Friday, July 20, 2007

My old landlord bought me a car!

Well, maybe it's more accurate to say that my old security deposit from the Pgh apartment FINALLY (<-- did I make that stand out enough?) came in the mail today, and what do you know? It was the same amount as the car we just bought! Yes, today we purchased a car for a 3-digit price from some lovely Russian folks in Portland. The 12-year-old son did the heavy translating. :)

So thank you, Vicki, for buying me this lovely 1990 Mazda 626 hatchback with oscillating air vents. That was a nice touch. And so sentimental of you to find me one that is the exact same color (and this time, all one color) as my briefly-owned yet beloved '91 Accord wagon, Corduroy. I believe the color was named "Seattle Silver". How fitting! Good luck renting out our old apartment . . . ha ha ha ha!!!!

PS- the frankendiesel is not happening, so we turned instead to an old standby: the Mazda!

PPS- Guess what cars on the west coast lack? RUST! As in, this car has none. Corduroy is zooming around Regent Square somewhere, its underside crumbling away . . . but no rust in the wheel wells thanks to moi!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hooray for the beach!

It is amazing how inspiring a trip to the coast can be. On Sunday, Arvonn and I up and decided to drive out to the beach(es) just because, well, we can! It was beautiful, inspiring, calming, and made me so happy that we moved all the way out here, because I just couldn't experience this stuff if we had moved to, say, Vermont. (I have to get some photos up on my website!) We drove through farmland and old-growth forests, wending through secret treebranch-tunnels over the road to get to beaches, cliffs, twisted windblown pine trees out of a Japanese print. And then on the shore, I swear the call of the ocean was luring me in because even with my bathing suit back in the car, I was a split-second away from just jumping right in fully clothed! But the thought of wet clothes all the way back deterred me, probably for the better. There is a 100% chance of going back to that beach, so no worries!

Actually, I know of one other place in the world that is as amazing as, and eerily similar to, the Oregon coast: Cape Breton! :) I'm excited that we live so near an area that reminds me of our honeymoon!! Hmm, maybe someday we can rent or get a beachy cottage! What is it about the beach that makes dreaming so easy? I love it!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Hi there!

Freshly back from 2 weeks in the other Vancouver, with **NEW!** fractured wrist, re-found sketching skillz, general annoyance toward scientists, and big hugs for Canada. Dodged all sorts of fireworks going off EVERYWHERE last night (OMG!!), and have acquired corned beef and cabbage to make for dinner tomorrow.

Details of all this when I'm not kicking the plug out of my computer, which thanks to those outlets that never reeeeeally let plugs make a firm connection (you know the ones?), happens with some frequency.

Didja miss me?