Saturday, December 29, 2007


We had a great Christmas in the mountains. It snowed off and on the whole time. Our first white Christmas. You can see photos over here in my photo thing.

It is crazy to look back on 2007 and all that it was. We have only been in Portland for 6 months???? Time did some weird bending for us this year. Let's see what we pulled off this year:

-Decided we wanted to uproot and move out of Oklahoma.
-Visited Portland and fell in love.
-I landed a job long distance in Portland.
-We sold our house by ourselves in 30 days(including closing)
-Bought a Wii :)
-Drove for 3 days across the country with beagles.
-Had to move ourselves out of an apartment after 20 days, found a rental house in less than 48hrs.
-Melissa landed a good paying teaching position 3 days before start of semester.
-I started writing for a pretty popular Portland blog.
-Melissa decides it is time to change careers.
-Saw some really great live shows we have been waiting years to be able to see.
-Realized we moved to the greatest city in the US.

I apologize if that comes off as bragging, but we have done and been through a lot this year. I think it is important to recognize those things as we reflect on ourselves. And again, I am my number one target reader for this blog anyways. I hope you enjoy it as well. If not, sorry.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Few more days

So just a few more days before its Christmas time huh? Wowsers. This will be the first year Melissa and I spend Christmas alone together. To celebrate we will be heading to the mountains to stay in a cabin like house we are renting. It sits right next to a river and has a hot tub on the porch. Depending on the elevation we most likely will have a white Christmas. This would be my first.

Not a whole lot to report.... working, drinking, sleeping.

Going to see Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks tonight. Pretty excited.

Here's some crazy beagles:

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


So I am in fact now 30. Still getting ID'd.

Melissa and I went to Newport Oregon to stay on the coast. As I mentioned below, there was a crazy storm blowing in. This turned out to be a sight to see. The waves were awesome, the wind was insane. I think they clocked a gust of 125mph that first night.

Newport is an awesome coastal town. Much like most of Oregon, this bay area is in no way a tourist trap. Although they do have a Ripley's Believe it or Not, they also have Rogue Brewery. They also have beautiful beaches that meet amazing hillsides. Clam chowder that will make you think about it daily.

We spent most of the time watching the wind and the surf from a 2-story condo we rented. Awesome place we will return to. I shot a quick video on my cell when we went down to the beach during lower tide. The wind had to be near 75mph.

We also found a message in a bottle. It was truly one of the greatest weekends I have had in my 30 years.

Newport, we will be back. And to think its less than 2 hours away. I love this state.

Here's some photos

Saturday, December 1, 2007