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Spring is different here.

Over the weekend, we went to the Washington Park Arboretum.  (It’s hard to believe we have only been here for 7 weeks, and we’ve already been to two zoos and two gardens.  Can you tell we’re looking for something that reminds us of home?)

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We saw some familiar faces — camellias, cherry blossoms, and daffodils, but they looked different against their backdrop of moss and damp earth.  The forests here have a monotonous sort of beauty.  Everything is carpeted in green and guarded by seemingly endless trees.

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I was telling a woman I met how pretty I thought Seattle was.  ”Your trees have moss on them!” I exclaimed.  The lady looked at me like I was insane.  I think this is akin to saying, “Your dirt has grass on it” in most places. However, I have never seen so much moss.  Not like this.

I am realizing that living in Southern California for so many years, I never really understood the concept of Spring.  Spring, to me, was just the weather “trying to be Summer and failing at it.” I never thought of it as a destination all its own.  Outside, it looked nice, the weather was warm, but still not quite warm enough.  I wore the same combination of t-shirts and hoodies year round.  There was no dramatic shift — only the same sun, the same ocean breeze. The temperatures rose slowly, so gradually you could miss them if you weren’t looking.  And usually, I wasn’t.

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Now, I see why people like Spring, look forward to it, wish for it, need it.  These new blossoms stand out here — bright spots in those stretches of green.  The fact that it is still so cold and sometimes raining outside only makes them feel more miraculous.  How did these flowers get here?

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I feel hopeful that I will be able to find lots of inspiration in this new place.

P.S. – THANK YOU to everyone who has left me such sweet notes about Storybook Lane.  Don’t forget the free fabric give away ends on Sunday, April 1st at midnight!


Spring Suspicions

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Spring is the season I am slowest to accept. I do want to trade my weather in for sunnier days, but I’m suspicious of the whole thing.

The minute I peel off those winter layers, I just know the weather is going to shift and I am going to be caught out in the cold, far from home. By far from home, I mean the parking lot at the grocery store. Just to be clear, we’re not talking Siberia — but still. That could be a very unpleasant walk to my car.

Perhaps I just don’t want to get my hopes up. We had one blissful weekend where we sat outside on the deck wearing shorts and flip-flops. I tried to position myself so that I would not blind any of the neighbors with my pale, ghost legs. I drank a lemonade. I wanted to cry from happiness.

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However, it’s best to pretend that was a freak incident and will not happen again. It’s too crushing to put the sweaters back on when you have had a taste of something else.

My friends and family in Southern California make sad, consoling noises on the phone when I talk to them about the weather. (You can tell we don’t have family in Chicago or Minnesota or someplace that might put our temperature-related problems in perspective.) The thing I am now realizing is that I have always been this moody about the weather. It’s just that in LA, you are highly trained to appreciate the shifts even a few degrees could make. There is a delicate balance to be maintained. Do I wear the t-shirt or the tank top? IT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

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I try to be upbeat about Spring.

My neighbors and friends up here are so positive. I don’t want to ruin it for them. And they have reason to be. It’s ridiculously beautiful. I just need a few more weeks to be convinced. I was thankful I went the conservative route and wore black boots and a warm jacket to church for Easter Sunday, feeling very relieved I had not purchased a pastel sundress in a fit of optimism.

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I think this may sum up my life right now. I am convinced that good things are on the horizon. I know they are. However, I am not rushing either. It is one step at a time. I want both eyes open, prepared for anything. When it’s time to embrace that sunshine, I plan to do it with abandon.

{All images are taken by me for my tumblr blog.}

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The Princess and the Pea

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Over Labor Day, we went mattress shopping.

Of course, I fell in love with the Super Deluxe Amazing Bed. The lady at Macy’s looked at me very sympathetically and said, “Dear, I understand. I, too, have champagne taste.  Alas!” Ok, I don’t know if she actually said “Alas,” but she might has well have said it. She was an older lady and a little bit dramatic.

When it comes to shopping in general, I’m not necessarily always after the most expensive option — but I am after the most comfortable one. I drove my Mom nuts when I was a kid — absolutely refusing to wear any shirt that even looked like it might itch. It took me years to embrace the idea of the turtle neck. So much fabric. Touching my neck? Please.

And when it comes to beds and pillows and all that? Well, let’s just say The Princess and the Pea is a real story based on my life.

So the past month has been a bit challenging.

The apartment + construction noise upstairs + construction noise on the balcony + something happened to my desk chair + carpal tunnel + afternoon lunch concert across the street + buses + heat rises + no AC + boxes everywhere + whining = sad. I think I’ve written this post eight times and deleted it, because really? These are first world problems. I am very fortunate on many accounts. I know this. I usually am grateful.

However, I have never been so happy to say good-bye to a season. Summer 2012? Farewell. I am so ready to change out of this itchy, scratchy season. Meet my new best friend, Fall 2012.

The internet seems a bit divided on this topic. Some summer babies are sad to see it end. Thank goodness we have both types of people — the Summer lovers to plan our BBQs and the Fall people to help us shop for our school supplies. Are you ready for Fall or hanging on to every last Summer moment?

[images: random sights around Seattle, top: at the Woodland Zoo, bottom: inspiration in the Anthropologie window]

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Springtime In Seattle

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Spring is different here.

Over the weekend, we went to the Washington Park Arboretum.  (It’s hard to believe we have only been here for 7 weeks, and we’ve already been to two zoos and two gardens.  Can you tell we’re looking for something that reminds us of home?)

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We saw some familiar faces — camellias, cherry blossoms, and daffodils, but they looked different against their backdrop of moss and damp earth.  The forests here have a monotonous sort of beauty.  Everything is carpeted in green and guarded by seemingly endless trees.

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I was telling a woman I met how pretty I thought Seattle was.  ”Your trees have moss on them!” I exclaimed.  The lady looked at me like I was insane.  I think this is akin to saying, “Your dirt has grass on it” in most places. However, I have never seen so much moss.  Not like this.

I am realizing that living in Southern California for so many years, I never really understood the concept of Spring.  Spring, to me, was just the weather “trying to be Summer and failing at it.” I never thought of it as a destination all its own.  Outside, it looked nice, the weather was warm, but still not quite warm enough.  I wore the same combination of t-shirts and hoodies year round.  There was no dramatic shift — only the same sun, the same ocean breeze. The temperatures rose slowly, so gradually you could miss them if you weren’t looking.  And usually, I wasn’t.

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Now, I see why people like Spring, look forward to it, wish for it, need it.  These new blossoms stand out here — bright spots in those stretches of green.  The fact that it is still so cold and sometimes raining outside only makes them feel more miraculous.  How did these flowers get here?

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I feel hopeful that I will be able to find lots of inspiration in this new place.

P.S. – THANK YOU to everyone who has left me such sweet notes about Storybook Lane.  Don’t forget the free fabric give away ends on Sunday, April 1st at midnight!


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