Tuesday, July 19, 2011

#21 - Wingardium Leviosa!

1. Host mah jongg night.
2. Make jam.  (Done!)
3. Host brunch. (Done!)
4. Go for a picnic. (Done twice!)
5. Go grocery shopping on my bike. (Done!)
6. Finish my year-end photo albums.
7. Take Fred to Lost Lake.
8. Rearrange the backyard.
9. Eat at the Space Needle.
10. Stay in bed all day.  (Done!)
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12. Have a really girly slumber party.  (Done!)
13. Play a round of mini-golf. (Done!)
14. Get the craft room sorted and gorgeousified.
15. Go for a weekend in the San Juans. (Done!  Orcas at Memorial Day!)
16. Have an individual date with each NGS.
17. Go for a hike.
18. Plan and cook a week’s worth of dinners.
19. Go to Portland to see old friends.
20. Perfect a signature recipe (one slightly more nutritional than Bundt cake.)
21. Go to the drive-in movies.  (Done!  Harry Potter at the Blue Fox on Whidbey Island)
22. Get a mani-pedi every month. (Done for Jan, Feb, March, April and May)
23. Go ice skating. (Done!  Colorado with the parentals!)
24. Find the perfect shade of lipstick.
25. Host a big tea party in the back yard.
26. Make a quilt top.
27. Take six dance classes of any kind. (THREE down.  Love the Little Red Hen.)  (Done!)
28. Ride on a Ferris wheel.  (Done!  Puyallup Spring Fair!)
29. Organize our finances and filing system.
        30. Plan an awesome 30th birthday party.

 #21 has been one of my favorite 30 Before 30's so far.  I looooove going to the drive in movies.  When I was a kid, my parents would take me to the drive-in and I'd hunker down in a sea of blankets in the back seat of our 1968 Mustang and be asleep well before the second feature.  When I was an obnoxious tween, my friend Kayte and I would take lawn chairs and sit out on the lawn in front of the cars, trying to pretend like we definitely did not have annoying things like parents.  Pah.  When I was a teenager, my friend Megan and I would roll up to the drive-in in her little Brat, back it up to the screen and sit in the jump seats with the funny ski-pole handles.  The drive-in was really wonderful, it was the best thing to happen to summer in Hood River since ice cream was invented.

Shortly after I moved away to college, the drive-in in Hood River closed, leaving a huge gap in the awesomeness of summer.  (C'mon Hood River, you managed to re-open the library, how about reinstating the drive-in??)  Luckily for me, I live in the great state of Washington now, which has at least two drive-ins that I know of.  We tried to arrange a trip to the Auburn drive-in (which I think is actually a 7 plex?  I'm still not sure how that works..) but couldn't make it happen.  I had almost resigned myself to the fact that this one thing on this list might not get done till after my big day...and then a 30B30 miracle occurred.  Fred and I were attending a wedding this weekend of some dear friends up on Whidbey Island.  Last week, the bride emailed everyone to say that one of the possible pre-wedding festivities would be a group trip to see Harry Potter at the Blue Fox Drive-In!  Saved in the nick of time.  The Blue Fox is a classic drive-in, really wonderful.  
(It was too dark for photos!  This photo brought to you by this wonderful website summarizing drive-ins!)
Harry Potter was no slouch either, although it was hard to really see all of the dark fighting and swirling with the lights of Oak Harbor glowing in the distance.  
Sic 'em Harry.

However, no one goes to the drive-in for the picture quality, let's face it.  The Blue Fox is a totally amazing spot for anyone going to Whidbey in the near future.  Tickets are a whole $6.50, the snack bar is totally legendary and if you get bored there is a really excellent arcade.  The tween in me thought this was a total score.  So thanks to Emily and Chris and the magic surrounding weddings for bringing me to the Blue Fox.  Totally rad.  #21 - Expelliarmus!


  1. How fabulous! Glad to know one still exists. We used to go to the one that was in Everett all the time - I remember seeing the Lion King there, what a great time :)

  2. Sadly, like, within a month after they closed the Hood River one, a great windstorm blew the screen down!! Fate? Maybe. Sad? Definitely. I sure do miss that. Lots of memories around that place. And just as an fyi there are drive-in theaters in Newberg and Dallas in Oregon, but those are the two that I know of that are still in operation.