This post is just a quick update on what’s been going on in my life, as opposed to my daydreams. It won’t be nearly as exciting as sailing through Andromeda on a spiral staircase made of ostrich feathers (which sounds like a beautiful adventure to me), but rather more subdued and decidedly tangible.
Least importantly, I got my hair cut! Well, I cut it myself for thrifty purposes. And I learned a new method of mermaid waves from somewhere in the reaches of Pinterest. Simply roll a small section of hair into a pin curl (don’t actually pin it) and then clamp the flat iron down on the pin curl for 10 seconds or so and voila! Let it tumble down into a perfect beachy wave.
Of medium importance, I’ve been working on upcycling lingerie into feminine and flirty vintage-style dresses. Here’s a quick peek, though I’m not quite finished as I am in desperate need of lace trim. All of the pieces are hand-dyed with lovely organic dyes from Dharma Trading.
Also of medium importance, I’ve begun working on my fiction novel again after losing a quarter of it in the great hard drive crash of 2012. It is a slow struggle, but I will get there with bottles of wine and glasses of honeyed whiskey. What is it that Hemingway said, “write drunk, edit sober”?
Second to most important is that my cats are still being ridiculously cute. I also found out recently that they are both Korats, with the boy being a Thai Blue Point (the one that looks Siamese).
And most importantly…
I’M MOVING! Yeah! Finally! I’m still debating between many gorgeous cities in this diverse and beautiful country, so help me out? My requirements are:
- On the coast. No rivers or lakes, just miles and miles of crashing waves. I am okay with bays, harbors, and sounds.
- Must get snow and lots of it. Love the cold and how it makes everything so magical.
- Which goes with: no eternal sunshine. I currently live in LA and the sun depresses me. Also, I like being pale.
- Not a big city, but not completely rural either. Ideal TV towns: Capeside (Dawson’s Creek), Cicely (Northern Exposure), Rosewood and Mystic Falls if they were coastal (Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries, respectively).
- Friendly people who are genuine, like cocktail parties or get-togethers, DIY and crafty projects, literature and art, and are in-tune with what’s going on, but not obsessed with the scene. Seattle scares me for that reason.
- Excellent nearby hiking.
- Historic architecture and sites
With all of this in mind, here’s what I’ve been considering: Portland Maine, Salem Mass, Portsmouth NH, and possibly somewhere on Long Island. So please, if you have any suggestions or advice, I’d love to hear it! I’m from PA/NJ, so I’ve visited all the places I’ve mentioned, but I welcome local insight for sure. I would love to hear about any other towns or cities you think might suit me. I have until October 1 to make my official decision.
Hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday.