After Spending Four Days in Portland, I Finally Understand Why People Love It So Much (and Want to Move There)

After taking a two trains more than 3,000 miles across the country, going from Washington, DC (on a Sunday) through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, we made it to Portland, Oregon (on Wednesday). It was the most popular city in a state we hadn’t visited before,Continue reading “After Spending Four Days in Portland, I Finally Understand Why People Love It So Much (and Want to Move There)”

You Might Think Taking an Amtrak Train Across the Country Is Crazy…We Thought It Was Awesome

For the holidays, Abby surprised me with a trip to Portland, Oregon, a city and state neither of us had visited. We wanted to check the state off our list of states we hadn’t been to, so this was a great opportunity. The interesting part about the trip is that we were not flying fromContinue reading “You Might Think Taking an Amtrak Train Across the Country Is Crazy…We Thought It Was Awesome”

Review of The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan: Mediocrity That Needs to Work Out the Kinks

On August 11th, Abby and I stayed at The Line Hotel in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. We used a gift certificate to cover the cost of the room that we won via a silent auction for the annual gala for the Sitar Arts Center. The gala was at the hotel’s main ballroom,Continue reading “Review of The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan: Mediocrity That Needs to Work Out the Kinks”

The Eight Major Lessons I Learned Installing my Kitchen Backsplash

This past weekend, I installed a new tile backsplash in my kitchen, overlaying it on the white, painted drywall which the builder installed. Overall, the project went very well, and I encountered no significant problems…I have no holes in my wall, nothing broke, I didn’t lose a finger, etc. The backsplash is up, grouted, caulked,Continue reading “The Eight Major Lessons I Learned Installing my Kitchen Backsplash”