This Week’s Small Pleasures #48


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Thank you mom for being a nurse, a taxi driver, a teacher, a clown, a chef, a spiritual counselor, a cleaning lady, a psychic, a travel companion, a stylist, and a friend.

Here are my small pleasures of the week:

1. Finding an amazing bar that serves amazing draft beer and sells amazing bottled beer. They also encourage bringing outside food. The atmosphere was like being in a coffee shop but with alcohol. People had their laptops out, the windows were open, the weather was perfect and the music was delightful. They had a blueberry berliner weisse on tap which I ordered and it is always exciting for me to find berliner weisse since the first time I had it in Berlin in 2008. I also tried their bottled ginger ale and it was amazing. The place is called Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom in SE Portland.

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Darn good ginger ale.

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2. Participating in the TEDx Portland 6K Night Run along the waterfront. It was so much fun. This was my first organized running event. The weather was awesome and the energy of the people was great. They also had free delicious food truck sandwiches, free Rogue beer and free Stumptown nitro coffee cold brew. You seriously need to watch the video below that my husband caught during the run. I appear in the video, I’m the one waving for a moment.

3. Our housemates were gone for two days and asked us to water the newly planted maple trees and potted plants. It’s always a pleasure to hang out with nature.

4. Saturday was “f* it day” because we ordered popcorn and sodas at the movie theater, and then we had dinner at Burgerville (fast food). This is very rare for us, since we usually are pretty healthy. I don’t even remember the last time I had fast food. It was quite a pleasure.

What made you happy this week? 

Weekly Small Pleasures – Blog Event

Weekly Small PleasuresShare your happiness!

I find that the small things that make us happy every day are easily forgotten.

This blog event is simply about remembering and sharing those small things that made you happy during the week; things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you do a happy dance, made your heart smile…

You can share in any format you like. For people to find your post, tag your post “Weekly Small Pleasures” and link to my most recent post for a pingback! You can also just share in the comments.

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8 thoughts on “This Week’s Small Pleasures #48

  1. A blueberry berliner weisse on tap ??? I say YES 😉 It would have made my weekend as well 🙂


    1. Right? I even went there not wanting to order anything with alcohol because we were just killing time for the 6k run, but I definitely couldn’t resist the berliner weisse!

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  2. i really Love your life..I think Portland is a very special place to live in, thanks fors sharing love your Blog!!


  3. Yay, I love this! It is always good for the soul to be grateful, and also to eat burgers once in a while 😉


    1. Hahaha, I love that (the burger part). And yes, it is nice to be grateful 🙂

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  4. Those beers look decadent!! Congrats on your run, you look like a professional 🙂 Happy mother’s day to your mom!!


  5. I’m with you on the nature thing. I dragged my family yesterday to plant our veggies in a free, community garden plot our city offers. It’s a great program. I really hope the broccoli makes it full term. Last year the gophers and squirrels and mice and rabbits ate up all the broccoli.


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