Live on Channel 8

I hate to admit this, but I may be turning into a curmudgeon in my old(er) age. Friday night, Tara and I decided to drive into downtown Portland for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Square. Sounded like a great idea at the time. We’d grab a prime spot up front and enjoy the festiveContinue reading “Live on Channel 8”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

It’s been surprisingly cool lately. Especially jarring since we just suffered through our hottest summer in history, but I for one am not complaining. Fall is my favorite season and if it has decided to show up early this year, so be it. Because of the colder weather, I wore pants yesterday for the firstContinue reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Go Climb a Mountain

So last week, I climbed a mountain. Impressive achievement? I dunno. It wasn’t this mountain… It was this one. But I got a great view of the mountain I didn’t climb from the top of the mountain I did climb. And besides, a 1700′ elevation gain is nothing to sneeze at! The 90-minute hike was basicallyContinue reading “Go Climb a Mountain”

Mirror Lake

Yesterday we set out on our first hike of the season: a 3.2-mile roundtrip jaunt to Mirror Lake. It’s a relatively easy hike despite a bunch of switchbacks; the elevation gain is 700′. The reward? A spectacular view of snow-covered Mount Hood looming over the lake, its reflection a reminder of how this beautiful lakeContinue reading “Mirror Lake”

Joie de Vivre, however you pronounce that.

Joie de vivre. This is a French phrase that means a cheerful, hearty or carefree enjoyment of life. Don’t ask me to pronounce it – I can’t seem to manipulate my tongue properly to spew forth such elegance (I’m Polish, remember?) – but I can embrace the philosophy. And I do. Over the past year, IContinue reading “Joie de Vivre, however you pronounce that.”

A Sunrise Got In The Way

Sometimes in life, everything just falls into place perfectly. This morning when I left the house to take the kids to school, dawn was barely breaking over the horizon. Sunrise was still more than thirty minutes away, but you could tell it was going to be a good one thanks to a faint glow onContinue reading “A Sunrise Got In The Way”