Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer in the USA

Alright, so I'm going to try to update weekly while I'm in France. Everyone says you should keep a journal, and lot's of people use blogs instead, so I think that's what I'll do. Or at least what I'm going to try to do. But first, I'm just going to do the one post to sum up my USA summer, which is basically over and not all that interesting with the exception of a few cool things.

Post-finals wine tasting was fantastic!

Max and I went with my parents and their friends to four wineries in OR: Tualatin Estates, Willakenzie, Maresh Red Barn, and Zerba. All of which were fabulous. Although four in one day might be a bit much, I think. I definitely appreciated the bottle of Zerba's Syrah that I had last weekend more than what I tasted.
Us at Tualatin Estates

We even had a (belated) Bday picnic at Willakenzie
and DELICIOUS St. Cupcake cupcakes!

Another highlight of being home is that I got to see Lizzie, my bestie from kindergarten! We went to Porque no? - another delicious and inexpensive mexican restaurant on Hawthorne in Portland and then took a trip to Bartini on 23rd. Kind of cool that we've made it from 5 year old co-line leaders to getting drinks together at 21!

Also on the agenda that weekend was a trip to my mom's personal shopper. She found me these shoes and a purple and black dress that I love! They made their debut at a wedding on the 23rd. That was probably the next event of significance this summer because the weekend in between was just graduation filled. Photo of the Candy Bar from the wedding to be inserted (coolest thing ever!).

During the weeks besides work, I've been learning from a friend how to make Panang Curry. Although I've yet to attempt it alone, I helped a lot and think I'll be able to do it on my own soon! It's delicious and pretty easy. I think it's basically the recipe on the back of the paste you buy, but my friend adds peanut butter too as a secret ingredient, which I like because it makes it a little less spicy plus I love peanut butter!

4th of July was a lot of fun out in Snohomish with my family. Although it was a little lacking in fireworks. I contributed these gems, which are nothing terribly impressive because they're from a box, but they were delicious and the leftovers I took to work on the 5th were gone before lunch!

Last weekend I headed home for a filling :( But I made a very successful 3 day weekend out of it if I say so myself. One of the best parts was seeing Hunger Games (again - I'm sort of obsessed with it, not to mention braiding my hair, now) at the Mission Theater. $3 movies plus you can buy food, beer, wine, etc. Enough said. Also Laura and I had a major girl fest and watched, fittingly, all the episodes of "Girls." Love it. It's a must watch if you're a girl between 20 and 26, I think.

Ok, but always the highlight of a trip to Portland is the Waffle Window. And the classic banana and nutella waffle. It doesn't get better than this.

 That's all for now. But look forward to (finger's crossed!) more frequent posts from la France after I leave! Although I may try to squeeze in one more....especially if I master the waterfall braid:

I'm planning to use this how-to, if you're interested:


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