Friday, August 15, 2008

The Great Northwest

We have safely, but uncomfortably arrived in Olympia, Washington (only after the AC in my car broke half way through the trip, ugh!!). We are living with Scott's gracious parents for a couple of months while we look for a place to live and get things situated. The room we are staying in is actually bigger than our first apartment so we are feeling really lucky! Scott has started his job for the state and enjoys crunching numbers all day (before this he would actually make formulas and play with numbers for fun, so it's nice that he is getting paid for it!) Jack is adjusting to life with cousins around, I think it's going to take some time...The poor kid just can't seem to keep up!

Since we had been here I have noticed several differences that remind me that I am not in Utah any more...here is what I have observed:

-The garbage cans are TINY because people actually recycle here. In fact, they have "recycle" and "yard waste" cans that are much bigger as an incentive...genius.

- It's HUMID!!! In my life I think I have maybe gone through three sticks of deodorant because I simply don't sweat. Let me tell you something, it has been really hot here that last few days and I have felt drops of sweat fall down my back...DROPS. I don't think I will ever get used that. On the up side, my hair is amazing in the humidity.

- The wine selection of the grocery stores easily takes up one entire row...you definitely don't see that in Utah!

- Because it is usually overcast you get spectacular light to take pictures. I was making the bed and bianca just happened to be sitting there in some great light...I couldn't resist those chubby cheeks



-Produce is cheaper but everything else is more expensive. 77 cents for a carton of yogurt, you've got to be kidding me...looks like Scotty will be down-grading to store brand yogurt instead of Yoplait for his lunches!

Well. there you have it folks. We are really enjoying ourselves here and look forward to what the next few months has in store. Hopefully soon life will get back to a bit more normal pace...until then I will just keep wiping the sweat off my face and try and get this whole "recycling" thing down!

11 comments:

Paul & Kaytie said...

You'll get used to the whole "out of Utah" thing. When you go back you'll think that utah is weird.

Amy Lindstrom said...

I am totally jealous! I spent just 10 days in Port Orchard & Lynden, WA and my skin was SO smooth and nice! My friend says that living there takes years off your face because of the moisture. JEALOUS!!

It IS crazy to live outside of Utah for the first time, isn't it?! Last night we went to the movie. You KNOW you are in Sun Valley, Idaho when there is more wine than candy in the concessions! CRAZY!

cindy said...

Bianca has already changed--she is sitting up! Does Jack remember Nana?? How do I cook Sunday Dinner for two?? My bottle of chocolate chips is full. Ramblings of an 'empty nester'! I miss you.

reno and mel said...
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Woods said...

Hey Sorry, I posted a comment and I was signed in under my friend so I deleted it. I didn't even know you were moving! I haven't been keeping up on blogging lately. I know just how the humidity feels. It is crazy but eventually you will get used to it. I'm here with jodi and we've been looking at your "Prudence Pennywise" link and it's amazing, we love it. Anyway, your little Bianca is so stinkin' cute!!! I hope things go well out there for you. It's so nice to have kids when you're away from home. They will keep you busy and entertained. Hope all is well.

melody said...

Jill! It is so good to know you are all alive and over there safely. (Big bummer about the broken AC. Yikes!) We miss you already but are happy to see you are adapting to your new place. (Also a bummer about the yogurt for Scott. Ha!) Bianca is beautiful.

You hair really likes the humidity? You lucky girl.

Travis and Celena Patten said...

I am so happy to hear that you made it there safely. Still jealous that I can't be there too. And the picture is great and she is cute as ever! I am so happy for your new adventure and sad because you are gone. I will miss you guys and I hope that next year gives us the opportunity to visit. Love you guys!

FishinFamily said...

I'm glad your there safely. I've never lived outside of Utah and have only been to California and Hawaii so I can't really imagine the whole humidity bit. Good luck! Too bad about the yogurt, LOL, hopefully it will be a quick adjustment. Bianca looks so cute, I can't believe how big she is! Goodluck with everything. :)

Cal and Whit said...

Congratulations on the MOVE! Sounds like you guys are doing great. Bianca looks so adorable! What a sweetie!

tyler and emily said...

We miss you at work, but I'm glad you guys arrived safely.

Crystal said...

Welcome to WA Jilly! I'm sure you'll grow to love the great Northwest. I love this post about the differences between UT and WA. It's very evident, especially in the work place. I'm sure Scott is experiencing some serious differences. We'll have to hook up sometime!