Out and About – Hillsboro Hops

I married my husband nearly 20 years ago. I’ve been a football fan since I can remember (go Niners). But he is a baseball fan.

So, I became a baseball fan.

I started my job 3 years ago – and one of my colleagues is a baseball fan, too.

So, guess what we did this summer during program? Yup, a baseball game.

Hillsboro Hops ticket

So, we took a big pile of kids to a Hillsboro Hops game on July 26. It was hot, but the kids had a REALLY good time.

Our goal is to take kiddos to places they might not get to – and this was a great destination for them.


Heading Back to School…

So, school starts a bit later in this neck of the woods. The teachers and staff are taking their “furlough” days before school starts. So, school starts September 9.

As you know, I work at a middle school in Oregon. It’s a GREAT place to work. I love the staff. I love the kids. I love my job – most of the time.

The reason? I laugh more here than I do in most parts of my life – not to say I’m not laughing it up every day. But at work, there’s a lot of funny stuff.

Case in point, the middle schooler’s locker:


This particular kiddo found most of his homework (some of it completed), his house key (actually 3 of them), and the phone number of a girl he liked a few months back. Important stuff can get lost in there.

Savour your last moments before school starts – and if it has all ready started, enjoy! These are fun years.



Puppy Power!

So, the husband and I have a 10-month old Chihuahua, Loretta:

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She’s a bit of a stinker – and absolutely hilarious. And a football fan – just like her mama.

Yesterday, we picked up another puppy. She is a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix. And her name is Joey:


She is just 2.5 months old and likes to sleep A LOT. And, she’s so small, she is wearing a cat collar (which is still too big for her). We know exactly where she is in the house because she jingles. It sounds like Christmas when she and Loretta play!

We got both girls at Hannah The Pet Society, a local organization that partners pets and people wanting pets. In essence, we are foster-to-adopt parents of 2 pups. And it is FANTASTIC!


Summer Reading…

So, as is true at so many libraries, our local library (Multnomah County Library) hosts the “Summer Reading Program” every June – September. Kids line up to read their books and gather points – so that they can have a t-shirt and other cool prizes.


So, I bought myself a shirt. And, this summer, I have read a total of ZERO books. Well, that’s not true: I have read 1/2 of a book. During the week of August 25, I will have a vacation, so I will immerse myself in a book of some sort. The newest Dean Koontz? An old Stephen King? A new Bruce Hale (S.P.I.E.S. – I hear it’s great)? The 5th Wave? Vampire High? So many to choose from:


Hi – my name is Patti and I’m a bibliophile – and book-aholic.



Summer is done!

I partnered with a colleague to host a summer camp with about 100 middle school students. We did some awesome stuff.

Classes include Basketball Camp, Arts and Crafts, Cooking, Rockin’ Science, Mad Science, Soccer Camp, Open Gym, Game Time!, Recycled Art, Animoto, Baseball Camp – and AWESOME field trips! They are:

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

After a HOT bus ride, we made it to the Discovery Center. The staff was amazing and the site was interesting.


Hillsboro Hops Baseball Game

This is the first season with for the Hillsboro Hops Single A team.


Oxbow Park

We combined this field trip with the high school. We did hikes, kick ball, arts and crafts, and quiet activities.


Mt. Saint Helens

A little over 2 hours away, this was one long trip! But SUPER worth it. I wish we could have stayed longer.


School starts in four weeks! We start late this year because of furlough days. But, in my mind, it’s starting too soon! I’m all ready pooped!



Painting Class

I started painting again. I took classes 15 years ago with an instructor in Oregon City. My stuff was VERY cartoon-like and I wasn’t pleased with my progress after 1 year.
Then, I found Melissa Gannon at an Art Fair at the (Un)Covered Wagons in Oregon City about 5 years ago.
So, I took classes for a few years – and I improved. Less cartoon-like and more “realistic.”
But life happened and I dropped out for about 1.5 years.
So, I was working this summer – and the kiddos and I made our own watercolour paints. I brought in some of my watercolours for them to look at as they explored their own art.
And I thought: “I should be painting again.” And I signed up.
I started back at the end of September – and have made 3 out of the 4 paintings. (I saw Mo Willems during one the class periods.)
So, here they are. Not hideous. There are some great parts, some good parts, and some awful parts. But, I’m learning.
Our first assignment was an exploration in tints, shades, and tones. We traced our hands and went from there:
Then, we did sunflowers. Egads. Not my best work, but I learned a lot about glazing (a layer of thin paint over existing paint). The darker red is a glaze placed over other shape-defining colours.
This last week, we painted peaches. I SUCK at leaves. TOTALLY SUCK at leaves. But the peaches aren’t too bad. One kinda looks like a butt. ☺
Next week I think we are painting leaves. I think. Gads.

PNBA – Days Two and Three

The last two days of PNBA were a whirlwind. I did a variety of tasks: registration desk, author signings, breakfast with the authors, and door. But on each day, I ended up doing “Library/Breakdown” which is always awesome.

A quick introduction, too. This is Lana (I’m in the orange beside her). She introduced me to PNBA after we volunteered at Willamette Writers last year. THANK YOU, LANA! This is a great experience for me.

So, Day Two was business as usual. I met a few people. I hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. And I was present at the author’s breakfast. There were 4 authors: two adult titles and two children’s/YA titles. I was lucky to get a copy of David Wiesner’s Art & Max, which is a children’s book:

David Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner (Flotsam is delish). He signed his newest book, Art & Max, which is a gem! The art is beautiful and the story is both amusing and profound. His presentation was wonderful!

And on Day Three, I came away with a few prizes, which I love.

Vladimir Tod is a series of YA books that I just got into – and I am enjoying them immensely. The first is Eighth Grade Bites. I’m sure you get the idea! On the last day, as people were packing up, I got a free bag.

The last goodie was a real surprise. A book representative was offering t-shirts from a book called Chicken Big. On the last day, as I was cleaning up, she handed me one and I said “thank you.” I wasn’t quite sure what I was thanking her for. Check out this shirt:

It’s a story about a “critter” who emerges from an egg and all the other barnyard animals wonder “what is it?” Delightful story. It’s a little huge for me, but I’m wearing the shirt to work today.

Next year? ABSOLUTELY! The volunteer coordinator is going to give me additional duties next year. I had a ball again! Thanks to Ben for helping me understand the author signing routine, to “the sisters” for helping me learn the ins and outs, to Larry and Karen for giving me the right amount of responsibility at the registration desk, and to Lana for introducing me to this event.