November 2009 Blog Posts (17)

How do you get to New York? (or the east coast in general)

Don't get me wrong, I love Seattle. I just moved here a few months ago post college graduation from a town a hour and a half north of here. I have a fantastic apartment and a great job in my chosen career (stage managing theatre productions). But, I've lived in Washington my whole life and I think it's time to branch out.



Seattle is a strange in-between city. It's so spread out, and so many of us commute, that you usually need a car (as one of my friends says, "just for that one day… Continue

Added by Samantha Raddatz on November 28, 2009 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Biking in Seattle vs. going nowhere near a bike in NYC

Seattle has a really vast system of trails (really pathways) all around the city for biking, rollerblading, running, etc. The great thing (or thing I love most about it) is that the trails don't just go around parks or through the woods, but they bridge neighborhoods and can get you from Point A to Point B.



I never biked in New York. My wife did, all the time. But, I am accident-prone and fell off my bike a half dozen times a month when I was a kid. Not to mention had two bikes… Continue

Added by Adit Nathan on November 25, 2009 at 2:50pm — 5 Comments

What happens AFTER you leave NYC?

I almost left NYC... twice... The first time we were on our way to Seattle. Then I got another acting job and we stayed. The second time was Chicago. We had announced to all of our friends and family that we were leaving, took the trip out to the windy city to scout for places to stay, bought Cubs baseball hats... then I got a job offer. I thought maybe I would live in NYC forever, always claiming I was on my way out.



I almost left NYC... twice... before my husband and I finally… Continue

Added by Alexa Scott-Flaherty on November 23, 2009 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

3 Weeks After Leaving New York

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my first post-NYC week. Now I've been out of New York for 3 weeks, and thought it might be a good time to update, revisit, take a snapshot, what-have-you...



I'm feeling a little stuck on what to write about because much of the novelty (warm weather! palm trees! so many tacos!) has already worn off. But I also haven't been here long enough to speak to any long-term post-NYC… Continue

Added by Anna on November 18, 2009 at 7:19pm — 4 Comments

Alumnus of the University of Manhattan

As you may remember from my Carrie Bradshaw post, I was in New York this past weekend.



It felt like a different New York.



It was not my home, but it was also not a place I was visiting as a tourist.



It was something else. Something better. It was like being an alum of the University of Manhattan. I highly recommend to all ex-New Yorkers that they visit their alma… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on November 18, 2009 at 5:53pm — 5 Comments

Carrie Bradshaw for 62 Hours

I was in New York for 62 hours this weekend for my engagement party. During these 62 hours, I got to be Carrie Bradshaw. I arrived in New York on Friday night with a little black dress and a dream—a dream that I could find The Perfect Shoes, The Perfect Earrings, and Figure Out The Perfect Hairstyle in 24 hours. On Saturday morning, I found incredible black and gold Fendi heels at a designer resale shop on the Upper East Side. After lecturing me for not bringing my actual dress to the shop so… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on November 16, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Anon and on and on...

I moved from New York to Austin TX a few weeks ago. Completely premeditated and mapped out to the hour, the trip was without incident, albeit two badass brown recluse bite in Arkansas.



I went to a farmer's market today at 11am. Very casual and about 2 blocks long, but each vendor's space was quite small.



In new york you can troop around and be in many populous places and feel like you are a part of something... yet without interacting… Continue

Added by Jb Laman on November 14, 2009 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

Out of my element and frustrated!

I'm so frustrated! I just spent nearly 2 hours running 2 errands and realizing how out of place I feel outside of New York.



Drove to the bank. As I approached it, I saw the drive-through thingy and realized that I have no idea how that works. So I parked and went inside. I've done all my banking at ATMs for so long (since the bank lines in NYC are so insane), that I don't know how to interact with a teller. So, even though I was the only customer in the branch, I made a deposit at… Continue

Added by Anna on November 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

You can just DO that? Reactions to a year of location shopping

Before we left New York, when we told people (friends, strangers, relatives) our plan to take a year and try out living in a couple different places, they responded in a variety of ways...



