I had a pretty lonely summer. Joe left in July for two out-of-town medical school rotations, and he was gone for a couple of months. It sucked. All I did was work night and day, and I got so burned out. I just missed Joe so much that I didn't really feel like doing anything other than working. So after selling everything from the fall collection, I flew out to Portland to see Joe during his last week there. We spent a weekend together, and it was so good. We went out for an anniversary dinner to Sel Gris (yummy), to a movie, hung out at Powell's, shopped, etc.
But then Joe had to go back to work and had an important presentation to prepare over the next week. So I went to the Alberta 'hood to meet Abby and hang out, which was super cool. Then I picked up my best bud Elly at the airport, and we spent the rest of the week staying at my Aunt Betsy's house and dorking around Portland together. It was awesome. Here's what we did:
We went to Ikea. We shopped at Stand Up Comedy and Local 35. We also met Sally Shim for dinner at Cava. (It was yummy, and she's hilarious.) We went to Doug Fir for drinks. I love that place because it looks like a futuristic ski lodge. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of doing some of those things.
We perused Hawthorne and bought books at Powell's. We arrived at the Waffle Window fifteen minutes too late, and for the rest of the day (no, the rest of the trip actually) I let Elly know that my life was ruined for lack of tasting those waffles. She was a good sport.
We went to this place that sells every kind of beer in the world, had sushi, walked around the Pearl, watched Maria and Stephanie on Martha Stewart, went to a dinner party, hung out with my aunt, ate at Fishwife (really good), etc. In other words, we did a lot of fun crap. If you want to see all the fun crap we did, look at my trip pictures here and Elly's here.
Then Joe, Elly, and I drove to Montana to take Elly home and we hung out there for a day. It was so good to see Tova, Doug, and Sadie. After that Joe and I drove on home, and we held hands the whole way. It's so nice to have him back.