I’m pretty sure my Mom gave it to me, but I didn’t tell Aaron that. I didn’t really want to get upset about it. Rowan had pulled it out of the “giveaway” cupboard near the front door & I was giving him a chance to put it back. Instead he accidentally hit it on the living room step as he was going down it & shattered the glass. We spent the next half an hour cleaning it up trying to make sure there was no glass left to imbed in someone’s foot.
It was in the cupboard to give away, so I’m not upset about it. (Right?) It was a beautiful yellow flower between two panes of glass in a sleek metal frame on the diagonal. It was beautiful & I had been ready to have it be beautiful for someone else.
At nap time I had to change Rowan’s sheet & mattress cover because he had peed through his pjs the night before. As I made the changes he grabbed his blanket & pacifier & sat in the rocking chair. I think he was very ready to sleep. We went to both Story Times today & then Aaron was coming home, so I was going to let him see Rowan before his nap.
Tonight Aaron cleaned the kitchen & gave Rowan his bath. When he was all ready for bed Aaron let Rowan come in to say goodnight to me. Rowan climbs up on the bed in his adorable blue striped pjs with the glow in the dark dino on the front & his curly wet hair & we snuggle up & sit close & flip through the books I’m reading. Aaron comes in eventually & at some point Rowan goes into his room & gets his blankets & pacifier & then climbs back up into bed with us. It was so cute. I loved it. I didn’t think I would ever love a little kid climbing into our bed with us, but I do. It was delightful. He’s a great kid.
Aaron made an oven mitt into a puppet & made it sing the Christmas songs that were playing. It was so hilarious. I laughed so hard. He is delightful. He is also very stressed out with work pressure (they threatened to take away people’s vacation time). He’s stressed out with school, the dreaded group assignments. He’s stressed out because it’s a holiday eve & he is trying to make some gluten free baked goods for people, when he’d really rather not worry about it. Apparently Aaron vacuums with the cord over his shoulder, I never noticed.
Also we’re having Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 for crying out loud.
I don’t know how to get to bed before 12, or even 1 anymore.
Sometime last year I watched an Episode of Oregon field guide & they had a segment all about the Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club. Watch it here. (Starting at minute 20.) The Club has a website with some great video.
It was super interesting & since we enjoyed Miniature World in Victoria, BC so much I put their show dates in the calendar for the next year. (Saturdays & Sundays, November 2019)
The year rolls by & I have a Saturday morning free, which is unusual so I pack up the family for a “surprise” adventure over in East Portland. As soon as we got out of the car it starting raining big drops & we stood outside in line for 10 minutes or so in it. It was the morning of the very first show of the year & it was pretty packed, although everyone was kind & polite.
We slowly made our way around the beautiful scenes & they were very well done & detailed. The things I liked a lot (some of them) were, the hot air balloon, the painting of Mount Hood, the TARDIS & the Daleks, the drive in movie playing actual movies, the lumber mill, the trolleys & the tiny Made in Oregon sign. They even took 5 minutes or so to turn everything into a nighttime scene, dimming the lights slowly & changing the colors. The tiny old fashioned cars were delightful. You would have to enjoy it all in person, hopefully with less of a crowd.
The club has been around since 1947.
Not a comprehensive list of closures in no particular order, enjoy!
First tragedy: TGIFridays
Tara (formerly Williams) Toraya took me to my first TGIFridays in Utah just off 106th South by South Town Mall. I fell in love with the Jack Daniel’s steak sauce & as Aaron & I started dating we went there regularly. A few years ago on his birthday Aaron wanted steak & we headed over to the location nearest to us here in Oregon just outside Washington Square Mall. We saw the sign on the door & it had closed in September 2009. The last time we went to a TGI Fridays was in Louisiana & it was not a good experience. The server joked about shanking, to us. Ironically the location has finally been bulldozed & is becoming a Jaguar Land Rover dealership. PamplinMedia.com
A few years ago Aaron’s work, where he was incredible unhappy took all the employees to Hall Street Grill for their Christmas party. I tried to make an effort, but it was painfully obvious that we had no intention of being with the company even until the next Christmas party. Aaron loved the steak there. We had intended to go back on our own, but driving past it one day there was a closed sign. Nothing has taken over the building since & it’s been at least 3+ years at this point. Closed February 2017. PDX.Eater.com
Ruby Tuesday’s was a gem we found in South Beaverton right on the pond. Aaron often went for the steak & I actually enjoyed their “Garden Bar”, but really we went for the cheese biscuits. I was also a big fan of their grilled zucchini & mashed potatoes. We took Aaron’s parents & his cousin there once & shortly after that it closed in August 2016. PamplinMedia.com
Bridgeport Brewpub became a favorite after years of Tuesday evening date nights & Aaron getting his lunch there often. It was only a couple of blocks from his work, easy walking distance. Aaron would go for their mac & cheese, which came in it’s own cast iron pan with little bits of crispy, delicious cheese around the edges. I will mention he frequently had to send it back to the kitchen because even with the edges bubbling & crispy, the middle was often cold. OPB.org
Chevy’s was one of our favorite places. We’d go there once a month. I loved their table side guacamole & their fajita chicken salad, which they originally made table side as well. The best part of that salad was the Apple Chipotle vinaigrette, I would always take home extras of that. Over time Aaron tried it & loved it also, he would end up ordering his own side of it. Normally he would go for the steak nachos. For the longest time we would go to the Chevy’s in Tanasborne. One night we decided to go to the Chevy’s in Lake Oswego & as I routed us there it said they were permanently closed. We didn’t believe it & drove all the way out there to see it dark & empty. I really am genuinely sad about this one, because the food was great & we went there often. BizJournals.com
Henry’s Tavern: The Ultimate Tragedy
I legitimately cried over this one. We had taken piles of friends & family to this place over the years. It was in a delightful old brick building & they served Gorgonzola Cheese fries. Aaron actually loved those, amazingly enough. When we first started going there Aaron would get their mac & cheese, & I tried their bangers & mash, but regretted it. I fell solidly into their Pear Walnut & Prosciutto salad. Sliced pears, pickled peppers, goat cheese, prosciutto, thickly shaved parmesan, candied walnuts, red onion, over shredded romaine, arugula with basil & a jalapeño-pear vinaigrette that was perfect. Dessert, which we only had room for a couple of times, was their ice cream sandwiches made in house. The cookies were still soft & the ice cream was firm, delicious. We had parked our car & walked up to the front entrance for our spontaneous lunch date & it was only when Aaron pulled on the door handle & it was locked, did we realize anything was wrong. Closed September 2019. OregonLive.com
A few years ago in 2013 I posted a Life List (which I had originally created the year before) & since then the years have rolled on, all 6 of them. I’ve accomplished many of the things I listed & many have turned out to be silly, & such silliness/accomplishments calls for an update.
*I have to point out that my birthday is in less than 2 months & A-Aron needs some inspiration on my birthday surprise.
I’ve included the official, updated, new & improved, pretty Life List 2019 first & then the crazy edited/snarky commented version (for fun) down below.
In all I’ve accomplished 24 of the 60 original list. I kept or modified 14 of the remaining 36.