Monday, June 20, 2011

all my life I've been good, but now...

I have some exciting news! My absence around the blog can be attributed to a HUGE change in my life. On Friday my boyfriend and I signed a lease for an apartment and we are in the process of moving in. As I said before, this is such a big step for both of us and we are very nervous but thrilled at the same time.

It is a one-bedroom in the second floor of an old building that has been transformed into apartments. The ceilings are at least twelve feet high and the gorgeous windows let in so much natural light. Here are a few photos from the first couple of days.

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On the left is our living room and on the right is the "kitchen." We had the landlord take out the ancient stove that was to the left of the sink because it was, as I said, ancient and most probably a fire hazard. Also, the spot to the right of the sink held a mini fridge that we also had them take. We decided that it would be much easier to have a standard sized fridge (we cook A LOT). Finding room for our new fridge has proved difficult, however. We plan on building shelves in the space under the counter to hold cookbooks.

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This is our bookcase project. It was my genius idea to, instead of buying a traditional bookcase, make our own out of boards and bricks. Simple (though hard to lug up to the second floor), but not as cost efficient as I had hoped (around $90 for the boards, bricks, paint, and paintbrushes). Also, in the left picture you can see the fridge we ended up with in its current location.

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There is a Farmer's Market every Saturday and it is located literally just around the corner from our apartment. This beautiful bouquet is what I returned with after wandering through.

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There is our finished bookcase...it will definitely be filled up once more books are brought over, but for now it holds some essentials. On the right - our first "lunch" (and several meals since...we need to go grocery shopping) at our new apartment. There is a Mexican grocery store down the street and they have the most delicious fresh salsa and guacamole. We are already addicted.

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We are looking forward to growing our own herbs and vegetables but now while we're unpacking there is less than adequate room for them. So, they ended up being set in the bathtub until further notice. Eventually we needed to shower so they got transferred to the kitchen table. We will also be making our own compost in a 5 gallon plastic bucket - tonight I plan on finishing painting it and hammering nail holes into it - is it weird to be excited about COMPOST?

Well, anyways, there is a little update. I will definitely be posting more about the decorating process, growing the herbs and veggies (and maybe the compost?!), and green living in general. However, we do not have wi-fi (and do not have the funds to acquire it any time soon), so I will only be able to post when I have time to trek down the street to the library.

Lastly, I hope to resume outfit posts also. We have been so busy with moving and working that I have had no time for any pictures (which is probably good because my uniform for the past few days has been an old Dunder Mifflin tee shirt and my middle school gym shorts). I hope to discover a few new cool places for pictures once we have time to explore a little bit!
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6 comments

Hannah said...

Congrats on getting your own place!!

My sister has a one room apartment (just for herself) and I certainly have seen her challenged with decorating the small space. Good luck, it already is looking great! :)

Bethany Heron said...

I love your blog- following :D xxx

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Kimberlee said...

Aww that's so cute! Congrats on the move :)

Weesha said...

Congraulations on your apartment, omg how exciting! It's already looking lovely, can't wait to see pictures of the end result :)

Sue said...

Its great to get your own place. Love the herb growing, but you must try tomatoes. The tumbler type are just ideal for indoors.
Best wishes Sue

Brittany said...

OMG WHEN CAN YOU CALL ME I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! WHEN CAN WE TALK ON THE PHONE? I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING ;) I MISS YOU THIS IS AMAZING!

I LOVE YOU GIRL!

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