Rants & Ramblings

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apr
12
2008

minor improvements

Our bedroom has a door that goes out to the balcony. It’s nice to have, largely because it lets some more light into the room. However, its location at the foot of our bed has posed a bit of a …

sep
03
2007

updating the bedroom

Some time ago, I mentioned that Rob and I were redoing the bedroom a bit. Well, the painting has been done for some time, but we only just completed the final details this weekend. In addition to painting the walls, …

jul
30
2007

camping in the living room

For the second night in a row, Rob and I are camped out in the living room, sleeping on an air mattress. It’s kind of fun, actually — a bit of an adventure (and one that doesn’t involve some kind …

apr
11
2007

elemental

A little over a year ago, when Rob and I put together our wedding registry, one of the big-ticket items was dishes. (Oh, to have dishes that match!) The pattern we chose — Elements — was simple, classy and affordable. …

dec
31
2006

home improvement, part 2

It’s funny how owning our own place has made mundane things like thermostats seem exciting. And Home Depot is like our second home: We’ve visited the home superstore four times in the past five days. Between the two extra days …

nov
01
2006

home improvement

Homeownership has been an exciting exercise in the mundane so far. Ordinary tasks like replacing light switches or adding weatherstripping have taken on all-new excitement for us former apartment-dwellers. We’ve never done stuff like this before, so there’s a powerful …

oct
16
2006

making do

There’s a certain amount of comedy involved with moving. With our belongings in boxes and scattered between two residences, we’re trying to make do with what we have. Our first morning here in the new place, our mugs were nowhere …

oct
15
2006

settling in

Well, we’re all (mostly) moved into our new place. Dari, John, Amie and Shawn put in a long day yesterday helping us move all our furniture and heavy boxes from apartment to condo. There’s still a good bit of smaller …

oct
13
2006

spinning spinning getting dizzy

Well, Rob and I are now the proud owners of a one bedroom condo in Ballston. Closing this morning was a surprisingly easy process; everyone involved was completely on top of things. (The now-former owner was amazingly organized, handing us …

sep
28
2006

on display

One of the oddest parts of condo-shopping was walking through still-occupied units. On a strictly practical level, it’s difficult to get a good idea of the size and flexibility of a space if someone else’s stuff is already there. But …

sep
17
2006

next steps

Looks like we’re moving to Ballston! Toward the end of last week, Rob came across a listing on Craigslist for a condo in Ballston that was surprisingly affordable given the location (half a block from the Metro station). We made …

sep
03
2006

moving on

We didn’t end up getting the condo. It’s a shame: We really liked the place, and were especially fond of its cathedral ceilings and big bay window. But the negotiation went sour, and we decided it was best for us …

sep
02
2006

offer to buy

Well, we’ve put in an offer on a condo. Two, in fact, as the first was swiftly rejected. The whole process is so nervewracking, but we’re doing our best to stay calm and rational as we figure out our next …

aug
30
2006

refining the filter

Rob and I have narrowed down our list of condo prospects and have begun looking at financing options. It’s sort of exciting and nauseating all at the same time. It also means that I have to be extra-careful when going …

aug
21
2006

on the market

Rob and I have started the tentative, slightly terrifying process of looking for our own little piece of the American Dream: a one- or two-bedroom condo somewhere in our neighborhood in Arlington. Certainly, the prospect of owning our own place …

jun
25
2006

weekend in review

A brief recap of this past weekend: Friday night, Rob and I saw Wordplay, a documentary about crossword puzzles and people who are really good at solving them. It’s fun and charming; I’d definitely recommend it. At the risk of …

feb
19
2006

organize your life

Rob’s out of town this weekend, so I was left to my own devices when I made an afternoon jaunt to The Container Store — always a dangerous thing. I love The Container Store. I can spend an inordinate amount …

feb
16
2006

under renovation

The apartment directly above me is getting some work done. The noises started a couple weeks ago — a little bit of pounding, some scraping. I’d assumed at the time that the people who lived above me had moved out …

sep
12
2005

settling in

It sounds a bit weird, perhaps, but it’s amazing how big a difference a clean kitchen makes. The apartment is still in a somewhat disastrous state as we try to figure out where to put everything, but it’s slowly getting …

sep
02
2005

taking stock

So we finally got (almost) everything moved last night, with some early help from Doug and an eleventh-hour rescue from Dari. Now, sitting in a living room piled high with boxes that were such a pain to move, I’m thinking …