I absolutely love the Portland International Airport (PDX). I always have and always will. I think it is one of the nicest and cleanest airports in the U.S. (although I have not been to THAT many). Plus, whenever I come here it is usually to go somewhere awesome and when I come back after a trip, PDX always feels like home. It also has free Wifi, unlike many of the other airports I have traveled to in my life.
Lately however, I have been having a lot of mixed feelings about this airport. When I came here twoish months ago to take my friend from Australia to his flight home, I told myself that the next time I came to the airport, I would be on my way to Korea. Obviously this is not what happened. Within a week I was back to pick up my boyfriend (a joyous occasion, yes, but still not the two of us leaving for Korea). Then, a couple weeks later, my friends and I got a hotel in Portland and the best deal we could find was right next to PDX. So of course, I drove past it multiple times only to be saddened by the fact that I still am not on my way to Korea yet.
Last week, I took my mom the PDX to go to San Francisco for our “girls week” with my two aunts and grandma. Today I am going to join them, which will be fun and distracting. However, as I was walking through the airport I got really sad that I still wasn’t here to catch my flight to Incheon International. I had been expecting to be here weeks ago for that very reason but obviously, it was not to be. So, that is four times I have been here in the last two months and it will be five when I return on Thursday. Although I am very excited to hang out with my family it is very upsetting that we still have not left. Who knew that our asap job would turn into over a month of more waiting, checking my email everyday, and having friends and family repeatedly ask me, “Any news?” It is quite draining.
We did, however, find out that the reason our visa numbers are taking so long is because we are working at a camp. The immigration office has to go and check it out to make sure everything is running properly before we are allowed to come over. At least, this is what our recruiter tells us. While this is a good thing that will hopefully keep us out of trouble in the end, they have a long list of places they have to visit. Our recruiter keeps telling us that hopefully we will have our VIN by the end of the week. Well, that was last week. I think she just tells us that to keep us placated and probably really has no idea.
To end on a happy note, David and I have been doing a lot of fun things in the meantime to try and keep up our morale. Most importantly we have made it about 1/3 of the way through season 5 of Dr. Who. 🙂 I’m glad I got to introduce David to this show and he absolutely LOVES it. I am enjoying it even more this time around than the first time I watched it probably because I get to see the glee on David’s face every time something awesome happens (which is pretty much every episode). I am pretty sure he likes Dr. Who even more than I do.
We also went to Eugene for what we thought would just be one or two nights and ended up staying about four! We were having so much fun we didn’t want to leave. Plus, Kelly and I made plans to have a Halloween party and so Kelly drove us back to my house on Tuesday and stayed until Thursday. It was so great to have her around constantly (this had been my normal state of affairs for the past 3 and 1/2 years). I miss her so much and wish she was coming with us. My other “ex-roommates” 😦 and Kelly’s sister, Alli, joined us for our Halloween party where we ate lots of food, talked, and watched The Others and The Ring!
We also went to the Haunted Corn Maize on Sauvi Island the night before Halloween, which was a first for David, Joann, and I. We had so much fun that we went through twice! It was totally worth the $10.
I have also been spending as much time with Minnie as possible. So to end, here is a video of Minnie “walking” around in her new booties that my dad got for her! Sorry about the quality. It was taken on David’s iPhone 4.
P.S. There is a guy sitting next to me at the airport shaking with laughter. He is watching something on his phone and trying not to laugh loudly. In doing so he keeps shaking super intensely and snorting. It is a little awkward and I am having a hard time not laughing at him!