halloween

best of october – a new normal, seattle romps, idaho love forever, hearts & souls

The past six weeks have been a whirl wind. The last time I wrote a “love it” I literally couldn’t imagine what the upcoming weeks would have in store for me. I set off for Seattle at the end of September to begin a new chapter and my life pretty much turned upside down. Not necessarily upside down in a bad way but in a new normal way. Nothing was quite like I knew it.

But I have slowly started to settle into this new normal of city life, taking the bus, walking to the grocery store, finding “hikes” in random corners of the city, eating phenomenal food, having Skype sessions, requesting hundreds of selfies of Miss Maude Pod and the boy and my mom and the goats, and following my literal dreams. Although there are definitely the moments when I seriously question what the hell am I doing with my life and completely panic about everything, I am always brought back to the fact that I am living my dream in the program I am attending. I feel engaged, I feel motivated and I feel like for the first time in a while that I am going in a direction of purpose. So whenever I have those inevitable moments of serious self doubt I always remind myself of this quote:

“do not worry that your life is turning upside down. how do you know the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – rumi

Cheers to a new side of life, wether up or down or all around, and what I have been loving during the crazy month of October! (PS I will now only be doing monthly “love its” like Krista as Grad School can be a bit intense at times…)

1. seattle romps. Thankfully my wonderful mom helped me drive to Seattle, unpack and get organized. We had a ridiculous amount of fun along the way and I am very thankful that she came along for the ride and adventures. And while she is a fabulous copilot, cart pusher and sherpa she is not the most fabulous canoe steerer. Thank you so much mom, I likely couldn’t survive without you. Here is a look at all the fun we had!

the prettiest flowers that i arrived to from my lovely roommate

the prettiest flowers that i arrived to from my lovely roommate

go ducks!

go ducks!

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no lifevest, no ability to steer, no problem

no lifevest, no ability to steer, no problem

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new turtle friends

new turtle friends

obviously we went under there

obviously we went under there

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we survived!

we survived!

using the cart escalator!

using the cart escalator!

2. new PNW adventures. Now let me tell you, I don’t think that I have ever been so busy in all of my life. Grad School is a completely different type of beast. But it’s been a good busy. One of the things I truly love about living in Seattle is there is so much going on day or night. So many new places to go to adventure, to eat, to drink and to see new things. I have tried to make the most of the time that I have had and get out to do as much as possible like ferry rides, new hikes, Mariners games, celebrating the ducks and the most fabulous weekend on the beach with my favorite most outlandish and loving friend Ali and her family. I am incredibly lucky that I already have a few great friends that live in Seattle that have welcomed me to the city with open arms and I have managed to make a few new friends along the way as well (who would have thought?? but actually making friends as an adult is hard people…).

ferry rides & morning light

ferry rides & morning light

new hikes! to poo-poo point...

new hikes! to poo-poo point…

idaho friends in seattle places

idaho friends in seattle places

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the most delicious happy hour

the most delicious happy hour

so much fun!

so much fun!

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i went for the fireworks

i went for the fireworks

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i caught a ball (obvi!)

i caught a ball (obvi!)

hike to rattlesnake ridge

hike to rattlesnake ridge

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the best friends <3

the best friends ❤

the prettiest bouq

the prettiest bouq

a trip to the seashore

a trip to the seashore

caught it with her bare hands

caught it with her bare hands

seashore selfies in the wind

seashore selfies in the wind

discovery point

discovery point

the best ladies

the best ladies

go ducks!

go ducks!

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loving the scenes out of boys in the boat

loving the scenes out of boys in the boat

3. i couldn’t stay away for long. And while my first couple of weeks in Seattle were great, I was ready to return home to everything that I love so much, the fresh air, the mountains, the familiarity, the friends, the Maude Pod, the boy and the family. So I ventured home over Halloween weekend and had truly the most incredible weekend. I only cried like four times but like three of those were just out of pure joy of being home and surrounded by so much good juju and love and Maude Pod kisses. On a side note flights are like super cheap right now if anyone is wanting to go somewhere or come visit me!

