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We’ve been back from Portland for about a week now, so I figured it’s about time to start posting some pictures. I had big intentions to post everyday from the day we got home but as usual, we got busy and then had a friend in town so I wasn’t able to be as on top of things as I had planned.

Anyways, once we got unpacked at our super cute rental house, we ventured out into the rain to Russell Street Bar-B-Que for our first Portland dinner. Now, I know you might be wondering why Kansas Citians like us would bother eating BBQ anywhere but in our hometown. Well, we were planning on eating Toro Bravo but it wasn’t open yet and we were starved. Plus, it was pouring rain and we were sharing our tiny umbrella…so BBQ it was:

It actually was pretty good. We shared a plate of pulled pork with a side of fries and macaroni & cheese. They even had super yummy ranch dressing for me to dip my fries in. The mac & cheese was so-so but the pulled pork was delish. It doesn’t compare to Jack Stack or Oklahoma Joe’s in KC but for the west coast, we were pretty impressed.

After dinner we attempted to find Voodoo Doughnuts for dessert but instead got very lost after hopping on the wrong bus and took a bit of a tour of southwest Portland. Once we got our bearings, we headed back to northwest Portland to go to Trader Joe’s for some groceries. Once we had our groceries, we hightailed it back to the house and collapsed into bed.

We knew we had a big day ahead of us on Day two…

Rumor has it that the Ward Parkway Trader Joe’s is opening in June!

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This weekend involved a lot of this:

Daniel has been getting his Harry Potter on all weekend, first finishing Order of the Phoenix and moving on to Half-Blood Prince at breakneck speeds.

Seriously, he is like a speed reader!

I, on the other hand, have been working diligently on a paper for my Qualitative Research Methods class all weekend (and never once getting up to find things to distract me…ever). Rufus has been proof-reading my work and it’s really been a productive partnership.

The only time I left my computer’s side was for this teeny tiny 10 minute project:

I wanted to hang these lanterns that my brother Jason got me a million years ago that I hadn’t hung for one reason or another and I’d finally had it and decided that in the middle of my sixth page of writing that it just. had. to. be. done. right. now. Daniel was suffering from some neck pain and wasn’t able to do the work himself so instead he positioned himself as project manager/capturer of the one and only time I’ve held a drill. He very much enjoyed his job…

Pardon the double chin action. I’m not sure what look I was going for here.

See how seriously Daniel took his job?! He even got the action of screwing in the hang-y screws. I am pretty sure he was cracking up at his photography skills here.

They look so good! I need to take some more pictures with flameless tea lights in them for the right effect. But that’s for another post!

Oh, we also spent some time this morning on our porch before church because the weather was so good. You can tell how much I enjoyed the weather by my face in this shot Daniel got of me:

DOUBLE CHIN AGAIN! Seriously, I am in a goofy mood as I am writing this. It is the only explanation for me purposefully posting terrible photos of myself. Anyways…here’s a shot of the two of us (Daniel was practicing using the self-timer – we don’t just enjoy taking tons of pictures of ourselves normally):

Not sure what’s up with my face but Daniel is looking fly! Seriously, I could just eat him up!

Speaking of eating, Daniel and I got our Pioneer Woman on after church on Sunday, making not one, but THREE of her recipes!

For dinner:

Comfort meatballs and mashed potatoes! Now if you click the link and go to the recipe you will probably keel over and die of a heart attack just reading the recipe but have no fear! We seriously reduced the amount of fatty goodness the recipes called for because I personally didn’t want to gain 10 pounds in one meal…but then I made this:

Blackberry cobbler! At least the ice cream was fat-free…sigh.

So that was our weekend.

What about you?

Did you make tasty meals or write a ridiculously long and boring paper for class?

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