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A Visit from Sonia

Oh, did I say this blog would see some life? By that I meant that it would be on life support and occasionally twitch. Sorry for the misunderstanding ;)

I’m a little sad actually, I was planning on blogging about my trip to Canada, but apparently that was already almost a year ago and blogging about it now would be embarrassing haha. If you care you can see my vacation pictures on Flickr though. Kevin took me to Victoria for my birthday last year and I absolutely loved it there. It really was My Place, I even knew how to navigate it and find places (which, if you know me, you know is a miracle because some days I swear I can get lost going from my kitchen to the bathroom).

Anyway. A bit more relevant as far as the Timeline goes is that the always amazing Sonia came to visit me last month! I hadn’t seen her in over a year, which is way too long for us to be apart. What did we do while she was visiting? The exact same things we’ve always done for as long as we’ve known each other; we ate, we drank, we ran around doing random things. I love how some things never change!


The first stop was Mongolian food, which it a tradition that dates waaaay back to when we first met. Because nothing says BFF Love like a pile of noodles bigger than any mere mortal could eat. During the trip we also had margaritas, ice cream, piroshkies, crepes, omelettes, and more!

We didn’t only eat though! We also went to the shooting range, where Kevin taught her the basics of archery. She did well and had a blast, which was awesome! I did pretty badly, which means I just need to go practice more. Oh, you didn’t know I did archery? It’s a new hobby, I have a pretty bow. More about that another time. We also did touristy stuff around Seattle, including visiting the Gum Wall which is pretty much the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen haha.

Her visit was way too short, but we had a great time. I can’t wait to see her again!

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It’s An Adventure!

My time in England has been awesome.. I’ve loved every minute of it, and I have a decent amount of photos and stories to share when I get back home, but that’s not what this post is about. I expected my time in England to be awesome, but now I’m finding that my time that isn’t really part of my trip to be an adventure in and of itself.. it’s A Life Experience™.

You see, I was supposed to go home yesterday. But, airlines like to overbook flights, and I’m flying standby and am on the bottom of the priority list. London flights, in particular, are crazy oversold.

So right now I’m in the London airport getting ready to fly to Amsterdam, because Delta (the airline I’m flying on my buddy pass) has a direct from there back to PDX. I’ll be in Amsterdam at 6:30ish PM.. my potential flight back to PDX is at 10:00 AM the next day. Did I mention it’s going to be my birthday? Even if I spend most of my day on the plane, I’ll be starting my birthday off in the Netherlands.

While missing out on 3 flights already was a little frustrating, I took a step back to think about it, and really, I’m going to have so many stories to tell, that it’s worth it all!

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English (US) to English (UK) Translation Failure

Or: “Open mouth, insert foot”. This is probably only funny if you Speak British™, and I’m not explaining it if you don’t get it, cause then it’s not funny!

On Saturday, I was wandering around Oxford with my coworker Simon, who was semi-showing me around (every other thing he said was “Oh, I didn’t know that was there!”). I was commenting on how much better my photos would be if I didn’t have to take them from below. This is the resulting conversation:

Me: “Hmm. It would be awesome if I could levitate!”
Simon: “Yes, that would work quite well.”
Me: *looks down at skirt* “Though, I suppose if I could levitate, I’d have to wear pants more often.”
Simon: “….. o_O”

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Off to England!

As those of you who follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook know, I am on my way to England for a couple weeks! I’m currently sitting in MSP (the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport in Minnesota) eating a sandwich and having a beer while I kill lots of time before my flight to Heathrow. I am super excited! I’ll be staying in Oxford for a couple weeks, and hopefully seeing lots of other really cool places. Have I mentioned lately that I have the most awesomest job pretty much ever??

My flight here was pretty uneventful, but I’m not looking forward to the super long flight to get to England. I brought my GameBoy, two knitting projects, my iPod, my laptop, and some sleep deprivation. Hopefully between all those things I will keep myself entertained.

I’ll try to update often with what I’ve been up to in England, but if not, I’ll write a good post when I get back home. I’m so excited, wheeeeeee!

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Trip to the Coast

I went to the Oregon coast this weekend with my Portland Adopted Family! It was a pretty spur of the moment trip, where we decided to go on Wednesday and left Friday. We were planning on camping, but all the campsites were full. We did manage to get a pretty sweet deal on a nice suite right on the beach though! This picture here was taken from my balcony. We went to Newport, and it was a beautiful weekend! There are some photos on my Flickr, but I haven’t gone through all of them yet. Expect more up in the next few days.

Anywho, we got there Friday night just in time to watch the sun set. Then we got all comfy and drank a bottle of wine and explored the area near our room. The puppies were running around like maniacs. There wasn’t really much to do at that point, since things were closed and it was dark and stuff.

Saturday we got an early start and took the puppies down to the ocean and walked along there. Xoie was not at all into the ocean this time but the sand didn’t seem to bother her. After that we ordered room service breakfast (just because we could!) and headed to the Historic Bayfront area and walked the dogs through there. We’d leave one or two people outside with the dogs whenever somebody wanted to go into a shop. Then we went to the Newport Aquarium which was pretty cool, but not as good as the Seattle Aquarium. After that we went and had lunch at the Rogue Brewery, which was the actual excuse for the trip to the coast. I wanted to go to the brewery for my birthday. So, I had some good beer and a decent meal (my pulled pork sandwich would have been amazing if it had 3x more meat and 5x more sauce) and a great dessert and it was nice. Then we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon siesta and trip to the swimming pool. THEN (… yeah we had a really long day hehe) we went back to the Bayfront and went to Mo’s for dinner. OMG. Can I just say… YUM!!!! Seriously. Yum. I don’t even really like clam chowder and this stuff was awesome! It’s world famous and stuff. Anyway, after dinner we walked the dogs around some more and went back to the hotel because we were pretty tuckered out.

Sunday morning saw more beach walking and some frisbee playing, as well as cereal and coffee. Then we got all packed up and drove along the coast stopping at the attractions like the Devil’s Punchbowl (which was not that full when we got there) and the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (which is haunted, but I didn’t see the ghost). I have pictures from both of those that will be up eventually. Anyway then we went back to Mo’s for a light lunch and headed back to Beaverton.

We did stop at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Lincoln City though. I bought my mom’s birthday gift while I was there! I can’t say what it is because she reads my blog, but I am totally winning the Daughter of the Year award with this one :D

So yeah, it was a great weekend! I got home and did laundry and played with Xoie. She’s suddenly really clingy though, and I’m not sure why. She just sits on my feet and cries when she can’t see me.. it’s really sad. Hopefully she gets back out of this phase soon, cause she’s usually really independent.

That’s all for now!

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