I'm back! The past two weeks were absolutely perfect. Sailing the San Juan Islands in late September turned out to be a brilliant idea. We thought that we'd have some weather. We didn't. We thought that we'd have some big learning curves. We survived. We thought we'd come back happy but exhausted. We did.
It turns out that sailing a 19-foot O'Day around the San Juan Islands was the adventure and then some we'd been looking for. I'll post more about the trip soon but for now just know that it was great and we're back. All the merrier because of it.
For now, I want to highlight some upcoming events that I'll be attending that you might want to check out too...
WORDSTOCK Thursday, Oct. 7th through Sunday, Oct. 10th @ Oregon Convention Center and other locations
I'll be doing a book event with Charles Heying and the lovely Kelly Clarke of Willamette Week at 1pm Saturday over at the McMenamins stage at the Oregon Convention Center. The rest of the weekend I'll be either tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew or checking out different readings and events.
PORTLAND FERMENTATION FESTIVAL Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6-8pm @ Ecotrust
Last year's first annual Portland Fermentation Festival was a huge success and this year's is shaping up to be even stinkier. In a good way. Check out the website for more information and get yourself signed up for this incredible Portland DIY event that brought out more than 500 people last year.
FORTUNE TATTOO GRAND OPENING PARTY Friday, Oct. 22nd 8pm-1am @ Fortune Tattoo
ATTENTION: My ex-boyfriend, Tyler Adams, no longer co-owns Fortune Tattoo. Visit his North Portland shop -- Grizzly Tattoo -- which opened June, 2011! For more info. visit www.grizzlytattoo.com, 503.265.8146.
My boyfriend opened Fortune Tattoo with his business partner Ms. Mikki this spring and finally on Friday, Oct. 22nd (after the first night of the Portland Tattoo Expo) they're having their grand opening party with all sorts of great local donated food and drink thanks to Toro Bravo, Bluehour, MacTarnahans Brewing Company, Domaine Serene Winery and many others. There will also be live music thanks to East Side Speed Machine and friends. Come check it out and celebrate!