Saturday, June 26, 2010


Well, it was bound to happen eventually.
I got sick, away from my mommmy!
I started feeling dry throat and sinuses on Wednesday, felt worse on Thursday, broke down and went to the doctor on Friday, and now I feel sorta crummy still, but have completely lost my voice. It's been a tough few days, but I think (hope!) I'm on the up and up, maybe tomorrow I'll feel better. I felt much better this morning, besides my lost voice, but work wore me out today, a 7 and a half hour shift is pretty tough when you're straining to yell at people who aren't paying attention to their drink orders.
I got let off a little early though, and now I think I'm just gonna make me some tea and call it a night.
It was a beautiful day here, it got hot! Well, maybe around the 80's, but when most places don't even have air conditioning it's pretty warm. Hated to spend all of my day at work, but since our store is made of windows, we got to see the square full of people basking in the sun.

Gonna maybe try and find a movie to watch on my computer or something. Made a pot of chicken soup yesterday, so I'll be eating that for dinner tonight.

much love from afar,

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I finally have some internet set up in this place! It's been an off and on sorta thing so I haven't been able to update that much. Had to ride my bike up a lot of hills to get a copy of my lease to the internet providers to prove I'm a real person/resident, since I have no credit.
Things are going swimmingly here! Starting to feel sorta settled, which has made things so much easier. I made a HUGE pot of chili last night and ate some frito pie, and I brought home several bags of food from school today, so I'll have polenta, rice, and fresh pasta to last me a while. Everything at OCI has been incredible, my instructors are really great chefs and teachers. We get 3 hours every day in the kitchen, 2 in the classroom. Right now we're going through kitchen group rotations so we all get to make different potato/grain/starch dishes. My knife skills are getting better by the day, and I made some really good deep fried battonet (french fries) yesterday, made rice pilaf and creamy polenta today. Homework is also really interesting, I think that's made it a lot easier for me to sit down and do it. I get to read about knives and flavor profiles and spices every night.
I'm currently waiting for my laundry to run, I have too many uniforms (work, school) to put it off much longer. But 2 weeks isn't too bad for 2 loads of laundry.
It was pride weekend this weekend, so my Starbucks was super busy, but full of characters. And I managed to switch shifts with a girl so I could catch Bikesnob NYC, a bike blogger my dad reads and loves, at Powell's. Even got him a signed leaflet and everything. This weekend was also the end of pedalpalooza, a two week long bike craze in Portland.
Summer is finally taking over most of the weather, though every native Portlandian has complained that this is the worst summer weather they've ever seen. It usually starts pretty cloudy in the mornings, but we get a few good hours of warm sun till about 6 or 7. I've slept with my windows open every night, this morning I woke up and was a little chilly. But it's been nice otherwise. Most of the time I get out of school around 1:30 and get to ride my bike home in the sunshine. Think I might take advantage of today and sit at a park and finish up my homework and reading.
Work has been really awesome, busy but without a drive-thru so I couldn't be happier. All the people I work with have been super nice, and very welcoming.
I've added a few more pictures to the album that's linked down below, so feel free to check those out. I think I'll more than likely just keep doing that, maybe update the link if I get a new album started.
Missing everyone, but really groovin' on my city. I do think this is where I need to be, can't wait to get to know a few more people, want to make friends, but it's just sort of an odd deal. I meet people randomly, and everyone here is really nice, I just don't know how to say "okay, let's hang out all the time and get to know each other." But it has only been a couple of weeks, so I'm sure It'll get better.
Much love!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Soooo I'm going to do this the easy way:


these are all the pictures I've taken so far, mostly on my phone but some from a camera. I made a facebook album, just because it was easier, but that link ^^ should make the pictures/album accessible to everyone.

It was a beautiful day today! Got to meet with my new store manager at Starbucks, working quite a few hours this week. Everyone was really nice that I've met so far, it's right on Pioneer Square, really close to my apartment.I also got a mattress set today! So I have a real big girl's bed instead of an air mattress. Actually had a really great experience, I found this place on craigslist selling new mattresses, googled it, and it had really great reviews on yelp. So I rode the bus out to Mattress Lot and had a really nice guy help me. He even gave me a student discount on delivery! I got them a few hours after I paid for them at the store. The mattresses are even made locally, so I'm supporting my community! After I got some sheets and stuff, I rode my bike for a few hours by the river and across the bridges. It's such a joy riding here, all the cars are aware that bikes are on the road, and most streets have bike lanes and even bike turning lanes. Such a great way to spend the afternoon.
I have orientation for school tomorrow! Can't wait! I will soon have pictures of me in a goofy chef's uniform! :)

Love Love Love!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Well, just as an update, I made it safely to my new home! My apartment is adorable and in the perfect location, I visited my school and am very excited about starting there, I've seen the Starbucks I'll be working at and have gotten all my stuff! So many absolutely new experiences to process, it's impossible to sort through them all. My good friend Gilley is visiting me right now, we saw Crosby Stills and Nash last night in concert. Great show, good company! When I get my internet all settled (right now I'm using a router that was loaned to me by the cable company) I'll try to get some pictures posted. The internet speed is too slow right now for me to even want to try.
So much walking, trying to get a feel for my place. Used the bus/light rail a few times, but most everything I need/want to go to is within walking distance.
About to head to the Saturday Market! First time since I've been here!
Much love from the Pacific Northwest,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Well, I've made it to New Mexico! Due to the time change while flying, it's only 8ish here, and my flight leaves for Portland at 11:35 getting me there at 1:25. I am trying to resist the urge to buy random knickknacks to keep me entertained, but they have free wifi here, so that should be enough. Got off to a good start this morning, after the last night sleeping in 'the bed my daddy made for me.' Everyone was brave as possible, and goodbyes weren't quite as bad as they could have been. My suitcases on the other hand were over by 2 lbs! So there was a quick shifting of stuff into my carry on bag, but still a bit of panic.
Can't wait to get to my little apartment and have that done, it'll be such a relief to get behind a door with some keys. Might have to take a nap as soon as I stop moving, or might be too excited to stop. It's a rainy day says my weather channel app on my phone, so I get to dive right into my new environment as soon as I get there.
It's been strange, thinking about this whole move. Can't believe I'm actually going to be there within a matter hours. I'm about to be LIVING in a place that I've only visited, and a few years ago at that. But as Jory said during our Skype talk last night, I'm ready to kill it in Portland, no morbidity intended. Can't wait to get this life goin'! I will post pictures as soon as I get some of my place. until then, I'll be waiting patiently in the Albuquerque airport.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Three days left! Can't quite wrap my mind around the idea quite yet. Got the last of my packing done, have my plane suitcases done, took my boxes and boxes to the shipping place Friday, they should be there around the same time I am.