I’m in Seattle. I did it. I drove cross-country. I spent 30 hours in the car with my brother. I didn’t die. I didn’t kill him. We slept in a tipi. All wins. Prior to now I’ve been a little too frazzled to post updates, or start this blog, or do many of the things past-me told future-me that I should be able to do in this tumultuous point in my life. But that’s just how it is and now I’m here to tell past-me to calm the eff down and let present-me live because I am le tired.
I'm going to spare you a rambling post about traveling and moving and unpacking and sleep deprivation. Instead I give you a quick update on two of my favorite places in the Seattle area thus far:
1. There is a magical place on Mercer Island. It is called the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. This mystical unicorn exists just a couple blocks from the house I’m staying in for the summer. Is life perfect? It might be.
What makes the Mercer Island Thrift Shop a source of endless happiness, you ask? $5 J. Crew shorts, maybe. Those and an entire floor full of all the clothes you could possibly imagine in excellent condition. And then you go downstairs. And you find a bookstore full of summer reading goodness, all ringing in under $4. This was a great discovery because considering my current quasi-employment, there may quite possibly be a point in the near future when I only got $20 in my pocket.
2. There is another magical place, just an 8-minute drive from Mercer Island. It is called the Seattle Bouldering Project. It is a two-story paradise dedicated exclusively to – you guessed it – bouldering. I’m used to such a small (beautiful, perfect, close-to-my-heart) bouldering gym back in Chapel Hill that the sheer amount of problems at SBP was overwhelming, in a great way. There were also plenty of crazy-climbing folk like me, and I even met a few. On the outside, I was casually chalking up and talking through moves, but on the inside, I was like, “PEOPLE holy crap PEOPLE friends let’s be friends YAY CLIMBING FRIENDS FRIENDS like me PLEASE LIKE ME.”
So fingers crossed they didn’t pick up on that.
Moving is hard, guys. But damn is SBP cool. And $5 shorts are the shiz.