Adventures in Spokane – Part Sixteen: Where I Go on Hiatus, Family Invades Spokane, and Nothing Goes as Planned

The thing about summer is, nothing ever seems to go as planned. I can carefully mark down everything I want to see/do/attend/eat/drink/be merry on my calendar and leave myself reminders and STILL I’ll forget something or double-book something or just plain run out of energy before something comes around. Back in the day this used to bother me but over the years I’ve learned to just kind of go with the flow. I might miss doing one thing I had planned, but something else tends to come along to make up for it. And sometimes I have to admit that sleeping in and being a lazy slug on my couch for a day is necessary to keeping my sanity. We want me to keep my sanity, trust me on this.

Over the last few weeks while I wasn’t writing blog posts I WAS hanging out around town, eating and drinking and spending time with family that had trekked into Spokane for a visit. There were dinners at Perkins (not the greatest food in the world but a restaurant that is great for large, noisy groups of people), lunches at The Chalet (for similar reasons)and many BBQs held in one backyard or another. I was chased by bees, called by my sister’s name, forced into family photos, humiliated at “Minute to Win It” games, hugged repeatedly, used as a sounding board for family drama, and obviously had an excellent time. It was great but exhausting and the world seems much quieter now that things have gone back to normal and the family has departed once again.

At one point during Fun Family Time I snuck away with my sisters for a girl’s night out. We wound up at Azteca in the Spokane Valley Mall for dinner, and can I just say their spinach queso dip is quite possibly the greatest cheesey dip in the history of EVER? Seriously, I would’ve been perfectly happy to eat nothing but a bowl of that for dinner, and washed it down with a giant Ramos Rita or two (well maybe not two, as the first one was enormous and more than enough to get me going). After stuffing our faces with cheese and actual dinners (I had the Pollo a la Crema and it was delicious as usual) we headed over to the movie theater and saw The World’s End starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This might be a controversial thing to say (if you’re a nerd at any rate), but I think this was my fave of their movies. It was hilarious, fast-paced, witty, and surprising. I highly recommend it to everyone who appreciates great comedies.

After all of the eating and drinking and making merry I did with TheFamily, you’d think I’d be too tired out to stuff my face more. But Pig Out in the Park started up just days later and I certainly couldn’t miss out on THAT now could I? I headed down on Friday evening with my tiny/tall gal pal and had myself a lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce (on a stick!) and a Philly cheese steak (not on a stick!), while she munched on her own cheese cake treat and an Indian taco. It was busy and loud and a fun time and I found myself enjoying the event at night because it wasn’t nearly as hot as my previous experiences (I’ve always gone down about lunch time in the past). On Saturday I met up with friends to do the whole thing again. This time we started with drinks at O’Doherty’s before heading to the park. We also shared foods and managed to scarf down Pad Thai, a German sandwich, garlicky “swimming” potatoes, egg rolls, a savory crepe, and chocolate-dipped cheese cake (once again on a stick!). As you can imagine, I won’t need to eat again until Pig Out in the Park returns in 2014.

It’s sad to admit with September here Summer is winding down. I didn’t manage to go parasailing or skydiving or attend any giant music festivals or nearly enough county fairs. But I did have a great time seeing movies and playing at the pool and helping out a podcast and going to conventions and traveling around the state. And Fall is now on it’s way with its own line-up of awesome events and activities to check out. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this new season has in store for me.

Now I’m off to see what kind of trouble I can get myself into for the rest of the week. I’ll be back next Monday or Tuesday (I promise) to talk about car shows, stand-up comedians and hanging at the fair. To pass the time til my return (next week, I really do promise) why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there.

This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Spokane Valley Mall
Pig Out in the Park

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