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Change is hard. "See you later" is hard. It's a good kind of hard, but that doesn't mean I'm good at it. 

This week has been a whirlwind. Tom and I left Dallas last Friday on the three day road trip up to Washington. It went pretty smoothly except for my exhaustion and anxiety catching up to me, resulting in a nasty episode of carsickness on the first day. We stopped a couple hours short of Denver (our intended target for the day), and I slept for about 12 hours. I was good to go the next day. Colorado was beautiful; we even took a detour by Mile High Stadium to take a picture for Tom's mom. Montana was incredible too once we got into the mountains, thought it was certainly a relief when we got to the rolling fields of Washington. That is not a drive I'm in a hurry to make again. 

The movers came two days late, so we did what we could with the things I brought in my car on Monday. Tuesday, Tom and I checked out a couple of the local wineries. Washington has a fantastic selection of wineries and wine. Both of us are eager to take a trip to Washington wine country. The movers finally came Wednesday afternoon, and unloading/unpacking didn't take as long as I had thought. The organizing is what's taking a while, just finding convenient and appropriate places for everything. I've finally gotten my books and Breyers mostly sorted, though I anticipate some shuffling. 

I couldn't have done this move without the help of my parents, aunt, and uncle. My uncle got every picture and mirror hung as soon as it was unpacked. My mom and aunt put the kitchen in order, and Tom and my dad got all the furniture and the elliptical assembled in no time. They all left Thursday morning, which gave Tom and I a few days together to explore and relax. We went to the barn yesterday to drop off my trunk and tack. Now, I'm counting down to the 30th, when Finesse is supposed to ship up here. I cannot wait to see my baby girl!

Tom left this morning, and more than ever I wish Finesse was already up here. Tom and I have seen each other almost every day since we started dating last June. It's weird, now, knowing I won't see him until September. Hopefully this first semester will be the only one we spend half-way across the country from each other. He's eyeing Seattle, Spokane, or Pullman for new job opportunities. I'm so grateful that he's not only willing to move, but excited about moving to Washington. It's certainly a grand adventure we've set ourselves on!

So, I guess the takeaway is that things have gone well. The move went about as smoothly as I could hope for. I'm happy and excited to be up here, but the next week or so is definitely going to be an adjustment period. Orientation isn't until August 16th, but I've got plenty to keep me busy until then. And that's definitely a good thing.
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Change" - White Lies
  • Reading: The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

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SilverFlameWanderer
Ashley
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've always loved art and have enjoyed drawing and painting. Horses are my truest passion. I competed in hunter/jumper shows all through high school. Two years out of college, in May 2014, I was finally able to buy my first "forever horse," Finesse.

I graduated from Colgate University in 2012 with my B.A. in Psychology. I spent the past year working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology research lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. The primary project examined adolescent aggression and antisocial behavior. Currently, I am continuing my education in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Washington State University.

I also love books, film, good wine, and an exciting hockey game. I am an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

My classes, work schedule, and horse keep me very busy, but I try to draw and post whenever I can. I'm always looking for constructive criticism and I try my best to respond to all comments. Enjoy my art :)

Current Residence: Pullman, Washington
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Oneindige-Kansen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: I just wanted to say you're in my thoughts and prayers today! You'll probably get this long after the fact, but happy moving!! :)
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We got to the house last night and just got internet set up this morning! Things aren't exactly following the script we'd set, but I suppose that's how these things tend to go. The important thing is, we all made it safely, things are looking good, and even though we don't have most of the furniture, we do have chairs!
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Oneindige-Kansen Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nawww. :hug: At least you have chairs! I have one in my apartment. My dad's constantly hounding me to get more, so I can properly entertain. XD

But I'm glad to hear that you arrived safely, and I promise I'll get to your journal soon. :heart:
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, no worries! 

Everything else arrived and I'm finally settling in. Today is the first day I've had that I'm not running around and/or filling out a bunch of forms and writing checks, though that picks up again tomorrow. So today is a pajama day, and I really should get back to work on drawing ;)
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junestars Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
i really like horses and riding them is the most fun part of all  
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andresbestardmaggio Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my work to your favourites!

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Oneindige-Kansen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wanted to say how happy I am for you, hon. :hug: I know I've been horrible at replying to e-mails, but I'm so glad to hear all's well in your world! For grad school, Finesse, and every other wonderful thing in your life.
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you, love! :hug: Don't worry about the emails---I've been so busy lately that I'd be the one behind on them at this point :XD: I hope all is going well with you :heart:
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Oneindige-Kansen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome, sweetheart! :) Haha, I read your journal; wowsers, you do sound busy! And there's always the joy of a new addition to your life--I adopted a kitten about a month ago, to keep Milton company... haha. It's kind of crazy how all your time seems to be consumed by cuteness/newness. :P
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, what's kitty's name? I'd love to see pics ;)

Tom's planning on adopting a Maine Coon kitten (or two). He wants to name it Bowser, but when I hear Coon, all I can think of is Cartman :aww:

And it is crazy--I had been riding twice a week before I got Finesse. Now I'm out there 4-5 days a week. And it's about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the barn. But it's worth it :) She's such a sweetie and we're starting to figure each other out, which is awesome! :)
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