As the title might suggest, this is more a post about why I haven’t had anything to say recently rather than about saying anything interesting. In lieu of that, I will provide photos.
So, on Sunday, we (meaning me and my husband) moved all the stuff I had accumulated over the course of a year from my old, university owned, undergraduate apartment to my new, university owned, family housing apartment. The three main differences, as far as I can tell, are that this place was designed with the assumption that the lessee might actually use the kitchen, this place is a one bedroom, as opposed to the studio I occupied previously, and I can no longer hear the frats partying at stupid o’clock in the morning. A win on all three counts.
There is one other difference, which is less of a win. This place is unfurnished (which makes complete sense as the people moving here likely have furniture). And while I had more things by the time I moved than I had when I got here (I came with two suitcases and three boxes from Amazon), very little of it was furniture.
So Sunday was an adventure. Despite my propensity for leaving everything to the last minute and assuming that I have less stuff that, as it turns out, I have, we were pretty much ready to move as soon as we picked up the car on Sunday morning. And we managed to get everything in three trips, one of which was devoted entirely to moving my one piece of furniture, the futon.
Then we went furniture shopping and, by dint of exploring antique shops, Staples and Home Depot, acquired a bedside table, a TV stand, a bookcase, a desk chair and patio furniture.
You may notice some interesting things not on that list. Like a bed. A table and chairs for the living/dining room. A dresser. As it happens, we ordered the bed a day later and it was delivered on Tuesday. The dresser and table and chairs are still on the to-get list and are more difficult to find because there is no IKEA nearby. I am disappointed in whichever Swede is responsible for this travesty.
So the boxes are unpacked, the place is beginning to be organized and the list of things I still need has been divided into roughly three categories. The first, as previously mentioned, is necessary furniture. The second is “Stuff sold at Bed Bath and Beyond” and includes organizing-y things. The third is decor. My walls look very sad and empty and, seriously, if I have a patio, it needs plants. Plants that grow well in the shade and plants that won’t send my husband into a sneezing fit, true, but foliage of some form is necessary.
Since most of you can’t come out and see the new place in person, I will inflict pictures of it upon you instead. I am not even an amateur photograph…ess? photographrix? Anyway, what I am saying is that the purpose of these images is to give you an idea of our new apartment, not to stun anyone with color, composition or talent. This also means that I apologize for the weirdness in color.
Living Room 2:
The Bedroom 2:
And there you have it! Before the summer is up, I predict that my valiant efforts to put things away will have failed entirely, that the bookshelf will be completely filled up and I’ll be considering whether to pick up another one and that I will still be lacking at least one necessary piece of furniture.
But I’ve already had my reward for a move well done: Steak and Petit Syrah at Tierra Sur.
Note: the well done refers to the move, not the steak. The steak was most definitely rare.