Monthly Archives: October 2011

Thank You :: 7 Days Until Portland

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who joined us for our going away party last night. It was so wonderful to see our closest friends & family one last time before we leave on our big road trip in just 7 days.

We are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives. We will miss every single one of you more than you can imagine!

In honor of our move … We’re going to be posting some of our favorite iPhone photos from our last trip to Oregon. A count-down of sorts.




It’s Autumn in Indiana … We’re treasuring these last few days.Taken with Nikon D700 // Nikon 24mm 1.4

What We’re Listening To

Working from home definitely has it’s perks: I could wear pajamas all day if I wanted (not that I do), I have a little freedom with my schedule, and I get to listen to whatever music I want to … as loud as I want to. J and I are both obsessed with music. It’s what brought us together back in 2005, and it’s been a big part of our relationship since. Here’s what we’ve been listening to lately!!

The Civil Wars – Barton HollowIf there is such thing as musical soul mates, that’s exactly what Joy Williams & John Paul White are. Their voices intertwine & mingle throughout every song. Yet, they both sound amazing by themselves. I’m not into country music, but there is an old southern charm to their music that I absolutely love. I can play this album on repeat all day … It just makes my heart hurt (in a good way).

Coldplay – Mylo XylotoWe aren’t really die-hard Coldplay fans, but we really enjoy most of their music. In fact, I’ve already decided that we’ll more-than-likely use one of our favorites for our birth slideshow (whenever that day happens). Their new album is pretty good. The first few songs are a little more electronic than I expected, but I’m pleasantly surprised. Even their collaboration with Rihanna isn’t too bad. Overall, I’m not completely hooked yet, but we’ll definitely be listening to this album during our road trip.

She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas
I know, I know … No Christmas until Thanksgiving. My excuse, I just wanted to be sure each song downloaded fully! :) I really won’t give it a full listen until J and I are ready to decorate for the holidays. So far, this album is dreamy. I love Zooey’s voice, and together, these two put their own touch on some of our favorite Christmas songs. My favorite so far: Baby It’s Cold Outside. I melt when I hear that song!!!

Is This It

On Friday, our dear friend Amy set out to visit 2 apartments for us … Remember the ones we blogged about? Well, when she walked into the first one, she said it indeed smelled like someone died in the apartment. I think she said, “It’s a mix between bodies & cleaner” or something to that effect. It was dark & creepy. Then, she went to the teeny 550 sqft (brand new) apartment. She laughed out loud when she walked in the door because it was so small!

Both were nixed based on size and condition. Well, being the awesome friend that she is, she also visited 2 other apartments that day (and took photos)! Those two ended up being amazing. After much debate between J and I … and much coaching from Amy, we think we settled on the new place!!!

Our New Apartment*

  • Amazing neighborhood: (It’s in the NW … very close to where we’ve stayed with Rob & Amy each time we’ve visited. It’s a charming area … Tons of little shops, restaurants, bars & parks. In fact, we’ll walk out the front door, walk a block, and have a big park for the dogs. Forest park is a 15 minute walk, and we’re also close to Washington Park.
  • Great Building: The building was build in the 1920’s. While new construction would have been great, we are definitely in-love with older architecture. They don’t build them like this anymore! It’s a two-story building, and we’re on the top floor. Like Amy said, it just feels homier knowing there are only 10 or so other units in the building.
  • Nice Finishes: Gleaming wood floors, newer tile in the bathroom, and picture railes are just some of the things we’re excited about. The kitchen is capped with two leaded glass cabinets for extra storage & the hall closet is awesome.
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 604 sqft: Yes, we know it seems small! But, we are so excited about it. The storage in the unit helps, and we’re saving enough with the rent that we can lease a storage space if needed. We got rid of most of our furniture before the move, so we didn’t have to find a place for our things! We’re starting from scratch.
Okay, so here it is!! 
The living room:
We love the built in shelves & drawers. Perfect for our books & camera collection!
The cute little kitchen. Aren’t those built-ins awesome?
We are so excited about these built in drawers & wardrobe. Great for the extra storage we need for such a small space. The bathroom has b&w hex tile and brand new tile around the bath.
The bedroom has windows on two walls! So much light.
Without actually seeing the place in person, this is my idea of the floor plan. Yes, I am certain it’s out of scale, but hey, J is the architect … not me!
*While it isn’t final just yet (we still have to pass the credit check & references), we’re pretty certain it’s a GO! After owning a house for the past 3 years, and having fairly great credit, it shouldn’t be a problem! If everything works out, we’ll most likely be leaving 2 weeks from TOMORROW! Again, this whole thing is so great … but emotions are mixed! It’s scary & sad to be leaving Indiana and our family & friends! But, we think it’s truly meant to be!

Needle In A Haystack

When J and I decided we were moving to Portland (about two years ago), we started purging most of our unnecessary belongings. I can’t even tell you how many trip to Goodwill we’ve made since then.Once we sold our house, we actually filled a moving truck up with everything that didn’t sell at the garage sale (aka, the crap no one wanted to spend money on), and took that to Goodwill as well. We were left with a 10ft. U-HAUL which we filled with everything we couldn’t part with.

We knew we’d be downsizing.

