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Facebook Picture Revealed — No tighty, no lighty needed

It’s always a good idea to have some sort of goal, so when Drew and I left for vacation our goal was to make sure we each came home with a good profile picture.

outside the sun was shining in Astoria ,OR

I like this picture. The beer hides all that extra stuff I see when I look in the mirror . . . you know, the chin, the neck, the cheek stuff . . . And the sunglasses cover my puffy eyes and dark circles. I don’t care what those expensive face creams claim to do, they are not tightening or lightening anything! Exaggerated smile — that’s what Rachel always says. I tried that while going chin up. That doesn’t work for me. But then someone told me it’s better to tilt down slightly and look up. I tried it along with a few props and there you have it — my Facebook pic.

I have several good photos of my drew. He always has a happy smiley face on for the camera, except when he doesn’t. What he definitely doesn’t have is that melted play doh face that I have in all my photos. Is it possible that I really look like that in real life?

I’ve picked two photos of Drew from our vacation that I think would be good Facebook pics. They were both taken in Astoria, OR when the sun was shining. And check out his eyebrows. Magnificent!

What an adorable face . . . no signs of play doh but I do see a wooden glider.

We’ve spent a lot of time together this past week and here’s what I noticed: Drew with Droid in hand, deep in thought, checking his messages — well, that’s what I thought but then I noticed that he is looking at Facebook. He’s been checking his Facebook page and I’m afraid I have lost just a little bit more of him to The Social Network.

Me? I stalk . . . yes, I do. I hardly ever post on Facebook and on the rare occasion that I do . . . well, it’s like coming out of the closet. Everyone is all over you. Each time I post someone jumps out and wants to be my friend!

Wonder if anyone will notice I now have a face?

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We made it to the ocean

No rain — can’t believe it. Left Portland yesterday and headed west. I think it’s going to be a nice weekend in these parts. Enjoyed some sunny freezing time at the beach yesterday.

Drove to Nob Hill in Portland for breakfast and ate at Besaw’s — an excellent recommendation from the bartender at the Tugboat Brewing Company. I think it was our best breakfast on this vacation. I had oatmeal pancakes with brown sugar, craisins, and real maple syrup. Drew had Croque Madame (Gruyère shaved ham with eggs over medium on sour dough bread.)  Discovered a tasty hot sauce made in Portland — Secret Aardvark sauce, no secret now.

Haystack Rock

Headed west — no rain, maybe even see some sun — thought we’d drive up the coast for a bit and get in some ocean sites.

First stop was Cannon Beach. I put on my down vest and scarf and headed toward the water. I probably could have worn my sunglasses (and a heavier coat!) Stopped at Visitor Information before heading north. Told the woman working there that we weren’t staying in Cannon Beach. She didn’t seem happy. I think she wanted us to stay and pay — for something, anything in the area. She recommended the park. For 5 dollars we could drive in, park, and see a beautiful view. After I said out loud, “That’s a great idea,” and not really meaning it, she recommended a nice place to stay in Astoria — the Cannery Pier Hotel.

So there we were, an hour later, in the parking lot of the hotel, sitting in the car looking online for a deal. I even called (from the parking lot.) We decided to go for it. I was getting nervous. People were walking in to the hotel and I was pretty sure that if we sat around any longer the rooms would be booked. I jumped out of the car and ran to the door almost knocking someone down. When I got to the reception desk there were already two people checking in and they each had a separate room. I was sweating and out of breath from my mad dash out of the car. Drew eventually showed up.

A room? The hotel was pretty full, but, yes, they had a room. And she gave a us a price that was lower than all the online sites we checked. Sometimes it just pays to go directly to the source.

Astoria, OR

The room is incredible. This is one of the nicest places we’ve stayed in. All the room have views — this is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. There’s a huge clawfoot tub in the bathroom. Left the shutters open and watched tv . . . saw a few minutes of Daria and a bit of Monk while soaking in the tub.

Leaving today.

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