Yesterday was a great day. I had been up late the night before trying to fix my sewing machine to no avail, so in the morning I instead fired up the power drill for some office projects. I love power tools. I really, really love power tools.
The best days are the ones that follow no set agenda. My family and I just hung out around the house all morning, then ended up at the outlet mall and I scored two – TWO! – fall boots for $74. Hells. Yes. A pair of super sleek tall black boots and sexy black ankle boots. I love them. And for less than the sale price of one pair of ankle boots. Awesome.
Then we had a late lunch at Quiznos, which I normally don’t enjoy because for some reason I always feel a little sick afterward, but it was right there and they have a deal where kids eat for free with the purchase of an adult entree. How cool is that? I do like that their ingredients are fresh (although not always locally sourced) and their new packaging is environmentally friendly. My favorite part of their marketing strategy? The line “We’re not 100% perfect, but…” LOVE IT. I am so tired of certain companies being overly snobby about their uber eco-friendly ways – and then not delivering on actual quality product. As Don Draper said in last night’s (AMAZING) episode of Mad Men, ” ‘I’m the greatest?!’ Not if you have to say it, you’re not.” Word, Don.
After our little shopping excursion we headed back home and my lovely parents came over to babysit the kids while my husband and I went out on a date. We are very lucky that my parents live just an hour away; we get to go on a lot of date nights. They’re super important to us. My husband and I were best friends and roommates first, oh so many years ago, before falling in love, and our relationship is very important to me. Being parents is amazing, but it does not define who we are as people.
We saw Inception. Finally, a movie that is applauded by the masses and is actually fantastic. We weren’t let down. Then we headed to dinner and ended up at Irving Street Kitchen on a whim.
Let me pause for a moment to mention how much I love the Yelp app. I use it All. The. Time. My life is comprised of mostly last-minute, on-the-fly decisions and the Yelp app never lets me down when I need to find a great restaurant/bar/cafe/meeting space/kids store right then and there. Augmented reality is sort of a geeky obsession of mine, and I love using Yelp’s Monocle.
Back to dinner… Irving Street Kitchen has a lot going for it: the location (in the Pearl District, across from 24-Hour Fitness), the decor, the food, the service. I read about the fabulous fried chicken on Yelp, which was perfect timing since I had been craving really good friend chicken recently. In Portland, fabulous fried chicken is hard to find. The fried chicken at Irving Street Kitchen did not disappoint, and the fact that my husband’s steak dish was consumed rather quickly with nothing left but a dribble of sauce on the plate tells me that his dish was pretty amazing as well. I loved the interior design (the environment always affects how I feel about the food) and the service was phenomenal for a city that is often known for less than stellar service. We had a truly lovely time laughing, dreaming, sharing, and enjoying the fresh night air outside while most patrons warmed up inside. It’s Portland, folks: when it’s 60 degrees and not raining, grab a table outside and enjoy it.
On the ride home we sang loudly to stupid old songs by Def Leppard, John Cougar Melloncamp and Billy Joel – music we don’t normally listen to. Who knew the Oldies station could be so entertaining?
At home, our kids were still awake, which I was secretly happy about. We soaked up their tired but excited-to-see-us smiles, snuggled, read some books, and they passed out. We watched Mad Men, one of the best episodes I have ever seen, and then passed out ourselves.
I slept for 8 hours last night.
That’s a good day in my book. A really good day. As mundane as it may be to many, I am grateful for every moment of it.
What makes a good day in your book?