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Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for all of the nice comments about the gift tags and the move.  In the midst of this big transition, I have been trying to be very diligent about writing down 5 things I am thankful for each day.  Without fail, each week I find myself writing down a thoughtful email or funny thing that you have said here.  Thanks for that.  It means a lot.

We got home late last night from our trip to Seattle.  It was exhausting, but successful!  We found an apartment and turned in our application.  The new place is in walking distance to (drum roll, please)… the library.  That sort of sealed the deal for me.  I’ll have a nice place to work during the transition while we wait for our stuff to arrive.

We realized on this trip that we have some fairly large furniture, so it’s going to take some creativity to fit everything in the new place.  I am relieved that we decided to go for the sensible option with the most storage.  I am already thinking about how to cozy it up a bit.  We will finally have a use for our hardly-ever-used flannel sheets and all of those soup recipes I have been saving up for the cold weather which never seems to arrive in LA.

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We stopped by Lake Washington on our way to the airport yesterday and snapped a few photos.  The water, the trees, they are all calling to me now — making it ever so slightly easier to unwind the cords that are tethering us here.  We are one foot in each location now, doing that funny in-between dance.  Now we gather our strength for our next big number.  January is going to be gone in a flash.  I can tell.

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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A Soft Place to Land

lakewashington2

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for all of the nice comments about the gift tags and the move.  In the midst of this big transition, I have been trying to be very diligent about writing down 5 things I am thankful for each day.  Without fail, each week I find myself writing down a thoughtful email or funny thing that you have said here.  Thanks for that.  It means a lot.

We got home late last night from our trip to Seattle.  It was exhausting, but successful!  We found an apartment and turned in our application.  The new place is in walking distance to (drum roll, please)… the library.  That sort of sealed the deal for me.  I’ll have a nice place to work during the transition while we wait for our stuff to arrive.

We realized on this trip that we have some fairly large furniture, so it’s going to take some creativity to fit everything in the new place.  I am relieved that we decided to go for the sensible option with the most storage.  I am already thinking about how to cozy it up a bit.  We will finally have a use for our hardly-ever-used flannel sheets and all of those soup recipes I have been saving up for the cold weather which never seems to arrive in LA.

lakewashington

We stopped by Lake Washington on our way to the airport yesterday and snapped a few photos.  The water, the trees, they are all calling to me now — making it ever so slightly easier to unwind the cords that are tethering us here.  We are one foot in each location now, doing that funny in-between dance.  Now we gather our strength for our next big number.  January is going to be gone in a flash.  I can tell.

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