MLK Holiday Weekend in Newport

A holiday for me? Awww, shucks – you shouldn’t have! Why, yes, my name is Marci Leah Koski. Oh. Ok. Martin Luther King, Jr. I get it. I still get a day off from work though, right?

Hell yeah! Chris and I took advantage of the three-day weekend for a little trip to the coast. The weather was fairly cold, windy, overcast, and rainy, but what could be better for a snuggly visit to a B&B in Newport? We headed west from Portland, stopping in Depoe Bay to watch the storm waves come in and manifest themselves in spouting horns:

The coast was very beautiful but we were very wet by the time we got to Newport. We stayed at the Green Gables B&B – we could see the ocean from our Turret Room, and after settling in a bit we went out to the waterfront for some dinner at Rogue Public House. Chris and I debated the restroom designation system (are girls barley or hops?) enjoyed chowder, beer cheese soup, and bruschetta. Chris also enjoyed the Yellow Snow, which necessitated him testing the restroom designation system. After that we went back to the inn and watched a couple of movies – by then, the storm was really howling, complete with lightning, thunder, crazy wind, and horizontal rain.

The next morning we were supplied with delicious quiche and fruit bread, then we were off to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which was really fantastic. The displays were really beautiful, and we took loads of pictures. We managed to get yelled at for touching sea creatures by a couple of volunteer attendants (they looked like they were in touch pools, ok???), but we got out of there before we started any real trouble.

After that we drove back up the coast, stopping at Cape Foulweather to check out the fortune teller, world’s largest insect, and penny smasher. We ate a quick lunch at Mo’s (chowder and grilled cheese sandwich – yum!) then headed back east to the city. I had a fantastic weekend, but it was entirely too short! I guess I’ll just have to look forward to President’s Day…

Here is a photo album of all my pictures from the weekend; check them out!

My Blog Shall Not Be Forsaken!!!

Let’s see – it’s mid-January and I’m already on my second post of the year. Not too shabby, in comparison to last year’s blog, but we can do better, don’t you think? I haven’t forgotten about my Ultra-Marcilicious blog – fear not! I’ve been waiting for a brilliant idea of what to write, but I’m sorry to admit that it’s probably not gonna happen today. Honestly, I haven’t taken any pictures or done anything that you would care too much about. I’ve been going to belly dance classes regularly, the odd burlesque/cabaret workshop, and hanging out a lot with Chris. Life has been good!

I have, however, put together a little share site on Shutterfly so that you peeps can easily see pictures and photobooks that I’ve assembled. It’s still under construction, but functional to a certain degree. Want to see it? Go here:

I’ll be taking a little trip this weekend, so hopefully I’ll have some new pictures to post soon. In the meantime, have a fantastic MLK weekend (wow – those are *MY* initials!), and send good thoughts down to all the people in Haiti. I’ve been having a hard time tearing myself away from the news articles and pictures of that whole scene…please donate and help if you can! Any little contribution can help save a life at this point (text HAITI to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross – it will be billed to your cell phone).