On the Road!

#100happydays Day 83: Goodbye, Ohio!

 

Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to update everyone about how the big move is going so far! I left Dayton, Ohio, yesterday morning, and made it to Omaha, Nebraska after a grueling 11-hour drive. I swear the state of Illinois never ends!

Leaving Ohio was tough, and all the goodbyes were really tough. After a great night’s sleep I’m ready for day two, which will be MUCH shorter and full of sight-seeing! There isn’t much to see in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, or Iowa that I was excited about (one can only get so excited over corn…corn…and more corn), so I decided to blow through those states in one day, which was a little nuts – but right now I’m almost a third of the way to Seattle!

I’ll keep you all updated as I keep heading west!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

100 Happy Days Challenge: Days 71-80

I can’t believe I made it this far with this challenge – but now, I feel like I’m in the home stretch!

This past 10 days have been difficult to document (hence why it took almost a month to get done). A lot has happened over the last month, and while some of it was sad, most of it has been just plain busy!

Here’s a look at days 71-80! Days 71-74

Day 71: I got a special package in the mail from Girls Who Code - a 3D printed bracelet that I made myself…with code…on their website! This is such a great initiative to get young girls interested in computer science, which is something I wish had been around when I was younger. I was a rather early adopter when it came to computers, but there wasn’t much out there in terms of education programs – especially ones that appealed to young girls. This is a great group doing great things, so if you have time definitely check them out!

Day 72: This had to be one of the coldest summer days this year. I ended up busting out a sweater, skinny jeans, and of course some red shoes!

Day 73: I officially started packing up around this time, and my room has been a disaster ever since! Things are starting to come together more now, but that first big purge of stuff was hard. I’m only taking with me what will fit in my car, so it has been a major undertaking to whittle down my life to what’s truly important, and get rid of things I don’t need or love.

Day 74: After watching a ton of YouTube videos about healthy shakes and protein drinks, I bought a few samples to try. This one tasted like cake batter, which is dangerous. However, I also found out that my stomach can’t handle whey protein anymore (since swearing off most dairy). If you can handle dairy, this is a great shake to try – it was yummy!

Days 75-78

Day 75: I spent most of this day wrapping up loose ends with both of my jobs, and saying goodbye to everyone. While it wasn’t the happiest of days, and I spent a good chunk of it crying like an idiot, it was nice to get to say one last goodbye to the two campuses who helped me get my career started. :-)

Day 76: After a long, rough day the day before, I decided to treat myself to a long hike in Yellow Springs, and lunch courtesy of the food vendors outside the local BP. The pulled port sandwich was amazing, and the beans and rice were great too – though I couldn’t even come close to finishing them (D ended up finishing it for dinner). Such a great way to end a long, sweaty hike!

Day 77: This was actually taken the day before D’s birthday. He was planning to stay home from work on his birthday, so the only chance I had to surprise him was the day before! He’s not a cake person, so instead I made cookies (one of his favorites), got him some of his favorite candy, and the large gold box in the background is a (very, very, very expensive) bottle of whiskey. I also decorated the house with balloons and streamers, but forgot to take pics of it! He was both surprised and very happy!

Day 78: Summer finally showed up around here! It took a long time for the weather to warm up, but it’s finally feeling like summer around here (just in time for it to end soon…gotta love Ohio).

Days 79-80

Day 79: I found the perfect notebook to take with me on my journey to Seattle!

Day 80: To prepare for my road trip, of course I had to do a little shopping! I’ll probably show off what I got over the next week or so, when I finally get prepped for my big move out west!

Hope you enjoyed! Now I’m off to go donate my body weight in clothes and books!

Taking It In

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Before I make the long journey to Seattle, I’ve been making sure that I find time to enjoy the things I love about living in Ohio. Granted, there aren’t too many things I’m going to miss (besides people, of course), but my newfound love of hiking in our state parks is going to be one of them. There aren’t many places to go around here that offer a view of something other than corn and bean farmland, but the trails we do have are pretty amazing!

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My favorite park so far has been the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It’s a relatively small park, but it packs a lot of amazing views into such a compact area. I love going here because I can get in a pretty good workout in less than an hour, or I can take my time and enjoy the waterfalls and springs. It’s also attached to the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which is where I usually go biking, so if I want to, I can switch things up by doing a bit of both on longer workout days.

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It has been looking a little worse for wear lately because the park has been hit by some pretty big storms this spring and summer. However, it’s still a great place to get away from city life and spend some time in nature. The park is always full of families, hikers, kids on field trips, and teenagers hanging out after school – and every one of them is super friendly.

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I know that there will be dozens of new parks for me to explore when I get to Seattle in a couple weeks, and I’m looking forward to enjoying the new scenery. However, since I didn’t grow up in Dayton, and my family isn’t here, this may be one of the last times I get to visit Yellow Springs…possibly ever. I hope that I get to come back someday, especially since this is the town D and I got married in. For now, though – it’s going to be one of my tougher goodbyes.

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Hopefully you have enjoyed my sharing this park with you over the years! It has been a great sanctuary for me whenever I had a bad day and needed to relax, or run out my frustration until my lungs ached. I can’t wait to move on to bigger and better things…but today, I want to give a big thanks to the little park that made life a little bit sweeter.

Oh, and another awesome thing about Yellow Springs? One of the gas stations in town allows people to set up food tents in their parking lot every weekend, so after a long, sweaty, tough hike, you can pig out on some of the best pulled pork sandwiches and beans and rice you’ve ever had:

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Seriously – this stuff is dangerously good. :-)

Moving is Tough

 

(*As of today, this is what my car is going to look like when I move in a few weeks!)

