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Over the weekend, I moved into a new apartment. This place has everything: a pool, three hot tubs, a washer/dryer, and an actual bedroom! Not to mention it’s even cheaper than my small studio I’ve been living in for the past two years. “She’s hit the jackpot!” you’d say. “She has it all!!” So why do I feel like I’ve given something up to move out to the ‘suburbs’? I was thinking about that the other night, and I guess I just didn’t realize how much I’d turned into a true city dweller.

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I have been such a bad blogger! I apologize, but my world has been sort of turned upside-down over the last week or so. You see, I’m moving into a new apartment and for some reason can’t seem to get it together! Part of my problem is that I love the apartment I’m leaving. It’s one of those situations where I’m trying to be an adult. It’s a scary thought, right? But at the end of the month, the rent is going up–again–and I can’t justify paying that much when I have so many other things I’m working to pay off.

Making the adult decision is rarely the easy one though. So, instead of meticulously checking items off my ever-growing to-do list, I sit here and write. I think about all the things I could be doing right now and become paralyzed. If you know me, you know I’m an indecisive person. It’s a curse. Just the other day, my sister and I were standing in the painting section of Home Depot debating the pros and cons of plastic tarps–should we get the thicker ones or the thinner ones, how many will be enough, should we take the economical 6 pack or maybe go with a reusable canvas one? It was ridiculous and she’d tell you the same thing. And don’t even get me started on choosing a paint color. Who ever thought there would be so.many.options of a light grey paint!?

And living between two apartments is terribly unnerving. Deciding what I’ll need for the week and what can be packed up sounds like it should be a perfectly simple thing to decide, but for me it’s just not. I know there is a simple solution but there is so much to do it just seems daunting! Have you ever felt that way?

Enough of the pity party! It’s time to pick myself up by the boot straps and move my entire life 6.5 miles west. I can do it! I have a slew of people ready and willing to help me. This is the start of a new adventure!

I can’t wait for this week to be over.

Happy Easter!

Yesterday, aside from the usual church, lunch and general Easter merriment with friends and family, I may have discovered a new skill that could potentially make me terribly wealthy. This skill is what I like to call ‘Photographing Child Just As He Is About To Catch A Ball’. As my brother-in-law and nephew were playing catch yesterday, I noticed that Danny had a sheer look of terror on his face every time he was just about to catch the ball. I decided to be the good aunt that I am, and photograph it for all to see. I hope you enjoy!

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The Secret Society of Mature Individuals

Not too long ago, my brother-in-law turned the big 3-0! Megan decided she wanted to throw him a surprise party, so naturally I basically told her she had no other option selflessly volunteered to make invitations for the event. She initially wanted to host the shindig at a place called The Secret Society in Portland. It ended up being a little spendy to do it there, but because of that, a brilliant idea was born. What if we treated it like Alex (my BIL) was being inducted into a secret society of people over 30? My mind was spinning with the possibilities of this theme and I couldn’t wait to get started. The first thing to do was design the crest (see above). My favorite parts about this piece are the old man profile at the top, and the roman numerals that stand for 1982 and 2012. I shouldn’t have been surprised that Alex immediately recognized what those numbers stood for–he got his major in history after all.

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Girls Weekend Getaway

As I mentioned in my last post, I took some time off last week to flee city life and get some quality girl time in with my mom and sister. It’s not very often the three of us get away together but the stars aligned and we were able to sneak off for three days during spring break. Mom found an amazing deal at the Five Pine Lodge in Sisters (which is one of my very favorite places ever) and included a room for two nights, an hour long Swedish Massage, and movie passes to the Sisters Movie House. Click through to hear about the rest of our wacky adventure!

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