I’ve been back in Portland for all of six days, which is almost a week, I guess. Corey’s dad arrived from New Orleans to visit us in Portland exactly 12 hours after we arrived from Quito. It was an exceptionally long journey, complete with food poisoning in the Dallas airport, then arriving at the new house to discover that the keys didn’t work. COLOMBIAN KEYMAKERS = FAIL. Laura and Cara (who picked us up) were absolute DEARS and drove us back downtown so that I could meet up with my brother, get his keys and then drive back. All this with cramping and nauseau!

I spent the next day completely wiped out. On Friday I rode 40284934928 buses in strange dark corners of SE Portland. I ended up in the Gateway Transit center TWICE by accident, because I got on the wrong bus heading the wrong direction. Julie’s navigation skills = STILL A FAIL! So far, out of the three interviews I had, I have one yes, one no, and one I’m still waiting for. The ‘yes’ I don’t want, the ‘no’ I wanted, and the ‘waiting for,’ I am ambivalent. Such is the post-graduate employment quest……

This morning Corey and I biked downtown to PSU so he could meet with his adviser about working in the lab this semester and I could work on job applications and try to figure out how to register for the GREs. I thought that you had to take them on October 25th, but it looks like this may not be the case? I guess you can take them…. whenever you want? Depending on what the respective universities you’re applying to request? I also need to remember to stop by the Career Services office to photocopy/borrow their GRE practice tests. Because I am a broke mofo and $35 per book in Powells is a no-no.

Anyway, the bike ride downtown this morning took approximately an hour, which is not bad at all, especially considering my chunky belly from a summer of pollo and papitas. 12 miles, most of it along the beautiful Springwater Trail. When we got to PSU I was high and tingly all over. Bikes are pretty wonderful, what can I say. I’m excited about biking everywhere and getting mad buff.

Other things:
– Went mushroom hunting with Corey and his dad on the coast. We experienced a moment of horror when we thought the porcini were infected with this terrifying white-powdery mold, but then much to our relief Corey deduced that they were another species, Old Man something, which is good because first of all it is waaay too early for the porcini to be out and second of all they are so delicious, a mold that killed them all would be really sad.


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2 responses to “BACK IN PDX!

  1. Elyssa

    I wish one could eat mushrooms that look like Toadstool from Mario Bros.

  2. julikins

    we actually FOUND one of those believe it or not!!! when i post pictures you can see it……

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