This post is incredibly overdue! The hubs and I pulled up stakes and slipped out of the Sunshine State in late April 2015 for the charms of the PNW otherwise known as Seattle WA! He was headhunted by a school that will remain nameless and I was lucky enough to be able to work remotely for a tech start up! Kismet! Below is the true story of our drive north…
“We started on a Tuesday and we drove all night the doo run run run the doo run run…”In all seriousness, we left about 2 hours later than planned. The truck was JUST the right size 16×16.
We drove all day into the night taking shifts and only stopping for food and potty breaks. Around 12 midnight we arrived in Eugene, OR at a Super 8 hotel exhausted and stinky saying “I’m too old for this ish” Danny Glover Lethal Weapon style. We waited in the cold misty parking lot while a truck driver and the third shift attendant tried to figure out why he wasn’t in her system even though he’s a regular customer. I was on my best behavior dear friends, there were no long suffering sighs or angry looks The next morning we woke up and got back on the road to WA, ignoring the “superstar breakfast” at Super 8. Let’s be honest there were no stars, if they could have negative starts I’d have given them. We drove through Portland, no we drove over it via a bridge… I think it was cute. There wasn’t much sight seeing unfortunately, we were on a mission with focused intent, that and a deadline for dropping off the contents of our truck. It seems, whenever a move happens, there’s never time built in for leisurely sight-seeing along the way. We’re more of a “get it done expediently” kind of couple.
Wednesday around 1-1:30pm we arrived at the storage unit and here is where I realized that I never changed the size of the unit when we upgraded the size of the truck. 10×10 is quite tiny for fitting the contents of an entire 1 bdrm apartment, however there weren’t any larger units so the unit was stacked snugly to the rafters. There’s a little bit of a worry that the door would pop open because it was bursting at the seams but the gods were on our side and the lock held. We then drove the huge empty truck to our AirBnB, met one of the owners, unpacked and pretty much passed right out.
The AirBnB was really cute, & charming aka rental speak for really tiny. It was however VERY well designed and absolutely functional. We had a kitchenette with a 2 burner hot plate, a microwave, a toaster oven and a mini fridge and a 4 cup coffee maker. There was a high top table and with barstools. The bathroom was also really well designed and felt more spacious than any of my former NYC bathrooms and the SF one as well, all because of good design flow & layout. Oh! Ha! Thursday afternoon Dave and I spent hanging out with my cousin on my mother’s side of the family, he was kind enough to drive us home. During that drive we learned that our current residence is ‘hood’ because its south of Genesse Ave. Um this coming from a dude that spent summers on the wrong side of Schoolcraft Ave! Its not completely hood but it definitely has some moments once you leave the historic quaint section of Columbia city heading north. Lets just say crossed Columbia City off our list of potential apartment searches…Dave and I are feeling less enthusiastic about being trailblazers in gentrification…
Thursday morning we had a quick breakfast before returning the truck. Side note…Siri really has to take into account types of vehicles being driven and the turning radius capability of said vehicles. After dropping off the truck we walked over to the LightRail to get downtown and learned that we could purchase a card just like in SF and NYC! Hooray right?! Yes…although when I attempted to purchase MY card I got hosed and was forced to submit an online form(from my phone- thanks technology) so that I can be reimbursed. There is no transit authority person to speak to at ANY of the stations everything is automated. That just seemed silly to us former New Yorkers but we’re adaptable. We got downtown and explored, took in the sights the culture and like “the little Lebowski overachievers” that we are we began looking at apartments to get a true idea of what the real estate market truly is.
We saw apartments, boy oh boy did we see apartments! Full service, behemoths and smaller versions with less amenities. Honestly 1 of these places has about 20 other properties but the one we looked at first has over 700 units 3 towers with gyms in each, 1 tower has a swimming pool while the others just have resistance pools, full gyms with saunas, meeting rooms, decks, community rooms, fire pits and BBQ’s. It’s obscene and yet affordable in comparison to rent prices we’ve paid before.
Ultimately we settled into a gorgeous 1bdr in Capitol Hill that hit all our must haves specifically dishwasher and w/d in the unit.
Happy as clams we even adopted adorable puppies! Introducing Riggs and Murtaugh, our Lethal Weapons of cuteness.
There have been some changes during the year and a half we’ve called Seattle home, some bumps along the road but all in all we are navigating it with aplomb. I think it’s high time I bring you some puppy hi-jinks so please stay tuned!
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