An Apartment Tour

A few weeks ago I realized I had never done a full apartment tour, so I snapped a few pics and thought I’d share them. This is our apartment in its “natural state.” It’s on the messier side of clean in these pictures but real life is always more interesting than perfection. No one is going to pin these on Pinterest, but hopefully our kids will look back and see this tiny little apartment we shared for the first year of our marriage.

This is our entry way. We left all of the Christmas cards we got up. I love looking at them and seeing our friends and family looking back at us. There’s a tiny closet that has coats and other random stuff stuffed in it.

I received this Georgia painting for my high school graduation and it has hung in the entry of every place I’ve lived since then, minus my parents’ house. The squirrel is one of my favorites. I learned from my mom to keep my keys hanging by the door and you’ll always know where to find them. However, I should have left room for another hook for Ryan. Oh, well. We share.

Our Georgia gallery wall. A plate we got as a wedding gift from Ryan’s old boss, a picture of Knowshon and Brandon Boykin, a print of the Arch, a poster I got for Christmas several years ago from the 80s with lots of cool people in it- The Beatles, Statue of Liberty, all the sororities and fraternities, etc, a drawing from Kylie to Ryan by the guy that doesn’t have hands downtown and draws with his mouth, a small print of lyrics from “Georgia”I got from Chance for Christmas one year and the sheet music for the fight song from Aunt Suzan for my 21st birthday.

Our kitchen. It is definitely a “one butt” kitchen. I will be so thankful when we can have all of our appliances in easy reach!

I will also be thankful when I don’t have to keep cookie sheets and skillets in the oven and I can just turn it on without hauling stuff out of it first.

Another squirrel picture and a blue and white platter. My love of blue and white is at an all time high.

I love having this bulletin board above the sink. We have pictures of our Compassion kids and different Bible verses. I love looking at them while I’m washing the dishes. Maybe it gives me a better attitude about it? I also have our calender and meal plan up on the fridge. It makes it easy to access and know what we have going on. Also, if you squint really closely, you can see the Dawn dispenser I bought. Let me just tell you. Being able to pump the soap out instead of having to turn the bottle upside down is such a life saver. Not really, but you know what I’m saying. Also, so much prettier than the Dawn bottle.

Our fridge is covered in save the dates, wedding invites, baby announcements and a picture of some of my cousins. But only on the freezer portion because the magnets don’t stick very well and they slide down.

Our living room. The sofa is one Mam bought at the Habitat for Humanity store and I gave her a hard time about it, but it is so comfortable that Chance and I are now fighting over it. The Lay-Z-Boy was bought by my parents when I was a baby and Ryan has now taken it over.

The dining table is from Ikea and we never sit at it because it’s usually covered with stuff. I painted the base and bought stain for the top, but I haven’t gotten around to actually staining it. Dave Matthews posters because I am a good wife and let Ryan keep them in the living room. (But they will be sent to the office or basement when we have a house.) The prints over the sofa are a Picasso that I bought freshman year of college and still love and the circle hung in the half-bath of my parents house for years until Mama changed things up and I stole it. The coffee table is from Mimi and Papa’s and it’s too tall to really be a coffee table.

Oh, man. Things look so much more chaotic in pictures than in real life. This is Ryan’s “pitiful” March Madness set-up. The red buffet I had painted and the bookcase is from Mimi and Papa’s. When the guys moved it into the apartment, they were super careful with it because they thought Papa had made it. He was more function than form, however.

Hopefully, this picture can give you an idea of the layout of the apartment as a whole. This is the view if you are sitting on the sofa. Kitchen to the right, bathroom and the bedroom is on the opposite side of the wall with the bookshelf and buffet.

Another picture to give you an idea of the layout.

The bedroom is pretty dang tiny, but it works for us. And yes, we sleep in a double bed. It’s funny because at my parents’ house we sleep in a queen and Ryan seems so far away! The sconces have been awesome because they don’t take up any room on our tiny nightstands. Plus, I love that they add some color and interest.

I love having all of these windows in our room. It helps me wake up in the morning. And I need all the help I can get in that department. The date art is from Ryan’s brother Michael and his wife Christie for our wedding. I love it.

I’m very hesitant to add this picture. But, this is real life. This is our closet. And yes, it is kind of a mess, but it works for us. Obviously, it could be bigger, but I guess we could both get rid of a ton of clothes and other stuff. But neither of us really have that much stuff.

Tiny, but efficient bathroom. Our dream bathroom will have two sinks, but it works because we don’t ever really get ready at the same time except for Sundays.

These are the lyrics to one of our favorite songs, written by the singer/songwriter. Yes, it’s kinda weird to have the lyrics of a song call “My Favorite Place” in the bathroom. Ryan gave me this for Christmas a few years ago.

Shower curtain from college. I still love it, but it doesn’t really work any more. I wonder if I can pick out the monogram and have it re-done.

