Friday, June 27, 2008

Getting Things Done

Sergio and I have a list of items that we are trying to check off before we leave Portland in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! This list involves things like swim in Oneonta Gorge one more time, go to the coast again, eat pho, shop at the Saturday Market, and so on and so forth. This is our WANT TO DO list. It has very little to do with our NEED TO DO list, which involves things like sell our stuff, donate our stuff, throw away our stuff, clean, turn utilities on or off, change our address, figure out our new address, and so on and so forth. In fact, that NEED list is being avoided with all of our combined might.

Last weekend we marked one thing off of the WANTS, though. We drove out to the coast on Sunday and walked around the cute town portion of Cannon Beach. We explored all the funky sea life attached to Haystack Rock (if you blow on the seemingly inanimate objects it turns out they will either move or spit). We had lunch at a brew pub next to a fire place (because it is still cold and windy on the coast). After that we bought a small kite at a kite store and drove further up the coast. We got out at a little space in the trees that had a hiking trail down to a secluded surfer's beach and we hiked. Along the way we stopped to marvel at the enormous slugs (a practice that just never gets old), and at one point came face to face with a little black and white snake. We were less fond of this. A little further down the path we saw another of the same sort of snake in the path, but not until we were quite close. Sergio, the snake, and I all jumped about a foot, but Eliot never noticed a thing. He's an awesome guard dog. As soon as we got to the beach we realized it was anything but secluded and turned right around. We stopped a little further up the road at a quiet wind-surfers beach called Manzanita. It was here that we let Eliot off of his leash, set up the kite, attached it to the dogs harness and let him fly the kite all day long. Yes, it is so very easy to fly a kite on the windy beaches of Oregon that a mini poodle can do it. Everyone should try this sometime. Eliot spent about an hour fetching a huge stick out of the water while pulling a kite. He slept well that night.

It was a lovely day and certainly something we will miss about this part of the country.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Told You We Could Manage Movie Reviews

You Don't Mess With the Zohan
There were two jokes in the whole movie. They just used them over and over and over again. The worst part was that Zohan is an alpha male character instead of Sandler's normal "quirky guy the world has spit on" character. It was hard to find the charm that usually accompanies his movies.

National Treasure II ♣♣♣½
I don't know why people give these such a hard time. A little history, a lot of adventure, and a healthy dose of the absurd. What's not to like?

Get Smart ♣♣♣½
We thought it was really funny. A perfect summer afternoon movie.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


So we don't post for two weeks and then when I do it is just to whine about being left on hold for 40 minutes (it took 48 1/2 minutes to reach someone, if you were curious). Partly we aren't posting because we are lame, and partly because we are busy with boring things and have no internet anyway. I am currently in a coffee shop downtown applying for jobs online and waiting for a transcript scan to upload. Exciting stuff.

Anyway, I only have a couple of minutes, but I wanted to say hi and that you should check back and hear all about:

My best friend's wedding (not the movie)

How I still don't fit into the small town I partially grew up in and still have the ability to make grown men that I barely know yell at me for being a "naive little girl" since I don't believe Obama is the antichrist. How dare I?!

How a poodle behaves when he finds four miniature chocolate bars in the bottom of a gift bag that I forgot all about. LIke he is on speed. That is how he acts. Except it is really sad and not funny like it sounds like it might be.

How Sergio and I played trivia at a bar with some friends and thought we did really well but ended up third to last.

and finally, how Sergio and I finally saw an Adam Sandler movie we just didn't like much at all.

So check back. We'll do better. We promise. And if not, we will at least post movie reviews sometime.

Monday, June 16, 2008

On Hold

I have been on hold for forty minutes now. Listening to extraordinarily loud classical music with the phone ear and soft rock from the bakery speakers on the other ear. C'mon Texas. Answer your phone.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

THE GRADUATE............................................................ Dawn is older than me after all

June 1st turned out to be quite a day. My beautiful wife graduated with her masters degree and one of my best friends became a father (more on the fact that I have a friend with a child later). Quite a day. Good job lady.

We would feel bad if we didn't mention that in the last couple of month's our friends Sam, Nikki, and Ryan also graduated, Congrats everyone.