All Moved In


Welcome to my new apartment! Let me give you a quick tour. (Remember: it’s not cute yet. I just moved in two days ago. The decor still has a long way to go.)

 

The living room/dining room. Yep, Derek is holding a Minnie doll. 🙂

The kitchen. Thanks Mom/Grandma & Grandpa/Aunty Sharon & Uncle B for all the great kitchen stuff you gave me.

El baño. Excuse the avocado green bathtub- I'm still looking for a stylish shower curtain to hide that.

My bedroom! The saddest room of all right now because I don't have my bed or dresser yet. But I'm making due with an air mattress and suitcase storage.

So… it’s coming along. My family unpacked my kitchen stuff and helped set-up my living room before they went home Saturday. That left me with the bedroom and bathroom to unpack and organize, which wasn’t a big deal. I still need a few bigger pieces of furniture (bookshelf, entry-way table, etc.) but the space is totally livable right now.

The worst thing about the apartment is that I don’t get any cell phone reception. Sometimes a text message can find it’s way through, but I definitely can’t make or receive calls. I’m brainstorming solutions, but until then don’t be offended if I miss your call and never return it. If you don’t leave a message (voice or text) I’ll never know you tried to call me. My internet should be working tomorrow so email/Facebook/blog comments are probably the best ways to reach me for the time being.

Love,

A

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Tomorrow I’ll be a Massachusetts Resident

So here it is. Yet another blog post about moving day. I think this is the third one since I started blogging in July. Let me tell you, moving three times in six months is not the most fun I’ve ever had. But I plan to have a lot of fun furnishing and beautifying my very own apartment and I’ll share my successes with you along the way. I’ve been reading a ton of decorating blogs lately and I’m about to burst with ideas for the 480 square feet I’m about to move in to. I spent the entire hour+ drive home from work last night daydreaming about how I’m going to arrange my living room.

As I write this, Derek is en route to my Grandparent’s house to load up my inherited couch and bring it to Aunt & Uncle’s in Woodstock. Tomorrow morning the four of us will pack up the vehicles and drive an hour to my new home in Marlborough. Grandma and Grandpa are meeting us there to unload. I think it’s going to be a quick and easy move- I don’t have much stuff and there will be six people. And then I’ll have the remainder of the weekend to shop for essentials (and maybe a few non-essentials), unpack and settle in.

I’ll take some pictures to share so you all can see my new place. It’s going to take a few months to acquire all the things necessary to make it perfect, but I’ll share the bare-bones apartment with you now.

I’m SO looking forward to living closer to work. It’s going to be wonderful. And I’ll have time to do things besides work, eat, shower and sleep.

Wish I could have everyone over for a house-warming party. But I’ll settle for hosting you all individually when you get a chance to come to the East Coast.

Love,

A

Update to My Thoughts On Snow

Remember that one time I said I love snow? Redacted. The love affair is over- snow and I are no longer on friendly terms.

It usually takes me an hour to get to work (it’s 56 miles from my Aunt & Uncle’s house). Guess how long it took me yesterday? 3 hours and 45 minutes!! And not 3 hours and 45 minutes of fun, road-trip-style, music-blaring, loving-life driving. No way. It was 3 hours and 45 minutes of death-grip-on-the-steering-wheel, what-the-heck-am-I-doing?, please-just-let-me-get-to-work-without-a-crash driving.

And you’d think after pulling a stunt like that, the weather would let up a bit. But no… More snow is in the forecast for Friday. Seriously?! I hate you New England weather. You make me a nervous wreck.

p.s. I did make it work safely. But I didn’t drive home last night, I stayed with a co-worker near my work and left my car in the parking lot. I don’t care if that makes me a wimp- I did not want to drive again. I’d be happy staying off the roads until April, but that’s not really an option now that I’ve gone and got myself a job.

Snow Day!

No work today(!)- New England is in the midst of a blizzard. Snow starting falling early this morning (maybe like 3am. I don’t know; I was sleeping) and hasn’t stopped yet. We’ve got over a foot at Aunty S & Uncle B’s. Closer to 18 inches by my work. Before I left the office yesterday, it was decided that I would work from home today rather than try to drive into Massachusetts during the storm. I’ll definitely do some work, but it feels SOOO good to have some relaxation time.

