Wednesday, July 23, 2014

32/52: Tired...lost faith in mankind (only to have it restored)!

Oh dear me......

Such drama in that blog post title, I am bound to have you hooked!  Just a has a good ending!

Last weekend was quiet!  We went from 90 degrees to 70 degrees which pleased Brian and Sammy immensely.  We ran errands and cooked a nice dinner on Saturday night and Brian received a surprise in the mail....Dunkin' Donuts coffee from east coast friends!

We were quiet because we were downtrodden, crest-fallen and SERIOUSLY jacked-off!

Brian had a quick mid week trip to Denver.  Upon landing, he got on the Avis rental car shuttle which made two for the preferred, elite, top-notch (I don't have to wait in any line) customers and a second stop...for the common-folk, proletariat (we'll wait in line hours just to rent one of your stupid cars) customers.  At the preferred stop, a seemingly honest, middle aged business-man preferred Avis rental car customer accidentally grabbed Brian's black Costco computer/over-night bag (probably thinking it was his) and took off for his rental car.  It wasn't until Brian's Avis stop that he realized the bag he picked up was NOT his Costco bag.  His bag was gone!

Of course the preferred, elite, honest-looking business-man didn't bother (being that he was so important to the existence of our planet) to put any luggage/name tags on his bag!  That would have been too easy, right to have his cell phone number and to have called him before he left the airport to ask him to bring back the wrong bag he absent-mindlessly just STOLE!

So here Brian clothes, no glasses, no toiletries....oh and no Apple IPAD (belonging to his lovingly, supportive and seductively beautiful Girlfriend of 10 long years = me). 

85,000 telephone calls to minimum wage Avis employees later, hours spent riffling through the absent minded businessman's bag (and he had nothing of any value except chapstick and pencils) and NOTHING. Oh, there was a scrap of paper with a disconnected phone number on it...but nothing real substantial.  Not sure what kind of business this elite Avis car renter does, but I am betting it's nothing too successful! 

Finally with Brian, playing the part of a mix between Ellery Queen and Jim Rockford and his steadfast desire to get the bag back, he and another Avis Manager were able to look up all the customers who picked up rental cars on Tuesday morning.  The businessman was tracked down and sent an e-mail asking if he had mistakenly taken a bag.  But, as the clock ticked by....minute by minute....hour after after day, the absent minded bag stealing businessman never surfaced. Brian left Denver Thursday night with no bag and a small lead.

So.......after a bit of retail therapy on Saturday (replacing summer sandals, work shoes and slacks) we began drowning our sorrows in a fine Zinfandel (thank you Cost Plus World Market)!  Brian's cell phone rang at 6PM and it was AVIS.  The bag had been found....after 6 long days and nights.  Apparently, the elite absetn minded businessman, thinking that he had picked up the bag mistakingly on the airplane, took Brian 's bag back to Delta Baggage lost and found when he flew out of Denver on Thursday! After an hour on the phone with Delta, we found someone who physically had Brian's bag sitting right in front of her.  She verified the contents and then put the bag on a plane bound for Portland where we were reunited with the bag Sunday afternoon!

Whew!  A wild crazy, mentally exhausting week ended up being pretty nice....back in Portland and ready to resume our faith in mankind!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: July 21-24, 2014

Welcome Monday!

It's super fun, but also super challenging to have a house guest and stay on Weight Watchers.  Brian is in Portland this week working so I am going to try and dazzle and impress with some Weight Watchers meals.

What's on your menu this week!?  Remember to check out Laura's site for more organizing tips.


Sunday: Chicken Taco Bar
Monday: Sloppy Joe's with Chips
Tuesday: Out with Friends to Imperial
Wednesday: Weight Watchers Pasta Alla Vodka 
Thursday:Weight Watchers Chili Chicken Kebabs

Saturday, July 19, 2014

31/52: West Seattle Summer

 Mount Rainer as seen from Amtrak Coast Starlight


We spent the weekend trying to cool off with various activities.

Our first bike ride of the year on Sunday morning (before the heat of the day set in).  Only 6.72 miles, but it was a good ride and a good start.

A cold beer (Miller Hi-Life to be exact) at the West Seattle Summer Festival.  It's always one of the hottest days of the year!  A great community gathering and something we always look forward to.

Poor Sammy!  He loves the sunshine, but hates the heat.  Brian found him on top of the Maui suitcase after I left Monday morning.  Do you think he knows that we only have 42 days until we leave?


Friday, July 18, 2014

Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Amy and Ken

WHO: Ken and Amy Lee

WHERE: Hawaii...probably Kauai
WHEN: Late 1980's/early 1990's

Happy belated birthday to Sister-in-Law, Amy who celebrated a birthday on July 4th.  A very special remembrance birthday for Brian's brother Ken, who left this world way to soon late last year.  He would have celebrated his 59th birthday this next week.  We hold you in our hearts everyday.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistacios

It's been a hot summer here in Portland with already a dozen days with temperatures in the 90's (today and tomorrow near 100 - thankfully we are in a cool down through the weekend)!!!

This salad looks so refreshing and is the perfect side dish to a grilled steak, a chicken breast or a piece of fish.


Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Serves 2-4


4 beets (red or golden)
1 garlic glove, minced
1 thyme sprig, leaves removed and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup pistachios
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ounces fresh goat cheese
1 cup arugula or micro greens


In a baking dish, toss the beets with the garlic, thyme and 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper.  Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until beets are tender.  Let beets cool, then quarter them.

Transfer beets to a bowl (if using both red and golden, keep separate). 

Toss the pistachios with 1/2 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toast in the oven for 5 minutes (you can do this while the beets are roasting).  Once they have cooled, I like to give them a bit of a rough chop.

In a bowl, whisk the vinegar with the olive oil.  Toss the beets with the vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper and arrange on a platter.

Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with pistachios.  Top with greens then serve.

Image courtesy of Google Images
Recipe slightly adapted from Food & Wine Magazine