and I got to  Portland half an hour late, but managed to find cheap parking relatively quickly. We hurried to The Original Restaurant, where Juliana and Lauren waited outside. I then had my first brush with Portland Jay-walking.*

*(Let it be known that I was very excited to go meet the girls, I just despise jay-walking. But then Husband quite literally dragged me across the street, and Lauren is a bad influence, so I jay-walked multiple times that day.) 

SO we all giggle and freak like school girls and I’m definitely the shortest of the group :D. We went inside and ordered an awesome breakfast along with Juliana’s sister and Lauren’s boyfriend.

Then Juliana wanted to go “spend time with family” and “exercise” and “enjoy the outdoors” (load of hogwash, right?), so she went snowshoeing while Lauren and I (and the boys, of course) went to Powell’s Books, a stationery shop (where I got sealing wax and a stamp!), Chinese gardens, and got lunch at a bunch of food carts. I went for Korean. Lauren got a taco and Husband got some scary-looking burger from a not incredibly friendly burger guy.

Lauren later returned to Powell’s Books to purchase I Am NOT a Serial Killer by Dan Wells on my recommendation, so I feel like I accomplished something. :)

We met up with Juliana again and went to The Thai Peacock for dinner, which was fun. Then we went to Rite Aid for various supplies (and Mountain Dew for Husband) and said our goodbyes. Break my heart. I only got one picture with all the girls together:

We left Portland around 9:00 PM, but due to a very early rise that morning and muchos walking during the day, we were EXHAUSTED. Worst drive ever. So hard to stay awake! We got back to my friend’s house in the Tri-cities around 12:45 AM. I was worried about waking people up, but when I got to the door I heard Panic at the Disco playing over their speaker system because friend’s dad was still awake installing the kitchen sink. Crazy people. ;)


  1. Book store and Chinese gardens? Sounds like a perfect day to me.

  2. Sounds like so much fun. The bookstore sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing about it.

  3. Fun! I really want to do an Oregon/Washington west coast trip for my next domestic trip. Great pics! And so fun to meet writer friends in person :)

  4. Yay! I wish it could have lasted longer!

  5. Too cool! Glad you had such a good time. :)

  6. Portland sounds amazing! When we move back to Utah we are definitely doing a road trip to Washington sometime.