Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Less Than A Week

Here I am, 6 days away from driving away from my childhood home and into the sunset. (California is Western you know.)

First, I'll be moving away from Texas for the first time in my life. Second, I'll be moving into the real world. My occupation, cannot be termed "student". And to top it all off, I'll be moving in with my boyfriend. Big relationship step there. So unless I haven't made myself clear- this move is a BIG DEAL. It's exciting, and good, and natural- but big nonetheless.

In honor of this, today is a day for a looking forward/looking back post before I leap.

Besides the boring packing, I've been doing a few other things to anticipate my nesting. Here is the set of coasters I bought Malcolm on our Colorado trip:

The sandstone creates the impression of landscapes; isn't that beautiful? Malcolm was excited about this set of coasters because they remind him of some he has always admired at his parents' house. I'm so excited that Malcolm is taking an interest in decorating/homey things. I've also taken a leaf out of dear Margaret's book, and am finishing up a set of homemade cloth napkins: (thanks Margalarg)

The photo here doesn't really do the color justice, they are very pretty, and they even have some sparkle to them!

Now to the looking back aspect: I purchased a Texas keychain for my car keys so I can be an annoying Texas driver wherever I go. I've made the map where I will note the locations of my far-flung friends and family (once I move in), and I've completed a pressed-flower picture of the Texas specimens collected from the ditch next to Wiess:

Finally, just in case you've ever wondered what I keep talking about, here's the back yard I grew up in:

I imagine that when the homesickness hits, I'll resort to watching this video. I've never tried video before, and this was taken on my phone. What do you think/have any suggestions?

A final, unrelated note: Do any of you remember how in the Redwall series, the mice of Redwall name seasons after the most memorable event or unique characteristic of that season. This summer would be, for me: The Summer of the Constant "This American Life".


  1. Those are beautiful coasters. And fear not, we know how to live well in the rest of the United States, though we do try to move to Texas as soon as we can.

  2. Caitlin you are so cute! haha good luck in Cali :D Aisha

  3. That map is a great idea! I have a world map which I have stuck stamps on at random to make people think I am adventurous but your idea is way better/more honest! Maybe I will have to adjust mine/shamelessly copy.

  4. You totally should! Do you like that it's the United States of Americ? Mine is a children's map too, so it totally has vaguely accurate illustrations of the types and locations of each state's attractions or attributes. There are a few boats in the water I'm going to use as countries like "England" and "Afghanistan".

  5. Caitlin, I love the video of your garden with your wonderful narration :) I will never forget the times I was able to spend in that haven.

  6. i love your picture and i love you. i cannot wait to hear about your adventures. i'm seven months into "real" life. it will be the craziest/best/worst/funniest/scariest/strangest time of your life. or at least it has been for me. my time in this world has definitely helped me discover who i am as a person and made me so grateful for all that i had growing up. it has also opened my eyes to a way of life that i never knew. mostly it has helped me to really figure out what i want to do with the rest of my life. although some of it has been lonely and frightening...overall i think i have learned so much. good luck in your adventures and know that i am always only a phone call away. -megan

  7. I love the blog, Caitlin! The photos are beautiful (amazing coasters) and I wish you all the best as you embark on this journey :) can't wait to hear all about it! <3