A few things I’ve learned during my first couple of weeks in the Northwest.
Number 1: Do not, under any circumstances, go to the mall on a weekend. There will be lots and lots of tail-gating Canadians who have come across the border for better shopping.
I made the mistake of planning a Target run for household goods two days after we moved in. It was a Friday morning, but it felt like I was shopping the day after Thanksgiving. (Seriously! The mall parking lot was filled. All the way to the back. With Canadian RV’s. I swear, I saw guys lounging in camp chairs & flipping burgers on a travel grill.)
Number 2: Coffee is king. You will be able to buy coffee 24 hours a day from a parking lot kiosk in numerous locations within a 2 mile radius. And there will be a Starbucks around every corner. This is a good thing. Unless you are on a budget. And left behind your old coffee pot when you moved since it was on its last leg anyway.
Number 3: If you are moving across the country and back three time zones, you won’t need an alarm clock to wake you up. At least not for a few weeks. I’ve NEVER been a morning person in my life. LOVE to stay up late and sleep in. But at least for now, I’m having no difficulty waking up at 6am. Or earlier. In fact, I’ve actually been enjoying the early mornings. Maybe I’ve just been living on Pacific Standard Time my whole life but didn’t know it 🙂