07 October 2015

Random Nonsense From Portland

My mom asked what today's blog post was going to be about. When I told her that I hadn't written one, she seemed vaguely disappointed. You shouldn't disappoint your mother, especially when she had a bag full of Hershey Kisses and you want some. So, in exchange for some of her chocolate, I put together this blog post of some random nonsense from my time in Portland just for her.

Cats. It's all about cats when you visit my family. This is my mom's cat Kashi. I got her for my mom a few years ago from the Pixie Project. You would think Kashi would be more grateful that I rescued her and got her a nice home to live in with my mom. A pleasant meow might be nice. Instead, she usually either hides from me or glares at me. I don't think she likes it when my mom pays attention to me instead of her.

My sister got the most adorable kitten last week from the Oregon Humane Society. She's so cute! I want to take her back with me to live on our boat.

My sister's other cat, Francesca, thinks the new kitten is way less than adorable. I told her she should get another kitten so that they can play with each other and leave Francesca alone, but my sister is worried that if she has three cats that it would make her an official Crazy Cat Lady. I can think of worse things to be. Like allergic to chocolate. {For all you sailors out there, notice what Francesca is reading?}

Just in case you were worried we spend all our time focused on the cats, we have been going out on little outings. Of course, they're interesting weird little outings. The type of outings that Crazy Cat Ladies go on. Like to Vancouver, Washington to check out their library. My sister is a library person, so she likes to walk around other libraries and see how they do things. Apparently, they have good signs on their stacks. I didn't really get it, but library people get excited about things like the Dewey Decimal System.

They'll give you a library card even if you're only one minute old. It's never too early to instill a love of books in the little ones. If you live in Vancouver, you're pretty darn lucky to have such an amazing library.

My mom and I went to Powell's City of Books the other day. It's the largest independent bookstore in the world and a Portland institution. Like most places looking to make a buck, they sell lots of useless gift items. Need any tiny bottles of Portland rain water and jars of unicorn snot? I couldn't really see the point in shelling out $7.50 for a bottle of rain water when I could just stand outside instead and get my own. Although, I have to confess that the unicorn snot was tempting, but I was strong and resisted their sparkly allure.

Of course, the highlight of my time in Portland was a visit to the River View cemetery. My family is big on walking around cemeteries, as I imagine most Crazy Cat Ladies are. I'd never actually been to this one before. If you're into history, you can go on a walking tour and see where the founding families of Portland are buried, visit Virgil Earp's grave and check out the memorial to the Spanish-American War. They also offer environmentally friendly funerals. You get get buried in a wicker basket with flowers on it. This seems like a really Portland thing to do. I bet they feature this on an upcoming episode of Portlandia.

There, now my mom has something to read later when this blog post gets delivered to her by email. If you want to subscribe by email too, all you have to do is enter your email address on the sidebar where it says Follow Us by Email. Imagine getting random nonsense delivered to your inbox two to three times a week!

Well, it's back to our boat in Florida tomorrow for me. Hopefully, it hasn't sunk and is still floating in the water.

PS Mom - I miss you already!

PPS Sis - In case you can't find your kitten, she may have "accidentally" jumped into my bag and headed back to the boat with me.

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  1. That's a lot of Awww and you finally got a shot of the new kitty. A good shot too.

    I'm glad you had a great time with your family. Have a safe trip home.

    Have a fabulous evening. ☺

    1. Thanks Sandee! It was a great trip with the family. Missing them lots.


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