Catching up

I realize there are few things more sad than an unattended blog. Well, OK, that's not really true. Nonetheless, it's been a while since I posted anything on here. The last few months have been extremely difficult, following some major life changes. One of these changes was the loss of my full-time job, which I'd had for the last four years.

Following my layoff, I immediately took a trip to visit friends and family in the Pacific Northwest. I've been seriously considering a move out there, especially now that it's basically winter here in Chicago. So this seemed like a good time to share a few photos I took there.

I visited my Aunt Lori, who lives near Seattle. This is the view from the ferry coming into the city.

I visited my Aunt Lori, who lives near Seattle. This is the view from the ferry coming into the city.

Of course, we had to stop at Pike Place Market!

Of course, we had to stop at Pike Place Market!

The view from her house is pretty great. Even in the fog.

The view from her house is pretty great. Even in the fog.

Next, I headed to Oregon to see some of my best friends. We stayed on the coast for a few days; it was amazing. I highly recommend Cannon Beach and the surrounding areas. This was taken while hiking at Ecola State Park.

Next, I headed to Oregon to see some of my best friends. We stayed on the coast for a few days; it was amazing. I highly recommend Cannon Beach and the surrounding areas. This was taken while hiking at Ecola State Park.

Nothing like a bonfire on the beach by the ocean.

Nothing like a bonfire on the beach by the ocean.

Haystack Rock, at Cannon Beach.

Haystack Rock, at Cannon Beach.

We went swimming in the ocean! Freezing and exhilarating.

We went swimming in the ocean! Freezing and exhilarating.

Their dog, Buoy.

Their dog, Buoy.

And their cat, Gator. Oh yeah, and who knew Andrew could play the fiddle?

And their cat, Gator. Oh yeah, and who knew Andrew could play the fiddle?

Shiitake mushroom biscuits and gravy at Pine State Biscuits in Portland. Also highly recommended.

Shiitake mushroom biscuits and gravy at Pine State Biscuits in Portland. Also highly recommended.

One of my favorite things about Portland was how things just grow everywhere. We walked around picking grapes, figs, apples, and pears.

One of my favorite things about Portland was how things just grow everywhere. We walked around picking grapes, figs, apples, and pears.

Those were some of my favorite photos and memories from my trip. I hope to be back there soon.