On My Own

Barry's traveled a lot for work and a little for pleasure recently.  I usually get crazy productive in the apartment and with jewelry-making (which I used to show you here, remember that?) when he's gone.  This past weekend, though, when he went to Virginia to visit his parents and watch the World Cycling Championships, I decided that I was aiming for less productivity and more relaxation.

I spent Sunday cruising all over town on my bike, enjoying the gorgeous weather we're having in Portland.  I rode over the new Tilikum Crossing (I found myself there and it seemed like I ought to).  I wove my way through Ladd's Addition, one of my favorite neighborhoods to meander through.  And I made my way to Dove Vivi for a glass of Chianti and a slice.

Monday was equally as beautiful.  I strolled to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and enjoyed its peaceful setting in the middle of the city.  I popped into a few shops and went to Marmo for lunch while I finished up a book I've lingered with a little too long.  And now I'm headed to the park to take notes from my guide book to Sicily.  Barry and I meet up with my parents at the end of this week for a vacation there in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  While I was at the Chinese Garden earlier, I was appropriately given this fortune: