Guys, months ago I promised the ever awesome and exciting update about my big move to Portland. Well, late is better than never, right? Right.
I'm not sure where to start, but the gist of the beginning is that I'd hit the time that I needed a new job. I'd gotten pretty much all of the learning I would get from my station in Eugene, and I was feeling stunted and bored, and that, in turn, was making me unhappy. And after one really crappy day last May -- I made a short list of six of seven cities I wanted to be my next step.
Then -- in a twist of fate -- other stations, from other places I didn't even look at started calling -- all thanks to good networking from longstanding connections. (Seriously folks, networking is a real thing and it really does help and work. I am a solid believer/participant.) A couple of phone interviews later, a few laughs with managers, and one travel-to-the-station interview later .. I thought I knew where I was going. I'd even started looking for an apartment.
But life has a funny way of pushing you where you need to go. I'd sent a resume to a friend and former coworker a few weeks before that and while I waited to sign my contract for the other station -- my now managers called. It was the most whirlwind of crazy interviews, discussions, panic attacks, tears (both happy and anxious), and lots of praying -- and I knew where I needed to go. There are a lot of really personal reasons -- that I'll totally tell you in private not in the blog-world, that I knew this was the station for me. So I said yes to Portland ... and signed on the dotted line.
I moved up here and I love it. I love the area, the people, the variety of things to do, the beauty, the food (oh.my.gosh. the food.), the zoo, the ocean, my friends. I love my apartment -- even with its quirks. I love how spacious it is, and where it's at in town, and the fact that it has a pool (and a gym!)! I love that I can decorate it however I want and change it any dang time I please. I also like that I'm finally comfortable coming home and being home -- because I feel like I belong there. I haven't had that feeling in an apartment in a long while.
Plus I get to drive by this every so often:
But among the most important -- I love my job. Sure I have hard days. And of course I have really crappy days, and there are definitely days it's hectic and stressful, and 100% positively there are days I wish I slept normal hours of the day ... but this station is wonderful. I've achieved some great things while I've been here -- and have a show that's really doing some awesome stuff. (Oh, and I'm nominated for an Emmy. No big.) But the best part of the job is the people. This morning team is truly something awesome, the management is one-in-a-million, and the rest of the team are nothing but kind, wonderful people. Plus we really do work as a team and truly have each others backs. And there are a LOT of reasons why that is important to me.
So the short story in all this was I took this job in Portland and it's awesome.
May 20, 2013
Posted by siovhan at 9:10 AM
March 25, 2013
Sometimes I can be really brave -- like taking a job and moving within a couple days (twice), like dying my hair dark dark dark brown justfreakinbecause, like falling and subsequently slicing my leg open and calmly telling my teacher 'I think I need some help.'
But sometimes I am not so brave. Sometimes common, everyday stuff scares the living crap outta me.
(I know, I'm a big fat baby.)
Yeah, a stabber in the shower would definitely do it...
Here's a list of stuff that freaks me out on the daily:
Turning left when there's not a light. I live in a city with a fairly good amount of traffic and this crap makes me break out in a cold sweat.
Walking outside at night by myself. It happens because of my schedule, but I have become scary vigilant about running to my car and immediately putting it in drive. No thank you serial killers, I'm not a sitting duck.
My sliding glass door at night. If the blinds are open when I get up, I panic a little...because I'm just sure someone is going to be staring back at me if/when I look out the window.
Sticking my hand in the disposal to retrieve any kind of object lodged in there (spoons, forks, etc.) because it's definitely going to suddenly restart and chop off part of my hand.
Any kind of crawly feeling when I'm laying down. Arachnophobia anyone? *shudder* I'm terrified it's going to be a large bug slowly making its way up my leg.
Getting repeated calls from unknown numbers. Um, hello, at least leave a message so I know if you're super creepy or not. (I'm also a serial reverse caller i.d.-er. Thanks Google!)
Peeing if I don't have the chance to check my surroundings first. Two words: toilet snakes. (Ah, the things you learn about in news.)
