I think this is the longest period of “no blogging” for me since I started this thing! I have been very busy 1) enjoying my last few days of freedom last week 2) getting ready to start my new job and 3) acclimating to government employment.
To enjoy my last few days of freedom, I spent a lot of time outdoors soaking up the sun, playing with Sitka, and shuttling Mike down to the dock and back. And last Friday Mike went fishing with Ron and Betty and I had the WHOLE DAY to myself. I bought a People magazine (I never do that) and had champagne and lobster. I’m worth it.
To get ready to start my new job I did some shopping for skirts, shoes, foods for lunch and a BIKE! I got a great deal from a guy on Craigslist for a 21-speed beach bike to ride to work.
Downtown Salem has limited parking and I figured I would either ride the bus or bike to work. I added a wire basket to carry my lunch bag and camera – isn’t it cute?
Acclimating to government employment has been smooth. On my first day I got my picture ID badge and found that I since I bus/bike to work I get a bus pass for unlimited usage, no charge. Plus, I am allowed to drive 2 days a month and park at any 2-hour parking meter for FREE all day. How cool is that?
Day 1 I took the bus to work. That was my first time on a Salem bus and I learned that a bus from where we live in West Salem to downtown Salem is FREE. And in the downtown core busses are all free.
Days 2, 3, and 4 I rode my bike to work. Here I go...
We live about 1.5 miles from my office and it takes me about 15 minutes to weave through a bit of traffic, but most of my ride is over the Union Street Railroad Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge and then down quiet side streets.
Pictures from the Veteran's Administration Park close to my office.
I work with a small group, in a tre cool office, within the State of Oregon Employment Department with 3 board members (2 of whom are attorneys),4 attorneys, another legal secretary and myself. (I am the number 2 legal secretary.) The work we do is interesting - it is about Unemployment Insurance disputes and boy there are a lot of those right now.
Mike is also acclimating. He’s looking for a bike to buy so that he can bike to the river and go fishing. He has made friends with a bunch of fishing guys and he is loving it. I’m so happy to see him enjoying life again. He finally saw a neurologist and he will begin B-12 injections (I get to do it…hehehe) and folate supplements next week. Hopefully this treatment will help him in many regards.
It is clear, sunny, and warm. We have lots of new friends. Mike’s brother, Mickey, visited this week from Hubbard, Oregon. Sitka is happy in her little yard. Life is good in Salem.
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