Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The House--er Studio Apartment

So here's a fun story.  Noah and I found this sweet deal on Craigslist for a bed and since we didn't have a larger vehicle we fit it in the car!

Please note that the mattress had to hang out the window or it wouldn't fit.
 What follows are pictures of the apartment and various activities.  It's a big adjustment, but it gets better everyday we're here.

I made this guy for the bathroom.

Sauron toast for Rachel when she came to visit.

Right when you walk in.

Noah made this handy spice rack out of a wine box we found at his parents.

Brandon came to visit!

Our "bedroom."

We have beautiful light.

Noah's grandfather's shelf at the foot of the bed.
The room divider that we both love.

View from our "office."

The closet filled with all my classroom supplies.  It's a work in progress.
 By the way, you have to walk through the closet to get to the bathroom.

A peek into the bathroom (not kitchen).

Noah had to stand on the toilet to get this view.

The "kitchen."

Obvious what this is?

Our "counterspace."
And the pillow I covered in 2 seconds!

So there you have it.  This is what city living is all about--rearrange the furniture every 2 weeks.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

10 things I've Learned Moving to Chicago

Woot!  I'm back, second day in a row.  Yesterday you got a Reader's Digest version of our trip and today I want to share with you 10 things I've learned.

1. After playing the license plate game we've discovered that New Hampshire is the most reclusive of all the states because we saw 47 out of 50.  Now you're thinking, "Becky, that's three states."  Well folks, you can't blame us for not finding Alaska and Hawaii considering they're not actually attached to the United States.

2.  Pigeons are loud.  Also really annoying annnd slightly scary.

3.  The brown line Damen stop on the L is not anywhere near the blue line Damen stop.

4.  230 square feet is small for two people, but possible to live in.

5.  Fruit flies are super dumb and NEVER DIE!

6.  Driving in the city isn't as bad as parking in the city.

7.  Six inches of water and sand constitutes a "beach." :)

8.  When doctors and lawyers move, artists can benefit.  ($200 so far spent on furniture at a brand new value of about $700!)

9.  Sequesters suck for education and employment.

10.  If you have a place to go in Chicago--there's a line waiting for you when you get there.

Pictures to come soon of the apartment (and by soon I mean August because that's when we'll get all of our final bits of furniture)!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Epic Road Trip 2013

Oh hi!

I know, I've been absent again and you've missed me terribly (or not).

Well, no matter how you feel about my absence from the blogging community I'll give you a little rundown of our little (or extremely long) road trip, but I'm going to give it to you in pictures because: 1. I think it's more interesting; 2. I look pretty sexy in some of them; and 3. I have your attention for the moment.

Did you know that there are A LOT of different kinds of turtles and they ARE ALL OVER MISSOURI.  I didn't kill any with the car, but that doesn't mean that we didn't come close.  Who knew?

What the heck is a Prickly Pear Cactus doing in the middle of the Ozarks?  It was there to remind us of home?

Inspiration Point...very inspiring.

"What's that on her head?"  That would be the bug net that goes over my face to protect me from the million bugs that wanted to eat my face.

Sunrise outside the tree house cabin.

Noah in Dismals Canyon aka the Rainforest in the middle of Alabama where deadly lone star ticks come from and bite you.  Yes, I believe I picked up a tick here and it was traumatic.

Gender reveal for Katie and Brandon!  It's a boy!

This describes our relationship well.
You can be jealous now.

Oh my gosh he's handsome.  I win.
Oh it's us, please ignore the fact that I'm not wearing sufficient clothing.

Dead fish.  Noah took the teeth.  They weren't gross, mostly just really cool.


Naples + Best Friend + Manatee = WOOT!

Our cute little campsite at Mammoth Cave National Park.
The lady that took this in Kentucky took it and looked at it and said, "Oh that's so cute, you guys look great!"  Does anyone else see the irony?