In that same vein is dropping something on the floor in the bathroom at night, and having to bend down to pick it up then look in the mirror. I'm very worried that somehow in that time something/someone will have appeared behind me (Donnie Darko anyone?).
Driving next to semi-trucks on two-lane highways. Does it get scarier than driving like this? Oh, wait, yes it does. Add torrential rain and you have me in perpetu-panic until one or the other stops.
That's all I can think of right now. Anyone else got very specific (maybe strange) everyday fears?
Please let me know I'm not the only one (though it's entirely possible I could be).
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Posted by siovhan at 8:58 AM
February 26, 2013
Heyyo little bloggerettes and bloggeritos! How is everyone? I see many of you have been graced with snow, cold, more cold, and the occasional day of sunshine. Sounds a lot like things here in Oregon only replace snow with rain and more rain.
So let's see. What have I been up to...well a lot of kicking butt and taking names. HAHA. Okay, so now that I have the comedy portion of the post out of the way... :P just kidding.
I'm actually just getting over a bout of the flu. Yeah, so I kind of sound like I have emphysema, but I'm actually starting to feel better. Mainly just congested and scratchy throated still, but on the upside DayQuil and NyQuil employees are thanking me for paying their kids' way through college. The flu knocked me out of work for 4 days, all of which were spent either asleep or coughing through reruns of Psych while wishing I could stop coughing and fall asleep. Woh Wohhh (go ahead and get out all your violins to play me a sad song. haha.).
Besides that I'm taking over some new responsibilities at work and loving what I'm learning and growing my talents. I love walking out of the booth and thinking 'dang, that was a great show!'
I've also gotten more chances to exercise, craft, read, paint my nails, cook, and adventure around Portland. You can see one of my crafty moments right here on the blog .. I'm updating my design (for the billionth time) because I need some freshness in this little corner. I've got a new header and there's now feeds for my instagram and twitter, and some fun new music! (P.S. If you wanna follow me, there are buttons for that on the top left!)
And guys, I'm knitting a blanket! It's coming along kinda slow (it's way more time intensive than I gave it credit), but it's going to be cool I hope.
Let's see...what else. Um, I need a new couch. Also, I love my apartment. Also I'm learning to cope without 30 Rock, thankfully Psych is coming back and I always have my fave Parks and Rec ... you.guys. How many of you watch it? If you don't, DO. It's perfect. Plus the Ben&Leslie wedding -- tears. I honest to goodness teared up at a TV wedding. I mean come on -- just check out their wedding album on Pinterest. I think Amy Poehler is perfect.
Oh speaking of perfection I have another new celeb dream-bff -- Jennifer Lawrence. She's HILARIOUS. Her night at the Oscars was enough to solidify this new I-wish-we-were-real-life-friends lady crush I have.
That's probably enough crazy rambling. What are you all loving/doing/crafting right now? I'd genuinely love to see it!
Posted by siovhan at 12:32 PM
January 28, 2013
Hey folks, long time, no see...sorry about that. I've been out living life, finding my way around Portland (and subsequently getting lost a few times), finding new food places to enjoy, working my kiester off at work (my show is incredible and intimidating in all the best way), and loving having my bff/boyfriend up here now!
So as a way to catch you up a little, I thought I'd do a "currently" post. I've seen them on a few of my favorite blogs (Lauren's and Krysten's) and I've loved them every time they did them.
wearing: a baseball tee, yoga pants, and the comfiest moccasin slippers ever that i bought from old navy this past fall. they're faux fur lined and sooooo nice to wear when your tootsies get cold.
watching: 'diners, drive-ins, and dives' it's an obsession. i'm pretty sure i've seen nearly every episode, and most of them i've seen several time. right now guy is talking about cranberry chutney and its making me hungry.
thinking about: snow (praying all the snow stays in the mountains tonight), working out (been werkin on my fitness), blogging more (because i miss you folks!), and sleep (it's my bed time).
listening to: guys, i'm becoming more and more obsessed with philip phillips. he absolutely astounds me. i didn't watch american idol and just happened to find him through pandora and then realized his song was on, like, 90 billion commercials. but his other stuff is incredible!
