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This is currently what the majority of our apartment looks like right now. It’s very “bare bones” around here.I am itching to decorate this place!

THE AGENDA

– For the dining area: 1) Cover our half-mirror, half-wall with some panels. 2) Build a dining bar.

– For the live/work area: 1) Build the base for a couch and sew cushions, pillows and throws. 2) Build a large work/dining table. 3) Build a two-compartment coffee table. 4) Sew curtains and maybe a rug or two. 5) Build a coat rack and shoe caddy.

– For the sleep area: 1) Build a headboard. 2) Build an accessories area. 3) Sew curtains and maybe a rug. 4) Sew about 98,357,928,475 blankets, quilts, and pillows for our bed (I like a lot of blankets to sleep with).

– For kitchen area: 1) Sew or buy more towels and other kitchen utensils. 2) Sew a rug.

– For all areas: 1) Hang wall decor. 2) Build or find appropriate lighting.

When I look at this list, it overwhelms me a bit and I become anxious to have it done… two months ago. What makes the situation even more challenging is that I currently work 45+ hours most weeks and Will and I hardly ever have a day off together. I refuse to allow all of these factors to send me to the closest furniture store and pick out what “will work for now.” I want this place to be the home I envision.

A delightful little twist to kick-start our motivation is that we recently found out that a new friend will be staying with us for 10 days in a couple of weeks. TEN DAYS! =D November 7 will be here before we know it! If that isn’t enough to get us moving, I don’t know what will. I am very excited to see what all we can accomplish between now and then. We plan on sharing how to’s and photos and all that jazz as we finish projects. So be watching Twitter, Facebook, and here for links to check out the progress. :)

Oh yeah! And if any of you Nashville friends have a truck and would be willing to help transport some of our supplies for these projects, that would be the best! A meal and a high five would be waiting for you. ;-)

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I guess this was just a bit of a vent of how I have been feeling while at home lately. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not all bad. For instance, I am currently listening to The Shins sing through my record player, my cute cat is sleeping in the sunlight and I am getting ready to (finally) organize our closet. It is a good day. I just can’t wait until things are even better around here. :)

love, erin

* I promise that I will stop using Photo Booth photos for all of my posts. I guess I have just been lazy. Ha!

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Happy Saturday (and Sunday)! I don’t really know if this playlist will be one you consider a “Fall Mix,” but I am sharing it during the Fall. So, that works. Right? haha Below you will find the list of songs for those who cannot see/hear the playlist.


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These are some of my very favorite songs right now. Some have been favorites for a long time. I hope you enjoy! :)

1. Sleepytime in the Western World – Blitzen Trapper
2. The Moon is a Magnet – Jon Foreman
3. Ocean and a Rock – Lisa Hannigan
4. Broadripple is Burning – Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos
5. Mushaboom – Feist
6. Please Read the Letter – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
7. I’m Not Calling You a Liar – Florence & the Machine
8. Sway – The Kooks
9. Yellow – Coldplay
10. Piano Song – Meiko
11. Lies – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
12. Samson – Regina Spektor
13. When In Rome – Nickel Creek
14. Cannonball – Damien Rice
15. Everybody – Ingrid Michaelson
16. Tighten Up – The Black Keys
17. Basic Space – The XX
18. In The Cold, Cold Night – The White Stripes
19. Sea of Love – Cat Power

love, erin

… but keep the old?


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I originally planned on making a playlist of all the random songs that played in my iTunes library today, but I found this playlist to share instead. I made it in August of 2007. I am pretty sure I made it to go on my Myspace profile (ha!) because there were (get this) 75 songs in it! They were all songs I must have been currently listening to. At first, I was rather embarrassed by the compilation; but upon listening, I decided to share. You will notice that there are fewer than the original 75 songs included. This is due to the fact that some of them no longer played and some were just not appropriate to share here, especially since I haven’t listened to most of this music since shortly after it was made. I left some on here that might still be a bit much for some of you. I don’t expect any of you to listen to the whole list. I just wanted to document this here. ;)

Usually, you can tell what type of chapter I am going through in my life by the music I am listening to. This time in my life I remember to be extremely difficult for me. I don’t think anyone else really knew that, though. Some of the songs made me want to go back in time 4 years, give myself a hug, and reassure 22-year-old Erin that everything will work out better than she expects it to. Some songs just made me roll my eyes and remember some pretty fun times. :)

I hope you get a kick out of stepping back in time with me for a little bit. It’s kind of fun to be reminded of the silly ways one changes. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I am going to be working both days. I used my day off today to lie in bed and rest. I hope it has made me ready for tomorrow!

love, erin

(waves)

Hey, it’s me again. I missed you. :)

I thought you guys would like to know that I am going to attempt regular posts yet again here. This time, it won’t just be photo posting. It will be mixed with fun stuff: some things you want to see here and some things that I want to share with you. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea and want to do it.

