First of all, thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Blogger Christmas Cheer Exchange that Olya and I are hosting! This wasn't mentioned in my original post, but it IS open to Canada as well as the US!
We're in our new place in Portland! We aren't fully unpacked, but it is so much bigger and the layout is so much better...and it's still waaaay cheaper than our place in Seattle was! The dogs are also loving how much room they have to explore outside. Luckily, the ducks in the duck pond are actually pretty intimidating (they quack like crazy at the dogs every time they go by) so I don't think we'll have problems with the dogs chasing them. They're normally reeeally into chasing all birds...but I think these ducks can hold their own.
Moving is obviously a chore, I don't have to tell anyone that. And I know I was feeling sad about leaving Seattle (it's still weird to think that we aren't there anymore) but now that we're here the sadness of leaving is mostly replaced by the excitement of the new beginning.
I got to drive a 16-foot moving truck from Seattle to Portland on the freeway in a downpour. We had reserved a 12-foot truck, but wanted to pick it up early, and when we got their the 12-foot truck wasn't ready, so he gave us the 16-footer for the same price. I did fine, minus the four times I drove over the curb when turning right and also the time when I was trying to park it at the new apartment where I *may* have backed it into a tree... Luckily there was no damage to the tree or the truck.
Also, I am ashamed to admit this, but...I lost my Fitbit. Yes, the new one. At least I have the old one somewhere (if you recall, I lost it, bought a new one, and then found the old one in my laundry basket recently). Well...I lost the new one while we were moving things. I think the mattress or box spring, since my wrist was pressed up against them while carrying them inside. We had to do all of our moving in in the dark (thanks, Daylight Savings!) but I tried looking around with a flashlight and didn't see it. I was hoping I lost it somewhere inside the apartment and would find it during unpacking. Then I took the dogs out and found this.
Womp, womp. I'm sorry that you got ran over, Fitbit. R.I.P. :(
But it's okay, because our new apartment is four minutes from a Fred Meyer (which is a superstore like Target or Wal Mart--it's a PNW chain), four minutes from a Safeway, and there's one other grocery store even closer, but I think it's a fancy expensive one that we probably won't frequent. Also we live insanely close to a Burgerville which I realize probably means nothing to most of you...but it's an amazing PNW fast food restaurant that uses local ingredients and they make the most amazing milkshakes. And we got Portland Cider and Portland chocolate so life is good.
Cider, sleeping pup, and a husband showing some thigh.
Today I'm going to attempt to change my name! I'm actually super nervous that I won't be able to. I have crazy anxiety about it. I'm going to the Social Security office first...but I don't even know if I have mail addressed to me here. I should probably go check that. After that, I'll go to the DMV to get an Oregon license with my new name on it! But...I only got one copy of our marriage license. So if the Social Security office takes it...I'm screwed. Also, there's still the whole mail issue. So maybe I won't be going to change my name. I took the day off work to do it, so I really hope I can. Someone tell me it's going to be okay because I'm so nervous! I get anxiety about the weirdest stuff, I'm telling you.
Hope everyone had a great weekend that didn't include backing a moving truck into a tree and having your Fitbit run over, but maybe included chocolate or a delicious milkshake!