reading: i can't stop reading lately. i've read 8 books since i moved to portland and 3 of them i've re-read in that time. i can't get enough of the help, let's pretend this never happened, and medium raw. now i'm also trying to work through my year with eleanor and seriously...i'm kidding. i am one of those people that can't read just one book at a time.
excited about: kicking butt in my workout today, the avocado in my fridge, the essie nail polish strips in stickers and stones, my new sweater from my momma (i'm in LOVE with the teal sweater), and my 1 a day diet coke i get. it makes it taste better.
planning: a way to get a furry friend in my life. i almost adopted a dog over the weekend but wanted to sleep on it and by the time i had, someone else had snatched her up. i cried. now i'm looking into other little guys that need a loving home.
loving: audible, my kindle (i'm still infatuated), not being so lonely up here in portland by myself, making more friends at work, finally finding really good mexican food near my house.
making me happy: seriously, do yourself a favor and watch this. it's made me happy all day.
So what are y'all currently up to?
I'm really going to try and be better about posting, I miss this little space. Plus I have some big ideas to come talk about with y'all.
Posted by siovhan at 2:58 PM
September 26, 2012
So I moved to Portland. I live here now. I work for a bigger station, it's called NewsChannel8. I'm still learning the ropes.
My mom and my sister visited to help me move all my multitudes of stuff. That mom of mine, she is superwoman. She did most of it all by herself as I panicked about my big life change. Oh and did I mention it was 100 degrees the weekend I moved? Oregon rolled out the rough weather just for us. Haha.
Pat still lives in Eugene (for now). It's so weird not seeing him every day and being with him for most of the day. We're both still trying to learn how to cope and it makes us really capitalize on the time we do get to spend together. Plus we've started picture messaging each other a lot and that makes the days much more fun. (The best is when we visit each other, though.)
I know I have like 100 more things to tell you, but I'm not sure where to start. I'm a crappy blogger.
OH! I chopped 11 inches off my hair. So that's new.
I didn't dye it, the lighting just makes it look really red for some reason.
My dad came to visit me this past weekend and it was a breath of fresh air and so much what I needed. We also went to the coast which was awesome and I got my first in person exposure to Haystack Rock!
I love Oregon's coast. It's so beautiful.
Well, that's all I've got/can remember to type for now. How are y'all? (I've been stalking your blogs.)
Posted by siovhan at 3:51 PM
August 8, 2012
I have so much to tell you all, but alas, don't have internet still at home (hopefully this afternoon!)...so it has to wait for a bit.
Long and short of it: I live in Portland now, started my new job, and am getting used to the new schedule and new place, still. Oh, and that unpacking stuff (that I'm terrible at and am still kind of procrastinating).
I'll update soon, promise!
Posted by siovhan at 4:34 AM
July 9, 2012
Finally. Finally. Finally.
Two-ish weeks ago blogger got in its little head that I was a spam blog, so sorry y'all if you think I'm spamming you. I didn't think so, but apparently the robots did. Thankfully they got their rears in gear and let me back onto my little space.
I have so many things to tell you about! Some, still pending -- and will need to wait a hot minute, others fun and happy.
First of all -- how are you? Don't worry. I did mucho stalking while my blog was AWOL, so I think I know what's going on in most of your lives.
Second, right before my blog took an involuntary hiatus, I had a winning week as far as blog giveaways go.
The first one was from hottie mrs. hot hot mama KLaw over at First Name Smith. There I won this lovely set of stationary from Little Laws Prints.
Only mine is gray and teal and has my name on it, obviously. I WILL be ordering from her again. It's some good stuff and I'm loving that it prompts me to write notes to people.
The second giveaway was from Krysten at Why Girls Are Weird, where I won these:
from Sarah Patino Jewelry. Aren't they gorgeous? And I love how simple they are.
(I really, really hope these links don't make the bots flag me again.)
Looks like my streak of only winning hair stuff from blogs is finally over! Woohoo!
It's freaking hot here in Oregon right now. So I'm reveling in my down time that has places that include A/C in their services. Otherwise, I think I'd die. Literally. My body would bake and I would perish.
