I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

October is my favorite month of the year. I am very Anne of Green Gables about October. It feels magical every year. I love everything about it, and especially when the weather is sunny and crisp, like a perfect autumn apple, which Lu and I tried about 60 of at the Portland Nursery Annual Apple Tasting this past Saturday. My favorite apple is the Ambrosia. We then went to the pumpkin patch out at Plumper Farm. We like that one because it has cannons that you can fire pumpkins with, which is a very important fall ritual.

We then took a beautiful drive out to Vernonia to visit the old mill. You park in the parking lot at Vernonia Lake, where you are greeted by a flock of ducks.

There’s a walking path around the lake and if you walk around it, you’ll stumble upon the old mill. When you go inside, you’ll see a cool juxtaposition of graffiti, trees, and building ruins. There was an engagement photo shoot happening when we were there.

Later that evening, I said farewell to the kids and attended the first-ever Game of Thrones Feast, which was a collaboration between Fan Fare: Theme Catering and Pairings Portland. It was epic. It was a 7-course meal, each one representing one of the Seven Kingdoms. The wine was then paired with the dish, and then with a character from that kingdom. It was a wonderful event, the food and wine were perfect, and I can’t wait to attend future collaboration events with these two awesome businesses.


On Sunday, the kids and I lounged all day, watching Hocus Pocus, which I have to watch every October; then we went to eat a late lunch at Off the Griddle, which is our favorite neighborhood vegan diner.


Sunday evening, we went to see Lykke Li play at the Roseland Theater. We had been waiting for a couple of months. The kids bought tickets for us to surprise me, but they didn’t keep the secret for very long. We got there a half-hour before the show started, found a parking spot right in front of the theater, and got spots right up at the front of the stage. It was our lucky night.


The opening band was TiRon & Ayomari, a super fun eclectic hip-hop duo from Los Angeles.


Here’s one of their videos:

And then it was time for Lykke Li! She was so amazing, the crowd was fun, and we were standing in a great spot to get pics.

That was our weekend! I’m tired, but my heart is full.

I will leave you with my favorite song that Lykke Li played and then my favorite song that she didn’t play.