8/28/11

Greetings from a warm Portland…

The temps have been in the lower 80’s most of the weekend.  Still a little more humid then normal, so the temps seem warmer…

Yesterday we went on bike ride from Gresham to downtown Portland with a group of five other RV’ers from the park.  The ride was really nice – started out a bit cool then warmed up as we got close to downtown.  The nice part is that there was a nice breeze that kept things bearable.  We left the RV park at 8:30am, parked and unloaded the bikes and were on the path 15 minutes later. Made it downtown by 11:30am.  Total trip was about 17 miles…. not too bad..  Here’s a few pics I took:

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Stopping for a break...

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Derek... we there yet?

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Part of the trail.. paved and easy to pedal on...

Once downtown we stopped at a Rock Bottom Brewery for lunch.  Enjoyed a yummy turkey club sandwich with a raspberry ice pick beverage…  Hit the spot. After eating we went over to the Saturday Market – about 4 blocks away to do some power shopping.  We purchased a kitty pillow that had cat nip in it for Prince.  It is long enough that he can cuddle up with it.  We then hopped on the Max light rail train and enjoyed the 45 minute ride back to Gresham in the air conditioning.  We did have to deal with an unhappy Mexican boy who was just crying away…  It appeared that he brother got a cooler toy (light saber) then he had… and wanted his mom to know about it… and everyone else in the train car… We had parked at the train station earlier, so just hopped off the train and walked over to the Jeep… nice and easy 🙂

Once home I put away the bikes and went in to change clothes.  I ended up on the bed and just closed my eyes for a few minutes… before I knew it it was 6:00pm…  I was out for three hours and it felt like just 15 minutes….  Got up, showered and ate supper.  John made a Bertolli shrimp and lobster tortellini entree…  was fine..  Then I went up to the club house and worked on a puzzle while listening to kareoke for ninety minutes.

Today we went and had breakfast at Sweet Betty’s, like usual, and then we went back and did our weekly chores.  I did laundry and John cleaned the interior of the MoHo.  I worked on the puzzle some more while waiting for the washers and dryers to complete.

This afternoon I watched several episodes of Top Design that I downloaded.  It is an interior design competition from Australia.  The first episode it had the 10 contestants paired up to create little livable spaces out of intermodal freight containers.  Was fun to see the hip designs they came up with.  The last episode I watched had them renovating really old  “caravans”  (that’s travel trailers to us Americans).  They had some really old rotting trailers from the 1970’s that they completely re-did with a budget of $50,000.  You can see the full episode here:  Top Design Video Online.

So – Aussy boys who can design interiors, or interior boys who can sew (Project Runwawy Austrailia)… which do I like better?  Still think Project Runway wins – but not by much.  🙂

Tonight we made brats out on the grill.  We boiled them first in caramelized onions and beer for a half hour and then put them on the grill for 15 minutes.  They turned out delish – very tender with a slight beer and onion taste…  Made a dozen of them so will be eating leftovers for a few more meals… which is fine with me…

After I got the supper dishes dryer and put away I went and worked in the garden at work for 90 minutes.  I did some hoeing and then picked beans.  Ended up picking two large bags of beans – about the same amount that was picked last Friday..  they are really growing fast with the warm temps.  Will probably need to pick them again on Tuesday…

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The two bags of beans I picked...

There’s still a long row of yellow pole beans that need to be picked – but someone else can do that tomorrow…  it’s good to delegate 🙂

This coming work week is going to be super challenging.  I have two major projects going live.  They are both very high profile and if I mess anything up a lot of people will know about it.  They will both be going into production very early on Thursday morning – so will probably get a 5:00am wake up call from Wisconsin telling me I need to fix something right away…..  The one system is used by hundreds of employees at various call centers around the country… so there is no pressure 🙁

Not much else going on….  John says his bottom and legs are still store from the bike ride… Tomorrow will be the first day of his new classes – so he will be getting back to the “old grind” of school work.  Hope he enjoys his classes this session…

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