four – ten

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january 4, 2016

So many classes, so little money.

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january 5, 2016

PDX carpet socks and my first pair of new sneakers in nearly four years.

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january 6, 2016

Two weeks back in Oregon and my curl has begun to return.

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january 7, 2016

We went out with Christopher, Amy, and Henry tonight. He’s such a cutie!

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january 8, 2016

My favorite packing list.

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january 9, 2016

You said it, stop sign.

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january 10, 2016

Happy Seventh Anniversary to this wonderful man. I’m thankful for every single day.

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2015 Year In Review

JANUARY

  • 1/1 – 5th Annual Ski-N The New Year at Mt. St. Helens
  • 1/3 – The Greaser-McDaniel Clan got together for the very first time since all the kids were born. We spent the afternoon at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, then ate pizza and camped out at Daryl’s house. I’m so thankful for my family.
  • 1/9-10 – 6th anniversary trip to Sharkey and Gold Bug hot springs
  • 1/10 – Daryl asks me to be his wife!
  • 1/11 – Ski Lost Trail with Daryl and Nick
  • 1/15 – Guest Artist rehearsals with Stevie Teran
  • 1/19 – MLK Jr day ski at Lost Trail
  • 1/26 – First day of spring semester

 [photo by William Muñoz]

FEBRUARY

  • 2/6-7 – ACDA Benefit Concert. Perform “You Can’t Even Imagine How Many Toes I’ve Touched” and “Paradise”.

[photo by William Muñoz]

MARCH

  • 3/1 – I picked my phone up after putting lotion on and it went flying out of my hand. The screen was completely smashed. Marley tape to the rescue!
  • 3/3-7 – Dance New Works. Choreograph “Sassafrass”, perform “Impending Disturbance: Unpredictable Predictability” and “Vibe”.
  • 3/4 – Cat sit Pooka and Katniss while Clare sees Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So jealous, but at least I got kitty snuggles.
  • 3/16-22 – American College Dance Festival Northwest Regional Conference at the University of Northern Colorado
  • 3/16 – Karen drives my car with Emily, Arina, and Jessie while Heidi drives the quarantine-mobile to Casper, WY. Jasmine and I sleep most of the way.
  • 3/17 – Drive to Fort Collins, CO. Emily, Arina, Jessie, and I explore campus before the opening concert.
  • 3/18 – Perform “Paradise”
  • 3/20 – Emily, Haley, Charlie and I take an amazing ballet class with Marsha Knight. Ellie and Emily perform “Where We Left It” in Gala concert.
  • 3/21 – I drive Emily, Arina, and Jessie to Billings
  • 3/22 – Drive us home to Missoula
  • 3/30-4/3 – Spring Break
  • 3/30 – First day of Spring Break day date with my love

[photo by William Muñoz]

APRIL

  • 4/4 – Skiesta at Lost Trail with Daryl and Mike
  • 4/5 – Start planting in the garden
  • 4/9-10 – Informal Concert
  • 4/16 – Disc golf at Blue Mountain with Daryl and Mike
  • 4/22-25 – Dance In Concert. I designed lights for “Petipa Variations” and “Secondarily: Intersect”, run the fly rail for “Secondarily: Intersect”, and danced in “Paradise.”
  • 4/24-26 – My parents come to visit!
  • 4/30 – Daryl built us an amazing bike shed in the back yard

MAY

  • 5/3 – Auditions for A Chorus Line
  • 5/9 – Cookie baking date with Sydoney
  • 5/10 – Theatre & Dance picnic. I got $2000 in scholarships!
  • 5/15 – We Carry The Ocean Inside Us, Emily’s senior show at DDC
  • 5/16 – Graduation party at Emily, Arina, and HanaSara’s. Six of my favorite ladies graduated and I of course cried.
  • 5/17 – Designed lights for the Ballet Arts Academy recital
  • 5/18-19 – Rhythmic Motion, Arina’s senior show at Headwaters
  • 5/19 – Jackie visits!
  • 5/23-25 – Memorial Weekend Ski at Shmerker’s Folly
  • 5/29-6/2 – Papoose caving trip with Daryl and Brian
  • 5/30 – Cave hunting and morel finding

