We are coming up on our one year anniversary of moving to the Pacific Northwest. In this year, we had record high heat, record wind, record rain, and record ice. Hmmm. At least we can be pretty sure that our house is solid and we know what we are up against (as opposed to our house in Somerville that lost heat several times or our condo in Boston that lost AC several times–including during the 100+ heat wave of 2002).
I think the biggest change has been living in the suburbs rather than the city. Not having convenient public transportation, not being able to walk to the grocery store, library, restaurants, etc. The first few months, when we would get ready to go somewhere, C would complain about getting into the car and beg to walk. Now, she claims to prefer the car. This is not something that pleases me. I would estimate that there are at least 10 hours a week that we would have spent walking in Boston that we spend in the car now. Ugh.
On the other hand, I was able to run all this year, even in the ice (see this post) and there was only one time that I couldn’t take the jogging stroller with me. Much better than the weeks of snow covered bike path back in Boston.
I have also been pleased with the kid-friendliness of this area. Lots of preschool options, huge gorgeous playgrounds, community center classes for the tot set, great childcare at the gym, kid-oriented plays and concerts, etc. etc. Even Seattle seems to have a lot more kids than I recall in Boston–rarely are we the only ones at a restaurant with a preschooler.
Many more Priuses and even more esoteric eco friendly cars, especially in the Microsoft parking lot!
So do I miss living in Boston? I do miss the walking and the restaurants. Friends that are still there. Living in the same time zone as the rest of my family. Not too bad.