This spring was one for the books, and I’m not sure another will ever top it. Brandon and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, we finished visiting all 50 states, and I got a new job! Let’s dig in:
Where we traveled
May brought our largest 50 in 5 trip to date: two and a half weeks in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska! In the first week, we started the trip at Olympic National Park, drove down the Oregon coast and across to Portland, then traveled North to Seattle. During the second week, we took a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska, with ports in Hoonah, Skagway, Juneau, and Victoria (British Columbia). It was a trip of a lifetime, and a perfect way to end 50 in 5.
What we celebrated
Brandon and I have been married for ten years! We were set to leave for our trip the day before our anniversary, and spend our anniversary hiking in Olympic National Park. Unfortunately, our flight was cancelled and we ended up spending that day flying across the country to Washington. It was a frustrating way to begin the trip, but we made the most of it and were so grateful to start our vacation.
What I read
I didn’t pick up a book this year until May. On our trip, I finished “The Woman in Cabin 10,” and shortly after returning home I finished “The Checklist Manifesto.” The latter is an absolute must-read for me. I love checklists, and purchased it based on the title alone. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but I loved it.
What we watched
Per usual, we caught more than a few hours of television this season. The best show we watched — by far — was “Severance” on Apple TV+. Adam Scott is perfection, and the rest of the cast is A+ as well. I’m so sad we have to wait for season two! We also enjoyed watching “Made for Love” on HBO Max. It didn’t get picked up for a third season, unfortunately, but I think there’s a nice arc between the two seasons that are out!
On the horizon
The first day of summer marks my first day at a new job! After more than six years at UNCSA, I am saying farewell to higher education and taking a step over and up to work more directly in the arts at Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. I’m approaching this new opportunity with lots of excitement and hope for new, positive changes for me. More to come in the next update!