#244 I Love Portland
01 September 2013 // Portland, Oregon
One of my favorite cities in the world. Maybe I’ll live here someday.
#245 Seattle Day Trip
02 September 2013 // Seattle, Washington
Took the trip up with Matt to Seattle for the day– roamed around Pike Place, circled the perimeter of Bumbershoot, and got in some good tea at the UW area.
#246 Jade and Justin on the Grilled Cheese Bus
03 September 2013 // Portland, Oregon
An old school bus converted into a grilled cheese restaurant. Another reason I love Portland.
#247 Multnomah Falls
04 September 2013 // Multnomah Falls, Oregon
One awesome, beautiful waterfall. Oh, and while Matt and I were here, we witnessed a proposal. That was pretty cool.
05 September 2013 // Sacramento, California
Got breakfast with April and Matt while passing through Sacramento. Ordered one egg sunny side up and one poached. How very accommodating of Black Bear Diner to not only accept my complicated request, but I also got an extra poached egg.
#249 First Night Set Up
06 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
First night spent in Bakersfield as a resident… also the first night in over a year that I’ve had my own place.
#250 New Friend Chamodh
07 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Grabbing some Dewar’s with my new friend Chamode from Sri Lanka.
#251 Sunday Girl
08 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
I love Sundays, and I love how after church is a perfect window of quality time to spend with Dee
#252 Dia De Los Errands
09 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Moving in means a lot of random things you need to buy that you don’t typically pick up on a weekly grocery run. At least now I’m finally living somewhere with a Target
#253 Catching Up With Meaghan
10 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Got to spend some time with Meaghan hanging out at Dagny’s and getting caught up on life these days.
#254 I’m A Fan
11 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
An essential player when it comes to life in Bakersfield.
#255 Pieology with Sam and Dee
12 September 2013 // Northridge, California
Visited Sam and Matt while in L.A., and got some good pizza while we were at it.
#256 These RMs
13 September 2013 // Torrance, California
Took a pit stop at the LiNK office to drop off some doughnuts with the Fall 2013 Nomads… just before they launch for their Bridge to North Korea tour.
#257 View from the Crabcatcher
14 September 2013 // La Jolla, California
Got a really nice meal at this La Jolla restaurant, all thanks to Groupon.
#258 The Crab Hut
15 September 2013 // San Diego, California
Got a chance to catch up with the Orlinas in San Diego over some good shellfish.
#259 Stone + Cloth
16 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Finally! I’ve wanted a Stone + Cloth backpack for a really long time.
17 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Ran some errands to get paperwork processed in order for me to begin work as a substitute teacher soon.
#261 Covenant Coffee Afternoon
18 September 2013 // Oildale, California
Spent time in one of my new favorite Bakersfield coffee stops- Covenant Coffee. Good coffee, and a solid mission, too.
#262 Peanut Park
19 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Deanna had a little time before class so we went to Peanut Park to continue our game of P-I-G with a pinecone and basketball hoop in disrepair.
#263 International Student Welcome
20 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Had a good evening with my new friends from all over the world at the International Student Welcome dinner. The international student hangouts continue!
#264 A Picnic in the Park
21 September 2013 // Sequoia National Forest, California
Had an awesome picnic in the park planned for a date with Deanna. Then a dust storm came through town, so we took it to Sequoia National Forest. How’s that for adaptable?
#265 Snaggletoothed Fluff
22 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
One of my favorite parts of our small group– the cats that come in and out of the room are too hard to take seriously.
#266 Late in the Kitchen
23 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
One of my favorite parts of having my own place again is having a workspace to cook up some meals. Been a while since I’ve been able to get experimental.
#267 The Rental Jetta
24 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
While my car was undergoing some very minor repairs, I got to drive around in a Jetta, pretending I’m from Oregon.
#268 Los Angeles
25 September 2013 // Los Angeles, California
Spent a pretty spectacular day in L.A. with Deanna, getting Thai food and getting to explore the Griffith Observatory.
#269 Red in the Room
26 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
In order to keep the room cool, I use a red blanket as a makeshift temperature curtain. The red glow, though, is a little counterproductive. Gives you an idea of how hot the room can get!
#270 Zack’s Improv Show
27 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
Deanna and I got to spend an evening seeing our friend Zack perform some improv with his team downtown.
#271 State Street Visit
28 September 2013 // Santa Barbara, California
On a day trip to Santa Barbara with international students, Deanna and I spent some good time up and down State Street, exploring salt caves, and visiting old friends
#272 Back for the Lemon Festival
29 September 2013 // Goleta, California
Deanna and my visit coincided with an old favorite event– the Depressing Lemon Festival featuring surprisingly potent lemon beer.
30 September 2013 // Bakersfield, California
After weeks and weeks of paperwork and physicals, I finally began my job as a substitute teacher.