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!
GPOYW with @ashleighpotter. We had some drinks. (at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails)
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.
GPOYW - me in my element. i’m missing that sunshine already.
also. best travel bag is best. i got this one a few years back at Brooklyn Industries and since then it’s gone with me to and from work, all over the US, to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Korea, Belize, and now Jordan. it’s the perfect size for day trips and carrying on planes, structured with good pockets, durable, and has a working zipper.
last day, last falafel. (at Hashim)
whatever shit happens, whenever i’m upset, you better believe i’ll be thinking of this as my happy place.
back from the desert and it was truly awesome. we drove south to explore Wadi Rum desert, camped in Bedouin tents, then spent all of today at Petra. little E is truly the best boy and we are all tired but happy and glad to be home.
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.
Also. The sun is out!
if i dress like it’s summer will it feel like it’s summer?
important life lessons with Aunt Lo.
obsessed with my new scarf from johanna
I hate my hair this morning. Not a good way to start the day. I haven’t done it curly since I got it cut and vastly underestimated how much it would bounce up. I look like Asian Orphan Annie.