Ride to Work

I am eventually going to tell you about groupon.com and how I love it. First however, there’s some background I’ve got to work my way through. I work at Portland State University and live in Northwest Portland so I can technically walk to work. I’ve done it a few times and it take anywhere from 25 minutes (power walking) to 45 minutes. I walked to my job interview and I think it gave me a confident edge. However, the Portland rain makes walking to work a very insufferable proposition. Instead, I walk 13 blocks to the streetcar inside the fareless zone where I can ride it to PSU for free. That way, I can still get a in a pleasant walk and avoid some of the bad weather with a ride. I am really close with my parents and everyday in the morning I call my dad as I walk to the streetcar and every evening after I get off the streetcar I call my mom. We talk about little stuff: work days, my parent’s cats and dogs, upcoming family events, etc. One day a few months ago, I was walking in typical Portland weather (sideways rain) and talking with my mom when I said the following: “Mom, I really wish I just had a warm bubble to travel in. It’s so cold and wet out here.”

My Mom: “Jessica, get a car.” Eye roll from my mom.

Me: “Oh right. That would solve my problem.” Palm to forehead.

However, parking in downtown Portland is expensive and honestly not worth it, given my proximity to campus. But Andy and I did finally get a car when Andy got a job as a banker at US Bank in Beaverton. Now, I use rainy mornings as an excuse to desperately attempt to persuade Andy to give me a ride to work. It rarely works. He just looks at me from the couch and rolls his eyes and then wishes me good luck. But this morning he took pity on my sorry state which also meant we had time to make a phenom breakfast of fried eggs on toast, veggie sausage, strawberry kefir and english breakfast tea. Mmmm. I am a breakfast fanatic so I was understandably pleased with this spread and my upcoming ride to work.

In my walk/streetcar combo package, I leave the house at 7:24 am, catch the streetcar and 7:39 am and then get to work at 7:50 am. In the Andy giving me a ride scenario, we leave at about 7:47 am and get to PSU at 7:52 am. As we drove in today, I was bouncing with happiness while keeping the bottom of my jeans safely warm and watching the rain slam into the outside the car. We passed a new restaurant/ice creamery/creperie called Pudding on the Rice one block away from work. I said: “Mmm, crepes. Don’t you think we should make some crepes?”

Andy: “You love crepes so much. It’s weird.”

Me: “That’s because they are perfect delivery devices for tasty food. What’s not to like?”

Andy: “I have no idea.”

And then I got to work and checked my email to find my daily email from groupon. Groupon is a daily coupon service with a lot of half-off deals on food/services in the Portland area. And believe it or not, today’s was for Pudding on the Rice. Crepes are in my near future and I am very happy about this. If you haven’t signed up for groupon, you really should. That’s all folks.


Basketball and Boyfriend

Andy loves the Blazers. He started up his love for them while we were in Spain last year and boy has he kept it up. I bought him tickets for four games for his birthday and we had a pretty good time going. He would love to have more tickets and will probably try to convince me that we should buy quarter season passes for next year. And I will list off all the reasons for why that is a terrible idea including, but not limited to, they are expensive, they take over your life, they require me to go to more basketball games. You see, Andy would want us both to have passes because “you’ve gotta have someone to go with”. I like basketball and I like Blazer’s basketball. I like it so much that I often look up from the book I’m reading or the thing I’m looking at online when a game is on. I even watch whole games when Andy has talked them up enough. However, I can not talk basketball with Andy. And more importantly, I refuse to fill my brain up with basketball/sports stuff that I would need to talk sports.

Andy reads blogs upon blogs about Blazers basketball and loves to talk about the players, trades, opponents etc. and I just do not understand. This probably makes me a bad person on some level when I glaze over and nod as he discusses (with himself, because I am not an active participant) the amazing free agent summer coming up. My face probably looks the same as when he starts explaining the intricacies of home brewing. Glazed. Confused but trying to hide it. Supportive in a non-committal kind of way. I will probably talk more about this when the Blazers start up again. For now, I am having a little celebration that the season is over and I can go on walks in our neighborhood and read my books in peace.