I thought it would be nice to just take a beat, chat, and say hi. Everything has felt so rushed and frantic, it feels nice to just sit down and write. I had a calm and cozy weekend. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel of unpacking and sorting and putting things away. And I can’t believe I’ve been in the house for a full week; the past week and a half has been a complete whirlwind. I had been anticipating it with a mix of excitement (new house, yay!) and dread (ugh moving is horrible, I just did this 18 months ago!) but mostly excitement. And now that the hardest part is mostly over, it is just so nice to be here.
I am so happy.
I am obviously not the first person to buy a home (lol) but truly, everything is so exciting and magical. It is such a good feeling. I didn’t expect the peace I would feel in being here. Even though there is so much to do, I feel such a wonderful sense of calm. I think that is a combination of the house itself being so quiet and peaceful, and the relief that comes when the thing you are really dreaded doing (moving) is complete.
I really love my neighborhood. It’s safe and cozy and a little bit sleepy compared to everywhere else I’ve ever lived. It is truly wonderful to be able to go for walks at night and it’s so close to one of my favorite coffee shops. As for the house itself, every day I find something new to delight in. Either something gets fixed, hung up, or installed which feels like Christmas (the shelves went up in the kitchen on Friday night: pure JOY!), or I discover something fun like how the old owner had electric outlets installed under the sink (completely brilliant!). Little micro-joys.
Doing my workouts outside in the courtyard (the perfect hybrid of not having to go far or pay for a gym membership, but not being cooped up inside). There is a single palm tree back there and I was stretching on the ground. I looked up to see the sun peeking through its leaves and smiled and thought to myself, “that’s my palm tree!” The fountain. I love the fountain. The old owners had installed one and it the sound of the water is so blissfully calming. I can hear it as I’m falling asleep. I can hear it from the screen porch in the morning as I work and let Tyrion roam. Fountains rule.
There is also just this feeling of being a badass. Or maybe just an adult, not a badass. Silly things like changing my air filters (and setting a monthly reminder to do so). Hanging up art. Feeling like, “I bought this myself and I can do anything.” After twenty years of renting (24 if you count dorm life!) it feels great to put down roots and have something that feels a little more permanent.
On the other side of the coin I am terribly behind on work and emails and have barely started my gift guides (launching next week), but I’m doing my best. It will all get done, bit by bit.
Everything is overwhelming but everything is also wonderful.
I am so happy to be here and getting settled. Today, a handyman is coming over to hang my mirrors and move some furniture. The HVAC is also getting fixed (praise be: it’s still in the eighties here in Charleston so the top floor has been toasty!) I’ve had a few friends over for casual drinks and tonight my family is coming over for my sister’s birthday dinner. I am really excited to have them over. I bought some nice cheeses and am making a big salad. (My dad handled the main course: homemade lasagna!).