This past weekend was the annual “fancy dinner” for the trusty husband’s company.? Long time readers know what this is, but newbies may be unaware.? It is a formal dinner that the regional office puts on.? They put us up in a hotel, give us (an alloted amount of) free drinks and I get to put on a fancy dress.? I have to sit through an awards presentation, but the food is usually good, so I don’t mind.
I was going to be frugal this year.? I wasn’t going to buy a new dress.? I had a perfectly good cocktail dress that was cute.? I recently purchased new shoes and made a gorgeous wrap to go with it.? I was set.? Friday night I thought it might be good to actually try on the dress since I hadn’t worn it since August.? Turns out that was a good idea.? The dress no longer fit.? So Friday night I had to go out and buy a new dress.? Not fun.? The dress I bought was cute, and certainly not a bargain.
We originally were excited about this outing because we got a kid free night in a hotel.? Then I was stricken with some illness that is clinging to my lungs for dear life.? Hard to be romantic when you are coughing up a lung.
We made it through the dinner (which was full of pregnant ladies btw).? I slept like the dead and the nasal congestion was clearning up for our Sunday out in Portland.
We had a lovely breakfast at Mother’s Bistro (sorry about the music, it irritates me too).? In fact, I think it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had.? I actually ordered eggs benedict.? I never eat poached eggs, but this was so good that had I not previously eaten an apple turnover I might have licked the plate.? However, the breakfast left us both a little overstuffed and not feeling that great, but dammit, I have kid free time.? We are going to make the most of it.
Not trip to Portland, OR would be complete without a visit to the best book store in the world.? I can overlook many of Portland’s many downfalls* because of the few things that I love about this city.? Powell’s Books is the bee’s knees.? The store consumes an entire city block and is (I believe) 4 stories high.? It is the type of place that you either have to have a particular book in mind or the entire day to spend.? I had neither and it was very overwhelming, as it always is.? However, Powell’s is where I go for vintage gardening books.? I could have walked out with no less than 20, including 1 published in 1887.? After the whole dress fiasco I decided to be frugal and pick one that I couldn’t live without.? I purchased a 1st edition Western Garden Book.? It is well loved, inscribed by a mom and dad and with little gardening tip sheets and newspaper clippings in the back.? All of this for $13.95.? That is why I love Powell’s.
My new book in hand I felt that I could brave the cold for a stroll around the Pearl.? (*)This is the epitome of Stuff White People Like.? Coffee shops, Columbia stores, hoity fro-yo shops that are really chains and enough tattoed, pierced lipped, NorthFace wearing hippy wanna-bes to drive you insane.? After an hour of enduring the bitter cold we went on the hunt of a lifetime.? To find a Wii Fit.
Oh Wii Fit… you are the bane of my existence.? How I need you in my house to help me shave off 5 extra pounds.? We criss crossed Portland in search of this mysterious Wii Fit.? We went to 6 stores looking for the Fit.? Not a one in sight.? We wouldn’t have been so insitent if we were in Washington, but Oregon has no sales tax and by golly we were going to save $8.
In the end the weekend actually was fun.? We had a nice breakfast, we spent some time together, what more can I ask for?