I feel like I haven’t had time to catch my breath in days, which is kind of ridiculous, since I spent a long time playing Neverwinter Nights this weekend.
Thursday evening, the architect and I had a celebratory dinner at the Blue Olive. The ambiance is lacking a bit – it’s just a big open room – but you can’t fault the service, the staff or the food. We ordered a bottle of Retsina, and the waitress insisted on bringing us a sample because she said many people didn’t like it. We loved it.
To start, we had a roasted red pepper hummus with pita bread. The hummus was great – the pitas were average. For dinner I had the vegetarian plate – spanikopita, dolmades, greek salad (yum!) and lemon potatoes. The architect had their salmon dish. I tried a bite or two of the salmon, and thought it was great. I generally hate salmon, so that was a definite statement. My food was also terrific – and I finished every bite.
For dessert, we ordered the chocolate baklava (they don’t have regular) which I hated and the architect loved. So – for those of you who are interested – definitely two thumbs up. It was the 2nd best Greek food I’ve ever had (Delphi in LA is still #1 in my heart.)
Friday was a new adventure in public transportation. Now that I have MAX down pat, I thought it was time to try the bus. I did all right, even though I’d forgotten to write down the address where I was meeting the architect and had just written down the stop (which I did not get off at – I panicked and got off too soon) AND my cell phone was dead. I still managed to meet the architect and we had dinner at Buffalo Gap – which strangely enough was named after Buffalo Gap, SD – the birthplace of the owner. It was pretty average bar food – certainly nothing special.
Saturday was a day of errands. And running. And beating my personal best – I ran for 20 minutes without slowing. I’m determined to run the next 5K without having to slow to a walk ever. Because now that I know I can complete a 5K run, I need a new goal.
Sunday – I went to work. I figured if this is my last week of temp work, I might as well earn a little over time. Plus? free breakfast and lunch.
There are so many things to do, and see, and learn, and explore – I keep having to remind myself that I have plenty of time to find them all.
(psst – does anyone know of a good chiropractor-type person? maybe an acupuncturist or something? preferably in the portland area. thanks.)