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Ciao, 2016

Last time I posted on the blog, it was the first day of summer. Today's the last day of 2016.

I'm killing it on the blogging front.

I'm skipping the public annual review this time around. Last year was rough. This year was rough. It was slow going for a while, but we managed to turn things around by burning every last penny (there weren't a lot left to burn) and heading northwest.

Follow the lines going west.

Follow the lines going west.

So let's catch up! When last I wrote, we were living in Corning, NY - slowly going broke and not entirely sure why we were still there...

It wasn't all gloom, though. Managed some fun little adventures. Like Wizard World in Philadelphia, so Em could geek out in true fangirl fashion...

While we were working on the logistics of the move, the colorful bugs of summer gave way to the myriad mushrooms of fall...

I think these are edible...

I think these are edible...

We braved the car-swallowing potholes of Cleveland and met one of our favorite authors, who's work is likely responsible for our relationship...

Mark Z. Danielewski reading at the Grog Shop

Mark Z. Danielewski reading at the Grog Shop

We made one last trip to Pittsburgh for family and friends, while it was still kinda sorta within driving range.

Ran around the rest of PA, squeezing in visits to more old friends and their brand new humans...

Got a fun view from the top of Philly...

And all the while, we were selling, donating, and generally minimizing our belongings so we could fit our entire lives into our two cars. Equal parts utilitarian (couldn't afford to ship, and then house, all of our things, or to rent a truck and car trailer for a 2,800 mile trip) and sheer desire. The stuff one acquires over the years really can begin to bog one down, and make swift life changes like this a bit cumbersome.

But we did it. So we packed ourselves and our remaining stuff (almost exclusively clothing, art, and things with which to cook and make more art) into our two little sedans, packed the cats into catpacks, built a travel litter box, and headed west.

Took a few days of madness, but Moxie and Rad finally found comfy spots in the car.

Took a few days of madness, but Moxie and Rad finally found comfy spots in the car.

That's Radcliffe, exploring Chicago via backpack.

That's Radcliffe, exploring Chicago via backpack.

Stopped to see some sights whenever we could. Like that shiny bean in Chicago.

...those presidents...

...those presidents...

We slept under the moonless light of the Milky Way in Wyoming.

My raging inner scifi geek couldn't pass up a chance to flash back to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It's amazing what it feels and looks like to be out in a place THAT DARK, with only starlight to see. I don't think I've ever noticed the Milky Way that distinctly with the naked eye before.

Devil's Tower. Under the majestic-as-fuck Wyoming night sky.

Devil's Tower. Under the majestic-as-fuck Wyoming night sky.

...and at sunrise.

...and at sunrise.

Side note - I think it was somewhere in these Wyoming fields, once back in cellular range, we finally secured a place to live.

Saw the sunrise in Montana...

Saw the sunrise in Montana...

...and celebrated this one's birthday in Montana.

...and celebrated this one's birthday in Montana.

Too embarrassing a birthday photo? Ok. Here...

Em sporting her super-sassy Portland hair.

Em sporting her super-sassy Portland hair.

Then, during the first few weeks of life in Portland, between job hunting, I ran off to explore the new landscapes around us. Turns out, the northwest is every bit as gorgeous in person as everyone says.

Mount Hood during the last sunset of summer from Lost Lake.

Mount Hood during the last sunset of summer from Lost Lake.

So many waterfalls...

Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls.

Silver Falls State Park.

Silver Falls State Park.

Reunited myself with the Pacific Ocean, my mostest favorite coast.

We've been poking around the Columbia River, which is a few blocks from our new place.

Started the new job in October...

The Oregon Convention Center at sunrise

The Oregon Convention Center at sunrise

As winter approached, I thought we should venture out toward the mountains to see some snow... since it almost never snows in Portland. The hail and wind at Lost Lake gave us just about as much winter as we usually want... about five minutes. Then back into the car and straight to the nearest coffee shop slinging hot chocolate...

Little did we know, Oregon was in for a no-joke ice storm, which shut the city down for a couple days...

As the sun rose on the Sunday the storm ended, it sounded like glass bottles being dropped on the city, non-stop for a few hours. Inches of ice falling off of every tree branch and power line.

Tons of trees down and split all around the city...

Including this particularly heavy limb on my car. The Jetta needed some more, denty character, anyway!

Including this particularly heavy limb on my car. The Jetta needed some more, denty character, anyway!

But it made for some interesting foggy atmosphere for this little video:

Had a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas time, loved having my sister out to visit...

The Grotto's Festival of Lights on Christmas Eve.

The Grotto's Festival of Lights on Christmas Eve.

And more of the Columbia River Gorge...

And more of the Columbia River Gorge...

And enjoying exploring our new home. Portland's pretty great.

This is Mount Hood, seen at sunrise, from a field two blocks from our apartment. How cool is that?

This is Mount Hood, seen at sunrise, from a field two blocks from our apartment. How cool is that?

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Happy New Year.

-J