Saturday, May 31, 2014

Eugene Explorations

Soon after I found out that I got my job, I looked up farmer's markets in the area.   I figured it's Oregon, it's hipster, there will be farmer's markets.  Sure enough, there is one every Saturday (and some weekdays!) in downtown Eugene.  Saturday is clearly the best day to go though, because there is also an art market across the street.  Essentially, the Eugene version of Sowa Market in Boston.  I obviously went the first chance I could get, and headed over there is this morning (sorry to anyone who was behind my slow driving today.  I didn't know where I was going).  

 I got a delicious baguette and some veggies, which I of course ate already today.  Some of the baguette was turned into a sandwich, and a potato and some carrots went into my dinner.  Delicious.  The plant and planter are from the craft section.  It's adorable, the plant is barely bigger than the top of my thumb.

I headed off to a tea shop after I explored the farmer's market.  It was really cool-- basically a wooden box with glass all on the side that faces the street.  They sell both loose leave and tea paraphernalia as well as tea by the cup.  I have now officially delved into loose leave tea brewing: I purchased some jade oolong, a small tea canister to keep it in, and a nice single-mug steeper.  The girl running the store was really helpful, giving me some tips about brewing.  I also tried a delicious iced jasmine green tea. 

Today was basically a day filled with delicious food and drink.  In other words, a perfect day.  To top it off, one of my best friends qualified for NCAAs in the 5000 meter, which means she will be racing in Eugene (aka Tracktown USA) in two weeks.  I can't even describe how excited I am that we'll be able to hang out soon.   

Friday, May 30, 2014

To the Pacific

Whew, I have been so busy these past few days, buying all of the kitchen and home items you could ever need, cleaning, unpacking, etc.  Each day is both incredibly long and incredibly short.  Last night was my first night sleeping in my apartment, but tonight feels more like my first real night here because my dad is currently en route to the east coast.  I'm officially in Oregon on my own.  Scary, and yet awesome all at once.

I'll get back to more of that in a few days as I continue the move in/decoration process.  For now, here's a look back at my time on the Oregon coast.

 On Sunday (after finding my apartment) my dad and I headed off to the Pacific coast.  It's pretty much a straight shot down some roadway from Eugene to the coastal town of Florence, a drive that's a little over an hour, and 15 from there to the actual beach.  It was by far the prettiest drive I've ever been on-- and that's saying something, since I come from Vacationland New Hampshire.  The trees are all so tall here, the mountains are gorgeous, everything is incredibly green.  My dad kept saying that the drive itself was worth the time, and I completely agree.

 I took videos on the drive there, as well as at the beach, so I plan on compiling them to make a short one showing how pretty it all is.  The beach was new experience for me.  On the east, the land gradually gets flatter and flatter until you reach the coastline. Here, there are mountains all the way up to the coast.  The beach was bordered by giant dunes, another thing I'd never seen.  It was all and all an awesome experience, the drive, the scenery on the beach, and most of all, my first time in the Pacific Ocean.

 I felt like a kid in a candy store the whole day.  I'm hoping I'll make friends fast so I can go on hikes, or I'll find some super friendly ones that I can do myself.  I can't wait to explore more of my new state.

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Apartment!

Well, it finally happened.  I was so stressed that I would never find one in time, but when I was least expecting it, I stumbled upon an apartment.

My dad and I figured that we wouldn't be able to look at any apartments yesterday, since it was both a Sunday and a holiday weekend.  We planned on heading to check out the coast, since I'd never been to the pacific, and we heard it was beautiful.  I was ready first, so I decided to check out Craigslist as my dad was gathering his things.  Lo and behold, we found a decent looking apartment, and with one quick phone call, we were on our way to check it out.

It turned out that the building owner is also the manager, an incredibly nice woman who gave me the apartment nearly on the spot.  It's a perfect little one bedroom, in a little residential area that is still within walking distance to a grocery store, dollar store, home improvement store, and restaurants.  Basically, it's in a perfect location, and only ten minutes from work.  My blog title is essentially wrong now since I don't live in Eugene, aka the Emerald City, but the next town over, Springfield.  We can all pretend though, since I do work in Eugene.   

I put together a short video of my empty apartment.  I'll do the same once it's fully decorated, although I'll try and make that better quality than this one is (shouldn't be hard, sorry 'bout that). 

Today feels more like it was two days, we did so much.  I was in and out of so many different stores buying things for my apartment.  Mostly Target of course, but also the Dollar Tree, Walmart (sadly.  I had to let my morals go because I needed their good prices), TJMaxx Homegoods, and more.  It was very tiring, both walking around and trying to make decisions.  I had been so worried about finding an apartment, that I hadn't really thought about what I wanted inside it.  No color schemes had been picked out, I had no idea what I wanted my bedspread (or rest of my room) to look like... total first world problems, I know.

