The fun started last Wednesday with a session with Corks and Canvas to make "art". While I harbor no illusions about either of our painting skills, I don't think we were downright horrible. Regardless of the outcome, we had a good time and actually learned a few things about perspective and color. Clearly, neither of which we used in our paintings.
|Mine is on the left, Kevin's is on the right.|
|I call this one "Taurus with Taurus"|
|Minutes before getting his ass kicked by another peacock.|
|Lined up waiting for the artificial wave to start so they could jump in and play in it.|
From the zoo we went down to Greenlake to sit and kill time until our dinner reservation was ready. I chose Poppy because I had heard such good things about it and the food looked unusual. I wanted to try something totally different. Somehow I became enamored with the idea of eating fiddle head ferns and decided that my meal must include them. The meals are made up of either seven or ten small dishes served together on a tray and included some interesting flavor profiles.
Afterwards we walked Broadway for a little bit. Man, has that street changed in just a year. You can hardly recognize it any more. But we surely recognized this guy. If it wasn't for him, Dick's Drive-In and a few other places I wouldn't have known what street we were on.
|Me and Jimi|
We left the zoo and went down to Mom's place for the family birthday celebration. That meal was much tastier than the fine dining experience I had on Saturday. We had cowboy beans, deviled eggs and cream cheese dogs with caramelized onions and bacon. Holy hell was that a good meal. Future sis-in-law made a hummingbird cake that was quite tasty too.
It was an exhausting but fun birthday week but I am totally ready for things to be back to normal. I did schedule one little treat/indulgence for myself for early Saturday morning but that is the last of it. Who knows? Maybe next year will find me back at Eugene running my inagural marathon. That would be a delightful present for myself.