It feels a little weird to end this on the bathroom. But, that is the end. This is the most picture-filled post I’ve had in a long time. But hopefully this gave you a good idea of our first little home. It’s ours and I love it.





Things Learned In The Month of March

Some things I learned in March:

1. Ryan is very stubborn about this mustache thing. It’s still going strong over a month later. I’ve asked and asked and even threatened to stop shaving my legs, but he totally called my bluff on that one. Also, he’s way more stubborn than me. But I’ve known that a long time. He keeps saying he’s going to shave eventually, but I’m getting skeptical.

2. It’s a strange realization that my parents weren’t THAT much older than I am now when I was born. Yes, a few years, but a few years can fly by. However, we went to our first “real college friend’s” baby shower this past week and we all realized that we are SO not ready for babies yet. We need to keep O.B. alive for a few more months before we can be trusted with an actual human.

3. There really isn’t much better than a birthday to make you feel loved. And checking the mail around your birthday is just as good as at Christmas. There is more at Christmas, but the birthday ones sometimes have checks in them.

4. This winter is literally never going to end. It snowed in North Carolina this past week. So far, 2014 has been known as the year of the COLD.

5. The Time Hop app is the best app on my phone right now. It also makes me want to take more pictures, because the pictures from 5 and 7 years ago are so fun to go back and look at.


Random Updates for Your Wednesday

A few random things on Wednesday.

For the past week, I have eaten at least one meal with someone other than just Ryan every day. Wednesday- Sarah came over for dinner, Thursday- Blue Moon pizza with Annie and Harry, Friday- at Clay’s for wings with Pease and Ross, Saturday- went over to Alan and Janet’s for dinner, Sunday- dinner at Ryan’s parents, Monday- lunch with Kathleen and Tuesday- dinner with Sarah. Lots of great friend time. And I didn’t take the first picture. I’m a lousy blogger.

In TV news, Ryan and I have finally found the funny in Modern Family. For a few years, neither one of us liked it. However, a few weeks ago we flipped passed it and started loving it. Now we watch it every time we see it on TV. Also, I’m 4 episodes into the first season of Scandal and I. Am. Obsessed. It is so good. I’ve also been watching a good bit of Friends. Friends will never not be funny. Also, The Amazing Race. Gah, I love that show.

I’m currently reading Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. It’s great, but I’m having to adjust to her essay style of writing, rather than a continuous story. There are just so many books I want to read and not enough time to read them all.

There is a huge stack of clothes that has been sitting on the sofa since Monday. I can wash and fold clothes all day long. But to put them away is like pulling teeth. When Ryan and I were going through pre-marital counseling, one of the exercises was a “division of chores.” Basically, Ryan was doing all of the chores- cooking and cleaning and I was doing laundry, minus actually putting it away. So he was doing almost everything. I set low expectations. ;)

We’re dipping our toes in the house buying process. Houses cost a lot of money. Let’s just leave it at that.

The weather has been AH-MAZING this week. Plus, we sprang forward on Sunday and I left work last night at 7:30 and it was still light outside! Spring forward might be one of my favorite holidays. Seriously. I love the long days. They are the best. (I realize that my opinion of this may change when I have babies, but for now I don’t, so I’m soaking it in while I can.) The dark morning are going to take some adjustment, though.

Almost a month later, I still have Valentine’s decorations up. I guess if people actually walked by our door, I’d be more likely to take the wreath down. It’s just dumb because the whole thing would take less than 5 minutes. I probably could have done it instead of typing this paragraph, actually.

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Snowpocalypse 2.0

Just a random, stream of consciousness type thing because I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. And it’s icey outside and apparently there is no end in sight. I hope I bought enough food. I think we’ll be fine, though. It’s so rare that something like this happens twice in one year in Georgia, much less twice in a month. Everyone is over reacting this time because we all under-reacted last time. Yesterday, I packed a change of clothes, books and food to take to work, just in case.

My dad is the best. Last week, I lost my phone at work and Ryan was out of town. I don’t know his phone number, so I called my parents to get it. My dad spent the next 45 minutes trying to help me track my phone down and even called Verizon to ask them what to do. He rocks. Sidenote- do you remember knowing everyone’s phone number? I still remember some of my friends’ numbers from when we were kids and had to call on the LAND LINE.

My socks almost never match. And all winter, I wear two pairs. That being said, I am sick of winter and having to wear socks and having to wear shoes that require socks. I just want to wear a dang pair of flats with some skinny pants and not have to worry about how cold I’m going to be.

We took down all of our Christmas decorations, but left up the Christmas cards. They are on our front door and I love looking at them all the time.

Because it is basketball season right now, I have been reading a ton lately. Which is good because I received a lot of books for Christmas and I’ve purchased several on Amazon lately. Plus, my stack from Goodwill isn’t getting any smaller. One of the reasons I’m excited for a house is so I will have places to store my books. The little shelf beside my bed is a little out of control.

