The beginning…

I’ve tried to blog a few times, mostly unsuccessfully now, for the past year and a half or so. I can’t seem to find a focus for it, or I lose track of the days and weeks that have gone by since my last update. I first started this blog in March of 2010. I had no idea what I would blog about (and, you can see from my first few blog posts that I really had NO clue and they were pretty boring), but figured being so far away from family and friends it would be a good way to keep everyone updated on what’s going on with us. That was until I found my focus – a journey to a better, more well-rounded version of myself. But who am I, and who are the important people in my life?

I’m Jessica and I’m a late 20-something newlywed. I’m from a small town in SW Virginia who’s lived all over – from VA to PA for undergrad, from PA to AL for grad school and from AL to CO for a boy (and, ok, a job). I grew up playing sports and performing music, have always had a love for exciting weather and a place in my heart for animals. I would do anything for any of my friends and family, and try to make the best out of anything that’s dealt to me – even though I struggle with that sometimes.

On August 1, 2009, I married my best friend – Scott. We met in grad school at UAHuntsville in the Fall of 2006. We became friends, “un-friends”, friends again, started our relationship and got engaged and married. Since the beginning life has thrown a lot our way – medical emergencies, deaths, births, big moves and new jobs – but we’ve grown a lot, both together and individually.

We live in Denver, CO, and work in Boulder: me for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he for Colorado State University, doing research with NOAA. We sometimes get to commute together and that makes the 35-40 minute commute bearable. We have two cats – both as opposite as you can get – and live across the street from Coors Field. We love enjoying the sights and sounds and spring-fall weather here, not to mention trying all sorts of new restaurants that we find along the way.

Right now, we’re both at a major cross-roads with our jobs. He’s in a position that ends this fall, and I haven’t been happy in my job for awhile. So we’re trying to find the best opportunity for our future, whether that be staying here in CO or moving back east. Only time will tell. So for now, we’re trying to get the most out of our time here.

Updated: May 17, 2010

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