It’s hard to say it, but today I am celebrating my 25th birthday. That means I only have 5 years before I turn 30! I am amazed at how fast time has been going by over the past few years. It feels like just yesterday I was graduating from high school and heading off to college. Yikes!
If anything, I’ve really started to notice how “grown up” I’ve become. Not only do I sit around and drink tea and read books all day, but I now spend my free time working on my budget spreadsheet and browsing the shelves at Goodwill hoping to find a flannel shirt for a dollar.
The feeling of being a grown up really sank in when I recently found myself spending a fair amount of time in off-price retail stores (I refuse to pay full price for anything) looking for a down comforter and duvet set (apparently they cover the blanket). Luckily I found one yesterday and no longer wake up freezing from the lack of a heater here in Florida.
Anyways, if you haven’t noticed it’s been fairly quiet here on my blog over the past few months. Heck, I didn’t even post anything in the entire month of November. Luckily it’s a been for a good reason: I’ve been swamped working on various projects over at ZoopMedia
I’ve also been attacking The Man’s Essential Library. What is that you ask? It’s a kick-ass reading list made of up 100 various books. I’m 20 books in so far, with my favorites being The Dharma Bums, The Catcher in the Rye, and On the Road.
Last but not least, I’ve also been spending my time getting ready for another big move across the country. Florida just isn’t the place for me. I moved here just over a year ago and have enjoyed it, but it’s time to move on. Why? It’s missing one important thing that I miss more than anything: mountains.
Hiking and backpacking are my two favorite hobbies (besides reading) and what Florida has to offer just isn’t for me. I really miss the wilderness out West where you can go hiking just about anywhere. I also miss the seasons I grew up with in Wisconsin. If anything, Florida has made me hate the sun. Sometimes I wish it would just go away for a few days.
With all that in mind, I’ve officially decided to move to Portland, Oregon next month. My girlfriend and I are planning to make the drive from Florida, which will most likely come out somewhere around 50 hours. It will be the longest drive I have ever embarked on so if you happen to live along the I-10 or I-5 and have a place for us to crash please let me know.
PS. Need some inspiration for the new year? Check out this post featuring 30 Inspirational Presents For The Ones You Love.