The Night Before
TrackTown, USA: There is not much to report
this evening. I was at the bus all day while DT attended meetings about track and
field. Outside our motorhome, preparations - concerning this track meet and
several other future track meets to be held in Eugene and Portland - continue. My Driver
DT went to meetings - taking my Jeep. I
remained at the bus and needlepointed.
Our adorable grandson, Leo, asked that I make a lion
pillow for his 4th birthday in August. As often as The Lovely Lisa ridicules me
with her "there is nothing toddlers love more than needlepoint, Mom"
commentary, Leo still asked me
for a lion pillow for his birthday. Naturally, after I ordered this cute lion canvas
to stitch, Leo changed his mind and asked for a Pirate pillow. Too late,
munchkin. Hopefully, Leo (the lion) will not remember his change of lion/pirate plan. The
Laurel Burch canvas is only about ten inches wide and is painted on 13-mesh (13
squares-per-inch). The design is being stitched with
Silk & Ivory
(a 50/50 silk/wool blend, made in Switzerland)
because there is nothing toddlers like
more than pillows stitched in silk and wool. Though not a fan of
13-mesh (too big!), I am a huge fan of Silk and Ivory. It is so easy to work
with, hides a lot of errors and the colors are so rich.
Tonight was our last chance of a dinner-for-two this week. After tonight, we will be
crazy-busy with the track meet. We had reservations at
Marche and enjoyed a
lovely dinner before the restaurant was busy with every American track and field
coach, staff, agent and fan. We were very very very very very happy to see
Oregon coach, Robert Johnson. Coach Johnson has led the Ducks to national
championship titles many times over the past three years. GO DUCKS!
Before the hordes ascended, DT and I had delicious (as always) meals at
Marche. First, we
tried their garbanzo bean "frites" with a spicy harissa aioli. Very nice.
Garbanzo "fries" - think French falafel
We usually dine from the bar menu, but went all-out tonight as Marche was
offering lamb sugo over pappardelle (DT) and freshly-caught Oregon Chinook over
an English Pea puree with peas, fingerling potatoes and baby carrots (me).
Braised lamb over Pappardelle
Oregon wild-caught Chinook with pea puree and vegetables
After loving the King Salmon at the Dundee Bistro
last week and the Chinook Salmon (basically
same species, but I am not a biologist) tonight at Marche, I am here to
report both restaurants did it right. Sweet and moist (barely done) in the
middle and seared to a crisp crunch on the outside.
The English pea swirl, fresh English peas,
fingerling potatoes, beyond-baby carrots and mustard flowers
(wow!) only added to the brightness of the fish.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I am So Ready for Some
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