Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekenders

For the past couple of years I've dreamed of becoming a weekender, aka those people who seem like they have plans or do something fun every weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I'm doing well so far.

Working from home has its benefits for sure but a huge downfall is a lack of interaction with the outside world. If I wanted to I could quite literally never use my car all week. In fact, I could get by with only leaving the house to walk the dog and maybe get the mail. But even for as introverted and socially weird I am I still can't live like that so I make it a point to go out most days. But weekends are another story. I finally have The Colonel home to talk to me AND there's always something to do around here.

Saturday was the lazier of our days. The Colonel hurt his foot a little in kickboxing so we kept it low key. He slept late and I got up at my normal time, walked the dog then cuddled on the couch with my book for a few hours. Love. Then we went to a matinee showing of Jurassic World 3D because cheapo here refuses to pay $16 to see a movie. It was actually pretty good. I know most people were stoked about it and looking forward to it but I didn't really care. I was pleasantly surprised though and afterwards it was still early so we headed out to the Columbia River Gorge...again. This time I just wanted to drive the scenic highway and you know...see the scenes. The unexpected surprise were the waterfalls! We drove past 3 waterfalls and since it wasn't really peak visiting time, were able to park and get out to take some pics at 2 of them. The famous Multnomah Falls area was still packed so we skipped trying to get another pic of it.





Sunday we'd planned to drive out to the coast and by planned I mean Saturday night we said "Oh! We should go to the coast tomorrow!" Cannon Beach is about an hour and a half away and you get to drive on this gorgeous windy little road most of the way to the Pacific Coast Highway. The change in landscape is stunning as you go from actual strawberry fields to green green green natural forests to sad looking, depleted logging areas to the freaking beach and Pacific Ocean. All that fun in 86 miles. What a cool state. Anyway, Cannon Beach is the first of 9 or 10 beach towns to check out and I think it's one of the more popular ones too. Aside from being super cute it's also one of the few dog friendly beaches which I have mixed feelings about (Don't kill me dog lovers). We didn't bring our noble steed because she doesn't love other dogs lately and hates water and it was nice to have a relaxing time with nobody to look after. Once we finally found a place to park we walked towards the ocean hoping by magic we'd figure out how to get there. There weren't any noticeable signs telling you where the public beach areas were but we followed some random people and walked through a resort type area and found it just fine. The Oregon Coast isn't really your typical beach since it's in the Northwest and not the Southeast or Puerto Rico like I'm used to so for starters, it's not hot! Dream come true. It's also normally cloudy I've heard and sometimes foggy/misty. You know, my dream. But we somehow managed a pretty perfect day and had blue skies, sunshine and temps in the 60s. Since we were expecting something different I was unprepared to actually go in the water or anything but couldn't resist the urge. 2 steps in and holy crap is the Pacific cold! I played in it for a bit then we walked over to some of the big rocks and checked out where the puffins nest in the spring and where the seagulls were currently nesting.





Later in the afternoon the clouds and fog started to roll in but it still seemed pretty bright. We walked around and checked out the little shops before stopping for lunch. I actually managed to find and finish 2 whole beers that I actually enjoyed. Shocking! Blackberry Beauty and a guest cider from Atlas Cider Company in Bend. Our next long weekend may need to be spent #inbend.

All in all, very successful 2 days of weekending. Learned a lot about Oregon and about how awesome our new location is within the state. Also, we didn't die in a tsunami.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Currently...

I've been wanting to write a blog for quite a while but was waiting until I was in a great mood so it would be upbeat and fun! Unfortunately the times that I'm in a great mood are when I'm not anywhere near a computer or device and walking along some tree lined path/finding rivers/staring at mountains and incredible scenery while driving somewhere. In short, the Northwest is incredible and I absolutely love living here. BUT location alone doesn't change your entire life (although it seems like it would) so I'm still battling my regular issues of career, my ever changing mood and finances as we work on the moving rebound. Living far away is hard. It's kind of like I died. I don't yet have a busy enough life to distract myself in the day to day so not getting texts or calls or messages from my friends back east makes me feel lonely.

The show must go on and I'm sure you are absolutely dying to know what I'm doing right now so thanks to Pinterest I have a lovely set of blog post prompts to fill you in.

Currently...

  • Listening: to the many fans in our apartment. Air conditioning is not common in Oregon apartments (who knew?) so we have 5 or 6 fans all going in different directions and at different speeds. They're surprisingly effective.
  • Eating: Nothing! This needs to change stat because it's basically dinnertime! Since we've been here I've been eating tons of oranges though.
  • Drinking: Water. Lots of water. My swimming stuff finally got here yesterday (the last of the boxes has arrived!) and I got so excited I threw on my suit an ran out the door to the pool. And I swam hard and then easy and then floated around and then swam hard again and after way too long realized I was exhausted because I'm out of shape and THIRSTY. And so today I'm still thirsty. Hydration station y'all.


  • Wearing: Shorts and a tank
  • Feeling: Hungry, a little bit lonely, and a little sleepy
  • Reading: The Silent Wife. I randomly found this book when I was in Tucson with my sister a couple weeks ago and dragged her into a used book store. It was on the featured table and I don't really read a ton of fiction but it caught my eye. Instead of spending the $4 on it (cheapo) I came home and downloaded the ebook from the library. I've got 19 days and 200 pages left so I'm confident I'll get it done. I have If You Have to Cry, Go Outside on the back burner until this one is done.
  • Wanting: A steady income. My current remote position isn't working out at all like it was supposed to and has really put a hurting on the wallet.
  • Needing: To get my ass up and go to the grocery store! 
  • Thinking: About everything since I have that whole overactive brain thing happening. New blog posts, what to do with my life (per usual), what to eat...etc. etc. etc.
  • Enjoying: Being lazy. I'm actually back to working out regularly again which makes the downtime feel so much better. A lot of things are up in the air right now and with the constant stress it feels good when I just ignore it all for a few minutes and do nothing.
  • Anticipating: the weekend! Working from home makes me feel kinda like a desperate housewife so I look forward to weekends when I have someone to talk to all day.
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