Dispatches from the Coffee Ranch
“ . . . I have learned that it is an act of empathy to be able to un-root yourself, to recognize that none of us are protected by place. Beware roots. Beware purity. Beware fixity. Beware the creeping feeling that you belong. Embrace flow, impurity, fusion.”
As I write these words, I’m sitting at the Coffee Ranch in Chico, CA. Dappled light is streaming through the windows, and I'm eating a delicious bowl of oatmeal with apples, chia seeds, and raisins. A giant mug of coffee is sitting beside me waiting for me to drink.
It was fun experiencing a little bit of Chico’s coffee scene because we spent the weekend looking for a place to live. Thanks to my brother and sister-in-law’s tips, we toured cute apartments and submitted applications for a few places. If everything works out, we’d like to move into a two bedroom apartment. The places we looked at were roughly 800-square-feet, and the apartments felt huge (especially compared to the tiny house).
Other than an extra bed, we don't need or want additional belongings. However, we do want space to host friends and family overnight. For the last nine years, we've lived in small homes that ranged from 400 square-feet to 128, and we're excited to have space to host loved ones for a weekend or longer.
I'm looking forward to so many things about moving to Chico, including:
- Living in the same city with my brother and sister-in-law and my super cute niece and nephew
- All the bike lanes
- Exploring the local libraries
- Wandering around Bidwell Park
- Discovering new coffee shops and restaurants
- Finding a tribe of CrossFitters
- Changing our routine, living space, and everything in-between
There is something invigorating about change in all forms, and we are incredibly excited about our upcoming adventures!