Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Posts I Meant to Write

Ok, I promise I am not going to get in the trend of never writing. I have been there, done that, lost all my fans. No fun at all. So, I want to give you a bit of a recap of blog posts I WOULD HAVE written over the past 2.5 weeks, if I hadn't been a big poop head and didn't do it.

1. An ode to Portland: this blog post would have been a little sappy, talked about how much I loved Portland, how the city helped me grow into the person I was always supposed to become, how it helped fortify my relationship with Ross and provided a place for many dates, a perfect engagement, and the first home we lived in together as a married couple. I would have discussed how I am sad to leave behind the wonderful friends we made in Portland, the glorious vegetarian/cycling/hypster culture, and of course Emmett (my Jade plant) who I cried over the day I left my office for the last time (he grew too big to bring back to NC with us). But, we did get to bring a little piece of Portland with us... Sir Henry Gaylord... our PDX cat. Awwwwww.

2. PARTY: All of our beautiful friends came out with us one last night in Portland and we celebrated the great times we had together. All of the pictures turned out fuzzy (it was a very dark bar), but it is a great memory.

3. Road trip: have no fear, this post IS coming. I had every intention of posting along the way, similar to the way I started this blog 2 years ago; however, we were camping most nights. Internet and camping don't usually go hand in hand. So there was the occasional facebook update and tweets about how bored I was driving through Kansas, but I left out all of the really good stuff. Like stories about Eisley rolling in elk poop. And of course PICTURES (because we took several hundred). So I hope that builds your suspense... the next blog post will be EPIC!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Catch up

No we haven't dropped off the face of the earth... but it kind of feels that way!

Over the past week we flew to NC, dropped off Henry at the Bowdens, found a place to live in Chapel Hill, flew back to Portland, spent countless hours packing up our home, said good-bye to our belongings on a giant moving truck (we won't get them back until April 28th), and headed out on our SECOND cross-country road trip!

The first day we traveled south down I-5 out of Oregon and jumped on the scenic US Highway 101. We curved down to the Redwood Forest where we camped our first night. Lots of fun stories to tell you about that!

Day 2 we kept heading south down 101 until we got to San Francisco, where I ran across the Golden Gate Bridge (no, not because Ross pushed me out of the car... because I WANTED to). The bridge is 1.7 miles long- it was nice to stretch my legs and see the city and Alcatraz along the way.

We then took a short detour through the city, driving down the famous Lombard Street, then sat gridlocked in traffic for 1 hour (we moved 3 blocks). By the time we got out of the city, we were thankful for wide open roads and pushed it all the way south to Bakersfield last night (just north of LA). We are planning to skip LA and head east into Arizona, stopping in Sedona or Flagstaff tonight.

Pictures and more details to come- just wanted to give a quick update!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Careers

Today is our last work day in Portland. Ross is packing up his desk and saying good-bye to his adidas coworkers and friends, thankful for the past 15 months he spent with them. I will spend the day handing over projects and celebrating the 11 months I spent as a member of the Canary Portland team.

The Big Move (as I have come to call it) will bring new and exciting changes for our careers. Ross is breaking into the cycling industry, allowing him to eat, sleep, and breath bicycles all day (hooray!). I have been offered the opportunity to stay a part of the Canary team for a few months as the company transitions in new team members. I will be able to work remotely (from home, coffee shops, libraries, etc) and enjoy some flexibility in my day. I am feel very honored to get to continue on with Canary for a few more months.

So today, I am thankful for careers, but new and old.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Two F's

Being in NC will allow me to share in family holidays, watch my closest friend's baby boy grow up, help my best cousin with her wedding festivities, enjoy day trips with my mom, have lunch dates with my grandparents (when they come see me in Chapel Hill!), and plan dinner parties with my two "new" sisters. I couldn't be more thrilled!

So today, I am excited about the big move because a big part of my heart is already in NC.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bike Commuter

When I woke up this morning it was cloudy but not raining. I skipped my yoga class (shame on me I know) because I couldn’t drag myself out of the warm bed at 5am. Instead, I decided I would ride my bike to work today, thinking it may be my last chance (since my last day in the office is Friday). Around 7:30am it started looking dreary outside but I figured I could beat the rain (why did I think I could do that?) At 7:45am I set out in the drizzle- donning several layers and a fluorescent orange rain jacket, hoping to be dry and visible. Little did I know in a couple of miles I would be very wet and wishing I was invisible.

The first little bit of the ride was uneventful; I waived at fellow bike commuters, dodged parked cars, and moved with the flow of traffic. As I started the first descent down the Greeley hill the rain picked up and it was quickly pouring. I went back and forth sprinting down the road (hoping to ride faster than the rain perhaps?) and going really slow trying to avoid the splash of water shooting up off of my front tire and smacking me in the face. From ping-ponging back and forth between a sprint and a crawl I succeeded in wearing myself out.

From a distance, I may have looked like a pro-commuter in my Portland-friendly cycling jacket and sweet black cross bike, but upon closer inspection I was the laughing-stock of the biking community. First of all, I didn’t have fenders on my bike. EVERY Portlander, and cyclist for that matter, has fenders to put on their bikes for rain riding. Without fenders you get a straight shot of rain and road grim spraying you in the face for the entirety of the ride. So for five miles, I squinted and snorted and wiped grit from my face.

In contract to the front fender, back fenders prevent mud-butt. What is mud-butt you may ask? Similar to the spray for the front tire, the back tire also shoots up road debris straight onto the rider, specifically in a straight line from your lower back to your seat. So, yes, your crack (I was trying to avoid saying butt crack on my blog, but alas, I just said it). So here I go, squinting and snorting, wiping and grunting, with water in my face and mud on my butt. Lovely.

By the time I got to work I could ring water out of my socks and left a gritty trail through the office to my desk. I am sure my coworkers loved that. But, I survived, and I finally got the guts to commute in a downpour. It looks like I became an official Portlander just in time to hit the road. Good thing I plan to commute in Chapel Hill too- everyone will be so impressed with my skills!

On another note, my mom calls me every morning to ask if I am happy or sad- I think she is trying to gauge the teeter-totter emotions I am feeling right now: happiness and excitement about our new adventure and sadness about leaving Portland and the home we have made here over the past 2 years. So, to get myself pumped up and excited, I have decided to do a daily post about what I am most excited about regarding the move. As I am just now warming up from my ride (3 hours later), here is what I am most excited about today.

Portland 10 day forecast:


Chapel Hill 10 day forecast:


Ross made a comment the other day- “oh man I guess we are going to have to start buying sunscreen again.” Something we haven’t done in TWO YEARS! Bring it on!