At the end of May, I gave up my downtown condo living lifestyle to move into my first home with Mr. Artist. Certainly the biggest purchase yet of our lives, we were pretty unprepared for how stressful purchasing a home was, but now after a couple months, I can certainly say how amazing it is to make a home together. Our house happens to be on this really adorable tree-lined street where everyone seems to have a dog and/or 1.5 kids. Our neighbors even have a community watch and host block parties! Nearby there are lots of parks to take Ecko in and he was SUPER excited to be in a new home. The first couple days he ran non-stop around the house and the yard sniffing everywhere and exploring until he would eventually collapse from excitement.
Besides setting up our home (which takes A LOT of work), I managed to fit in a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon. I'd heard a lot of good things about Portland, but mainly how hipster it was and I was not disappointed. It was certainly very hipster as evidenced by the fact that I could talk about our in-house aquaponics set with a random stranger and not be greeted with a "aqua-what?" Everyone in Portland was super nice and with no sales tax, I kinda went to town buying up makeup, beauty products and clothes. I also learned that Cheesecake Factory is not at all like how it's portrayed on Big Bang Theory and that donuts are definitely worth waiting in line for an hour when they are smothered in peanut butter, chocolate and oreos.
Humungous milkshakes at Cheesecake Factory
So that was my summer - how was yours?