In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Family time plus more!
One bit of advice that a wonderful colleague gave me two years ago was to prearrange “meet-ups” when I go on holiday. I took this seriously. I posted on Facebook last Spring the specific days we were going to a local pub to meet up with friends and when I’d visit local bookstores, mostly Powell’s Books. This summer I did post events again but cut back on the amount of them. (Quality, not quantity!) Friends, family, former students and parents from my old school randomly visited Powells books and McMenamins for the two events this week. Loved catching up with all who visited. Quite special.
Plus I added more to my book purchase pile, how I will bring these all back to Hong Kong, I’m not certain, yikes! Spending time with family this week was also a priority and I enjoyed every minute of it.
We had a week of wonderful time staying at my parents home. This was lovely for reading catch up time, teaching my mom technology time, my husband fixing random technology needs, and quality time for my whole family. It is so hard to be apart for 15 months and then cram in time together… sometimes I had to remind myself to just enjoy activities instead of worrying about whether we had enough time together.
Some of the adventures:
I headed over to see some of my favorite library friends for a lunch hosted by two close friends, Jen and Andrea. Just loved catching up with everyone, special time to hear about life in their world… It is always nice to sit back and listen to other’s perspectives.
I took special walks around my parent’s neighborhood, lovely area.
First time I walked around with my husband and son and we explored many areas and even found a secret hidden playground.
My mom, sister and I headed over to see Eric Kimmel talk about Beverly Cleary at The Mission Theater and Pub. Loved hearing his perspective on life in Portland, inspiration that Beverly Cleary had, and a few personal stories that he had the chance to hear when interviewing/walking around Portland with Beverly Cleary a few years before. I personally had reread (with my ears) most of her books recently since my son has been listening to audiobooks, so I was so thrilled to be popped back into Beverly Cleary’s overlapping fictional/realistic world. (Plus any time I can hear Eric Kimmel spin a tale, I’m thrilled. Has been too long since that is the case!)
And that’s it for the week!
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