This summer has brought some wonderful additions to our church family and young group circle.. girls from the Midwest coming to Oregon to work. Between old ties and new, I am loving the chance to get to know some new sisters-in-Christ and taking advantage of these days (weeks?) that I’m not working (yet.. hopefully!). Some of the other girls—both local and not—are in the same boat and so we decided to capitalize on our situations and take a day trip. Destination of choice: (well, after it was forecasted to rain at the coast): Portland!
While I love the city and my close proximity to it, I seem to forget how stressful the driving is. I’m not a huge fan of one-ways (even though I have had a semi-decent amount of experience with them), but my biggest fear is driving over the max lines… how do you know if you are allowed to drive on the tracks or not??! I’ll admit that today I did drive on one and then freak out because I saw the train coming: after haphazardly pulling a U-turn in the middle of the road, I sped in the opposite direction to avoid collision–only to realize that it was perfectly acceptable to drive on the tracks. It still weirds me out though. I feel like max-driving-etiquette is something we should be taught in drivers ed. Plus, I was so glad I was not driving stick today on the city hills!!
But when we weren’t freaking out over the driving conditions (did I mention we got squeezed by 2 buses when I might have been [illegally] driving in the bus lane?!), we had a great walk through the Rose Gardens— beautiful today!!– and ride on the aerial tram. Though the clouds didn’t burn off as I hoped, the city was still fun to see and the weather warm. After a lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown, we moseyed by a local (but very posh–everything was vegan or gluten-free or fancy) farmers market underneath the new riverfront condos and I rekindled my dream of living downtown. Seeing the city at night, having a gorgeous loft, being so close to everything, walking the river with a coffee in hand…what fun. (Sigh.) Maybe when I am mature and rich. We then headed home and I took a lazy afternoon (and evening) swim with the ladies en mi casa. There is nothing better than floating on your back, watching the clouds, and feeling the sun on your face (getting a tan? not likely, but I can hope!). So blessed to be ALIVE and trying to appreciate my non-working status! .. though I did hear from OHSU today and I can attend orientation (though it looks like another week till I can actually start working).
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.