i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
8:31 PM: week mend
the house across the street has been for sale for months (over a year, but i'm not quite ready to say two), but the owners finally moved out last week and ever since it’s been a hotspot of real estate agent tours, sometimes up to 6 a day!
on friday, sven & i had dinner at park kitchen, a "tasting menu" that was heavy on the vinegar. afterwards we stopped by the "pretty girl" holiday sale, whose traffic had been so bad this year they were closing early. i really want to support small artisan businesses but it's hard to shop when people are rolling up around you (and when they don't make things that fit -big- pretty girls). afterwards, we watched sarah silverman's "jesus is magic," which i think sven liked more than i did.
on saturday i went to my hooping class and did a little window shopping on east burnside. later that night, sven & i attended "sam adams! sam adams! mayor ex machina," which was billed as an improvised musical. it took me a LONG time to figure out that it was not an improvised musical about sam adams; rather, sam adams ex machina was just going to be the way they rescued themselves from an impossibly ludicrous improvised situation.
on sunday i took rose to "scoot on this," a store that specializes in scooters & ebikes. for the last month i have been seriously considering adding an electric assist option to rose to tackle our hills, to keep them from adding to any inertia i have about fearlessly going north in the city, especially now that it's winter. i've been sticking to the south because it's easy to get home on the springwater corridor trail -- i think over time i could get used to the hill on 136th, but i'm too afraid to really practice because there is always fast traffic on it and no bike lane. an electric assist could help me keep pace on hills like that, which would really open my range of options. anyway, the tech at scoot on this has been a real sweetheart: happy to answer all my questions and seems to understand i'm not willing to do it if the solution is ugly. after visiting the scooter store i went to le sorelle, a trendy-looking cafe in an urban renewal building on foster. it's got a lot going for it and i really wanted to like it, but the food i've had so far isn't worth writing home about. i got home just in time to watch the international space station drift by overhead for several long minutes, as bright as venus (have you -seen- venus lately? yowza!). but after a week of being ill, a 6-mile bike ride that was uphill and had a strong headwind all the way home really kicked my ass. :P
in the midst of all this, my online artist's way community had a big falling out. it remains to be seen what will happen to it.
so sorry to hear about the artist's way fallout. Hope everything turns out well!