Weekend Update: Portland!

Welcome to another installment of Weekend Update!

IMG_0221.JPGOnce 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?).

IMG_0231.JPGMany in our group were serious speedsters. [Note: Thanks to Becky for being the official photographer of the Oiselle meet-up!]

After our little run, we took a group photo before having a delicious brunch at Dot’s Café.

IMG_0222.JPGIt 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.


IMG_0229.JPGMelissa 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:

IMG_0223.JPGI plan on hiding it in an out-of-the-way place so that my kids won’t find it, use it, and lose it. Kids.

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.

IMG_0236.JPGThis 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.

IMG_0235.JPGWe found plenty to get there, including several books for me and for me to read to the kids (including The Witch of Blackbird Pond! Holla!). Oh, and just about the coolest book bag ever:

IMG_0224.JPGI refuse to feel bad about spending money on books. Literacy, y’all!

This also happened on Saturday:

IMG_0240.JPGYes, those socks are hers, and yes, that is a rainbow coming out of a unicorn’s tush. I never said I deserve to win the Mother of the Year award.

Sunday morning, of course, was the Portland Marathon, the subject of a future post.

IMG_0226-0.JPGThe rest of the day was devoted to taking in more of the city, including the best Bloody Mary known to man:

IMG_0225.JPGMy beloved VQ-8 at the Veritable Quandary. Divinity in a glass, I tell you.

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?):

IMG_0228.JPGThe kids rode on something called a “cow train” and managed to survive.


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.

IMG_0244.JPGA delicious capper to a very special weekend.

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?

9 thoughts on “Weekend Update: Portland!

  1. ahhh so jealous, I love Portland. Last time my husband and I were there we waited in ridiculous long lines at Salt & Straw twice. They just opened one here in Los Angeles though, I can’t wait to go. Fun fact, I’m like 89% sure my friend from Georgia designed those socks.

    • I had no idea Salt & Straw is spreading its scrumptious empire outside Oregon. I had the coconut with smooshed up salted caramel bar ice cream yesterday. Unbelievably, it was vegan and gluten free!

      How awesome your friend is the likely designer of those socks! She’s clearly a genius.

  2. Okay, I’m so jealous that it’s not even cool…Powell’s Books?!? And that book bag?!? Whaaaaat? Ugh. I’m so glad you made a visit there; at least I can live vicariously. 🙂 I’m also pretty jealous of that sweet NUUN/Oiselle water bottle you picked up, too. I’m SOOOO happy that you had such a great trip; this is amazing! Can’t wait to hear more about the race, and thank you for sharing your post on the Weekend Update!

    • …Another reason why you need to visit the PNW, Tara. I try to go to Powell’s every time I go to Portland. I love Powell’s so much that I actually commented to my husband this past weekend that it would be totally awesome if Powell’s opened a hotel inside the bookstore. That way guests would never have to leave Powell’s. He thinks I’m deranged.

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