Greetings from Portland!
We are still getting used to the time change. Last night I fell asleep at 8:30am and this morning John got up at 4:00am, and I was up by 5:00am. Tonight I’m going to force myself to stay up until 10:00am to help get adjusted. The weather here has been very overcast and wet. Had a high of 44° and will get down to 35° tonight. So not really warm, but not too cold. Can be outside with a hoodie or light jacket on. It rains about 50% of the day – a slow drizzle. The sun peeks out now and then for a little bit. The rain does keep the place looking nice and clean and fresh. The grass here is nice and bright green but most of the flowers are done for the year.
Here’s some pictures of our site at the Rolling Hills RV Park:
This morning we went for breakfast at a place called Sharis – it’s a chain resturant along the line of a Perkins. Then afterwards we went to Lowe’s to purchase some paving bricks. The grassy areas around the motor home are very soft and underneath there’s wet soupy clay soil. The worst spot is right outside our door – so purchased some paving bricks to keep us out of the mud when going in and out. Our site already had some pavers in place for a RV that had a door in the middle – so we extended the path to reach our front door. Here’s the end result:
We missed not having the Subaru because we had to put all 30 of the bricks we purchased, along with two cinder blocks, in the back seat of the Jeep. After the landscaping project was completed, we took the Jeep to a car wash to get the remainder of the road grime from the trip removed and to vacuum out the mess left by the blocks. John then spent the remainder of the morning working on obtaining a replacement solenoid for the ice cube maker water line. He took the broken one out and to it to camping world. Today they had the exact part he needed in stock – the guy he talked to there yesterday said they did not have any…. He was happy to have that job completed. Only big project left is to order a replacement slide out awning. He is going to call Winnebago tomorrow and see what they tell him. I did laundry while John was doing this thing. The laundry room here is decent and they have a nice adjacent club room to hang out in while waiting for clothes to get done.
Around 3:00pm we decided to take the light rail train to downtown Portland. Their train system is called the “TriMet Max” and it seems relatively new. It took us 45 minutes to get downtown, but was a nice way to see the area. We then walked around downtown window shopping and through the Westfield mall. We went to a toy store and John purchased me a Zhu-Zhu pet – they look like large hamsters and I guess they walk around and make noise. Have not played with it yet…. It was fun watching John stand in the check out line with the little toy.
We then walked around outside some more and decided to stop at the Rock Bottom Brewery for supper. I had a yummy shrimp gnocchi that was quite spicy. After supper we then hopped back on the train and made it home by 8:00pm.
Tomorrow it’s back to work for me. It seems like I’m starting a new consulting job, but I will be working on the same projects that I was in Milwaukee – just in different location. So once I find my new work area and get my computer setup it will be back to business. It will be nice to get “back to normal”, I guess… I’m sure it will be a big adjustment for John to be working remote again, but I’m sure he will also get back in the swing of things in a few days.
I’m off to do some computer stuff and force myself to stay awake until 10:00pm, even though it feels like being up until Midnight.