15 July 2014

Our tiny planet

Tonight I decided to stop in a different local grocery store on my way home from work. I was at the deli asking them way more questions than necessary about a pre-cooked twice-baked potato when some dude stopped me with a tap on my shoulder, long stare before--


Then a hug.

Unrelated photo taken during my last tattoo.

We decided that we remebered each other from 2000 miles away. He used to shop at Food Fantasies, where I worked - in Illinois (I am in Oregon, remember).

It gets weirder.

Last summer he lived in the exact same garage I just moved out of.


Listening to: The Uncluded - Delicate Cycle

13 July 2014

Three Minute Update

I won't have internet for two more weeks, so my posting will be lax for a bit more. Until then, you should know that I MOVED INTO A PLACE!!

It's beautiful and perfect! Though it is on the small side and that has me wondering how my stuff will fit when Wisconsin Geoff delivers it in a few months. 

For now, I'm just going to enjoy the wide-open empty space. 

Listening to: The Mantles - Thin Reminder

21 June 2014

The first day of school

Do you remember how exciting the unknown felt the first day of grade school, junior high and high school? Then the first moment in college, the first day in every new class for your entire college career? The first day at your new job? The first day in a new role at the same company you've worked at for many years? Your first day in your first apartment? Your first house?

That's how every day has felt for the last two months. 

The few things I hauled across the country are still packed away in the car. I'm about to start a 2nd new job on Monday and I've only been at my 1st new job for two weeks. I haven't found a home yet. Once I figure that out, I have to then find a way to get my furniture, sentimental stuff, kitchen supplies and mosaic materials 2000 miles to my new place in Oregon. 

The list continues into infity and there are many other new challenges to navigate and learn from, and it's great, I'm enjoying this entire experience.

Listening to: neighborhood Woo Guys hollering "Woooo" during what would otherwise be a quiet evening

17 June 2014


A few of you may be wondering what I'm up to lately, the answer is simple: not much. Yes, I have relocated from a couch in Portland to a garage in Eugene. I'm working in a grocery store by day, freezing my booty in 40ish degree temps by night. 

Not much else to report, as I haven't done the slightest bit of exploring Eugene. No mosaicing either. I have unpacked exactly 9 days worth of clothing and nothing more. 

I do have access to a sweet outdoor shower with both cold and hot water:

Those are the updates.

01 June 2014

Your Goal May Be Delayed

My brother lived in Wyoming circa 2003-04 for less than a year and during this time I made four pilgrimages from Illinois to visit him. On a couple of those visits, he drove me along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and passed through a little town called Centennial.

Centennial WY 1.04

We stopped at the Old Corral for food and I discovered an old-timey-looking metal scale where, when standing on it, drop a nickel in a slot next to the month you were born to get a fortune along with your weight. My fortune read:

Your Goal May Be Delayed
But You Will Succeed

These words have provided me comfort time and time again, when I am working toward a goal that seems to be just beyond my grasp.

As things are still uncertain as to whether or not I will land the job of my dreams, I am also reminded of one of the lessons in The Alchemist, that there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. It's scary taking a big risk which may or may not produce the result one is working toward, but I have to believe that as long as I keep putting in the effort, I will succeed.

Listening to: New Order - Age of Consent

20 May 2014

Application. Process.

I wish I had better news to report on the job front, but I haven't made any concrete leads just yet. I'm applying to lots of places online and in person and that's all I can do. Meet people. Tell them I'm new here and looking for work. Make connections. Apply, apply, apply. Keep trying.  It's going to be so awesome to land a job in a progressive company where I can grow and learn and not have to seek employment for years to come. Bliss.

So that's boring news to you, stressful for me. I've spent years actively looking for work to such a degree that I sometimes question if leaving my job in Corporate America was the right choice, though I know it is because I've found a new direction to be happy and excited about. I need to feel more confident that I am forging a great career path and remember that I'm working as hard as I can toward success. Getting to Oregon was a huge undertaking and I made that happen. Now I just need to land a job and then work on finding a place to live. Easy, right?

Fun stuff

By the end of last week I was worn out. I applied for about 45 jobs and that left me brain dead. I worked on finding work until about one in the afternoon then headed over to THE OCEAN. Dude, I am so close to the coast that I was able to head there, explore and be back in less than six hours. Fancy!

07 May 2014

Friends with Sunscreen Benefits

"Excuse me," said the man doing yard work, "will you spray this sunscreen on my back? You look like the kind of person who would do such a thing."

And that's how I made friends with another stranger.

Listening to: Alex is talking

06 May 2014

Where was I?

So on Monday I had a treacherous drive through a crazy wind storm. What should have taken me around 9 hours to drive, it took more more than 12. Staying with Sarah was awesome, as it's been just one year since she made a similar move. It was good to hear the truth from her, that it isn't the easiest transition, but the struggle will be worth it. I spent two nights with her and while she was at work on Tuesday, I back-tracked about an hour to visit Jake, a former coworker from Food Fantasies.

Wednesday I headed toward Utah. My goal was to visit Arches National Park. Even the drive there was pretty and I encountered a few surprises in the desert.

Today was a good day.

How cool is this defunct bridge!? I should have taken a picture of the plaque because of course I already forgot the name of it. I do remember that it was a vital artery linking trade between the area and travelers to/from Colorado. My iPhone camera wasn't too keen on capturing it's many details, but Nico and I hung out there for a while just taking in the scenery.

Arches National Park was really cool, but I expected to see A LOT of Arches and that isn't possible from the car. If I didn't have Nico with me I could have gotten out to explore more, but having her with me was worth seeing less. Come to think of it, I don't even know what I missed! I saw more than I imagined, just not nearly as many arches as I thought I would.

03 May 2014

Whirlwind half-week recap

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of surrealism. It still doesn't feel like I'm actually moved, just on a road trip. But here I am with Nico, in Portland, emailing and texting Craigslist ads hoping to get a response for a place to stay for the next few months while I get my bearings and figure out where to go from here.

It all started a week ago today, when I backed out of my driveway and headed down to the St. Louis area to spend the night with my parents before REALLY taking off. I couldn't resist stopping at the Carlinville exit to take a picture of the creepiest strip club I've ever passed by. Seriously, who goes into such an establishment? Weirdos. I know this because it took everything in my power not to knock on the door and ask for a tour.

Relocation Road Trip

So that was Saturday.

02 May 2014

Welcome to Oregon

Today is my last day of age 35. Also, Nico and I have made it to Oregon, where we are relocating, from Illinois.

It seems I have lost my self-portrait-taking skills. 

26 April 2014


Probably the weirdest thing about being an adult is how no one stops you from doing things.

How to win friends and influence people.

Listening to: Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

I'm a shooting star leaping through the skies
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I'm gonna go go go
There's no stopping me
I'm burning through the sky, yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm traveling at the speed of light

21 April 2014

Relax and you will float

I'm leaving for PDX on Thursday.
I don't have a job, nor a place to live.
Also, I don't know anyone there.

In lieu of flowers, please donate mix CDs.

I'm a horrible swimmer. But when I was a teenager I drove down to Lake Timberline a lot and I always wanted to swim across the lake so I could jump off these people's dock who were never home. You know how I did it? I stopped like every third minute to relax, float.

No idea how to swim, but I made it back and forth across that lake countless times.
Listening to: Solange Knowles - I Decided


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