Monday, July 28, 2008

The process

The process of renting a home from a distance is incredibly challenging. As we attempt to find a place to call home in Portland while living in Southern California we keep running in to some pretty large walls. We found a place we really liked and applied via fax and mail, but we were not picked. As I called places today a number of them keep telling me that they will not rent to us unless we, or someone we know, walks through the property. Well, we don't know anyone in the area that can run around town walking through houses for us so we are a bit stuck.
I guess I didn't think the whole process would be this challenging. I know we could make just about any place work, but if we aren't even allowed to apply it makes it hard.
We leave in two weeks and it would be really nice to have a place to live when we got to Portland. I am trying to remain hopeful, but honestly it's discouraging at this point.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I love baby fever

Babies are in the air...and I love it. This week I got news from a dear friend that she is pregnant. When she told me I cried and got so excited. I get to add her to my list which includes two other very dear friends in Santa Cruz. Not to mention two sister-in-laws who are also expecting. The current total is at 5, but I don't doubt that it may grow in the future. (and no that is not a hint that we are planning anything soon :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nap time

I have realized that napping shouldn't just be for babies so I have decided to try and join Amalea whenever I can.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


So often I say I wish that the days had more hours so I could get more done. However, lately I have been wishing for less hours. I want the move to Portland to come quickly (and to happen smoothly of course) so all the time between now and when we move feels so long. Of course we do have a lot of people to spend time with, packing to do, and parties to attend so I guess we will fill the time easily...but I just get so excited when I think about it and I want moving day to be here!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Life of an introvert

This week I came face-to-face with one of my faults. You see, I am an introvert, and though that in itself is not exactly a fault, it can be. Since I am an introvert I tend to not be very outgoing until I really know people. Rather I am shy and a bit reserved until I am comfortable. This also means that I don't really approach others and I definitely rarely initiate conversations. The reason this can be a fault is that on several occasions others have decided that I am mean or cold or even a "bitch". They have come to this conclusion because I keep to myself and though I smile and say hello or wave at times that is as fas as I go and therefore it is decided that I am not a very nice person.
This is something I want to change. Not the fact that I am an introvert, but the fact that I am not outgoing upon initially meeting new people (of course there are always exceptions and at times I can be my totally zany self from the start). When we move to Portland my goal is to push myself to talk to strangers more and to really put myself out there when I meet new people.
It makes me so sad that people around me think I don't like them or that I am mean and I want my true heart to show - the heart that loves and accepts all people.