Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Gluten-Free Assistant Goes To Portland

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     The Gluten Free Assistant is headed 2,298 miles away to Portland, Oregon.

     I have been accepted into one of Portland's universities and will be starting classes at the end of September. The big move is scheduled for August 11 – just under thirty days away! I will be taking a one way flight and renting a room until I can get a place of my own and move the rest of my family up to join me. I am very excited about the new state and new city, neither of which I have been to before. Because I am changing my area of study I will be entering as a freshman despite my previous classes. However, making the switch from accounting to community health is a great change for me and more in sync with my interests. A minor in anthropology is also on the horizon.

     My family is very much supportive of me and my mother will be coming to visit me about a week after I arrive and attend a few events at the university with me. After that, I probably won't see a familiar face for about two or three months. Not a huge deal, but I'm sure going to miss my cats that cuddle with me in bed, my own apartment, and my boyfriend among a long list of other things I'll miss about Austin.

     My rabbit is coming with me for the move, so I will not be without at least one companion until I can get to know a few people around town. I've been applying at jobs in the area as well and am expecting to get a call back from one soon. I will be renting a room until I can afford a decent place of my own that is big enough for the boyfriend and the cats to come up as well. We also need to have the cash to move up, so a couple more months of savings and I'm hoping that we'll be able to make the move then.

     I normally do not make personal posts on this blog, but this is a major step in my life and I felt it was important enough to share with you. Portland is a town that, like Austin, loves it's food and I'm hoping that passion for food will bring me great blog fodder for you guys! I should get a few more posts in before I go and hopefully be posting soon after I arrive and get set up a bit. If anyone has any favorite places Portland, let me know!


  1. Hi,
    I am from Portland, Oregon, and I work right down town. I am working on a few pre-reqs to apply to the National College of Natural Medicine this Fall (to start fall 2011). Portland is beautiful, and I love it here. There are some great GF restaurants (Andina is my fav.) and Bob's Red Mill is just a few minutes out of town. If you ever have any questions, or need some info, give me a shout.

  2. Awesome! Thanks Megan. I'm really looking forward to this adventure. :)

  3. I'm so excited for you, Patricia. Can't wait to visit. I'm sure you'll meet a bunch of cool peeps with similar interests once you get there. Miss you!



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