JUNE

  • 6/1 – Caving
  • 6/4 – My forever love’s birthday!
  • 6/12 – Drive from Missoula to Sprague, WA
  • 6/13 – Drive to Portland
  • 6/14 – Daryl and I take the waterfall tour through the Gorge
  • 6/15 – We spend the evening at Kelley Point Park
  • 6/16 – I go on an 8-mile hike at Multnomah Falls with Amy and Henry
  • 6/17-22 – Eugene
  • 6/17 – Daryl and I drive to Eugene
  • 6/18 – Daryl, Kevin, Niki, Sawyer, Landon, and I spend the day at a lake. That night, I meet up with a long-time internet friend, Monica.
  • 6/19 – Daryl, Kevin, Niki, and I go on a bike double date
  • 6/22 – Daryl and I drive to Mt. Hood
  • 6/23 – We ski to Cooper Spur on Mt. Hood
  • 6/26 – I drive to Astoria for the day. My favorite silly small town. Liz drives from Medford to Portland for the weekend.
  • 6/27 – My 28th birthday! Breakfast at Grain & Gristle, wedding dress shopping, then a bbq at Kelley Point Park.
  • 6/28 – Daryl, Liz, and I continue birthday celebrations with a brunch fit for royalty at Tasty N Sons. Liz heads back to Medford and Daryl and I drive to Kennewick.
  • 6/29 – Daryl and I drive to Missoula. Saville and the kids are in town, so the house is full of family.

[photo by digabyte.com]

JULY

  • 7/2-5 – 4th of July at Kreis Pond with Daryl, Mike, Saville, Fisher, Ike, Elsie, Simon, Max, Nick, Rita, Ozzy, Jessie, Adam, Kaia, Erin, and Rob
  • 7/6 – Finally get my phone screen fixed
  • 7/16 – Drive to Wyoming. First solo camping night!
  • 7/17 – Drive to Boulder, CO
  • 7/18-8/2 – Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
  • 7/19 – Less than two weeks after getting it fixed, I smash my phone screen again
  • 7/25 – Spend the afternoon being both my majors at tech
  • 7/31 – BJDW Student Concert

AUGUST

  • 8/2 – Sue Ann rolls over 300,000 miles! Drive from Boulder to Dinosaur National Monument.
  • 8/3 – On my way through Salt Lake City, I stop by and meet Stacy. We’ve been online friends for 12+ years and I’m so happy we got to spend a couple hours together. I drive to Pocatello and camp on a mountain.
  • 8/9 – Daryl and I meet Brian at Benchmark
  • 8/10-22 – Scapegoat 2015: Little Nibblers Edition
  • 8/10 – Hike to the tarn and camp
  • 8/11 – Move to cave camp
  • 8/13 – Follow leads
  • 8/15 – Make the very first thru trip – in Green Fork Falls Cave and out Kathy’s Icebox!
  • 8/19 – Spend the day hiking around the Plateau
  • 8/20 – We were gifted a bottle of Crown Royal from a packer we met the previous week. We drink it with some of Kathy’s Ice.
  • 8/21 – Hike out to the cabin and camp
  • 8/22 – Hike out and head back to Missoula
  • 8/28 – Modern placement class. Date night! Cafe Dolce and Big Dipper Ice Cream.
  • 8/31 – First day of Junior year

SEPTEMBER

  • 9/26 – The cast of A Chorus Line and Treasure Island danced and pirated our way through the Homecoming parade today. We won the Governor’s Award!
  • I made a lot of soup

[photo by Terry Cyr]

OCTOBER

  • 10/3 – Headwater’s Last Hurrah. I’m so thankful I was able to see this show. Amy changed dance in Missoula and is such an important person in our lineage as dancers here. It was beautiful to see the support she received for her final concert.
  • 10/11 – Skype date with Emily, Arina, and Jessie!
  • 10/21-31 – A Chorus Line
  • 10/23-25 – My parents and Grandma visit

NOVEMBER

  • 11/5 – First snow of the season
  • 11/14 – 11 1/2 hour focus for Treasure Island. I ended the day with a heart full of love for what I do.
  • 11/20 – Fall Studio Works. Perform “Origins Of A Dance” and help backstage.
  • 11/21 – HanaSara’s going away party at Clare’s. I love her dearly and wish Tokyo weren’t so very far away.
  • 11/25-29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/26 – Thanksgiving. I made three pies for myself, Daryl, and Mike.  They were delicious.
  • 11/28 – Griz playoff game with Daryl, Mike, and Liz. We won! Go Griz!