This has been the longest winter ever and I’m sick of it and ready for it to be spring so I can wear a dress with sandals or my rainbows. I want to go to Braves games and sweat and not have to wear 15 layers of clothes all the time and still be cold. I swear, I’ve worn long johns everyday for the past three months. I’m so tired of it.

Wow, I just realized I typed two bullets about being tired of cold weather. Can you tell I’m over it?

Ryan left last week for Arizona and Las Vegas. Anyway, he ended up coming home from Vegas early because flights were being canceled. I’m glad he’s home. I was getting a little lonely. However, I got to watch lots of Harry Potter and last night I watched Deathly Hallows Part One and at some point today, I will watch Deathly Hallows Part Two. And then, I will either start Scandal on Netflix or try to convince Ryan to watch Friday Night Lights. If the power doesn’t go out, that is.

Eh, I think that’s good enough for today.

In 2014, I Resolve To…

I consider myself Type B+. I am definitely way too laid back to be Type A, but I definitely have a few “this is how things have to be” quirks. Being Type B+ also means that I always make New Years Resolutions, but I rarely keep them. Last year, I made five and kept 2.5, so if I’d being graded, I failed, but if I’m playing baseball, I’m batting .500 which is pretty darn good.

So, without further ado, my 2014 Resolutions.

1. Read a part of the Bible every day.

No big plan to read the Bible in a year, but a little bit every day like a chapter or two. I realized recently that I read a lot of what other people say about God, but not so much what God himself says. Time to remedy that. I’m going to try to read this before I read anything else, so that is one way to keep me accountable.

2. Spend 10-15 minutes every night picking up the apartment. Or at least don’t make it worse.

The don’t make it worse addendum here is critical. It takes an extra three minutes to hang up my clothes instead of throwing them on the floor. Putting my cup in the dishwasher instead of just in the sink is nothing. (Ryan is laughing at that one.) But if we keep it clean, it will stay clean.

3. Have one date night a month.

This doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but I think being intentional about this is important. We are working to save money and not eating out is one of the easiest ways to do that. But for me, it’s nice to get out and have someone bring me my meal and clean it up for me and I don’t have to think about it. Plus, it’s just nice to sit and talk with no distractions.

4. Invite someone over once a month.

I’d like to practice more hospitality in our home. It’s tiny right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have people over.

5. Learn to curl my hair and make pie crust.

These don’t really relate to each other, but I like having a few “one and done” resolutions. Do it and it’s done.

6. Get outside more.

This isn’t as specific as it should be, but it’s super cold right now, so I’m waiting on it to warm up a little bit before figuring out how to do this more specifically.

7. Blog three times per week.

I kinda fell off the blogging train, but I’m trying to hop back on, starting this week. We’ll see how it goes….

31 Days of Real Life: Day 6

So I skipped a day. Work has been INSANE. But the craziness has subsided, and I will stop saying that now. October is Atlanta Celebrates Photography month and there are installations all over the city and we have one at work and last night was a party to celebrate. It was a lot of fun and a lot of people were there, so all in all, it was a success. Lots of food, lots of wine, lots of music, just all around a great time. Pete and Monica came, but Ryan has been in Charleston all weekend for a concert, so he wasn’t there. I’m excited to for him to get home today. I’m also excited for a nap.


Whole 30 Journey

After doing some research, I have decided to dive head first into Whole 30. Why? Well, a few reasons. 1. I feel addicted to sugar. I crave it every time I finish a meal. 2. I have almost zero energy throughout the day. I constantly feel like I need to sit down and rest and hello. I’m only 26. This is not normal. 3. The week before I started this, I had a headache every single day. I get headaches fairly often, but this is excessive. 4. I just want to retrain myself to eat better and make better choices. I could seriously eat CFA and pizza everyday, but I can’t. Not if I want to be healthy and live better.

This isn’t going to be easy. We’re going to a Braves game and it’s the 4th of July and we want to do a few other things too. But if I wanted easy, I’d just keep doing what I’m doing. So it’s going to take some intention and planning, but I’m up for the challenge.

My first day was Monday, June 24 and the last day will be Tuesday, July 23. (I may stretch it out a bit longer because Tuesday seems like a weird day to end.) I started with a bang. The weekend before, I had sushi, pizza, a Coke and strawberry shortcake with whipped cream on top. The only thing I didn’t do was drink alcohol. Oops. Sunday, Ryan and I went to the grocery store and loaded up on vegetables and fruit.

I’ve been doing it one week and my only slip-ups were we had Mexican and they brought corn on my salad after I asked them not to and we took communion at church on Sunday. I’m not going to send my salad back and of course I’m going to take communion.

Ryan has been awesome through this, cooking dinners that are approved and just generally supporting me. The first few days were hard and all I did was crave cupcakes and want to wash them down with peach milkshakes. But it’s gotten a little easier as time had gone on.

We’ll see how it goes.