Saturday, November 30, 2013

Time flies

Well, we left Pittsburgh. It was a crazy last few days of packing and shrink wrapping all of our stuff. Bethany came over to help me load our uhaul truck and spend my last day in Pittsburgh with me. I don't know what I would have done without here. It was not of a fun day. I was feeling unsure about leaving Pennsylvania. I loved living within driving distance to my family and I finally went like I knew how to get around that place. sort of.

Annie right before we left our old apartment. She was not sure about moving either. 
 The trip to Austin was kind of stressful. I think it was combo of being freaking tired from packing and having to drive in separate cars the whole way there. It was just me and the pet family. This picture is lucy cat snoozing in the front seat. There were definitely some cat fights over that coveted spot. 

Highlights of the roadtrip:

+ got to visit Rachel in her new apartment
+ listened to a lot of Joy the Baker
+ Philip being my navigation hero when the road was suddenly closed. in Tennessee. in the middle of the night.
+ finally finding a motel that allowed cats in Arkansas
+ crossing the Mississippi river at sunset

Deb and Bill were there to help us move in to the new apartment the moment we arrived. Being the awesome amazing friends that they are. We moved everything into the apartment in no time at all. Things seemed to be moving right along. Then we spent move time in our new place and it sucked. 

Not great.

So, we moved again. Not too far away to another much better apartment. It was a long few days but we did it. 

Finally things are starting to feel a little settled here. We're in the new apartment and all of our boxes are unpacked. We're starting to learn our way around our new neighborhood and explore Austin. I started my new job here and Philip is lining up interviews. I can't believe how much has changed already and it is only our third week here.

+ new adventures
+ gold glitter
+ strong coffee

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Project Life Week 41

I got my first Project Life album in the mail! I have wanted to buy an album for months but I've been putting it off due to, you know, unemployment. Philip got it for me last week and I couldn't wait for it to arrive in the mail. When I spotted the giant Amazon box at the bottom of the stairs I ran to get it and open it immediately. In my excitement to tear into the box I sliced the top of my new album. womp. womp. So later in the week I bought a pack of inspirational stickers (haha) and covered up the slash mark. Ta Da!

I got the Seafoam album and I love it. The color looks darker in this photo but it is a beautiful album and makes me love my project life photos even more. I'm a little excited about it to say the least.

Since I got my first project life kit a few weeks ago ( the kraft edition), I decided to make my album cover page.

Friday, October 18, 2013

long list + short list

 the long list:

1. move to a new city
2. find a new apartment
3. start a new job
4. make a triangle quilt
5. start charity project
6. learn more about graphic design
7. Pittsburgh photo shoot
8. make built by wendy top
9. finish packing everything
10. finish playing Gone Home

the short list:

1. make pumpkin donuts
2. finish where'd you go bernadette
3. make soup
4. make a lemon cake
5. relaxation yoga 

A few snapshots of the apartment before we move again.

+ running errands with Bethany
+ pizza dinner
+ tv marathons with philip

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Well, after months of searching and hours of completing online application, I have a job!! It really hasn't completely sunk in yet. Just doesn't feel real in the sense that it will actually happen and soon.

Philip and I are moving to Austin, the first week of November, and starting a whole new crazy adventure. I'll be starting my job, hopefully, by the second week of November and we'll spend the rest of the month unpacking box after box after box. I'm excited and looking forward to it and also sad.

It is a bittersweet to say the least.

I'll be leaving behind so much, the city we've called our home for 2 year (just when I could get around without the gps yelling at me to turn around when possible) and, most important, my family. Living in Pittsburgh, we're only about 3 hours away and I could drive home pretty much any time. I hope that I'm making the right choice in leaving here. I'm still not sure. I'm trying to focus on the positive and remind myself that nothing is forever. Less than 3 years ago, I was still in Seattle and haven't even heard back from graduate school.

Things change so quickly.
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