Last weekend schoolpsychnerd
and I took a vacation, sort of! We went out to Portland for faylynne
's wedding, and unlike the last time we were there in 2015, the weather cooperated. For Portland, anyway. It was cool and cloudy--just the way I liked it--and being next to the Willamette meant that sometimes there were passing boaters, though at least they cut the motor when they noticed that there was a ceremony happening. But everything else was lovely. I especially liked the sling that the maid of honor, faylynne
's eldest sister, had rigged up to allow her new baby to participate in the ceremony.
I also loved how most of the wedding party entered to the main hobbit theme from The Fellowship of the Ring
, while the bride and groom entered to an instrumental cover of the Legend of Zelda fairy fountain theme.
The ceremony was extremely short and to the point. After a brief opening, the couple gave their vows--almost inaudible to us sitting in the back, but from what I could tell a variation on the traditional ones--and then exchanged rings, soldiering through ntcomplete
dropping them when the best man handed them to him and faylynne
initially trying to put the ring on his right hand. Then they kissed, the ceremony was over, and the guests all went back to the hall
for drinks and snacks before the reception. I drank red wine and gin, schoolpsychnerd
drank white wine and cider, and our friend aaron.hosek
does not drink, but we were all united in our love for the snacks. Caprese skewers and grilled cheese shooters, with a tiny bit of grilled-cheese sandwich stuck in the top of an ounce or so of tomato-basil soup in a shotglass. It was delicious and I'm amazed that I haven't seen it anywhere else.
Inside, we took our seat at the labeled tables, each themed after a specific fantasy setting. The three of us were seated at the Tortall table, which immediately made aaron.hosek
text his girlfriend. She was unable to attend due to a family emergency, but despite not really being geeky at all, she's read the Song of the Lioness
books and would have instantly recognized the table title.
Then was a buffet dinner and dancing. I was initially a bit worried that no dinner preference had been specified, but schoolpsychnerd
correctly pointed out that it was almost certainly a buffet. And it was, with nothing that we can't eat. The salmon and asparagus were especially tasty.
We did not dance, at least for my part because none of the songs being played are the kind I like to dance to, but the dance floor wasn't particularly well attended. There were a lot of people chatting and eating, and then speeches and cake.
I don't like most cakes, but they did look wonderful. And they were made by the maid of honor. I heard a couple people asking faylynne
if her sister was a chef, and her reply was that her sister had taken a pastry class one summer.
As we left, we got a bit of a chance to chat with both of them. ntcomplete
tried to sell aaron.hosek
on attending PAX and mostly succeeded and both of them told us about their honeymoon in Japan and how they wanted us all to go back in 2020 when the new Ghibli Theme Park will be opened. I mentioned that was also when the Nintendo Theme Park would be open and
that's in Ōsaka, far away from the Tokyo crowds. aaron.hosek
suggested making the Japan trip a biannual thing and you know, that sounds like a great idea. faylynne
also mentioned that she had been practicing Japanese on DuoLingo and how shocked she was when the writing suddenly changed and she realized she had to learn another
syllabary. All I could do was nod, half sagely, half sympathetically. I've been there.
She wants to get to conversational Japanese in time for 2020. I wish her good luck. She will need it.
Other things I did in Portland!:
- Stayed with my sister, who kindly put us up in her apartment's spare room!
- Went to House of Ramen, which featured build-your-own ramen so schoolpsychnerd and I could have porkless ramen. We got a small size bowl, also known as "the size ramen is served in Japan." My sister and her boyfriend split a regular.
- Went to the farmer's market and bought a bunch of cheese and smoked salmon. They also had delicious macaroon cookies but we were too full to eat them.
- Bought some Edo Jidai-era lacquerware at the going-out-of-business sale at Shogun's Gallery.
- Went to Moonstruck chocolate, which I obliquely wrote about here.
It was a lovely way to spend a weekend.