Oh, hai! Did I not mention that I'd be heading into some pockets of radio silence as I embarked upon a massive move across the country to start life anew as a single mom with my soon-to-be three year old? It must have slipped my mind. Well, belatedly, it's true, though the biggest chores (packing, storing, and driving thousands of miles with the blizzardy cold weather nipping at our heels all the way) are completed. I'll still be settling in for a while.
But here I am, the promised land, Eden, Valhalla, Nirvana. Where else for a birth nerd but PORTLAND, OREGON? The home of Birthingway College of Midwifery. Land of a thousand doulas. Where being TOPLESS at any time, in any place is protected by law, so nursing in public? The very definition of moot. Where every neighborhood has its own farmer's market and home birth midwifery practice. Where cloth diapers are so commonplace that some of the natural parenting stores (note the plural) sell them secondhand. Where the school choices are so bountiful they just plain make my head spin. Where the most glorious bookstore in the country features gluten-free offerings in their cafe. (Okay, that last one's not so on-topic, but you get the idea. The restaurants, the arts, the open space, the natural beauty and mild climate, I could go on and on until you want to throttle me with your envy.)
Where I am thrilled to be raising my daughter.
The country is getting a nice taste of the extreme quirkiness that is Portland through Portlandia, and that "Dream of the 90's" video promo from the show is getting a lot of play. Hilarious and true, but the following song really sums up the feeling of Portland for me.
It's not MY vagina, it's OUR vagina.