Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ringing in the new year with the whimsy's

We tagged along with Chip last week on a trip to Portland. While there, Bean picked up a nice virus-y thing. With the extra benefit of MUCOUS. Which is funny because I'd been telling myself that all I wanted for the new year was a bunch of green mucous. Don't let anyone tell you that wishes don't come true.

Also while there, we stopped at the Portland Ikea which had the cutest children's bedding (always thinking of the future, that's me) and a 2-month-old Target. Yes, A BRAND NEW TARGET. Here's me telling Chip that we need to spend more time walking the aisles.
Whimsy: We need to spend more time walking the aisles.
Chip: But we have Targets at home.
Whimsy: But none of them are NEW like this!
Chip: And???
Whimsy: They put BETTER STUFF at a new Target. I PROMISE YOU.
Chip: *sigh*, *pushes cart forward to begin the arduous task of walking the aisles*
Whimsy: I love you.

But my favorite moment of the entire trip, better than staying up until the dreadfully late hour of ELEVEN-THIRTY on New Year's Eve; better than loading up on free Embassey Suite's breakfast; better than watching Chip ask a nine-year-old boy if he was going to be partying it up for New Year's Eve; better than watching the kid's face as he formulated his resounding NO (lips said NO, face said WHO ARE YOU OLD MAN); even better than having Bean say goodbye to every single person we passed as we left Friday morning's breakfast buffet. Even better than all that--- my favorite moment of the week was standing in line in the pouring rain for forty-five minutes at Portland's own Voodoo Doughnut.

They were having a wedding inside at the time, and they only had the little walk-up window open. And everyone in the surrouding area was (apparently) buying Voodoo Doughnuts.

We had borrowed an umbrella from the concierge, so we cowered there against the building, umbrella in hand - trying our best to keep Bean covered in her stroller.

She slept, holding her favorite travelling companion, Tray.

We got really, really, really wet.

And then we got a box of donuts.

Donuts covered in things like Fun Dip (there was a purple one). And Fruit Loops. And Cocoa Puffs. There was also a maple cinnamon sugar donut. Delicious.

And enough sugar to last me well into February.

We heard talk later of a bacon maple bar, but sadly missed out. There will be another trip sometime in our future. I'm thinking February. I've got to let my system rest. For a little while, at least.

But the fun wasn't in the donuts. It was in the experience, the adventure, the cheesey-grinned excitement of doing something weird and goofy, just the three of us.


Amanda said...

I think I saw that place on a Travel Channel special. It was hilarious!

Anonymous said...

You just reminded me how much I dislike the word mucous. Blech.

Eleanor Q. said...

How was the coco puffs doughnut? Good in theory or also in practice?

Stacey said...

There's a new donut shop in the Mill Creek town center called Frost Donuts that has bacon maple bars. In case you can't wait until your next trip to Portland :)

wandering nana said...

I know what you mean about the Tagets here. The one thing I really miss are the Targets in Utah. They were new and had groceries in them. They do get better stuff. Hey, lets go and find the newest Targets we can and shop "}

Swistle said...

This entry seems to be incomplete: it has no photo of the doughnuts, nor does it have a Doughnut Yumminess Report.

Chadillac said...

I once spent 2 hours in the drive thru (at 1 a.m.) at the new Krispy Kreme in Provo in the fall of 2000. The jury is still out on whether that was worth it or not, but it was an experience.

KAY said...

the links were very interesting... i wish i had a doughnut wedding "cake."

so, HOW was the doughnut?

statia said...

Oh man. I'm sorry about the bug, but I am super jealous of you going to Voodoo Doughnut.