My name is Niki, and I live in Arizona with my husband, daughter and two cats. I currently work full time for a global communications company, but my hope and goal is to leave that job in a few years and work from home, perhaps doing webdesign, or perhaps working on the various arts and crafts I enjoy doing. Maybe even a little of both.
To accomplish that however, we will need to pay down our debt to the point where my full time job outside of the home will no longer be a necessity. So that is goal #1. In the meantime, I aim to polish my design skills to get better at blog and web design to try to pull in some extra funds to help work toward that goal.
Goal #2, is to maybe, someday, move to a much milder climate than where we currently live. The summers are brutal here, and after living here for 20-some odd years, it’s wearing thin on my tolerance of it. I am growing tired of having to stay indoors all the time because if you go outside in 110+ degree heat for very long, you may drop from heat stroke. Or getting burned by the seats in a car and driving with two fingers because the steering wheel is practically molten. Or dripping with sweat within seconds of stepping foot out the door.
And don’t even try any “it’s a dry heat”, cracks. That’s a load of garbage. Our monsoon season starts shortly on the heels of summer, and any amount of humidity over 10% in 115F degree heat is atrocious and gross.
The winters are nice, but don’t last very long, and fall and spring last all of three or four weeks, if that. Take this into consideration – it is now November, nearly December, and it was still in the mid to upper 80s the week of Thanksgiving. It’s gotten warm enough a few times this past week that our a/c still kicked on a few times. For as long as we’ve lived here, that still just seems so wrong.
So, we are considering somewhere on the west coast. I’ve had my eye on Oregon for a while, but after visiting the Bay area last summer, it seems my husband may have taken a bit of a shine to it, so it’s also in the running. Currently as I write, it is 82F outside where we live. The area we’re considering near San Francisco? 64F. Now, 82F isn’t terrible of course, but I’ll take the temperature in the Bay area over that, even if it may include a chance of rain. That’s something else we get little of here, even with our monsoons.
Sure, the cost of living is higher at either location, but the weather has some definite appeal in our opinion. We definitely enjoyed our summer visit to the Bay area. I think it maybe got to the mid 70s those few days we were there. Glorious! Eye on the prize and all that!
Anyway, that’s it in a nutshell for now. I could keep going but that wouldn’t leave me much to talk about later.
Please keep checking back periodically for future updates. And I apologize if this is a bit slow-going at first.
Thanks for stopping by!