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It’s 3,000 miles from the life I know, and that’s all right


Communing with a boulder in West Virginia.

In the last couple of months, I’ve:

  • Given up a job that no longer fit as well as it used to
  • Started a new job with a lovely small company
  • Packed a thousand and two boxes
  • Drove 3,000 miles across the United States with two cats
  • Settled into an apartment in Kirkland, Washington, a Seattle suburb
  • Done a lot of thinking about the kind of person I want to be and the things I want to do with my life

That’s a lot of change, you know?

The internet makes it so easy to compartmentalize our lives. Professional work over on LinkedIn, personal blogging on another site, photos confined to Flickr, silly memes over on Tumblr. Then there’s Facebook and Twitter and on it goes. It’s too easy for the self to fragment and each shining piece to be lost in the social media shuffle.

I’m finding, too, that having reached the ripe old age of 34, I’m less worried about obsessively curating my public persona in the hopes that everyone on the planet will like me and more concerned with simply living life. If that means a few rough edges reach the surface, well, everyone’s got them.

Moving to an area of spectacular natural beauty like Seattle is also reinforcing my decision to focus more on experiences and less on things. Less shopping, more shooting. Less sitting, more hiking. Less whining, more writing.

I’m going to resume fashion and plus-size blogging again here, but I also want to share more of my story and self as well. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.


Inviting an allergy attack on a highway shoulder in Illinois.

Outfit of the Day: Snow Day

What do you wear for a surprise snow day in October? If you’re like me and you overprepare for trips just in case, lots of layers and some surprisingly-great snow boots.

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Sweater: Lands End
Cami: Lane Bryant 
Jacket: Lands End
Jeans: Lane Bryant
Boots: Jessica London
Scarf: Handmade
Baseball cap: UNC Tarheels
Camera bag: Lowepro

I’m really, really not a cold weather person, and usually I’m shivering and miserable every time I go outside in winter. I’m finally learning to layer, though, and I was pretty proud of being warm for hours and hours outside here.

Back in October, we got out of DC for a long weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. We thought there’d only be flurries, so we were pretty surprised to get to the lodge at the state park and discover the forecast was for five inches of snow.

I had brought tons of warm clothing and my new snow boots just in case, thinking I’d be doing more walking around in cold mud than anything else, but the boy hadn’t even brought a coat. He’s half polar bear, I swear. This was a little too cold even for him, so we went to the nearest Wal-Mart (an hour away, in Maryland) and bought him a cheap jacket. *laugh*

At any rate, the snow was great. It started falling in earnest after we got back to the lodge and snowed all night and the next day. And there was no wind, so it was just absolutely a perfect day to be outside. I’m pretty amateur with my video camera to say the least, but I made another little video just of the beautiful snow.



DC-Area Plus-Size Clothing Swap on January 14

Woohoo! The details are final for the upcoming plus-size clothing swap. If you’re in the Washington, DC metro area (or within driving distance in Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia), come over to my house in Manassas, VA, from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 for an evening of pizza and snacks, free clothes, silly Wii dance games and lots of giggling!



If you’ve never attended a plus-size clothing swap, here’s how it works: Read the rest of this entry