Holy smokes people. It's been busy busy busy. You'll recall the debacle of getting bids for painting and what an ordeal that was. We wanted to lighten up our entire condominium and have it repainted. We've been here nearly five years and occasionally the grey of Portland winters need some lighter colors to relieve it. Neither of us are given to Seasonal Affective Disorder -- neither the rain nor grey really bother us. But the new paint is completely amazing. So pretty. Lighter. With a couple of accent walls which really spruce it up. We absolutely have to give a shout out to Pacific Coat Painting of Portland, Oregon. They were so far above what I could have imagined. Professional, on time, polite, cleaned up after themselves, did what they promised at the time they promised it, and the painting job is perfect. We lived at a hotel over by the airport where we got a fantastic airline rate for two nights. It's a place that we've driven by for 15 years now -- so it was sort of weird to be spending the night there. Today will be spent cleaning, returning everything in the entire condo to its perfect spot. It is only 850 square feet but may as well be Downton Abbey as much stuff as we have.
Spirit of Saint Lewis for a while, then you'll recall my need for an intervention. Or perhaps just a meeting. I'm a Car-Aholic. This week brought us our third (yes, I said third....don't judge...) Kia Sportage. We had a horrible one in the year 2000. And a cute little brown one in -- oh, I can't remember -- and now we have a 2013 Kia Sportage EX AWD. The fanciest car I've ever had. Loaded. Loaded. Loaded. My butt was getting cold while I was driving it the other day. LoverBoy had turned on my seat cooler! (And did I mention that even the glove box is air conditioned???) Who would have ever thought. I can't tell you how many cars I've owned in my life. But it's a lot. I love them. I love the new, the latest and greatest technology. In fact, I told the salesperson that I could probably sell cars for a living. (And quite frankly, I knew a lot more about the Sportage than he did....ha!).
And if all of that isn't enough, my eyes have been wandering. Yes, in that way. The fruit in my pocket just isn't giving me the latest and greatest. My Apple iPhone, that is. I like it. It's okay, nothing wrong with it. But compared to the cutting-edge features and screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One......humm. I like new. I like the latest. I like toys and technology. And all of that gets me into trouble as evidenced by my confessions in paragraph two, above. I've been at the Samsung Experience Shop at Best Buy (did you know there was such a shop??) looking and looking. I've been to the AT&T store asking questions. Doing my research. It's sort of all hinging on whatever Apple may, or may not, do with the next version of iPhone. My biggest concern is the syncing and connectivity with my iPad and Macbook. We'll just have to see. But I don't want any of you to be surprised when.........
Plans are underway for Portland Pride next month and our fifth year at Bear Week in Provincetown in July. I wonder if this will be the year that the entire storage locker of camping gear that we have will get put to good use -- or if this will be yet another year of wishing that we'd gone camping but didn't. Who knows.