We're moving again, and this time... it's to a house. We're moving into a house. A place we can call our home, that we can decorate, furnish, and live in for years to come. Ever since we found the place, I've been freaking out about it. Happily, of course!
We've been renting apartments and flats since we've been married. 2bedroom, 1 bath apartments with crappy plumbing, loud neighbors, and terrible insulation. Electric heat, filthy carpets, unfinished bathrooms... My last place, a flat, only had the electric heat, crappy plumbing, and an unfinished bathroom wrong with it. And looking back on it, I loved it. We decorated, made it cozy, and it felt like home. Everything we bought after getting married, all of the furniture we got on our little vacations over the years... And when we moved out to Portland, we sold or threw away all of it. What didn't fit in our cars was donated to Goodwill. My Kitchenaid! All of my kitchen appliances and tools! My knives! My paintings! And what do I have to show for it? Not a single receipt for my taxes!
And so our current apartment, which only has the loud neighbors, isn't lived in at all. We have two Poang chairs, a Hemnes bed, two Expedit little shelving things, and a Micke desk. All from Ikea. I can flat pack everything we own into a 3x6 ft area. I don't have a couch, or a dining set anymore, and I've been eating off of tupperware tops. I haven't hung anything on the walls, apart from a "Hopes and Dreams" sheet of paper with "New House" listed as our #2 goal. We haven't even gotten any of our leftover boxes sent to us, with our movies and books... Nearly a year here and we come home to an empty apartment. I guess it could be called minimalist...
But now, we're a week away from moving into a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. It's up wayyy north of Seattle (not in Seattle, not near Seattle, not metro, not a suburb...). #1 on our "Hopes and Dreams" list is "New Jobs." And Seth got a new job, after slaving away at Intel and complaining to me everyday, I did everything I could to change our lives again.
I'm so excited. I've been looking at paint colors, and decor, and storage options. I've been newly addicted to Pinterest. I've been looking at ways to save money by making my own laundry detergent, and house cleaners, and using rags... I realized that I have a landscaped back and front yard, and a garden to fill. I have to learn how to garden! I want to grow my own herbs! I have windows all around the house, and a mailbox by the street... And Seth's new company, the guy who hired him, owns the house. Said we could decorate and paint and update any way we want, and he's putting in a woodstove before we move in next week. One of Seth's favorite things to do is to sit and tend the fire in his basement at home. And the house is nice... Of course it is, it's owned by a residential construction and remodeling company!
I can call Seth's mom all I want, try to copy our late nights spent playing in her color box (complete sets of paint chips from all over that we snatched) mixing up color combinations and looking through color books while sipping tea. Having her talk to me about her herbs and garden... So now, I'm kinda doing all of this... nesting? Womanly activity? All alone. I wish she was here to help!
Any tips? Suggestions? Do you have Pinterest, or any kind of idea book? Do you garden? Any favorite color combinations? Or things that I have to have in my new place?
Other than that, I've been reading the Dramione "On the Other Side" and loving it. My first fic with veelaness... Seriously. After all these years, this is my first veelafic! It's not really my thing, but the fic is pretty gentle with it so far. Any new Dramione recs?