Our flight up here was fairly smooth. Em fell asleep on the plane and would've probably stayed that way if the flight attendant hadn't loudly marveled at the CARES harness Em was wearing. "Oh! That's BRILLIANT! I haven't seen that before!!!"
Despite the madness since our Thursday arrival, it's safe to say that we're enjoying the city and all its offerings.
No sales tax. I'm so giddy each time I pay for something that doesn't cost me an extra 9.25%. (Santa Monica sales tax is one of the highest in the nation.) It makes me so happy when I receive a restaurant bill and see no tax that I find myself a little more generous in the tip department.
Trader Joe's tiny carts. When we first considered moving to Portland, I immediately looked to see if they had Targets and Trader Joe's. I can't imagine myself living somewhere without those! Silly, but true. We made our first visit to a Trader Joe's, and Em and I were both excited to see that they have the kid-sized carts that none of the LA stores seemed to have.
The air. It's so crisp. It's so clean. It's like a breath of fresh...air.
The view. We're staying in a swanky apartment building downtown for a few weeks. Shortly after our arrival, Em ran to her bedroom window and set up her toys.
The amenities. Our building includes a small gym, and I've already worked out TWICE. This is particularly huge because I think the last time I was at a gym was my first trimester -- in 2008!
Our building also features a private screening room. Em thought it was the coolest thing in the history of things.
The people. There is a beautiful lack of population, and the people we have encountered are warm and welcoming. We visited Target on Sunday afternoon, and it wasn't nearly the madhouse I'm used to. Also? The shelves are fully stocked -- even with the elusive Missoni stuff!
Just kidding. They have those hats at the LA Nordstrom Rack, too, I'm sure.
All in all, we approve of Portland so far!