Well, it’s about time.

This post has certainly been a long time coming.

It’s been nearly two months since I last wrote about my nerves the night before move-in day. Two months! I can hardly believe how fast time has flown by. A lot has happened in the past few weeks- we moved (obviously), Oliver came home after a month and a half in Amsterdam, we took a few trips, and started planning a few more for the next few months. Overall, it’s been a super busy summer.

I should probably start out by addressing the question I get the most these days- how’s the new apartment?

And to be honest? I’m in love. I had some hesitation before the big move, but as we’ve settled in, I’ve come to love it here. As expected, I’m in love with our deck. The fairy lights make it romantic and I love spending nights outside, drinking wine and taking in the summer. It’s also crazy how much more space we have now. Let me tell you, having two bedrooms instead of a loft makes the apartment feel like a mansion. I can’t wait to finally get everything in its place and really settle in.

Another little something new is a trip Oliver and I have been planning for months…


You guys. I am so excited.

Next week, we will be landing in Los Angeles, staying for a night in Venice Beach, and then driving up to San Francisco for a few days and down to Monterey to see Big Sur and take about a million pictures. Then, we’ll make our way back down to Los Angeles for another day or two, and then it’s home!

Mostly I’m excited to see Big Sur and go whale watching in Monterey. Whale watching has been on my bucket list since I was a 12 year old marine-biologist-wannabee, and I’ve basically been *training my entire life to spot marine life. I’ve also never been out west before, so I am beyond psyched to experience something new. I don’t really know what to expect and I think I’m going to leave it that way. Whenever I travel somewhere new, I prefer to have no expectations. It helps give you perspective and take in all the good of the trip without worrying about standards.


With that, things are good for the moment. I may have been MIA for some time, but I took the break to figure out where my life is going and as of tonight, I’m feeling optimistic.

How are you guys?



*No, really, I’m insanely good at spotting animals. Ask Oliver.*




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    August 19, 2017

    Hi Kris,
    Your trip to California sounds amazing! I’m glad you’ve had some time to rest and reflect on your life and where it’s going; I hope you enjoy the last weeks of summer.

    As for me, I’m doing well. I’m a senior in college and really not sure what is in store for me in terms of graduate school or going to work, with a humanities degree I’m not quite sure what to do with. My love for writing and literature made it impossible for me to choose otherwise, and I hope that one day, I will confidently be able to say that majoring in English Literature was the best decision of my life.

    My summer has been good. I’ve been in Ghana interning and visiting family, which has been an undoubtedly wonderful experience. I want to thank you for giving me hope tonight; I began a relationship here with someone I really, really like, and I’m saddened to go back to America with the possibility of not seeing him for a long time. I was searching about long distance relationships started abroad, and your article came up. I feverishly searched for this blog to see if you and Oliver were still together; I am happy that both of you have maintained your relationship. Thank you for giving me some hope, and for writing, from what I’ve read so far, some beautiful accounts of your life experiences.

    Btw, you are absolutely gorgeous!! I’m really happy to hear about your current adventures πŸ™‚ May your positive energy send signals to the universe to keep the sunshine radiating.


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      August 24, 2017

      L, I am so, so happy you found this blog again! It was such a delight to read your comment, it truly made my day.
      I understand your hesitation with graduation coming up, but don’t worry- I, too, was a humanities major and plenty of people told me my degree would be worthless. Turns out, everything worked out just fine πŸ˜‰ Even when law school didn’t pan out how I had hoped, I still ended up with a great job at a great company. I’m so happy you stuck to your guns and are on your way to a degree in English Literature. Don’t let anyone get you down about your degree. It’s not what you studied that matters. It’s the skill sets you developed along the way, and you’ll go far, as long as you keep that in mind. And remember, not everyone can write well. What you have is a gift. Use it as such.
      Re-entering the States is always the hardest. I can truly empathize with how difficult it must be for you to be returning. But don’t let that be a deterrent when it comes to your relationship. Yes, long distance is difficult, and yes, it will hurt at times, but it’s not necessarily the end of things. If you both make the decision to give it a try, then there’s always hope. Just trust your gut, and know that things work out how they’re supposed to in the end. Everything will be okay.
      Again, I am so glad to hear from you, and wish you the best of luck with everything going on in your life. Feel free to write if you ever need some encouragement πŸ™‚