In my free time I've dog sat, cat sat, hung out with Pat, made food, I did like a billion loads of laundry (or 5), mourned the loss of my childhood puppy (which should be discussed in an of itself), dealt with the joy of a nail in a tire, read, instagrammed, and laughed a lot.
So, for now my friends, here's my crazy hectic update.
Posted by siovhan at 7:06 PM
June 15, 2012
1. Kindle Fire, seriously, life is fine sans it, but life is AWESOME with it. I love being able to carry around books, magazines, games, TV shows, Netflix, etc. all in one convenient case.
2. Brash flats. My mom and dad got them for me when I visited them in Texas, and I LOVE them. They're comfortable and very pretty. Plus they match just about everything because they're nude (they also come in black). They're also completely reasonably priced. And they sparkle. SCORE.
3. My new/interim purse. My other pretty white one has a problem with the strap, so while I lag in getting it fixed, I found this one and spent some birthday money on it. :)
4. Sally Hansen's Gem Crush Nail Polish. Okay, I love this stuff. I got mine in Glitz Gal. It's definitely sparkly, but has a bit of a strange texture (as it's compiled of glitter flakes) so you'll want to put a couple coats of top coat over it. I love it.
5. Peach bellini soap. This stuff smells like AMAZING. Plus I love the foamy soap because I use less and it cleans just as well.
6. Mint shade shirt. I am a Shade shirt addict (I own at least 10 not to mention tank tops) and my momma got me this GORGEOUS mint colored one for my birthday. It's just the exact minty color I love.
7. Blue maxi skirt. Okay, friends, do yourself a favor. Run, don't walk and go this this skirt. It's the best skirt EVER. It's so comfortable, comes in like a billion colors (this one, black, gray, purple, black and white, and a coral striped one), and it's $15. It feels like wearing jammies during the day. And the foldover, banded waist makes the height of it adjustable (seriously, I'm just over 5'1" and I can wear it without it dragging). DO. IT.
8. VS Triple Drama Mascara. Move over Falsies, I've found the new best mascara in a mid-range makeup budget. At $12 a pop, this stuff is the mascara gospel.
9. White cardigan. I've searched for months for the perfect white cardigan and this is it. You did it again, Target. It's a great length, nice material, keeps its shape well, and is uber affordable.
10. Skull Candy Earbuds. Pat bought me a new set for my birthday and the upgraded model is superb (and he got them to match my phone case. He's a keeper.). I love skullcandy headphones and these do not fail to keep with the awesomeness.
Anything y'all are loving?
Posted by siovhan at 10:57 PM
June 6, 2012
Reading: Glamour and planning to start MWF Seeking BFF: My search for a new best friend
Watching: Well, right this very second I'm watching the news. But I've been re-watching 30 Rock because, yeah, it's that good.
Anticipating: slipping into my jammies and falling asleep hard and fast tonight.
Laughing About: This video. I. love. piggies.
Listening To: Aziz Ansari pandora station and Britney Spears Greatest Hits
Eating: All the food. I had ribs for lunch, courtesy of Pat, and it was AWESOME.
Working On: work, laundry, finding a white cardigan, archiving, training new employees.
Wishing: I could figure out the next step. Also that I could figure out what to do with my silly hair.
This post inspired by Krysten.
Posted by siovhan at 11:38 PM
May 29, 2012
Here's a secret: I LOVE doing hair. I love curling other people's hair, braiding, straightening, pinning up, all of it. I'm not always great at doing my own hair because I have LOADS of it (seriously, it takes me 20+ min just to blow it dry), but I love experimenting with new styles and new ways to do my hair.
A few weeks ago I saw a picture on pinterest (that I can't find now) and decided to try the style on my own.
Here were my results.
After that I got so many comments asking me how to do it, I decided to do something entirely embarrassing, but definitely informative.
Yep. So here I am in all my quirky glory.
And I'm serious -- if you have more questions, shoot em at me!
And it even looks good with curls. That's one of my favorite summery go-tos.