Much has changed since my last post. I have officially moved from New York City to Bethesda, Maryland (explanation on that here); I have a new job at Vox.com in Washington, DC; Jake and I are fostering kittens; the wedding is mostly planned (you can get an idea of those plans on my Pinterest); I took on a new responsibility as one of the social chairs for the USUHS Spouses Club; I successfully made my first new friend. It’s been a crazy six months.
In the midst of all the transitions, I’ve been searching for things that I find familiar — or at least things that make my new house feel like a home. Living with Jake has been wonderful in so many ways — not the least of which is his cooking, which far outpaces mine — but moving so far from my family and friends, especially while planning something that’s supposed to be a family affair, has felt a little lonely. These are the things that have made the adjustment a little smoother and easier on my heart:
- Working with the local shelter to foster cats until they’re adopted. We’re on our third cycle right now after starting out with Libra and Aries, and having animals around somehow makes the whole place feel cozier.
- Decorating for the holidays. When we received a gift card to Pottery Barn as a housewarming / engagement gift, we used it to buy personalized stockings and hangers. They were a happy reminder that this is an exciting new chapter of the rest of our lives that we get to spend together.
- Joining Equinox. I procrastinated getting back into shape for literally years, but taking the plunge was possibly the best decision I’ve made since the move. It’s been nice to get out of my comfort zone and try different classes, meet some new people, and feel a little bit stronger every day.
- Finding a weekend routine. Jake and I start every Sunday with breakfast at home, followed by a walk to the farmer’s market, and then I go to barre class while he studies. In the afternoon we tidy or do the crossword or run errands or just hang out. It’s a part of my week that I always look forward to.
- Trying new restaurants. Coming from New York which has the best selection of amazing food was tough, but this has been a great opportunity to find our new favorite spots. So far, we’re really loving Kadhai, Mon Ami Gabi, and Woodmont Grill.
What have you done that’s made a move easier to stomach? I feel so, so lucky that it’s been a near-perfect experience, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on what eases the pain on the difficult days.
More soon (for real this time).
PS: I know I promised the engagement story last time (ughhh six months ago I’m so sorry), but truly I think I’ve told it to everyone who’s ever spoken to me and I imagine y’all are pretty sick of it. If you do, in fact, want to hear it, let me know and I will talk your ear off.