So an update on the small town move………
We recently moved from Urban West Seattle to a Small Town further East. I capitalize Small Town because that’s exactly what it is. Very small. And the mentality is the same.
In some ways, that is good, and in others, not so good. It takes three minutes to get to the grocery store, another twenty to get to a Target. There are ups and downs to living out of the city.
We’ll start with some of the good:
It’s quiet out here. Seriously quiet. After living so close to the fire station in West Seattle (literally two blocks!) and hearing sirens non-stop, I’d forgotten what “quiet” actually is. I sleep better out here, and I don’t hear my neighbors very much.
Our place is much bigger. Instead of about 950 square feet, we’re in almost 1500 square feet. We still don’t have a place for everything, but that’s coming.
Once you pass the last city (when I say city, I mean, say something big enough to have it’s own Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.) you can go 70 miles an hour. So it doesn’t take that long to get back to civilization.
We have a very pretty, very private view. We used to look out at the Puget Sound – I do miss that – but now we look at the forest. It’s beautiful and tranquil.
Our dog LOVES it here. All of the trees, wildlife, grassy areas…he’s in doggie heaven.
Now for some of the bad:
Looking at the forest means lots of bugs. Spiders, ants, weird beetles, and more. I hate bugs. I fear bugs. I despise them.
It takes about 40-50 minutes to get to Seattle. So much of what we do is based in the city – I take a dance/fitness/yoga fusion class and it’s about 45-50 minutes out from our place. We play soccer very frequently in the SouthCenter area. We are staunch supporters of the Seattle Sounders and are going to Qwest all of the time. I abhor filling my gas tank.
I’ve found that some of the people here have an odd small-town mentality. There is not a lot of diversity, which I find very odd, and it really makes me miss bigger cities. All I can say about it though, is that it’s an experience, and we can all use more of those!
All in all, this has just shown me that I knew myself all along. I’m a city girl at heart. Pretty sure it’s going to be staying that way, even though it can be lovely out here. I miss the noise and bustle of California Avenue. And running downstairs to the deli. Or walking down the street to get an awesome steak. But as much as I love the city, this is good for now. And, it’s an adventure at the least!