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Do you have a blog?  And a day job?  Do you ever write blog posts in your head while at that day job and then get home and the last thing you want to do is turn on the computer and write that blog post?  No?  Uh, me neither.

So, let’s see, what’s been happening the last nine weeks…

F E B R U A R Y

  • I had an amazing dinner at Cocotte for a blogger event thanks to Heather Jones.  I got to hang out with Brandie, Fabi, and Marisa while eating some seriously good food.  I need to take Mr. Won’t Run there for date night sometime, and I suggest you check it out too!

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M A R C H

  • I met up with the Ladies Who Brunch to discuss The Snow Child and Little Bee.  While I didn’t love either of those books, I am absolutely loving this fun little book club!  It’s getting me back into reading (and out of my usual YA Vampire genre), I get to eat B R U N C H, and I hang out with people I really like.  WinWinWin.  This meet-up took place at Maurice – “A Modern Pastry Luncheonette bound by old world charm” – and I had the most amazing rosemary currant scone with candied kumquat jam.  They had me at rosemary!

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  • Mr. Won’t Run wanted to get lunch at Double Dragon one Sunday afternoon, and it was just as good as last time!  We drove down Division to see what else there was and ended up stopping at Salt & Straw (because ice cream on a cold and rainy day in March makes total sense in Portland).  We walked right by Roman Candle Baking Co. which we still need to try, and it’s right next to Ava Gene’s.  I told Mr. Won’t Run that we should try Ava Gene’s sometime because Portland Monthly voted it the restaurant of the year and it was on all of the top new restaurant lists (Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, Bon Appetit, Eater PDX).

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  • I had my 7 year anniversary at the day job – almost 7 1/2 years if you count the time as a temp – it’s the longest I’ve ever been at one place!  I guess that’s what happens when you’re an adult.  I am very thankful for it, but it’s not my passion, so hopefully the doula career can take over in the next couple of years.
  • 3/6 Apparently Mr. Won’t Run couldn’t get Ava Gene’s out of his head because just four days after we walked by it, we had to go for dinner.  It was a Thursday and the earliest reservation I could get was 9:15pm!  We LOVED all the food, and we sat at the kitchen bar so we got to watch the food being made which was fun!

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  • We took an impromptu trip to Cannon Beach for the weekend and stayed at Tolovana Inn which we really enjoyed.  The room was more like an apartment, it had a separate bedroom, full kitchen, and dining/living areas.  We grabbed dinner at Mo’s the first night since it was right next door (and since Tolovana Inn gives you coupons for free chowder and drinks).  The next day we walked around town eating all the things!  We would definitely recommend Tolovana Inn, The Lazy Susan Cafe, Ecola Seafoods, Chocolate Cafe, Cannon Beach Bakery, Cannon Beach Distillery, and Crepe Neptune!  We would NOT recommend Warren House Pub, although that is based only on the lack of customer service – we were never acknowledged by wait staff that walked by multiple times so we left.  I’ve heard the food is pretty good, but I’m not sure how they expect to get new people to try the food if they don’t even acknowledge them.  We’ve both worked in food service and sales so we are extremely critical of customer service!

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The Veronica Mars Movie premiered on 3/14!  Did you watch the show when it was on?  It was only one for 3 seasons before it was cancelled WAY TOO SOON!!!  The fans have held out hope the last seven years that somehow, someway, Veronica Mars would live again, and thanks to their Kickstarter campaign, we made it happen.  I am proud to say that I donated to get the movie made, and I loved every single second of it.  There is also a book that just came out and it picks up where the movie leaves off.  The genius creator, Rob Thomas, has said that there will be more books, and that any future movies will pick up wherever the books are at, so everything is on the same timeline.  I love how much the Veronica Mars creators and cast are just as in love with it as the fans are.

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  • Missed a meeting of Ladies Who Brunch at Meriwether’s because of stupid cramps.  Am I allowed to talk about cramps or is that TMI?  Do people still say TMI?  We had read the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, all about women in today’s business world and how a lot of them are sabotaging their potential success in ways that a man wouldn’t, and they most likely don’t even realize they’re doing it.  I definitely related to a few of the examples, and I would totally recommend the book.

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Photo from Rachel’s Instagram!

  • Mr. Won’t Run turned 38!  He wasn’t feeling well so we didn’t really celebrate, just picked up some Thai food.  I didn’t even bake him a cake.  I know, I’m an amazing wife, huh?  The thing is, he’s not even a cake fan.  Maybe I’ll make him a belated key lime pie.  You know, now that it’s almost May.

