Thank you, Portland.
Things that were so good:
- Every single server and shop employee we encountered was above-and-beyond incredible. Ultra-friendly, perfectly attentive, and so passionate about Portland and all the great things the city has to offer. We were well taken care of and felt truly welcome.
- You have trees that have leaves, and you have yards that have flowers. You have moss and sunshine and rainshowers. You don’t even have to think about dealing with any kind of major winter crap. Do you even know how awesome that is?! (It is awesome.)
- Everywhere we went, the music was badass. This city gets me. In every way.
- You have toilet seat covers in 99.9% of your public washrooms. And almost all of the washrooms we visited were super clean. A++!
- Dogs can go anywhere! We saw dogs on the metro, in shops, and in restaurants. Awesome. Poodles abound.
- Your public transit options are fantastic. Or at least they seemed pretty damn impressive to me, a girl who can hardly make sense of the bus system in her own city because it’s so janked up. Portland has their metro/streetcar/bus business sorted out. Big time.
- Powell’s. Heaven is this bookstore. Seriously, people. File alongside all the record shops and other little local businesses that were so charming and enjoyable.
Our trip was a hit parade from start to finish. I am thoroughly in love with Portland and can’t wait to go back. Thanks, you beautiful city! See you again soon.
Are you from Portland?
Do you love going to Portland?
If yes, what would you tell a group of four Canadians who’ve never been, and are heading there on Saturday?
What’s the best stuff for us to do and see? We love booze and coffee and books and music and art and shopping and exploring and eating and walking. Tell me your things!
What are the best things for first-timers to experience in #pdx?
I Don’t Miss It | Tracy K. Smith
#national poetry month
But sometimes I forget where I am,
Imagine myself inside that life again.
Recalcitrant mornings. Sun perhaps,
Or more likely colorless light
Filtering its way through shapeless cloud.
And when I begin to believe I haven’t left,
The rest comes back. Our couch. My smoke
Climbing the walls while the hours fall.
Straining against the noise of traffic, music,
Anything alive, to catch your key in the door.
And that scamper of feeling in my chest,
As if the day, the night, wherever it is
I am by then, has been only a whir
Of something other than waiting.
We hear so much about what love feels like.
Right now, today, with the rain outside,
And leaves that want as much as I do to believe
In May, in seasons that come when called,
It’s impossible not to want
To walk into the next room and let you
Run your hands down the sides of my legs,
Knowing perfectly well what they know.
Oh, my gosh. (via april-is)
April 8, 2014: Snow, Aldo, Kate DiCamillo →
#national poetry month
#simple and beautiful
Once, I was in New York,
in Central Park, and I saw
an old man in a black overcoat walking
a black dog. This was springtime
and the trees were still
bare and the sky was
gray and low and it began, suddenly,
big fat flakes
that twirled and landed on the
black of the man’s overcoat and
the black dog’s fur. The dog
lifted his face and stared
up at the sky. The man looked
up, too. “Snow, Aldo,” he said to the dog,
“snow.” And he laughed.
The dog looked
at him and wagged his tail.
If I was in charge of making
snow globes, this is what I would put inside:
the old man in the black overcoat,
the black dog,
two friends with their faces turned up to the sky
as if they were receiving a blessing,
as if they were being blessed together
as simple as snow
"Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there."
Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century
#I'll meet you there
"For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can’t get out of your head, so that when your lips finally touch you feel it everywhere. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can’t cheat your first kiss. Trust me, you don’t want to. ‘Cause when you find that right person for a first kiss, it’s everything."
I know it’s best to look forward to awesome things, rather than to dwell on past crap that was not awesome. So! Here are some Dear Diary-esque/awesome things coming up that I ought to focus on. Because, as a human, I need to be reminded. Always.
• Using work time on Friday afternoon to go to a University Cup hockey game with a coworker. Winning tickets at work is awesome.
• Taking one of my LadyPricks™ out for a fabulous birthday evening on Sunday.
• Wining and unwinding in the hot tub with a dear girlfriend of mine on Monday.
• Seeing Mounties play Amigos next weekend. (!!)
• Attending a fancy fundraiser gala for work in early April.
• Travelling to Portland (!!!) in April to tourist it up and have amazing adventures and so much beer with my husband and my best friends.
• Seeing Ladyhawk & Shotgun Jimmie (!!!) at Amigos in late April.
• Going on a weird time-travel thing with one of the LadyPricks™ to see…wait for it…Collective Soul (baahhahah) live. Grade 6 me would DIE of bliss and anticipation over this.
• Seeing the wondrous, inimitable Neko Case with the incredible Ms. Kelly Hogan live on May 18 (OMG!!!!). I absolutely cannot wait for this show.
• Travelling to Ottawa for a two-day grammar/style bootcamp as part of my professional development at work. It’s going to be nerdtastic, even though ugggh, air travel. I’ll be okay, though.
• Firing up our new patio heater and drinking wine in the backyard long into the evening. C’mon, summer!
• Attending MoSo Conference for the 4th year. Can’t wait. It’s always the best time.
• Attending MoSo Fest and seeing Ian Blurton & Public Animal. Here I thought I was damn lucky (and I was!) to see them play *once* this year. I am beyond excited. Ian Blurton is easily the kindest, most cool dude in music ever, ever. And beyond talented. Nothing but love and respect for that fella.
"I loved him in that moment, on that day, more than I’d ever loved anyone, in a way that reached past the standard boy-girl love and hit some sort of deeper bedrock. I loved him as a human, with no complication."
A House in the Sky: A Memoir | Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
#oh my heart
#a house in the sky
Let’s be realistic. We are never coming back.
Snippets copied into Leigh Stein’s journal. Lovely words. Lovely penmanship.
"What I’ve learned about most people is that if you don’t pursue contact, neither will they. It’s quite easy to become a loner nowadays."