Monday, August 20, 2012

When in Portland...

Saturday started off to be a can-do type of weekend with a seemingly weekly trip to Mr. Plywood. The kid fell asleep for her nap and we were ready to start working on the house. But I'm suffering from being a big baby about my annual summer cold, and Deadwood was calling. We answered the call, and several profanities later we realized we didn't have the energy to do anything other than watch tv.

So, in fine parenting form, we took the kid to her first movie theater movie. Next stop on the lazy train: the playground. Although I try to avoid Portland's Derby Day, it didn't occur to me that the playground we frequent was right in the middle of all the hoopla. Luckily the event was dying down and we weren't stampeded by hipsters. Though there were some, ahem, impeccably styled parents (and their children) at the playground who were ironically talking about how many hipsters were present at the soapbox derby that day. Gah.

Tied fabric banner at the Portland Flea.

I still was not feeling energetic on Sunday. So, just for fun, we went to the Portland Flea. I saw Chris and Heather, but luckily they were both engaged in conversation with other folks. Turns out I was too shy to introduce myself. While at The Flea, the kid enjoyed some ice cream at (10:45am-more fine parenting), and then we went to OMSI. On the ride home from the science museum the kid fell asleep. Obviously we had no choice other than to watch more Deadwood.

At around 3:30pm we finally took a look at the exterior of the back hall. We have all the material for siding, trim, water table and drip cap; but figuring out all the pieces turns out to be a bit of a brain teaser. Before making any cuts we've decided to sketch out our overall idea rather than just winging it. After all, we don't want to mess this up any more than it may or may not already be messed up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bowl and Pitcher, Spokane River

These photos are from a hike along the Spokane River in Riverside State Park. We parked near the Bowl and Pitcher basalt formation where you can cross the river on a swinging footbridge. It was a perfect hike with a toddler and temperatures in the mid-90's.

 View of Bowl and Pitcher from suspension bridge.

Looking back after crossing the bridge. To give you an 
idea of scale, there are several people on the small beach area. 

Pine needles. 

Tree and sky. 

Surprise kayakers.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Fancy Hotel and Science

The Davenport Hotel lobby.

We were lucky enough to enjoy The Davenport Hotel for a couple of nights recently. It is Fancy (with a capital F)!

We were in Spokane celebrating the opening of Mobius Science Center. Yay science! Nate has been working on the museum exhibits for almost two years, so it was rewarding to see everything in place. 

I'll post a few outdoorsy pictures on Wednesday, and we'll get back to work on the house next weekend.

Mobius Science Center