Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Tonight, I will be trick or treating with my lovely niece and sister in Loveland, CO. 
Tomorrow, Greg and I are flying to Sevilla to begin our journey :) AAAHHAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Have a lovely Halloween and time you hear from me I'll be in a whole new world :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Chicago surf!

Boards on our car, driving past the forest preserve.

Greg and I made it safely to Chicago last Thursday in our 16' truck with all of our possessions packed inside. Our cat Charlie even did OK after the first day! That was a pleasant surprise.  An even more unexpected, pleasant surprise was that there were WAVES ON LAKE MICHIGAN THE DAY WE GOT THERE!!! Can you believe it? What a great omen.  We got to surf Whiting, IN after we unpacked the truck Friday morning.  It was freezing, small, and incredibly fun.

Path to Shooters

Pre-surf, so excited!

Innovative wetsuit drying technique, courtesy of my Momma 

This morning we're taking off to Denver for a friend's wedding and a visit with my sister...then off to Sevilla on Tuesday. Finally!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our route

Just in case you're curious...the purple line represents our Fast Track to Store Our Shit and have one last hurrah with family and friends in Chicago before we take off.  The pink dots represent the Adventure Trail we will take when we look for our next home.  Beep Beep!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saying goodbye

Lately we've spent a lot of time surrounded by friends, laughing, enjoying delicious libations, know how it goes when you're moving.  Times like this make me wonder if we're doing the right thing.   As does taking in the amazing scenery when I go running.  Or watching a flock of brown pelicans fly overhead as I pull on my wetsuit to surf my favorite break.  Some not so positive things like the fact that I never made Sirens what I truly wanted it to be or the reality of being unemployed also make me question this crazy trip we're about to take.   I know, ultimately, we are making the right choice.  We are embarking on an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and making a dream come true.

But, San Diego is the only place I've called home outside of Chicago. A significant chapter of my life is wrapping up.  Greg and I got engaged, and married here. We had our first home here (the tiny, scary apt in Logan Square doesn't count). I buried my best buddy here.  I got WAY better at surfing here!  And of course, I met some incredibly kind, fun, genuine people along the way. 

I am really going to miss this place.


I keep reminding myself - we'll find a home in a new place where we can actually afford to buy what we want. Our new place will be closer to family, which is always important and will becoming increasingly so when we start our own family.  More friends will be made, and current friends will have a super sweet place to come visit us.  Also, it will be refreshing to start over somewhere new...all the MS BS we went through last year kinda put a damper on things for us.

Eeech, I could keep babbling. It's a tough thing to say goodbye. My point is that I've loved this place and all the people who have been a part of our lives here made it extra special.  Farewell, SD! Thanks for being so good to us. It's been real.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A beautiful day

Today IS a beautiful day! One of my best friends, Sartaj, is marrying the love of her life.  Greg and I are really excited to witness their nuptuals, especially since it'll be a traditional Indian wedding and neither of us have ever been to an event quite like that before.   I have lots of portraits of Sartaj but the one below is one of my favorites.

Today is a bittersweet day too; tonight is our last night in San Diego. The moving truck is just about all packed up and ready to go.  Tomorrow the biggest adventure of our lives (so far) begins.

I hope you have a beautiful day, and many, many, many, many more to come.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

encinitas tree

one of my all time faves. bye bye friend!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thanks Jon!

Our good friend Jon is throwing us a going away party and I just wanted to give him a shout out here and let him know how much we appreciate it. It'll be so nice to see all of our friends together, one last time. *Sniffle. I hope I can keep it together!

I made a print of this image for Jon to say thanks.  The mural in the image was actually a 6 panel glass mosaic installation under a freeway overpass in Encinitas. The city had it removed within a couple of months, but thankfully, they removed it in such a way that it could be preserved and I believe it is now in an art collection somewhere.

Holding hands

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Did you know I love to sew? I'm no seamstress but holy crap do I have fun doing it!

Check out these potholders I made out of tea towels my grandmother picked up in Portugal and Brazil.  I'm trying to get rid of as much stuff as possible, and also save money, so I made these using only things I had on hand. I didn't have any heat-resistant batting around, so I used too-old-towels as the filling.  I'm totally satisfied with the results.

It's surreal to think that I'll have a chance to go to Portugal pretty soon too :)