vacation happened…

…and it was better than ever.  There was a lot of alcohol consumed (I’d say 70% whiskey, 20% gin, 10% other–coconut rum, champagne, etc).  I went to Sushi Ichiban twice.  My back is tan.  I walked and walked and walked.  I read four books (mostly while lounging in Reyna’s yard).

I forced Zach to eat weird sushi.

I forced Zach to eat weird sushi.

I saw possibly homicidal dolls.

I saw possibly homicidal dolls.

I took weird photos in the mirrored bathroom at the Doug Fir.

I took creepy photos in the bathroom at the Doug Fir.

 

On Saturday, I convinced my friends to accompany me to the Starlight Parade (The Portland Rose Festival’s illuminated night parade).

 

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I cheered loudly for each high school band.An awesome float.

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This is either a chicken or an owl.

Cheerleaders!

Cheerleaders!

I’m experiencing a bit of intensified Pacific Northwest homesickness…a sure sign of a good trip. I would like to thank the following Portlandians for adding to the fun:

Reyna and Mary, for being fine, sharp-witted hostesses, as always;

Zach, for walking all over the city with me and applying sunscreen to my back every 3-4 hours;

Mike, for escorting me out on the town several times (and agreeing to drink $5 champagne);

Robyn, for helping me remember an important element of my book, merely by talking to me for a few hours over drinks, 

and

Alana, for understanding the importance of a trip to the Lloyd Center. 

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with Chapter 6!

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