My Apartment

Things have gotten so crazy at my house that the cats have decided to form a temporary alliance and are currently lying next to each other on my bed.

Not really leaving much room for me in the bed, I might add.

During this last hard push to moving day, I’ve needed to keep my spirit strong. As ever, one way I do that is by laughing at as many things I can, which I’ve been doing quite a lot lately. One reason is because every time I say “my apartment,” I think of this New Yorker essay, which I know I’ve linked to before, but it doesn’t stop making me laugh.

I also found motivation in this list of the 101 best restaurants in the US that Jama linked to over on Facebook, since two of the reasons I’m downsizing are so I have more time for travel and more time for food.

Of course, the reason I’m doing all this is so I have more time for my life, for the things that are most important to me, like exploring and creating and spending time with the people I love. This TED Talk by Brené Brown, which I’ve also linked to before, helped give me courage to take some big steps last year and to keep taking them, even though some of them have been so, so hard. It’s one of those things I think about and rewatch periodically, so I enjoyed hearing more from Brown in this radio interview Tanita pointed out to me. I listened to it while I was packing the other night, and Brown articulates so much of what’s important to me–her ideas about living wholeheartedly, particularly. I know what she means, and I know that living wholeheartedly is what I want to do.

Last, something Jules sent along: “We’re All Scared” by Hank Green. I love what he says about how the most important thing we create is what we’re always creating, ourselves.


  1. Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh! Hadn’t seen that Hank video! Love it. Yes, more laughing, more time for travel and food and spending time with good people. :) I like picturing cats allied on your bed. . .

  2. Libby
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I like the way you post links with a little bit of explanation. It makes the ideas more meaningful and perhaps more personal than just clicking share on Facebook.

  3. Posted November 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    It’s a good plan: more food, more travel, less yardwork. I think when we buy again, we’re going to keep that in mind.

    Can’t wait to see pics of the new place, with its vast expanses of unfurnished space. ☺

  4. momster
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    It won’t be long now:)My thoughts,prayers and love are all with you at the end of one journey and the beginning of the next.You are very strong.

  5. adrienne
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Jama, I’m biased, but I must say the cats were putting on their best cute act.

    Thanks, Libby!

    Tanita, I’m stopping by tonight after work to make sure things are ready for the movers tomorrow. I’m hoping I’ll have the presence of mind to remember to snap some pictures with my phone.

    Momster, Thank you! It’s all very exciting!

  6. Little Willow
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Good thoughts for you and the kitties!

  7. adrienne
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! We’re doing well!

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