Day 1 Recap
Flew Southwest to Portland, OR (random city of choice due to cheap tix at the last minute). I had the best flight since I didn't have to struggle dragging 2 kids through security, hauling all their 'wonderful and totally necessary' things with me. I had a peaceful flight (which included a layover) on two totally full flights with no problems! I even got to read about half of a book.
Arrived in Portland, met friend at airport, traveled by train to hotel, and slept like I have never slept before. We both thought that I would wake up pretty early, being on East Coast time and all... but nope. Daddy called around 9:30am and we were both sound asleep (He was getting the boys ready for a nap -- holy cow, I slept ALL morning!!!!!). So, after leaving the hotel mid-morning, we headed out in search of sustenance.
Our first destination was Voodoo Doughnut. I had a very very very yummy Butterfinger Doughnut and my friend had a Lemon Chiffon one. We also got an apple fritter to go. After that, we hopped on a bus and headed out in search of fabric and crafty stores. (you know, all the things girls do without their husbands -- okay, maybe we are the only ones). We first came here. Then we traveled a bit further to this store, which might be better than G Street, but I am not sure yet. Here are a couple shots of the store... we may come back on Monday because they are having MLK Day sale! Sale, woo hoo!
After the fabric stores, we headed out for Alberta Street (scroll down for shopping places). Our favorites were Grasshopper and Onda Art Gallery, where my friend found the most awesome children's handmade children's sweater... with owls, yes owls on it! So cute! Anyway, since all we had eaten by that time was doughnuts, we decided to head back to the hotel for the evening wine reception then to dinner. We ate dinner at Mother's Bistro and Bar just a few blocks away from the hotel. Just as you would imagine, it was good home cooking. I ordered chicken and dumplings and my friend ordered pot roast. The bread, oohhhh the bread, was the best part of my meal, however. After dinner, we parted ways... me to bed (it was getting late by east coast standards) and my friend headed to Powell's books.
So, now, at 6am, I have already been up for about an hour and am going to enjoy another hour or so of quiet reading before heading out on more adventures.