new year, new crock pot

Well, here goes the most condensed update of my life post-Italy: I got back mid-December and jumped into the Christmas season with flying red and green colors. 4 weeks, 3 Christmas celebrations, 2 car crashes, and 1 move later, I’ve landed in Iowa City. I live in an apartment with a great new friend + numerous unseen neighbors. I hear them, but never really see them. Maybe they’re all ghosts. I recently (today) accepted a job at a boutique downtown, have joined an “adult” connection group through Veritas Church, and even have a crock pot in my kitchen now. I’m adjusting to post-college life gradually, but hopefully gracefully.

I was more than a little nervous to move to Iowa City – it’s still sad sometimes knowing I’m done with Iowa State and the wonderful haven called Ames. “Iowa sh#$^y” wasn’t exactly my ideal choice after college, but ten days in, I’ve seen once again that God knows what I need far more than I do. He’s provided a home, a job, a church, and new friends that are great. I also am living in the same city as Isaac for the first time since March! Apparently couples across the world have been living in the same city for years. They’re really on to something, you know.

As I said, I JUST accepted a job. Which means, I’ve been unemployed since being back. I’ve had a whole lot of time on my hands to hang out with friends, watch Parks and Rec, catch up on some reading, sleep in until ten. The luxuries. I’ve also had the chance to cozy up my room a bit. My apartment sports the white and cream color scheme like it’s really goin outta style. WHICH IT’S NOT. This beautiful color duo will never go out of style. However. My room needed a few touches to convey less solitary confinement; more clean, cozy, cute – the triple threat.

The room is pretty small, so the idea was to stay simple and understated. Few items and few colors going on. The neon green/hot pink striped walls will have to wait for my next home.

Here are a few pictures with my dresser/bed and the plain walls. Aka: before the target and thrift store trips.

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I visited Target and found some brown curtains and a side table/ceramic pieces that were so on sale, I basically stole them.

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Gray/White small plate: $3.00

Yellow bowl: $4.00

Gold side table: $22.00

Brown curtains x2: $10.00

After that, I went to Crowded Closet in Iowa City. It’s a thrift store that all crafters should know about. The shoes/clothing were a little lacking there, but the amount of fabric, thread, craft supplies, and random knick knacks made up for it. There was a hand-carved wooden wall hanging that spelled “BUGZ.” Yeah, I know. I left it there for one of you lucky dogs. While I had to leave that gem, I picked up the following::

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Cream thread: 35 cents.

Brown twine: 55 cents.

Ace spray paint: $3.00

Bag of lace scraps: $1.00

Crochet circles. (not sure what they are?): 50 cents.

Silver hanging wall vase: $2.00

I picked up a few pieces from my house as well. A shelf, picture frames, candles, a mirror. After some spray painting, nailing, leveling, knotting, and getting some help from Isaac and his tool bag, my walls feel just a tad cozier. There’s no way crochet bunting would be allowed in solitary confinement.

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They’re small and simple changes, but let’s just say that I’ve watched less netflix in the living room, and more in my bedroom. So yeah, I think they were worth it.

If you are in Iowa City, I’d love to have you over. If you are not, I’d love to have you visit.

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