Saturday, October 27, 2007

One month on...

and the Little House in the Big City feels like home! Nancy has done yeowoman work unpacking and putting the place together. Rugs and art make all the difference; cats are venturing out under her watchful eye; the yard is looking ready for the winter; and, she hates books! I'm sure that will be temporary, but yesterday my email was full of "grrr, I HATE books!" I think it was the day of organizing them that did it.

Life in the city is different. I leave the house at 6:45 to catch the 6:57 Number 9 bus. Half an hour later, listening to my Nano and reading a history of Venice, I arrive at 3rd and Salmon for the 5 minute walk to the office. If I take a later bus, it's more crowded and the later bus home in the afternoon is crowded and hits more traffic. I have to remember an umbrella. Everyone says "good morning" and "good night" to the drivers. Not much chatter on the morning bus; more in the afternoon.

Best things? Public transportation, walking distance to grocery, diversity, new projects at work, a zillion restaurants. What I miss? Bustle of Corvallis Lab, Squirrels, Indian Buffet, friends, world traveling with Gary.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Don't let anyone tell you...

Moving ain't work! The movers moved us. Nancy stayed at Oxbow with cats and cleaned the place. I went to Portland and made decisions--put this here, that there, what, it won't fit up the stairs? The only decision I made that was great was "put all the kitchen stuff in the garage!" Thirteen giant boxes didn't clutter the space. The way to the brown liquor and wine was clear!

Nancy made a great decision--pack those pets in the car and get the hell out of Dodge! So far they have adjusted very well. We've even left them for a night as we went back to Corvallis to close out the house and to have dinner with our friends SueAnn and Gary. A great night even though Oregon teams lost...

We also left the garage door open with the keys hanging in the lock--the keys to the house too! So much for crime in the city--we arrived back to find the door open, the keys in the lock, and everything in the same disarray that we left!