To a different state.
To my new favorite state.
To my new favorite place.
Portland, of course! (Betcha couldn't see that one coming!)
I'm on my 6th week now. I found a one bedroom apartment that I am completely in love with, in the most ideal location I could possibly imagine. Everything is so convenient. I have practically everything I need around me (except my close family and friends). But I'm ok. 700 miles isn't all that far.
This has been my first time moving out, so getting used to this independence is liberating, exhilarating, and exactly what I have been looking forward to. All of the planning paid off, and everything fell into place.
Of course it gets lonely at times, but that's to be expected. I don't really feel as though I completely belong yet. I feel like I walk around with a sign on my chest declaring I'm not a "Portland native". But who cares anyway? I'm the only one keeping tabs. I just haven't really felt motivated to go out and meet anyone in particular. I still just want to plant my roots at home and be antisocial until I feel right, whatever that "right" feeling is... that's ok, right? I'm still unemployed, in the process of finally achieving licensure to get legit (SO TIRED OF THIS RIGAMAROLE... SO TIRED). It's kind of killing my spirits, actually. Having worked this hard for so many years, coming this far, and I am so close to finally closing that chapter of actually achieving this "thing", an RDH license... it's effing exhausting to be honest. I know it'll all happen eventually, but c'mon already. I know that once I get the structure of a job (I hate putting conditions on things, but it's true), I'll be able to spread my wings and explore other avenues from there.
I have been keeping plenty busy though. Within 3 weeks, I became a proud new kitty momma by adopting the new love of my life, Señor Capistrano.
He's a little stink butt, but I love him so.
We've been chillin', hard core.
I live 2 blocks away from this wonderful park.
They played Back To The Future here a few weeks ago.
Anyway, I just renewed my Flickr account so I have no excuses now... I will blog more now, I promise!! My goodness, how I've missed this. I have lots of (backlogged) recipes to share with you, experiences, restaurants I've been to, etc.
If you're still listening (or watching/reading), please say hello! I'm looking forward to being reconnected with all of you again.