Okay I am finally home after a month long journey! It feels good to be back. I've had a very fun filled month and a lot to share now that I am settled in. Man going out on road trips are just the very best, I must say. This one served many purposes big and small this time around. Of course the main reason was for my mouth. Which I am very happy to report the procedure went great! Better than I had anticipated.
Our first stop on our road trip was to see Cirque De Soleil with our friends from here in Covelo. We had about 29 people in the group so it was kinda hectic but totally fun. We all met up in San Francisco and stayed at the Kabuki Hotel. The circus show was absolutely fantastic! I couldn't recommend it enough. It was my first time attending and I loved every minute of it. It blows my mind what humans are capable of. If I could've taken some photos they would surely be here in the post but it was not allowed. We saw the Amaluna show which was predominately all women. So good!
|this is only half of our group!|
The next day I had to finish my final Tailoring class at Apparel Arts so I jumped in a cab in the morning and headed over to school. I am still working on my jacket can you believe it? Seriously I have put in over 100 hours at this point. I'm soooo close and will be posting pics of the final soon.
Gus met me after class and then we departed the city and headed north to stop in Ashland to visit my sweet friend Brittany and her boyfriend Mike. It was her birthday that evening when we arrived so it was such great timing! We had a lovely meal of tacos and drank some yummy cocktails and laughed with friends. We hung out the next day and went for a nice walk in the woods. We brought all 3 of our chocolate labs with us on our road trip so they were loving the woodsy trails and playing frisbee along the way.
|birthday girl smiles|
Next stop was Bremerton, Washington. We got in kinda late and found a cheap hotel with a nice lake view. It snowed that night so was really pretty to wake up to in the morning. We made our way over to the dentist and I of course was pretty nervous. But all my fears were quickly calmed when the doctor took some new x-rays and gave me some good news. That things weren't that bad at all. She did the procedure in under 2 hours and I literally felt nothing! The only part that was uncomfortable was trying to talk afterwards because my tongue was so numb. I have to do a follow up in 6 months but the doctors think things will be very good. I am staying super hopeful about this and have now adopted a very strict regimen. This includes a daily dose of an ayurvedic herb called Haritaki, Vitamin D supplements, flossing like non other, an ionic toothbrush and a water pick. I'm also going to meet with a nutritionist in SF to get more insight into why my body has suddenly become sensitive to grains and gluten. I was really good on the trip not to eat gluten even at the most tempting of moments. Right now my health is the most important thing to me and getting back on track.
|gorgeous vintage dress in antique shop-Port Townsend|
|my happy face because I just got a new pair of boots! yay|
|gluten free muffin on the side...so good|
|ferry car line up|
After a pretty short ferry ride, we arrived in Seattle. It was pretty hectic that day with all the holiday shoppers and travelers. We found a few vintage shops and made our way to the Museum of Flight so Gus could enjoy checking out old airplanes and even Air Force 1 that President Kennedy flew on back in the day. The next day we scouted out as many vintage shops as we could. Gus is such a trooper when it comes to me and vintage. I was very surprised at the selection of most places, hardly anything that really wowed me. Which was probably for the better considering I am on a budget these days.
The next day we headed to Portland. We checked out the vintage scene and did most of our Christmas shopping with many coffee breaks in between. Made it to Eugene in the late evening and checked out an amazing craft fair the next day. It was full of really unique and quality made goods from some pretty talented artisans. I found a beautiful purple handmade broom and also scored a rad wood inlay hair barrette. We had breakfast at a spot called Off the Waffle and then strolled down the street to check out a few antique shops. I found a really cute one called Pewter Rabbit Antiques.
|sweet Anouk cooking up a dish|
We went ice skating in the afternoon and then had a yummy roast for dinner with all the fixings. We drank wine and watched comedy. The next day Gus and Mike went mountain biking while Brittany and I did an acupressure session. She's been training for her certification and I'm so lucky to get to partake in sessions with her when I visit. They are soooo good and I can't wait for her to have her license. She truly has a magical healing gift. I love her so much and was so glad we got to spend some quality time together. Twice in one road trip!
|new year's eve spread|
|good ol' Cozmic Cafe|