I'm actually excited to clean tomorrow (!) so that I can start unpacking both my suitcases and the bags of goods.  It's already in pretty good shape, but it won't feel ready, or like mine, until I know it's been cleaned to my standards.  A new carpet and newly painted walls definitely helps with that though.

Stay tuned for a post in the next couple days that recaps my experience at the Oregon coast!  It was so beautiful.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I have a car!

I feel like I have officially reached adulthood, because I am now a car owner.   I am a car owner not just in name only, but the one who put down the down payment and will be making payments each month.  Now I just need my apartment and to start my job, and I'll be a real bonafide adult.  Crazy how one day you are a lowly college student, and the next (week) you are an actual adult who has car payments.  I wish I could've realized a a freshman how quickly it does actually go by-- people aren't just shitting you and being annoying when they say it.

Aside from my pride at having a car, I have nothing else to say about it.  I pretty much told my dad what I could afford each month, and he picked from there.  I am a stereotypical girl who knows absolutely nothing about cars, nor do I care to, especially when I can have help.  I should probably learn for the next time I need to get a car so I look less like an idiot, but I guess I have few years before I have to worry about that.  For now, I'm set with my little two-door Honda Civic.  Apparently these run well for years and get decent gas mileage, and that's all I was looking for.  Pretty glad it looks good too, so many cars at the dealership were an ugly pale brown: old people cars. I can see myself zooming  driving safely at the posted speed around Eugene in this.

Friday, May 23, 2014

In the Emerald City

Now I know where Eugene got its name.  While my dad and I were looking out the window as we flew in, he said "It looks a lot like New Hampshire...but extra green."  Trees all over the area, mountains too, and even though Eugene is supposedly considered a city, there still seem to be trees and green lawns everywhere.  I have absolutely no problem with it.

Today was one looooong day.  Up at around 5:30 to go to Logan Airport in Boston, departed a little after 8am...then landed in San Francisco at around noon pacific time.  Our connecting flight was delayed for a while, but we finally boarded the plane, and rushed off to grab my many many bags and get the rental car so we could get keys to view an apartment before 5pm.  We should not have rushed, because the apartment turned out to be, for lack of a better term, a shit hole.  Extremely nasty.  Basically on-level with Allston, but since I'm not a college student, I need something much better than that.  Now it's not even 10:30pm and I'm struggling to keep my eyes open.  To my body  it is 1:30am with an early wake up, so I guess that's acceptable behavior.

Luckily, the food so far has been good.  Okay well I have only had one meal here, but it was delicious.  Doesn't that calzone look fantastic? Being a bread fan, the crust is always the most important part to me, and this one was amazing.  It was from Steelhead Brewing Co. if anyone out there wants to try it.  I don't like beer, but according to my dad it was delicious.  And cheap too, only $4 for a 22oz bottle-- Eugene is definitely a college town, with those beer prices.

Another apartment viewing tomorrow, cross your fingers for me that this one isn't in a musty basement and actually looks like it was cleaned in the last two years. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


I did it!  I graduated college!  And now I'm about to embark on the biggest adventure of my life: moving across the country for my first job. Now I know what it must've felt like for people packing up and moving far away for college.  Though Boston felt very far removed from New Hampshire, it isn't geographically, and moving was never difficult.  Now, it's insanely hard-- things have to be shipped, and giant suitcases have to be packed for the plane. At the moment, it looks like something exploded in my room.

I still can't entirely believe that I'm making this move.  Whenever I heard that people came to BU from far away, without ever visiting the campus, I thought they were insane.  They'd base where they were going to spend four years of their lives on things they knew just from the internet? And yet here I am, doing the same thing.  I signed a three-year contract, and I'm moving my entire life in a large pile of suitcases and boxes.  And unlike people moving to college, I have no place to live, and I need to buy a car, furnish the unknown apartment, etc.  Luckily, my dad is coming out too to assist me.  I know absolutely nothing about cars, or how to look for an apartment besides creep around the internet on Craigslist and doing Google searches.

I now can kind of understand why people would make a big move like this, though.  It's like of like a long adventure.  Oregon is supposed to be gorgeous, and though it's "very rural," I've lived in a small New Hampshire town with no stoplights for most of my life.  I'm nervous, excited, stressed...basically any emotion that exists, I'm feeling it all at once.

I'm hoping it will be a good experience, both for my life and my career, and I'll be documenting it all here, so stay tuned!