Monday, October 4, 2010

The Slow Life Is The Life For Me

I write letters to my friends. I aspire to refurbish romantic old furniture. I stalk sharp knives and saute pans in discount stores with plans to cook really impressive meals with them--once they get marked down.

I'm in serious nesting mode even though I don't have a nest of my own just yet. I've been browsing catalogs for bed sets, couches, bookshelves, rugs, etc. to put together rooms in my head or simply for decorating ideas. Since I don't actually have any room to store furniture, I've limited my purchases to linens and kitchen gadgets. In the "city life" I envision, I create a cozy existence for myself through a lot of DIY decorating projects, home-cooking, and slow cycling to points of interest. Apparently, I'm not alone in thinking that these things go together. I'm happy to see the new shelter (print!) magazine, Anthology, focus on slow living in its inaugural issue. I think when media outlets approach cycling as a part of a lifestyle, it lends urban/commuter cycling a sense of permanence that the fashion industry can't create because trendiness is a part of its trade.

As much as I love to see the next designer bike produced or cyclist-inspired fashion hit the catwalk, I'd also like to incorporate more "lifestyle" elements into this blog. Of course, it would really help if I had a life, but until then I do have a saute pan on the way and a bunch of cookbooks so be on the lookout for some recipe posts.

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