New House Photos
I shot these photos of my new place with my iPhone. I did run them through Lightroom 3 in order to try to crisp them up and enhance them a bit. Some are better than others but I wanted to show you my new digs, iPhone pics and all.
The outdoor, open-air courtyard
Overlooking the parking area
The planted palm tree in front of my front door
The view from where my sofa will likely go, looking into the kitchen (looking slightly to the left)
Looking out off the balcony windows (looking slightly to the right)
My dining room table will go at the far end of the room, where you can barely see an outlet cover. And I know I will get decent lighting and can maybe for the first time in over two years actually photograph food on.the.table. <–novel concept.
In none of my previous residences has the lighting + table + photography situation ever worked out and I am always carting food off to random places to be photographed which is a royal P.I.T.A.
The kitchen (with my back to the block of windows looking into the kitchen)
The cupboards. I don’t know if this looks small to you, but I can assure you, it is.
I will start by making some Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in it I think!
It makes me so happy to have found a place for my dishes, my baking supplies, and the items in kitchen that I use all the time. <–that’s a link to my favorite kitchen items + favorite appliances post
And here’s the staples I keep in my pantry <–with that list, you can make just about anything
I am feeling much better being that I got some of the things that are important to me moved in. Pre-moving with carloads is the way to go, if possible. On our last move from Phoenix to San Diego, that wasn’t possible. Thank god for silver linings with this move. Like good lighting and pre-moving!
Thanks for the awesome comments from my last post about my Mexico City Trip! I am so excited. I can’t even tell you.
I’m glad my part about mental attitude resonated with you. Staying positive and upbeat is a great anecdote to dealing with craziness for me.
Let’s have some chocolate, ok? That’s another way to deal with craziness!
1. What’s the first thing you like to bring over and move in or what’s the first thing you like to unpack?
For me, it’s my kitchen items. Dishes, utensils, appliances, storage containers, baking ingredients, dry goods, etc.
I want to know where all my stuff is, find a place for it, and really think about how I want to set up my kitchen so that it’s functional.
I have made the mistake in the past of rushing to just unpack and not really thinking through exactly where I want my items and then I end up re-doing things and moving things around. Big time and energy waste!
2. Do you like to pack things neatly, orderly, and methodically, or are you just throw it in the box and it will all get unpacked anyway on the other end person?
I definitely am the former!
This move is unique though because in the midst of packing my house and moving, I’ve been packing my suitcase, camera gear, carry-on and so forth for my Mexico trip.
I’moing down the mental checklist with each and every item in my closet, bathroom, bedroom, camera gear, you name it and determining: what goes into a box, what stays out, what to keep at current place, what can I bring over to the other place, it’s been a huge juggling act! I’ve accidentally packed things like my travel size toiletries and I don’t want to unpack boxes to fish them out. Whoops! Rite Aid here I come.
P.S. Thanks for the Two Cookbooks for Two Winners Giveaway entries. Keep ’em coming!