My Happy Places
Inspired by @lilybeansmommy
- •Domaine Drouhin's patioOne of my favorite places in Oregon. I adore their wines, and I have a million pictures from various seasons of the view. My husband and I first visited on one of our first vacations together ages ago, and we have to go back every time we go to the Valley.
- •Bistro 45I spent a summer working there with my husband before we moved to Portland. The owner is a close friend, and getting a glass of wine is required every time we go to McCall.
- •The recliner in my son's room, especially if he's fallen asleep in my armsHe's a year and a half now, but there is something absolutely magical about watching him drift off to sleep snuggled up against me. Also awesome: when he crawls up into my lap to read a book with me.
- •Book + me + beverage + solitudeReading has always been important to me, but it became even more so when I used it in conjunction with an outstanding therapist to put myself back together from postpartum.
- •Headed out on a road trip with this handsome fellowDestination may vary
- •Our little patioWhether enjoying a glass of wine or beer and cheese, hanging with my little dude, or taking care of my container gardens of herbs and flowers, I love this place. It's not fancy, but it makes me happy.
- •My parents' gardenMy mom had a market garden for a while, and I would help her get ready. Now, I just visit to help dig potatoes or pick delicious treats.
- •Anywhere, really, with this kidI don't know how I got lucky enough to be this boy's mama, but I'm grateful. He's to the spontaneous hugs and kisses phase now, and I get a little teary every time he throws his arms around my neck.
- •My classroom, especially when I realize I've created a safe space for my kidsI teach 7th grade science in a very conservative district. I'm not, and I'm pretty visibly geeky to boot. Some days, I feel out of place, but other times, I realize I get to do something pretty amazing on a regular basis. I maintain that middle school is the best kept secret in education. It sucks to be a middle schooler, but your teachers are often one of the things to help you get through. I get to be that person every day.
- •The Boise Farmer's MarketEvery Saturday, we visit our favorite vendors at Market, grab donuts at Guru Donuts, wander through the bookstore, and maybe hit the Record Exchange. It's a perfect start to the weekend. E gets a pretzel from Acme Bakeshop; we buy whatever Next Generation Organics has in season, pick up a ridiculous amount of fruit from Kelley Orchards, and maybe wait in line for strawberries from The Strawberry Lady.
- •Rediscovered BooksBoise's independent bookshop. I spend more money there than I care to admit, but I'm a sucker for all things book related, and they have the best staff.