HAPPY FOURTH FREAKING BLOGIVERSARY TO US!
No, we haven’t disappeared. I promise. We have a gazillion things on our plate right now and we just don’t have any extra time to set aside for our love, Over Yonderlust.
I can’t believe we have been in the blogging game for four freaking years. I think this officially makes me one of the travel blogging “old timers”. I think I deserve a jacket. Or a patch. Or at least a pat on the back by some of ye olde travel comrades the next time I see you. I don’t think I’ve ever stuck with anything “hobby” related more than 4 years.
Screw the jacket, I DEMAND A TROPHY. (Please don’t give me a trophy, it really cramps my minimalistic lifestyle.)
Maybe a trophy in the form of this…
But while we’ve decided to stay put in Austin for a while, I will keep you in the loop with a few things going on:
*Our travels for the year have been completely derailed. This year we are focusing on paying off debt and with the little money we have over, spending it on new tents, awesome costumes, and anything Burning Man related. We’re going to 3 burns this year! If you have any questions about Burning Man, hit me up. We’re burners all year long – not just for the big burn.
*I have accepted a position at WooThemes as their new Technical Support Badass (not official title) and will be working a “Big Girl Job”. What does this mean? Believe it or not, more time for Over Yonderlust as I won’t be trying to work 5 jobs as a freelancer to make ends meet. Also, remote working means greater flexibility. More travel? HERE IS TO HOPING.
*We just signed a lease for an apartment for a year. This was a huge nerve-racking experience since all my travels have turned me into a massive commitment-phobe and the thought of staying in one place for a year gives me the freaking heebie jeebies. *shudder* Maybe that will make us get off our asses and move along? Maybe I will become obsessed with hosting Couchsurfers?
*We “should” have all of our debt paid off by the end of the year. “SHOULD” Don’t hold me to that. I drink a lot of booze. And tattoos… I WANT THEM.
*I’m heading to Chicago! Without Shaun. Again. He is pissed because this is the 4th time I’ve been and the Cubs are his favorite baseball team and he has yet to make it there. Boo-urns for him. Badass for ME!
*We’re getting a new car! We’re Subaru whores and we’re looking to upgrade our WRX. I think we’re just practicing for the day that we win the lottery and we get to rally race. I’m one of 2 people in the world that Shaun lets drive the car. Why? Because I’m an awesome driver. I’m being serious. No really. I taught him to drive a stick.
*The Fire Department here in Austin is on a hiring freeze so we’re moving on to Plan Q. What is the plan? I don’t freaking know. We’re playing it by ear. I think Shaun is going to start searching for a remote job as well (that isn’t the same company as mine).
*If all works well, I’m going to have an art exhibit of my photography in Kansas City, MO! I’m so stoked.
*My dad is allowing us to foster the dog we left at his house before we left on our travels in 2011. A couple weeks here and a couple of weeks there will satisfy my need for a dog (when we still want to travel more). That and we can’t take him away from his pack permanently. That is just mean to do. How can you not bring him home when we visit and he curls up on Shaun’s lap?
I mean… look at his face (the dog)! How can you not fall in love all over again?
I swear I felt as though we were in a life drought. No matter how hard we tried, things just wouldn’t go our way. I feel as though the moment we surrendered, the floodgates opened.
And if you would like some highlights from the previous year, here are a few of my favorites:
*We have been eating at a shit ton of food trucks. They made me fat and I’m going to the gym now but it was totally worth it.
*We went to our first regional burn last year. It was addicting. We’re also going again this year.
*We took an aerial acrobatics class and I looked derpy but loved it.
*I found Silicon Valley to be rather… cool (no pun intended).
*I got to hit one of my personal bucket list items – the Portland Japanese Garden.
*We got to head back to Costa Rica. Oh man I miss Latin America something fierce.
So this is the part of the blogiversary where I talk about numbers and how much we have grown. Let me tell you about where I stand on that:
So yes, thank you everyone for standing by us and keeping up with the blog. I have many more adventures to share with you and hopefully you will be around to see it.
If you have a moment, I would love to know who is still reading my blog. I would love to get to know all of you guys. If you could give an intro in the blog comments below, I would appreciate it!