Catching Up

Whew. I feel so relieved now that I got that last post off my chest.  After hitting publish last night, I went to bed feeling excited and happy and woke up this morning feeling the same way.  I said it last night and I’ll say it again: I really love blogging. Posting here and interacting with fellow bloggers/readers on Twitter and other social media sites fulfills me in a way no other hobby or passion ever has. It really warms my heart to see that some of the readers I had when I first started blogging in 2009 have stuck around even through all of my yo-yoing. It always amazes me how people I don’t even know in person can make such a huge impact on my life. So thank you, old-time readers, for sticking around and, if you’re new here, thanks for stopping by.

That said, I know we have a lot to catch up on,  I’ve done so much since March, and, while I don’t want to write a book, I do want to point out some of the highlights.

Like the fact that, in June, I crossed one very big goal off my 101 in 1001 list: To Drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to San Francisco with Jeff.

PCH

It. Was. Awesome.

It was probably one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken. I had never been to San Francisco but after spending only a few days there I decided I needed to live there.

SF

SF

sf cable car

We had a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to go back someday. I love California.

While we’re on the topic of knocking goals off my 101 in 1001 list, I should mention that I finally bought a bike in April.

Bike3

It’s a hybrid and it’s my one, true love. (Don’t tell Jeff.) I’ve discovered in the months since I purchased my bike that I really adore cycling and I like to do it as much as possible. I was biking to work regularly until we moved to our new apartment a few weeks ago. Now, instead of a 20-mile round-trip commute, my bike commute will be 35 miles—a distance that’s making me hesitate a bit, especially since it’s getting cooler out and darker earlier. I’ll have to weigh the pros and cons and get a tune-up if I plan to commit to biking that distance to work a few times a week. I’ll also need some padded bike pants since all I have are shorts, because, you know, riding long distance can do a number on your butt. TMI? Ok, moving on.

Two more important things that have occurred since March:

  • Jeff and I celebrated eight years together in September. I still can’t believe we’ve been dating that long!
  • We moved to a new apartment at the end of September—one with a glorious walk-in closet and brand new kitchen appliances. I’m in heaven. I mean, the stove has a burner in the middle for a griddle. A GRIDDLE. *faints*

And, now, for some less exciting news:

  • I’ve pinned around one million pictures of grilled cheese on Pinterest.
  • Since finally joining Instagram yesterday, I’ve posted approximately 397395 pictures of salad, coffee and peanut butter on wasa crackers. (I take my iPhone photography very seriously thankyouverymuch.)

So that’s a snapshot of my life over the past seven months. As I said above, talking about everything would take up way too much of your time (and mine), so I’ve done my best to highlight the best parts.

Thanks again for the warm welcome back and I look forward to sharing more of my life with you soon!

What have YOU been up to since March?

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