Finally thawing out!
24.12.2008 - 24.12.2008 0 °C
I wasn't really going to write more about this snow "event" or "Arctic Blast" as the news media likes to refer to it, but we actually did get about a foot of snow. Having lived in the East Coast for so long, that doesn't seem much, but to Portland, it's rather historic. Portland does not put salt on the roads (not that I disagree with it) and we live in a valley so it has been a bit tough venturing out.
For some reason (hmm..maybe it's the hills) it's a bit more slippery out here than back East. Last year we had a few inches of snow and the entire city seemed to be on "alert". Of course I got into my Honda and headed for work (not listening to any of the wise advice coming from my wife) and promptly slid down a hill. I basically slid/drove down the hill to a parking lot, parked the car, and walked back home. I didn't make the same mistake this year. My Honda is safely in the garage and the Escape has the chains on it.
Anyway, the point is, we haven't had much opportunity to go shopping and get ready for the trip to Sri Lanka. What is there to get? Well, unlike other vacations to Europe or wherever, going to SL means buying gifts for friends and relatives! Lot's of gifts! I only see them every 4 years or so...By the way never take clothes to SL as presents. There is a huge clothing manufacturing industry there...making clothes for Gap, American Eagle, etc....plus, you can have clothes literally tailor-made. And it's cheap. I always end up buying clothes there and bringing them back to the U.S.
So that's just a quick update. I'll post a update about our packing proces before we leave. Do you think we can pack the kids in the luggage?? Just joking....
TIll next time...