Catching Up, #2 🙂 Taking a little time to catch up with you…
It feels like ages since our last Catching Up. But also kind of like it was just yesterday. Do you ever get that feeling? Like things have gone really quickly, but also super slowly, too?
Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit reflective. Maybe it’s because the holidays are coming up (and that somehow always brings me the emo vibes). It could be the little bundle I mention at the bottom of the post. 😉 It might also be because Erik and I have finally started properly unpacking and settling in. I mean, it’s only been three months since we moved to Boston. .
Three. Whole. Months.
How did that happen? In some ways it feels like we just moved from Maine, in other ways in feels like Maine was two lifetimes ago. Boston is sooooo different. People are always moving: bicycling, walking, running, speeding along in their cars. And there are so many people everywhere! Every day here makes me feel so alive. 🙂
But for a while, Erik and I weren’t truly appreciating it all.
We spent nearly the entirety of these last three months in Boston maniacally starting video (YES, I finally started making videos!), going H.A.M. on Facebook activity, cranking out like 5 million ice cream recipes with said videos. (My faves: Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream, Mango Ice Cream, Pineapple Coconut Sorbet.)
All while barely giving any thought to ya know, moving.
We literally spent one day unpacking, buying bare bones, super necessary stuff, cramming said stuff onto whatever surface we could find… then shooting 8 videos the next two days. The following weeks and months were just the same—try not to look at the super-unhomey-not-cozy piles and keep working like cray. And it wasn’t until last week that we actually looked around our apartment and were like, what in the blazes?!?
We’ve GOT to do something about this.
We’ve got to do something to change how we’re living. We were working to work, not working to live. But the whole vibe of Boston was different. It was positive and good, but we were missing out on it all.
I mean, since we moved, everything’s felt different. The air is different. The vibe is different. Beaming Baker is moving into a new phase too, ya know? It feels more peaceful, more real and more solid. And it took me and Erik a while to realize it.
I spent the last year and 7 months being so frantic about BB. Was it gonna work out? Would anyone come to the blog? Would people think me, my recipes, my photos, etc. were too weird? Not enough? There were so many sleepless nights worrying/fretting/let’s be real, going crazy over BB.
And somewhere along the way, I stopped having to be frantic. But I didn’t know it. I think that’s why Erik and I barely spent any time unpacking. We were just trying to keep our heads above water with the blog and with everything else. So when we started really taking a look around last week, it finally set in:
Everything has changed. For the better.
And we had to be big enough to accept it. To embrace it. To let go of the comfortable routine of hunkering down. No more hunkering. We’re gonna stand up straight, be proud of what we accomplished.
And just enjoy it.
So we took a look around the house and started really unpacking.
Did I mention, we only had the most basic furniture in the house? Bed, couch, chairs, and desk (okay, like 3 desks because of photography and video). We were running it super simple in Maine—and if I’m to be completely honest, we never really wanted to buy furniture there because we were afraid it meant we were really staying. <– I know, I know… we’re just very good at ignoring what we really want.
But no more!
Oh, and on top of that, we’d moved to Maine with barely even four suitcases. We were coming from San Diego and wanted a fresh start, ya know?
So there we were with like 5 desks, two chairs, a couch and a bed. And All the Food Photography things. It was a hot mess. Too much kitchen, too little living.
In a happy effort to change it all, we got a kitchen island!! Our first ever, can you believe?? Isn’t it snazzy? Something about the golden wood surface and bright white bottom makes me think of home. And, I mean, we are home… 😉
Of course now, I’m belatedly realizing that I just said, “too much kitchen, too little living”, then pointed to our purchase of a kitchen island as proof that we were doing the “living” part more than the “kitchen” part. .
Anywho, this might not seem like a big deal, but for us it’s just… we’re finally leaving that fresh-out-of-college-stage where everything is a mashup of old hand-me-downs and awkward cute-at-the-time-now-what-was-I-thinking bright red and black ikea furniture (with the chips covered in permanent marker bc no one will really notice). And it’s “only” been like a decade since college.
Fresh out, indeed.
We also got kitchen shelves something for the living room… which we actually haven’t purchased but I really wanted to say we got something that wasn’t for the kitchen. Man, I have a problem! And it’s called baking. .
We also stumbled upon these super cute knobs! Not. For. The. Kitchen.
Oh, who are we kidding! Totally for the kitchen. What do you think? We actually don’t have any knobs to speak of in our kitchen cabinets. There are literally holes in the cabinets, but no knobs. << City living, what can I say?
Anyway, changing the subject… we also went to my nephew PB’s birthday party and it was tons of fun! It was a little wistful too since this was his last birthday party as a single child. Speaking of which, I’m actually writing this as we’re all waiting to hear about my sister Jenny’s (PB’s mom) impending new kiddo!!!!! More on that later…
Okay, not that much later because the little guy came out while I was writing this!!!!
Update (mostly because I didn’t know how to restructure the entire post haha): PB2 is here!!!! My sister Jenny just gave birth to Kai. Only the second nephew for three doting aunties (oh shoot, make that four because: Erik!! Yes, he is an auntie!) He’s so tiny! I felt like I was barely holding a thing when I held him. Before we got to see him, his dad texted over a pic. The second I saw it, I started crying. Erik got all teary-eyed. ❤
So much love in the air. Ah… weren’t we just talking about good changes? ❤
Comment below and tell me all about what’s new with you. I can’t wait to hear your updates.
As always, sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter
A few recipes for the road:
My current fave (also PB, Grams & Jenny’s fave): No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bars
Erik’s current fave: Brownie Cookies
Hot right now: Homemade KIND Bars
Most popular recipes last month (Top 6, all V, GF, DF): 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | 4 Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars | Best Vegan Brownies | Paleo Almond Joy Ice Cream | 4 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Cookies | Ultimate Fudgy Paleo Vegan Brownies
Fave oldie, but a goodie: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies & Banana Nut Bread
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Gladys Nelson says
Oh dear thank you so much for taking the time to share your journey. It’s so important to remember to take time for yourself. I’m always so happy to read your stories and look at your tasty photos. I hope you keep making time for yourself! . PS, that kitchen island looks so cool!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Hi Gladys! Thank *you* for taking the time to read about it and share in it with me. 🙂 You’re so right about making time for oneself. Sometimes things get so hectic and you just forget, you know? Thank you so much for your kind words and support. Sending you big hugs & wishes for a fantastic February! ❤️ Btw, so cool that you’re reading back in the archives! ☺️
Oh dear thank you so much for taking the time to share your journey. It’s so important to remember to take time for yourself. I’m always so happy to read your stories and look at your tasty photos. I hope you keep making time for yourself! 🙂 PS, that kitchen island looks so cool!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Aw, all thanks go to you, Karen, for sharing in this journey with me. 🙂 Sometimes things just move so fast and it’s easy to forget, ya know? I hope you’re making time for yourself, too. ❤️ Thank you so much for your sweet words. I’m so happy that you enjoy my stories and pics. P.S. It even has a drop-leaf! How cool is that? 🙂 Big hugs. xo