A P R I L

  • Took a quick trip to Tucson to visit family on my Mom’s side.  I was born in Tucson and lived there until I was 8 and still have a lot of family there.  My Mom and Stepdad both work at a school so they get Spring Break and they haven’t been to Tucson in ages so they decided it was time and I joined them for a few days.  I got to meet up with my friend Becky which was great!  She’s been through a lot since the last time we were together and I hated not being close enough to hang out with her so it was great to spend some time together and catch up.  She’s been staying at a farm type of place, and there are a bunch of animals, including A BABY GOAT!  NAMED JOY!!  Cutest thing ever!  If you stop petting her she’ll do what a dog or cat does and paw (hoof?) at you!  When in Arizona… snakes, prickly pear margaritas, and coffee by the pool!

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  • While in Tucson I missed another meeting of Ladies Who Brunch, this time at Tasty & Alder to discuss Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I still plan to read this book as soon as my library hold comes in, all the ladies loved it, but apparently I’ll need to be prepared with tissues nearby for an ugly cry sesh of grand proportions.  I was so sad to miss Tasty & Alder, it’s been on my to-eat list for forever and everyone seems to love it!

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Photo from Lindsay’s Instagram!

  • Thankfully there was another Ladies Who Brunch meeting in April that I could make it to, we went to Kern’s Kitchen and discussed Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.  When I say “discussed” in regards to these book club meetings, I mean for about the first five minutes, then we just chat and catch up.  The book might come up again here and there, and while we all enjoy the reading, I think it’s really just an excuse to get together, and I’m totally okay with that!

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Aaaaaaand, I think that brings us current!

See you in another nine weeks.

The Oregon Coast

I know, I know, over three weeks since my last post, not very Bloggery of me.

A few weeks ago I met up with my friend Marisa for a beach weekend.  We first met back in 9th grade and I just did the math on that… 20 years. Will someone please slow down time.

We wanted to go to Cannon Beach but it’s way too expensive to stay there so we found Gearhart a little farther North and it’s a really cute little town! We stayed at Gearhart by the Sea and ate at McMenaminsright there across the street the first night.

We heard rave reviews about Pacific Way Bakery & Cafewhich was just down the street so we stopped by for breakfast both mornings. It’s always a good sign when the line is out the door! Cinnamon Rolls, Scones, Tarts, Cookies, Breads… everything we had was great, if you’re ever out that way you must stop by!

We explored Cannon Beach, took the required pics of Haystack Rock, and checked out all the cute (but a little overpriced) shops.

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We lunched there at a place Mr. Won’t Run and I had been to before, Seasons Cafe. Check out this awesome open faced caprese sandwich I got, Yum!!

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We stopped by Seaside on our way back to Gearhart and stocked up on salt water taffy at Seaside Candyman (they have 170 flavors).

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It was back to Paradise Bakery & Cafe that night for dinner.  Reservations are recommended but we scored a table for two and got a pizza. I wish I could remember exactly what we ordered because it wasn’t your standard fare, they jazzed it up a bit.

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Before leaving the Coast we hit up two antique shops in Gearhart which were great.  The first is just down from the bakery and called Romancing the Home.  It didn’t look that big from the outside but it is and it’s so well organized too. I never buy anything at these places but I got a good size wire basket and a circle vanity mirror.  The gal there made sure to tell us about The Yankee Trader that’s just a little farther North up 101.  This was the view when we walked in:

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The whole store was like that, jam packed with so many treasures. It was set up so cute too with different sections done by color or theme. You could spend days in there and still not see all there is to see. I wound up with three quart size blue Ball jars, $3/each!!  I’m thinking those would have been at least $10/each in Cannon Beach. The gal who owns the place doesn’t do computers so no website or FB page, but there are some reviews here, an article here, and a bunch of posts on the Pleasant Home blog.

We had so much fun at those two shops we decided to head a little farther North to Astoria to check out three other shops. Two of them were closed on Sundays but we still made it to Vintage Hardwarewhich was really cool! Not only was it in one of those old, crumbling buildings that you know must have been gorgeous in its heyday, but they had so much fun stuff. I left empty-handed (plenty I wanted, just nothing I needed or have the room for), but Marisa found a couple of unique old windows to hang on her wall.

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Then it was lunch at Baked Alaska, another place Mr. Won’t Run and I have been to before. My co-worker is actually friends with the Owner/Chef which is how I found out about it. It’s right on the water with a view of the Astoria-Megler Bridgewhich crosses the Columbia River with Oregon on one side and WA on the other. It’s 14 miles long which apparently makes it the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

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Mr. Won’t Run and I ended up on it by accident once and I can confirm it’s a long bridge, especially when you didn’t mean to be on it, but at least it’s a pretty 28 mile detour.

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You also get a great view of the shipping lanes which can make for some fun ship-watching.

So there is is, the Northern Oregon Coast. You should totally explore it sometime!