March was the busiest month that I’ve had in a very long time. It was a whirlwind that I barely remember. So much happened in March. We decided that we we would move from Seattle to the NYC area. I quit my day job. We sold or gave away 99% of our possessions. My mom flew out from the East Coast so that she could drive the frugs across the country (shipping dogs, especially smooshies is about as complex as it sounds). We bought a one way ticket to Newark and flew out (all of this happened in less than two weeks). We flew in on a Thursday morning and apartment shopped for a couple of days. We signed a lease on a little place in Jersey City on Sunday. David started work on Monday morning. Yep, that was March. It was crazy.
I now live in the bottom apartment of a drafty old Victorian in Jersey City, New Jersey. I have no furniture or kitchen utensils. We slept on an air mattress until our mattress was delivered (still without a bed frame). My current living condition is rough but it gets better daily. At least now I have a mattress, my perfumes and my books. My furniture should be in by May. I mean, look at me, I’m blogging. Life is getting back to “normal”.
It’s taken some adjustment but that’s mainly because my routine is different and that I lack a lot of the basic comforts like having a sofa (omfg, I can’t wait to get a sofa). I keep telling myself this is all temporary. And it is. Otherwise, we’re settling nicely. We have supportive friends and neighbors. And oddly enough the space we have here is larger than what we had in Seattle. I’m still figuring out transit, the best places to buy groceries, etc. These are the things we always have to relearn when we move, even without the same city.
There are things that I miss already. Let me rephrase that, people. I miss my friends but I’m planning a visit to Seattle in April and I’m sure they’ll come out and see me too.
Here are my favorites from March 2015:
Wearing (fragrance) – Believe it or not, nothing. I had packed it all up.
Summary – Moving sucks. And I stressed packed so nothing made sense.
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – I left Seattle and it felt like spring. I arrive to New York and it felt like winter. This had me craving my usual bare eye makeup/dark lipstick combo. So, I ended up wearing Black Radiance Lipstick in Panther (actually a really “Serge Lutens”-ish shade) and Physician’s Formula Matte Eyeshadow in Canyon Classics. And I’m all about thick, bushy brows. I actually stopped waxing/threading.
Summary – I’m ready for spring. Again.
Wearing (clothes) – Oh, you know the few things I had in a suitcase… I was a dumbass and only packed two thin leather jackets, black jeans, Dr. Martens and slub t-shirts. I froze my ass off in New Jersey. I was actually wearing two leather jackets on top of each other. So pitiful. I wanted gloves so badly but none were to be found. All of the Northeast was literally freezing and all of the stores are selling bikinis and linen shorts in the colors of Easter eggs.
Summary – Merchandisers and buyers drive me bonkers. It’s not like if you put this stuff in your store that the seasons will automatically change. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. We wish it would. But, it doesn’t.
Using (skincare) – The same ole stuff. I’m waiting for the prescription goods to “kick in”. My skin is really dry here. So, I bought CeraVe and that helps.
Summary – My skin is peeling and that’s not cute. It f’n sucks to have skin issues flare up when I’m a grown-up.
Eating/Drinking – Being without a kitchen for 75% of the month, we ate out a lot. Which in theory, sounds great but it gets old. I can’t wait to actually cook in my kitchen. Also, Jersey City is like the sandwich capitol of the world.
Summary – When I’m without a stove, I start to crave weird stuff like cornbread and red beans and rice. Those comfort foods…
Summary – Speaking of, I want this shirt so bad but it’s sold out. Add this to my list of life frustrations.
Watching – Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Summary – No time to be distracted in March.
Reading – I started to reread “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. I didn’t get very far. The only time I had the time to read was while I was on the plane.
Summary – I can’t wait to get the luxury of time back.
Wanting – Furniture. And my frugs. It sure won’t feel like home until I get these two things.
Summary – I seriously have no furniture and it’s miserable. And because I have no furniture my mom says I’m not fit enough to have my “kids” back.¹
What were your favorites for March? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
¹This sounds insane but I actually worry that the frugs won’t want to live with us in New Jersey as they are being spoiled rotten by their bubbe. They get to sleep on people beds (wasn’t allowed in Casa d’EauMG). They get treated all the time with stuff like beef ears and baby carrots. They go to fancy groomers and take car rides daily. They go jogging everyday and have constant contact with people. They’re going to think that Jersey City blows in comparison, lol.
*Jersey City pic is mine. Chanel bottle from leboudoirdemademoisellem.tumblr.com. Miranda Kerr pic from glossmenagerie.com. T-shirt from James Perse. CeraVe from drugstore.com. Cuban sandwich from La Conguita in Jersey City. Juliana Huxtable from wsj.com. TV from ourstage.com. Donna Tartt from AnotherMag.com. Moxi pic is mine.