Today is my last full day in Massachusetts. While I am excited to go back home to Portland, there are a lot of things I am very sad to leave behind here. It has been a great experience, living on the East Coast after living in the West all my life and while not perfect, has had more good than bad.
I’ve known Debb for nearly half my life – we’ve had so many adventures in our early 20s, living in OR – trips to LA, exploring Portland, where I knew I would make my home one day, and just goofy things to amuse ourselves. After she returned to MA, we kept in touch – my now ex was one of her close friends so I visited a couple of times and her & her husband took a cross country trip and visited me in OR. So it was a wonderful coincidence that I ended up living near her again. I didn’t get to see her as often as I would have liked – life gets in the way – but I will miss knowing she is nearby.
I will also miss other knitty friends I wish I could have gotten to know more – Britt, Amanda, and Marianne. I don’t care what people say – I don’t think the East Coasters are more rude than West Coasters. Nearly everyone I’ve met out here has been fantastic.
I really lucked into my job here – I was a temp & this was the third temp job I had. I loved nearly everything about it – it was challenging & fun and I worked with fantastic people. After a year, I got my first office. I was so sad to leave it – even the chairman as well as the president both sent me a very nice emails saying how much they’ll miss me, which made me feel really good. Very different from when I left my previous job. My biggest worry (with good reason) is finding a job that I will love as much as this one out in Portland.
Yes, I can be a Sox fan in Oregon. It won’t be the same – it’s not like I can turn on the games every time they play. I only wish I could have seen a game at Fenway. I’ll just miss living in a sports town honestly – I’m really not a huge sports fan (except the Sox) but it has been fun following all the teams. I have my sports memorabilia – several Sox items, a pair of Celtic sweats (that I honestly bought because I got caught in a downpour in a light coloured linen skirt – oops) and some Pats slipper socks (a Christmas gift).
Okay, so I only went there twice & ordered online from once – but just the fact that I lived in the state with the biggest yarn store just made me happy. If I had a car here, I probably would have made many more trips. Other places that are just out here I’ll miss – Dunkin’ Donuts (large iced coffee – black), Au BonPain (love the sandwiches) and Windsor Button & Woolcott & Co as well as many restaurants – Ricardo’s, Blue Taleh, Mela, Maggiano’s, Desfina – really it’s no wonder I’ve gained so much weight out here!
I am such a history nut and it’s been really exciting to live where so much US history has taken place (I’ve been reading a lot about the Founding Fathers – especially John & Abagail Adams). Yes, Portland has it’s own history, but seeing buildings that are nearly 400 years old is very exciting to me, after living in the West.
But, most of all, I will miss my dearest friend & love. CoffeeBoy will not be joining me for an undetermined amount of time and that makes me dreadfully sad. When we moved out here, we lived together for a year, but because of opposite work schedules and separate friends, we didn’t seem to spend much time together. But here, we live a bit far from our friends and our work schedules were the same so 90% of our free time was spent together. And, after living alone for several years, I never thought I would get used be in the company with the same person day after day but now…I can’t see myself without him. We’ve never even been separated by more than a week since we met nearly 3 years ago & I just don’t know what I’m going to do. 😦 I feel so silly saying that but it’s true.
Okay! No more sad things. A couple of things I will not miss:
- My neighbors. They’re not as horrible as some, but I’m so sick of dealing with them.
- The commute. I spent 3-4 hours getting to & from work each day.
- Most Masshole drivers. Luckily, I rarely dealt with them while driving, but I’ve witnessed some of the asshole things people do in their cars.
- The super dry winters – my skin gets so dry it hurts – as well as the super humid summers – icky sweaty all the time.
- Lack of excellent coffee – nothing has been as good as the artisan coffee back in Portland.
Tomorrow I get on a plane to Portland with Mina so my internet usage will be limited for awhile. Wish me luck!