On my first day there the boy took the day off and we had a perfectly relaxing Idaho day obviously filled with a few adventures. After sleeping in and so many Maude Pod snuggles we ventured to Stanley for some time in the hot springs and a romp at Redfish Lake that was completely deserted. We played on the beach, on the dock and Maude played in the water and made a good attempt at burying her face in the sand like a crazy dog. It was literally a day that just cleared your mind and left you wanting more of that perfect Idaho solitude. It was one of those days that I wanted to bottle up to save forever. To bottle up that feeling of pure contentment, pure joy and pure nothingness on the mind. The rest of the weekend flew by with lots of amazing food, family dinners, hikes, working out like three times a day and a Halloween Party for the books. Until next time Idaho!

the most wonderful place in the world

the most wonderful place in the world

idaho love <3

idaho love ❤

i couldn't leave without a handstand

i couldn’t leave without a handstand

this lady completes my life

this lady completes my life

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running on water

running on water

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perfection

perfection

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well hello

well hello

i missed you too goats

i missed you too goats

my favorite co-pilot

my favorite co-pilot

afternoon adventures

afternoon adventures

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when you try to clean the car...

when you try to clean the car…

someone loves her goat herd

someone loves her goat herd

my favorite idaho ladies!

pug trumps flamingo (see what i did there…)

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last morning walks

last morning walks

my love bugs

my love bugs

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4. home is where the heart is. Idaho will always be one of my true loves. Here are a few “pieces” of Idaho that I have been carrying around, sporting and dreaming under to keep my love for Idaho strong while living in the Seattle rain. Also on a somewhat related note, Krista and I decided that the shape of Idaho is pretty much the coolest state shape ever, right?!

the most amazing idaho necklace birthday present from the boy's parents

the most amazing idaho necklace birthday present from the boy’s parents

the cutest idaho shirt!

the cutest idaho shirt!

washington print by the lovely gina hagerty, idaho string art by me

washington print by the lovely gina hagerty, idaho string art by me

5. addicted to water. I am pretty much addicted to water and drink probably far more than anyone actually thinks is necessary in a day but it just makes me feel better. Another thing that I am addicted to is water bottles. And while I will forever have a favorite water bottle that is a sea green Nalgeen that happens to glow in the dark (the boy got it for me so that I could see it at night being legally blind = the sweetest gift ever), this S’well water bottle might go in for the tie. My mom (who is a fabulous gifter) got me this bottle for my birthday and I am in love with it. It might seem ridiculously pricey for a water bottle but I promise you can’t go wrong. Also since it’s almost that time of the year one of these bottles would make a great gift for that special someone in your life…

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6. a pug bush. What is a “pug bush” you might ask? A pug bush is what my mom and I created to honor our dear, sweet pugs. We had to say goodbye to our second pug during late summer and knew that we wanted to bury them together. If you have ever owned a pug or two or a grumble you will know that pugs love to be on top of you, on top of each other or on top of anything and everything while on top of each other. Pugs love to snuggle so we decided we had to bury our pugs together. And to honor them we bought a bush to bury them under. And not just any bush, we bought the shortest, fattest, most misshapen bush we could find that will apparently bloom bright, red flowers in the Spring and Summer. Thus the creation of a pug bush. Now if only the bush will survive until next Spring/Summer to see the flowers bloom if the goats don’t eat it all first…

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❤ a pug bush

7. broken record + quotes to live by. Other than thousands of pages of text books I haven’t had much time to read this past month but I have come across a few must read articles…I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Cheryl Strayed. So when I came across this LA Times article I knew that I had to share it. Strayed pretty much sums up everything and anything stating, “you have to be brave enough to break your own heart.” Aka even in those times that it really sucks and everything is really hard you have to be brave enough to do what is going to make you and your life better. The quote is from her new book of quotes, Brave Enough, which is a collection of her all time best quotes. Strayed has gotten me pretty far this year so I urge you all in those moments of self doubt or hating life or hating your current position in life to stalk Strayed, read her books or watch the beauty of one of her stories unfold. I promise you wont regret it. Plus she is now friends with Reese Witherspoon so she is clearly a genius.

Another must read I happened across was from the NY Times (clearly I’m currently all about the “Times”) when it was shared by a wise friend with an equally incredible soul on Facebook. The article is a very candid interview with Rihanna and other than the random notes about childbirth, it was truly a beautiful article that left me wanting more. It ends with this captivating idea:

“Souls are funny things. They stay constant even when the outside changes, or when the heart makes mistakes. Souls don’t really care about good or bad, right or wrong — they’re just true. Everlasting…A soul just knows a soul.”

