5 Things

A few awesome/amusing/interesting things in my world lately...

1. Slothilda. She is amazing and I love her. 

2. Jessica JonesLike most of my friends, Joel and I blew through this series. I just love the film noir touch and how well they balanced her femininity and toughness. Highly recommended to everyone - you really don't need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy because the exploration of what someone with super powers would do is so fantastic.

3. Our new scenery. Reno has been treating us really well, and I'm loving everything about it so far. I'm definitely not over seeing snow and being surrounded by gorgeous mountains (that aren't covered by smog all the time).

4. Old/new family photos. My mom recently had a bunch of my grandmother's old film scanned, and there are some real gems that we've never seen before - particularly from my parents' and grandparents' weddings! My grandmother had a huge archive; she always had her camera with her, but all the same it's crazy when we come across ones we haven't seen.

5. The Awkward Yeti. The best webcomic I've read in a long time! His stuff just cracks me up. This one on New Year's Resolutions is a particularly spot-on depiction of Joel and I. :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the new year!

xoxo

Melissa & Matt

These two are some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I've known Melissa since we were in choir together in high school, so for ::ahemhem:: years now, and after going to the same university and having a lot of the same life experiences at the same time, our bond has only grown tighter over the years. When she told me Matt had proposed, I couldn't have been happier! They really bring out the best in each other and manage to make everyone around them feel included in that love. It's amazing to witness, and I can't wait for their wedding in June!

We got together in late October to take full advantage of the fall weather...except it was about 85 degrees that day. But they made it work! I'm in love with how these turned out.

Just a few of my favorites (well, I use the term loosely), taken at the beautiful Oak Park in Anaheim Hills.

xoxo

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I have a secret - this photo was actually taken in June. In Norway. In my aunt and uncle's backyard on a rainy afternoon. But with the blustery couple of days we've been having here during my final days in SoCal, it felt pretty perfect. Hope you guys enjoy!

Ch-Ch-Changes

Just a few major life changes going on for me, so I thought I'd better explain what's going on...

First things first, my main man proposed! At my birthday dinner! And had my whole family there to cheer us on! :)

I'm now wearing my grandmother's engagement ring that my mother also wore for years, and it's perfect. We've known for quite some time that we want to spend the rest of our lives together, and we've been talking about it regularly, but I didn't expect to feel so different. It's an amazing time.

In that vein, we're also following through with something else we've been talking about for a while now - moving to Reno!

While we love living close to many of our loved ones here in beautiful Southern California, the cost of living is crazy high compared to most of the country. So we're taking a chance while we still can and moving up to Reno, where the income tax is 0%, they actually get seasons and it's so much less crowded.

I'm sure you're thinking what most everyone we've told said - "But why Reno??" And two years ago, I probably would have said the same. But then we started going up there to visit his dad and stepmom each year at Thanksgiving, and I kind of love it. Reno has a lot of charm, it's not so paved over like SoCal is, not to mention that it's only 1.5 hours from one of my favorite places on earth - Lake Tahoe. Plus it's at 4,000 feet, just high enough to get a dusting of snow in the winter and it's not too crazy hot in the summer.

Once I started doing my research into the job market, cost of living, available housing, etc., it was apparent that this was a great way to be able to start a family and buy a home in a reasonable amount of time.

So! In a little more than two weeks all our things will be packed away and Joel and I will be road tripping our way up to Reno. It's been a crazy process, and we're still getting everything figured out, but we're still so excited and ready for a change. We'll still be visiting regularly, starting with Christmas, so if you're interested in photos know that I'll still be around!

xoxo