#76: Cirque du Soleil on Ice

Have we said we like live shows? We like live shows. And Cirque du Soleil is one of our favorite categories of show.

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Cirque shows are known for feats of acrobatic derring-do, but Crystal is a show on ice. How do they combine acrobatics and ice skating? Brilliantly.

We had a great time at this show! The performances were great, and the visual effects were amazing – I’m still trying to figure out how they accomplished the changing scene under the ice. If you get a chance to see this show, take it!

#24: Eat at Portland Monthly’s Restaurant of the Year

Portland Monthly doesn’t hand out their Restaurant of the Year accolade lightly. In a city full to overflowing with excellent places to eat, it’s hard to rise above the crowd. Lucky for us, Han Oak totally does.

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This is one of those places where you order a bunch of small portions of things, cover the surface of your table with food, and eat until you literally cannot eat another bite. And love every moment of it.

We ordered the set menu, where we give up all control over what we’re eating to the chef, and it was a total delight. I don’t know the names of anything I ate, but I do know I loved every bite. I think there was some pork belly?

Anyways, we can’t recommend this place enough. It was amazing, and super relaxed, and fairly inexpensive as restaurants-of-the-year go. Check it out if you ever get a chance, you won’t regret it.

#61: Gardner Gala Costumes

We like costume parties. Halloween is a great occasion to dress up as something, but once a year isn’t always enough.

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The theme for the Gardner School Gala this year was “treasures of the sea,” so we picked a team costume that we thought might be unique: Jack and Rose. My costume was cobbled together from Goodwill, Amazon (for the hat), and my closet (the boots and suspenders), and Becky’s was mostly special order, except for the shoes. The element that made the whole thing work was the $9 “Heart of the Ocean” necklace, which was the clue most people needed to figure out what our theme was.

The bottom-left photo in this gallery is all the Gardner parents in our new neighborhood. It’s quite a gang, and we all had fun that night.

Oh, that last photo? That’s Becky donating two photo shoots to the silent auction, both of which helped raise money for the school!

#60: Eat at an Old Guard Portland Restaurant (Le Bistro Montage)

The restaurant business is tough. Something like 60% of restaurants fail in their first three years. So when a place has been around for a while, you know it’s something special.

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Le Bistro Montage was founded in 1992, which makes it 26 years old this year. That’s quite an accomplishment, and for those who grew up in the Portland area, it’s something of a landmark, famous for mac and cheese. Becky used to go here in high school!

We took Lucy there, and got her to try alligator. Her reaction at the time wasn’t overly positive, but she loved being able to tell her friends at school about it the next day.

As for us, we highly enjoyed it. The food is great, the atmosphere is incomparable, the drinks are strong, and the leftovers are gorgeous. There are lots of reasons this place has stuck around, and we highly encourage you to go find out for yourselves.

#86: Ben – Reserve a Tesla

Sometimes you want something for so long that the wanting becomes a part of you. When this happens, and the chance to actually have the thing comes along, you find yourself hesitating, stalling, not ready to let go of the wanting.

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I’ve known I wanted a Tesla since the Model S was introduced in 2012, but I also knew that the one I wanted wasn’t being made yet. Tesla declared publicly their long-term strategy, which was to change the entire automotive industry, but also to make an affordable car that was awesome. So I waited.

And then they announced the Model 3, and started taking pre-orders. For $1000, you could secure your place in line to have one of these amazing machines. But I wasn’t ready yet. For one thing, Will had just started at Sandhill, so all big purchases were on hold until we knew how long he would be there. For another, I wasn’t ready to let go of the wanting.

As it turned out, serendipity helped me make the decision. A coworker of mine decided to buy into the DIY-camper-van lifestyle, which meant he wasn’t going to use his Model 3 reservation. So in late February I paid him back his deposit, and he transferred his Tesla account to me, and now it looks like this when I log in:

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It’s likely that if I had finally talked myself into it and put down my own deposit, my delivery date would be sometime in 2019. So thanks, Mick, you helped me trade a year of wanting for a year of having.

I’m really excited to get this car, and I’m also excited to be supporting a company with such a bold vision. If you like long reads about interesting topics, there’s an amazing series of posts at Wait But Why about Elon Musk. You won’t be sorry.