Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Big Changes

It was summer for a few days in Seattle and my parents planned their trip down from Anchorage perfectly. I think they've had their quota of 80 degree weather for the season! This was a big week for my family. My brother James graduated from high school on Thursday and my sister Lael graduated from college on Sunday. I am so proud of them! They are hanging out together for the rest of the week and I hope they get some well-deserved rest.

The other big change in my life is that I am moving next Monday. I'm not moving to another state this time, just another neighborhood in Seattle, but moving is never easy even when it is a short distance (one of the hardest moves I ever made was from the downstairs apartment in a building to the apartment directly above it, but that was my own fault because I figured there was no real need to pack).

When I tell people that I am moving, the first response is usually, "But you love that apartment!" The second is, "You're moving in with guys?"

It's true, I do love this apartment. It a beautiful, top floor, spacious apartment that was built in the 40s and has a slight view of the water if you stand in just the right place. I fought for this apartment when I knew I was moving to Seattle and it lent a bit of sanity to my first year here, especially when I was going crazy studying for the bar last summer. I think of it as my first really grown up apartment, and I am sad when I think about leaving it.

But I think it is time to make the (hopefully) more grown up decision to try to live within my means and reduce my carbon footprint. I have enjoyed living by myself for the past three years, but I am looking forward to coming home to someone other than my cats from time to time. I'm sure that there will be an adjustment period as we all get used to each other, but I think it will be a really good change. Maybe actually living with other people will help me sort through this concern for community I seem to be bringing everywhere with me. At least it will give me a good excuse to get rid of some of this junk I have been accumulating!

Please hold me in the Light for this next week. I have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in, and I am grateful for all the support I can get.

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