This past weekend my college buddy Janet, or Jane as I call her, came to visit me from the Bay Area. Janet and I went to Colgate together and saw each other at our last reunion, which you can read about here and here. Oh and here. Wait a minute, and here, too. The last time we saw each other, prior to Reunion, was in the 90s before I got married.
That photo was taken when we were 28. That is as hot as I’m ever going to get and in Manhattan Beach, 4th of July weekend 1993, I looked like a dowdy Catholic school librarian. I was no where near tall enough, blonde enough or thin enough to be in Southern California so I returned to Oregon.
19 years later, Jane and I are divorced mothers of two girls each.
We had such a great weekend. It’s good to have out of town visitors because it reminds me to do things I don’t normally do on weekends. This past weekend, instead of doing yard work and cleaning, Janet and I drove through the gorgeous neighborhoods of Portland (where I don’t live), I showed her my elementary school and high school. We went shopping on NW 23rd which has a bunch of unique, not mall stores and great restaurants. And I discovered new stores and bought new things!
Saturday night we went to dinner at my pal Eden’s who was part of the Do You Still Have Your Ovaries crowd back in the spring. We had a great evening of laughter out by the fire pit and a scrumptious dinner. It was Lisa’s birthday weekend so we had Tiara’s and Birthday Cake which is way better than Toddlers and Tiaras.
On Sunday, we were lucky enough to have another gorgeous Oregon summer day. We retrieved my girls from their dad’s andtook them out to lunch and then to what is now a Portland landmark, where I have never been.
VooDoo Doughnuts has doughnuts not normally found in other doughnut shops.
Sunday night Jane and I went out to dinner with Derwood so she could make a full report back to the Colgate crowd on the man in my life.
Just a perfect weekend. Lots of laughs. Lots of old memories and creating new ones.
I think I have mentioned that I am the most senior person in my office if you count seniority by what year you were born. I’m 7 years older than my boss. I’m horribly underutilized and regularly bored. (They are really nice people and I have a paycheck and good medical coverage so I’m grateful.)
This summer’s company picnic was cancelled because so many people in the Oregon/Washington offices were unable to attend. In our staff meeting yesterday (there are only 6 of us right now) we discussed alternatives to a company picnic.
The activity discussion took over the meeting.
- go to a Timbers game (Portland’s MLS team, great fun, every game and seat is usually sold out so logistics are tough.)
- watch cycling at the velodrome, “they ride at a 45 degree angle”. Yes let’s, that would be great.
- Roller Derby – keepin’ Portland weird.
- Oktoberfest but it’s in Septemberfest – I didn’t know this about Oktoberfest but it is indeed in September. No one wanted to do this.
S., who is 29, is booked every weekend and everyday till October because she is on three Dodgeball teams and refuses to miss a game and she’s also on a football team and she goes paddleboarding and camping and all of her friends are getting married this summer and she has a dog and and and and….”why can’t we do something in October?”
I’m the old lady. I’m old enough to have spawned a couple of these engineers.
Shoot me. Make them stop talking
Well, what about:
- Disc Golf– do you have a bag of discs? because you will need a driver and a mid-range disc and a putting disc and a 9 iron disc. Hey! Here’s an idea…can we just go play golf?
Please let me out of here.
We have made an executive decision which means I grimaced enough that we’re going bowling.
I need to work from home with wine and doughnuts.