New super huge/beautiful poster for the bedroom. The one it replaced is now in the bathroom looking lovely too.
Voila, the big plan for the bedroom. Going to hang this tapestry on this big blank wall:
It’ll hang from the ceiling to however low it hangs down, and if its length is longer than the bed then we’ll fold back the excess fabric when we tack it up on the wall. I think it’ll help define the bed/office into separate spaces and add character to the room too. Should be here in little over a week so let’s hope it goes smoothly~
I finally finished the crane chain art piece I started a month ago. I originally wanted to put Alonzo the Cardboard Stag bust in the closet, but Michael suggested that he should be admired all the time in the living room, which he now is:
Moved the monograms from the wall-side of our bed to above our desk. I felt they were better scaled/suited there, plus I have big plans for that big empty wall now.
Here’s our new “office”! It’s right against the wall at the foot of our bed, but it fits perfectly. The desk is from target (http://www.target.com/p/Room-Essentials-174-Storage-Desk-45-Black/-/A-12630805) and I put it together (with just a little help from Michael) because I was bored/wanted to challenge myself. It worked! I did it! But I also sprained my wrist bad enough to get kicked off the library squad until I have an all-clear from a doctor. It should be better by Monday, and I got the note, so I hope I’ll be good to go for Tuesday.
On the desk is our: printer, pens/pencils/highlighters, modem/router, textbooks, and spare notebooks. The drawer hosts a small variety of other little poops that seemed more drawer-suited. And then finally the file cabinet contains all of our files. Huzzah!
Made these monograms the other day (thanks mom&dad for the borrowed glue stick). The fit nicely on the wall above our bed, though I think a higher contrast is the way to go around the borders. With our white walls, they just seem to fade into the background which was the opposite of what I wanted.
interesting things in IV in the past month:
- Michael and I were walking around town and we came upon the IV Pirate. He asked us if we were lovebirds, to which we answered that yes we were. As we continued past him, he insisted that we go make little pirates together.
- We participated in a couples study for the psychology department of UCSB a couple weeks ago. On the first day, they had us answer questions while in separate rooms about ourselves and our relationship/feelings. At the end of that, they took a saliva sample to determine something with our genetic identities. The next day we came back and were hooked up to machines that monitored our heart rates, breathing, and blood pressure. The study was held to find the physiological responses couples have when one of them is under stress. Of course, I was the one put under stressful activities. I had to count back from 1,031 by sevens (starting over if I ever messed up, and constantly being told to hurry up my counting) while Michael watched/listened to me on the tv in his room. And of course, he laughed at me heartily. Then I had to count back from 1,000 by sevens under the same rules, but this time I was on mute in Michael’s tv while he did easy puzzles. Needless to say, he ignored me completely in order to do his puzzles. Sometime after this, one of the graduate students running the study came in with a note from Michael, which read: “Dearest Danni, I watched you counting down by sevens LOLZ; I want nachos.” I wrote him back a note and soon after that the study was over. Before/after every activity and note, we did questionaires relating to our feelings about the activities we just did and gave saliva samples (for a total of five samples). These samples were used to determine our hormone levels at different times of the experiment. The whole thing was really interesting and we’ll find out the results in a year from now.
- I finished my orientation yesterday. The first day I toured the campus, got my ID (for which there was an option to wear a sombrero in the picture), and figured out which classes I would possibly want to take. Yesterday was really great though. I made two friends: Yasmin and Ian. Yasmin was all alone the day before like I was and came over to me during break. We quickly bonded and had a lot in common/to talk about. Neither one of us saw the point in having fake friendships for two days to deflect the weird looks we’d get otherwise. Yasmin and I stuck together all day though the sample lecture, which was held to acclimate us into the college style of classes and give us helpful information. After that was lunch. I ended up sitting alone for all of five minutes while Yasmin got a salad before this guy comes over with his three plates of food, introduces himself, and sits next to me. That would be Ian. They’re both really fun to talk to; I even opened up to them with no reservations, which isn’t easy for me especially with people I’ve just met. But regardless, we were non-stop talking all of lunch about everything, really. It was something I didn’t know I had missed. I guess I’d become somewhat lonely without realizing it. Anyway, we were forced to split up after lunch (different academic advising groups), but we’re connected via facebook now.
