Finally, I’ve been sailing. This was one of the most fun accomplishments on my 30 before 30 list. Not that it was much of an accomplishment because I just lounged about on the boat waiting to be told to pull and let out various ropes … but it was enough to know that the sailing life’s for me!
Some lovely friends bought a new boat and it was our lucky day to be invited for a blustery spring sailing adventure. I’m hooked, even if it’s just dreaming about learning to sail. I can see in my future that I will need to buy a boat, retire and join a flotilla.
I finally read “The Alchemist” and, indeed, it is magical. I really enjoyed the simple but inspiring tale, but rather than attempt a review, I’ll share some of my favorite quotes:
“Don’t be impatient … Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.”
“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
“… when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
“Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.”
“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”
Four books down, nine to go.
The depths of winter weren’t so bad since I spent it eating comfort food, rocking out on roller skates and exploring on foot and snowshoe. Here are my top ten from February.
1. Green bean sandwich from Meat Cheese Bread. They also sell the amazing Boylan ginger ale. Southeast Portland is such a foodie haven.
2. Walking Powell Butte and finding this little critter. He told me it was a little too cold to be out crawling around.
3. Soup Spoon in Welches. Best soup ever. I visited a few years ago and have been dying to go back. Problem is they aren’t open on Sunday and they close early on Saturday. It is imperative that you snowshoe early in the day so you can make it here before 3 p.m. The baked potato soup was amazing, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their soups, salads, breads or desserts. Nom.
4. Snowshoeing Mt. Hood. Sometimes it’s fun to park in Government Camp and just wander up the trails. This time we hiked around Enid Lake.
5. Google’s roller skating concert. Google Hotpot/Places hosted a series of concerts in Portland called the “Best Ever” series. They gave out free passes/wristbands to the secret shows by tweeting the location you could pick them up. Pretty cool concept, but kind of a fail because of the disconnect to their actual Hotpot/Places product. But I still pledge allegiance to Google and I’m sure they got the local/WOM buzz they were looking for. But back to the rollerskating at Oaks Amusement Park. This place is awesome – even has a classic Wurlitzer. I rollerskated for three full hours and The Thermals were great. Even though it was my first time on skates in 10 years, it came back fairly quickly. It truly was a best ever concert!
6. This kitteh of mine. He never ceases to amuse me.
7. Jam on Hawthorne. don’t mind waiting in line for Ty’s big breakfast.
8. Snow in Portland. Yes!
10. The movies. One day I will see all of the “Best Picture” nominees before the Oscars. This year I only saw two: “True Grit” and “The Kings Speech.” They both reminded me of how much I love going to the movies.
Five weeks have passed since I began my 13 books in 13 weeks goal. And my progress? Just three books. Yep, that’s it. Yikes! However, they are some of the longest books on my list. “The Help” is 464 pages, “Stones into Schools” is 448 pages and “Freedom” is 576 pages. I found the books to be amazing, inspirational and rambling, respectively. Now it’s time to pick up the pace!
This is a delicious, quick weeknight meal. I love that you can substitute any kind of pasta and cheese. I made it with wheels and Parmesan. Here’s my version of Martha’s recipe for two:
Broccoli on wheels
Cook pasta, add broccoli to pot two minutes before pasta is done. Save one cup of pasta water. Saute onion and garlic until browned. Add in pasta water, pasta and broccoli. Salt and pepper to taste and stir in Parmesan.