This whole “moving cross-country” thing is turning out to be a lot more work than I anticipated. Between being overwhelmed with the number of apartments to look at in Seattle, the stress of not yet having a job lined up, and a husband whose anxiety is through the roof, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

I keep reminding myself that moving sucks, no matter how near/far you’re moving. We’ve had easy moves that were a few hours away, and painfully stressful ones that were only a few miles away (see last July’s posts for more on that). I keep having to tell myself that once I get there, everything will be fine. I’m also starting to look forward to the trip, since I’ve never taken on anything like this, let alone by myself.

Having to say goodbye to both of my jobs last week didn’t help with the stress. It was tough to quit two jobs without knowing where or when my next one will be. It keeps me up at night, and I know that’s not a good thing. I know that I won’t get my “dream job” before I move, or even after I get there – hell, I didn’t even have my dream job last week. So while I’m doing my best to be realistic about the job thing…it still keeps me up at night.

Even with all the stress of moving, there has been one thing that is going great – getting rid of all my stuff! I don’t know why, but I get off on paring down my possessions. It’s making me a lot more mindful of what I need, and what’s just “stuff.” As I mentioned earlier, I’m giving a lot of stuff away to my sister, who is moving around the same time I am to attend grad school. She’s never lived in an apartment on her own, so she’ll end up with a lot of my kitchen stuff and furniture. The rest of my stuff is either being donated, recycled, thrown out, or sold via my Poshmark closet. Since I’ll be driving to Seattle, the plan is to only take what I can fit in my car – which isn’t going to be a lot! It has been a challenge that I’m having a lot of fun working on over the past week or two, and now that school is over, I can spend more time on!

Well, I’m off to (attempt to) head to bed for the night. Thanks for letting me vent, and if you live in the Seattle/Tacoma area, send me ideas on good neighborhoods/apartments to look at…or if you’re looking for someone to serve coffee, copyedit, or teach…holler at me!

 

 

Life Lately: Outdoor Fun

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Hello Everyone!

I’ve been dealing with the chaos of finishing school and getting ready to move, but in the midst of all that, I still find time to get outside quite a bit! This summer has been tricky because it has been rainy on most days that I want to get out, but on the few that aren’t, I lace up my hot pink shoes and get going.

On days that I was working early in the day, I would leave work and head out for some long walks (or short runs). This particular day was cloudy and a bit rainy, and everything was a bit hazy – the perfect weather for a laid back walk in the woods!

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We’re getting to the part of summer where the corn is SUPER tall! I think this stuff was pushing 8ft. tall! I always forget how tall corn can be when I’m driving by it. :-)

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I have also managed to get out for a few bike rides this summer! These were harder to pull off because I could only go on days I wasn’t working. This particular day was really hot and sunny – but I’ve been out for a rainy day or two as well. I forgot how much I miss riding!

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Well, hope you enjoyed the photos! I’m off to recycle my body weight in paper, and donate a ton of stuff to Goodwill!

Hope you have a great Monday!

100 Happy Days Challenge: Days 61-70

Welcome back!

After the big announcement, I took a few days off to enjoy myself and start getting ready for the move to Seattle. It’s going to be a stressful month, that’s for sure – but I’m still finding happy moments in all the chaos.

Days 61-64

Day 61: Started off with a beginner’s pilates video by Blogilates. It kicked my ass, but in a good way. My abs haven’t hurt that much in a long time!

Day 62: I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but that was the first bike ride I had done this year! It was so good to get out and ride, even if it is a half hour away from home! There is also a very big reality that I’ll have to sell/donate my bike before I move, so I wanted to get out for a good ride or two before that happens.

Day 63: My nephew is going through a strange phase where the only cake he’ll eat is carrot cake. So, for his annual birthday cupcakes, I obliged him and baked some carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. They were amazing!

Day 64: One of my favorite “dinner for one” meals is homemade pizza. This one was a white pizza made with chicken, mozzarella, fontina, bacon, and TONS of fresh herbs! Kinda makes me want to bake one for dinner tonight!

Days 65-68

Day 65: Managed to get out for a long walk/jog after work, and it was totally worth it! It’s not always easy to manage going from work to working out (it involves a VERY quick change in the car), but I always feel better when I do it.

Day 66: Late night pedicures are the best on lazy, boring nights!

Day 67: Got out for another bike ride through Yellow Springs. This one was a bit rainy, and felt like I was doing something naughty by staying outside anyway (which my mom would never approve of…sorry mom!).

Day 68: In an attempt to start packing, I am going through things one at a time to get rid of stuff I don’t need or truly love. After this was over, I now have an overflowing Sephora bag full of unused or slightly used beauty products to give away to family and friends!

Days 69-70

Day 69: Continuing on with the work I started the day before, I also opened my own Poshmark account to sell some of the clothes, jewelry, handbags, and shoes I’m not planning to take with me. I have a lot of things that are new or unworn that could use a good home, so check it out over on the right…or click here!

Day 70: This happened to fall on my 3rd wedding anniversary! I came home from work that afternoon to a lovely surprise from D – a hydrangea plant (my wedding bouquet was white hydrangeas), home-cooked brownies, and we capped off the night by going to one of our favorite restaurants. It was a great way to celebrate 3 years of marriage!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!