Because starting a new job in a completely different sector isn't change enough, I decided to move within the first month.
I've been in my tiny apartment for 11 years - ok, 1 month short of my 11 year rent-a-versary in 400 sq ft of urban treehouse.
But living in a destination neighborhood has finally worn me out.
Parking's a pain, my stairs are too much for my family and the whole dang place smells of the steel mill and the asphalt factory.
And it's become painfully clear that my neighborhood values the transient visitors' experience over the residents' (Where else would they fail to figure out resident-only parking. Little Italy, Cleveland Heights and Lakewood figured it out... Tremont, not so much.)
So I'm done - I planned to stay put for a bit and see how the job went, but once I got my offer letter, pretty much nothing could keep me from getting the flock out of town.
I am moving to a place with far more practical things within walking distance - things I do on a regular basis, not once in a while: a grocery store, an artisan bread shop, a yarn store, a yacht club, a natural food store and an entrance to one of the best hiking/biking trails in the region.
I'm still keeping to my small house style, as it's a whopping 850 sq ft.
But it has a porch and a dry basement - newly redone hardwood floors and an Energy Star programmable whole house furnace and AC. A peach tree, grapes and raspberries, lovely natural wood built ins and a DRIVEWAY.
Somewhere in my youth or childhood/
I must have done something good.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I start my new job in a week - until then, I seem to keep stumbling into people and projects.
This week, goldleafing for the iconographer I worked for years ago.
I forgot how enjoyable (but tiring) goldleafing can be.
And how much fun it is to come home with gold on my forehead.
You swipe the brush across your forehead before you grab the leaf - the oils are just adhesive enough to allow for secure transport of gold from book to canvas (or wood, as the current case requires).