Here are some of the ideas floating around in my head:

Playlist of the day: I listen to music all of the time. And I mean, every single moment that can be is music-filled. So, I feel it is something that would be fun to share with you all. This won’t necessarily be a daily post, just what I have listened to on random days. :)

What I am eating: As most of you are aware, I have recently adopted a completely different way of eating. I am transitioning to what I hope will be a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Nutrition and proper healthy living is something I have grown very passionate about. I would love to include you in on the journey! I will post photos of daily meals and share recipes for my favorite foods and meals. Most will be gluten free or vegetarian, which I am excited about. I’ll also be juicing a lot so I will share my favorite juices with you!

Weekly funnies: I used to call cartoons funnies. I got that from my grandpa (I think). I don’t really read Sunday cartoons anymore, but my life is filled with moments that I feel could sometimes make the cut for the weekly strips in the paper. I thought it would be a great way to document the funny stories I want to remember. Plus, you all can get a laugh out of it as well. ;) Maybe I will eventually even have (horribly penciled) drawings to go along with them!

Photos: Duh. ;-) This will be photos from trips, daily life, sessions and shoots, home projects, self portraits, and prompts that I choose or you suggest.

Possible features: I go back and forth about this. I like the idea of featuring people who I truly admire and people who I love. You know, people I think are incredible. ;) However, I don’t want people to think I will feature someone because they give me an incentive. While I think it is great that other blogs to do that… this is a personal blog. If I happen to buy something that I love, you’d better believe I will tell you all about it! Why would I have people send me free stuff so I can write about them? It just doesn’t seem right unless it is a gift just because we are friends. :)

(For those of you who receive goodies from people and feature them, no judgement will be found here. Do what you want. I was just speaking in terms of my personal space here.)

Quotes: I love quotes. I had a 3″ 3-ring binder full of quotes in high school, sitting beside my two 4″ binders full of notes from my friends over the years. I am a sentimental gal, what can I say? (<—- future hoarder?) Anyway, because I spent so much of my childhood buried in books, I learned to appreciate the meaning (and people) behind those precious excerpts. I would like to dust off that binder [Yes, I still have it (<—– h o a r d e r).] and find neat ways to bring those quotes to this place.

History lessons: No, I am not going to inform you about facts about wars and politics. This would just be little stories about me growing up, things I learned along the way, people I met who impacted my life, and other stuff.

Writing assignments: I started reading and writing at 3. It stuck. This will be a periodic post that would consist of past writings, reviews of books and my thoughts that were sparked by the content, and any of my future writings.

This one time… : My boyfriend, Will, has been a wonderful part of my life for almost 4 years. I have never met anyone who I could let loose and be completely true with. He has seen the complete Erin. I can honestly say NO ONE else has seen it. I think it would be fun for him to pop in here every once in a while and share little random stories about our life together. I really want to expand this eventually to have my family and closest friends come here and do the same. While this is taking a huge risk for me to be constantly embarrassed, I think it will finally help me become more comfortable in my own skin.

He said/she said: Most people would have a hard time believing that Will and I have never truly fought. If we ever had a “rough patch,” it was more like hashing out issues we encountered and then either getting over it or coming to a compromise/agreement together. And pretty much all of that was out of the way by our second year together. I am so thankful for that! How have we managed to stay in peaceful harmony? We are always talking. We discuss everything. We both respect each other enough to listen and accept what the other “brings to the table.” This has led to some pretty incredible conversations. We have ended tons of talks moved to tears, laughter, and excitement. I figured it would be fun to share some of those conversations with you and maybe even elaborate further here. :)

My style: I hate when someone asks me what my style is because I just don’t know how to answer that. I used to hate outfit posts. However, I am beginning to understand that not everyone who does it is doing it because they think they are the “know all” in fashion. Most girls just want to show off their new outfits or share pieces that make them feel pretty. I get that now and even find myself wanting to post photos of occassional outfits on Twitter. I have refrained for the most part due to the fact I spoke out against (most) outfit posts in the past. I am here to retract that statement and possibly start sharing little bits of my “style” here (most likely attached to other posts). Maybe you guys can put a name on it. ;)

That is all I have at this point. What do you think? Which are your favorites? Any I should get rid of or add? I would really love to hear your feedback. After all, I am trying to make this place better for both you and me. =D

Love you guys. For serious, yo. ;)

love, erin