Thursday, August 17, 2017


Even though we've been married for five years, Tyler and I had never taken a vacation together until this year. Crazy right? We didn't even go on a honeymoon because I had just moved back to Springfield and started a new job when we got married. So this year, we decided to extend a trip we had planned with my family and spend some time to ourselves.

We flew into Portland around 10am and hit the ground running (side note: if you've never flown out of the Kansas City airport early in the morning on a Saturday, just know that the recommended two-hour advance arrival for domestic flights is a woeful underestimation--we got to the airport at 4:30 for a 7:50 flight and barely got to our gate before our flight started boarding!). Since Tyler had never been to Portland, I wanted to make sure he got to experience some of my favorite spots--like Powell's! The Portland Saturday Market was up and running, too, which I think is one of the best ways to get a feel for the city. I mean, a guy was standing on the corner playing a didgeridoo; how much more PDX does it get?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Whirlwind Summer

As crazy as it seems, I'm back to work already; summer flew by so quickly! I worked during summer school for the month of June, so that took up a good chunk of my time, but I still managed to fit in some really good stuff. Some of my favorite parts were: 

1) Spending a few slow days at home, listening to records and catching up on some reading and binging shows (side note: I am knee-deep in The Handmaid's Tale right now, and holy smokes is it good! Definitely can't binge that one, though--talk about emotional.). 

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