Our life in Portland so far

Since moving to the Portland area this summer, we’ve started exploring our neighborhood and the coast, attending local events, and figuring out what our new normal is. I’ve only scratched the surface of everything I want to try and do here, but these are some of the things I’ve been up to:

Forest hikes in nearby nature parks have become a regular thing for us now. Even if it’s raining, I don’t mind, because it’s still beautiful and there’s even more chance of spotting wildlife.

I’ve been reading fiction books voraciously lately, utilizing the Hillsboro Public Library as much as possible. They have such a great selection of ebooks, audiobooks and print, as well as a large and comfortable space to read and work in. Sometimes we go there just to hang out for a couple of hours.

I think my favorite new restaurant is a local French chain here called La Provence. Everything I’ve tried is simply amazing. The french toast, croissants, and grilled sandwiches are to die for! We mostly cook at home, though. My latest favorite recipe is Indian Butter Chicken.

We’ve been to farmers markets and similar community events that have vendors and music. Those seem to be very popular here. We attended Hillboro Hops baseball games in the summer as well as the Hillsboro International Air Show. We went to a couple of board game Meetup group events, where I learned I’m not that into D&D. We started subscribing to Moviepass, so we’ve been going to slightly more movies lately and seeing ones that I probably wouldn’t otherwise have spent my money on. Kingsman: Golden Circle and Happy Death Day were surprisingly good.

Sean’s family gave us tickets for a coffee tour of Portland for his birthday, and that was really fun. We got to visit 5 different coffee shops that roast and brew gourmet coffee and espresso, sampling various drinks and learning all about the process. Delicious and educational!

The fall colors on the trees here are incredibly brilliant right now, and I wonder/hope that they will be like this in future years! We drove to Astoria for Sean’s birthday and got incredible views of the Columbia River. We had chocolate porters at Rogue Ale on the pier, and spent quite a bit of time in the Maritime Museum, which surprised us in how good and extensive it was.

I’ve been delving into my creative side more and continuing to paint. I’ve been watching a lot of skillshare classes on photography, photo editing, watercolor painting, hand lettering, and digitizing artwork. I recently bought a DSLR camera and am still learning how to use it well. I decided to do some homemade Christmas gifts this year, which has been occupying a lot of my time recently and is giving me the opportunity to use some of the new skills I’ve learned. I’ll post pictures of what I’m working on after Christmas!




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From Hillsboro, Oregon.

Loves pizza, travelling, books, movies, and video games (especially that one with portals).

1 comment

  1. Mary

    So glad you’re enjoying the butter chicken!! It’s a good one for rainy Oregon winters 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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