Gooooood morning and happy Monday!
This morning I am strangely energized AND motivated to write on here, so I am going with it! I think this weekend was both fun and relaxing all at the same time, which may be why I feel so refreshed and ready to go this week. It may also be because I am only working today and tomorrow AND then have the rest of the week off. I am SO excited! I haven’t taken this much time off from work since I went to San Diego over a year ago 😁
That all being said, I am going to get started with recapping my weekend.
Friday – Winston, the Working Dog 🐶
This past Friday I decided to bring Winston into the office with me. He has been having a bit of separation anxiety lately, so I thought bringing him on Friday might help. I also had promised a few of my coworkers that I would bring him into the office (my company’s office is dog-friendly) for the past few months, so it was about time.
One of my coworkers also wanted to bring her dog in, so we met up at the dog park before work to have them get some of their energy out before heading into the office. My manager was stoked to hear that we were having a little “doggie playdate” so she brought her dog to the park as well!
I guess you could say it was a dog Friday!
After work on Friday, Ian and I tried making homemade spinach & cheese ravioli! We have been trying to learn how to cook new things, so we thought enjoying some ravioli and wine would be a fun way to spend our Friday night together – and it was!
To our surprise, making ravioli wasn’t actually that difficult. If anything, it is a time consuming process.. but certainly not hard to do. We used this recipe here and were pleased with the finished result.
While Ian and I can definitely improve on our ravioli-making skills, eating homemade ravioli was so much more rewarding that eating pre-made ravioli. I can’t wait to try making them again!
We finished off our Friday night enjoying homemade ravioli, some red wine, and watching Big Fish. I had been trying to get Ian to watch Big Fish with me for the past month or so, so I was so excited to finally have gotten him to watch it with me! To his surprise, he actually really liked the movie 🙂 If you haven’t watched Big Fish before and have HBO Go, I highly recommend watching it. It is such a well made film with a wonderful story. I may or may not have shed a tear or two watching it… but it is so worth it!
Oregon Zoo Adventures with Lilly! 🌿🐯🐘
The next morning, Ian and I got ready and headed over to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to pick up his niece (soon to be our niece 🙃) to head out to the zoo! Lilly’s parents are currently on vacation in the East Coast, so Ian’s parents have been watching Lilly (who is 6 years old) and Angelo (who is 1.5 years old). That being said, Ian and I wanted to give them a little break AND steal Lilly away for some quality time at the zoo!
And boy did we pick the right day to go to the zoo! It was absolutely gorgeous outside this weekend! The Oregon Zoo also happens to be absolutely gorgeous with all of the beautiful trees and plants everywhere.
We had an absolute blast looking at all of the animals. Our favorite animal to watch? The condors!! Those birds were a shaken and a movin’!
And we walked sooo much! Ian hit his 10,000 steps just while at the zoo (my Fitbit seems to hate giving me steps.. so I only hit around 8,000 steps while there).
Lilly was absolutely amazed by all of the animals. I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of her as she watched the animals walk around. I remember going to the zoo as a kid and being totally blown away by the different animals I had learned about in class and then saw for myself at the zoo. It was so nice being able to see Lilly have that same wonder in her eyes that I had when I was younger.
They also had a carousel at the zoo.. so we obviously had to hop on for a ride 😉
After running around in the sun for hours, we decided it was time to refuel before heading back to Ian’s parents’ house.
Due to the Zoo Concerts happening, one of the cafés we planned on stopping at had been closed off. Surprisingly, it was difficult to find anything other than pretzels or ice cream. We were just about to quit looking for somewhere to eat just when we stumbled on the Cascade Grill just as we were about to leave. Inside, they had salads, sandwiches, and hotdogs – so we all settled on sandwiches. To my surprise, their grilled chicken sandwich was actually really tasty!
Vacation Prep, aka shopping 🛍✨
Sunday morning started off pretty slow. I typically wake up relatively early on the weekends and am ready to get going. I rarely find myself wanting to sleep in and take things slow, but this Sunday I did. Maybe it was the zoo that zapped me of my energy? Who knows!
Being the early riser often times means that I am usually up before Ian in the morning on the weekend.. but this Sunday was different. Ian woke up first and surprised me with blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes and oh my gosh there were amazing! I was so happy!!
After eating pancakes, we took it easy. I spent time reading and then we both worked on cleaning the apartment.
We then headed out the door to run errands for our upcoming trip (which I will talk about later this week 😉) but first we stopped for some pre-errand fuel at Wasabi Sushi. To our surprise, the portion sizes were huuuge – which meant we were both absolutely stuffed when we headed to the mall for a few last minute items.
After running errands, we headed back home and finished cleaning & worked on my favorite thing in the world – laundy (please sense my sarcasm here).
Despite running errands and doing chores yesterday, I still had a great day! I think I have been very go go go lately, so being able to sleep in and relax for the first half of the day was not only refreshing, but also probably much needed.
Now your turn!
~ What did you do this weekend?
~ Have you tried out a new recipe lately?
~ Do you have any special childhood memories where you went somewhere new?
~ Have you watched the movie, Big Fish? Thoughts?