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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Update:

We're here in Portland now, up to our elbows in boxes that need unpacking, but things are starting to settle a little bit. First of all, we love our new neighborhood. There are dozens of shops, diners, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. within walking distance of our duplex. The area is called Multnomah Village, and it's pretty much exactly what we wanted. There is even a German Schnitzelhaus and Pastry shop in the neighborhood! How much more perfect can it get?

There is also a ton of life here. People are walking the streets from morning to evening, and there's a community arts center in the middle of the Village that has plenty of free events to offer. In fact, last night, Ian and I strapped our folding chairs to our backs and walked over to the Movies in the Park showing of Wolverine at the community arts center. Not such a good movie, but it was fun to just sit around with friendly neighbors with their dogs and kids strewn about on blankets. Did you get that? There were KIDS and DOGS and I didn't even MIND!! This is breakthrough for me. Not to say I'm converted to the idea of kids or dogs or anything, but the people here are just so friendly, in a really genuine way, that you can't help but feel relaxed about the wee little minions that usually drive me batty.

Today we took a drive over to the L&C campus for a law school picnic, and I was pleased to note that the route from our place seems completely bikeable. There is some uphill both ways, and it will be challenging at least at first (until I become amazingly fit), but especially with two days per week starting at 1:30, I think I should be able to do it just fine. There's a bike shop a few blocks away where I will purchase some gear, including a helmet (I know, I haven't used one until now -- I'm terrible), and, yes, some beloved spandex! Come on, don't laugh, this is my dream: to wear spandex during my morning commute. Let me have this one, ok guys? And I just ordered a trunk bag with panniers for my rear rack, so I can tote books and things. So I should be all set to bike to school in a few weeks.

Now for our charming little duplex. Our square footage is smaller than our last apartment, and we are having to come up with creative ways to fit stuff in, but in many ways this place is better. For one thing, there's no one above or below us (score!), and we have washer & dryer hookups and a dishwasher (score! score!), and there is a cute little patio that my poor abused lime tree will live on, and we also apparently have a pumpkin plant already growing there. Plus, there is some space in the front where Ian can plant some flowers if he'd like. We also have a wood burning fireplace. I actually love the flow of this duplex, it's very Zen to me. Sure, the only thing that fits in our bedroom (more or less) is our bed, but in a way this is a blessing, because it means our clothing and dresser will go in the other bedroom with our office and studio, so we won't disturb one another when we get dressed in the mornings.

In sum, I'm very, very happy here. I think we will be able to make this place home for at least the next three years. So, yes, there was a happy ending after all the scheisse that happened the month prior. Maybe we had to pay in order to win. Thanks for all your kind support so far. I really hope to keep this blog running while I'm in law school, but of course I can't promise to be terribly regular. Still, sometimes it's the most stressful and busy times of life when you find the most motivation to write.

I plan to post some pictures eventually, so stayed tuned.


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12 comments:

heidikins said...

I'm so glad everything worked out for the best!! Happy Portlanding!

xox

sov said...

Where are you going to get your daily dose of conservative, judgmental, dogmatic hypocrisy?

And how are you ever going to get used to all the greenery growing around you? And plentiful water?

Sarcasm aside, I do need to ask if you miss the mountains a little bit. Growing up in the shadow of the mountains, with them being ever-present, must make living without them seem odd. I know some people who have a time adjusting to that. Even I, who have only lived among mountains for a few years, notice the lack of their comfortable presence when I'm away from them for a time. How are you dealing?

I'm glad you can now do laundry from the comfort of your own home, without spending quarters. Hop on Craigslist and pick up a washer/dryer for cheap and enjoy! Also, happy dishwasher!

And I'm jealous of your fireplace.

Sra said...

I will always miss the mountains. Especially after hiking Mt. Olympus last year, I felt like they became a part of me. Cheesy as it sounds, but really. That said, Portland is actually a very hilly place. In fact, our new neighborhood might be even more hilly than our neighborhood near the University in Salt Lake. The thing I miss the most about the mountains is the way they help you know what direction you're facing. I still don't really know what direction I'm heading around here, and I think it will be a long time before I figure that out, and I may still get turned around quite a bit even if I do figure it out.

Claire said...

Well, this is Awesome Sauce. Good for you!

Also, just saying "Schnitzelhaus" makes me smile.

tennessee mike said...

So far, so awesome. I do hope you're living near the football stadium, so you're not too homesick. :)

Sra said...

Well, the football stadium is being renovated in the current location of the PGE Park, which currently houses both the Portland Beavers baseball team, and the Portland Timbers soccer club, and the stadium is downtown, which is about 5 minutes from our place. We may then be able to take the street car or lightrail to the stadium. Shouldn't be too bad.

natabird said...

I am so pleased that it all worked out for you... Maybe the universe doesn't hate you afterall. It was just waiting for the right thing to come along. Good luck with your new adventure.

B.R. said...

It sounds like you have landed in the right 'creative cluster' that will be conducive to your studies.
I'm always amazed by how polite and generally soft-spoken Portlanders are.
And there's a Schnitzelhaus too? Methinks we have a winner!

Miss Pants said...

Wow! Your neighborhood sounds great!

I think maybe kids and dogs are less annoying when you aren't in a state that promotes bringing as many little kids into the world as possible. Just a thought. ;)

tennessee mike said...

So far, so awesome. I do hope you're living near the football stadium, so you're not too homesick. :)

sov said...

Where are you going to get your daily dose of conservative, judgmental, dogmatic hypocrisy?

And how are you ever going to get used to all the greenery growing around you? And plentiful water?

Sarcasm aside, I do need to ask if you miss the mountains a little bit. Growing up in the shadow of the mountains, with them being ever-present, must make living without them seem odd. I know some people who have a time adjusting to that. Even I, who have only lived among mountains for a few years, notice the lack of their comfortable presence when I'm away from them for a time. How are you dealing?

I'm glad you can now do laundry from the comfort of your own home, without spending quarters. Hop on Craigslist and pick up a washer/dryer for cheap and enjoy! Also, happy dishwasher!

And I'm jealous of your fireplace.

heidikins said...

I'm so glad everything worked out for the best!! Happy Portlanding!

xox

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