This blog was born in October of 2008 when the kid (blog-named Elle) and I had every intention of traveling, exploring, and adventuring all over the place. More recently, since losing my state-funded job last year, I have had to get creative in finding productive yet fulfilling (and affordable) ways to occupy all of this free time. I have found myself learning more about food, photography, road trip travel, and organic gardening. In the meantime, I search for jobs, drink a lot of Starbucks coffee, volunteer at the Catty Shack Ranch (and submit articles for their monthly newsletter), and write in this here blog. It doesn’t pay the bills but it helps to keep my brain from turning to mush.
In the summer of 2011, I became involved in a long-distance relationship. Matt and I are separated by more than a thousand miles (he’s in Oklahoma City, I’m in Jacksonville, Florida) but we manage to make this whole thing work with an incredible amount of simplicity and video chat time. (Some backstory: we knew each other in high school in another state and both suffered from the “What if…?” thoughts for nearly twenty years. Here we are now! It was unquestionably worth the wait.)
I grew up in the military and moved around quite a bit as a kid. Along the way, I acquired a love for road trips and local museums, a paralyzing fear of flying, a Midwestern accent, a deep appreciation of different cultures, a desire to see and photograph more of our country’s breathtaking scenery, a fierce devotion to the Green Bay Packers, an interest in food (both eating it and creating it), an expansive collection of postcards from around the world, and the ability to find something in common with just about anyone I meet.