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We are back in Berkeley after a lovely trip out east.

I was totally seduced by Richmond. That place gets me, every time. A front porch for everyone! Great friends! Great food! Proximity to my family (close, but not too close). Only 100 easy miles away from Katie! AND I could have what is essentially my dream house for somewhere in the 400k neighborhood.

But, friends, it is hot there. And while it would be a great career move for ME (I could essentially make the same amount of money there as I would here, while living on about 60% of the income), it would not be a career move in the least for my husband. Plus, everyone smokes actual cigarettes, which kills the air all around you.

But still, all the benefits are food for thought. I am submerged for at least 15 minutes a day in the swells of East Bay house porn. Here, my dream home costs about 850k, which firmly requires both of us to work as hard as possible so that we can afford the life we have and hopefully retire someday. But the food is delicious and super affordable. And the air smells like flowers, 90% of the year. And, of course, there are about a million other reasons to be in love with this place over a place like RVA. Walking Niko to his school this morning reminded me of all the lovliness... a beautiful day with zero humidity, like most every day here, year round.

Anyhow. House porn. I have a problem. I guess I just feel as if, when we buy a house, wherever it is (probably in the east bay), I'm pretty much not leaving. I want to build out a garden and work on it for years. I want to know a house's very bones. I want to know (and fix) every creaky floor board. I want to watch trees grow and grow. I want to know every neighbor's drama and dog. I want to set up house and never, ever leave. I want this moving around to just plain stop.

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In sad news, I found out while we were away that Sopor has cancer, and that it's in her lymph system. I take her today to get her stitches out (I had a bunch of the cancer removed before I knew what it was). I'm excited to let her hang around outside again, for her last days. She seems to be feeling fine after what was a rough recovery. I've never taken a pet in for surgery before, and it was ugly. I'll be happy to throw the cone away and be done with it. I just want to enjoy her and make her happy for the time she has left. She's been the best cat for me, and I'm super sad to think that she won't be with us for much longer. In fact, I don't want to write about it any more.

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In happier news, Niko's birthday is the day after tomorrow and I am starting to feel super excited about planning it. He has requested pancakes for breakfast, an extended school day (I guess he wants to bask in the glow of his friends knowing it's his birthday), and strawberry rhubarb crisp for dinner. We are buying him binoculars. And maybe a kid's bird watching book?

I don't know what I'm doing for the party yet. I need ideas. I'm so travel weary and just want to do something small, which I'm sure will feel large enough to him, anyhow. He has requested chocolate balls instead of cake, based on a gluten free mostly dates and nuts recipe that a friend made in RVA. Berkeley kid wants gluten free, vegan, chocolate balls instead of cake! And he told me this morning that we sure need to eat extra vegetables this week because we didn't eat that many while on vacation. Sure, kid, no problem. I love it!
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Yeah. It's been a kind of crazy week. It all started with dramatic ice-cream coned pageantry, when I took home the 18th place trophy for Ms. Belltown Betty on Sunday. I walked into the pageant blindly, without a talent act to speak of, and ended up becoming a professional stage performer with a verbal contract to reproduce my now (not so) famous ice-cream eating act this spring. As long as they give me free shots, that fifty dollars worth of fame is ALL MINE.

I actually made a lot of friends at that show. Science McGee, the new Belltown Betty, is hilarious. I plan on getting into lots of trouble with her later. Or... maybe I'll just egg Science on and watch her get into trouble since that seems to be more of my act these days. I like watching people get into trouble and then going somewhere with a married girlfriend... to SLEEP.

Anyhow the next day involved a long long ladies luncheon with [livejournal.com profile] miss_eagle_eye. That afternoon, we brought out the best of the worst in each other and had ourselves a grand time. I was in such a state when she left that I endeavored to reorganize the book shelves and my dresser. This house is now *thismuch* closer to what we envision it becoming. The next day, I spent time at the brand spanking new Stylus Salon before having an awesome dinner with [livejournal.com profile] more_bjorn at Black Bottle. Then, I hit the Noc Noc with Erin and a few of my new co-workers. There, I became so drunk that I've been in hibernation for the past two days... which is fine because Buster came home from SXSW with the flu AGAIN and had no problems with us curling together into an impervious ball for several hours. Hopefully I will continue my streak of letting B breathe flu into my face to no unhealthy end.

Now I'm off to hang out again with [livejournal.com profile] miss_eagle_eye at McLeod Residence, where I'll order a drink or two from Ingo before heading home to pack my bags because...

I'M GOING BACK TO THE EAST COAST TOMORROW!!!!! As much as I enjoy hanging out with the West Coast Crazies, I can't tell you how excited I am to get back to the glamorously stable sanity of my home coast... where you can catch a drink in a 200 year old bar and then walk home drunk at 3am - never having to worry about being bothered by an army of crack heads (I now believe the rumor I once heard in NYC that Giuliani packed up all the crack heads and shipped them out to the west coast).

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