A Seattle-Brooklyn Gal

diy adventures & beyond

Month: July, 2012

Loving New York

Last weekend was one of the best I’ve had in my four years as a New Yorker. After balmy, humid days followed by a fabulous thunderstorm, Saturday dawned mild and sunny.

I slathered on the sunblock, broke out a new bikini for the occasion, and donned a floor length skirt, tshirt, long sleeve plaid, and sunhat. I’ll always have a healthy fear of sun burn, but I was ready for the beach in my full-coverage getup! Snacks packed and water procured, I idled on Riis Beach with two girlfriends. A clean ocean beach right here in NYC! Some wading and beach strolls rounded out a lazy afternoon people watching and magazine reading.

Sunday, I had a day full of activity: midmorning yoga, brunch, then an upscale mani/pedi followed by cocktails. It was a perfect day with wonderful women. If my life was my own version of Sex and the City every day, that might be it.

I’m endlessly grateful to my New York family. Enjoying the weekend in pairs and groups of threes with smart, generous women was such a gift. I suppose this weekend of fun could be viewed as preparation for the weekend of fun coming up at the Big Summer Potluck, where I worry that being around experienced, established bloggers may get intimidating. Time to download the Twitter app so I can get my act together with web 2.0!

Maybe there’s nothing to worry about when I find messages like this one.
Oh, New York, you’re perfect too, in your own sometimes frustrating way.


Bicoastal DIY – Hello!

I’ve been reading Super Sad True Love Story. It tells the story of a middle-aged New Yorker struggling to adapt to a near-future where streaming updates, statuses, and high-tech nutrition and clothing are the new normal. I think part of the relatability comes from being able to compare life before and after Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and all the other avenues to “follow,” “like,” and “share.” How much of your life do you put on the internet, a place that is at once temporal and permanent?


Well, I don’t intend to use this blog to explore that question in particular. Let’s keep it a little lighter! I’m excited to use this place to make connections and share some of my Bicoastal DIY experiences. I’m heading to The Big Summer Potluck this weekend, and I’m so excited to meet new people and enjoy a fun weekend away from the city. 


Four years ago, I packed my bags and left my native Seattle for the glamour of NYC. It was kind of an experiment, but it seems to have worked out so far. I work at a bustling 9-5 and outside of work, I’m planning new recipes to try, blending up green smoothies, making my own face cleanser (crazy but amazing!), and researching yoga teacher training programs. Now I’ve got a place to keep track of it all and share it with the internet!