Saturday, October 31, 2009

Finally...

This picture was taken in Portland, Oregon during my recent visit. I am standing at the World's Smallest Park (as designated by the Guiness world record folks). It is called Mill's End Park and it has a 24 inch diameter. It used to be a utility pole circle. When the pole fell down a guy who worked in the bank that over looked it had it declared a park. He claimed a leprecaun lived there and watched over it...and that the same leprecaun held parties there (do I hear CRAZY MAN being whispered out there?) Anyway, don't you love the little tree??

Sorry it took so long to get a picture posted. When I got home from Portland I put my camera card into the reader and the reader burned up! Seriously!! Luckily I was able to pull my card out before any damage occurred to it but I had to buy a new reader and wait for it to arrive. I like the new one much better!

More pics to follow...now back to working on my paper...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Portland, Baby!


Arrived in Portland, Oregon yesterday for the annual Geological Society of America meeting. We flew in right over Mt. Hood, and when we did, my heart got very happy. It was beautiful and covered in snow, just like in the picture above. I miss the west coast of the USA and would love to really explore this area more. Who knows where teaching jobs will take me....
The hotel is nice but nothing spectacular. I am at the Embassy Suites. Last night for dinner I went to a small restaurant called "Mother's Bistro and Bar" and had the most amazing macaroni and cheese I have ever had in my life! Okay, so it wasn't your typical Kraft stuff (which I love, by the way), instead this was homemade egg fettuchine with first-of-the-season chanterelle mushrooms and parmesano-reggiano cheese. Oh. My. God. It was so rich I couldn't even finish a quarter of it. At the end of the meal they brought my check and two little cookies. The first was a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie and it melted in your mouth. The second, my absolute favorite, was a gingersnap type cookie with crystallized ginger baked in. Let me just say that I could eat enough of those cookies to fill the UT stadium! Unbelievable!
Right now I am sitting across from two friends from UNCW. I have missed Christy (one of the original Paleogirls) so much and it is great to be sitting here with her. We talk about so much more than grad school! Everyone is working dilligently on their talks while I am goofing off and writing this blog post.