Sunday, July 31, 2011

Frog Legs & Best Friends

Will and I met up with some of my oldest and best friends from high school for dinner. (Oh yeah, Will is back from Florida.) For some reason, Alex and Steven (I'm pretty sure it was those two that came up with the idea) decided we were all going to try frog legs. I'm pretty sure Montage is the only place in town that serves them. I might be wrong, but it's a great restaurant either way. So the frog legs. Not bad. It's like chewy chicken. They're really small, obviously. I only had one because I couldn't get past the fact that they were frog legs to enjoy more. The guys dug in though.

One of the coolest parts about eating at Montage is the leftovers. They wrap them up into all kinds of awesome creations.




le Bistro Montage
301 SE Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97214

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Car Show

Mama and her boyfriend, Tim, planned on going to a car show downtown that the Portland Art Museum was putting on so I tagged along. There were old and new Mercedes-Benz cars and BMW's. I had a blast checking out the old models and drooling over the new ones. Actually, I was drooling over some of the older models too.






When I was car shopping for both my first and second cars, I really wanted a BMW. I still have a soft spot for them. I'm not sure exactly why, I think it's just the look of them. I even like the older boxy style models. I did get to drive my friend's newer BMW once and it was amazing. Someday I'd love to own one.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hard Labor

I come home to Oregon to see Mama, and she puts me to work! Will escaped to Florida to surprise his family. I trimmed the hedges in the front yard and we weeded the front together. ...until I ran into too many worms and creepy crawlies. After that, I was done. Mama kept laughing at me, but she couldn't guilt or shame me into continuing. Gross.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

See You Later, Alaska

I made some great friends, had a great job, and created some great memories in Alaska. We're excited to PCS (permanent change of station). Italy is calling our names, but first...home!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alaskan Day Trip

Before we left, Will and I wanted to go on a day trip to Seward. Since I had quit my job and Will had time off from work to out process, we headed out there. It was a beautiful drive.




Our first stop was Exit Glacier. We did the short hike up to see it up close. The trail was steep at points, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. The flies were out in force though, so we were constantly swatting them out of our faces. Not cool. But the view when we got up there was worth it.






Exit Glacier
Seward Highway, Milepost 3


We walked around the town of Seward and visited the Alaska Sea Life Center before heading home.




The Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward Highway, Milepost 0
Seward, Alaska

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hawaii Visit

My visit to Hawaii went by way too quickly. I had great family time and, as always, I was sad to leave.



Genki Sushi
98-430 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI 96782





Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818





Monday, July 4, 2011

Sister Day

I flew home to Hawaii to visit my family before Will and I move to Italy. I especially wanted to spend time with my two little sisters (Leetle and Beebee).

The two monkeys always make a very early appearance in my room. They don't wake me up per se, but they either peak in on me or play quietly on the floor until I notice their presence and wake up. After some extensive bunk bed climbing and some Captain and Clark videos, Beebee and I built some epic castles.

Beebee and our masterful creation

Then the three of us lounged in bed and had a Sponge Bob marathon (Beebee's choice). By the end of our marathon, the sun was high and we were hot. So we we borrowed Daddy's car and got some drinks to cool us off.

BeeBee & Leetle

Beebee and I got mango smoothies from Jamba Juice. Leetle got a crazy concoction from Starbucks called a Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino. Not only is it a chocolate cream frap, it also has chocolate chips in it, and chocolate drizzled over whipped cream. Makes you drool and cringe at the same time doesn't it?

We walked around the town center and window shopped while sipping on our drinks. Hello Kitty lured us into one of the shops and we walked out new notebooks for the girls. As promised, I took them to Fun Factory for some merry-go-round action. We whacked a few creatures while we were at it.

Fun Factory

When we got home, I felt it was my duty as an English/Writing major to encourage the girls to journal in their new notebooks. They felt it was homework, but we made it fun by drawing pictures while reliving our adventures.

Journaling

Mililani Town Center
95-1249 Meheula Parkway
Mililani, HI 96789