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Bedroom Bench

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re having a good one. I woke up early, read for a while in bed, went to brunch with my roommate, donated some clothes at Housing Works, ran some errands, and then relaxed for a while at home.

I just picked up some dinner and I’m watching some golf before I get ready to go dancing tonight!

I wanted to share some pictures of some redecorating I did a few weeks ago. There’s space between my bedroom’s two windows that I’ve never known what to do with. Here’s the before picture:

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That’s not a true before picture, there were a few piles of clothes to give away and other stuff I didn’t know what to do with. But now there is a bench!

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I had the idea to get a bench on a Saturday morning. I went running, ran errands, and then, as I was walking home, I saw this bench for sale at a flea market around the corner from my apartment. I looked at it, but I wasn’t sure.

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I went home, measured the space, and then brought my tape measure with my to the flea market. I talked the guy down to $20 from $25 and then it was mine!

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I really like it. It’s a great place to put fresh flowers (I have sunflowers there now) and a nice place to display my books. Plus I can store stuff under it. I’d like to get some bins to organize things underneath so hopefully I’ll do that eventually. I’d also love to paint the bench a bright color, but that’s so hard to do in NYC!

Anyone have any fun plans tonight? Or, if you’re reading this Sunday, did you do anything fun Saturday night? Going dancing isn’t my normal thing, but I agreed 3 months ago and I’m actually really excited to go!

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As I’ve posted about before, my roommate and I recently went through an extensive search to replace two of our roommates. Luckily it all worked out and we found two amazing people.

However, luck wasn’t always on our side and we definitely had our share of complete wackos emailing me in response to our Craigslist ad. So, in their honor, here’s a few excerpts from some of the more amusing replies…

“I enjoyed your little story about the other letters of the alphabet, and your original, boring ad was nice as well.  Any chance of forgoing that lease thing?  Not that I’m planning to bail, just a bit reticent about locking myself into an unknown situation.”

…let me know ASAP since my daughter and a friend are looking.” (I think this is my personal favorite. Seriously, if your mom has to look for your roommates there is something seriously wrong with you.)

“…here and there i get lost in an arty mode and just pump out some paintings/drawings/ random stuff.” (I know I’m being a bitch, but the whole “arty” thing in a roommate just doesn’t appeal to me.)

“Please let me know if the room is still available for rent as i really need the room so i will want you to get back to me with the room last asking price and some pics of the room if you still have the room available..”

…which is why I am selling out in the publishing industry.”

I’m originally from Dallas, Texas, although I’ve spent the last six years in Austin.  Yes, I do wear cowboy boots and say “y’all.”  I also went to Buenos Aires for eight months to study law.  A friend from Dallas and I rented a uhaul and drove up all of our gear.”

It’s funny now, and I’m glad I have these to look back at and laugh, but I’m so happy I won’t have to do this again for a long time!

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Bedroom Re-do

As I’ve mentioned I spent most of Sunday cleaning my room. A little refresher on what it looked like when I started:

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Pretty much a disaster. I don’t know why but I’ve just never been able to be organized and neat in my own personal space.

Where did all my hard work get me? Check out these “after” pictures from the four corners of my room:

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Not bad, right? I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The one big change was adding the bookshelf. I’ve owned the bookshelf for a while but when I first moved into my apartment more than three years ago I moved into a smaller bedroom and didn’t have room for the bookshelf.

I came to realize that the issue with my room was that there wasn’t any storage and that I needed shelves. Luckily I was able to move the shelf (with the help of my great roommate Grace) into my room.

And I also got rid of a ton of stuff. If it doesn’t have a spot it doesn’t get to stay.

There are still a bunch of things I want to do to make my room even better. For instance:

  • New duvet cover & shams
  • New laundry basket
  • Artwork for over my bed
  • Rug (if I can find something that won’t bother my allergies)
  • New desk chair (mine belongs to the dining room table)
  • New curtains

Some of the list is already in the works so stay tuned for updates!

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I loved Mr. Rodgers as a kid.

Anyway…my roommates and I renew the lease on our apartment on March 1 and unfortunately two (of my 3) roommates have decided to jump ship. (One is moving in with her boyfriend, the other is moving to Manhattan to be closer to work.) So it’s time to find new roommates.

Interested parties can check out my Craigslist ad here.

In the meantime here are (two awful) pictures of the two rooms available.

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We’re normal and we just want normal people. (In particular I would like people who do their dishes soon after cooking/eating and empty food from the drain catch. Pet peeve.)

So the part-time tattoo artist and part-time liquor store worker, you are out. Same to you guy (who replied to a female-only ad) with the small dog who…you know what, I don’t know, I stopped reading your email after that.

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