Friday, September 30, 2011

Last Thursday

Last night Ross and I attended Last Thursday, a street festival on Alberta Avenue that occurs, you guessed it, on the last Thursday of every month. Last Thursdays only go on during the summer months, which made last night, the Last Last Thursday of the year. So of course, the best of the year. When it comes to people watching, Portland never disappoints, and last night’s event was at the top of its prime. Local artists, vendors, and street performers crowded the street for about 10 blocks from 6pm until 10pm. It was a great time.

While we were taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, we decided to get a quick dinner at a Portland-favorite called Pine State Biscuits. We had egg and cheese biscuits made with local, organic ingredients. Delicious! And to top it off, the little restaurant was started by two North Carolina boys who grew up in Raleigh. When the cashier checked our IDs for our beer, she said “Hey! You’re family!” She wasn’t from NC herself, but since the restaurant was, she was happy to see us. It was a cool moment.

As many of you know, I have a love for hot sauce, especially Texas Pete, but for some reason my beloved brand isn’t too popular out here. Occasionally we will see it in the store as a “NEW ITEM!” but as a whole, Oregon is more into Tabasco Sauce and Frank’s Red Hot. But last night, the good ol’ NC boys had an entire shelf of Texas Pete for my enjoyment, and I of course had some with my biscuit. Along with a Pac NW brand of cheap beer… combining the best of both coasts!

As the festival started to settle down, we made one last stop at Salt and Straw, a food cart ice cream stand that was so popular, they recently opened a permanent store front (surprisingly, this is how most well-known Portland restaurants get their start). The flavors range from melon and prosciutto to chocolate ewy gooey brownie to sea salt with caramel ribbons, to IPA infused something. All are unique, and the nice ladies who work there always let you try all of the flavors before making your decision.

That’s a wrap. This weekend is Alpenrose, a huge cross race on the campus of a former dairy. Woo hoo!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One last hoorah

I know yesterday I wrote about loving the transition into Fall weather, but I have to be honest and say Portland’s last hoorah at summer was a wonderful treat today. We experienced 80degree temperatures, bright sunshine, and a refreshing and cool breeze. The weather was perfect.

To celebrate, and because I knew I would spend the next 10 hours inside wishing I was enjoying the weather, I rode my bike today for what is probably going to be last truly great weather day for the year. (Starting Saturday, the forecast for the next 7 days is rain). I also wore an extremely California-summer inspired outfit (probably not work appropriate, woops). There were lots of bikers out and about this morning. Crossing the Broadway Bridge I saw a mother with her daughter on the back of the bike, and her son cruising along on his own bike in front (a true example of a Portland family). A couple of blocks later I saw a man in his mid-50s in a full suit peddling to work. It seems like everyone shared my excitement at Portland’s summer tribute.

This is the bridge I cross on my morning commutes, sometimes by bike and sometimes by Ford Focus.

To make the day even better, my lovely photographer posted a beautiful blog post about our wedding and reception today. Check out the pictures here:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

End of summer, beginning of Fall

The sun is waking up later and going to bed earlier these days, bringing cool foggy mornings, and crisp, refreshing walks to my car in the evenings after work. Fall has always been one my favorite seasons, primarily because it meant beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, Appalachian football, and the earliest hopes for snow. But now that we are in a new chapter of our lives, Ross and I have come to appreciate the new definition of Fall. In Portland, Fall means the start of cyclocross season, fires in our backyard, apples from our tree, and the beginning stages of rainy season.

So far, Henry doesn’t mind the change in seasons. In fact, he loves the leaves that pile up in our bird bath.

Happy Fall!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bridal portriats

Today, my bridal portraits are the feature on our photographer's blog. Check them out:

And here is a little blurb about my bouquet:

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bowden

We are married! HOORAY!

Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who made our weekend so special. We could not have asked for a more wonderful celebration. We can't wait to see pictures!

Our honeymoon in Maui was wonderful- very relaxing and adventurous. We are hoping to go again this winter when the weather in Portland is gloomy.

In other news, I am considering starting a new blog. It would have a different format, including more frequent, shorter posts, and a lot of pictures. Kind of like a picture book with captions. I figure this would allow you more frequent insight into our ever-busy lives. Since Ross is the photographer of the family, I will hopefully get a lot of input from him as well.

What do you think?