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I’m really homesick today. The last month and a half I’ve been fine, but I think having free time makes it harder.

Miss you guys..

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Well, everything has been packed, and goodbyes said.  Now I’m on the road to Montana!

Highway 84 in the Columbia River Gorge

The drive was long, mostly because eastern Oregon and Washington is pretty flat and dull.  I don’t have a radio or stereo in the car.

Oh yeah, did I mention?  Leaving has been REALLY HARD.  There have been so many goodbyes.  I had a going away party, my student ambassador co-workers had a celebration for me (love you guys), and then I went tango dancing on Wednesday at Norse Hall and said goodbye to all my dance friends.  I feel really loved, but it is hard to move away from a community of friends that I’m so close to!  I will miss all of you.

Also, I think the thing that made my night was, while dancing with Momo, I hear someone behind me say “f*cking wolves, Jenny.”
Neither Momo or I could stop laughing.
Exactly right.

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It is so incredibly hard to be leaving Portland, my home.  I know that it is good for me to leave for a while, but that certainly doesn’t make this easier…

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“all is love”

Camping in Deschutes National Forest

Over the weekend I had a wonderful time camping with friends in the Deschutes National Forest. It was spontaneous, crazy and very fun. We explored an old lava field with tree casts, built the biggest bonfire I’ve ever seen, ate delicious food and explored. It was exactly what that I needed. Things are getting more and more stressful as I get closer to leaving.  Read the rest of this entry »

This has been one of the best spring breaks ever!  One of my close friends had an old friend visiting from Germany and I was invited along to do a bunch of fun sight-seeing with them for a week.  We met up for coffee downtown, did a bunch of thrift store shopping, went to a brew pub, and we introduced Kathrin to Powells, the bookstore mecca.  Another day they came over for a crepe brunch, we did more thrift store shopping on Hawthorne, then I had some additional friends come over for a big homemade pizza dinner and we went to a tango at a nearby dance hall.  We had a lovely night of dance, then went to get some drinks and a late happy hour downtown.

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Spring is here!  It is finally time to get back out in the garden.  At school we have a community garden that students can have plots in.  I have had one for a little over a year, but have completely neglected it since winter started.

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Hello!

The place in which one’s domestic affections are centered; the dwelling place.

My home is a two-bedroom apartment in the city.  Located on the east side of the Willamette River.  It is a cozy place.  Big windows.  Quiet.  An easy bike ride to downtown, and walking distance to many of the most quintessentially ‘Portland’ areas of town.   In a two-block radius from my front door, there are six restaurants, one food cart, five bars (one is a small brewery), three coffee shops, two bike shops, one wine seller, and a movie theater/pub.  Every single one of these places are local and completely unique.

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So, it has come to my attention that I have not done a real blog in a while. I’d like to share with you a snapshot of my life right now:

It’s 12:37pm, February in my second year of grad school. I’m in my Admissions office (I need to make this clear, because I have a few offices) eating a salad for lunch with wooden chopsticks.
No, I am not kidding.
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Things are okay.
Not great..
Not even good.
Just okay.

This part is important:
1. I love my friends.
2. I made it through the weekend.
3.  The world continues to turn.

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