April 11, 2015

Musings and Snapshots: Two Months in Seattle

This past Tuesday, Jarrad and I celebrated our two month anniversary in Seattle. Our first couple of months here have been pretty swell; I think we are fortunate to be experiencing a dry spell? I'm not sure, but it honestly has not rained much here at all! At most we've had one rainy day per week, and even then it's mostly a drizzle. In any case, we're still walking on air! I thought it'd be a nice to do a top five list for Seattle and then reflect on it a few years from now. Without further ado, here are five things we really love about this city.

March 31, 2015

Our First PNW Hike

With every move, Jarrad and I learn more about ourselves and what we need from the place we call home. Before we left for New York City, I loved Austin. However, once we returned, I felt like there just wasn't enough to do and explore in the city and its surroundings. This was due mostly to the way we experienced life in New York City, which is a place packed with possibility and adventure. Our time in New York, however, made us realize just how much we appreciate open green spaces, and so on and so forth. That's one of the best aspects of moving and traveling; you are always learning something new about yourself and your relationship, and it helps you grow in ways that staying in one place does not. Hence that ever popular quote, "Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life's not meant to be lived in one place." And I can't say that I don't agree.

During our big trip, we learned that we truly loved to hike. Every opportunity we had to hike was just a really joyful event, and we did some all day treks that just reinforced our need to live in an area where hiking could be easily accessible. That was actually a huge reason as to why we chose Seattle. It's near three national parks, it's nestled between two mountain ranges, and the city itself is quite hilly. Even a short walk in Seattle requires some sort of elevation gain. This past Monday we took advantage of the sunny dry weather to go on our first hike outside of the city, and drove an hour northeast to Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, which extends along the Western side of the Cascade Range.

March 13, 2015

Seattle, I Think I Love You

Seattle is a beautiful city. We've lived here exactly one month and a lot has been accomplished in that amount of time. We picked a neighborhood to live in, found an apartment, moved in, decorated, got library cards, went on job interviews, and got Washington plates and licenses. Those first three weeks were a bit of a whirlwind, but we finally feel a bit settled in and relaxed. On any given day, we are granted views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and on a clear day, Mount Rainier. It's just incredible here.
The Emerald City

March 08, 2015

Goodbye Texas, Helloooooo Washington!

It's been three weeks since we arrived in Seattle. It's so beautiful here I can hardly stand it. I wish we had come here earlier, but at the same time I completely understand that this was perfect timing. And we are so happy to no longer be in the Lone Star state with all the constant public displays of garish pride. Satisfyingly enough, everything is falling into place so easily in Seattle. It's almost as if it was all meant to be, even though I don't believe in "meant to be." One thing is for sure though; I kinda love it here.

February 19, 2015

How I Survived Houston

The first time I lived in Houston, I was 12. It was the summer between 6th and 7th grade, and I was prepubescent. As if that wasn't bad enough, the four of us were sharing a small two bedroom apartment, which meant I had to share a room with my 15 year old brother. We spent three months in the city as my dad was in the thick of his PhD program and had snagged a prestigious internship in the Bayou City. That summer marked the first time Houston tried to destroy me.
Lower Meat Prices, of course. Missing: bail bond and payday loan billboards.