1. This weekend, Josh and I visited the Street of Dreams. Josh and I go almost every year just to get a few ideas and walk around while we look at pretty houses. One house (our favorite) was almost straight out of Fixer Upper (except for being so huge) and it was gorgeous. It had shiplap and my heart fluttered through the whole thing. If you live locally here in Portland, Oregon, you should definitely check it out.
2. I FINALLY went to Salt & Straw! It’s a bit of a crime that I haven’t visited one of their locations before. Walking up to the shop with all of that freshly made ice cream greeting me on the sidewalk had me like, “Aaaaaah!” It smelled so good. I had the Coconut Mint Chip Whoopie Pie, which was so delicious! I realized after I ate it that it was completely vegan – but I couldn’t tell. Josh got the Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon and he was in a bit of flavor heaven, I think. I’ve never seen someone take so long to eat a cone as he did, savoring every bite! Haha!
3. You guys, I found the most perfect scarf at Loft on Sunday with a whale on it!! How excellent is that for my weekend of whale watching? It’s even a sperm whale, so…obviously…I named my whale Moby Dick! (No brainer, right?) I lucked out because Loft is having one of their crazy 50% off sales – which is always one of my favorite times to go because they are marking down spring and summer items, and I can always find some great staples to go with jeans and leggings, so make sure you don’t miss the sale because it’s a good one!
1. Book update! Finished The Conquering Tide, which was spectacular. Since I’m obviously in the mood, I decided to go ahead and borrow Toll’s first book, Six Frigates, from my dad. A truly epic narrative of the founding of the US Navy, it made quite a splash when it debuted in 2006. I’m a couple of hundred pages in, and it is riveting.
2. This trailer for The People vs. Fritz Bauer caught my eye the other night on Apple’s Trailers app. It has an “R” rating, so definitely worth checking the content first, but the preview looks promising and fascinating. Munich was a fascinating, if very sad, look at some of the hunting the Mossad was involved in back in the 70’s, but this seems to go a bit further back, to the hunt for the Nazi Adolph Eichmann. We’ll see!
3. On the recommendation of a friend, I started listening to the Hamilton cast studio recording (since tickets are almost literally impossible to acquire, it’s the next best thing). If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can stream it for free, which is kind of cool. It’s got a smattering of language and the occasional crude line, but by and large it’s a pretty incredible musical masterpiece, and I have to say I’m quite hooked! Truth be told, listening to the score makes it more annoying that the tickets will probably not be attainable anytime in the near future!