August 30, 2012


Hello, from my laptop!  Yay!  Thank you to LC for letting me borrow your work laptop charger.  You're the best.

Only a few more nights until I head home to my Mr., and my own bed... for one night.  Well, only one night back in my own bed that is.  We leave for Portland {for vacation!} the morning after I return from Pittsburgh!  About a 12 hour turnaround.  I'm going to be a crazy - laundry doing - unpacking - packing machine.  And I'm going to be tired.  Really tired.  There will be lots of sleeping on the plane.

Let's talk about Portland.  I've never been there {the Mr. has}, and I am so excited.  We're going to visit the his best friend {the best man in our wedding} who works for Nike.  We'll also be spending a few days in Seattle visiting some of the husband's friends from his Master's program.  AND we're headed to Eugene to visit my cousin, his wife, and their sweet little girl - Elsie.

I've never heard anything but wonderful things about Portland, and everyone I've told we're going gets instantly excited.  It must be some kind of city.  Our total trip is ten days, with most of them spent in Portland, so send suggestions my way for sure! A few of the places I want to go {or where the Mr. wants to take me} include:

{the below photo was taken - by me - at Stumptown in NYC}

Voodoo Donuts {for... well - donuts, but especially the voodoo man and the maple one with bacon}
Hope Coffee {because all I can think about this week is caffeine}
Screen Door {for famous chicken & waffles}
Lodekka {I have to check out this double decker full of vintage finds}
Wanderlust {... and this one}
Delta Cafe {because the Mr. says we have to}
Stumptown Coffee {I'm obsessed with great coffee spots - especially Stumptown, and it's based in Portland}
The Pendleton Outlet {because I'm obsessed with Pendleton, remember?}

I think you can probably guess which of these picks are mine, and which are the Mr's.  And I realize most of these involve eating.  What am I missing?  Come on... don't be shy.  Comment away!

{Update: Marni, I refuse to admit I forgot about Stumptown so I added it in. I'm ashamed of myself. And the food trucks, of course! You gotta love street meat.}


  1. You have definitely got to locate the stores on wheels, eat something fabulous and think of me AND give sweet little Elsie an extra hug ;o)

  2. OMG. This couldn't have come at a better time because we are considering relocating to Portland! Speaking of eating -- My husband just got back from a Portland scouting trip. He had a cinnamon bun from a famous gluten-free bakery called Crave in Lake Oswego. The bun was so good, he said he cried a little in the car. That alone may make us move!

    1. I can now reply and speak with experience when I say... If you move there, you will eat well! I had some of the best food I've ever had for sure :) I'm going to do a follow-up post with some of my favorites!

  3. please tell me you got the donuts!! And did you go to the mobile boutique? I'm kind of obsessed with that idea....

    Hope you had a wonderful time. Glad to be blog friends now! :)

    1. The donuts were life changing (especially the voodoo man with raspberry filling), and the mobile boutique was so great! I am equally obsessed with the idea.

      ps. I love your blog!

  4. p.s. I failed the word verification 3 times. Maybe I AM a robot.

    1. I just laughed out loud... in a coffee shop... and people definitely stared :)