i've been to portland before. and it was good. we saw most of the stuff people do in portland, powells, rose test garden, japanese garden. all that kind of thing. but this trip, this trip was all about the people. not the seeing of the city (not that i didn't take advantage of some shopping), but seeing people that i count as friends. not blog friends, just plain friends. no qualification needed. because these are good people.
i really need to thank melissa a thousand, million times over for letting me be a part her family for five days. who would have guessed a loud meat-eating mid westerner would mesh with a crazy canadian vegetarian? it just works. i don't know how, but it does. of course i got to see some friends again, and i got to meet some new ones. on friday melissa and augie and i went up to seattle to have lunch with molly, blair and daria. i kinda insisted to molly that brandon come as well, and he is as sweet as i knew he would be. blair and i made up over our scarf fight, and while i could probably still take her on, but she is so great, i would just let her have it. on saturday, we headed over to the ace to climb into the photobooth with andrea. so fun, and that lady is a pro! and then another long lunch. what's the point of going out to eat if you aren't going to talk for hours, right? which is what we did again later that night, dinner at cava with the chicken, sally and melissa. just girls, no kids. all fancy like. and then (i sound like a broken record) breakfast on monday with stephanie before i headed to the airport.
and that pretty much sums up my whole trip, me talking to everyone. the only bad thing was i got a cold right when i left on thursday, so when i say talking, what i really mean is a half strangled, hoarse, raspy whisper. which only made things worse. but come on, like i was going to let that stop me. like i said, all good good people.