I also failed to mention the extremely generous donations made to my Tuition Savings Fund, also known as the "Call-It-Your-Tuition-Savings-Fund-And-Then-Blow-It-All-At Powell's Fund" from Brian's family, whom I adore.
Speaking of Powell's Books, that brings us to Favorite Places Tuesday.
This store, also known as "The City" is the largest book store in the world. That's right, in the world. And it's right here in Portland, Oregon. The shelves at Powell's boast over 1,000,000 volumes in any subject you could ever dream of. Used and new books sit side by side on the shelves, the prices are remarkable, and it smells like coffee and pages. A little (or city block sized) slice of heaven, you might say.
When I walk into Powell's the first thing I do is grab a map. Yes, a map. This isn't Border's, people. Then I make a b-line to the Blue Room which houses literature, poetry, and classics. It is here that I stand, my head tilted all the way back, my jaw hanging open as I read the titles on the top shelf twelve feet above me. Too high, you say? Well, here's a ladder.If I'm not convincing you enough that this place is magical, here's a direct quote from the website. "Any minute now an owl will swoop out of the ceiling, snatch a paperback from one of the endcaps, and make off to read in peace somewhere in Reference. Owls live here, you can sense it." Oh, I can sense it alright.
Next I wander into the Rose Room, where children's books of every kind lie in wait for me on the shelves. I have found some used gems here, I tell you. On the cheap, too.Brian and I brought my mom to Powell's a few weeks back and she honestly didn't know what to do with herself. I think she was overwhelmed. Needless to say, she walked out with a small stack of books and has since reported that she loves them dearly. Ahhh, the conversion is sweet!
If you come to visit us in the Great Northwest, I will take you to Powell's myself. And there is no need to be sad that you don't live near The City, because their entire inventory is available online.
Oh, no, no. It was my pleasure.