weekend at the Oregon coast

by Kristina Sloggett


Bad news out first – I didn’t get to audition. Random lottery picks are probably the easiest for the process, but the chances you actually get onstage are incredibly low. Well. As a wise friend said, it’s likely not my last time trying.

It was great fun to watch others audition again, so much energy in that room! To make up for the bummer of not being chosen, this weekend was also a short birthday trip – with an ocean front condo steps to the sand, and a spectacularly (and unseasonably?) warm Oregon coast weekend. The top photo is the view from our room, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Patriotic kites were flying,

as well as two massive flags!

God Bless America

and beautiful sunsets.

I found a place with fresh juice, a restaurant to get a fresh salad, a coffee window serving Stumptown, and several things to bring home from the Under Armor and Loft outlets. Happy Birthday to me.

I love the light house on our patio.

Each morning,Β our normal alarm clockΒ was replaced by squawking seagulls.

I brought crackers just for the occasion.

Birds wondered what a spabettie is.

One bird took a particular liking to me.

um, can you guess which one?

how about now?

Cutie came right up to me.

Happy Birthday to me.


{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 27, 2011 at 5:26 am

Happy Birthday – absolutely gorgeous pictures. Of course, I am partial to the beach πŸ˜‰


2 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

oh, yes, my friend… I know! this weekend was perfect – warm and sunny! perhaps not warm enough for Heather style beachin‘ but it was good! πŸ˜€


3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

Happy Bday!

Sorry you didnt get to audition but there will be other times, I know it :)

And beautiful photography!!


4 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:47 am

thank you, Averie! yep – I’ll just keep trying until I get up there – it would be SO fun to go on that show! πŸ˜€


5 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

Those bird photos are hilarious — and I’m so glad you made a new friend.

You’ll get your chance at the big Wheel one day. Happy Birthday!


6 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:47 am

thanks, Holly! I think so too… my time WILL come.


7 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 27, 2011 at 6:03 am

Happy Birthday Beautiful! Shame about the audition, but seems like a lovely weekend regardless.


8 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

thank you, dear friend! yeah, even though Wheel didn’t turn out for me, we had fun watching the rest of them audition… and the weekend at the beach was perfect! πŸ˜€


9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Happy birthday! That bird is quite brave!


10 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

thank you, Gina!! I know – that bird came right up to me! well, I did have crackers… πŸ˜‰


11 Katrina September 27, 2011 at 6:24 am

Happy Birthday! That is funny about that bird. Love that first photo of him peeking in the top of the picture!


12 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

isn’t it cute!? that one made me laugh.


13 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

Happy birthday! Those crazies should have picked you–you’d be great on TV! :-)


14 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

I KNOW, right?? I was robbed. πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep trying, though. sometime I HAVE to get picked!


15 Dorry September 27, 2011 at 7:11 am

hahaha – LOVE THOSE BIRDS! Happy Birthday, Kris! I’m so glad you had a weekend birthday escape – such beautiful photos. Enjoy every minute of your day!!!!!!!!!


16 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

I knew you would like them, my friend. kinda cute, right? πŸ˜€ and thank you – I SO wish I was there to celebrate with you all! because YOU’RE NEXT! πŸ˜€


17 meg September 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

Happy birthday to you indeed! What a great way to spend it at the coast! Where on the Oregon coast did you visit?

p.s. The ocean at the Oregon coast once drowned my iPhone. Just sayin.


18 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

thank you, Meg!! we were in Lincoln City – our favorite! oops, sorry about your iPhone… πŸ˜‰


19 Allie September 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

Seagulls in seagull picture number one are a little terrifying. But your friend is cute :)


20 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

I know – sorta crazy all flying around – but the one in front (the leader?) is cute! πŸ˜€


21 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

Happiest of birthdays, friend!!!


22 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

thank you SO much, Lindsay!! πŸ˜€


23 Roz@weightingfor50 September 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

Happy Birthday to you!!!!!! The Oregon coast is SOOOO beautiful. Were you at Canon Beach? OMG…that gull is HILARIOUS! (just like the ones in “Finding Nemo”) Hope the rest of your special day is wonderful, and that the year ahead brings you all that you wish for.


24 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

thank you, Roz!! I always love the coast, even when it’s stormy – but this weekend was so warm and … just perfect! we went to Lincoln City – one of our favorites. the seagulls there have the best personalities πŸ˜‰


25 Lisa September 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Sorry about the audition but it looks like the rest of the weekend was a winner. :)


26 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

it’s all good – we had so much fun anyway! I’ll keep trying πŸ˜‰


27 Jared / The Laughing Vegan September 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

Happy Birthday Kristina! Hope you had a lovely weekend, the pictures are beautiful.

