Hey! I'm in Portland!

Hey gang! I thought I'd post an update about how things are going here in Portland. 

First of all, yes, it's pretty darn rainy here. Sometimes it will rain for 5 days straight, then it will be beautiful and sunny for the next 5 days. Then it will thunderstorm like crazy, dark skies covering the world, then after 15-minutes it will clear to reveal a beautiful blue sky. It's strange, but also kinda fun. It also means for some hella green EVERYTHING. 

My first Portland hike! I love that there are so many gorgeous trails within 15-45 minutes of town.

My first Portland hike! I love that there are so many gorgeous trails within 15-45 minutes of town.

The biking around here is the shit. I am in awe of how easy they've made it to get around by bike, and the infrastructure is not only super easy to follow but also really safe. Drivers are very aware of cyclists, and there are so many bike lanes I want to puke out of happiness. 

Oh, and it's really stinkin' pretty everywhere too. 

My two bikes. By a park, and by the willamette river downtown! 

My two bikes. By a park, and by the willamette river downtown! 

People here are so darn friendly! And I mean that as a complement, of course. Amber made the funny observation that if you're having a conversation with someone nearby any other people, they just assume they're also a part of it. I could see how it would be annoying to some, but I think it's charming. Maybe because I'm already kind of like that! 

Amber and me - together at last!

Amber and me - together at last!

It has been wonderful to be reunited with my big sister, Amber. We realized that we live well together, if only because growing up in the same house caused us to have similar habits. I cook, she does the dishes. She makes tea, and is sure to leave enough hot water for me. We are honest about if we want to go out or stay in. We can talk easily about our days, our concerns, our feelings. It's a beautiful balance, and I think this transition has been much easier because of her presence.

We've also been working on our own business project, and it has been moving along much more smoothly than before. More on that to come!

My little home office!

My little home office!

Freelance life has been busy, busy, busy! I'm happy I didn't jump right in to another part-time gig at a coffee shop, as things miraculously picked up after I left Denver. Funny how that works, eh? It's been fun hopping from place to place to work on my projects remotely, as it's a great way to see different cafes around the city. 

And lastly, I miss my Denver friends and family very much! I think about you all often, and hope to see your faces in real life very soon. Big hugs from PDX!