What I’ll Miss, What I Won’t Miss

I live in California now.
welcome to californiaI left Boston three weeks ago yesterday and embarked on an adventure, documented on Instagram under #crosscountryrachel. More on that later.

For now, here’s a post, inspired by the late, great, Nora Ephron, on what I’ll miss and what I won’t miss about Boston.

What I Won’t Miss
slipping on ice
humidity-tainted hair
everyone always complaining about the weather
the coldness
being far from my family
rotaries
inefficiently placed roads and streets
the MBTA
particularly, the orange line
and also the green line
expensive avocados
bad Mexican food

What I’ll Miss
fall
changing seasons
the first snow
the coldness
my church community
Render Mondays
walking through the Public Garden in the spring when the tulips are in
JP Licks
being close to Vermont
being close to New York
being close to Europe
being an East Coaster
the view of the city when riding the red line to and from Cambridge
buttery lobster rolls

Commuting With Crystal

billy crystal still foolin emI’ve been reading Billy Crystal’s book on my kindle during my commute to and from my temp job, and it makes my ride on the T drastically better. Have you been on the orange line during rush hour lately? It’s kind of dreadful. Anyway, I love these types of books because they make me feel like I’m reading a friend’s blog, and I love my friends and I love blogs. I’ve particularly enjoyed Billy’s (we’re on a first-name basis since becoming friends) book because of the perspective on life that he’s unknowingly imparting to me.

He writes about getting old, and shares anecdotes on aging, as well as emphasizing the importance of dental hygiene. He also writes about his career, a topic of which I’m most interested in, since When Harry Met Sally is my favorite movie. In one chapter, he begins by sharing how he was anxious about turning forty, because it seemed like he was running out of time in life. But, as it turned out, his forties were “one of the most fertile and successful times in [his] career.” billyorangeHe couldn’t have known that at thirty-nine. Or at at twenty-seven, when his career was only just beginning. I’m sure if someone had told him who he would become, he wouldn’t have believed it. He couldn’t have imagined it. But now, he can look back and see how everything lined up and worked out, how the small pieces of the puzzle that is his life were slowly coming together to form a great picture, one that he couldn’t see before because he was just too close. But now it’s crystal clear.

Sometimes we need these reminders to help us reorient our perspectives. And to remind us of the importance of flossing.

Currently

Hello there. Happy Spring! It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? Here’s what’s been going on.

Reading: I just finished reading And Still She Laughs, which I recommend to anyone, really, but particularly to anyone processing grief. I also recently finished reading Invitation to Solitude and Silence. I tried reading this years ago, and never really got into it, but I was listening to this sermon series, where this book was referenced. I decided to pick it back up, and this time read it all the way through. And I’m very glad I did. Solitude and silence is such a great practice, and giving myself the grace to remember that it takes time and practice to grow in it has been especially encouraging and beneficial. And walking through the pseudo forest outside my apartment helps, too.

Watching: This Is Us. I try not to allow myself too much time for TV, lest I fall into the habit of never leaving my apartment for the sake of it, but I give myself all the time for this show. The first season just ended and it’s everything I want out of a show because I can experience a whole range of emotions just from one episode.

Eating: tacos. One of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more tacos. I’ve been doing pretty well so far. I tried Casa Verde in my neighborhood for my birthday when my sister was in town, and I’ve paid many visits to my neighborhood fave, Chilacates (who just opened their second location; yay local businesses!). I don’t cook for myself often because it bores me, but I’ve been forcing myself to eat in more to save money. That, along with the motivation to eat all the tacos of 2017, has lead me to make my own tacos, thus continuing my progress even from the comforts of my own kitchen. And apparently, tacos are trendy, so there’s that. #racheleatstacos

Building: websites. I’ve picked my coding habit back up and have been brushing up on the coding things with Codecademy. It’s been nice to realize that I actually know more than I thought I did (take that, imposter syndrome!), but I do still feel like I have a long way to go. This quote by Earl Nightingale helps.

Planningso many trips. I’ve been doing some temp work, but have some random days off this coming week, so I’m going to Philly! It’s been on my list of places to visit for a while now, so I figured it’s now or never! Then it’s Easter, then I’m going home for Sarah’s bridal shower. AND THEN, I’m finally going to finally hold a lamb. More on that later.

