To begin, "Blobs" is the term of endearment used for us as a couple by our loved ones, evolved from a childhood nickname for Andrew, "Blub." (See above.) We identify with the nickname strongly.
The two of us met in college, and got together one fateful Valentine's Day in 2014 when we went on our first date: sailing across Bellingham Bay on Andrew's little 25 foot sailboat, Danger Kitten. Listening to the Amelie soundtrack and talking about Doctor Who, we bobbed across the water until we anchored within rowing distance of a coffee shop. As they say, "the rest is history."
Andrew had been on two backpacking adventures before we met, but our first trip together was in May of 2017 when we visited Scotland for Andrew's sister's wedding. However, talk of a Big Trip was common from the beginning. Finally, as we were also having conversations about getting around to a wedding, we decided to throw caution to the wind and pull off BOTH. In the SAME YEAR.
Well, we did it. In July 2018, we moved out of our rental house and in with Jill's parents, putting our furniture in storage. On August 31, we said "I do" and partied into the night with a Harry Potter inspired reception. After we'd hugged all our out-of-town guests goodbye a few days later, we got to work converting our 2005 Honda Element into a micro-camper, and started packing away anything that wasn't coming with us into Jill's parents' attic. The end of September saw us turning in our work keys, and on October 6th, with many tears as we waved to our friends and family, we hit the road.
Even before we returned from the trip, we knew our next project was going to be trying out liveaboard life in Tacoma on our own sailboat, so the adventures are never over!
Outside of travel, my life at home in Washington is pretty much saturated with the arts and teaching, which are two of my biggest passions. I believe an education that includes the arts is a necessity that is fast evaporating from our public schools, and I want to do my part to ensure it remains available for all students. Horses are another great love of mine; I've been obsessed with those ridiculous critters since I could first sound out the Pony Pals books, have been taking lessons in multiple disciplines for over a decade (shoutout to Tempo Horsemanship!), and have been showing since I was about 15.
The same parts of me that love these things--the satisfaction of a finished painting, watching a student excitedly grasp a new concept, the rewarding rush of a really good ride--are what fuel my drive to travel. I want to grow as an artist and an educator. I want to ride horses through the foreign landscapes. I want to learn from people who live differently than me. I want to understand what matters most in life.
My name is Andrew only, never Andy, because that is not my name.
Currently, I hold a BA in Archaeology and a certification in GIS, and previously I held a job as a drafter and survey technician. I recently lived in a house with my fiancee and my two best friends from high school who are married and new parents. (I am also married, but not a new parent.) I drive a motorcycle that I have had for about two years. I enjoy cooking (though I don't do enough of it these days), playing the guitar (again, not enough), and craft cocktails (probably too much). There really isn't much to it.
My life's timeline can be defined by my various "phases," so to speak: archery, airsoft, musical theater, running, sailing, motorcycling, baking... Every year looks a little different. Consider our family culture: my parents currently live on their sailboat in Mexico, my sister lives in Ecuador with her very own Scotsman, and my childhood was full of road/sailing/international expeditions. Put it all together, and the only consistent trend is a lack of consistency, a.k.a. adventure.