Welcome to another installment of Weekend Update!
Once again I’m linking up with my friend Tara of Running ‘n’ Reading. Check out her blog and those of the other bloggers linking up, if you would be so kind. If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up. It’s fun–I promise!
This is a somewhat tardy Weekend Update post for me because we didn’t arrive home from our weekend adventures in Portland until Monday afternoon. Long weekends are the best, amirite? Especially when they take place in Portland, one of my favorite cities. Alas, long weekend = long Weekend Update, so settle into a comfy chair. This may take a while.
We pulled into Portland pretty late on Friday night but managed to meet up with my college friend, B, who lives in Chicago but was in town for work. It was her last night and we were able to meet for a drink. It was so fun catching up with her. We parted ways outside the legendary Voodoo Donuts, which was close to our hotel, the Embassy Suites.
Saturday morning we woke up to a gorgeous October day. It was sunny and cool, perfect running weather, and I had plans to go to a meet-up with some Oiselle Voleé and Flock members. We ran an approximate 3-1/2 mile loop around the Willamette River. Or, rather, I struggled to keep up with the rest of the group as I tried to get used to running again (I was pretty much out of it for 2 weeks, remember?).
After our little run, we took a group photo before having a delicious brunch at Dot’s Café.
It was so great meeting everyone, which included mostly locals but also some ladies who had driven down from Vancouver, BC, for the marathon. They were all funny, interesting, and cool. I love the running sisterhood that Oiselle helps grow!
The rest of Saturday was all about family time. We went to the Portland Marathon expo at the Hilton so that I could pick up my bib and, more importantly, say “hi” to my friend Melissa, who was working the Nuun booth.
Melissa is a total sweetheart and gave my kids some newly styled Nuun bottles because they are total Nuunjas. I think they tasted every single flavor there. Melissa also gave me this super-cool Oiselle/Nuun bottle:
My husband was snookered into buying a Myo-Buddy personal massager/modified power tool at the expo. I love that I’m not the only one who impulse-buys at marathon expos, even if we were $100+ poorer after his purchase.
This hipster kid ended up being the designated Myo-Buddy-carrier for the remainder of our shopping excursion, which included too much
time money spent at Tory Burch (but there was a Friends & Family promotion!) and J.Crew (but everything was 25% off!).
We also visited one of my favorite places in the world, Powell’s Books.
This also happened on Saturday:
Sunday morning, of course, was the Portland Marathon, the subject of a future post.
The kids and I also went with friends to a pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island, an agrarian community only 15 minutes from downtown Portland. It was a lot of fun catching up with them and partaking in all of the entertainment and wonderment the farm had to offer, including these things (what are these called, anyway?):
It was difficult waking up Monday morning because it meant that it was almost time to leave Portland and drive home. Fortunately, I had fun plans set up with Robin and Kristin, running friends I met through Twitter. We met up at Stumptown Coffee and then walked a loop around the river. It was fantastic meeting them in real life. We have so much in common and I really enjoyed my time with them.
After our walk, I reconnected with my husband and kids at Nong’s Khao Man Gai, our favorite Portland food cart and purveyor of Thai chicken and rice with magical powers. I’m only kind of kidding. We followed up our early lunch with a speed-packing and -cleaning session back at the hotel so that we could leave by checkout time.
It was so hard to leave Portland. So hard, in fact, that we just had to stop in the Alberta District on our way out of town to grab some ice cream at Salt & Straw.
Have you ever been to Portland? What was the best thing you ate last weekend? Have you ever met internet or social media pals in real life?