DECEMBER

  • 12/4-12 – Dance Up Close. I was costume run crew for the first half, performed “her life had been”, then switched back to run crew mode until after midnight when laundry was done.
  • 12/18 – Last day of the semester. Daryl drives to town!
  • 12/19 – Ski at Lookout with Daryl and Liz. Beautiful, great first day of the skison!
  • 12/20 – Ski at Lost Trail with Daryl, Mike, and Liz. Pow pow!
  • 12/21 – Daryl and I head toward Portland from Missoula. We got stopped at the pass before we left Montana and sat for three hours waiting on a wreck. Between Ritzville and Kennewick the Outback started acting up. We stop driving at 5:30am.
  • 12/22 – Limp the Outback from Kennewick to Portland. It took us 27 hours to make an 8 hour drive.
  • 12/25 – We spend Christmas evening in Astoria with my parents. I love my family.
  • 12/26 – For Fisher’s 11th birthday, Mike, Daryl, and I took him snow camping for the first time!
  • 12/27 – After a great snow kitchen breakfast, we build a sweet snow cave. I haven’t seen a kid as excited as him for such a long time.
  • 12/30 – We went to happy hour with some friends from D’s work, played trivia, and ate tacos
  • 12/31 – New Years Eve date night!  Dinner at Zeus’s Cafe then Blind Pilot at the Crystal Ballroom!

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January 10, 2015 – Sharkey and Gold Bug Hot Springs 6th Anniversary Trip

For our anniversary this year, we decided to go on a hot springs trip. My favorite! Before we left, Daryl read about a hot springs near Salmon, ID – Sharkey Hot Springs. Since we have to drive through Salmon to get to Gold Bug, we decided to check it out. Based on information online, we were unsure we’d be able to get to the springs because of snow. We were very pleasantly surprised to find the road to plowed all the way to the parking lot! The hot springs are maintained by the BLM and there is a small day-use fee ($3). But considering that means the pools are cleaned once a week, there is a fire pit, heated changing rooms, and bathrooms, I’d say $3 is more than reasonable! My handsome love. After our soak at Sharkey’s, we hit the road to Gold Bug Hot Springs, one of my favorite place on the planet. The trail was predictably icy, so we made a few detours off the main trail as to not die. We made it to our favorite camp site about half way up to the springs and set up camp. I love that we set camp up so quickly and efficiently now. We both set up the tent, then while Daryl put the stakes in, I set up our beds inside. After getting our sleeping quarters arranged, we went off in search of wood for a fire. Just through some trees from our camp site, The Explorer hit jackpot with a super dry dead tree. We carried it in pieces back to camp and then started breaking down and sorting the branches. We had to baby the fire a bit, but no where near as bad as a fire we built on Shi-Shi Beach for a friends birthday years ago – it took 6 hours to get that one going! After we got the fire going, Daryl made dinner. Boil water, pour into Mountain House package, stir, wait 9 minutes, and voila! This was the best anniversary we’ve had. Daryl has moved home and we are in such a great place and I love him so very much. I fall more in love with him every single day. I don’t know how it’s possible, as every day my heart is completely full with love for him. And spending our anniversary hiking and soaking was so perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary dinner. After dinner, we packed a bag to head up to the hot springs. I went to get something from my backpack and when I turned around, Daryl managed to make an already perfect day more wonderful. As soon as he asked me to marry him, I burst into tears. I couldn’t believe it was really, actually, finally happening! Everything about it was absolutely perfect. I could not have asked for a more perfect, more amazing, more us proposal. I am so thankful for Daryl. I am so thankful I get to spend the rest of my life with him. After some celebrating, we started the hike up to the hot springs and spend a wonderful three hours soaking by ourselves.

I couldn’t take the smile off my face on the drive to Lost Trail to ski the next morning.

Here’s to the last six years and to forever after. I love you, Daryl Scott Greaser. I cannot wait to be your wife.

love song

I first heard this song around the same time The Explorer and I started dating.
Any time it plays on pandora or my iTunes, I can’t help but smile.
I am so lucky I fell in love with him. I am so lucky he fell in love with me.

Five Years


[Tillamook Head trail, February 2011]

Five years ago last month, a customer at my coffee shop played match maker and my manager introduced us.
“Katt, this is Daryl.  Daryl, this is Katt.  Jim thinks you should date.”

Five years ago today, we held hands and watched the sunset. Then he kissed my hand and I fell in love.

Here’s to the last five years, the next five years, and every year after that.

Weekend home

Long distance is hard.
The Explorer and I recently passed the 4.5 year mark. We’ve spent nearly two of those years apart. It’s hard.
I definitely believe it’s been good for us. I know being apart has made us stronger and better than we ever could have been if we hadn’t had to grow and learn through distance.  Me moving to Seattle in 2010 was absolutely the best decision I’ve made purely for myself. And while it was really hard living three hours apart from each other, it was wonderful for our relationship. It taught us a lot about communication. It taught us a lot about making the most of our time together. It was hard, but it was good.
I was so excited to move back to Astoria and then for us to move to Montana, because we were finally going to be together. We were finally going to live together and start our life together, not three hours apart. Life is funny that way – you set your sights on a goal and plan for it, then someone gets a job 10 hours away.