This is going to sound really odd, but I never thought of Oregon as having a beach and shore. It makes sense, being on the Pacific coast, but it took this post for me to realize that! The sandbar looks fantastic.


28 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

thank you, Jared! yep – Oregon’s coast is about an hour and a half drive from Portland, going almost exactly West. glad I could be the one to teach you something today – my day is complete! πŸ˜€


29 spabettiemom September 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

Happy Birthday Sweetie~ Oh I miss the beach and of course the birds; you know how I love the birds….We loved having Basil stay with us while you you trying at Wheel…Boo….I just know I’ll see you on there one day tho’…weeee…Loved spending the day we you yesterday…so
much fun!!!Enjoy your special day, see ya soon..Love & hugs & licks from Mom and “the boys” wag wag..


30 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

thank you Mom!! πŸ˜€ I knew you’d love these birds! I had a GREAT time yesterday – so nice to just spend the day – we always have fun! love you!


31 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

Glad you had a good birthday!

those pictures are so cute… :)


32 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

hee – aren’t they fun? silly birds. :)


33 Lisa Fine September 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

Happy birthday, Kristina! Even though the audition didn’t work out, it looks like a great weekend.

Love that flying away seagull photo – it’s incredible! :)


34 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

thank you, Lisa B! πŸ˜€ I took SO many seagull photos… πŸ˜‰


35 janetha September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i love the oregon coast–so beautiful. haha, seagulls are creepy.. they also are my state’s state bird….


36 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

hee hee – I know some people think birds in general are creepy… I love to feed the seagulls, though. I’ve never had one just walk on up to me though – funny! I thought this little guy was cute. πŸ˜€


37 Laura September 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What a great way to spend a birthday and listening to Jackie!!! I bet the tapes have some great stuff!!! I’ll have to listen to them, too!!!


38 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

they ARE very interesting – I’m about halfway through and they just keep getting better!


39 Lisa September 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Looks like a wonderful birthday celebration :)
Happy Birthday to You!


40 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

thanks, Lisa B! πŸ˜€ my whole birthday week has been wonderful…


41 Brittany September 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You take beautiful pictures!!!


42 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

thank you SO much, Brittany! πŸ˜€


43 Pure2raw twins September 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Happy birthday beautiful!!!

Lori has been to Oregan, I have not, but luckily I have you to live through. Pictures are amazing


44 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

thank you!! πŸ˜€ and yes, I can act as your virtual tour guide until you are able to visit Oregon – which I hope you are able to one day… it really is beautiful!


45 katie @KatieDid September 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Well, looks nothing short of an amazing and relaxing trip. Happy birthday to you!


46 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

thank you, Katie!!


47 Andrea September 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love your photos β€” especially the friendly bird ones. A few years ago we did an Oregon Coast trip and it was beautiful. I’d love to vacation there again.


48 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

thank you, Andrea! I feel pretty spoiled to be about 90 minutes away from the coast – I love it there!

I hope you get to return sometime soon!


49 Shirley @ gfe September 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Wow, those flags are so big, they don’t look real! Great photos. Who knew seagulls could look so cute? πŸ˜‰ Love the lighthouse, too! Happy, happy birthday, dear! May you have a year filled with all that’s good! :-)



50 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I know, the flags were a total surprise – I walked out onto the patio after being inside only a few minutes and there they were! actually I watched as they got the second one flying – pretty neat. aren’t the gulls cute!? they kept me entertained all weekend.

thank you so much, dear friend! I had a very happy birthday – now it’s time to start counting backwards! πŸ˜€


51 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com September 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Beautiful pics! I love the west coast so much! Sorry you didn’t get to audition. :( But happy birthday!!!!


52 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

thank you, Molly! and that’s okay… my turn WILL come… one of these days. πŸ˜€


53 Kath (My Funny Little Life) September 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Aww, I love those curious cuties! πŸ˜€

The flags are strange to me. You know, you would never see anything like that in Germany. You won’t find any German flags here at all. Not after this history.


54 spabettie September 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

aren’t they sweet? :)

and really, the absence of a flag is strange to me. interesting perspective I never really think about.


55 hihorosie October 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

happy (rather belated) birthday! Glad to see it was a beautiful weekend – gotta love the OR coast! Seagulls are funny little birds…great shots.

So bummed about the audition (or lack thereof). Next time right?


56 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

thank you for the birthday wishes – yes that weekend was GORGEOUS!

next time… absolutely next time!!


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