Sunday, May 30, 2010
So far, I am loving Portland and the new place. We now have several pieces of furniture, essential organizing devices (which Ross has realized is critical to my happiness), kitchen gadgets, and tons and tons of hangers. I would guess we have made 10 trips to Target and Marshalls in the last few days... and I never thought I would say it... but I am getting sick of Target.
I start my "big girl job" on Tuesday and am very excited about it. My first day will take me to a "Green Product Show" to network with other vendors and learn the ins and outs of the industry. More to come about that!
I know this was brief, but dinner is calling my name. If there is more things you want to know about, shoot me an email, text, or call!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Today we traveled from Denver, Colorado to Layton, Utah. Today was our shortest trip (only 490 miles) compared to the 742.4 miles traveled Monday and the 703.6 miles we went through yesterday. Tomorrow will be another long day, but it will have the happiest ending... PORTLAND!
In my immense boredom today, I compiled a short list of "superlatives" for the three days of travel thus far. Enjoy:
Most scenic/least boring state (because let's face it, all of them are a little boring): Wyoming
Most entertaining road to drive (due to the views, speed limit, etc): Interstate 84 West through Utah
Most unique city name: Knob Noster, Missouri
Most encouraging roadside site: Wind farms throughout Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming
Katie's favorite part of the trip thus far: When the drive is over every night
Ross' favorite part of the trip thus far:
Eisley's favorite part of the trip thus far: Sharing an ice cream cone with Mom today
Time to rest up and recover from three days of driving. Check out the new pictures below!!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
8:15am Departure from Boone, NC
8:45am I realized I had to use the bathroom
9:15am I was about to fall asleep
9:45am Our first stop (Ross had to check the directions!)
12:30pm Transition from Eastern to Central time zones
1:00pm I started using a waterbottle as a back massager
1:30pm I realized that talking to a vaccum cleaner was not very entertaining
2:00pm I finally got settled in to driving
4:00pm Ross realized the time zone switch (note that the switch was several hours prior)
4:15pm Terrential downpour
4:16pm Rain stopped
4:30pm I started doing "the robot" to any song that came on the radio
6:00pm I started going insane
9:00pm 30 miles to Columbia!!!
9:30pm End of travel for the day
As you can tell, the day was uneventful, boring, long, boring, and extremely boring. Several cool cities we saw include Knoxville, TN; Nashville, TN; and St. Louis, MO (my first time there)!There is even a city called Mexico (it's in MO incase you are interested!)
Special thanks to my musical selection for the day for keeping me from talking to myself, including, Jack's Mannequin, Matt Nathanson, Matt Kearney, and classic rock and 90's favorites. Also a shout out to the gold mini van in Tennesee for riding for 10 miles down the highway with their right turn signal on (in the far right lane) and the red mini van in Kentucky for doing the same thing.
After four stops for gas, countless hours in the car, and hundreds of miles of travel, we are safe and sound... the 11.5 hour drive tomorrow is already looming ahead.
(As a side note, I kept the mileage tabulated in my car for the day, and I planned to post the exact miles traveled each day, but I left the piece of paper in my car and I am too exhausted... or lazy... to go get it now. Get excited to see it tomorrow night!)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Tomorrow is the "official" start to our road trip, as we will start driving west tomorrow. The plan is to leave Raleigh sometime late morning or early afternoon, arrive in Wilkes for a couple of final "farwells" to my family, then head to Boone for the night to finish packing Ross' room. Our plan is to leave Monday morning at around 7am and make the LONG drive to Kansas City. I am hoping to find an internet cafe along all of our stops during the week so that I can keep you updated on the sights, sounds, and feelings of the trip.
That's all for now... stay tuned!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
So let me quickly catch you up on the past week before I tell you about my most recent adventure…
Last week I packed up my entire apartment and dropped off my belongings at Ross’ apartment in Blowing Rock and my mom’s house in Wilkes.
Saturday’s graduation ceremony was a little bitter sweet; I had the realization that I may never see my friends again: the people who I studied with, laughed with, and stressed with over the past three semesters. With all of us heading to the far corners of the country, state, etc. for full-time jobs, it will be difficult to meet for a beer at Boone Saloon on Tuesday night.
After graduation we literally FLEW down the mountain to Miranda's wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and it was wonderful to see some old high school friends.
Sunday we celebrated Mom, and she got new green adirondack chairs for her newly stained deck! I also took out my industrial bar from my ear... which I loved, but she hated.... YOUR WELCOME MOM!!!
Monday we left for our week-long trip to Portland to start moving into our apartment and meet up with some employers. If the plane ride is any comparison to how boring the drive to Portland is going to be, I am in BIG TROUBLE!! The 6 hour plane ride felt like 2 days... however that could be just a lot of excitement, crammed into a tiny seat, wedged between a sleeping Dad and a boyfriend with a tiny bladder.
After HOURS of waiting for a call-back from our apartment, we finally got in.... and immediately wanted to run back out. Where as the ad promised pergo floors, we found 50 year old, disgusting, pink and green carpet. In stead of new, clean bathrooms, we found shaky plumbing and dirty tile. The hideous details can go on and on, but needless to say, we were HIGHLY disappointed. We got the property manager's word that we could get our full deposit back, and left on our way.
The rest of Monday night was spent exploring the town, eating a massive amount of food at Sweet Tomatoes (if you have never tried it, look it up. It is a chain and is AMAZING!), and staying in a hotel.
Tuesday was a much more encouraging day and started with a visit to my new place of employment. The staff of A1 Fresh Impressions was kind yet professional, completely full of energy and caffeine, but genuinely interested in my well-being and happiness. My new boss promised that if I could not get my full deposit back from the previous apartment, she would help me track them down and get it back. She also gave me a list of apartment complexes to explore and a map of the area.
We then headed to Timber Ridge, an amazing new apartment complex in the NW area of Portland. I instantly fell in love with the views, the new carpet, the granite counter tops, and energy efficient appliances! Check out their website at www.mytimberridge.com. After visiting a couple of other complexes, we realized that nothing compared to Timber Ridge, and put in our application with hopes to be in by this afternoon.
After leaving the apartment, we made the 30 minute drive east to the Columbia River Gorge; the Gorge offers amazing views, breathtaking waterfalls, and miles of hiking trails. Pictures are at the bottom and yes, I promise that when you come to visit I will take you there.
For dinner we ate in Troutdale, a small Blowing Rock type city about 15 miles east of Portland. For dinner we ate at McMenamins at Edgefield. McMenamins are two brothers who have purchased old school houses, theaters, churches, and plantations and turned them in to restaurants and brew houses. The one we visited last night featured the brew house and winery for the chain, as well as countless photo opportunities. This is definitely another must-see on your visit to Oregon!
So far, the trip has been a roller coaster of emotions, an array of delicious food, and lots of sites and photo opps. I am so excited to be here and see what our next couple of days here brings.