Today, I realized I leave for Austria in 5 days! That can fit onto one hand. It's crazy to think about how long ago I applied for this program, and it's suddenly getting... close.
Anyway, just got to Seattle after spending my last few days in Portland. It was a weirdly perfect Portland weekend, proving in my mind at least that things tend to work out much better when there aren't any plans. Over the weekend I managed to coincidentally get to Voodoo, Cafe Vita, Powell's, Safeway (my love), New Seasons, Prost, SE.... all my favorite places, without trying! I'm so glad I went back down and got to say a fond farewell to the lovely city and kind people.
Life feels like it's going in the right direction. I have been so, so nervous about going to Austria, fearing loneliness and insanity, among other things, but I finally feel ready. My life in Portland is over for right now, and I want something that's mine! Vienna is it, I guess.
Also, I really want a kitten. Call me a crazy cat lady, but I think I'd rather hang out with Pudding than with strangers.