Hello there, intrepid readers! We hope you all had a great weekend and a (…dare we say it…) awesome Monday!

Bearmonkey had a few days away from work last week and decided to go on a mini-vacation to. So, while Badger was hard at work building the “Wild West” table, I was relaxing here:

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park

I went to Indian Beach, just south of Seaside, Oregon, to celebrate my 2-year “Oregaversary” (…get your mind out of the gutter!). I can’t believe that I made the move from my home state of Kansas to Oregon two years ago. The time has flown by and I become more enamored with my new home each day. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and say “This. is. where. I.live?!” because it’s hard for me to fathom being an hour from the coast and the mountains all at the same time. Growing up in Kansas, I had the spirit of a salty dog trapped inside of a land-lover’s city with no means of getting to the coast without $500 and an airplane. (Unless you want to call the Lake of the Ozarks a beach…ha!) I did somehow manage to spend a semester of college living on Daytona Beach, but Florida beaches are a lot more muggy and I didn’t really feel like spending the rest of my days living in an MTV Spring Break destination.

One thing there is an abundance of in my home state? Sunshine. And 100+ degree temps in the summer. Oregon really doesn’t have either of those things, and I have been notorious for complaning about the grey weather ever since I moved here two years ago. Kristian grew up in Gold Beach, which is a coastal town about six hours southwest of Portland, so he is very much used to our normal weather and actually likes it. He used to surf year-round (crazy, I know) when it was 45 degrees and raining outside! He likes to remind me of how good Oregonians have it because we barely have to deal with snow, and the summers are idyllic. I may be a grumpy gus most of the year, but each time I get to enjoy a perfect day on the beach and know my apartment is only an hour away, I start to think that maybe all of those rainy days are sooo worth it.

Next step: figuring out how to get more beach days into my schedule. And, how to bring Badger along with me next time.

(Sidenote: I got a horrible sunburn from falling asleep in my lounge-chair. Amateur hour, I say.)

For now, I will leave you with that gorgeous beach photo, but stay tuned because we have lots of updates this week. And I mean LOTS!

Hearts and Hugs,