If you're from Tampa, you know what I'm talking about. Gasparilla - the annual fun-fest in Tampa.
Have a great day. Embrace your inner pirate! We will be out and about today, spending time with friends and getting into trouble. Sunday, we host our ninth annual Super Bowl party. Monday, I get up early to question a witness at an evidentiary hearing. Yah, Monday is going to suck.
Last weekend we joined friends for brunch at Sono Cafe, a scenic brunch/lunch spot at the Tampa Art Museum. In this shot you can see the University of Tampa in the background. We love this place.
After brunch we went to a matinee of The Book of Mormon. Have you seen it? I thought it was funny, but it was talked up too much. I was expecting something mind-blowing and I just thought it was "good." Anyway, it was great spending time with these fun friends.
We made the most of our last day in Portland! We visited the Grotto, which held this pretty meditation (and stare at a giant replica of the recently-slain Jesus) room, a labrynth and lots of pretty Northerner stuff.
I foolishly thought I wouldn't need my pea coat for this particular outing. Big mistake.
This is a shot of vineyard and brewery we visited on our last day. There were several buildings with restaurants, bars, a wine tasting room and a pub. Definitely a good end to our trip.
This is what happens when I use my iPhone to take pictures: grainy shots.
During our day trip to Astoria, we stopped by this local glass-blowing company. They let you blow your own glass, but we didn't have time, so I bought a pretty vase for my office.
This is our tiny hotel room. We were just looking for a place to crash after the wedding, so we didn't mind the fact that we shared bathrooms and showers with others on our hotel floor. The hotel was cool though, and their standard rooms are bigger than this. The newspaper on the bed was interesting, it provided a group of news stories about the city throughout the years, to give residents a brief history of the town. Apparently, the population of the town was actually higher a few decades ago, and it struggles to regrow its population.
We were curious about the real estate prices in Astoria. The city, though secluded, was charming and largely waterfront. We checked out Zillow and it turns out that housing prices in Astoria are very affordable - much cheaper than in Tampa.