Anticipating: so many changes. More on that later, too, but let’s just say that I’ll be spending the next few weeks purging and packing up my life.

Hello 2017

Hello 2017. You are like a breath of fresh air. Welcome.


Here are some random thoughts and goings-on:

La La Land is one my new favorite movies. I just watched it for a second time today and it was even better this time around. Go see it immediately.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more tacos. I’m considering ordering this to guide me along.

Thanks to the Bible Project, and their app, I read through the entire Bible in 2016. I fell behind about a quarter into the year, but that’s the beauty of being unemployed–you have lots of time on your hands for catching up. I’ll be embarking on this journey this year as well (though, hopefully, as an employed member of society). Join me!

Speaking of reading, in my attempt to return to my former life as a reader, I read twelve books in the last three months. Hoping to read at least twelve more this year.

I rearranged my room yesterday in honor of the new year and it’s amazing what a difference a little change like this can make.

I recently got contact lenses, thanks to an eye doctor friend of mine. I still plan on wearing my glasses the majority of the time, but it’s nice to have options.

I’m thinking about bringing hoop earrings back into my life, but there’s already a hoop in my nose. Is that too many hoops? There’s a lame “jumping through hoops” joke in there somewhere…

I’m going to be 29 very soon. The default next sentence would be “I feel so old.” But the truth is, I actually don’t. I remember when I was 15 years old, and I thought that 18 was SO old. My life would basically be over by the time I reached that age. And now here we are. And I feel young. And that’s good.

I’ll leave you with this:

“To write a diary is to make a series of choices about what to omit, what to forget.”
Sarah Manguso

Happy New Year!

London

Processed with VSCO with s2 presetOver the summer, after my visit to the Netherlands, I flew to London for Reality. Nicole and I flew together from the Netherlands, and we ended up taking the tube to the wrong place and walked very far to get to where we were staying. But we made it, and that night we celebrated our arrival with lamb meatballs and beer from Exmouth Arms.2016-07-26-21-29-15Processed with VSCO with s2 presetThe next morning, we got coffee at Grub on the Green (which ended up becoming our daily ritual), and kicked off our week by taking the tube to Southwark, walking through the Borough Market, visiting Charles Spurgeon’s church, and eating chicken tikka masala (which is a British national dish), at London’s “first Punjabi restaurant,” Punjab.  We ended the night at the Square Pig with beer and cards.

The rest of the trip consisted of lots of church sessions, coffee from Grub on the Green, tube rides, really delicious sourdough pizza from Franco Manga, the best carrot cake and earl grey I’ve had in a long time from Kahaila Cafe, fish and chips from the Laughing Halibut, many beers, beigels from Beigel Bake, more coffee, more beers, and more tube rides.2016-07-27-12-34-31We visited Notting Hill, Kensington & Chelsea, Kensington Palace, Stratford & Hackney, London Tower, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, King’s Cross Station, and Lambeth.

One night, Cauchy, Dorian, Nicole, and I went to see Wicked, while the rest of our group saw the Phantom of the Opera. Another day, we hung out at Boxpark, which is a minimalist’s dream.

One night, we went out for dinner at Dishoom, which we had heard great things about. It was some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and I think about it often. It will be one of my first stops whenever I return to London.
Processed with VSCO with s2 presetAs soon as I got used to cars being on the other side of the road, it was time to leave. Until next time, London.

Thankful: A List

This year has been really good—it’s been stretching and happy and sad and stressful and relaxing, and I’m glad that it isn’t over yet. Here’s a roundup of what I’m thankful for so far, because Thanksgiving. 

-parents who can get along

-natural light

-plants in my living room

-friends who take the time to know me 

-Tom Hanks

-airplanes

-JP Pond

-the color green

-The Yaris

-New York

-avocados

-the ability to run 

-craft beer

-road trips with my sister 

-quiet mornings 

-really good almond milk

-painted nails 

-pizza

-cozy sweaters

-bagels

-fire pits

-swimming in the ocean 

-tacos

-Nora Ephron 

-FaceTime

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you plenty of turkey and pie and hugs. 

Many the Miles

funemployment
Today I have been funemployed for exactly nine months, and it has been wonderful. I’ve traveled to many places, as shown above, and done the typical broadening of horizons that should occur when one embarks on such a journey. Life is fun. But now it’s time to get a job. Here’s to the next adventure.