I know that I've completely neglected my beloved blog, but I truly have a good reason! I've moved to Oregon... Corvallis to be exact. It all happened so quickly that I didn't even have time to post about it because I had to pack and make arrangements for the movers. And then when we landed in Oregon, we had to find a place to live. This past month has been such a whirlwind of boxes and bubble wrap and espressos that I'm dying for a moment to catch my breath.
Why Oregon, you ask... first and foremost, we have family here and we've missed them terribly. Raising a baby far away from your loved ones is horrible and I don't recommend it to anyone. Now I feel so much happier just to be able to see people that I enjoy on a daily basis. Bruno and I didn't have that in Michigan, at least not until the very end. (Ironically, we befriended our new neighbor shortly before we moved and found that we loved them very much (hi Ladies!). It made leaving that much harder!)
The second reason we chose Oregon is that we needed to be surrounded by like-minded people. In Michigan we were choking on "W" stickers and "support the war" rallies. Finding a fellow liberal was like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. We did find some kindred spirits but the majority of people that we encountered were so different from us. I tried to be tolerant but it was getting to me. So now we're living in a town that was voted one of the top 10 greenest cities in America. That alone should tell you something. Now we have the opportunity to really get involved in making a difference for the planet. I need this. I need to live somewhere that people are mindful of their actions. And now I do.
There are other reasons we moved here, such as the amazing beauty and the fact that it's a small town with awesome coffee shops on every corner. Oh yeah, and there are a million and one thrift stores here and a river that runs right through town. There are hiking trails everywhere and we live on a hill that overlooks an amazing valley on one side and mountains on the other. We pass by alpacas and sheep every time we drive down from the hill. And there's a red barn below us that actually has farm stuff in it- because it's on a real farm! Can you tell that I'm excited?
I'm planning on taking pictures and posting them soon, however I suck at taking pictures. So I might just "borrow" some good pictures from Nora since she's a real photographer. She actually wrote a wonderful post here about the glorious day that we had last weekend (with pictures and all)! Check it out and pretend that I wrote it.