Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back. — John Ed Pearce
Wow. The last time I shared something with you was back in August of 2010? That’s unacceptable. I do I have my reasons, however. Well, one HUGE reason and a couple of smaller ones. After spending a little over two years in The City of Big Shoulders, I packed up the dogs and moved back to good ol’ Toledo.
Chicago wasn’t done with me. Over the last six months, the husband and I have lived in two different states while he looked for employment here in Toledo. There were a lot of four hour road trips back and forth on I-80/I-90 through all kinds of weather (rain, sleet, snow, sunshine, etc.). I am happy to share that the husband and I are once again cohabitating under the same roof. And I am once again eating like an adult (no more mac and cheese from a box or Trader Joe’s O’s for this girl). I lucked out in the “husband loves to cook” department.
Do I miss Chicago? Yes. However, the city was kind enough to send me a going away present. Back in November, I received a bright orange ticket in the mail for a parking violation that took place in December ’10. Thanks, Chicago Department of Revenue!
Even though I miss Chicago, I am happy to be back in Ohio. I was one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get the hell out of dodge and move far, far away from home. “Anything has got to be better than here,” I would tell myself. Growing up surrounded by cornfields, cows and farm equipment can do that to you. Living amongst the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis made me realize just what a gem this corner of Ohio truly is.
I am proud to call myself a Toledoan. I appreciate my blue collar upbringing. I love being a Midwestern and an advocate for the Rust Belt.
So what does all of this have to do with the blog? This move has effected the nature and purpose of Sirius B Studio. SBS was originally intended to showcase my crafting projects. Eventually a split happened. During my blog hiatus, I spent a lot of time knitting and designing. This led to the development of Little Hound Designs.
Going forward, I am envisioning this digital space as a venue to support and feature artisans in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area. My other hope is that something physical will manifest from all this. My dream? An space that offers the creative community of Toledo a haven to develop their work and hone their craft, much like the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.
So there you have it. A not-so tiny update on where I have been. What about you? Have you ever moved away only to find yourself back where you started? Were you happy or sad about that? Would you be interested in having your work showcased here at Sirius B Studio?
And more importantly, where were you when Snowpocalypse 2011 happened? I was getting my hair cut. The husband was smack dab in the middle of it in Chicago. His pictures of the aftermath are all kinds of awesomesauce.