Monday, December 04, 2006

To Portland and Back

Denis and I had a quick trip up to Portland for some business and took advantage of the opportunity to visit with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. The weekend started with a nice dinner and visit with my boss who had us over for dinner. She is a good cook - we had pumpkin soup, cornish hen, cheesy potatoes and a luscious chocolate peanut butter brownie cake. After dinner, we strolled through downtown Grants Pass and looked in the shops which were open late for the special monthly art walk. A very pleasant evening.

After leaving them, we drove halfway up the state to Eugene and slept to break up the trip. Saturday, we were on the road in good time and arrived in Portland in time to do a bit of shopping before our meeting. We went to the Cost Plus World Market and bought some Tim Tams. I had to get some after hearing how great they are from my Aussie friends (and to try a Tim Tam Slam). Then we had time to visit my friend LM1 and her family. After our meeting, we headed across the city to spend the evening with our pinochle playing buddies. We kept them up late with the competetive spirit, then called it a night.

Sunday morning, we met a gal from my old singles group (that's old to me, not old singles...) We hadn't seen each other since my wedding! She is getting ready to go on her first trip out of the country on a mission to Africa. So exciting! We attended her church with her and then went out for brunch. Our last stop was the big Portland REI store where Denis generously spent his annual rebate on warm clothes for me. I was nervous about being warm enough on our upcoming anniversary trip to Mt. Shasta. But now, I shall be toasty warm. All in all a nice, relaxing trip.

8 comments:

Christine said...

lol!!! ... i'm so glad you got to try a TimTam Slam. What did you think?!!

Tracy said...

It was good. I didn't realize that the Tim Tam was going to get so mushy and melty. I couldn't taste much coffee before the straw aspect collapsed. The melty Tim Tam was very sweet. Denis skipped the slam procedure and just dipped his Tim Tam, which may have wound up with the same overall effect. :o) Thanks for informing me of this sensation.

kristina said...

That sounds great! I pretty much love anything with chocolate and coffee (but not chocolate coffee). Tracy- tell me again when your anniversary is.

When I used to be married, my ann. was 12/27 - which was also my parents and my husbands parents anniversary. Don't mean to dwell on the past but I thought that was unique.

Tracy said...

That is really something that everyone's anniversary was the same date! I imagine that you planned it that way, but obviously, your parents didn't.

Our anniversary is Dec. 31. It was a Wednesday, I think. We picked the mid-week date because both Denis' sister and my brother could come then, but each one had a conflict with either the weekend before or after.

Christine said...

i suppose i should have mentioned that you pop the coffee-soaked TimTam IMMEDIATELY into your mouth.

; )

lm1 said...

oh now that is funny kristina, my aniv. is on the 23rd of this month.
we hate it now that we have kids, cause we actually never get to do anything fun... well last year and that was the first time in 8 YEARS!

Priscilla said...

Your travel sounds fun! I haven't gone anywhere alone with hubby in ages. Definitely we need to soon!!!

Tracy said...

Well, you'll just have to plan a trip to Oregon.