This is Margaret.
Sorry I have been absent for a while, it was super flaky of me. I promise it won’t happen again. Casey is the most dedicated bloggess you will ever meet. I’m so glad she has been regaling you with tales of her eyelash growth and witty banter. I’m going to nickname her the bloggess goddess. You are lucky to have her because she is such a fun friend. My PSA for the day is to hold on to your friends, the ones you really like. The friends who make you belly laugh and you are allowed to say completely inappropriate things to and know to the depths of your heart that they would be offended if you didn’t tell them the inappropriate things that were on your mind. There are so many unlaughable things in this world, and without your tribe, going through it is way less palatable. When you find the golden nuggets who are authentically themselves, hold on to them for dear life and don’t let go.
But enough about Casey. We don’t want her to get a big head.
You haven’t missed much. We went to Portland and the Oregon Coast for Spring Break. It was incredibly fun, but I will plan better next time. Eating out every meal and staying in hotels is not ideal. On vacation my kids’ idea of a fruit is strawberry syrup on pancakes at breakfast and French fries as a vegetable for lunch and dinner. Mealtime arguing became really old, really fast. They came back to the real world with a little more fluff on their midsections and a jacked up schedule, no thanks to their parents. We ate Taco Bell in our hotel room at 11:00 pm one night after a travel day because it was the only place that was open. Traveling, eating and sleeping in a healthy manner is not going to happen without some really solid planning. Lesson learned and I see AirBnB’s in our future where meals can be prepared in. My highlights for the fly by the seat of our pants trip are:
- The Japanese Garden
- Powell’s Books
- Voodoo Doughnuts
- Waterfront Park
- Grand Central Bowl
- Cannon Beach/Razor Clamming
- Beach bonfire at Fort Stevens State Park
- Run/walk/bike/stroll Riverwalk (you have to see the seals!)
- Browsing shops/galleries downtown Astoria
- Fave yummy spots: Scoop & Frite (Gracie); Custard King (boys); Coffee Girl (Me)
If any of you spend time in these areas, let me know your favorite spots. We are sure to go back!