When hockey is playing on the pub’s screen, men wear kilts because it’s Wednesday, and young women speak to each other in Russian on the sidewalk I know I’m not in my home state of California anymore. But does that mean that I change radically to fit in? No. But borrowing cool best practices, gradually, from neighbors would be welcome (i.e. where to buy the best wood for the firepit).
Creating a home after moving
If you are creating a home wherever work takes you, how do you decide how much you adapt to your new setting and community?
How much you retain of your old habits is up to you.
Other than your core quirks and own code of integrity, everything is changeable. Hair color? Variable. Eye color? Also variable? Cyborg appendages? Depends what’s available in your zip code. Don’t be shocked if your spouse tries out a new aspect of his/her persona. More outdoorsy? Encourage him/her. Got great dental insurance for both of you? Consider ice hockey.
Fishing, hunting and bicycling are big in my new home state. The name of its local public transportation pass? The Orca card. Quirky, huh?
I’ve already tested out SoundTransit as a cyclist with a rented roadbike from Gregg’s Cyclery of Bellevue, WA. I know where to get my almond-milk banana smoothie fix in Downtown Seattle, WA. I can’t share that. It’s my hideaway.
California décor in my Washington State home
My new décor will be dictated by my work, new fandom and ways to restore my soul after 14 hour work days. Hey, microdocumentaries on ebikes don’t shoot themselves.
Imagine color photos of fave stills of riding ebikes through wooded areas as wall art. Picture the backdrop of rides on throttle electric bikes in Seattle at sunset. Nature and outdoor action shots will be my room accessories.
Here are my 3 Non-negotiables:
- Red and gold of the Niners? My choice.
- Room in the common pantry for my brown rice and quinoa.
- Barefoot walking in my living space.
The colors of my new rented space will be natural pine floors, light carpeting, invigorating red bedclothes and metallic gold accents. Two reasons. One, I’m bi-cultural: Chinese and American. Red and gold are colors of celebration and happiness according to my Chinese heritage. I feel happy to be in an outdoorsy, so-every-green new home state. It’s a cause to celebrate. Right? Two, I plan to stay loyal to my Niners even if the rival team wins and I have to buy the shaved beet herring salad for my new sports friends.
As a native Californian, I live on high-fiber grains and enjoy funky plant protein that is hard to spell. I find grains, beans, nuts and seeds pleasant as décor in jars as well as nutrients. My shared kitchen section will look like a country store with bulk grains including oats. The dinner on my bucket list? DIY harvested raw oysters via kayak and grilled fish.
Lastly, when the weather turns chilly I’d concede to wearing non-slip socks. Otherwise these California pedicured feet will stay yoga bare in my new home. This will mean no easy-to-knock over knick knacks that can hurt my toes. Envision natural wood paneling, light colors, minimalist décor with flecks of gold and the warmth or red.
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