A-tumblin’ we will go

I’ve been friends with Anne since I was 15. I’m almost 31 now, so I’ve known her for over half of my life, and I cherish her friendship every day. She’s studying in the Netherlands this fall, and she started a Tumblr to keep her loved ones posted on her semester abroad. She writes shorter posts highlighted with photos, meant to be small snippets of her daily life in Groningen and other places in Europe where her travels take her. I adore the concept. I get especially excited when she posts pictures of everyday objects like her yogurt container or a bouquet of flowers she bought at the market. What I love most is that I can hear her voice when I read her blog, like I’m there with her and she’s recounting these stories to me over a cup of tea and a pack of cookies. For someone I’m so close to but only see once or twice a year, this means the world to me.

(Thankfully, A is going back home – to Seattle – in late December. It is an understatement when I say that I am THRILLED to be her neighbor very soon. Ahhhh!)

I’ve admired her blog for a few months now and have wanted to adapt a similar style for my own little place on the internets. Moving day is in less than two weeks so I think now is as good a time as any to change it up. I am switching to the Tumblr format, for now. What this means: hopefully more frequent posts on a daily basis, more photos, more peeks into my daily life. I have never been a very open person but I’d like to make an effort to change that. I can’t say that my photos will be very good (lots of fake retro ones taken on my phone – I love them, okay?!?!), and I’m super out of practice with my writing skillz these days – but I’ll try.

So, please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds to:

newdecadenewcoast.tumblr.com

Hope to see you there.

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Not Happening

Okay, so it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m finding out that maybe doing NaBloPoMo the month I’m undertaking two major life changes is kind of dumb. So, I give up. For now. I’ll try to check in before the wedding, but if not – see you in a week!

NaBloPoMo

Most of you know about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). But did you know that there’s also a NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month? It’s true. But unlike NaNoWriMo, which is every November, NaBloPoMo can be any month. And I’ve decided that this month – the month in which I am quitting the job I’ve had for five years and then getting married – is going to be NaBloPoMo. It’s ridiculous, I know, but I like to do these things to myself. And really, I know that this might be a big newsflash, but I’m not posting anything revelatory or thought-provoking here. It’s a blog full of the inane and unimportant details. I write here to keep my friends and family updated – not to make a living. It’s actually pretty easy to come up with things to post here. I just need to do it!

It looks like a positively gorgeous weekend coming up, and I cannot wait! Spending tonight and part of tomorrow with my dearest girlfriends for some quality time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this perfect fall weather.

Well, hello!

Sadly, I am too afraid of heights to make it up the Space Needle.

Thank you for visiting my new blog. What’s this about, you ask?Aside from providing another outlet to talk excessively about myself on the internets? Well, as you may know, Thomas and I are planning a big move later this year. So big that you have to pass through two other time zones to get there. So big that we’re getting rid of 2/3 of our stuff to make the move manageable. So big that people go, “WHOAH!” when we tell them where we’re going. Yup, we’re moving to Seattle, at the end of November. Black Friday, to be exact. We hope to arrive in Seattle and move into our new place (yet to be determined) by December 1st.

(I’ll talk about why we chose Seattle in a later post, I promise.)

But, for now, this blog will be a way for me to keep my family and friends updated on the exciting events leading up to the move. There also happens to be another huge event taking place in October – you may have heard that we’re going to be getting married and throwing a little party to celebrate. Eh? Eh? So, I’d like to write a little bit about the fun and games that is wedding planning, too. I know, I know. It’s everyone’s favorite topic!

Lastly, I want to write about YOU. I am making it my goal to spend as much quality time with family and friends as possible before the move. Sadly, we can’t pack all of you up in our suitcases in November, so we’re going to make a concerted effort to take advantage of our remaining months in Virginia and see everyone at least a few times. Don’t be surprised if you make it onto the blog!