Currently | 7.31.17
I got this one in under the wire, but after 33 consecutive months, I didn't want to miss one! So much has happened in the last month that the thought of writing this post was nearly insurmountable. Bear with me, this edition of Currently is going to be a little longer than most.
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Watching | Scandal Season 6
> I can't help myself! I stopped loving it around season 4, but I keep going back to it. I hear season 7 is the last and I think that is probably a good decision. I am not watching Game of Thrones like the rest of the world but will be once the series is over and I can watch it all together. Seeing the summer movies as they come out as well: Dunkirk (hated); Valerian (liked) and next up is Atomic Blonde.
Reading | The Secret Wife.
> I've been reading in drips and drabs. I started The Secret Wife by Gill Paul last month but only read the first chapter. Near mid-July, I picked it back up and finished it in a few days. It's the alternate version of what might have happened to one of the Romanov princesses weaved in with a modern-day love story on the rocks. That's probably not the best explanation, but it is a very good book.
Working On | Getting settled in Phoenix.
> As I alluded to in Project Discover updates #19 and #20, we left Portland and moved to Phoenix. Portland just wasn't for us. I never thought Phoenix would be, but it turns out I was wrong. Sometimes you can search for something for a while only to have it be right in front of your face!
One thing we discovered during Project Escape is how much we love the Southwest (and I'm including Southern Utah in that). I may not love the heat, but I actually survived the week of 120 degrees and I am getting used to the hotter temperatures. If I can handle the summer, the rest of the year is a no brainer. We've even arrived during monsoon season and are getting spots of rain every couple of days which has been nice.
A few things about Phoenix that I didn't know:
– It is the 5th largest metro area in the United States and growing.
– You can talk on your cell phone while driving – crazy!
– You can walk into Starbucks wearing a gun – scary!
The vast majority of eating establishments in the immediate area I live in are franchises…yuck. It will be a challenge, one that I gladly take on, to find local restaurants. We did find dimsum and an international market in Tempe, but that's 45 minutes away. I'm hoping to explore closer to home.
Home being in the western part of the Phoenix suburbs, otherwise known as the Valley of the Sun. We are currently renting a small house while we search for a home to buy in the same area. Our new home will need to have an office as I am starting a new job!!!!!!!!! I will tell you more when I start, but it is a great remote position, so I can work from anywhere!
Feeling | Grateful.
> It took 5 months to find a job. I never really had to do a job search before. Throughout my career, I've been lucky enough to be referred to jobs by people I knew. And funnily enough, the new job I'll be starting soon came to me the same way. For all of you who are still out there beating the path to find a job, my best wishes to you, because it is not a fun or easy task. I am grateful to not be doing that anymore!
Planning | Misadventures with Andi 2.0.
> Big news! Mr. Misadventures is joining the Misadventures with Andi team. This past July was my 9-year blogiversary. I didn't really celebrate because there was too much going on, but it is something I am very proud of. As I approach my 10th year I have BIG plans for the blog and by adding to the team, I can make that happen. You are already familiar with the hubby's talents as a photographer, but now we are going to take it to the next level.
Loving | Indianapolis.
> The midwest blows my mind. First Detroit. Now Indy. I loved it the first time around when I attended the NCAA basketball championships and my second trip was even better. I visited because it was the host city for BlogHouse, check out my post on my impressions of Indy along with my fellow BlogHousers, I can't wait to go back!
I'm also just generally feeling great thanks to the lifestyle change Mr. Misadventures and I started. I've lost 27 pounds in almost 4 months and I've got a lot more energy. I have a few more pounds to go and will continue my low carb high protein diet to support Mr. Misadventures as he continues his weight loss journey. Once we are both where we want to be, we'll probably move to a Whole 30 or Paleo/Keto diet.
Given the temperatures in the Phoenix area, we have been getting up early and walking 5-6 miles a day. We are working our way up to 10. Afterward, we have a light breakfast and head to the community pool for laps and relaxation, and return home by 10. Now that I'm starting a new job, I'll fit it in before 9. We'll get the bikes cleaned up and explore some of the bike paths as well. Continuing a fitness routine will be an important part of maintaining our weight.
My Favorite Photo | Pool handstand.
> One of my favorite bloggers, Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolates turns 10 this week! In tribute to her I did a handstand in the pool – if you follow Kristin on Instagram you will see she is quite fond of doing handstands in all sorts of places!
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