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Archive for January, 2010

Cockatoo Loves Ray Charles

Posted by thearrow on January 27, 2010

This just made my day. Utterly adorable.

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We Are Neighbors Now

Posted by thearrow on January 25, 2010

I’ve schlepped an enormous amount of stuff and I’m still not done. What’s funnier, we STILL don’t live together, but we do live in the same building. At least we’re neighbors. LOL. Between a busy time at work and moving, we haven’t found the time to install the bed frame and move the mattress from Steve’s place (a couple of floors up from his apartment).

It’s a good thing our other leases expire this weekend, so we’re bound to live together some time soon. In the mean time, people have been asking us all the time, so how is married life? And our answer has always been, well, we don’t know yet. Our marriage will officially start on February 1 🙂

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Evening Stroll through Georgetown

Posted by thearrow on January 19, 2010

We’ve had a few unbelievably nice days, really spring-like (just in time for my move), and I felt like I couldn’t cram myself in the metro and on the bus right after work. Where I wasn’t productive anyway, probably because I just wanted to be outside. And yes, this is another thing I will miss: my proximity to Georgetown and the fact that it was on my way home. It’s true that I’ll be relatively close to Bethesda (another super posh neighborhood). Not as cool as G-town though (ha ha).

Here are a few pics taken with my phone.

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Catharsis

Posted by thearrow on January 17, 2010

Purging crap that has accumulated for years and filled up all my cabinets and closets up to bursting point. What a great relief to get rid of it all and start again with only what’s necessary. Although, my definition of “necessary” does not overlap with Steve’s :). Still, I’m doing my best to keep it to that.

Whenever I throw another heap of stuff in the recycling bins or the trash can, I feel lighter, like a big load has been lifted off my mind. This is an exercise that I should do every year, except you don’t get the clarity of mind to see what’s no longer useful until a deadline (like moving) puts things into perspective and adds the requisite pressure for action.

I’ve ferried over all my clothes and books, my desk, my beloved dish chair, and I STILL have a ton of stuff to go through. I’m almost done with packing my kitchen and then I need to go through my piles of half-read magazines, other papers, pack more desk stuff, and clear a shelf I’m giving away.

I’m most happy with having found people interested in taking my furniture, as I’m keeping very little of it. No need to waste time to post pics online and deal with strangers. Of course, it helps that I’m giving it away for free, but in this case “free” comes with the great benefit of getting rid of it quite painlessly.

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The Disappearance of a Domestic Space

Posted by thearrow on January 12, 2010

My seven plus years in my Arlington apartment are coming to an abrupt end this weekend. Steve and I are finally moving in together. And, while he is only moving three floors up in his building, I’m changing states and moving to a Maryland suburb.

I will always think fondly of my apartment. It was a quiet place full of sunlight, a much-needed refuge from the turmoil of the better part of these past seven years. I will miss my peaceful and very pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, where everything I needed was within walking distance. I loved seeing it change over the years. I will miss the Lebanese shop behind my building, my trusted source of good feta cheese, and its employees, who, in time, became friendly and stopped looking at me as the crazy woman who buys feta in huge quantities.

But I am very looking forward to our new nest and the snuggling opportunities with Mr. Jinks. And Steve. I’m leaving with the sense that I have enjoyed my life here as much as I could and now it’s time to move on. One way or another, I would have had to leave around this time anyway.

I’m sitting in my still-intact living room, trying to wrap my mind around the fact that things will change radically in the next few days. But I can’t. So instead of that, I will indulge in the inevitable nostalgia that is already taking root and post some pics. And yes, I will miss the majestic oak tree in front of my window, the quiet companion of many weekends when I just wanted to be in my own world.

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Vegetarian Rant

Posted by thearrow on January 11, 2010

I’ve been a vegetarian since 1994. I shouldn’t say “vegetarian” since I do eat fish, seafood, eggs, and dairy, but I prefer to use the term because it’s easier to understand.

I’ve noticed many times that people sort of expect that I make do with less food than everyone else. Well, while I’m a vegetarian, I don’t eat little. I might be paranoid, but it seems to me that someone who piles a lot of different dishes on his/her plate is fine in other people’s eyes, whereas when I pile two veggies, people tend to be surprised.

Grrr.

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Highlight of the Day

Posted by thearrow on January 5, 2010

I got to hold the coat of a well-known New York Times reporter who was a speaker at an event at my organization today.

*feeling star-struck*

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