Friday, I went to Portland early and grabbed Haley and took her to Clackamas promenade to the Old Navy and Nordstrom Rack, where we both bought clothes. Now that she has a job she's really excited about buying clothes. :) We rushed back to her house so she could change for work, and then I had lunch at her restaurant after I dropped her off. There was a rock in my rice. Heh.
Next I had some time so I ran to Trader Joe's and got a gift card for Haley to give at the white elephant game on Christmas Day. And then I drove up to Powell Butte and played my pennywhistle to a CD that I had. It sounded awful but it was fun.
Then I went back down Powell and visited rini at her new house. I got a grand tour and played with her pups and chatted with her. She's got a very cute little place - very homey.
Next stop was solteronita's apartment. She's got an awesome apartment - it's very old and has a lot of the original features. Nicoal, whenever you have a chance you should take a picture of that funny little typed-out thing on the door. I want to read the rest of it. :D We had dinner at a creperie on Hawthorne, I got some groceries for Christmas at the Fred Meyer, and we got coffee so we'd stay warm at our next stop, which was Peacock Lane. It was busy busy busy but it was fun. Then we drove around looking for the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion. I always end up driving the wrong way in search of that place, I swear. It's very annoying. But we finally found it and we got a good parking spot and we walked around the outside of the house to look at all the pretty lights.
I had tons of fun with Erin and Nicoal - it makes me sad that we live so far apart. I'll come back and spend a whole day with each of them sometime soon. Or I'll make them come down here. :)
Then I picked Haley up and we headed back down south. We got home at about 10 and hopped in bed so we could get up the next morning.
Christmas morning we got up and had a leisurely time getting ready. Of course, that made us the last people to get to my aunt Stacey's house, but that's OK. We were there way before lunch anyway. The kids who were too young to do white elephant got money from just about everybody, in different creative ways: one was $50-worth of quarters in a glass piggy bank that didn't have an opening to let the quarters out. (Side note: my 12-year-old cousin Jordan got them all out by shaking the thing upside down. It took him forever. So when he left it in the living room to play in a bedroom I started filling the pig up again. He heard me after just five quarters and ran in, grabbed his quarters and ran out. It was funny. But it was funnier when he left it in the living room again later and Haley and I took it into a bedroom and hid it under a blanket so it wouldn't be so loud, and filled the pig up again. That's like 200 quarters. It took forever.)
Anyway, then we had BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs and played the white elephant game and all talked and ate cookies and had a nice little Christmas. I came away with it with almost no gifts, which is unusual for me but I liked it. I don't need lots of gifts. (If I remember, I'll record them here later on tonight.)
We went home at about 7 and watched Home Alone and had pizza delivered far too late for me to want to eat any of it. And then we went to bed.
Sunday morning we got up and drove back to Portland and visited Dad. It was a really quick visit - I didn't much like how quickly it went. He was making breakfast when we got there, so we ate it and then waited while he and his brother-in-law and his wife and her mother all ate breakfast, and then we opened up a couple of gifts. And then we had to leave. We were only there for like two hours. Oh well - Haley had to get to work.
So we dropped Haley off at work and then we went to Tower Records, where we bought all of the Chris Guest movies, including This is Spinal Tap, with the gift card that Dad gave Haley. Then we went over to Lake Oswego to see if Mike was around, which he was. We took him out to Chinese food and had some coffee, and then started heading home again.
And then we saw Phantom of the Opera when we got back to Corvallis. I really liked it. It was super.
OK, must go workie workie. We have two new residents moving in this week, one today.