- MY SCHEDULE: two World History classes (required before I can start working on my major) and Introduction to Physical Anthropology, woot.
So we finally got internet
And I finally have the time to introduce everyone to our petit maison!
It’s on the upper level of the complex, which adds a greater level of privacy/comfort/safety. We don’t have to deal with noisy neighbors living on top of us. We also love leaving the bedroom window open at night since it can get stuffy with no a/c.
This is the view from the living/kitchen:
It boasts “award-winning landscape” which I think is pretty validated. The complex is really private; all outside entrances need a code to unlock and there are bright lamps, keeping everything visible.
Anyway, let’s start the virtual tour with the front door/living room:
Close-up of the key/bulletin board:
It’s roomier than what we remembered it to be when we first saw it. Our furniture fits perfectly and everything we brought makes the apartment transition into our home without pause. The only thing we’re missing is an adequately sized trash can (for now we just fit a garbage bag into a spare cardboard box).
Michael got a job at Kmart and starts sometime next week. I, however, have not been so fortunate in the job hunt. I applied to several places here before we moved and have since applied to more. My most recent attempts include the campus bookstore and library and a cafe/cheese store of sorts in downtown called C’est Cheese. No luck so far.
We’re happy though. The weather’s beautiful, mid sixties most days and sunny more often than not. I get to wear the clothes I love to wear while riding bikes with the boy I love every day.
This is me waiting for Michael and his dad to come over with the moving truck. Those are about 1/3 of my boxes, by the way.
My dad and I did last minute errands today (fixing my bike, notarizing my lease agreement, changing my mailing address). While killing time waiting for the moving truck, I went to the dentist and bought groceries that will last the four hour drive.
We’re leaving early tomorrow morning to get there during office hours so we can pick up our keys and add me to the lease. I’ve made a 3.5 hour playlist for the drive. Luckily, Michael and I will be in his car while Stephen and their dad drive the big truck. I can’t tell you how excited I am! I know I say that every post, but it’s true (as evidenced by my constant repetition).
Anyway, they’re here with the truck!
Never too soon for X-mas decorating ideas - via all the luck in the world
I can forsee something like this happening during xmas time. Maybe a green post-it tree instead… We could draw ornaments on them or make origami ones lol
two more weeks two more weeks
Packing up the last things in my room, and I think Michael’s pretty much done in his too. His dad’s coming down from NY to help us with the move which will be really helpful.
I’m a tad bit overwhelmed. I keep thinking of things we don’t have that we’ll need and how the hell we’re going to eat. I need to learn how to cook omg.
graduation party haul
Got lots of gifts/money from the guests like:
- metal trashcan (bedroom)
- plastic trashcan (bathroom)
- 3 cans of tuna
- tea - for me
- 100 bandaids
- 1 roll of toilet paper
- mesh laundry bag (yes!)
- shampoo (for me)
- razor blade refills (for me lol)
- gauze sponges
- gauze roll
- cooton balls/swabs/wipes
- plastc wrap
- aluminum foil
- sandwich bags
- heart shaped spatula
- 10 double A batteries
- scrubby sponges
- gummy vitamins
- white out
- 2 gluesticks
- post-it notes
- bike horn (for michael)
- chocolate chips
- hot tamales [untamed love mix]
- 2 tiger’s milk bars
- swedish fish
- $25 gift card to bed bath & beyond (yes!)
- $30 gift card for itunes
- $620 from everyone ohmygoodness
- and many well wishes
mailed our first rent check!
Total cost: $1102
We also move in three weeks from Saturday. Less than a month.