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weekend love it — first snows and replacement passports

The past two weeks have been weeks of extremes, but great all the same. Here’s a look!

1. A fresh blanket of snow: On Sunday, we woke up to the first fresh blanket of snow on the ground. It of course took about two hours in the morning sun to melt, but there’s still some lingering in the mountains surrounding the valley. I can’t believe ski season is less than a month away, and while I always think winter lasts a bit too long around here, I was still as excited as ever to wake up to snow for the first time in a long time. Here’s hoping for some serious powder this ski season! Snow gods, be good to us! Here are a few pretty photos from some talented local photographers, and one of our backyard 🙂

Cody Haskell Photography

Cody Haskell Photography

Jeremy Lato Media

Jeremy Lato Media

the backyard

the backyard

2. Magic does exist:  Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am still waiting for an owl to deliver my acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Life would just be so much cooler with wands, butter beer, and hippogriffs. I’m sure you’ve seen this, but you need to actually watch it — more proof that Harry Potter is a total genius and all-around awesome human being/wizard. Chase likes to remind me that he’s not actually Harry Potter…I plug my ears.

3. The suite life and my duckies: Chase’s sister’s, fiancés, mother’s friend (have I lost you yet) had some extra tickets to the Ducks vs. Cal game at the new Levi’s stadium. It was heaven…Chase remarked “this is how man was meant to watch football.” I remarked, “This is how woman is meant to watch football.” I was literally skipping with delight when the elevator brought us to the top floor of the stadium. It was a like a five-star hotel…with bottomless top-shelf booze and delicious, gourmet food. As I will likely never experience this kind of VIP treatment again, I took full advantage. Even better, the Ducks came out with a W, and kept the momentum this weekend vs. Stanford. Thanks to everyone who made this suite experience happen!

go ducks!

go ducks!

4. Figuratively exploding with love and excitement:  Power couple alert! A quick shout out to my beloved, lovely, and golden-hearted cousin, Erica, who is officially off the market as of Sunday! She is such a beautiful person and someone who just makes life make sense to me. I’m so excited for her and her fiancé, Carter. Can’t wait to watch you two share a life of love and happiness! xoxo

yay!

yay!

5. Rushmypassport.com: Nothing quite compares to the sheer panic of realizing that you haven’t seen you passport in a couple months….two weeks before you’re meant to leave for Mexico…and not finding it after scouring your house, office, and car at about 11 p.m. With a strong cocktail in hand, Chase came to the rescue with the discovery of rushmypassport.com, a courier service that can get a new passport to you within about 48 hours if needed. While is costs a pretty penny, my Mexico vacation was certainly worth it. The service was easy, straightforward, and very user-friendly, and even though the checklist seems daunting, I was able to pull all of the materials together within a couple hours and send it off. I was skeptical about the process as in my mind the government should only be handling these kinds of things…But, the reality is that they don’t guarantee a passport within 14 days of your request, especially if you live in Idaho. Behold, new passport! Mexico, here I come!

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7. This isn’t Nam — there are rules here: I’m not really one for costumes, but the boy and I pulled it together at the very last minute and went out on Halloween night as “the dude” and Walter from Big Lebowski. As I am a girl with long blonde hair that doesn’t weigh 250 lbs. I had to get creative and stay committed — cue the bowling ball that I carried with me the entire night. It ended up being a great night full of hilarious Big Lebowski quotes. Happy Halloween!

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nanananana nanananana bat dog!

nanananana nanananana bat dog!

jello "shots"

jello “shots” at the cellar

8. Vote, vote, vote: As a young woman living in Idaho, politics can be…a little frustrating, to say the least. Handing in my ballot today was such a satisfying feeling, no matter the results. Then again, Blaine County is literally a tiny speck of blue in a vast, vast expanse of red…That fact is a bit scary from the lens of women’s rights, and I will keep voting every chance I get.

Idaho's election results...woooo, Blaine County!

Idaho’s election results…woooo, Blaine County!

tee hee

tee hee

I will be in Mexico for the next week, so you probably won’t hear much from me :). Have a great week! xoxo

cheers krista

 

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