My friend Ashleigh moved to town from DC about a month ago and I couldn’t be happier about it :)
It’s kind of strange, but even though we weren’t superclose before I moved to Seattle and I’ve made some great friends here, it’s nice to know someone who knows a bit of my former self if that makes sense.
I know I talk about DC all the time because it’s where I moved from to get here, but I really only lived there about 4 years. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I kind of hate when people ask where I’m from because I never know how to answer; since I was 15, DC is the place I’ve spent the most time but it seems inauthentic to say I’m from there. Two years in two high schools in two states, three years at Ball State, one year abroad, two at Mizzou, four in DC, and I’m astounded that it’s already been a year and a half in Seattle.
I don’t know how long we’ll be here or where we’ll go next, but it’s been on my mind. One thing I do know is that I’m glad that we came here. Now I know that I can move and adapt and make it work in a new place. I have a better sense of myself and what I like and don’t like and I truly feel just how lucky I am to have a partner by my side to make transitions like this one easier.
Looking back at this post, I’m a little shocked at myself for making such a bold move in the face of so much uncertainty, but then again I always have been one to go all in when my mind’s made up. We had exactly four weeks from the day I said “yes” to this job to the day we started our long drive across the country.
This is getting long. I guess what I’m trying to say is that starting in a new place is not always easy and it’s not always fun, but I’m glad that I’ve experienced both the good and the bad of doing so. There are too many exciting possibilities not to try something once…you never know what could happen!
three years ago today i married my perfect partner on a sunny Virginia day. still the best party i’ve ever been to.
happy anniversary, Chris.
Well it ain’t Petra, but it ain’t bad. (at Lincoln Park)
Had another fabulous day in Amman and we’re settling in with Life of Pi (just finished Silver Linings Playbook - no copyright laws means that new releases are on DVD immediately).
Today we were woken by the cleaning lady and rushed out of the house to breakfast at “American Waffle House.” After breakfast we headed downtown, where we shopped and strolled the streets before our cooking class at Cafe Rome. We made falafel and kibbeh and salad and it was amaaazing.
midnight thirty here in Amman and we couldn’t have had a better first day!
Got in around 9 pm yesterday, went to bed around 1, slept until 10ish, and woke surprisingly refreshed. Jetlag may catch up with me tomorrow, but today I felt great :) After breakfast we headed to Rainbow street where we walked and shopped and ate and learned a little about Jordan. I soaked in more sun today than I feel like i have in the past four months and am absolutely loving being with Andrew, Johanna, and Eli.
After Rainbow St. we came home and rested and read, then had a delicious dinner followed by hookah and tea. I feel very Middle Eastern. Now we’re watching Bridesmaids while making four salsas for Andrew’s birthday fiesta tomorrow (or rather, Johanna is chopping and i’m blogging).
So far, so good!
Clark, i mean Chris.