There’s exciting times here at She’sWrite. First there was my Voices of the Year honor, now I want to tell you more big news: We’re moving to Portland.

Portland Oregon - White Stag sign.  Photo by Steve Morgan.Yes, 2,109 miles westward-ho to “Rose City” where they vow to keep life weird. Although Portland was never in our plans, in fact we wanted to move much farther east, Hubby was presented with a job opportunity that was too good to pass up.

So the past few weeks have been filled with researching Portland, its schools and neighborhoods, finding a home, purging our old stuff and figuring out what we’re going to do with our current home. Not to mention visiting old friends and checking out our favorite Chicago haunts.

I have to admit, I’m nervous about moving to Portland in a couple weeks, but I’m also excited. It’ll be a great opportunity to explore a majestic region of America, as the Pacific Northwest is so beautiful. Also, Hubby and I had long been feeling like we’re in a rut of sorts and we’re looking at this as a way to start things over. We feel it’s good to shake things up and stretch ourselves a bit.

And as a foodie, I’m stoked because Portland is known for its tasty nosh not to mention its wineries yum, yum. Hubby is a beer snob, so he can’t wait to gulp in the microbreweries. We’re also looking forward to exploring the forests, mountains and the Pacific Coast with the kiddos.

We’re going to miss all of our friends though because they really are our family here and it’s hard to say goodbye to the ones you love. At least we’ll always have Facebook, or more important She’sWrite.

I’ll be sure to bring you all along on our weird but fun adventures in Portland.

Stay tuned.


Goodbye Chicago, we’re moving to Portland — 19 Comments

  1. Melanie…congratulations! I think you’re going to love Portland. In fact I’ll be there later this week to visit my sister-in-law (and family) and my niece and her family. They have both lived there for many years (sis-in-law keeps bouncing back and forth over the river into WA) and love it. Let me know if you want some local contacts. Keep those LETTERS coming. NPU Frankie

  2. I lived in Chicago and love Chicago. All that said, I think that Portland is a great move! I cannot wait to read about your new adventures as you move to such a great new city. Yay!

    • Thanks! We’re excited and I’m actually typing this as I sit in my practically empty home. It’s so strange, our stuff is in the moving truck on its way to PDX, but we’re here for a few more days, living like squatters. Really, suitcases for dressers, sleeping bags for beds, and nothing says classy like a nice Simi Chardonnay out of a yellow Solo cup baby! 😉

  3. Not really hippies ourselves, as is maybe the Pacific Northwest stereotype, Jason and I always said the only cities we really felt our hearts were at home were Wichita, Tokyo, Chicago, NYC and Seattle (hmmm – kind of a growing list, but nevertheless). I think Portland will be excellent, and we look forward to crashing your pad when we head that way. Excited for you and your family. So glad we get to share the adventure on She’sWrite!

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  5. Congratulations! How exciting! I was just thinking I should try to connect with you some time. Guess it will have to be online. Hope all is well. You’ve had so much exciting news! And you say RUT? As my daughter recently turned 2 I feel like I’m finally coming back into my own and hoping to pick up a pen or keyboard again soon!

  6. So Melanie, I have to tell you this is kind of funny. I’ve always wanted to move to New England, and especially Portland, ME. My husband, however, has had enough of Midwestern winters, and so has no desire to deal with New England winters. Second choice for me, and his first choice, is the Pacific Northwest. In the past several months I’ve taken a few of those online quizzes “Where should you live?” “Where do you belong?” and come up with Portland, OR every time as the answer. A few friends who either live there or have visited tell me that they think it would be a good fit for me. And just now I did a web search on “moving to Portland to Chicago” and came across this blog post. I’m also a writer, and my name is also Melanie. Little coincidences like this crack me up. Hope you’re enjoying your new town.

    • Hi Melanie!!! I love meeting other Melanies. 🙂 I have been loving watching the results of those quizzes. I got Cape Town, South Africa. Portland is going OK, to be honest I have my good days and my bad, but it is a really cool city, with a lot of great opportunities. I do like all of the amazing nature of the Pacific Northwest. It’s really quite beautiful. So, what are you waiting for? When are you coming here? 😉

      • Well, there is the small matter of finding jobs, first… 😉
        Or saving up enough money to coast on for awhile if it takes us a long time to find jobs. But I’m on it!

  7. Well, there is the small matter of finding jobs, first… 😉
    Or saving up enough money to coast on for awhile if it takes us a long time to find jobs. But I’m on it!

    • Hi there! Well, the move itself was great, but we’re still adjusting to life in Portland. It’s very different than Chicago, some good, some not-so-good. Really I need to write a blog post (or three) about this. I’m told it’ll take a year to fully adjust, so am trying to enjoy the good parts. The weather, the slower pace of life, the amazing food scene, etc. The not-so-great parts is how the people tend to be a little insular and passive aggressive, which manifests itself in various ways. I know that’s wherever you go, but it just seems more acute here.

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