Yesterday … we got pretty serious about finding a new place in Portland. At first, it didn’t look like we’d find anything! I scoured the internet and couldn’t find any place that fit our budget and/or would allow our pets. Finally, we found two great places!!! Today, our friend Amy is going to check them out for us. I wanted to show you the two places we’re considering!

Apartment 1

  • Amazing neighborhood
  • 2 bdrm
  • 550 sqft.
  • Washer/dryer in the unit
  • Brand new
We’re pretty stoked to see if this place makes 550 seem larger than it sounds. From the photos, it seems like we’d be able to make it work. Yes, we know that’s a really small place, but again, we were planning on downsizing! We love that we’d be the first tenants, and our proximity to shops & restaurants would be awesome.

Apartment 2

  • Another great neighborhood
  • 1 bdrm
  • 775 sqft.
  • Vintage building w/ original details
This place seems pretty freaking sweet. While we love modern architecture … we also have a thing for older buildings that are full of charm. The challenge here is finding a building that doesn’t smell like people have died in there! This place is a little less expensive, and I think I’m secretly hoping it wins. It’s bigger, and the area is super nice. It’s really close to Washington Park, and there are some really great stores right outside the door.

So now, it’s a waiting game. Will we love them? Will someone else get them first? We’ll update as soon as we know anything!!!

Being Manly.

Now that we’re a 1-car family, J and I have to share/carpool/schedule things creatively. Yesterday, I had to pick him up from work … It was my only day with the new car, and I think I’m getting increasingly jealous of the time those two are spending together! :)

When I showed up at J’s shop, he was practicing some welding. I thought he looked pretty hot if I do say so myself. As we wrap things up in Indiana, it makes me sad knowing he’ll be leaving iFab soon. The company is amazing!! They encourage creativity & learning and the staff is so talented.


“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Is it possible there was a more nerve wracking experience than selling the house? Well, it’s possible. Last night, we were at our car dealership running numbers. Part of the plan of the move to Oregon is trading in both of our cars to get down to 1 car. Specifically, an SUV.

Both of our cars are fairly new, so we were a bit nervous about the depreciation. Thankfully, we both purchased the best cars ever: Honda. They’ve held their value, and we’re sitting in a great position for trading them in. WOOHOO!!! Huge weight off of our shoulders. I will finally be relieved of the severe buyers remorse I had from my current car (a 66 month lease … didn’t even know they existed. You could say I got screwed). While we’re pretty sad to see J’s amazing Civic leave the family, we’re excited to welcome a new baby into our loving arms!

We’re going back Monday to do our final test drives and make our decision. As of now, it’s looking like we’re going to be the proud owners of a 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport.

Oh man, this baby is beautiful! I’m letting go of “I hate silver paint” thing … Everything else totally makes up for it! We’ve both always loved jeeps. Since they started making a boxier Liberty, we knew it was in our top 5. After seeing the inside last night, and seeing the ample room for the pets, we knew it was perfect. The seats fold down, there are barely any miles, there’s an audio jack for the iPod, 4 wheel drive for those mountains out in the PNW, and it’s just a badass car.

We got approved last night… Low interest. Fast payoff. Nice payment (exactly what we were hoping for). Now, we just have to do that test drive, sign the papers, say goodbye to the Hondas, and we’ll be set. We were so scared going into dealership, and we left with huge smiles on our faces! We absolutely love CarMax by the way. It’s the 2nd time we’ve purchased from them, and have nothing but amazing things to say about their stock, staff & service. *We did not get paid to say that ;)

Yay for new (used) cars!


A shot taken in the garage before moving out. I’ve always loved how everything was arranged on this pegboard. It was random, but looked so deliberate.

Taken with Nikon D700 // Tamron 28-70mm 2.8


Three Years. Two Months. Fourteen Days.

Thursday night was a little rough. After getting the first truckload of stuff over to my mom’s, we had a few things left to pack up and move with the cars.

As we took the trash out to the curb, and vacuumed the last few rooms, it still hadn’t hit us. Even though the house was completely empty, it still felt like ours. It still felt just like home. Earlier in the day, I told Jimmy that I didn’t think I would cry … I was wrong. Right before walking out the door, J insisted that we lay on the living room floor together one last time. We thanked each other for the beautiful three years, two months, and fourteen days we shared in this home. We both got a bit teary.

We eventually got up and decided it was time to leave. Locking that door for the last time was so hard. It felt like my house was on life support, and I was about to pull the plug. We just couldn’t do it. Finally, the door was locked, and we made our way to the cars parked in the driveway.  As my eyes started to burn from the tears that were forming, J gave me a big hug. We stood there in silence … trying not to cry. We just couldn’t go. Right then, a huge gust of wind came out of nowhere, cracking the branches in the trees above our heads. That was it. It was time to leave. Madge, the previous owner who built the house, has always had a place in our hearts. We think it was her way of letting us know that we could go.

Today, it’s been a few days since we slept in our old room. A few days since I walked to the mailbox. A few days since I greeted my husband as he walked through the old front door. My heart is still heavy … I know we made the right decision. Life feels a bit off-balance right now, but nothing that’s worth anything is easy, right? We are so incredibly grateful for my mom and step-dad for opening up their home for us. It’s fun having roommates again!