1. I wish I could do something like that! But I'm not a very adventurous/spontaneous person...

These are the people who get a faraway look in their eyes, as if they've had this idea themselves, but have… Continue

Added by Anna on November 11, 2009 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

Did I waste my twenties?

This past weekend, I hung out with a terrific couple: a Shakespeare professor and an Art History professor, both in their 60s, both very successful. They have a beautiful home, great careers, an intellectually stimulating life, and disposable cash. They bet their livelihood on their own creative minds and they won. They are happy, healthy, and completely set for retirement.



I was undone by them.



When they were in their twenties, they chose career paths.



When I… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on November 10, 2009 at 1:23pm — 12 Comments

Back to the Future: My Life in 2 Calendars

Today is Monday, November 9th, 2009. I’m at my kitchen table in Boulder (not having sex with it at the moment), staring at an acorn squash (procured from the Farmer’s Market) that was supposed to be cooked for an autumnal meal, then became an autumnal centerpiece, and now is its last dying breath away from the autumnal compost heap. I look at my calendar to remind myself what I’m supposed to… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on November 9, 2009 at 1:10pm — 9 Comments

NY, if you can make it there... Can you really make it anywhere?

From the moment we have started talking about moving back to Paris I have started to enjoy everything about NY more.

Typical I hear you say?

Yes.

To stay or not to stay?

To work like a true workaholic, to have very few vacations, to be tired, to be stressed, yes that is NY for me but then there is that unique feeling that suddenly overcomes you that you have such an exciting life and that back home your friends have the same life everyday.



But wait? Don't I do the… Continue

Added by Emma on November 6, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

1 week after leaving NYC

It's been about a week since I left NYC - 4 days of travel and 4 days in Austin. Seems like a good time to do some summarizing.



I'm happy to report that so far... I've survived! There were some flutters of panic early on, but now that we're settling in Austin, I'm feeling really good about the change. And I feel almost guilty when I say it, but: I don't miss NYC at all. As I wrote to a friend this week, "we are eating well, admiring the diverse plant life, and in awe of the comforts… Continue

Added by Anna on November 6, 2009 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Walgreens as barometer

In Austin, we're renting a little guest house that's next to this big Victorian house in a lovely, quiet neighborhood just south of downtown Austin. When we arrived Sunday night, the owners weren't home, so we decided to get a bite to eat. Luckily, there's a BBQ joint less than half a block away, so we scarfed down some ribs and drowned our aching roadtrip muscles in beer, while we listened to the band warm up on the patio. It was fantastic. And in such an Austin way.…



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Added by Anna on November 5, 2009 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

Am I having sex with my house?

THIS IS MY NEW HOUSE:

Isn't it cute?

I can't believe I just wrote that.

But I did.

Because I have turned into THAT PERSON. The person who loves her house and wants to show it off, like a baby. Isn't it cute? The person who talks about her house too much in casual conversation. "I can't believe we couldn't get the baseboard heat thermometer to work." The person who talks about the merits of "Firefly Yellow" vs. "Goldenrod Blush"… Continue

Added by Mari Brown on November 5, 2009 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

I left! And then I panicked, quietly.

So after months of planning, we finally did it! A week ago, we packed up our little blue station wagon and drove out of New York. Saying goodbye to our cozy apartment was a tad emotional; saying goodbye to Brooklyn and Manhattan was, disappointingly, anti-climactic. I felt like there should have been a parade guiding us on our way, or fireworks greeting us when we emerged from the tunnel in Jersey - but alas, there were not. I think such fanfare would have made leaving feel more real, more… Continue

Added by Anna on November 4, 2009 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Tortoise and hare become one.

I left New York in August (the 7th to be exact, but who's counting?) and I miss it, but in weird ways. I'm certainly happy that I left, and feel generally much more attuned to a slower, CHEAPER existence, but I do miss the fast pace. I moved to Chicago about three weeks ago, after living here for seven years before relocating to NYC for the past four. I have a few jobs here and there, and have been assured other positions, but those don't open up for about a month. Luckily, Chicago is cheap… Continue

Added by Rebecca Fasman on November 3, 2009 at 3:21pm — 7 Comments

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