We're leaving for Chicago in about ten days from today. Just the thought of that makes my stomach turn a bit, since we still have an incredible amount of stuff to get done! The packing is nowhere near started, even though we've sold a majority of our most expensive furniture, etc. All hail King Craigslist! Man, those things sure did fly out the door in a few days. Still a few things left that I'd like to sell, but in the end wouldn't be too disappointed if we had to donate to our local thrift store. I'm just being a little lax, actually. After that initial gusto with which I sold all of the most expensive pieces, I kinda' lost momentum a bit. Maybe you guys can give me a push or just yell at me to get off my lazy bum.
Miami has never felt like 'home' to me, and I am positive that it never would, either. Never, at least, in the way Chicago does. Chicago makes my heart beat, the minute I step onto its streets, in a way that possibly no other city in this world does or can. But there'll be a lot more about Chicago in the coming months - let's focus on Miami for the time being. We were - or at least I consider ourselves so - incredibly lucky to be able to call one of the most beautiful parts of South Beach our home for a little while. Deep has been here much longer, and I've visited him on and off until I moved in for good a couple of months ago, after returning from India. Our apartment is a high-rise right on Biscayne Bay, with spectacular views, the most beautiful sunsets in Miami (I could bet money on this), and a really nice, vibrant neighborhood. Although, in general, South Beach couldn't be more different in terms of sensibilities to my comfort zone when it comes to city-living, I loved this place simple because it was our first 'home' really. I truly wish I had at least another couple of months to just relax and soak in everything that this place has to offer before beginning the whole process of packing, selling, and moving. As I am selling off so many of the beautiful items that I'd decorated our home with, I couldn't tell you the crazy mix of emotions I am going through ...
In a way I couldn't be happier that we are moving to the city I'd always dreamed of enjoying with Deep, that I am going to attend graduate school in my top choice university/department, and that we now know we're also going to be living in a location that couldn't possibly be more exciting. However, this move has also brought with it a number of insecurities and anxieties - most of which I won't go into much detail about, for personal reasons - not the least of which are the hassle, the costs of moving across the country, Deep's job change, and so much more. Gaaahhh! This post would turn into a pit of negativity if I start dwelling on all of those, all at once! I'm sure I'll be mentioning one or more of these things in future posts, but for this one ... I just hoped I could say a proper goodbye to this beautiful place, our first home, and share some of my favorite snaps with you all.
The small details are always the most attractive to me, I think - especially in a big space such as someone's apartment. For instance, these little nooks that were built into the column that separated the kitchen from the dining/living space were so darling, and just screamed for tiny knick-knacks to fill them up. And boy, do I love collecting knick-knacks. One of my all-time favorite finds is the green Buddha statue in the middle picture - he sits on our bathroom sink, and he is just the most adorable, cheerful little guy. Just brightens up my mornings every day! I am considering taking Buddha with me, you know. There are plenty of things I parted with, that seriously brought tears to my eyes, but Buddha is small and light enough to put into a box. I doubt I'll find anything like it again, and he's just too unique and beautiful to be in somebody else's home! In the last pic you see just an affordable outdoor two-seater deck sofa that I bought from IKEA and Deep put together (probably the only piece he did all by himself!). Just a little outdoor space for us to enjoy gorgeous sunsets over dinner. Very cheap, but enough.
I know I was a bit all over the place in this post, but I hope you'll understand that that's the kind of mental space I am in right now! The whole house is messy (and heaven knows I cannot deal with messy for too long!), and I'm trying to lead a normal day-to-day life, while we're putting things in order, step by step, for the move. I'll keep you guys updated as things move along. The journey to Chicago itself is likely to be quite an adventure. We're taking the Amtrak (because who has the cash to pay for ten pieces of checked-in luggage? Certainly not us!), and the only route possible was Miami-DC-Chicago. Insane, over two whole days, but I hope we are able to treat it as an adventure and just enjoy the whole thing! Over the next few months, I have high hopes for the Lifestyle/DIY section of the blog (which has been most neglected), since decorating a new place on a not just tight, but nearly-non-existent budget, has DIY written all over it. I have tons of ideas, and am trying to educate myself in the next few weeks to prepare for some big projects.
I hope you all are doing well - maybe you can post a little update on what's going on in your lives down in the comments below. I'd love to hear!
'til next time, loves.