August 20, 2013

Portlandia

We went to Portland for a family wedding! This summer has been the Summer of Weddings; this is the third one I've been to this season. We stayed in a not terribly posh hotel, but Julia walked in and announced "This is SO FANCY!" and said she felt just like Eloise. It was adorable.


We ate a place called Mother's Bistro and if you ever go to Portland, you must go there! It was such a Melissa-type of place, chandeliers and vintagey-ness in every corner. I was clapping my hands with glee.

Before we went to the wedding, we had a few hours to spare, and I hit up my version of heaven-on-earth: POWELL'S bookstore, which is the largest used and new bookstore in the world. No, that's not a Melissa exaggeration, it really is! Powell's takes up an entire city block and is three stories tall. I had only been there once before, about 9 years ago, and it was for like, 5 minutes.

So, you'd think I was just CRAZY HAPPY right? Being in Powell's? Like, insanely off my rocker with joy?

Actually no. I was pretty much having an anxiety attack the whole time. We were under a time constraint, I only had an hour and a half, and I just.....could not process THAT MANY BOOKS. SO many books! TOO MANY books!

I didn't know what to look at, where to go first. Fortunately, my sainted husband watched Julia so I could scan books like crazy.

The fairy tale aisles? I walked through them and realized that was a total exercise in futility. I just waved at them and didn't bother.

I decided that my goal for that trip would be to find some cool books that were appropriate for Julia's reading level right this very second, and I'd let everything else go.

It was the most surreal experience, seeing all these books that I've got pinned to my Pinterest boards, right there, things I'd only seen online, sitting right there on the sale shelves!

I'll show you what I got, in a later post.

Those of you who are acquainted with my husband's sense of humor will not be surprised at all to see that he thought the book below was the one I should buy and take home:

Righty-o.

I totally must get that 'Crazy Rich Asians' book. Did you make out the blurb above the book poster? "A Chinese Dallas meets Pride and Prejudice." BRILLIANT.

 The wedding we went to was at a gorgeous gorgeous park, and it was a total garden party wedding, complete with a fancy ice cream truck cart dishing out blueberry lemon verbena sorbet and salted caramel-dark chocolate ice cream for dessert, along with every kind of cookie imaginable. Choc chip, molasses, snickerdoodles, peanut butter...it was AMAZING.

We got to see some good friends of mine who went to school with me in Hawaii, and who are now living in Portland, so basically it was a Happy Fun Trip from start to finish. We haven't gone on any trips at all this summer, so it was fun to get out and away and can I just say it's a good thing I don't live in the same town as Powell's bookstore. I'd be broke in a week.


(Don't forget to check out the Happy Lunch Box blog hop today! Needle and Nest has a post on picky eaters!)

14 comments:

  1. An entire city block?! Where's a paper bag?!

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    1. you see?? I knew you guys would understand!!!

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  2. I know what you mean, I have visited my brother in the states a few times and he always drops me at a mall for a snoop around. I see all the stuff unavailable in Ireland that I have been drooling over online for months and I just can't cope! Its too much! Anyhoo, that wedding sounds so tasty!

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    1. my anxiety didn't stop me from getting about 8 books or so, plus I was scribbling in a notebook the other titles I was wanting to check out at some point.....:)

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  3. Wowza! I can hardly imagine that many books in one store... I think I'd probably just end up wandering around in a daze not even knowing where to start. Crazy!

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    1. I think my heart began racing the moment I walked in the door, Michelle!

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  4. I dream of going to Powell's. :o) I do have a friend who used to work at the cafe in the bookstore I worked at, and I believe when she moved to Portland, she got a job at Powell's. I wonder if she's still there.

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    1. YOU have GOT to get yourself there someday, D. You will freak OUT! xoxoxo

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  5. I don't know where to start. I am just in awe at the idea of such a massive bookstore! I want to spend a week there (will that be enough time?) Crazy Rich Asians... OMG I need to read that book!!! Beautiful photos from you as usual! And I so hope one day my girl will make me smile with an Eloise reference like Julia did :D

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    1. I've heard that book is stupendously great! Going to see how big the wait is from the library....nothing makes me smile more than when my kiddo makes a literary reference, sniff sniff :)

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  6. How fun. I've never been there. I would love to go.

    The wedding sounds gorgeous.

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    1. Well now you have a Must See item on your travel list! :)

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  7. Love this combo post. Julia as Eloise. Powell's books, and the lovely wedding pics. (Also the fairy-in-the-woods pic from earlier).
    When I go to Powell's I get totally overwhelmed and eventually just go have coffee.

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    1. Ha ha G-ma! That sounds like a good plan as well. xo

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