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Z is for Zoo! If we were having coffee – at the zoo!

zToday rounds up our month of travel with the Eclectic Express, and where better to end the journey than a sunny-day trip to the Zoo?

I’m particularly fond of the Oregon Zoo — perhaps because it’s the zoo that I’ve spent the most time at since I grew up not far from it.  I’ll admit, I was completely surprised when I reached college and realized that not everyone had a Zoo to visit just a short drive from home!

Since it’s also a Saturday we’ll encourage everyone to explore the park, but also take some time to sit down with someone, enjoy some coffee, and share a bit about their week.


If I were having coffee with you I’d suggest we sip our coffee as we wander through some of the area’s of the zoo.  Let’s take a meander through the Africa Exhibit first.  I’d be excited to tell you not so much about my week (which was fairly average) but rather about the plans I have to continue the Eclectic Express past this month.

It’s really all Hannah‘s fault, she’s the one who brought my attention to a particular reading challenge that sparked the idea.  Eclectic Express is going to continue to explore Travel Tales, but we’ll explore new places through reading books that take place in them. Books for the continents and books for each of the US states is where I’ll start (and hopefully I’ll get others to help out with this journey as well – because I love being able to bring other voices to the blog!  It will be a grand reading adventure!

Oh!  I’d also tell you how fun it was to guest post over at Part TIme Monster this week with yet another Into-The-Woods based post… I swear, I have a non-ITW-based post coming up in the next few months… 🙂

As we wander through a bit more of the Zoo I’d love to hear what you’ve thought of our A to Z journey.  And if you have a favorite book that you think I must read for a certain location?  Suggestions are always welcome!

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If We Were Having Coffee… Friends Time!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!

If We Were Having Coffee I would all sorts of things to tell you!

Last Sunday I went to a Gluten-Free Fest, and got to eat all sorts of yummy food (and got a ridiculous amount of swag!)

IMG_20150927_145630I’ve been lucky, since I had to go Gluten-Free I’ve lived in a number of places where there are good options – and Portland has been amazing for it.  Still, though, it can be hard (especially to find quick-grab options) so it was awesome to get to see some of the products that are out there.  What I’m most excited about is the fact that Cheerio’s is going Gluten-Free for five of their cereals (including Multi-Grain and Honey-Oat which are my two favorites)!

Sunday night I enjoyed the Lunar Eclipse. I love the sky at night, but usually exciting sky events are happening too late for me to be awake.  This time I was able to be awake and could see it without having to leave my neighborhood (light pollution makes it awfully hard to see a lot of the stars, but the moon shone bright enough)!

The work week went fine for me — I’ve been enjoying the Go Play, Go Learn activity that people have been doing for my History Challenge — and am looking forward to more potential collaboration with Nerd In The Brain on Go Play, Go Learn Challenges!

Friday, though, was my grand adventure.  A friend came into town (as she does about once a year) and so Friday night was the start of the Weekend fun.  Usually there’s a “Friendsgiving” when she’s here, but scattered gatherings throughout the weekend is what we’re able to swing this year.  So after work I headed out to our first meeting place — a McMennamin’s I’d never been to before called the White Eagle.


The White Eagle is said to be highly haunted! I got some time to sit and write while I was waiting, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.  Then we all gathered together, enjoyed some drinks, and wandered a bit further up the street to get some food.

I don’t really get out in Portland much at night – public transit for the last leg of my trip home stops running at about 10pm – so it was fun to get to explore and enjoy a little.

We sat outside (with on and off light sprinkles) enjoying drinks and food, surrounded by people (and dogs) having a good time.


Though we were stuffed, we then went to ice cream!  I didn’t get home till about 1 am (super late for me these days) and had a great time.  Today I’ve got a bunch of writing to do – excited about some guest-appearances I’ll be making over at Part-Time Monster this week, and then a Feminist Friday Post here! Tomorrow is Friendsgiving Part Two – some Powell’s time and wandering around Downtown.  I’m looking forward to it!

How are you doing?  Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

If We Were Having Coffee — storytelling!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you about how excited I am about the events coming this week.   Taliana’s event starts Sunday morning, which I’m very excited about!  This time around I’ve been doing some collaborative writing with friends for the event and am really enjoying that!  Each person has their own style of writing and way of going about the story so it’s been fun to navigate that with them.  I’m hoping that we’ll have more participants too… looking forward to the challenge!

Added to the challenge (and, honestly, the fun) is that Taliana’s event ends after A to Z starts.  Which means there is going to be some overlap — particularly since the theme I chose is “Telling Tales.”  I have some guest-posters in the month, which I’m excited about!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the storytelling theme of my days lately continued at the Longreads Story Mixer I went to Friday night.  It was part of the WordPress “Press Publish” event (which I sadly was unable to make it to on Saturday).

It was great to meet Kate, Audrey and Marziah, talk some blogging and writing talk, enjoy amazing food and hear great stories!

Food was amazing
The food and drinks were absolutely wonderful. I had forgotten how great it is to attend events in Portland that actually have Gluten-Free options, and CLEARLY label them. Yes, they even had GF crackers to eat with my cheese!
Nathaniel Friedman ("Bethlehem Shoals")
Nathaniel Friedman (“Bethlehem Shoals”) told the first story and got us all laughing.
Meaghan O'Connell
Meaghan O’Connell followed with a story about her writing of “A Birth Story.”
Nancy Rommelmann
Nancy Rommelmann followed with the tale of the history of her writing of “Destination Gacy.”
Aaron Scott
Finally Aaron Scott told the story of his writing of “The Lost Album of Okinawa”

How has your week been?  Do you have any plans for the coming week?

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend! A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in time.

#PDXLOVE — My Hometown

Just about a year ago I moved back to the part of the world that I grew up in.   Working downtown, taking the bus back and forth (and all around) I’ve been finding myself taking advantage of the camera on my phone to capture the city in pictures.
I love this city.