Monday, February 7, 2011

Hello Again, My Friends

It's been awhile - this I know.

Life has been...full of life. Since Dan and I returned home from England, where we spent Christmas, a lot has been going on. I haven't posted in over a month, which has been both unintentional and unplanned. So far, 2011 has been off to a "full-speed ahead" start and we are still fumbling for our seat-belts.

Here is what's been UP:

1) England

For the first time in my 28 years of life, I spent Christmas away from my family in Portland, OR, USA. Dan and I spent Christmas with his family in England and it was lovely. We were only there for about 10 days, which is really not quite long enough when traveling so far, but I think we made the most of it.

This is where we were: Dan's Mom's house. it not beautifully beautiful? These pictures were taken on Christmas day. There was one of the biggest snow storms in England's history while we were there and we reveled in it.

It was the most perfect day. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and the snow was like powder.

With the amount of time Dan and I have had to spend apart, we delight in being able to be together on a holiday - especially Christmas.

One of the things we always have to do while visiting Dan's house is say hello to the horses. There are stables on the property as well as about 5 horses. Horses are so beautiful, especially against the snowy backdrop. This particular horse came right over to us and made my day. I am equally amazed, humbled and terrified by these magnificent creatures.

Our trip to England went by in a flash and before we knew it, we were back in Portland, year 2011, which leads me to my next little section.

2) Work

I know, I know. Work. Bleh. Boring. However, it has been so very, very consuming as of late. For those who don't know, Dan and I both work in film and we are currently working for a company that makes feature stop-motion animation films. We met working on the film 'Coraline' and are 25 weeks into our second feature production together. Since we arrived back at work in early January, the movie has moved into full swing with us working between 10 - 12 hours each day. It's hard to explain how much working on a film takes over your life to anyone who has not fully experienced it, but I recently wrote a haiku about it for a competition at work that goes a little something like this:

Never-ending grind
No life, no sleep and no love
The film must get made

I am still trying to figure out how we are going to balance our work with our life for the next year or so. I will keep you updated on that one...

3) Thinking About/Putting In An Offer On A House

Now, this was not something I expected. It all started out so innocently.

Dan and I live in a apartment complex at the top of a large hill. On that hill, there are a lot of townhomes. One of those townhomes happened to have a 'for sale' sign in front of it one day and Dan and I, out of pure curiosity, looked it up online.

Never, ever look things up online.

We liked what we saw and decided to see if we could have a look inside. Once inside, we liked it even more. Uh oh.

We showed our parents and they liked it too and told us to go for it. Double uh oh.

"Oh well, the bank probably won't even approve us for a loan," we said.

The bank did approved us for a loan. We had no choice. We made an offer.


As much I would like to finish this story with a "WE GOT THE HOUSE" exclamation, there is a little kink in the story which is this home is a short sale. That means the home is on the way to foreclosure, but more is due on the house than it is currently worth, so the bank is trying to sell it before they have to go to the expense of foreclosing the home and prepping it for auction. That way, they can try to get as much out of it as possible. What this means for us a lot of waiting. Waiting for sellers to agree. Waiting for the bank to decide. Waiting, waiting, waiting. There is every chance in the world that this whole thing could fall through, but right now we are just excited and hopeful that this home is meant for us. Fingers crossed.

So - there you have it. That basically sums up the last one and a half months of my life. It has been pretty manic and ridiculously quick, but exciting and hopeful at the same time. I feel I will have a lot to share in the coming months, which I look forward to sharing.

It's good to be back.

'Till next time...


  1. Beautiful pics ~ That is exciting news about a house!

  2. Sounds like a fabulous holiday and a wonderful beginning to a new year!! Good luck with the house! xxoo :)

  3. I've missed you! I do understand about the film industry -- crazy most of the time and definitely all consuming. Glad you have work though. I'm excited about the house deal -- hope that works out for you tow. That would be wonderful. And England -- Dan's mom's house -- TO.DIE.FOR! Breathing space, beauty, horses. Lovely photo's too.

  4. Wow, good luck with the house! Hope it works out!

  5. whoa, his mom's house is too stupidly cool- I'm really jealous!!!! And the snow, omg, perfect. I would love to go on an xmas morning walk with a camera and a big cup of joe. And "lots to talk about this year" hmmm... plans for a couple more little feet in your home?

  6. Welcome back!!! Sounds like you had a lovely time in England! Best of luck on the house! I have my fingers crossed for you!


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