I got in a good workout this morning; I haven’t been doing much exercising lately since my day is about 12 hours from when I leave the house in the  morning to when I get home at night. I pretty much just have time to eat, shower, maybe talk to Derek and then go to bed. I’m going to try getting up earlier so I can work-out in the morning, but I have a feeling that is going to be a challenge since I’m already getting up at 5:30. I anticipate having more of a life (and a better exercise routine) once I find an apartment closer to work.

Now I’m sipping tea and watching S&TC extended cut (a Christmas gift from Aunty Sharon that I haven’t gotten around to watching yet). I’ll probably do some more apartment hunting later. And I’m cooking up homemade veggie burgers for dinner. It’s going to be a great day! Even though travel is difficult, the wind is blowing and the temperature is freezing- I still think it’s absolutely beautiful.

I’ll try to write more regularly once I get used to my new, girl-with-a-job schedule. Until then, I only have the time and energy on weekends and unexpected days off. I’ll probably post the burgers I make later today (to make up for the many What’s Cooking Wednesdays I’ve ignored). Hope you’re all enjoying your day- miss you all and my beloved PNW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work, Week 1

I mentioned in an0ther post that my first day of work was postponed due to weather. So I only worked Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week (the office was closed Friday for the holiday). I was grateful for the short week- things were a bit hectic.

The President of the company decided to hire me in the afternoon before the company closed for Christmas so most of new hire stuff wasn’t taken care of when I started Tuesday morning. I didn’t have a workspace or a computer until Thursday. Fortunately, a colleague (the one who will do most of my training) let me borrow her personal laptop and set me up in an empty cubicle. And then there was confusion among the people I’ll be working with most often about what responsibilities would fall to me. For the two days, I was being given graphic design work- tasks that I’m not qualified for (and never claimed to be). I was silently freaking out- thinking that I was in over my head and wondering how I ever got a graphic design job. But the same lady who loaned me her computer, stepped in and cleared up the confusion. And reminded me that it was ok that I didn’t know graphic design- I was hired to do marketing and my writing strength was what got me the job. Whew…  I’m glad that all got sorted out.

So Thursday was the first day I felt like I was starting to settle in. I got my desk and starting brainstorming some ad campaign ideas. I didn’t realize how much creative juice this job is going to take. But as far as I can tell, I’m going to enjoy my work. There are a lot of projects to juggle which will give me the option to change up my work days and keep things from getting monotonous.

I’m looking forward to starting this week- with my desk set up and expectations about my contributions to the company clarified. As I predicted, there are plenty of things to learn about the company and the industry, but I’m ready.

Not so ready to be waking up between 5 and 5:30 am every morning for my long commute, but I’m very thankful to have a job. Happy 2011 my friends! I think it’s going to be a great year for me.

Happy Two Year!

For Derek and I, last night wasn’t just about ringing in 2011. I was our second anniversary too! Due to low funds and distant friends, there was no huge party or elaborate celebration. But I had a fabulous night.

My Aunt & Uncle took us out to a nearby wine bar for dinner. Chef Mike, who (like most of the waitstaff) we know by name, put together a four-course dinner menu for the night. He was thoughtful enough to offer a vegetarian option for each course. I started with a salad, followed by a cheese plate, then the most delicious, couldn’t-eat-enough-of-it asparagus and potato au gratin and the meal finished with a dessert of strawberries and a champagne toast. My Aunt and I had the same dishes and we both agreed that the potato/asparagus was the best thing ever. She told Mike that she’d divorce Uncle B so that he could make it for her every night.

When we got home, Derek and I played Wii for a little bit before joining my Aunt & Uncle in the TV room to watch the ball drop. I’m not used to working (at all, let alone a job that requires me to be awake in the 5 o’clock hour) so I barely managed to stay up til midnight (and I felt really lame about it to0). But I did stay up. We “Happy New Year!!”ed and kissed and then I crawled into bed and fell right to sleep.

The night had everything I required for a New Year’s Eve/Anniversary celebration: I wore heels, there was champagne and a “Happy New Year” crown, and I was with my handsome man. And as a bonus I had my Aunt and Uncle too.

My Resolutions for 2011:

  • floss regularly (you’re such a good example Rebecca, but I just can’t make the habit stick)
  • find a work-out plan that makes me happy and healthier (I’m looking at you hot yoga) and then stick to it (that’s the hard part)
  • replace TV-watching with book reading a couple times a week (might not be a problem once I move out of my Aunt’s house and can’t afford cable)

I hope you had a great time welcoming the New Year. More on the new job next time.

-A

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