Once I wandered

my wanderings from here to there.

Month: August, 2011

Rainy Day and Helena Montana.

Running on 3 hours of sleep, but I think it may work in my favor to help me get some sleep before my 6 am departure for Seattle tomorrow! I’m very excited to meet Lisa and get moving!

Before leaving my sweet husband we decided to take a few moments to do something together, and that was play some guitars! 🙂 I really would like this guitar please! hehehe

So I definitely lived through the Bus ride to Helena, I was expecting an old fashioned bus as we had ridden on last time but it was a fairly modern one and the ride was alright.There was a storm passing through, the kind that linger for a full day grey with wisps of white clouds, just the kind of day to turn the mountains  a deep emerald and gold..So I did enjoy the view!



When the bus pulled in Christy was there waiting for my arrival! And as if reading my mind suggested dinner!

So off to Applebees and to pick up a few last minute items before tomorrow! Thank you Christy AND AJ, for letting me crash at your place and for hanging out! 🙂

Up Bright and early tomorrow and the sun is heading towards the same horizon I am, but sleep first!



Forward..my “journey” begins

It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.””

It’s likely, I’m a bit of a fantasy geek, or I suffer from Happy feet (along with foot in mouth syndrome lol) but Bilbo’s quote to Frodo, was so apt. Hopefully I don’t meet any giants in the forest and if I do may they turn to stone, and maybe I don’t have the “one” ring, but like Bilbo i’ve a sense for adventure.

Today is day one of my journey, it’s a very small part as I am only going 100 miles via trailways bus, to Helena. But it’s the beginning of the thing. Today is definitely a day for adventures to begin, my teen started high school today and the smaller ones started back in their respective grades as well, I’ll be home when my eldest comes home, but I am a bit sad that I can’t ask the boys how their first day went!!!
I’ll call them of course, but still, it’s the point of the thing.

But forward I must go , because we really can’t go back and theres no point in doing so. I’ll post more tonight when I have service!

See you soon!

P.S. Tonights blog will FINALLY start having pictures!


Oh Man, it starts, the hard part. The closer I get to leaving the closer I get to wanting to say screw it and stay, obviously that’s not going to happen, the wheels are in motion and it’s almost time to go. I was busying myself with laundry and a few final things tonight, my hubby came up and gave me a hug. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to cry right there. It’s always so hard leaving him behind, he’s strong and he knows I’m a big girl and supports my dreams and knows I can do whatever it is I am doing, but he’s my best friend. Theres been so much over the years, that we have defeated together, we have gone through a whirlwind of madness that would have shaken most couples to the roots, but we only stood strong, if not gaining strength from the chaos. So to be without him, has nothing to do with neediness or insecurities, It has to do with the fact that his love, it is my drive, it is my courage it is me. I will go, but i’ll go with him in my heart, him in my mind. I love you hun.


Oh goodness, it’s almost here! I can’t wait I can’t wait..I feel so excited about this. I leave Great Falls tomorrow and Oh My Gosh! Anyway, I think I have decided (though nothing is in stone) that I may ride the train home again.  I think if I’m a bit overstimulated that may be the best way to go.  I suppose I’ll know when the time comes…but no matter what, it’s still an adventure, thank you to all of you who have been reading my blog, it’s great to know I can share this trip with you! Well, I should get some sleep, theres a great big world ahead of me this week and I don’t want to be to tired to take it in!

Just testing my app

Just a quick app test, to make sure this works the way I hope!


Drudging up a memory.

Huh, who would have thought that this trip would bring to mind such a painful memory? I was packing this evening, choosing my favorite shirts and jeans and as I picked one up rolled it up and placed it into the luggage, I simply thought. “This is such a Steven thing to do.” and for the first time, I laughed to myself about it. Steven was a really good friend of mine who passed away in 2009, It’s been such a painful spot in my heart, it had taken until I guess now, for me to fully get over his passing.
When I go to Portland I will be seeing 2 people who in life had been closest to him, I had not thought of that until now, in fact it’s been awhile since his passing has crossed my mind, I had taken the stance of blocking his memory, not because I wanted to be spiteful but because I realized, I HAD to move on and I simply couldn’t
while carrying his memory the way I was.
So to laugh and to finally, finally look back and realize, I do miss him and I very much loved him as my brother, I can look fondly at the time I spent with him, I can reach back to the nights under unbidden stars and the stories we told as our laughter echoed out across whatever landscape we were shooting in that night and I can appreciate them. I am so thankful that I am making this trip, it may be VERY “Steven” of me to make it, but perhaps it’s already given me the closure I have needed.

rest in Peace my friend, Your memory will ALWAYS be here.

as for the rest, see you soon!

2 more days

Ok finally, finally got around to packing! I’ve picked out some of my fav outfits and comfy clothes, I’m seriously not going to be all “business” when I get there, but it’s ok, I need to relax and just be! This is a short one, No pictures until the trip starts but soon!

See you soon!

Procrastination at it’s finest!

Really! I still have not packed yet, usually I’m packed by a week out or at least I start packing then! EEK! I spent the day working and hoping that everything will go as planned. I’m likely to get stuck in Washington or Oregon if certain things fall through. I’m a total control freak so it’s really hard for me to surrender myself to the hands of others, I guess this will be a fine lesson in how to do so.  Pretty much I believe that if I trust someone I WILL get hurt, it’s been proven to me time and time again, so I am REALLY hoping that people will show me the opposite this time and that I don’t have to feel like I should have learned my lesson in the past. I KNOW there are good people out here and I KNOW they exist..lets just hope I’ve chosen the right ones!


See you sooN!

Contact! 3 days and counting!

YES! I got word from my portland friend and I am happy to say he is fine, except for having to work today! I’m so relieved. So I had totally forgotten that my cousin had recently moved from Las Vegas to Tacoma, and that I may get the chance to see her as well while I am there! I can’t wait! It’s hard to believe I already know so many on the coast and it feels like there isn’t nearly enough time to visit with everyone! If I don’t get to see you this time, I will catch up with you next time!!! 🙂

Well off to finish work for the day and really I’ll start packing now!


See you soon!

A little set back, Maybe, I hope not.

Maybe I am just soo excited for this trip that i’m nervous for absolutely no reason at all , I’ve already made my travel plans so I’m just super excited to leave. Today was the day I was supposed to get my itinerary done (after shooting a session and pretty much clearing my workload) … So I attempt to contact the person I will be staying with in Oregon (the primary reason I’m going to Oregon, Photography, was just a good idea to make some contacts in the region!) Nothing..no response, so I’m a bit worried, I texted him yesterday as well and it isn’t like him to not reply so not only am I worried about my plans I am worried about him!!! Hopefully he’s just on some getaway in the mountains and all is fine!


Speaking of worry, Today was a long day of it, I’ve so many friends in the east in Irenes Path that I spent the day worrying about them , Tonight I got the news that the worst was over for Norfolk where my aunt is and that they are ok. So I a little relief to be had, my friends live in several different states up the seaboard so we are not out of the woods yet!

today was day 4 to my trip..wednesday I leave, I can’t believe how fast the time is going and I’ve still yet to pack! OI!  I’ll leave you with some images from our outtakes this evening and love and peace to you all!

To  all my friends in the east, please please stay safe!

See you soon!