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No longer a “Westward Bound Son”

September 6, 2008

I’ve been contemplating this blog for awhile now. It just doesn’t sit right with me, having a blog mostly dedicated to SF when we are now onto a different phase of our lives. Especially, since I started this blog when I was running to California. Now, that Dev and I are settling down together, it’s time to start a blog for the two of us and our life here in NY. I have different goals now and I’d like to start with a fresh page.

So, from this point on, update your bookmarks and links to:

Filthy Fingernails and a Farmer’s Tan or for short.

In other news, Dev’s in Boston visiting with Kesh, Kami, and tiny Ixa. Our camera has finally bit the dust, but hopefully she sends me some photos through her phone. I can’t wait until I’m able to go up North for a visit too!

Yesterday was my first day on the farm and I loved it. The ragweed was insane though, I had a sneezing fit on the way home. By the time I had washed all the pollen from my arms and face, the whole sink was a bright yellow. Besides that, it was a great time. The other workers are chill and around my age. Some are migrating with work and others are locals with a similar dream of owning a farm or at least becoming self sufficient.

Dev baked a no-noodle lasagna (due to our findings that I can’t eat wheat) before I got home, so I have enough food to last me while she’s gone. She also baked a wheat-free apple pie for when we had Gabe and Mae over for dinner, so I get all the leftovers to myself. Just in case you weren’t sure how amazing she really is, there’s a little glimpse for you.

It’s weird and quiet around the house now without her here. I need to get up and do something before I look up and it’s 6pm or something. Tomorrow is the slow day at the farmer’s market, I’m going to check out if there are more places that could use a hand. I have Thursdays and Fridays for sure at EMOF, but I’d like to have 4 scheduled days a week so I can start working on art again.

That’s the plan.


we’re home loves

August 25, 2008

we made it. the cats are fine. we’re fine, but without internet until next weekend. the truck is almost unpacked entirely. we stocked the fridge with groceries and made an appointment to have the car fixed.

and the biggest news of all:


she’s starting next week at Gimme! in Ithaca. we’re stoked.

um, so we’re sitting here on at the Gimme! a mile from the house…and a guy wearing a white button down shirt and tie just drove by on a tractor. seriously. we definitely moved to the right place!

okay, we won’t have internet until next thursday. until then, i’ll be trying to find hot spots for updates. unfortunately, that means i won’t have photos up for a few more days.

it’ll be worth the wait, i promise.


The next big thing…

July 20, 2008

I put my notice in at work this past Friday. “What’s up with that?” you may ask. Well, Dev and I have decided to move. So, in about 3 weeks, we will be leaving for Ithaca, NY. I know, I know. i JUST left NY not too long ago, right? Well, yes, that’s true. Ithaca is the only place where we can afford land for homesteading/ artist residency and where Dev can still continue her career in coffee. We’re so excited!

It just seems like we are counting down our time here with big plans:

July 18 – put in notice at work
July 20 – my 30th birthday party
July 25 – my actual 30th birthday – surprise vacation trip w/ Dev 24th-27th
Aug 5 – Dolly Parton concert at UCBerkeley
Aug 8 – Last day of work
Aug 10 – Engagement party – west coast version
Aug 17 – head out

I know it’s all going to fly by so quickly. We still have so much to get done, but we do have an apartment! We wouldn’t have been able to find a place without Lisa’s help. She’s been a great friend, looking at the apartments for us. The place we got seems perfect. It’s a mile away from one of the Gimme! coffee locations and is on an acre of land surrounded by open space on either side. We are allowed to do whatever to the backyard as long as we are respectful of the other two tenants. I’d really like to put in a fire pit and a clothesline if there isn’t one already. The other couple that lives downstairs, usually puts in a garden, so we may see if they’ll want to increase the size of it next year with our help.

I’m trying to stay stress-free through all of this. I can’t wait until my birthday weekend with Dev, it’s going to be a much needed break from planning everything.