What I'm Loving | 10/14/2018

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Our trip to Portland was a dream. I’m writing a full post for Wednesday with all the deets, but for now, just know that it’s far and away one of the best places I’ve ever visited. I found myself seriously wondering how much it would cost to have our things and pets shipped up so we’d never have to leave. I have many photos to edit so stay tuned, but for now enjoy this one of my pouting as we headed to the airport.

Here’s what else I’m loving lately:


Reading :: French Exit was a quirky adventure of a book, but not endearing enough to stand out in my opinion. The characters were rich and vibrant, but not enough to justify a lack of plot development and notable events. It was quick, but by no means remarkable. I’m now on Bel Canto — I love Ann Patchett, I love her writing, and I love her characters. I’m still working on this one but so far, it’s of no exception.

Spare Time :: I strongly believe that the best way to learn a city is to walk it, and that’s exactly what we did. We didn’t have a lot of “downtime” per se, but we walked almost everywhere we went. Seeing things from the ground helps you notice more, and makes it much easier to get your sense of direction aligned.

Etcetera :: Do you think airports are representative of a city? I hadn’t thought about it until seeing PDX, which is steeped in Pacific Northwest culture. The San Francisco airport is fancy and high-tech, which is also on point. The Oakland airport is quaint and unassuming, with some interesting shops tucked away — also accurate. Chattanooga’s airport is the only one I can think of that isn’t representative, because Chattanooga is such a vibrant city and the airport is decidedly not.