(Still) on the Move
It's been quite the week for me-- last Wednesday I left Colorado and flew to Philly. From there I went to the beach in Ocean City New Jersey with my family and retrieved my car, drove said car up to Syracuse and moved into my new apartment. Back in London, Caitlin and I dubbed the new place radpartment, because after sadpartment this place is fantastic, or it will be once I get electricity and gas.... I've been kind of urban camping in the new place, since National Grid takes an eternity to show up and turn everything on. But I have water, flashlights and candles so it's been an adventure of sorts, and I was reading Wild on the beach for some inspiration. Also Brendan's apartment is just across the street so if anything dire comes up, I'm not isolated like when you really go camping.
I took some pictures of my place right when I arrived, before moving all my junk from storage in. Luckily it came furnished but still is pretty bare boned. I'm excited to have the summer to make it feel like home. I also have a shit ton of stuff to go through. Every year I try and purge the things I've accumulated, and every year as I'm moving I berate myself for having too many material possessions. So this year I am trying to be selective about what I keep and put up. Just because I bought a poster freshman year to fill empty wall space does not mean it needs to go up again this year. I rather enjoy moving into new places though, because it's fun to decorate the new space and explore the potential they hold. I see that potential in radpartment.
Though urban camping has been an adventure, I luckily had a gap in my schedule that let me go up and visit Brendan's family's sailboat in Sacket's Harbor. I've never been sailing but have been dying to go, I even started reading up on it so I wouldn't be totally clueless. I learned how to flush (pump) the toilet so that's a start, right?! Brendan got me hooked on La Vagabond's YouTube channel, which is all about an Australian couple who is sailing around the world. It's a pretty fun idea to dream about, but I'm realizing I have a lot more skills to learn (like spearfishing) before anything like that could happen. Not to mention I still need to actually go sailing for the first time.
But now I'm back in 'Cuse, I spent the day settling in and stealing internet and power from one of my favorite cafes, Mello Velo. Only one more day of urban camping before I can take a long hot shower instead of an icy sponge bath. I'll be sure to share pictures of radpartment as it comes together. I'm hoping to turn the little patio into a yoga room and greenhouse. That is if I can manage to keep a plant alive... At least I've managed to move in a little more for my last powerless night.