Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Hundred Steps From Starbucks

On Sunday, some of my hang-to-dry clothes weren't quite dry so I packed yesterday morning right before leaving. This is not the best approach for taking a minimum of clothing and accessories but I did manage to fit it all into my suitcase and overnight bag and this is good.






Add another bag and a pillow to the image above and that's it - ALL my luggage - substantially less than what I came down with last time. It'll be interesting to see how well I handle eleven days without my sewing machines. LOL - I miss them already.

The drive so far has been great. As usual, there was less traffic in Canada and a lot more in the US. Both the border and driving through Seattle took about fifteen minutes each which was great and there were no accidents. I just drove along and all went well. I listened to music. In Kamloops, we don't have a Christian radio station. Here, I listened to three different ones coming down the I5. When one got crackly, I found another and kept singing along. I'm sure the other drivers thought I was crazy and oh well.





The weather was sunny when I crossed the border and grew steadily grayer after that. The skies looked almost exactly like the one in the above - from the Internet - picture when I crossed from Vancouver, Washington into Portland, Oregon - via a bridge - which I find completely fascinating. One expanse of steel moves you from this city in that state to that city in this state. So easy now. So complicated years ago when these cities first began.





See what stands out in the rack above? OH the temptation. I deliberately left the driving instructions at home even though I knew that Fabric Depot was only thirteen minutes from the hotel and open until nine. I'm being very strict with myself this trip - both food and fiber wise. When you eat and shop your stress away, it eventually shows which is why...






... I asked the front desk clerk at the hotel for directions to Starbucks. She told me about the one where I'm standing to take this picture first but when I said I was walking, she directed me to another - closer - one. Because I wanted the longer walk, I came to this one  - 300 steps - I counted. The hotel is that brown rectangle above the white car. You can see it from Starbucks. Either she thought I was too old, too fat, or too out of shape, or no one walks around here. Too funny.

Since it was in an office area, the Starbucks closed at six o-clock so I did most but not all of my study and then I packed the book bag back into the car and this morning, I'm not going out there wearing my pajamas so - sorry - but I don't have the part I wanted to share with you or the quote. Sigh. Tomorrow.

One good thing about walking to the Starbucks was finding another hotel for next May when I'm down again. The last time I stayed at this hotel, my room was on the other side and quiet. This time, I'm between the highway, the door to the stairwell, and the ice-machine. It's MUCH nosier. Staying only a hundred steps from Starbucks sounds good to me.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - safe travels

10 comments:

  1. "...or no one walks around here."

    Welcome to the good old USA!!! No one walks here. I live in the great SF Bay Area, home of healthier-than-thou living and there's about a dozen people in my neighborhood who walk. We all know each. It's nuts, people drive to the gym, on and on. Don't take it personally :)

    Oh i am so excited for you! i miss my machine as well when i don't have it but that's why we have hand sewing. Have a great day, steph

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    1. Thank goodness it wasn't the other two or I'd be wondering if the coffee toffee crunch ice-cream was showing even more than I think it's showing.

      My B & B is AMAZING and I had a fabulous welcome to Ashland. While having lunch, sitting in the window of a cafe, Diane and Miles walked by, waved, and came in for a hug. YES YES.

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  2. How can you be strict with yourself "both food and fiber wise" on the same trip? Where is the fun in that? I say make it a fiber-filled trip... eat only veggies for lots of fiber for your body, then hit the fabric store for a reward of just a little more fiber for your soul - and as a peace offering to your poor neglected sewing machines. Can't wait to read all about your creative time in Oregon!

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    1. OH DEAR... that does sound like a great approach. I'll have to think it over. Unfortunately fabric fibre is more expensive than veggie fibre but I'll definitely be getting something as a souvenier. In the veggie department, my B & B host just brought over a cob of fresh picked corn and some tomatos from the garden and I have fresh today eggs, artisan bread, and local butter. YUMMY.

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  3. I often bring a sewing machine on car trips, if we will be ending up in a place that has electricity. For car camping trips, I don't bring any sewing or knitting b/c I get dirty the moment I exit the car! But yesterday morning when I was getting my stuff ready to put in the car I examined the stuff and looked at my list, that said "sewing machine" in big letters, and crossed it off. My red Hello Kitty sewing machine stayed home. All of my current projects are at the hand basting/sewing stage. But there is such a good feeling of security when I have a machine with me. I know I will never ever get bored on the trip and that I can escape into the "making stuff" space if I need to!

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    1. I've already knit more than I thought I would. Good thing I packed several projects. When I have my machines and am at a machine based workshop, I don't have nearly this much knitting time. Maybe after the surface design class I'll be surfacing designing instead.

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  4. Lol, I was looking at temporary office space. I got excited when I saw the Starbucks less than 5 minutes away.

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    1. Sounds like a great selling point to me.

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  5. I like Fabric Depot, but I LOVE Mill End, Josephine's Dry Goods, and Rose City Textiles. On your way back to Kamloops, veer off the freeway in Chehalis and stop by Billie's Designer Fabrics. Not saying you have to spend money, but getting familiar with these amazing fabric stores (all very, very different) and their awesome prices and unique fabrics is worth it. Mill End supplied fabrics for Leverage. Rose City Textiles for Grimm and some superhero show. SO much fun. OH and while you're in Portland, be sure to stop into Powells - the best book store in the whole world. I will trek to PDX simply for Powells. Oh my lovely Portland. Have a great time!

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    1. Thanks GG. I'd love to visit all these places the next time I have an extended stay in the city. This time, I only stayed overnight before heading on to Ashland and going back, I'm heading up the Oregon coastline and crossing back over to the highway at Astoria. I've heard amazing things about all of these places.

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