With only 44 days to go, I'm starting to feel the necessity of closing shop here and getting ready for my imminent move to the States. I have packed four bookcases of books, my craft-related supplies from the closet, and Nunavut tchotchka from the mantle. I have been going through other personal belongings trying to par down on possessions. At the risk of sounding like a terrible person, I have discovered many items I have kept out of a sense of obligation: small mementoes from my childhood, gifts I haven't used, souvenirs I brought back from various destinations. I am purging them from my life now, which I am certain would have horrified younger me (older me may still be horrified but will continue on course). I hope to take this new simplicity (which is a true stretch of the word--I still feel I own too many possessions, but for the record, books do not count) and apply it to future purchases, future travel. My budget loves the idea.
Reason #44: The vast array of older houses. One of my favourite pastimes is to hunt for houses (and by hunt I mean look online and see what I can't yet have). Seattle is riddled with heritage and older houses that take my breath away. Capitol Hill, in particular, has so many wonderful homes to send my imagination soaring.