Hi All! I am writing this from a cafe in Berkeley, California, just outside of San Francisco.
of you learned from my Star in a Bra adventure that I lived in North
Carolina. I’ve lived there for roughly 14 years, but originally I was
born on the West coast and lived in Oregon until I was almost 10.
Gregory, my fiance, and I started talking about moving to the Bay Area
several years ago, because he’s a computer programmer. There just aren’t
many opportunities for programmers in a small tourist town in NC. And
then earlier this summer we had the occasion to visit this area- my
first time back in 14 years- and what really sealed for us that we
needed to move was how I felt.
see, most of you don’t know this, but I’ve struggled with health
problems for years. Nobody could ever figure out what exactly they were-
I went to numerous doctors, both traditional and alternative. Finally
it was decided I had Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which
basically mean “We have no idea what’s wrong with you, but we do have a
handy name for your collection of symptoms!”
then I was better in California. Surprisingly better. We began to
suspect that I’m allergic to *something* in the environment in NC. And
then after getting back, our house in NC started to have particularly
bad mold problems. (Fairly common in humid, damp NC.) I began to have
trouble breathing and broke out in hives. Yep, allergies. Probably to a
species of mold which isn’t able to grow in relatively cool, dry
California. Now that it’s clear what it was, it seems so obvious, yet at
the same time, I’m still surprised at how much better I feel over here.
for now I’m staying with some friends here. Gregory’s still in NC,
frantically applying to programmer jobs. And we are trying to find
somebody to take over our lease. And it’s generally all quite crazy.
besides the benefit to my health, I’m really excited about the
opportunities living in a bigger city will give us. I think this will
also be helpful for this blog- finally I’ll be able to go to more
stores, try clothes on in person, and be able to share my findings with
speaking of Star in a Bra, just in case you weren’t following along on
Facebook (which probably means you didn’t vote! **Wags finger with stern
face**) I didn’t win- I came in 3rd place, after winner Krista Cousins
and 2nd place Cristyen Fowler. I won’t say I’m not sad, because I know
that I could have made a bigger difference if I’d won, than I can just
sitting here blogging! But Krista seems smart and wonderful and
positive, and it’s awesome that the first ever USA Star in a Bra winner
was also the first ever black woman to win! So, congrats Krista, you
rock! I’m super sad that Krista was the *only* top 10 contestant I
didn’t get to meet, because she lives in NYC already and therefore
didn’t stay in the hotel, and was scheduled for a different day of
shooting than me.
this is long enough, so that’s all for now. If you know anybody in the
Bay area who wants to hire a wicked talented programmer, though, pass
them on! ;-)