The last few days have been a mixture of hard work and just plain fun. The work has come from sorting and parting with books, lifting them up and down three flights of steps, and trying to defy the laws of both physics and Tetris to make them fit.
The fun comes when my brain is full and it is time to go for a walk. This neighborhood, called Sunnyside, is even more walkable than our old place up by Burnside. We are still just a few blocks from Laurelhurst Park, but we are even closer to Belmont Ave. and all the interesting buildings and fun businesses there.
My first night back, we had dinner at the Hobknob Grille, because it is so close to our place and feels like home. Bridgett loves their pulled pork sliders, Grandpa Nelson loves their fries, and I think their macaroni and cheese is too good to be true. They also have friendly, silly waiters and good beer and cider.
The Bare Bones Bar and Grille is just across the street and down a bit, and has three sections: a breakfast place, a bar next door, and a game room in the back. I like the game room because they have our favorite, MedievalMadness, and a very fast Indiana Jones game.
Walking to and from these lovely establishments, we pass tiny libraries, murals, and spring blooming everythings.
Yesterday Bridgett and I made a longer walk of it and went to visit the dead people at Lone Fir Cemetery. It was lovely, peaceful, and full of very busy squirrels, who want to be everywhere and don’t want anyone to see them.
As you can tell, I am enjoying being home again, and sad that I need to go back to Salinas come Saturday. I will love being with you for the next month, but will sorely miss my neighborhood.