Today my mother and I took a quick trip to Olympia where we got some supplies for our Christmas craftyness (and, of course, lunched some Thai food). It was a good trip and while I was gone Ralph actually – wait for it – didn’t work himself to a frazzle but actually spent time R&Ring with the kids. When I got home he helped me with a super-urgent sewing errand (due date: tomorrow!) and made us all varieties of sandwiches and hot coffee (and later, red wine for me). He took good care of us, including the cats and chickens. Wonderful man.
Tomorrow the family and I head to Portland and the Inn at Northup Station to meet with Karen and Shelly from Patterns by Figgy’s and do some book-related stuff (good Lord… look at my daughter, hearbreakingly lovely; look at my son, I want to eat him up!). All four of us are looking forward to it! It’s going to be a short trip, just staying one night, so we won’t be able to see all our Portland friends. But roadtrips are awesome.
Nels is, by the way, convinced there are chocolate-covered strawberries in Portland. Anyone know where I can find them in NW?
Aww The Inn at Northrup Station…I’ve heard those words spoken so many times since they sponsor a streetcar stop that I rode by on my way home from school most days. Have fun!
Chocolate covered strawberries…something is nagging at my brain and saying the Whole Foods on Burnside, but it’s just a hunch and they probably wouldn’t be terribly special even if they did have them. Good luck!
We generally make our own chocolate dipped strawberries. You set up a double boiler and melt the chocolate (we use the ordinary confectionery kind), dip the strawberries so they’re two thirds covered, put them on some wax paper and in the fridge until they’re set. Done! Might be easier to make them than to hunt them out?
My last place in Portland was a studio apartment at 21st and Lovejoy. I walked by the Inn at Northrup Station every day when they were building it when I was on my way to the tram (it used to be my commute when I worked at Powells). I’ve always wanted to go back and stay at I@NS. I’ve also want to take my kids to that rad park in the Pearl District that has the wacky water feature. I could totally seeing Nels going bananas there, but I guess it’s too cold to play in the water right now in Portland? Maybe next summer we’ll make the trip. I do miss Portland sometimes.
Happy trails m’lady!