Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cornell Urgent Care

I was in need of some antibiotics, so I went to Cornell Urgent Care, which is less than 2 miles from my house.  It's next to the feed store.  I was the only patient there, the entire time I was there.  When I arrived, the medical staff was calling prior patients to see if they were feeling better.  I fear this urgent care center will close soon.  But in the meantime it's nice to have around.

Otherwise, my personal experience was kind of strange.  I was told I wasn't sick, even though I clearly was. So the doctor suggested some lab work, which would take a few days.  He gave me some antibiotics that he told me I could take if I felt my symptoms were getting worse.  I went ahead and took the antibiotics and felt much better 48 hours later.  The following day, the clinic called me, confirming that the lab work indicated I was not sick.  The whole thing is strange and I would think that my lab sample could have gotten mixed up with someone else's, except for the fact that I was the only person there...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Heavenly Donuts

This donut store is about 2.5 miles from my house. The zip code is technically Gladstone.

I'm always interested in donut stores, and now of course with donuts being the new cupcakes, they are all the rage.

We moved to Oregon City from Beaverton, where the nearest donut store was a Krispy Kreme.  I'm just not a huge fan of Krispy Kreme.  I like a more traditional yeast (not cake) donut.  Safeway actually has really good yeast donuts, but the Safeway here in Oregon City does not re-stock their donuts daily so I don't know what's up with that.

Heavenly Donuts did not disappoint.  And it's open 24 hours, as a proper donut store should be.  It used to be a Winchell's.  You can tell from the triangular sign out front.

Portland Aquarium

Updated July 2016: The Portland Aquarium is now closed. The building has been torn down and will soon be replaced with a Goodwill.

The Portland Aquarium is actually located in Milwaukie, which is 4 miles from my house.

It is not a world-class aquarium, but is well-staffed by biologists and has plenty of tanks and hands-on areas.  We visited on a Sunday, and it was pretty crowded.  They have birthday party areas and a playground/jungle gym area for kids.

Two rooms were advertised with "coming soon" exhibits: birds and otters.

I don't think I'll be likely to return until: a) the birds and otters arrive, and b) my toddlers are a little older.  They were more interested in running around than actually watching the fish.

The aquarium has fish, eels, jellyfish, starfish, several stingrays, and I saw one tiny shark.  I'm not a biologist so I may have named those things incorrectly, but in layman's terms, that's what I saw.

It's dark inside, so these are some not-so-great pictures taken with my phone.

Atkinson Park

This park is less than a mile from my house.

We parked our car on Jackson, where there is not exactly a parking lot next to the Buena Vista clubhouse (which itself looks kind of questionable).

The only play equipment is a swing set and some monkey bars.  But my kids love to swing, so that is fine with them.

Otherwise, it's grass, trees, and views.  It's a great park for dogs.

There's a large covered picnic area, which is available for rent.  We have visited this park twice in the last couple of weeks, and both times we were the only people there except for one or two people running their dogs.

It's very beautiful here.

I am curious about the clubhouse rental...

Spicer Brothers Produce

This is a small grocery store less than one mile from my house.
It's very small inside.  They specialize in local produce, as you might guess.
There was a wide variety of produce available and it all appeared to be high quality.  On the day I visited, we bought plums and hamburger buns.  Very good.

Barclay Hills Park

This park is less than a mile from my house.

It is in a residential neighborhood, with street parking only.

When we visited on a Sunday afternoon, we were the only ones at the playground.  There are 2 play structures like the one shown in the photo.  One is smaller and was better for our 1-year-old.  There is also a swing set.

The playground is set back from the street, but not far enough that we could let our guard down around toddlers.

There is also a very deep ditch that is only partially fenced off.

There are 2 grassy areas on either side of the playground, where we saw one person bring a dog to play.

There's a bench, but no picnic tables.

Our kids loved it, and we'll be back.

Singer Hill Cafe

During our first couple of weeks in Oregon City, we didn't venture out much beyond the big chain grocery stores and home improvement stores.

Our first local lunch out was at Singer Hill Cafe.  This is less than one mile from my house.

Counter service, soups and sandwiches.  Outdoor seating available on the sidewalk and also on a patio you can get to from inside the cafe.  3 dining rooms inside, as well as a 4th room with art on display.

Play area available for kids (no food allowed in play area), as shown here, in front of the vertical garden.

We went without kids.

We both ordered grilled sandwiches, which were grilled without any oil, and therefore were oddly dry. Still, pretty good food and ambience, and we already have plans to try it again because I'll be attending a fundraising event there in the near future.