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I need a haircut and Sabine looks overly concerned but I still feel immense pride in this photo! 17,000 marched in Raleigh, NC and my daugher and I were two of them. 

It’s been nearly six months since my last post, which feels weird. I miss it here and miss having a tidy archive of thoughts and adventures. I’m going to try to come back on a semi-regular basis, but no promises on how often or what topics. Only hope that I can find time in my crazy life to sit down and put the proverbial pen to paper, or in my case, fingers to keys.


Oddly, in typing that last sentence, I realized that my spacebar is on its way out. Clearly, I have been away too long.

So much has happened in six months that I’m not sure where to begin.

We sold our apartment in NYC, packed up Sabine and the cats and moved to Durham, North Carolina in August. We unpacked our things into what Sabine now refers to as “the crappy apartment.” It was dark, dirty, in disrepair and, much to Yum Yum’s delight, it was full of spiders.

We started house hunting immediately, assuming it would take a while to find a home with character, in a decent school district, that allowed us to continue living small and that was in our budget. Two weeks later I walked into our dream home. We made an offer that day, had a bit of a bidding war over the weekend and on Tuesday we won.

Then we celebrated. And then we groaned. We had just unpacked! We closed in October, spent a week repainting and then moved all of our stuff and all of our cats yet again. It was intense, and there are boxes we still have not unpacked because, you know, we are totally out of packing/unpacking steam! But that is ok because I am NEVER MOVING AGAIN so why not draw out the joys of unpacking a little longer?!

The house is my little castle – 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms (all humans can take a shit at the same time!) with a tiny converted attic space that makes a perfect office/craft nook/guest space. Built in 1936 and remodeled 20 years ago by a famous local designer, the home is a mix of modern and classic and is filled with unique hand-made details. We love it. And are never moving again.

House aside, we are slowly settling into life in the south once again. Durham is pleasantly progressive, which is a Godsend given the current shit storm of politics. Durham is also full of great food, art, culture and even has some impressive museums. Thirty minutes one way is Raleigh, twenty minutes the other is Chapel Hill and 30 minutes the other is Cary, which appears to be where all New Yorkers fed up with snow move. Our car, which still has New York tags, is right at home with all the other newly relocated New Yorkers who are also unable to organize themselves enough to get to the DMV.

In September, Sabine started her new preschool – an adorable little co-op school 10 minutes down the road. Parents are highly involved at this school, and we have already been able to make some friends. I volunteered to do the portraits for all the kids this year and had an absolute blast getting to know everyone and stretching my creative legs. Sabine is thriving at the school, too. She is still the tiniest in her class, but she has come a long way in ruling the playground and standing up for herself. I feel like Sabine deserves a post soon, so I’ll hold further kid updates until later.

There is so much more. I have found a new hobby in refinishing furniture. It seems sanding off old finish the perfect exercise for the OCD. I am working out again regularly. The thrift stores here are fabulous and have allowed me to furnish the new home entirely second hand. The cats have adjusted well to the new house and the white one, Euclid, is still alive despite being in renal failure. We have taken some recent trips and have some more booked. We have not done any hiking in our new area due to weather and busy schedules.

And there is a lot that is still the same. I am still eating toast daily, and my favorite lunch remains scrambled eggs. I continue on my quest for a minimal and simple life. I am still chronically late, none of our socks ever match, and my kid’s hair is almost never brushed.

And after a bit of typing my spacebar is warming back up and working better. I guess that means I’ll have to come back soon. Until then, peace and love to whoever is still out there!




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  1. January 24, 2017

    So good to hear from you. I’m thrilled that everyone is doing so well.

  2. K. Esta #
    January 24, 2017

    I totally feel the double move pain. We moved in July, then bought a house and moved again in September. The house is great, but that was soooo not the plan. And you’re not the only ones who ran out of unpacking steam before the job was done 😉

  3. nonsequiturchica #
    January 24, 2017

    Sounds like all is well which is great! Nice to have you back and blogging. I love that you brought Sabine to the march on Saturday. I was ultimately glad that I didn’t bring Izzy because we had 250K people in Chicago, but it would have been nice.

  4. January 24, 2017

    It is so nice to hear from you. I’m so glad that your move has been a good one and that Sabine is doing so well in school. And yay for kitties who adjust well. 🙂

  5. APE #
    January 24, 2017

    Good to hear from you! It’s been too long. I was just thinking about you last week wondering what you all have been up to! I hope to read more posts about your new lives and how things are going. Post some pics of your new house! I would love to see it and what you have done.

  6. January 24, 2017

    I was just wondering the other day if you’d post an update soon!

  7. January 24, 2017

    Welcome back, have wondered how you’ve been and how the move went. Missed reading your blog, hope you find the time again!

  8. January 25, 2017

    So great to have you back! I’ve missed your posts

  9. January 25, 2017

    So good to hear from you! I was just thinking of you the other day.

    Love Sabine’s sign. I look forward to reading more.

  10. January 25, 2017

    I love your blog, Belle. We moved in early autumn too and though I wouldn’t quite call it my dream home, it’s very close and I keep saying that this is where I’ll die because I am NEVER. MOVING. AGAIN. Not ever! So glad you found the perfect place for the three of you and are making a little life for yourselves in your new city. And thank you for marching! I couldn’t decide whether to go on Saturday to our local Seattle march and, in retrospect, really wish I had.

    • February 3, 2017

      Lord have mercy, moving is miserable! Even if this was not my dream home I would still be in the “never moving again” camp!

  11. January 26, 2017

    So good to hear from you, Belle! I’m glad you’re all getting settled in your new home.

  12. January 26, 2017

    Bah! Such a good update!!

  13. Brenda burns #
    January 26, 2017

    Glad you are doing well and enjoying the new area! I’ve missed you, which is kind of weird. I almost didn’t check today, I’m so glad I did!!! I hope to see new posts soon, but if not, that is how life goes.

    • February 3, 2017

      Brenda, I have lost your new blog address! If you get a chance you should email it to me. I have been thinking of you, too, hoping all is well.

      • Brenda burns #
        February 7, 2017

        I abandoned blogging in September or so, my heart wasn’t in it anymore. All is well though. I had a boy named Seth one week ago and you know how new babies go! There were some dark moments, like the week when we put our cat down for cancer and then our adopted stray cat vanished. That was really really crappy. Now we are snowed in waiting for spring and the end of rsv season.

  14. Amy #
    January 26, 2017

    So great to hear from you!

  15. Puck #
    January 27, 2017

    Yay! You’re back 🙂 Sounds like life is good, which absolutely delights all your readers, especially this one. Love!

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  17. Amy #
    January 31, 2017

    So glad to hear from you! My sweet girl and I were also at the women’s march. And the emergency protest at the airport. These are insane times. So glad you’re raising Sabine to love and not hate.

  18. Amanda #
    February 4, 2017

    I’m so glad you are back here. I can’t wait to see pictures of your house and refinished furniture. Please post!

  19. jak #
    February 8, 2017

    welcome back!! great to hear an update. WANT HOUSE PICTURES AND PROJECT PICTURES SOON!!!

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