Sunday, January 16, 2011

- A Clean Slate

Alright, before my Mom dies from lack of updates, let's talk about my new place.  I had a really hard time deciding on an apartment since I was doing everything from Raleigh with only the help of the internet. Luckily, Ph.D. new hires at General Mills get assigned a relocation agent, so I did have someone local helping find places.  Unfortunately, I was still pretty undecided about where I wanted to live.  I poured over floorplans and websites with community information but it wasn't until Minneapolis had their first really big snow event that I came up with my number one priority: underground heated parking. After hearing all the stories I decided that in my first year, I didn't want to have to dig my car out of a snow drift.

So that narrowed my list down a little bit.  My next priority became Emma.  I didn't want her to have to walk far to get to a place where she could use the bathroom and there was only one apartment that had a walk out patio into a courtyard, along with a park on the other side of the complex.  There was also a Panera Bread, Qdoba, Trader Joe's, dry cleaner, tailor, and liquor store all within the complex or right across the street. With all of that my decision became clear, so I signed a lease for an apartment at Excelsior and Grand.

The staff was really great to work with and they even went in and took measurements so I could have a better idea of what I was dealing with on the floorplan.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed after seeing that.  Everything seemed a little bit smaller than I was hoping, especially since I really wanted to have room for my dining room table.  So I had pretty low expectations when I walked in the door for the first time, which worked in my favor because I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

 Living/Dining Room: For those that are curious - that is about how much snow is on the ground outside, plus a few more inches since it's snowed 5 days since I've been here.
View down the hallway:
Laundry Room: 
Guest Bedroom: 
Guest Bathroom: 
Master Bedroom: 
Master Bathroom:
After my stuff was delivered and I spent the day unpacking most rooms in the apartment looked like this:
I filled up the cardboard dumpster twice with broken down boxes and packing paper - although both times it was already halfway full.  And then I didn't want to unpack anymore and so I was throughly lazy for a few days and didn't.  Although I did do some exploring/shopping.  Thursday I started unpacking again with the intention of getting rid of all the cardboard boxes by Friday.  I have made a lot of progress and most things are where they should be, minus a few closets and the laundry room.  And the guest bedroom.  That bedroom holds something I have become quite embarrassed about...
That is my collection of crap. Pictures, vases, "decor".  Things that hold no "real" purpose (except for the lamps and my wine glasses) other than to make things look pretty.  I knew I had a lot of stuff like this, but seeing it all laid out like this made me realize that I definitely need to scale down my collection.  This much cannot be necessary, although believe it or not, I have plans to use a lot of this stuff.  But, what doesn't make the cut won't get moved again.

So for the most part the moving/unpacking part of this is done.  Now, it's all about organizing and decorating.  It is my goal that by this time next week I am completely finished with the whole process, because I have no intention of leaving behind unfinished projects when I start work.


AnniePat said...

looks like you're making it home! i can't believe you're soooo far away! keep updating, because i looooove to read your posts. :)

Mams said...

Yes, I agree with Anna!! I was dying to see how everything was coming along. You have made really good progress and it's always amazing to see just how much crap one can amass...(is that the word?) lol Anxiously await project pictures now!