Well, here I am in the delightful Pacific North West!
Even though this is the worst time of year for my vampiric little soul, it has still been a blessing: temperatures in the 70s and low 80s instead of 90’s and100’s for my first week, and even a couple days of rain!
As I had feared, road trip + acclimating + catching up with old friends + just dealing with everything has resulted in Not Much Writing Time.
A few tidbits, though, from the journey so far:
The road trip here was just LOVELY! It was cloudy from a mile outside my town until I was nearly here, and it rained a good deal of the way. So much nicer than the glaring sun, A/C all the way trip I had feared. One of the highlights of the trip was a hawk sitting in the median right beside me, just surveying the land. I also drove by a little farm with an enormous, gorgeous pig in the front pasture. It is a rare joy these days to see a pig able to live like a pig.
And one of the special joys since I arrived has been catching up with a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in YEARS. That alone would be worth the trip.
Rather less sleep than needed for my ideal disposition, but so far no major crimes committed.
I arrived at my temporary home in good time (such good time, in fact, that I hit Portland, Oregon at rush hour – NOT something I’d recommend) and have found it to be fairly tolerable.
I am not at all well suited to hotel / mass people storage living, so definitely not unmitigated delight, but it’s liveable. My room even looks out onto a little wooded area. Complete with bunnies!
In fact, the only real flaw in the home-away-from-home (except that it’s AWAY and I’m a homebody) is that the soundproofing is Just. Not. Adequate.
Any time I have next door neighbours it sounds like someone is herding elephants through the bedroom.
And I am absolutely the Princess and the Pea when it comes to sleep: noise, light, heat, cold – doesn’t matter, it will keep me awake! Sigh.
The hotel staff have been great, but there is only so much that can be done. It’s only a month, it’s only a month…
My actual home life aside, the surrounding area is LOVELY.
Despite recent housing booms, there are still many little forested areas, and a fifteen minute drive in nealry any direction brings me past at least one lake or river!
(If you grew up in any remotely normal environment go ahead and laugh, but I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, so having random forests, lakes, and rivers show up inside a five mile commute is a HUGE novelty.)
Curious detail of the week: I’ve read for ages that this Northwestern area is among the least Christian in the country; now, maybe I just happened into the Christian Ghetto, but I’ve not seen so many Churches in one place since my last trip through the Bible Belt!
So, that’s my week in a nutshell.
This weekend the ‘Could I live a frugal life here?’ research begins in earnest.
I still swing between nearly calm and nearly hysterical when contemplating that, but am working to keep up the positive perspective!