Thursday, May 28, 2015

Welcome to Precoa

This summer Matt and I have the wonderful opportunity of working at the same Company. It is called Precoa. They are in the business of selling pre-need funeral packages. I know, it sounds weird. Who wants to think about their funeral, let alone, plan it? But their goal is pretty much to remove maximum stress and responsibility for the families left behind. And if you pay for your whole funeral today, you get exactly what you paid for, no matter how much prices increase! If you're curious, or you want to pre-plan your funeral, here are their websites:

Anyways... the best part about this job is that we also get to experience a new part of the country. Precoa is in Portland! And Portland is wonderful! We have yet to experience any super weird stereotypical Portland people or stuff, but the naked bike race hasn't happened yet so we're not totally in the clear.

That map marker is on a cute town called Tualatin. That's where Matt and I live. The office we work at is right next to the city of Tigard, so our commute is about 10 minutes (as long as there's no traffic).

We live in this little studio apartment which interestingly has the most counter space we've ever had.
Here's Matt juicing some fruits and veggies. You can't see it, but our fridge is a mini one. Living the life.

I bet you're just dying to know what it is we actually do! We are working in the IT department as developers. So far we have been working on a test project that is helping us learn the languages, frameworks, and tools that the programmers at Precoa use. You may be wondering why a pre-need funeral planning company would need programmers, and that is an excellent question. Precoa develops all of their own tools for training their employees, marketing analysis, customer websites, and probably a bunch of other things I don't even know about. So there's plenty of work to be done. We have been working for a week already and are looking forward to all the fun programming we get to do!

We haven't seen a ton of Portland yet but we have visited a few iconic locations.
On Memorial day we went to Powell's City of Books which is a whole block taken up by one bookstore. It's huge, and it's awesome.

We also went to this fun ice cream shop called "Salt & Straw" with a bunch of unique flavors of ice cream. Their dandelion and spring flower flavor had real flowers in it! We ended up getting salted caramel and it was delicious.

We also visited the International Rose Test Garden. These just have rows and rows of all different types of roses. My favorite were the mini ones!