i should really start updating more than once a week, otherwise i may forget all that we've done. i know i said i'd try to not be so lazy with this, but if i have time to update, then i'm either watching dexter (my new tv show addiction) or skyping my family. :)
let's start with last sunday. we did end up going to the saturday market (http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/) downtown. it was a really cool place! it's like arts and jazz fest but it's every saturday and sunday from march 1st to december 24th. there all sorts of different booths; all that you'd expect at arts and jazz and much more. we got an extra surprise too: the Pride Parade was going on. i had read all about the gay pride festival in one of those weekly newspapers, but i totally forgot about the parade happening. the parade went right through the middle of the market. it was very exciting and wild. everyone was dressed up, some more wild looking then others. i wish i had taken some pictures of the people. there were rainbow colored tutus everywhere. some girl was wearing pink fuzzy boots. plenty of spectators had rainbow beads on or were carrying rainbow flags. it was nice to see how accepting all of these people were. they were cheering on the parade, screaming like they were at a beatles concert or something. haha. the participants were great too. there was lots of dancing, costumes, singing... it was a spectacular sight. what i really liked was that there was a section of the parade for supportive family members. they were carrying signs about how much they loved their kids/siblings/etc just the way they were. it was beautiful. i really enjoyed seeing the togetherness and acceptance among all of these people. that's not something i would see in texas (though maybe, just maybe in austin, if the participants were brave enough to march around town without protective gear or clothing on...). it's a sight i will never forget, and i hope to be there to see it next year. :)
after we got back from the saturday market we went grocery shopping and then i went to work. oh boy.
monday....we went thrift store shopping. i can't remember if i've mentioned that there are 4-5 thrift stores w/in a mile of our house. it's like...a dream...hahaha. that's my mexican showing through maybe...though i think i've always been thrifty with my money. haha. jarrod and i got some new shirts. nice. ;) that's really all we did that day. that evening i skyped with my mom and gene for an hour and half. it was lovely seeing them! we gave them a virtual tour and got caught up on all sorts of things. who needs to just call someone now when you can see them face to face? technology is great! haha. once we were done skyping,i called my dad (he should work on getting a webcam :D hahaah) and caught up with him. he's coming to seattle/portland in september!!! CAN'T WAIT!!! ahhhh. :) after talking to dad, i started on some laundry and then i started watching dexter. i watched 5 episodes until chris lemchi called me around 12:30am. he was with pegues and ricky and they... had had a few drinks. hahaha. made for an interesting conversation. i really miss those guys! I MISS YOU! haha. it was nice getting to talk to them too. :)
on tuesday we went to the community cycling center (http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/) bc jarrod was tired of waiting on getting his bike up and running. unfortunately, the bike given to me by his mom was too damaged. the guy said it'd cost more to fix it then get a new bike, so i started looking on craigslist. to that later. jarrod left his bike there to get fixed and we came home. that evening, we skyped with my mom, brother, and gene (gene was heard in the background, mostly. haha). we played with the cats on camera. so amusing, yet inhumane.... that was a good time though. :) after skyping, we went to the Clackamas Century theater to watch THE TWO TOWERS extended edition. LOVE THOSE MOVIES!!! haha. apparently the mid 40s lady next to me had never seen it before bc she kept gasping and "oh no"-ing throughout the entire movie. all i could think was, "how could someone (not including dorian, if he's reading this haha) not have seen these movies before? it's almost been out for TEN YEARS." but whatever. she wasn't too distracting. i still enjoyed every minute of the movie. :) excited for THE RETURN OF THE KING this tuesday. oh yes. haha. that's the end of tuesday.
wednesday i worked 9-5. work was SOOOOO SLOW and the hours went by even more slowly. man. slow. once i got home i started up on dexter again. ADDICTING. haha. around 8:30 my mom texted me to get on skype so i could talk to my grandma and grandpa guajardo. my grandma was freaking out! she loved it! haha. she said she wanted to give me a hug, but all she could do was give the computer a hug. hahah. i love you, grandma! :* after skyping i went straight back to dexter, and that's the rest of my evening.
thursday i woke up early (9:10...for some reason i sleep in late here, like 10:20, but i'm gonna start working on waking up early again) so i could get my car inspected at a DEQ station. DEQ checks the emissions on your car, and i think that's about it. all i know is it seriously took 5 minutes, if even and my car had passed! WOOT! one step closer to getting my oregon license and license plates! after that i came home and jarrod finally woke up. we went back to pick up his bike, then we ate lunch in heaven, aka THE GRILLED CHEESE GRILL (http://grilledcheesegrill.com/). euphoria. lol. i love that place. can't wait to go back. i may have to find someone else to go with me besides jarrod though (seeing as how he is the MOST PICKY EATER ON THE PLANET). i'm gonna find someone with my love of grilled cheese and we will go weekly!!! mwahhaahahha. okay. i'm done. after lunch we came back home and around 5, started skyping with jarrod's parents. :) yay! unfortunately, i didn't have as much time as jarrod with them bc i had to go in to work, but that's okay bc they will be here in ONE WEEK! the hartfields are coming to town. can't wait!!! :D
alright, on to today. we went to Cartlandia (http://www.cartlandia.com/) for lunch. we chose Savvy J's southern cuisine. we had po'boy sandwiches, mine was fried catfish (i miss gene's weekly catfish fries! i miss them so! haha) and jarrod had the chicken po'boy. here's a pic of mine:
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then we went to look at a bike i had found on craigslist to see if my short self could ride it. and guess what? i can! and now it's my bike. here she is:
so, since jarrod and i both have working bikes, we decided to take a ride down the Springwater Corridor. (http://www.40mileloop.org/trail_springwatercorridor.htm) no, we didn't do 40 miles, but we did ride 7! oh yeah. it was a nice ride! nice temperature, cloudy. it was nice exercise w/out much effort. i think we may be riding our bikes around there quite often. :)
now that i'm done updating and jarrod's at work, it's time to watch some dexter! wooooo.
hope everyone has a good weekend. especially my parent's, who insist on rubbing it in my face that they're at our family campout. i really do wish i was there. that's probably my favorite part of summer, those camp outs. oh well. i'll do some camping here pretty soon, so there. haha.
alright, dexter is calling!-sarah-