I have so much exciting news since the last time I typed out a little message into the white ambiguous box that is WordPress.
Let’s start with moving into my new apartment…after what seems like years but was actually only two months of apartment hunting and craigslist roommate searching and furniture shopping and moving out of our old place and into Jeff’s grandma’s in Maple Valley…it’s been quite the whirlwind. BUT…we’re finally moved in and even though (to my dismay) it isn’t completely decorated or organized it’s feeling like my new home. Earlier I made you guess which apartment I was moving into, and a few of you humored me and played along with my game. I chose a beautiful apartment in the center of a quirky, fun and artsy Seattle neighborhood (#3 on the list for those who are wondering). I love love love having a bedroom that isn’t attached to the dining room and I CAN’T WAIT to invest in a few barstools because after the past year and a half…breakfast (and lunch and dinner) in bed is getting pretty old.
The kitchen here is amazing, it has SO much more room than our last place and the natural light in the main living area is phenomenal because the apartment is a corner unit (Hello! Extra windows!). I guess my point is, I’ve fallen in love with my new apartment and just as importantly my new neighborhood (I learned that lesson the hard way…) As crazy as it sounds my favorite addition is probably the laundry room, it has SO much storage space and it’s really great to have laundry separate from the bathroom. And I probably sound like I’m an old housewife because I’m raving about the laundry room. I’m telling you, once you live in a studio you REALLY learn to appreciate centimeter of extra space, seriously.
Jeff and I spent the day exploring the new neighborhood including the most perfect farmer’s market. We can actually see it from our balcony!!! There are so many great vintage shops and fabulous boutiques, it just screams “spend all of your hard earned babysitting money over here”, which means I’m going to have to be careful.
The sad news is…my apartment is still a work in progress. The living room is nowhere near completely decorated and our bedroom is still sort of a disaster, I mean the canopy hasn’t even been hung up yet, I don’t even want to discuss how difficult it has been to sleep at night. But it has all been coming together, we already have a gallery wall above the bed and more importantly Jeff went all handyman on me and fixed the bed frame I had thought was broken…yay for hardware stores.
Moving into my second real live grown up home (aka not a dorm room or sorority), was a definite learning experience. I knew SO much more than I did last year at this time…but at the same time, there was still soo soo much that I didn’t know or understand.
Five Important Lessons Moving Has Taught Me (this time around):
1. I am NOT handy. At all. Don’t ask me for a wrench, I don’t know what that is. Don’t ask me the difference between a screw and a nail and definitely don’t expect me to know which tool to use in which situation. Don’t you just use a hammer and nails for everything? I’m the designated packer, and decorator, and I am practically a professional director of moving (meaning I can point and tell Jeff where to move the couch and where to hang the pictures).
2. No matter how much you pack and how much you prepare, moving day will ALWAYS be stressful. Your apartment staff might decide your unit needs new carpeting put in mid morning on your moving day, even if you’re thankful for the new carpet, you might not be thankful at midnight when you’re still attempting to try and make the apartment slightly habitable.
3. Don’t just go wandering around your new apartment building aimlessly because you might end up locking yourself (and your friends) in a stairwell before you realize that there was a reason the manager left a new key in your mailbox…next time you should probably add it to your keychain.
4. Don’t volunteer to help host a garage sale the day after moving because no matter how determined you are you won’t get everything done on move in day, even if you torture your boyfriend and make him stay up until three in the morning (sorry!)
5. Research, Research, Research! Even though finding the perfect place is exhausting the research is DEFINITELY worth it. Apartment hunting the second time around I had a MUCH better idea of what I was looking for, and even though I was flexible (I mean I’m just renting so I am NOT going to be here forever) it is important to know what you can and can’t live without (I can live without hearing fights in the alley below my window every night, but I can’t live without being in the center of shops and restaurants…sounds silly but it’s actually very limiting).
Moving has pretty much consumed my mind, I can’t even begin talking about the rest of the weekend (aka the garage sale and mexican food and my time with the two gorgeous lovelies Kaija and Claire). I promise for a full apartment tour with beautiful pictures as soon as it is a little more organized, it just isn’t ready to be introduced to the public yet.