stagnancy

I admit, I’ve been a little stagnant on here, lately. I’m not really sure why. The initial excuse was because work got INSANE this tax season. And then I was busy with my new(ish?) boyfriend. And then I’ve been busy with moving out of my apartment. And now I’m busy with quitting my job. MY LIFE IS INTENSE, OKAY?

I think a big part of my lack of writing on here is that for the first time in awhile, I am being forced to constantly express myself to the people around me. More and more people are popping in and out of my life and wanting to say something (usually hello or goodbye) to me before I leave. And they all ask me the same questions, most of which I’m going to answer in this post.

Also I’ve been blocked on twitter at work for the last six months, which… really is where I get 90% of my material. Hopefully I can start tweeting often again soon. I really miss my twitter buddies.

So let’s try to start from scratch!

Facts about me:

My name is Brittknee, Brittneigh, Brittnooooooo. Yes, all three.
I spell my name these ways because nobody ever gets the legal spelling of my name correct anyway and also these ways are way cooler and much more me than anything else.

13/30! #me #selfie #selfies #blue #30dayselfie #ABeautifulMess
Yep, that’s me, but I bet you knew that.

I’m about to move from Portland, Oregon (land of hipsters, craft breweries, and rain) to Austin, Texas (land of hipsters, craft breweries, and heat).
I’m starting a graduate program at the University of Texas. When I am done, I’ll have a Masters in Educational Administration, which means that I’ll have a Masters degree to work at higher level administration in academia. I’ll hopefully eventually end up running a tutoring center, but we’ll see where I end up.
I have a graduate assistantship in my department and I start almost as soon as I get to Texas. I’m simultaneously terrified and excited.

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Yep, that’s Austin.

I am only taking four suitcases and attempting to minimize my life. (So far I’ve taken six loads to Goodwill, only more are to come!) I move out of my downtown apartment tomorrow and have… significantly more than four suitcases worth of stuff. Hopefully I can make a little more headway into that in the next month.

I haven’t seen my studio in Austin yet, only a few craigslist pictures. Google Maps tells me it’s a fifteen minute walk to campus / the building I’ll be doing most of my work at, so that’s a relief! I have yet to see how I fare walking around outside in extreme heat.

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This photo is almost ten years old! I’m not in it, but I was there.

Next week I am going on vacation(BABECATION) with a group of my closest girlfriends. The plan is to sit around, read romance novels out loud to each other, and eat a lot of food. We’ll be on the Oregon coast for six days- a perfect goodbye to my beloved west coast. After that, I’m off to California to meet part of my boyfriend’s family for a few days. Hopefully I’ll get to spend some quality time with my parents in the weeks following before I move.

Man you guys. This summer is already crazy and I haven’t even done any of these things yet!!

BRITTNEIGH IS MY NAAAME-O

What’s on my mind – first week of September

Well, I’m still settling in, still without internet, still needing to buy last-minute items (silverware, a pot, another bowl, maybe a drain plug) and mostly just figuring out my new routine with 2 extra hours in my day and my own space that is mine, all mine.

  • This link has been going around the tumblrs a lot lately, but Mica Hendricks collaborated with her 4yo daughter on some portraits and they are basically the best and cutest ever.

  • Words to live by.
  • You may not know this, but I love kaleidoscopes. So I am EXTRA THRILLED to present to you, the Catleidoscope. Don’t stare at it too long, you might get kinda dizzy.

  • Huskies are the best.
  • My featured flickr contact today is Depression Press. This photostream is full of neat old letterpress blocks, advertisements, book illustrations and illustrations, as well as current creations.
  • Yesterday on my walk home, it rained and rained and rained and RAINED!! Portland has the reputation of being a rainy city, but our rain is very different than what you might assume. I feel like we have more of an endless drippy-damp-misty-wet season, as opposed to real, hard, RAIN. But last night it POURED and it was kind of awesome. Because of that, this morning, even though next week the weather report says it’s going to get hot tomorrow, I feel like wearing a scarf and having soup for dinner.
  • In conclusion, I want a print of this old magazine cover because it is awesome:


    And everyone knows that her image was just as “fixed” in the darkroom as they fix models today. Only you can still see her ribs beneath the skin. I love that. She could be my best friend’s badass grandmother, she could be me.

food is amazing

I LOVE WORKING DOWNTOWN.


Case in point: Little Big Burger. TRUFFLE FRIES are so in right now.

One of the best things about living in Portland is the food. The sheer variety is overwhelming and when left to my own devices I tend to just pack my own lunch because it’s so intimidating. Do I want authentic BBQ? Korean fusion? Fake tacos or coconut curry? It’s incredibly hard to decide.

Of course, the instant I start to think to myself, “Hey, maybe I should stop going out and be a little less consumerist,” a hundred people make plans with me. Such is my life. As it is, I’m looking forward to some more Joe’s, LBB, Koi Fusion, and maybe some thai in my future.

Can you tell it’s lunchtime?

bachelorette

This weekend I was privileged to throw a bachelorette party (with several other awesome ladies) for my best friend from high school, and it went awesomely.

Now, most people, when they picture bachelorette parties, they picture a load of screaming girls in pink wigs with a half-naked dude dancing around them. Confetti and glitter falls from the sky around them. Appletinis and Cosmos are splashed around incessantly. Most likely, in the background of this scene you’ll hear the song, “Shots” by Lil Jon and LMFAO, or maybe possibly “Single Ladies” by Beyonce.

For us, this was not the case.

My bride wanted nothing more than a super chill party with good friends, and that’s exactly what we organized. We stayed in a beautiful hotel, ate delicious food, and explored Portland as a group.

I love that my group of friends (and in this case, their extended friend network) can party and have fun without having to fit into any certain trope. (Of course, nothing is wrong with tropes. Tropes are hella fun.) We people-watched, ate blueberries and elephant ears, discussed bad romance novels, got to know acquaintances, watched a dorky movie, and shared desserts with style.

I can’t help but be thankful it went off so awesomely and stress-free! Even the part where some of us had to split a dozen doughnuts at Voodoo!

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I kind of feel like I’ve passed some sort of Life Achievement with this weekend.