Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Trip to the Seattle Metro Area

After the end of our trip to Salt Lake City, Adria and I flew back to Portland for the weekend before heading up to Federal Way, Washington for another business trip of mine. Unfortunately because it is January, we won't be able to attend Wild Waves. But on the bright side, our hotel room has a nice view of Mount Rainer (although you have to look at it between groups of power lines).

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Trip To Salt Lake City

After packing things up in Portland, Adria and I flew to Salt Lake City. I went for a business trip. Adria came along to see some of her friends and family that live in the Salt Lake area.

We flew into Salt Lake on a Saturday evening, which probably is the best time to fly. Our flight had 25 people on it. It had been quite some time since the last time I had a flight where every passenger had a row to themselves.

Because I have had to go to work at night, it has left the day open for Adria and I do some things together. One day we went and visited Adria's alma mater. While we were there we visited the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Below are some of the exhibits that they have at the museum:

Here is Adria next to the Liger Shasta that in life was held at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The placard next to the case made no mention of any special magical skills that Shasta may have had.

Here is me with a polar bear. Adria and I saw an article that mentioned that polar bears are being considered for addition to the U.S. endangered list because their habitat is melting due to global warming.
Here is Adria next to a moose. This, however isn't the largest moose that they have in the collection. They have a couple of moose heads that are even larger than the head on the moose that Adria is standing next to.
Here is a shot of what the museum calls "The Great Arc of the While Sheep"
Here is me standing next to a Grizzly bear.
After looking at the Grizzly bear, I turned the corner and walked right into the open jaws of a hippopotamus.
Here is Adria with a bunch of lions.

Packing Things Up in Portland

One of the side-effects of Portland's Sneaker Storm was that I came down with a terrible cold that caused me to miss 2 days of work. One top of missing work, Adria and I weren't able to attend the Blazers/Cavaliers game that I had purchased tickets for back in October.

At this same time, Adria and I were completing our preparations for our move to Alaska. On Friday, January 19th, a moving truck came to our storage unit and put the contents of our storage unit into crates and presently they are someplace between Portland and Alaska.

So presently Adria and I are living out of suitcases until we get to Alaska and get our stuff back. It won't be the first time that we have had to live out of a suitcase, but it will be nice to be settled and not be living in hotels anymore.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Sneaker Storm '07

We finally got some snow in downtown Portland. This snowfall was missed by the local weatherpeople and thus has been called by some "The Sneaker Storm '07"

We woke up to 2 inches of snow and 2 more inches fell on my car while I was at work. I had no problems on my drive to work. I think of it as good practice for driving on snow, which will serve me well in Anchorage.

Adria thought that I looked funny in my winter hat that I was wearing around the house after I got home.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Happy New Year/Snowzilla

Here is a recap of some of the events in our lives of the final days of 2006 and the first few days of 2007:
  • Brad, Vanessa, Samantha and my dad came up to Portland and we had lunch and walked around downtown Portland and had a nice chat.
  • I got an unexpected day off on January 2 because of the death of Gerald Ford. When I joined the United States Postal Service I didn't realize that it was common upon the death of a former President to observe a National Day of Mourning, which means that as a federal employee, I got the day off of work. We spent the day at home getting ready for the shipment of our household goods to Alaska.
  • We also took a trip down to Lincoln City to spend some time with my parents. We had a pleasant time at the beach, although we were only there for a short while.
Also, Adria and I ran across an interesting story of a 22-foot (or 25-foot, depending who you believe) tall snowman in Anchorage dubbed "Snowzilla". Below is a picture of the giant snowman:

Snowzilla likely will still be standing when Adria and I get to Anchorage, so there will probably be more about Snowzilla in this space in the future.

(Update: Adria and I have since visited Snowzilla. Our encounter with the 2-story tall snowman can be found here)