October 8, 2011

I bid thee farewell...

This has been too long in the making, but it's finally become that time...

It is with very mixed emotions that I am writing my final post for this blog. Where I am today is certainly much different from where I was when I first started my rants and raves, and to continue on with ED just wouldn't feel right.

To that end, my writing will still go on. I've chosen to create another blog with a certain level of anonymity. What I love about my writing is the freedom and creativity of translating the thoughts running through my mind onto paper (or a computer screen, for that matter), and I feel most free when people are reading my writing for writing's sake, not simply because its mine.

Thank you for all of your love and support.

January 9, 2011

Sunny San Jo so far...

As we speak I'm sitting on our blowup mattress in our new apartment - watching tv (thank you cableguy for coming on Sunday) and spending my first night in the new home. Until the movers arrive with all of our belongings we're staying cozy with what few pieces we have with us. Even though this transformation has only taken about one week, it's been overwhelming at that. Finally, I am thrilled to feel like things are falling into place; it feels as if the craziness of the last week is beginning to subside.

I've been in the State of California for two days now and I've noticed a few things that I've got to become accustomed to:

-There are more Interstates and Highways than I know what to do with. EVERY single trip we've taken, whether to the grocery store or to Target, recommends traveling down a highway. We've had to get creative trying to soak in our surroundings when driving 70+ and dodging drivers, which leads me to...

-Aggressive drivers. I've always known that California is synonymous with aggressive drivers, but hot damn I've never realized how true this is! I found it quite peculiar yesterday that when going 10 miles over the speed limit I was STILL getting passed left and right.

-Suburbia. Our apartment is beautiful, and our apartment community is truly awe-inspiring - as if we're in a Mediterranean villa. What gets me is how spread out we are from anything. Grocery store - half mile away. Bank - mile away. This city is clearly auto-centric, and I didn't realize that's what I was getting into. 

-Public transportation doesn't seem so bad... sort of. We're not even two blocks from two light-rail lines... but said lines apparently run slower than molasses. Case in point: if I want to get to work via public transportation it would take me right around 60 minutes to do it. Granted, i won't mind being able to relax and zone out while on the train, but comparing a 60 minute ride (via bus AND light rail) versus a 10 minute drive... does that seem crazy?

-There's a plethora of agriculture in this state... at least in Northern Cal. Driving down from Seattle we witnessed fields, orchards, and groves of so many different fruits and vegetables that we didn't even know what to do with ourselves! Needless to say, it was very intriguing to try and discern each tree, shrub, plant that passed us by.

-For those of you that are familiar with Renton, Washington... that's where I feel I am right now.

-I have yet to see many pretty people. I really hope they're in hiding, or that I'm just not looking in the right place. There's got to be some fashionable folk down here in SJ, no?

January 8, 2011

Bay Area or Bust

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January 4, 2011

Do you know the way to San Jose?

I couldnt help but post this - it felts so stereotypically California.

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January 1, 2011

The Next Chapter Begins...

First and foremost, Happy New Year to you all!

What a whirlwind year 2010 has been, and how it looks to be that 2011 is continuing on with the same intensity.

I realize I've failed to document much of last year and though it kills me, I will persist in the coming year. While it is only the 1st of the new year, many changes have blessed my life.

It is with very mixed emotions, great excitement and apprehension, happiness and sadness, to announce that the Emerald Dandy is undergoing a life change unlike I've ever experienced. By this time next week, my boy and I will be settling into our new life in the Bay Area.

In what was a whirlwind of a week before New Years, I found my career to be taking me to San Jose, CA. In less than two weeks I will be undergoing a dramatic move from the dreary gray of Seattle toward the sun-soaked skies of San Jo. Though I will admit, this new journey is simply a stepping stone: before you know it I'll be coming to you live from San Francisco.

Though I am thrilled to pieces about this new change that I am about to undergo, much sadness comes with this process. I will miss so immensely the friends and family who have been a part of my life in this city for the last 8 years (not to mention the many years prior living just north of Seattle). It has been such a fantastic ride that it's bittersweet to see it end. I will miss the good times and the bad, but in the end I am excited to venture into the unknown.

Thank you for all of your support. This is not a goodbye, but rather 'see you next time.'  

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