Marika Malaea

faithful marauder + fake royal

Moving On, Moving Out

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Remember when I said 2009 was going to be my year? What I really meant was ‘2009 will be spent dealing with a monumental injury, and then the very tail end of it will seriously rock.’ Luckily, we’re in the sock-rocking part right now, which is also why I haven’t blogged in a bit.

First up: our new house. We found the perfect little bungalow in West Seattle, and will be moved in by New Year’s Day. Aside from being awesome in general, it also has a good-sized garden, office space, two bedrooms, a laundry room, dishwasher, tons of storage, and giant appliances (compared to our current 3/4-fridge + non-regulation stove). The best part: what we’re paying for the house is what studio apartments go for in our apartment building. That just illustrates how kickass our new landlord is, and how much our current landlord lives in a real estate fantasy world. I’m not happy to be leaving this apartment community we’ve built – with the help of our amazing neighbors, people from the neighborhood, and a steady flow of shared friends – but I’m terribly happy about having a new adventure with the Esq. We needed a life change outside the scope of marriage, children, or pets.

Second: new gigs. I’m currently working under contract for a beta website that launches in January, and I’m really excited about it. It’s called Navigating Cancer, and while that sounds self-explanatory, it’s so much more. Mission: Empowering cancer patients to navigate the journey to their best care. It’s a site for cancer in all of its roles: the newly diagnosed, those going through treatment, survivors, and caregivers. There’s so much you can do on the site, from the normal stuff (groups, discussions, shared experiences) to the extremely helpful (printable: daily mood trackers – which can directly correlate to medication + chemo – health charts, medication/treatment trackers, recommendations). I like the ‘Need’ feature – if there’s something you’re going to need, you can flag it on your calendar, and anyone can fill it, i.e.; a ride to the doctor, someone to make meals, a social visit. Your family, friends, and caregivers can be hooked up to your stats, calendar, health trackers, whatever – and help you manage your care through the website. I hope you never need it, but should you require this kind of support, Navigating Cancer is the place to do it. You can also follow us on Twitter or become our fan on Facebook. I suggest you do both since they’re directly related to my job!Ā  If you know someone who might be interested – patient, survivor, supporter – and they want more information, send them my email:

Feels weird writing my real name down. Snotty will die someday, but today is not that day.

I’m also looking forward to collaborating with the West Seattle Blog, the baddest neighborhood blog in the land (followed by Capitol Hill Seattle, My Ballard, and Central District News). I’m thrilled to be moving to a neighborhood that’s so highly regarded by the natives, and look forward to being one of those ‘West Seattle is the only place to live’ converts. We’re moving to an area that is close to everything, surrounded by friends we don’t see enough of, about six minutes from downtown Seattle. In good traffic, of course. Let me know when that happens.

Adventures and opportunities! The minute we entertained the idea of moving, things started falling into place. So here be the update, and now I go back to work.


Written by sn0tteh

December 11, 2009 at 12:45 PM

6 Responses

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  1. Aww!

    Congratulations, although I’m sure the neighborhood will miss it’s great donut-covered blog. šŸ™‚

    Idaho Spud

    December 12, 2009 at 1:57 PM

  2. Thanks! We’ll see each other at Big Blog meet-ups. šŸ™‚


    December 12, 2009 at 5:08 PM

  3. I am so fraking happy that you are moving to West Seattle. Consider my socks rocked.


    December 19, 2009 at 11:32 AM

  4. Things that suck about WS: Your Cap Hill friends make a huge production about coming to visit you. Things that don’t suck: Your Ballard/downtown friends are all, “What’s the fuss?” Suck: The viaduct. Doesn’t suck? Bus service to downtown. Doesn’t suck: Proximity to pho. Doesn’t suck: Bakery Nouveau. Etc.



    December 23, 2009 at 7:46 AM

  5. @Sangster You’re going to be so sick of me by the time we leave, if we ever do, which I doubt.


    December 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM

  6. @Pam Luckily, we know people in West Seattle already, so we can just forsake all of our other friends in the city. šŸ™‚


    December 24, 2009 at 11:51 AM

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