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Friday, May 23, 2014

Jenni and I Were Like Peas and Carrots (Part 1)

Jenni is my YES! Magazine bestie, where we were both editorial interns back in 2011.






My time at YES! (which is based in Seattle) was by far my most unique internship experience. While the work there was unpaid, they provided free housing for all interns in a house that the magazine owns. It was great for intern camaraderie, but with Jenni and I working the same position, and the only ones in the house who weren't already living in Seattle, we bonded pretty hardcore.

Between trips to Lake Crescent (pictured above) and Mt. Rainier (pictures to come), and working and living together, we were practically inseparable. Unfortunately though, even with spending every waking moment together for more than three months, I could only find a handful of photos of us together.

I'm hoping that will soon change, since I'm planning on visiting her in Austin, Texas this summer!!

It's been about two-and-a-half years since we last saw one another in person. It was weird to suddenly spend that much time with someone out of nowhere, and have it taken away just as quickly. We've exchanged the occasional letter, text, and video chat, but obviously that's not the same as spending time in person. Needless to say, I am so freaking excited to see her again.

Other adventures while we were in the Pacific Northwest?

I can still remember our first weekend together. We found old bikes in the intern house garage and decided to ride them to a nearby farmers market. Little did we know that the bikes had no brakes! That was a day to remember, to say the least.

After that, we picked about five million wild blackberries, participated in No Impact Week together, and carved pumpkins while wearing the creepiest animal masks ever. And let's not forget the endless number of ferry rides, since we lived and worked on Bainbridge Island, which is a half hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle. :)




I'm so excited to have some fun summer plans in place. Sadly, this will be my first time flying since 2011, when I returned to Pittsburgh from Seattle.

What kinds of plans do you have for this summer? Planning on visiting old friends? Anything I should know about the capitol of the Lone Star State?


  1. That sounds so fun! I always love when old friends come to visit, especially since the older you get the more dispersed around the country friendships seem to get. I am trying to plan a road trip to Mount Rushmore with my boyfriend as long as my funds allow it!

    1. Very cool! I visited there several years ago. If you get the chance, you should also visit Badlands National Park. It's not too far from there, and it's a very beautiful, underrated place. (And... if you're into roadside attractions, go to Wall Drug.)

  2. Your internship looks like it was a really unique experience and a lot of fun even if it was unpaid! I hope you have an awesome time visiting your friend. That's so exciting!

    Also thanks for the recommendation of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I watched that show when I was little and totally forgot it was on Netlix. Going to have to revisit it asap!

    1. Yay! I'm glad you've watched MST3K before, too. Now that I'm older, I understand a lot more of the jokes. Haha.