Our trips down to Portland while we’re out in the Northwest are usually limited to day trips to meet up with friends, but this year we stayed for 3 days at my friend Jen’s house in our old neighborhood close to where we used to live when we were there in the mid 90s. Jen’s another friend who I met on the internet through various blogging/twitter circles and we hung out when she was in town earlier this year in NY. She’s been wanting to meet the girls for awhile and when we arrived, she put together the best welcoming care package full of notebooks, crayons, lip balm, colored pencils and mini slinkies. Jen’s the sweetest!
I’ve mentioned my neutral feelings towards the city of Portland before and I may very well be the only person in the world who feels meh about it, but we make the drive down to Portland because some of our oldest friends still live there, including one of my oldest childhood friends from my East Village days. And now, we’ll be putting Jen and her husband Jim on our list of must visits every time we’re in town. So even though the city doesn’t pull at my heart strings like I feel like it should, our visits to Portland are full of friends and fun times hanging out, reminiscing, and food of course! Lots and lots of food. Mark baked everyone a cake at Jen’s house – a light cake with lavender buttercream and blueberries that we picked that day. Jen and I got to lounge around at night on her couch after the kids and boys went to bed, staying up way to late eating cake while watching the Gilmore Girls reruns like we’ve been talking about doing for months.
But I think the most surprising thing about our trip to Portland is how Mia bonded with Jen’s dog, Zelda. We’ve always been more “cat people”, the girls included, and I don’t think the girls really ever played with dogs before even though my parents have a dog. But man, did Mia ever play with Zelda. She’d chase and toss toys with her for hours every day and took her for walks to the park down the street. I think Zelda was in heaven. I hear she slept solid for 2 straight days after we left.