As some of you have noticed, I have not been doing a very good job keeping up with the blog the past several weeks. As much as I would like to blame it on busy weekend getaways, life happenings, or heck, even laziness…it’s none of the above. Truth be told, negativity seeped its way through my brain’s limbic system and had been holding the contents of my hippocampus hostage. I’ve been climbing neural tightropes for the past several weeks trying to pull myself out of this funk. I’ve almost crested the hill, but it continues to feel like a slippery slope which I navigate carefully. I have determined that this is what happens when you have expectations. I expected Oregon to be this epic kick start to an amazing journey…a new life with Eric. On the contrary, it has been filled with many let downs, hassles, and a work environment that is less than ideal. Three months can feel like forever when you are doing something you do NOT love for 40-50 hours per week. Don’t get me wrong, being an OT can be very rewarding. However, it’s all of the BS that comes along with the job that makes it unbearable at times. Then you add a 2 star facility with hateful nurses, a caseload full of difficult/non-compliant patients, the pressure of meeting unrealistic productivity rates and an insurmountable pile of paperwork…it just feels like disorganized chaos. Welcome to the world of travel therapy. Thankfully, I do have some great co-workers and that is always a positive. It’s amazing how many places I go that are carried by their therapy team. A sad reality.
So, I’ve had my pitty party and now, moving forward, I’ve decided to NOT allow disappointment to reign. It’s time to be an adult, kick myself into gear, and start embracing the madness instead of resisting it (Eric’s sound advice..he’s so wise). Here is the low down on what’s been going on the past 3 weeks.
This handsome fella is Trigger. The home owners of our current airbnb were away for the week and this little guy kept us company. Did you know that pugs not only bark but can crow like a rooster? Yeah, it’s freaky and hilarious all at the same time. I’ll have to try to get a video of it sometime. It’s insane! Trigger is an interesting dog/humanoid with lots of personality.
The couple that we are staying with are SUPER nice. We have been so fortunate to have met them and their home is not only beautiful, but very comfortable as well. They have welcomed us right in, and we are thankful for their generosity. Here are a few of my favorite spaces:
The back patio is a fantastic place to chill out after a long day at work.
They have a stunning koi pond. Another relaxing spot to read a book or just zone out.
And the views are fantastic from upstairs. A great place to watch the rain (like this day here).
We are settling in and adjusting to our new home despite my inner struggle to just let life happen and live in the moment. When things feel like they are in disarray, it’s important to reflect on all the good things happening in our lives. Why is it so easy to lose sight of that at times, I may never understand.
This weekend, we chilled close to home and hit up Fern Ridge, a local reservoir and primary water source for the city of Eugene. Some nice views at sunset.
Sunday we headed to Portland to pick Gabe up from the airport. Ah, Portland. A city that has always been on my bucket list. Why? I have absolutely NO idea. I was quite disappointed (again…me and those silly expectations). Much like Eugene, the transient population over runs the city. Several areas were dirty, people laying all over the sidewalks, camps were setup right in the middle of parks, walkways, trails, medians, highways, rivers…you name it. Portland wasn’t weird, it was gross. It smelt like piss and in many areas, I didn’t feel safe. I was semi joking with Eric, but I feel like Oregon is turning me into a staunch conservative which is pretty much the opposite of who I was prior to this assignment.
On a positive note…it was gorgeous weather that day and we had clear views of Mt. Hood. This is exactly what it looked like as we drove back to our motel that night. However, I can’t take credit for the photo. There was just no place to pull over and take the picture so I swiped one from the internet at http://traveltips.usatoday.com/things-mount-hood-not-skiing-snowboarding-62850.html.
Monday morning we headed for the coast, a peaceful retreat as far away from city life as we could physically get. It was a beautiful day and despite the long drive home, we all enjoyed the serenity of the moment.
My eyes never get tired of viewing the pristine coastline of Oregon.
Gabe enjoying the views from up atop the rocks.
Together again. He may be going thru the dreaded teenager stage of life, but we really missed this guy. This weekend, we went hiking at Silver Falls with our airbnb hosts, Matt and Cali. It was a fantastic 8 mile hike with spectacular views displaying 10 waterfalls of various shapes and sizes. Here are some photos from our trip.
It was a fantastic day out at the falls. It’s days like today that make the whole travel therapy thing seem worth it. I’m not very motivated by money or material things, but I’m highly motivated by experiences and nature. If I could only figure out a way to live this every day. I welcome all suggestions. 🙂
Thanks for reading and thanks for loving me and all of my imperfections. Until next time.