You know what's fun?
Sharing big news with folks, who automatically assume that any "big news" from a woman of childbearing ages means a B-A-B-Y when, in fact, it's not.
We have big news to share.
And no, it's not a baby.
And no, it's not two babies.
(Also, not three or any multiples of babies, just to be clear.)
To Portland, Oregon.
Sometime next month.
Brent was recruited for and offered a job that's just too good to pass up.
They flew us up recently to meet his potential team and to allow us to check out the city. He loved the company, the office and his future co-workers. But as for the city? It wasn't love-at-first-sight, but more like a slow burn that eventually ignited. The more we researched, the more we thought about it, the more we weighed the pros and cons, the more we warmed up to the idea.
Yes, we KNOW about the weather.
No need to burst our bubble of excitement with talk of that or other Portland pitfalls you may assume, m'kay?
We also know that the cost of living is 59% more here in Santa Monica compared to Portland. Also? No sales tax in the state of Oregon!
The first question our friends have asked is how our parents are taking it. Brent's parents are here in Los Angeles, and my mom's is a three-hour drive.
My in-laws, who see Em at least once a week, were understandably sad at first, but they became quite supportive once they realized what all this move means for us and our family. My mom, who is normally laid back about everything, was more upset than expected, but she came around quickly after she understood the impact on Brent's career and our quality of life.
They're enamored with Em, of course, and will miss the easy access to all of us, but thankfully it's a quick 2-hour flight up north. And we'll find ourselves a nice, big house with plenty of room for guests. PLENTY!
This is good, peeps.
So, wish us luck!
P.S. If you know of any Portland bloggers I'd love, feel free to share links! I'm excited to meet Kerri, FINALLY! And hopefully this means I'll get up to Seattle every now and then to hang with Jen, Sizzle and Mandy.
PDX, Stumptown, City of Roses, Bridgetown, here we come!