Thursday, January 28, 2010

Banner day

It is a banner day in the Soggy Librarian world, as I am wearing, NOT the maternity jeans I wear almost every single day, but instead an actual dress. My public is amazed. Normally I love wearing dresses, but I only bought one maternity dress because maternity dresses just didn't seem like such a great investment. Also, it's winter so you have to buy maternity tights. Which are expensive and frankly not very easy to put on, what with all the maternity getting in the way. One pair of those seemed like enough.

My annual Big Thing I Do at the Library is this weekend. Sadly, being me, I can never host a Big Thing without some level of anxiety. But this is my third annual Big Thing, and I think I've pretty much got the hang of it by now. It'll be fun. Still, I'm really looking forward to the period of time after the Big Thing, when I will activate my own personal autopilot button and cruise on out to maternity leave.*

Next weekend, Mr. A and I are taking a 3-day weekend and going to Portland! Actually, on Friday we are going to Corvallis, OR, where Mr A will be attending something or other. I lived in Eugene, OR for a couple of years, but the only time I made it over to Corvallis was when I joined a friend who wanted to go to an Ani Difranco concert there. And the only thing I remember was that the concert was in like, the basketball stadium I think, and Ani Difranco could NOT get over the fact that Oregon State's mascot is the Beavers. She was way into it.

So anyway, I have two questions for you, Intertubes:

1. What should I do in Corvallis while Mr. A is doing his something or other? Has anyone ever been there? What is Corvallis' deal, anyway?

2. Portland. I have been there before, of course, but I am not an expert. Favorite restaurants? Shops? Onesie peddlers?**


*If my boss or anyone above me in the pay scale at The Library is reading this, please note that my autopilot functions on an extremely high and productive level and is undetectable except by very expensive instruments not currently owned by The Library.
**Mr. A and I can no longer walk past over-priced children's stores without going in and poking everything. We do not buy. Only poke.

10 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

The Corvallis-Benton library is actually very sweet with a nice old book room (part of the old library building). Also there's a quaint little downtown area which if memory serves me right has a really tasty gelato shop. And a HUGE bookstore.

Memory is right: Francescos Gelato (yelp it) - delish.

Librarian Girl said...

Oh my. I must get the resident Ravenna expert on all things Portland to make you a list. Since he practically lives there and gets to do swanky things by the boatloads (not that I am resentful of that or anything).

Jennie said...

It's been almost 15 years since I was in Portland, so I am of no help. However, I do know that Jeannette from Everybody Likes Sandwiches has some good Portland experience under her belt. Especially food wise. There's a pizza place there that she knows, and that I heard of on an episode of Anthony Bourdain, that I would definitely recommend, only from its reputation.

D said...

You will be awesome tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

arajane said...

whilst in portland you should dine at some food carts. native bowl and potato champion were particular favorites of ours this time around. also, there are some fancy schmancy baby stores in the pearl district, and i suspect if you do a little walk through the neighborhood one afternoon you will happen upon all sorts of baby things you can poke at. have fun!

librarianista said...

Thanks for all the tips! I can already taste the gelato and the onesies. Just kidding, I hardly ever taste the onesies.

JadeEJF said...

I'm probably too late, but get a onesie from Powell's! Seen here, modeled by my darling daughter- it says Book Monster :) You will love it! :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jadeejf/4316001315/

Misha said...

The Corvallis Library is great--I'd work there in a second! Oh, and for coffee go to the Beanery (an old high school haunt of mine--my best friend lived in Philomath, so I'd visit Corvallis a lot). There's also a new kid's toy store near the downtown Bean where you can poke at stuff. Enjoy tax free OR!

kickpleat said...

You have to go to Amnesia Brewing on Mississippi. There are food carts around there, but Amnesia has the most wonderful ipa (the copacetic). It's a good one and a good cozy simple atmosphere.

librarianista said...

Thank you thank you! I'm going to print out all of this good advice and take it with us.