Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Sunday Currently VI

I drafted tomorrow's post yesterday, dear readers, and it's all about my new apartment in DC.  I'm so excited to move; the whole process, from finding the apartment to preparing for my own space to working out the logistics of being in a new neighborhood, has been amazingly stress-free, and I'm really looking forward to rediscovering my hometown from a fresh perspective.  At the same time, though, I will miss living with my parents in suburbia!  The next few weeks before the move are a bit topsy turvy - my dad left yesterday morning on a business trip and my mom heads to London for a conference the day before he gets back and then Dad and I will fly over to join her in England for 5 days of wedding things - so I've already started getting homesick for the memories of the past nine months of living in the house I grew up in.  Let's color this edition of the Sunday Currently with some rosy nostalgia, shall we?

all photos taken in my parents' neighborhood; January-April 2013

currently...

reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  Someone else who links up with the Sunday Currently wrote about this book recently, and it inspired me to delve into the bookshelves we keep in the basement, heavy laden with my childhood favorites.  Of all the literary heroines I thought I could possibly be, Meg was always at the top of the list; this trilogy (plus A Ring of Endless Light, also by L'Engle and featuring some of the same characters) was the cornerstone of my teenage theology and still informs my understanding of love and family and faith.

writing lists in preparation for my move.  Mom and I went through the house last week armed with a pad and pen and jotted down a dozen pieces of furniture that I could take with me, chairs that have been stored in the basement and dressers that have been living in the attic and tables that have been doing double-duty on the porch for decades waiting for just this moment.  It means that I don't need to buy too much furniture on my own, though of course I still made lists for each of my trips to Ikea, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond!  God forbid I move into my new apartment and discover, the next morning, that I forgot to buy a shower curtain...

listening to the beep of the coffee maker and the tinkle of glasses being put back in the cupboards as Mom putters around in the kitchen, the click of Charlie's toenails against the hardwood floors accompanying every movement.  I'm going to miss these weekend mornings together!

thinking about what it will be like to live in DC on my own.  Maybe I'm overanalyzing things, but the idea of staying in my hometown with my parents' house no longer my home - well, honestly, it's a little discombobulating.  It's been easy to have adventures in New York, Paris, and London because they were all mine and I could form them into whatever I imagined, but I've never really lived in DC independent of Mom and Dad.  It's time, certainly, but it will take some getting used to.

smelling freshly mulched flower beds - spring finally has come to the DC suburbs, and Charlie and I counted nearly 20 big brown bags, stuffed with garden waste from our neighbors' efforts in the sun yesterday, at the end of driveways on our walk this morning.

wishing that the actual process of moving weren't so expensive!  We do need to hire a man with a van, but I'd totally forgotten to factor the extra $500 into my budget when I planned for the move.  A friend recommended a great company that she used for her recent move, but if you see a Groupon or Living Social deal in the DC area that might help, please let me know!

hoping that Charlie isn't totally bereft without Mom and Dad!  I've explained to him that we're moving and that we won't be living with them anymore, but I don't think he understands.

wearing my Old Navy skinnies and my old disgusting Columbia sweatshirt: the perfect outfit for an outing to Costco.  Mom needs some things anyway, but she's also insisted on stocking up on non-perishables for my new apartment.  My pantry might be mostly bare for the first week or so, but it will be well-stocked with canned tuna, cereal, and Pam!  (Thanks, Mom.  You're the best.)

loving the excitement of these next few weeks!  Overanalysis of my changing identify aside, imagining my new life - creating a home in a new apartment and discovering the quirks of a new neighborhood - is so much fun.  Plus, in two weeks I'll be in London with Jon!

wanting to be in England with Jon.  This is the longest time we're spending on opposite sides of the Atlantic during our engagement, and I miss him!  Unlike my Christmas trip, when we did lots of normal relationship things, it's entirely booked up with wedding appointments and we'll mostly be in Suffolk with both sets of parents, so it won't feel like the reunions we've had before.  But I can't wait to wake up next to him next Sunday morning!

needing that first kiss at Heathrow.  The best thing about long distance relationships is that you get to have your first kiss over and over again, and it's just as magical and Love Actually every time.

feeling content, actually, which is really unusual for me during a transitionary time.  I may talk a good game, but I don't usually do well with change.  I mean, I do well once the change has started, but I'm bad at the period leading up to the change.  (Does that make sense?)  So the fact that I'm somehow feeling very settled right now means that moving is the right thing for me.

clicking on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, and every Pinterest board of home ideas that I can find.  Even though all the inspiration out there can actually be detrimental to creativity - love this post about it by Elle -  I've gotten better about using it objectively rather than subjectively.  My apartment will be a work in progress for months, but that's okay!


linking up with siddathornton (now live!)


40 comments:

  1. Setting up a new home is always such an exciting time - I find it's a great time to make changes and new starts but also to evaluate and incorporate all of the things that are important to me. Best wishes to you in this transitory time!

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  2. When you say Charlie "counted nearly 20 20 big brown bags" you really mean Charlie PEED ON nearly 20 big brown bags, right??


    And A Wrinkle in Time was my most hated book as a child. It was pretty much akin to torture for me. Now I don't entirely remember what it is about, but I'll leave the re-reading to those who enjoyed it :)

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  3. I've actually never read A Wrinkle in Time, I know that's so odd. I had so much fun setting up our new place in Texas, but unfortunately we are still using hand-me-down furniture, so none of it is *ours.* I really dislike that :(

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  4. Decorating a new place is so fun- can`t wait to see how it turns out! I`m moving may 1st, and I`m excited to pick up some new bedding, pillows, etc to spruce up my decor a bit!




