Well, to Portland we went. A trip down to Oregon has been on my bucket list since moving to Seattle, and I finally checked it off this weekend! Several friends and I had tossed the idea around, but it was Luis who decided to make it happen. Actually we were pretty chill about the entire planning process ("Hey, what if we went to Portland next weekend?" "Sure, I'm up for it." // "You still up for Portland?" "Absolutely. Why not?") which is shocking for the detail-and-schedule-oriented/obsessed people we are.
It was Memorial Day weekend so of course everyone is headed out of town, but I had work and nannying commitments all weekend so my holiday fell on Friday. Thursday evening we loaded up and battle traffic, making it to Portland in just under 3 hours. That baffles me, too. You can't get across Texas in twice that amount of time from some places. But here we are deciding to go to another state for a day trip and it's no big deal.
One of the sweet gals from the Lifegroup we went to at Baylor graciously opened her home to us, and it was such a treat to spend time with Corey! She is also one of my Big's in the theatre department (think sorority families) and I'd been missing her dearly.
Our first stop Friday morning was VooDoo Donuts. Out of the friends we pestered for suggestions, this made the top of every list. There was a line out the door and it smelled delicious from down the street. These donuts are intense! And so delicious. I may or may not have taken a break from The Daniel Plan this weekend because of our trip. Don't worry, I'm back on track now :) Luis and I both chose a plain glazed donut and then one of the more interesting options: Oreo, of course. I think I'd choose it again and again if I had the chance, but one was more than enough. SO sugary! But SO good.
See what I mean? So bad, but so good. After breakfast Luis and I camped out at Stumptown Coffee for about an hour to get paperwork and e-mails done, you know, since we can't leave work at home, and from there we wandered downtown. My favorite stop was Powell's Books. It was 4 stories at least and a giant warehouse of new and used books. Their drama section? I swooned. I walked away with one used Karen Kingsbury novel and a set of Shakespeare magnets for the fridge.
Next we met back up with Corey for lunch at a cute little crepe place. Strawberry and Nutella crepes are the way to my heart, but I went with something more savory. Ham & swiss for the win. We waited out the rain and chatted with the owners for a bit, then on a whim decided to trek out to Multnomah Falls. Talk about gorgeous!
It was here that I broke out my Instax Mini for the first time. I have to say I'm a fan! It's been on my wish list for a while, then a few weeks ago Michael's had them on sale for 30%. A second promotion took 25% off my entire purchase on top of that so I snagged it for a fraction of the price. Last week they had it 40% off among other sales so keep on the look out if you've been dying to get your hands on it, too. It's obviously clunkier than just snapping photos with your iPhone but these prints will fit right into my 6x8 Project Life album.
Isn't she lovely?! Corey was one of the first people I met at Baylor. On move-in day she and Carissa, my other big, walked into my room with a bag full of goodies and two hugs I'll never forget. They made me feel so welcomed, so loved, and so cared for as a baby freshman. I miss them dearly, and it was a treat to see her on Friday.
As much as I love this shot, my hands were shaking for fear that I'd drop my phone into the roaring waterfall below. Oh the lengths we go to for a good Instagram ;) After wandering the falls, our little group headed back to Portland. We took a short afternoon nap then Luis and I went to McMenamins for dinner and a movie. This place was SO COOL! It is literally an old school building in the middle of a residential neighborhood that was remodeled to become a restaurant/bar/hotel/theater and who knows what else. We had a meal on the patio then went to a $4 showing of Divergent (yes I've seen it three times now, so what?). Instead of your typical theater seating, there were couches and armchairs filling the room. What?! I was very impressed and would go back in a heartbeat.
Portland, you did not disappoint. I'm sure I could have found plenty of other adventures if I had the time, but it was certainly a Friday well spent. What did you do with your Memorial Day weekend?