Sun setting, Columbia River, Osprey… there’s nothing better than that.
Outside that is. The view from our table at McMenamins. It was so nice Friday night. A nice dinner out after we’d worked around the house, in the yard, all morning. We got tons of stuff done this weekend at our place. Very satisfying. Also very satisfying to play after you work. Oh, and the plans on the table… they are the plans for our bathroom addition. We took them along so Sandy and Vicki could check them out.
Friday night, July 3, we met some friends (yo Sandy and Vicki) at the McMenamins on the Columbia over in Vancouver. It’s a great spot right on the river. We sat outside. It was grand.
We went bowling on Saturday with Karen’s Portland work crew. Great group of people. Plus, I have to say… I rocked out the bowling. First game, 132. Second game, which was stopped after the 7th frame, was awesome. I had 157 going and was working on three strikes. Ah, what might have been…. bwah ha ha ha! For me, that score was fantastic. Too bad I couldn’t see where it would take me, but alas, it was not meant to be. We were at Big Al’s, in Vancouver actually. Al’s is pretty cool. Part bowling alley, part game place, part sports bar, part restaurant. It’s huge. We had dinner in the restaurant/sports bar (I say part sports bar because there were enormous screens in there showing sports). The food was decent, the screens amazing, and, as you already heard, the bowling was loads of fun. Thanks gang for letting me tag along. It was a blast and you are some terrific people.
Monday… Who would’ve thunk it, I’m glad it’s Monday. LOL OK, maybe I won’t go that far, but still. Our lives have been hectic, and busy. It’s great fun having this rental house as a project, but we are SO DONE with the whole painting thing. We spent yesterday over there working on it, again. This time Karen did some mowing and weed eating while I painted and Kev did some “man stuff” for us. Ha ha… that makes me laugh, “man stuff”. It’s stuff we could do, but hey, when you have a guy there with tools, he wants to do the man stuff. We were happy to have him do it. Thanks Kev! We still have a bit to do, but we feel like we’ve gotten over the hump of it now, which is great. Only a tad more painting (it’s so much when you paint the entire inside of a house and have to do multiple coats… but, I’m whining), some cove base to install, and a few other minor things. Not much really. We’re almost ready to rent it out. Anyone need a place to live?
Saturday we decided we needed to have some fun after we’d painted for 4 and a half hours Friday night and knew we were going back to the rental on Sunday, so first we headed to a rugby match (Our friend’s team was in the finals… they lost, but it was still so very cool they made it that far), then to a kayak demo day up at Vancouver Lake in Washington, followed by a drive over to Ridgefield Kayak to reserve a boat for next weekend’s kayak trip, then home to drop off the boy (Weston got to enjoy some rugby and some time in the car at the park – no dogs allowed, c’mon people, he has a harness and a leash… but anyway, and some bounding around the docks at Ridgefield Kayak and surrounding marina, on his lead of course) before heading downtown to meet Maggie at the Apple Store for some laptop buying support and a great dinner at Typhoon that was completely tasty… as always. It was a really nice day. Very nice.
Tonight… we get to play a bit more as we have tickets to see The Swell Season at the Keller Auditorium. I’m excited. For those of you who don’t know, or even for those who do, The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo who wrote the music for and starred in the film Once. If you haven’t seen it, do. It’s a great little film and the music is outstanding.
Ah, it’s been a full few days and looking ahead it’s going to be another full week and weekend. It’s a good life. Tiring at times, but really damn good.