Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Conversation and confections

I got into Vancouver last night only to find my mom gone for the night which meant I needed to break into my own home. I had flashbacks of high school when I'd lock my key inside the house. Last night I had ice cream at Ice Cream Renaissance with Brenna (sorry, Seattle, but you can't do ice cream like ICR) and today I had gelato with Megan in Portland on NW 23rd. Two nights of frozen confections and two nights of conversation with incredible women who love God.

Dear Jesus, thank you for these moments. Thank you for giving me a foundation of relationship and community to see me through the greatest trials and storms. Thank you that these relationships have stood the test of time and space. Thank you for helping us to have grace with one another as we grow together and closer to you. Thank you for these sacraments and by your power making the ordinary extraordinary.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Postal Service

Over the past few months I have gone from being someone who doesn't 'get' The Postal Service (as in, the band) into someone who thoroughly enjoys their music. I think this change has something to do with the fact that we've spent many moments together walking in the rain. That experience always bonds people. It has also bonded me to Rilo Kiley and Sigur Ros. Granted, I have bonded with these artists about 5 years after it was 'cool' to bond with them. However, I think this suits me as I am not a trendsetter.

I am more of a re-Trendsetter.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The perfect house...found!

Last week Kelly, Karen and I signed our lease, got our keys and now we are slowly moving into our new place! It is absolutely beautiful and a definite upgrade from our previous location. It feels like a real grown up place to live. I'll be packing my belongings on Monday and then hopefully moving almost everything on Tuesday, which is my day off.

It's a three story townhouse and this is what I like most about it:
1. It's near a lot of bus lines and two blocks away from Safeway.
2. My room has a small patio off of it.
3. There is hardwood floors in the kichen/living room.
4. FIREPLACE!
5. Gas stove!

Hopefully I'll post pictures soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Holidays

I get to visit my family in Vancouver on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The search for the perfect house

When Karen and I moved in together last year, there was a conversation we had where I explained that I was applying for a job in Germany and I could be leaving as early as June, six months early from the end of our lease. And now, it's November, I am not in Germany and it's time to find a new place.

I got pretty anxious yesterday when Karen and I were talking about it. In part, that is because we have a third roommate we're adding into the mix which means we now have the opinions and needs of an entire new person to consider.

But from more than just a logistical perspective, signing a lease just feels so definite. It roots me in this time and this place for at least a year. And while I have no plans to leave, I don't feel the need to stay. I'm trying to look for things that anchor me a little more to my life here in Seattle. I applied for a job working with youth in Seattle that I think would be utterly amazing. I'm trying to reconnect with my church, which is hard, after going on involvement overload during my two year internship.

It can sometimes feel like a half life here in Seattle. I have my friends, and intentionally seek to expand that circle to include people at church and work. It just feels different, though. Last week, Karen's mom asked me about my job search and invited me over to her house for Thanksgiving and I realized how strange it was for me to have an adult in Seattle express motherly care to me.

I wonder if my Vancouver life and my Seattle life will ever feel like one life. And if I move somewhere else, how will I remember my Seattle life? Who would have thunk that searching for the perfect house would lead to such questions?