... moving for one person can be so complicated.

Every time I get something checked off my to do list, two more things sneak up behind it and plant themselves on the list.

Moving notice. Electricity notice. Internet notice. Car insurance. Change of address. Reserve moving truck. One last glass of wine with this friend. One last weekend of house sitting here. Packing / organizing / listing (I'm not a wait until the moving van shows up girl). Apply for jobs. Apply for more financial aid (thanks again, Maria). Register for classes. Wonder how all of this is going to work.

I'm not in my new city yet, but already I've learned a couple of things (real life lessons!) about what life in the city is going to be like. So smart I'm getting already:

* The person who has not showered today WILL sit next to me on the bus.
* If there is a homeless person in a 2 block radius of me, they WILL find me and ask me for money. Just me. All the time.
* I attract mentally ill people who look for radio transmitters in parking meters.
* I can walk from 6th and Taylor to 5th and Harrison in a little over 7 minutes.
* If you are trying to figure out where, exactly, the line 4 bus stops are (because they're really not listed that well under trimet.org), do not follow the bus, because it will pull up to you downtown and the bus driver tell you you can be arrested for suspicious activity (even with city and campus maps spread out, even with a screaming infant in the backseat, I guess I really do look like trouble ...)
* Moving to a bigger city invites lots of comments from well meaning souls like, "Oh, that's a great city. You'll have no problems finding the man of your dreams there."
* You do not have to wear shoes to graduate school.
* It will rain the one day I'm not carrying a jacket.

More to come...


  1. Aminta on July 20, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Oh how exciting and scary!
    I am happy that you are finding a new adventure. And goodness! Does everyone think one has to have a MAN to be happy! I am not personally one of them. Don't get em wrong, my hubs is awesome. But I will tell you Lisa..... there is ALOT more work in it them anyone will tell you.
    Just htink, now that you will be in Portland OR. you could sewiously become an "earthy chick"! lol
    Hmmm.... maybe you are! Come to think of it, I have never acually seen a picture of you!!!
    I think the time has come Lisa, could we see a picture of you?

  2. Aminta on July 20, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    P.S. Nope you are not an "Earthy Chick"!
    I just got the bright idea to look back at your past few pictures! I KNOW! I AM BRIGHT! ;) LOL

  3. Ronna on July 29, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    I cannot WAIT to read all of your adventures....and maybe participate in a few :D


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