Catching Up

Catching Up | Freckled Italian

How is it Wednesday already? This week and the one before have been such a whirlwind--I'm finally unpacking some random boxes we just threw stuff in last time so that when movers come next month they can organize everything in a way that makes sense; I spent last week cleaning out our office and getting rid of lots of clothes; and having Rob home usually feels like vacation but he's been working, plus I taught back-to-back SkillPop classes on Monday and Tuesday so it's been busy over here!

Tonight we're taking some family photos in Uptown with our friend Rémy, and bright and early tomorrow we're headed to Roanoke for my friend Raquel's wedding this weekend! She's one of my very best friends and I'm in the wedding party with Shawna and Caroline, two more of my best friends. I can't wait to get there and see everyone, especially since we're moving away so soon. It's starting to feel really bittersweet. 

So today is just for catching up even more--cleaning our house (I hate coming home to a mess), doing so much laundry, running to the nail salon to get a manicure with my mother-in-law, and packing for a few days away. We'll be back Sunday for my birthday and luckily because of Labor Day, Rob doesn't fly back out to California until Tuesday morning.

I feel like I've been falling down on the blog content scheduling but I think that's just how it's going to be for the next few weeks until I get settled in California! We leave Charlotte on September 18 and will be driving cross-country for 7 days. Sometimes I feel as though I'm still bouncing back creatively after writing The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook, and then throwing a cross-country move into the picture doesn't really help me get organized. By the way if you bought a copy of my book I love you so much, and I'd so appreciate a review on Amazon--that helps new people find it!  

I just wanted to write a casual post today and say hi, as well as thank you all for bearing with me as we start to navigate this transition. It's going to be a wild ride and I'm so happy you're all here for it.

Another Autumn

Last week I stood in my back yard and noticed that we've reached the time of year for that subtle shift to set in--where summer starts to nod to fall as it dozes off around the edges of the day. 

Sure, it's still 90 degrees in the late afternoon and you have to peel yourself out of your car, but in the morning the air is refreshing and you begin to think about taking your coffee hot again. In the evening, when the sun starts to go down, Ender and I play fetch in the yard and the grass is cool beneath my bare feet. 

Rob is currently home for a twelve day stay but last week before he had returned from California I found myself reminded of a time before Ender, before we had Charlotte friends, when the thought of moving to the Bay Area was just a vague dream we sometimes talked about. We were so focused on getting settled in North Carolina that everything else was unclear. Now he's back for over a week and it's like he was always here.

When our neighborhood as we knew it was just the walk from our apartment to Pike's Soda Shop, and the smell of fried dough in the air from the Honey Bun factory down the street. Rob would take the light rail into Uptown and I'd walk to the station with him before going back home to unpack boxes and write and drink coffee and talk to my mom on the phone. I had nowhere to be so I would often pack a bag and hop on the train later in the afternoon for a latte at 7th Street Public Market, and I'd sit and write and Rob would walk down from his office and meet me for lunch.

And then there are the newer memories that feel so much like home: the cute house we will have to leave, the smell of fresh-cut grass every Monday morning after the landscapers come, our big open kitchen where we've entertained so many of our friends, Ender snoozing in the sun on our back patio. I finally have an office here but didn't unpack it until last week because I didn't want to get too used to it.

There are rowing workouts early every Tuesday and Thursday morning followed by an iced latte or an almond milk cappuccino with my friend Kristen--we sit outside and feel the cool morning air on our sweaty shoulders and once again I'm back to that almost-autumn magic state of mind, where anything is possible--even another autumn spent making a home in a new city. 

Some Things You May Not Know About Me v.5

Some Things You May Not Know About Me | Freckled Italian

It can take me half a day to finish a cup of coffee, especially an iced one. 

I used to be absolutely terrified to stay in the apartment or house alone, but now that I've been doing it for two months I don't mind it and sometimes actually like it.

I can eat almost anything for breakfast--it doesn't have to be breakfast-y. I regularly eat soup for breakfast and sometimes I'll even have a salad.

I don't really like wearing shorts that much. Or skirts--they have to be pretty perfect, which for me means it has a high waist (both) and is long enough (skirts). I'm excited that jean season is upon us!

Ender and I regularly share snacks--an apple, cucumber slices, a banana. I don't know why I love it so much but he is so cute sitting on the couch next to me waiting politely for a piece of whatever fruit or veggie I'm eating.

I go back and forth between wanting to travel the world and feeling content to stay in one place. I guess I'm equal parts adventurous and boring/scared.