Sunday, August 28, 2011

the next phase

new-york

Earlier this year I was planning a fall trip to NYC with Jen, and if all goes according to schedule, all I'll have to do is hop on a train to meet her, since that is where life has decided to spit us out for the next moving adventure. Somewhere around there, anyway. Final landing location is TBD, but it will probably be just far enough from the city that it won't be able to eat me alive, yet close enough that it can nibble on me at any time with its charms. Hopefully it will be dried out and not shaking any longer by the time I arrive.

For the moment, though, I'm focused only on the present (a rarity) to wrap up our lives here, enjoy Lawrence up until the last speck of a second, and to minimize the transition for the kids. When we decided to make the change, my first thought was to put the blog on pause and the shop on vacation until it was done, and then I realized what a stupid idea that was. The reason I started Artsyville in the first place was to document the doings in my daily life. If an upheaval like this isn't worth documenting, I don't know what is. And as stressful as such change is, I thrive on it, even though I might be a total pill while I'm going through it. So I'll keep posting through the happiness and moodiness, the excavation of the horrifyingly large stacks I've accumulated in the past five years, the reminiscing of the idyllic life we've had here, and the wonder of what awaits.

(Back Tuesday in the drawing room with the first girl I'm going to hunt down for a coffee date when I land in New York.)

20 comments:

Kim Hambric said...

So glad to hear that you will still be blogging through the transition. I really do believe that it will help.

(and some of us want to live vicariously through you and your adventures)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I LOVE reading about your adventures and can't wait to read about the transition that awaits you.

And NYC? oh my, I am jealous a little bit.

all the best, dear Aimee

Ellen said...

I also love reading about your adventures, so I am glad that you are keeping us in the loop!

Pat said...

Best wishes on the adventure that awaits you. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

PS I think I'll miss Lawrence too.

la ninja said...

total pill, total shpill ;P

go for it. fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. yihaaaaaaaaaaa.

painted fish studio said...

blogging and your shop will probably help you find your footing in the chaos, and having us there to cheer you on should help, i hope? i am a little bummed that a road trip to visit you in lawrence is not in my future, but i get to nyc at least 2x a year so YAY! more aimee & jen shenanigans!

Annie Pazoo said...

Thanks for sharing the journey with us. Can't wait to hear all about it (and wish you lots of luck and patience). CAN'T wait to see the doodles that come out of this !

julie said...

It sounds exciting, although I know it may feel overwhelming! I'm glad you are choosing to share the transition with us!

Fine Lines said...

Good luck on the move. Hope all goes smoothly!!

kristen said...

I wamt to come meet you in Lawrence before you leave for good! Is there even the slightest possibility?

Sadee Schilling said...

Oh wow! A big move! Thanks for deciding to keep us up-to-date on how it's all going. Good luck with the packing...

cath c said...

i love nyc, grew up a train ride outside of it in ct. i still have visions of living there one day, then i remember that Boston suits me much better, and even then, Somerville suits me even better than Boston proper these days.

but i'm in virginia. *sigh*

enjoy living just outside of nyc, it is a magical place full of life and art and oh so much color!

Andria said...

NYC sounds very exciting. I wish you and your family all the best for a smooth transition, and I look forward to keeping up with your adventures on your blog!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

Stop blogging and selling your fabulous art? Fuggeddaboudit!

Chel said...

You must spend many many many hours in the Met on my behalf and doodle about it. <3

Domestic Scribbles said...

What an adventure! What a listing opportunity!

Your girls might enjoy Judith Viorst's "Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move," Melanie Watt's "Augustine," "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon" by Patty Lovell/David Catrow, and "Odd Velvet" by Mary Whitcomb.

Good luck!

lori vliegen said...

well, it looks as though my plan is working......now that you'll be on the east coast, we just need to get you a little further south (as in "florida" south)......

it sounds like a new doodle-adventure is on the horizon.....good luck with all the preparations! and hey, i'd love to see all those doodle lists that are no doubt in the works!! xoxox

AG Ambroult said...

wait, what?! You're moving? To the NYC area? omg that is great news! I'll look forward to reading about the big move. And, in the meantime, I'll be scheming visits to my sister (who lives in the area) so we can try to meet up someday.

Inner Toddler said...

thank god nearly every flight from tel aviv to LA goes through JFK. Now there's more than a snowball's chance in the Dead Sea that I will see you again (and again). we need to catch up, me thinks...

Pointy Pix said...

really late commenting on this post but been a bit tardy in my blog reading lately so saw your most recent post then had to backtrack to see where you're moving. How exciting to be moving to New York (or thereabouts!) I'm guessing you won't feel that way till you're settled but from someone who would give her right arm (not left-need that for drawing!) to move away from Ireland, I'm very envious of your next adventure.