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  5. aw i can totally understand feeling a little bit sad about moving out of your parents' place ... i love the house that i grew up in and am not looking forward to the day when my parents move out of it haha. but i am sure that you will make many new fond memories in your new place!!

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  6. my parents know absolutely if that if they ever want to move out our my childhood home, they have to offer it to me before they put it on the market! haha :)

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  7. ooh yes do! I'm learning that the best scope for creativity is in the accessories :)

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  8. oh girl, that's where I'll be for the next year or so! I'm still making peace with it...

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  9. haha well he just wanted to make sure that they really all are liquid-repellant! hehe

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  10. YES - the evaluating is such an important part of the process! thank you :)

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  11. I loved a wrinkle in time!!!!!!! I need to find a copy and reminisce with my inner 3rd grader.


    And Heathrow moments.... Brings a tear to my eye every time.

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  12. I've been wanting to read A Wrinkle in Time. I just read L'Engle's Walking on Water, one of her books for adults, and I think she's brilliant. I'd love to read A Wrinkle in Time next.


    Enjoy getting ready to move!! I love setting up a new space. And in my opinion, hand-me-downs are the best. Especially if you have permission to DIY some of the ones that may need a fresh coat of paint, or some distressing, to make them a little more modern. I personally think that hand-me-downs, and antique and thrift store furniture, bring so much character to a home. Much more interesting than an all-Ikea apartment!

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  13. You do much better than me. I don't do well with upcoming change. It always freaks me out, and then it takes me forever to adjust. I'm still not used to living in Florida... and we've been here for almost 2 years. Gosh. It is fun decorating a new space though. That is a perk of moving. :)


    I'm glad you've heard of Ryan Bingham too! He's great, and we're definitely looking forward to seeing him again.

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  14. don't worry. One day Charlie will understand about the move. One day. :)

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  15. I am so excited for you to move! Moving is expensive, though. Shoot. We were lucky last time we moved because our lease overlapped the purchase of our home by two months so we did it in spurts using our cars, my dad's big SUV and my brother's trailer. If not for that, I don't know how we would have done it! Enjoy these last few days in MD!

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  16. Hey dear I really like your blog! What about following each other? Also
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  17. I spent one of my law school summers working in DC and living in a place on Calvert Street NW. Like you say, it was new being in the area in my own place, but it was really, really nice. I had that feeling I so envy my English friends for -- where your childhood home and your family are within easy reach for whenever you want to escape the city and/or adult life. :)

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  18. I love Madeleine L'Engle books, I was just thinking about re-reading A Wrinkle in Time. I recently moved out in the same area as my parents but a different town and it's weird and awesome all at the same time. What I love is rediscovering everything as an adult because it's a different perspective. As soon as the stress of moving is done, you'll have so much fun!


    kendall from buttons & blossoms

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  19. Megan @ M Cubed BloggerApril 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    How exciting about a new place! That's always such a rush! I'm actually planning on moving to DC very soon. Super stoked about finding a place of my own there!

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  20. I promise, if you reread it you'll discover a million new things about it! it's amazing to unpeel more mature layers - there's so much there.

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  21. YES I thought it might have been you! Similarly, having loved all of the Narnia books I really want to read some of CS Lewis' adult theology.

    more on the decorating side of things tomorrow :)

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  22. well congrats on your "new" home! hehe :)

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  23. it IS! luckily I don't have to move all the things, but I think I do need a truck and a strong guy or two to help with the furniture - I'd rather do it all at once and get it all done and over with, you know? thank you :)

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  24. I'm right off Calvert St! We must discuss :) but YES there will be escaping when I need my mommy and daddy for sure!

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  25. I wholeheartedly recommend The Screwtape Letters. It blew me away--you will love it!!

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  26. that's true! also, DC has changed dramatically since I last lived here for an extended period of time (so before summer 2004, really...) so it kind of IS a new town. a new town with a homecooked meal just on the other side if I need it :)

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  27. REALLY? woo! where/when/why? tell me more!

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  28. oh good thank you! I've started Till We Have Faces a few times but it never stuck - I'll try that one!

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  29. Costco trips with mom are the best :)

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  30. I envy you the calm - I am TERRIBLE with changes! :D Wishing you lots of luck on yours!

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  31. I can totally relate with moving out of your parents house within the same city. Seems like kind of a waste, but it's so good for everyone! Plus, I don't know about you, but I still came home every weekend to do my laundry:-).

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  32. haha well I've promised to try not to do that every weekend, but I'm sure it'll happen sometimes! they'll be inviting me over all the time to see Charlie, really, not me :P

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  33. you've painted such a clear picture in my mind, of the sounds & sights accompanied by the anticipation of moving. i love your 'listening' especially - it has also made me crave another cup of coffee.


    best of luck with the remaining preparations & with the move itself. here's to new beginnings!

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  34. Ooohh, A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books! I love Meg Murray, and I loved following the adventures of the Murray family through all of those books. I hope that your move goes smoothly! As stressful as the whole process can be, it really is so much fun to set up a new space and be inspired by all of the possibilities.

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  35. I never actually made it through A Wrinkle in Time when I was younger, and I keep thinking I'm going to have to try again. Your parents' neighborhood is lovely! What beautiful homes! I really hope you enjoy your new place (and since I'm reading backwards, I forgot to say that that area around Rock Creek Park and the zoo is so pretty!) and take time to furnish it. As long as you have the basics, take time to decorate with pieces you love.

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  36. I especially loved A Swiftly Tilting Planet - no one else seems to know about it, but it's my secret favorite of the trilogy :)

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  37. NEW APARTMENT!!! It's so exciting! I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to following you on this next journey and all of the other wonderful things that are coming your way this year! x

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