Now it would be perfect if I could shout that with Robin William’s voice in “Good Morning, Vietnam!” fashion.

Mr. MT, FrugalPup and I are almost settled in Portland, OR. Unfortunately there is a slight problem with our apartment and we will be moving (again) in a couple weeks, but this time just to a new apartment in the same complex.

I haven’t had a vacation from a 9 to 5 in quite a long time, so I’ve been instructed by Mr. MT to take a few weeks, relax, enjoy, and do what I love to do. Luckily, what I love to do includes writing and photography, so I’ll have more time to dedicate to this blog, and it looks like I might have a friend joining me in the writing process. (Keep your fingers crossed; I really like his perspective.)

I learned a lot from this moving process. There were so many things that I didn’t think about or didn’t remember. A move is so much more than packing boxes; there were financial implications, choices to make about ourselves and our dog, and the ever present reminder from the universe that no matter how well we plan, something will go wrong to test our resilience. As is common for me I think I learned more from the mistakes I made than from anything I did right. Regardless, I’m happy to be settling in with old friends, making new ones, and finding creative and frugal ways to establish our life here (which I’ll be sharing shortly).

Don’t think I’m leaving Vegas completely behind, though. I still have friends, family, and a small piece of my heart in the desert town. Many I know have had a rough time and have adopted a frugal life out of pure necessity, not choice. I wish very good things and better economic times for everyone.

And lastly, a special thank you to the supportive bloggers of the Pacific Northwest who have been very welcoming. I look forward to being part of this wonderful group of writers.

Photo By StuSeeger