10 things tues

10 things Tuesday: stuff I missed while traveling

I used to post 10 things Tuesday every once and a while and now that #reverb11 is over, I want to commit to blogging more regularly and doing these kinds of features is one way to challenge myself. I'd been planning to write a post about becoming aware of the kinds of creature comforts I found myself missing. So here we go and in no particular order. 

1. My bed. I probably missed my bed the most because it's incredibly comfortable and perfect for my sleep habits.

2. Cooking tools. I was showing my mom how to make my baked potato soup and I realized how much I rely on my Tupperware peeler, really sharp, nice knives and cutting boards. I also missed my large slow cooker, which is easy to clean.

3. Shampoo, shower gel. Because I wasn't checking a bag and only traveled with a carry-on, I had to only take liquids 2 oz and under so I didn't take my shampoo or shower gels, though I do think I have a few shower gels that would have fit the requirements. It was nice to return to my great showerhead, water pressure and other luxuries.

4. My car. Borrowing my mom's car was a bit of a pain. I hated feeling like I was preventing her from getting things done. I also couldn't do whatever I wanted on my own time, like run to Starbucks for a tea, for example.

5. The Keurig. Even though I haven't used mine much lately, I still use it when I want some hot tea at the end of the day or a jolt of caffeine in the morning. With the exception of the night I spent with Lana and Quin who made me Jamaican Blue coffee, I seriously missed my little machine.

6. Sleep machine. Oh my gosh, who knew there were so many weird necessities to my routine? I am on my second sleep machine because the first one died when we had a power outage. The new one doesn't have as many variations of sound but it still has rain, which is what I use most often.

7. The first snow. I never thought I would be sad about missing snow and give me a few weeks and I will be cursing it. But I was really sad that the first real snow happened while I was gone.

8. Routine. I never really thought I'd live on a routine but I do. And while it's nice to not to have a schedule, I did miss the daily things I do, even silly things like watching GMA while reading blogs each morning were thrown off. 

9. My camera. I had the point and shoot with me though I did not use it. Instead, I used my phone to take my 365 pictures. I missed the control I have with the DSLR, especially on the last morning when I noticed intricate spider webs in one of the trees. My phone did not even come close. 

10. Michelle. Of course! But it's a good kind of missing, you know? We spend so much time together that it is nice to have space to miss one another and share your day.  

10 things Tuesday: moving forward

It's official that M and I are moving. We're moving a few blocks down the street into a house. Yay! While moving is crazy stressful, (I've had a lot of practice at it) and there's a lot to do, it's also really exciting. Today I was thinking about all the reasons I look forward to being in our new place.

1. The backyard

I haven't had a backyard since I left Mobile and I'm excited about the potential a yard brings. I want to create a garden and have barbecues and play bags and bocce ball and croquette.

2. The attached garage

No more scraping ice off the car! Also, we'll still have a place to store things like the Christmas tree.

3. The fireplace

There's a gorgeous fireplace inside that will not only provide warmth but also create a whole cozy vibe.

4. Decrease in rent

While we do lose some space, we're paying less for it and it will really help us save money and/or get by, depending on our situation.

5. Getting rid of baggage

Packing gives me a chance to go through stuff and get rid of all the stuff I am hanging onto for some reason or another. I am promising myself to not pack one thing that I don't currently wear. All the things I'm going to wear one day or used to wear are going somewhere someone else can use them.

6. No basement

Okay, so we won't have the storage but we also won't have to worry about flooding, creepy crawlies or peeling paint.

7. Rearranging everything

I'm interested to see where all of our stuff will go, how it will be laid out and organized. New space means new arrangement and I like the feeling of possibilities.

8. The Potential

Though we're only moving a few blocks, we'll have new routes, new neighbors, a new address (sorry family who just got used to the old one). There's a sense of starting new due to the general upheaval that comes with moving. Moving into this house is about moving forward and it's about the possibilities that lay ahead. It seems to represent a change in our lives, one I am not sure I can fully articulate.

9. Recycling and Garbage pick-up

Self-explanatory. We currently only have access to recycling if we take it to one of the sorting stations. When we move we'll have a bin we put out. We'll also have our own garbage pick-up. Unlike in the townhouse where we have one dumpster for 80-some units that is always overflowing, we'll have a dedicated garbage pick-up day and if we miss it, it'll be our fault.

10. It's a house!

Though it isn't totally ours, I haven't lived in a house since I moved here, not really. I've lived in floors of houses but never a house all to myself with a yard and garage. I know there will be some headaches, the whole moving process is a headache, but I'm looking at where the move is taking us.