Why, hello there! Can you guess where I am right now? Can you? Yes, I am reporting to you live from Columbus, Ohio -- our new home. My family made the move into temporary housing over the Thanksgiving holiday, and all but one box remains to be unpacked. So maybe we're not 'officially' Ohioans until I unpack that last box? Not that there's anything wrong with being an Ohioan. In fact, we've had nothing but great experiences and impressions since arriving here. But we don't know anyone, and everything is new and different (there's no Adams Peanut Butter here!) so my mind, when it isn't feeling overwhelmed, tends to migrate westward, wondering what everyone is doing back home in Portland. (sniff) So onward! Must keep looking forward.
Three random things:
- Did you know there's a mountain in Ohio? Yes! Check it out:
This is just a slice of the mountain. These boxes, which are all stuffed with packing paper, fill an 8 x 12' screened porch to the rafters. Our move was managed by professionals, so we just stayed out of the way. On the plus side, none of our stuff broke in transit. On the minus side, that's a whole bunch of paper. Since we'll be buying a house and moving out of this rental in the next six months, we'll hold on to most of the boxes for now. Then I'll post them on Craigslist in hopes that someone can reuse them.
- Can we talk about water? When I visited Columbus a couple of months ago I met a man who'd vacationed in Portland once. Lovely place, he said, but what I remember most is that you guys have the most delicious tap water I've ever tasted! Yes, it is true. Portland, don't ever diss your water. Savor it and conserve it because you've got it really good. Our first few days here we drank bottled water (I know!) because the chlorine was overwhelming. Now we have a filter and it is much improved. Baby steps.
- But can I tell you what I'm loving right now? Sidewalks. Sidewalks that lead us three blocks to our new school and over to the park and the little frozen custard shop. Sidewalks, which we never had in my Portland neighborhood. Sidewalks that are bustling with kids and parents on foot and bike. Love.