September is approaching and for the past (almost) 20 years, the end of August meant preparing for the new school year. One of my favorite things to do in August was to go school shopping (what a nerd). For the first time, August doesn’t mean preparing for school anymore. It’s a really different feeling and secretly, it just feels weird.
I am preparing for the start of my career and there are many different emotions that come with that. I spent so much time studying and working hard for this and now it’s finally here. I remember my dad telling me to enjoy college because once it’s over, it’s just a whole different world. I really didn’t realize how fast college would pass me by. And even while I was in college and complaining about how I couldn’t wait for it to end, I didn’t know how fast the end would actually approach.
So here I am, trying to adjust to all these new things. Trying to figure out how I am going to organize my new time, how I am going to stay awake for 12+ hour shifts after waking up at 5am (I am not a morning person), and just how I’m going to survive my first year as a new registered nurse. It will all fall into place and I’m sure it will take a little while but everything always figures itself out. Change is good and it’s exciting, just need to take it day by day and do whatever works best for me.
To new beginnings!
P.s- some photos of the mini picnic Mariah and I had earlier today. It didn’t last long because we probably found the hardest area to put our blanket down on and we barely had any grass beneath us. The combination of the hard ground (we were too lazy to get up and set up elsewhere) and the horrible breakfast we bought (lesson learned- when you find good food places, stick to them- don’t try to experiment with new places) made us leave and end up at the mall. Picnic failures lol
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It’s always a treat when my family from Ohio comes to visit. This time, they visited because my cousin is moving into her college dorm in NYC this weekend so the whole group came to help and say goodbye. It also was her 18th birthday yesterday and my uncles today! So we have had a lot of exciting things going on the past few days.
We all headed to the city for a nice big birthday dinner last night. My cousin chose a place named “Up Thai” on the Upper East Side. It’s this cute restaurant with exposed brick, many beautiful lanterns, and candles everywhere and of course, delicious food! I usually am not a fan of Thai food but I really enjoyed this place; lots of vegetarian options and many different types of dishes to chose from. I had the Pad se-ew which is basically a Thai version of the Chinese chow fun noodles- for those of you who know what that is. For those who don’t, it’s a wide flat noodle and it had a bunch of vegetables and soy sauce in the dish so overall, it was a nice big meal.
The best part was dessert! We picked up 2 cakes from Momofuku Milk Bar on the Upper West Side before we headed to dinner. They chose one “birthday cake” and the other was an “apple” cake. Oh my!!! They were soooo tasty! I loved that you could see the layers because the outside wasn’t frosted. The birthday cake tasted like a sweet little confetti cake and the apple cake was a combination of an apple pie, an upside down apple cake, and a coffee cake all in one. So bottom line, it was delicious!
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera but I managed to capture some photos with all of our I-phones. So here they all are!
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I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time. I think it’s actually taken so long because I really want and need these photos of our space to show what we feel about it. Does that make sense? Depending on the time of day, the lighting coming into the rooms, whether it is sunny or raining, it all makes the space look different in photos. But no matter what, to us, it always feels like home regardless of all that. So it’s taken me a while to figure out how to take these photos to portray what this space really does for us.
Mariah and I live in New Jersey, in the basement of my parents house. But it’s not just any ordinary basement, we have renovated it (with the help of my parents) to make it into a beautiful apartment. We have the bedroom (which was there before we moved down there), the bathroom, and then the added on kitchen and living room which makes this entire space, the space that it is.
Before this, Mariah and I had not lived together. We spent many nights together at my dorm or her apartment but it wasn’t ours. So it was fun to plan these little renovations out together and deciding together the paint colors, the furniture we wanted, the layout we pictured, and everything else that comes with setting up an apartment.
We both do want to move back to NY at least for a couple of years but when it’s time for a family and a house, I see us coming back to NJ. So as of now, we are making this our cozy place! It really is large, it’s homey, we get to decorate it the way we like, and it is ours. We bought all of the furniture little by little and got magnificent deals on almost all of the pieces!
We bought the living room table from a young couple in BK who had just put a brand new piece of glass in it and it may be my most favorite piece in the living room. Also, we bought the elephant table runner from India when we volunteered abroad there a couple of summers ago!
The couch is actually from craigslist and yes I know, most people think that is sketchy and so did I at first, but it came from a beautiful apartment in NYC where you just knew it was well taken care of. The only downfall, it’s missing the legs! Haha so it’s pretty low to the floor but it’s ok for the meantime. I’m on the hunt to find legs that will fit it.
The tv stand is from ikea and they were no longer going to be making it so we got it for a super amazing deal and it’s the perfect size for us and fits our beautiful large tv that Mariah’s mom bought for us perfectly!
We have some other pieces around that we actually had from before because my garage is like a mini ikea, you can pretty much furnish an apartment with the things you find in there (thanks mom for all these hidden gems lol).
All the other decorative and accent pieces are from places like home goods where you find the cutest things for the best prices. I really don’t believe in spending hundreds on things when you can find almost an identical item for less than $100. So majority of our place comes from basically thrifting and I love it because it gives it that much more character (and because it saves us money of course hehe). I’m pretty sure I got the love for home decorating from my mom because she has taught me everything I know about decorating and shopping for your home. She has actually picked out many of the pieces we have down here :)
So this is our space. We love it and together with Scarlett, it holds significance in our relationship and teaches us how to make decisions together and make compromises. It’s ours and we are growing in it.
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