Portland Recap – Part 1

Posted By on September 1, 2010

Oh yes, people. It is going to be more than one post. Because it was that awesome of a trip! And YOU ALL CARE!

Also, my blog stats are in the tank with my infrequent posting so it doesn’t really matter. And this way my mom will know how my trip went.

Portland, where do I begin?

This was the first vacation I’ve taken in awhile where I went somewhere I’ve never been before. And since I know a few people there who are big fans of the city, I knew I was going to have a good time!

This is just going to be a bulleted list of highlights with some photos interspersed…

  • Portland is a drinking person’s city. Wineries, breweries and drinkers, oh my!
  • We started my first morning off in Portland with probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten – a fried egg sandwich with bacon and pimento cheese on a homemade biscuit. (Washed down with a big mimosa in a pint glass, of course.)

  • I would now like to put pimento cheese on everything.
  • Before I left for the trip, Rhi asked what I wanted to do on Thursday afternoon – a brewery tour or a winery tour. I told her I was under the impression that 2 days before your wedding, you have time for neither. But being from Portland, Rhi makes time for booze, and we headed to the wineries.

  • We hit up Sokol Blosser, where Rhi is a preferred guest at. Also the winery doing the wine for her wedding. And the first woman-owned winery in Oregon. We got our tasting for free! And we enjoyed ourselves! After that we headed to Ponzi, not the actual winery, but their shop. We drank wine and snacked on meats and cheeses and I cursed the fact that I couldn’t get any of this wine home with me.

  • In between all our fun, we did get some wedding errands done. And I made sure to help whenever and wherever I could, so the bride could enjoy her company with me. I mean, I am awesome, let’s face it.
  • Thursday night I went to dinner with the bride and groom and I sampled some local Oregon beers. And I noticed we were on Flanders St. And I was like “ha! I saw a Terwilliger street today too! Like The Simpsons.” And Rhi is all “um, you know the creator is from here?” No. No, clearly I did not.

  • So I did what every other drunk person would have done, I sent a photo of it to my brother in the middle of the night because he’s the biggest Simpsons fan ever.

  • After dinner and a stop for one more beer, we headed back to the house and opened the wine. Rhi and I decided to don some some lovely hair bows. And then we decided to get nice and drunk and I decided I needed to cut Rhi’s cat’s nails.
  • This is Gelsey, who also answers to Goo and Fat Cat. She had really long nails. They would click-clack on the hardwood floors like she was wearing kitty high heels. She couldn’t sneak up on anything, poor thing.

  • And Rhi was improperly trimming her nails because Rhi is weak and doesn’t like to hear her cat sad or uncomfortable. Whereas my cats are a bunch of whiney bitches so that doesn’t bother me one bit.
  • I think Goo was a little traumatized, especially when she later went to use the scratching post and bounced off it because her nails weren’t as long. And then I laughed.
  • May I remind you, we were three sheets to the wind when this was all going on. The Goo will thank me some day.
  • Or she probably peed in my suitcase.
  • Also while the bride-to-be and I were wasted off 100 beers and a lot of wine, we decided to alphabetize the seating cards for the wedding. Which were written in fancy script. And very hard to read when you were seeing double.
  • Rhi had to completely re-do them in the morning.
  • So much for making less work for the bride.
  • Being severely hungover the day before the wedding is not our smartest move. Probably for me more than her, since I seemed to be struggling all day. We did all the last minute things on Friday – picked up the dress, ran to Target, got our nails done, stuffed the wedding confetti into bags and tried to keep Rhi calm. (We succeeded. Mostly. There was a small incident at lunch, but Rhi recovered like a champ and I distracted her with my dancing like a chimp! Or something.)
  • And then it was on to the rehearsal! I served as the official photographer for the rehearsal and I think I got some good shots. I tried to capture it all. It was a lovely venue (more on that come wedding day) and it was so nice to meet both Rhi and Bill’s family and friends.

  • The dinner was at a lovely Peruvian restaurant and we had a private room and it was a beautiful way to spend the evening, talking to old friends and new, and anticipating the big day for Rhi and Bill on Saturday!

And now I think I’ll leave it at that because this post is long enough! And there is still two whole days left of the trip, including the Wedding of the Century!

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


13 Responses to “Portland Recap – Part 1”

  1. Stevie says:

    Ahhhh Portland. It’s only a couple hours south of me! I try to get down there as much as possible, and now have lots of friends who’ve recently moved there. It’s such a great city – I always tell people that you get all the benefits of a big city but with a small town attitude/vibe/whatever. I love it! can’t wait to hear more about your trip, sounds awesome so far!
    Stevie´s last blog post ..Peaches- Wine- and Douchebags

  2. Mahnee says:

    Sounds like a great trip!!!!

  3. -R- says:

    I wish I had known you 5 years ago and invited you to my wedding. You sound like exactly the kind of friend a bride needs!

    I knew The Simpsons creator went to college in Oregon, but I had no idea he was from Portland or stole names from streets.
    -R-´s last blog post ..Skulking in the Target Parking Lot

  4. Angella says:

    Your posts are making me want to go back to Portland. I love those ladies.
    Angella´s last blog post ..Things I Don’t Understand

  5. alimartell says:

    I would LOVE to visit POrtland…it seems like such an amazing city! I have heard only good things…also, there are some lovely people there 😉

    um. sorry. cats are gross. especially cutting cats nails OMG VOMIT BARF.
    alimartell´s last blog post ..Josh is currently the worst mime to ever mime anything ever

  6. Scarlet says:

    Wow, pint-sized mimosas. YUM!
    Scarlet´s last blog post ..Hate It Or Love It

  7. TUWABVB says:

    Can’t wait for the post about the actual wedding – your pics on Twitter made me gasp at how beaitful she looked. And I loved your dress too! You are a great attendee – I would have loved to have had you at my wedding to destress me!
    TUWABVB´s last blog post ..Been About Three Years Today- Guess Its Time for Me To Run Away

  8. Melissa says:

    Sounds like a fabulous trip. Can’t wait to hear the rest!

  9. Jacki says:

    You are awesome, I love your travel recaps!

  10. slynnro says:

    Well, getting drunk and cutting a cat’s nails certainly tops sleeping in your dress.

    I.E. WTF?
    slynnro´s last blog post ..Scenes From a Marriage- Its About That Damn Hippo Again

  11. My wedding totally lacked people getting sloshed, which is why the Internet gave me friends like you for that day I renew my vows. I know you’ll do me proud. (Although I’m not a preferred person anywhere, except maybe the local Cheeseburger joint.)
    moosh in indy.´s last blog post ..135-365

  12. Yo you are a god. SICK article

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