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08 August 2018 @ 11:45 pm
Not fishing, but...  
definitely on vacation.

We're up in Oregon, at my Mom's house right now and about to drive up to Portland tomorrow. AFAIK.

The trip up on Saturday... uggggghhh. The fire sitatuion is just a disaster. We drove through varying degrees of smoke for six hours of the 8-hour trip, and that included a fire in Central Oregon near Grants Pass (Redding was the worst-- fires still aren't under control there). Smoke in Oregon has shifted toward Eugene the last several days, though it's pretty high up. In Sacramento, the high smoke was keeping temperatures down a little, but here it seems to be holding the heat in.

Since we arrived, we've done a lot of visiting and straightened out my mother's need to be taking antidepressants again. I also picked a bunch of blackberries, and had homemade blackberry pie for the first time in about 14 years. \o/ How I have missed it! We also drove the McKenzie River Highway (and old highway) from Eugene to Sisters yesterday, stopping at Proxy Falls and at the Lava Obervatory. Today, we drove to the coast, went to the beach for a bit, and drove back. We took two different routes, so we saw a lot of scenery.

In Portland, we'll be visiting my sisters, and I hope to walk at Tryon Creek at least once. It's been several years. Last time, I was still running, but plantar fasciitis has kept me sidelined for two years now, so walking is as good as it gets. :(

I would also like to go to the Saturday Market and Powell's, but mainly, I'm hoping the rest of the week goes well.

Here's a look at the kind of food I hope not to be eating while up there: The Hipster Bar Menu. (Let's not pretend that Brooklyn is the only place you'd run into THAT sort of cuisine)

Meanwhile, our son is home working and watching the house. Which thanked him yesterday by breaking the A/C when we're not due back for a week. \o?

Murielle: haircutmurielle on August 9th, 2018 07:16 am (UTC)
The fire situation is just devastating. We've have them north of the border, too. Sounds like your trip is going well though. You lucky thing getting to go to a beach! Some of the sides on the menu looked pretty interesting. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
I love the beach, and for once, it wasn't epically windy! I spent quite a lot of time walking barefoot in the edge of the water. Fabulous. :D

That hipster menu changes every time you reload it, so you may eventually start to see things like "Tortured Kale" or "Distressed Water.". ;)
Murielle: haircutmurielle on August 9th, 2018 11:17 pm (UTC)
Distressed Water! Hilarious! :-))
Direst Ryl: Volkihar Vampireryl on August 10th, 2018 11:21 am (UTC)
I got one with "tormented sauerkraut". :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2018 06:53 am (UTC)

In my world, it's the sauerkraut that torments. Just because of what it IS!
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 11th, 2018 12:55 am (UTC)
i just got "tormented clam". which is such a rude thing to do to your dinner. so i reloaded it and got "frightened anchovy tartare" which isn't any better. those poor anchovies!

mmm, blackberry pie. so much better than scared hairy fish.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2018 06:58 am (UTC)
Hahaha-- I'll bet tartare is one of the buzzwords, much like "distressed" or "tormented." Though frightened is even better. What food could possibly be frightened?

Now, frightenING? Oh, yeah-- lots of things, mostly the likes of which show up on those menus.

Blackberry pie is SO good. FRESH blackberries. *Glaaaghhhh~~~~*