Hello… again.

Yeah. My poor blog. I seem to never want to sit down and write a post. I haven’t really been posting anywhere these days, even on Twitter or Instagram. I just haven’t been inspired to write recently, and I miss it.

It’s hard seeing what the blog and the blogging community has become. I miss the days of blog posts from the heart, nods of understanding when reading another person’s posts, and genuine connections with people and words. All I see these days are listicles, misleading article titles, and a focus on getting as many sets of eyeballs as possible on meaningless content to earn a few bucks. What happened to being genuine and real? What happened to connections?

I’ve moved away from this blog because I feel I don’t have a place in the community any longer. I don’t write for a specific niche – I’m not a fashion blogger, or a healthy living blogger, or even a crafty/knitting blogger, I’m just myself, and sometimes I knit and sometimes I travel and sometimes I say funny things. It’s what I’ve always been, even though I’m 34 and a half and still love bright colors and glitter. Where do I fit in now?

I want to share things again. I want to talk about my knitting. I want travel recaps. Sometimes I even want those little memes like the Friday Five or lists of positive things. I don’t care if they’ve become passe or if they are silly. If someone else wrote a blog including these things I’d be all over it! I’m not interested in portraying some persona on the internet depicting my Pinterest-perfect life enhanced with Instagram filters. I need to stand up, fire up WordPress, and write what I want, without caring about my text or my voice or my words. I’m all about the feeling.

I want to write in this place again, and I will do it.

Oh, hello.

Yeah, so I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for a bit. I blame, oh, you know, moving across the country! I’m finally at the point where we’ve settled into our new home, and I’ve been motivated to blog again. I’ve taken little breaks here and there throughout my 14+ years of blogging (yeah, it’s really been that long!), and now, I’m ready to start writing again.

For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of one of our favorite places in Portland, the Portland Japanese Garden. We live only a mile away, and we bought a year long membership, so we’ll be able to stop by whenever we’d like and also attend special events. I’m excited.

Portland Japanese Gardens
I took this picture in late December. So much green!

Our Big Move – Day 7

Finally, I’m getting to the last part of our drive across the country! It’s short, only because I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I was too excited to finally be done with the driving!

Day 7 – Idaho to Portland

We slept well in Boise, and more importantly, we slept in, as we only had a 6 and a half hour drive ahead of us. We woke up, packed our things in the car, and ventured to a Whole Foods to pick up pastries for breakfast. Soon, we were on the road!

After less than an hour of driving, we saw a very welcome sight.

Our drive across the country | Oregon! Finally!
We finally made it to Oregon!

So, the landscapes of eastern Oregon completely took me by surprise. I expected most of the state to be forest and thought we’d be driving through lots of trees, but no. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This, my friends, is what eastern Oregon looks like. Not a forest in sight. We definitely didn’t expect rolling hills!

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Another welcome sight? Driving along the Columbia River for the last few hours of the trip!

Our drive across the country | Columbia river.
The Columbia River!
Our drive across the country | Another view of the Columbia River.
Another view of the Columbia River.

I drove most of the way after I took these pictures, so I don’t have any of the last couple hours while we drove through the Columbia River Gorge. I also don’t have pictures from when we first arrived in the city, driving over one of the many bridges that span the Willamette River.

I just remember being happy we finally made it to our new home, ready for our next adventure.