Moving in.

Oh man. Here it is Thursday, and I’m getting out my first post of the week! Is it really Thursday? I don’t even know what day of the week it is. I know you guys will go easy on me, though, because other things have been more pressing… you know, like moving in, job interviews, grocery shopping, etc. I hope you really enjoyed the guest posts last week! If you ever make it out to CA, I hope you look us up or at least take some of their tips under consideration!

We should have wi-fi at our place early next week because it makes more sense to get signed up now (even though we remain jobless) than pay the same price in 3G overages on our iPhones. Yikes. The thought of it gives me cold sweats.

The drive was long and boring as I knew it would be, since I was alone (well, with Mosey) in the small car while Doug and his dad tag-teamed the big moving truck and trailer operation. Due to the trailer we made the whole trip (approx. 1500 miles) under 65 mph. That added on some time but I admit it helped my peace of mind knowing that our earthly belongings weren’t careening around the country at break neck speed–also we totally killed it on MPG. Here’s my protip for the day–if you really, really wanna save money on a cross-country trip, drive 60pm the whole time.

Here, some first glimpses of our apartment:

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Yes! It is seriously basic! Light brown carpet and white walls. All 824 sq feet of it. You know what? I am seeing this as a real opportunity to be taken. Let’s be honest: not a lot of design blogs have to deal with apartment-complex imposed restrictions. They either own their place and can do whatever they want, or have a really laissez-faire landlord (like I used to, especially when we lived in our loft) and pretty much get free reign.

I’m going to embrace these limitations! White walls and light brown carpet? Bring it on! Know what? The vast majority of people like me (early twenties, living in larger apt. complexes) have the same parameters we have now. And as my tagline says, I want to prove that any home can be made fabulous.

Here’s to the new phase! 

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Moving Week!

It’s moving week! 

I’m so excited to load up our truck and head on out to my native homeland! I’m sure “excited” won’t be the word I use by the end of the week, after we drive three days, arrive at our destination, unload the truck, and flop down asleep (probably) on an unmade mattress in the middle of the living room floor or something. I know it’s something everyone says every time they move, but how did we ever get so much stuff?! I’m already mentally preparing myself for complete and utter exhaustion.

While I mostly focus on home-related things, I do fancy myself as a sometime travel blogger, so expect a few more “travel-y” posts about California. And on that note, I thought it would be fitting to turn this transition week over into some very capable hands–a few guest bloggers graciously agreed to post about some of their favorite California cities: San Diego, Temecula, and Los Angeles! Let’s be honest: I’m super proud of myself for planning ahead!

I hope you enjoy this week of getting to know Southern California, and make sure to check out each guest poster’s blog!

I can’t wait to share pictures of our new place, our new neighborhood, and new life! However, I know there’s going to be some down time– I don’t even know when we’ll get the internet set up at our new apartment! Thanks for joining us along the way, though. I’ll try to check back in (using coffee shop wi-fi if need be) with our unpacking, setting up, and job hunting updates. You can also follow me on twitter if you’re suffering from withdrawals.

Packing has taken over the universe. So, time for the quickest post in the history of posts. A quick blog poll. Please reply in the comments or tweet @myfriendstaci.

  • Q1: Do I take the shower curtain (XL, bought on amazon) with me or leave it behind? The next residents don’t move in ’till November. I think that’s plenty of time for them to acquire a new one. 
  • Q2: What is the best way to transport Scentsy bars if I’m worried about them melting? Certainly I shouldn’t have to put them in my cooler with the condiments we’re moving…? 

Yeah, moving makes one think of really weird things. If you have any other random tips or things you wish you would have known, you have t-minus three days to sneak them into the comments below!

I can’t wait to show you our new place; if all goes according to plan I should have some photos for you in a little over a week! Monday, we’re getting in the truck and making our way to California. I’ve got something really special planned for next week, though, so you won’t be stuck with a week of radio silence…

Wish us luck! Keep Mosey in your thoughts, especially. Moving is probably so confusing to him! 

PS: One great thing among all this is the latest WordPress app for iPhone… ever since the update it has been SO EASY to reply to comments and craft posts from wherever I am. Can you believe my Ode to In-Flight Magazines was composed completely on-plane?