BestThings: Friday Edition

What's been kicking my ass lately?  This heat. I love Portland up to about 85 degrees.  Even 90 is tolerable.  But hit 95....and 100....too far.  The weather is supposed to start cooling down after this weekend, which I am looking forward to.  I've been housesitting for my pals on their houseboat, which is awesome, except when it gets to over 100 and no A/C.  Yes, now I'm one of those.  I need A/C in the car and in the house.  Which leads me to a few of the best things about the last few days.

Cool Showers.  Nothing like feeling as if you've been camping at the river for almost 2 weeks.  Coming home today and taking a cool shower in an air-conditioned house and then laying down for a nap was nothing short of heaven.  Last night I didn't sleep very well, so tonight I'm kicking it at home hoping to get a good, full night's sleep.  

Face Time from Turkey.  It was awesome to talk to my friends Patrick and Jen (who I'm housesitting for at the houseboat) from Turkey today!  They are having so much fun.  It was just so good to see their beautiful faces and see them so happy.  I love those two tons!  

Kingsman.  I watched this movie today during the hottest part of the afternoon.  LOVED it.  It was great fun. Colin Firth was excellent as always.  But this kid that starred in it...brilliant.  Just a fun movie.

My brothers.  I love them.  Ben called from California yesterday and Jason texted me last night just to say hi and see what was going on.  I'm so blessed that we are so close.  And they're both pretty awesome dudes too.  

Late night wine stops.  I texted my other Jen friend last night to see if they were home.  We sat out on their porch drinking some wine talking until her husband got home.  I am also very blessed with the friends that I have in my life.  Daily I count my blessings that I can be so close with such amazing people.  I'm the lucky one.

 More housesitting adventures.  Yesterday I drove out to the hills above 213 in Oregon City to get the lowdown on my next assignment.  I get to stay in a lovely, Victorian country home next week.  The things I'm most excited about:  getting fresh eggs from the chickens I get to feed and the possibility of sleeping outside on the deck.  Should be super-fun

Coffee with Kelly.  Today my housemate, landlord, friend Kelly came over for coffee.  I set up a little brunch outside and we sat outside and talked over french press coffee, waffles, strawberries and whipped cream.  And then we walked down to the public dock.  I've been having so much fun having people over and sharing the houseboat with them.  

Cleaning.  Yesterday morning I went over to clean Jen's house.  I love it because I get to spend time with her, and I get a great workout and a steam sauna at the same time!  Plus I make some cash, which we can all use.

I always have so much to be grateful for.  I feel like I have been on vacation all summer long, even though I have been working here and there.  I've got to be in so many cool places, and reconnect with so many people I love.  It has been magical!  And it's not over yet.  Looking forward to even more adventures in August!