Currently: July 2015

Well, things have certainly changed since last month's Currently, haven't they?

It's been almost a month since we arrived in the States but it feels much longer than that. It's so odd how your perception of time can warp depending on a current situation.

We've gotten tons done in the last month (bank accounts, phone numbers, social security stuff, that all-important mattress) and are also allowing for plenty of time to explore the city and try out all of the markets and restaurants – Durham has a killer food scene, and it's a much easier, more affordable experience eating out than it ever was in New York or London (obviously). That's been nice.

Overall, we're loving exploring our new city and settling in to our slower, greener way of life. I've been sleeping so well, thanks to either the release of such a big stress, quieter surroundings, or maybe it's just that giant mattress. We definitely miss London and our friends and family there, but for selfish reasons it is very nice to wake up either naturally or to an alarm, rather than the sound of double decker buses driving by your window at 5 AM. 

Anyway. Here's a look at what we've been up to, Currently, for our first month back in the States:

hunkering down with my mom (and borrowing her car) as we get things settled. to come: our own place, a car, a dog – which is probably the most exciting part of our entire move/maybe the point?

unpacking, albeit intentionally. since we'll be moving to our own place at some point, most personal belongings are staying in the 13 cardboard boxes that surround me as i type this. the very fact that we're able to do that makes me wonder if we even need what's in those boxes. maybe i need to read my own post on minimalist moving tips?

feeling completely obsessed with california after my quick trip to l.a. that i definitely haven't stopped talking about.

looking for new ways to embrace wellness. on my "to try" list is this yoga studio (thanks to sasha for the recommendation), kombucha and kimchi , and maybe this and this.

(finally) wearing summer clothes in all forms, from sandals to sundresses. it's been 3 summers since i needed hot weather clothes, and i've arrived just in time for all of the sales. so far, i'm stocking up on comfy cotton everlane tanks.

drinking all of the iced coffee thanks to the leftovers from my morning chemex, which makes the best homemade iced coffee ever. if you really want to live dangerously, consider adding a dash of chocolate milk. 

cuffs are my go to when it come to bracelets, but i'm currently having a thing for thin, delicate wrap bracelets. this began when i started wearing this one from jukserei and this one from miss balader that i won in a (super sweet) giveaway.

enjoying the flowers that dear june letters sent over, as well as the discovery of my new favorite local flower shop. (thank you!)

minimizing my bug bites with this natural bug spray that also smells pretty great.

reading this book and enjoying the description of brighton and another (very different) expat experience.

eating all of the mexican food in the southeast, because combination plates.

hoping to fit in a last minute trip to the beach next month (!). i haven't worn a bathing suit in two years, y'all, so it's about damn time that happens. (also: the wood paneling in this beach cottage is pretty great.)


so: what have you been up to? traveling, camping, trying to stay cool, avoiding bugs, eating mexican food, drinking iced coffee, starting new projects? i'd love to hear!

Here In My Car

The thing about life in the big city is that you don't need a car.

Unless you're in L.A. or another car-centric city, public transportation is usually abundant enough that cars just aren't necessary.

That was great for a while – in my big city life, I loved the freedom of not needing a car or car insurance. Oil changes and gas stations never crossed my mind. 

But when our last few weeks in London turned into an endless loop of moving from flat to flat by cab and on foot, I began to get excited about having a car again.

"Imagine if we had a car," we'd say to ourselves as we lugged trash bags of personal belongings from front door to cab to front door, then up a few staircases. All we'd have to do is wheel our luggage out to the car, put the luggage in said car, and drive away.

Suddenly being able to choose when you walked and when you drove felt like freedom to me. Life on the open road, or at least a road that will take you home from the grocery store with your gallons of milk stowed safely in the backseat rather than slowly leaking throw the tote bag you've been carrying for the last half mile. 

Yes, life on the open road. The luxury of it all is almost too much to handle.

But now that we've reached the point where we're almost ready to get a car (and shout out to my mom for letting us borrow her car in the meantime) we've reached a pretty big question:

What kind of car to get? The last time I drove a car that was my own, I was in Atlanta and 22. I was about to move to New York, say goodbye to my car, and say hello to the world of subways and walking. 

The question of what kind of car to get now seems very big. Since it's been so long since I've had one, it seems like the car I get will now represent who I am.

Am I a black Prius person, or an old Volvo person? Honda Civic? Corolla? Cream MINI Convertible? (Yes please.) Old school truck with wooden side paneling? 

These are the questions. And P.S. – the answer is probably a Civic or something equally responsible. But I'd still like to keep my options open, just for now.

What kind of car do you have? Any terrible experiences you'd be willing to share, or things I should know about? This will be my first adult car purchase, so help is appreciated.

And for the record, I still love walking and the freedom that living in a big city affords. I'll continue to walk now as much as I can, and I'm learning to embrace the world of bikes. Small cities were made for them, it seems.

But a car? A car is a different type of freedom.

Hello, open road.