Moving to Missoula and then having Daryl get a job back in Portland was hard. If I didn’t have great friends here, and I didn’t have a job I love, and I weren’t so excited to go back to school next month(!), I’d be in Portland with him. I love Portland. I have always wanted to live in Portland. But Missoula is where I’m supposed to be right now, even if it means we are apart again.

We’ve decided that while it will delay us getting out of debt a little bit, it is more important that we see each other every month, or as close to as possible.


In April I visited D in Portland. It was so wonderful to see him. We climbed Silver Star Mountain and had one of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. We saw my favorite band, Blind Pilot, in concert with the Oregon Symphony. We went out to the coast, had dinner with my parents and Grandma, and saw two Bald Eagles fly down the beach. It was a wonderful visit.
In May, Daryl came out to Missoula for a long weekend. He and Nick skied St. Mary Peak and I worked the entire time. I was bummed I couldn’t go off and have fun, but it was wonderful having him home.
My birthday was on a Thursday this year, so Daryl came out for the weekend. It was laid back and wonderful. He also came out for a few days the following weekend and I was so happy to see him again so soon!

For July, it was my turn to travel! I opened at work, then hit the road. (Note: it is cheaper to drive three hours from Missoula to the Spokane airport, pay to park for the weekend [and even a full week], and drive back to Missoula than it is to fly out of Missoula.  Ridonkulous.)


About 45 minutes west of Missoula, I drove by the West Mullan Fire, which at the time was 4,500 acres. Fire season is definitely officially here.

I purchased a ticket for the 6:25pm flight just in case I didn’t make it for the 5pm flight. But I made it to the gate as they were loading the earlier flight, so I snagged a seat and off I flew! It was an uneventful flight and I landed in Portland in a glorious 84°! The Explorer met me inside, I covered him with kisses, then we went to Breakside Brewery for delicious beers and dinner. I had the most perfect grilled ham and swiss sandwich with caramelized onions – I’ve never had a grilled ham and cheese with onions before, but it revolutionized my favorite sandwich! After dinner we went back to the truck and accidentally sat there talking for HOURS. No joke, probably two and a half hours went by between when we left the brewery and we finally started the truck to find a campsite.


We camped that night on an overlook between Portland and Scappoose. The next morning we drove into Scappoose in search of a perfect breakfast. We followed our usual MO of driving around a town until we find the restaurant with a million cars parked in the lot. Ichabod’s did not disappoint! The parking lot was full and we had to wait for a table. We each ordered our usual diner breakfast – chicken fried steak with scrambled eggs for The Explorer and biscuits and gravy for myself. They were so good! And I was starving and scarfed mine down before D made it half way through his!

We decided to hit the back roads on the way to Astoria. I love the windy roads to the coast, and the weather was perfect for a day drive. We ended up stopping at Fishhawk Falls. We got out to stretch our legs and took a little hike around the falls.





We found a great thimbleberry patch along the way and picked ourselves a nice little snack.

After we made it to Astoria and stopped by my Daddy’s coin shop, we decided we needed lunch. I declared we needed fish&chips, so Clemente’s it was. Neither of us had been before, and since it is the only place downtown that had cod (both of our preferred fish for fish&chips), it was perfect. And let me tell you – it was DELICIOUS! We got an order of fresh Salmon and two orders of local Cod. With Fort George Brewery Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale, of course! After a quick stop at the house to say hi to my Mama, we headed out to the beach so I could see my favorite ocean.

That night we were going to camp at Saddle Mountain so we could get up early and hike it the next day, but the camp sites were full – and the clouds moved in. We found a primitive camp site off the beach path of highway 26 and sat and talked for hours again. Even though we talk on the phone a lot, I always forget how much I love talking with Daryl. Just being, not talking with him, is wonderful. He is my heart.


Since Saddle was still socked in when we woke up on Sunday, we headed back to Astoria. Breakfast at 3 Cups Coffee House was just the ticket, so we sat and planned for Scapegoat. After we finished breakfast, we went to my parents house and hung out watching baseball. I love spending time with my family, especially all together!


That evening we all went to Fort George to check out the BEAUTIFUL new upstairs and check out the new wood fire pizza. Ack, I cannot get over how beautiful it looks upstairs now. My next trip I’ll get some photos, so for now you’ll just have to trust me. It’s perfect.

Leaving Astoria is always hard, especially when I have to leave Portland the next day to head back to Missoula. There was a part of me that really wanted to oversleep my alarm and stay in Portland with my forever love. It’s the same part of me that, when driving back to Seattle from Astoria, wanted to get off the Interstate to turn back around. Being with Daryl is what I want, but I know I’m supposed to be in Missoula right now. Without him.

Long distance is hard.  Absolutely worth it.  But hard.