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So we’ve lived in our new apartment for going on 4 months but I cannot seem to remember to put up pictures of it.  Finally, I’m at the point that I pretty much like the way everything looks so we’ll have ourselves a little apartment tour.  My best friend Kate has been waiting patiently for pictures of the place so I am posting this for her…sorry I can’t seem to remember to do this Katherine!

Our old place was 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a pretty sizable balcony, ALL in 682 square feet.  No, that’s not a typo.  It was the perfect first home for us though. In the new place, we traded the extra bathroom and bedroom for a study, a walk-in closet, and MORE SPACE! There are a few things I miss about the old place but by and large, our new home is a step up!

I’ll give some commentary through the pictures, but enjoy the tour!  And come visit me KWM!

This is our entry hall. Shout out to Frank with our print hanging on the wall. The study/guest bedroom is on the left.

A few things have changed in this picture since I took it.  I bought a really neat lamp from IKEA for the side table on the left next to the couch and I found a new place for the mail that was always on the edge of the counter.  Ha!  Drove me nuts.

Kitchen, Living Room, and Pantry (little skinny white door)

Kitchen. PLEASE don't judge me and the mess on the counter. We're in the process of doing the dishes from tonight's dinner!

Infamous shelving unit from IKEA. Best purchase we've made as a married couple!

You’ll see my bird seed in the above picture in a bowl we got as a wedding gift.  I wanted to put some sort of dried herb in it to smell good but I quickly realized it was going to cost a fortune to fill it.  So I bought some scented pine oil from Whole Foods and filled it with bird seed and tossed in the oil.  It smells great and is topped off with the antique grain scoop.  It’s like our own little Zen garden–people cannot help but mess with it.

Couch/living area with William's "man chair" from IKEA (again, we have a new lamp instead of the grain stalks on the side table)

Next is our bedroom.  I love the color we chose for the accent wall though the picture doesn’t do it justice.  The wall color is a grayish teal/blue.  It really brings out the colors of the bedding and the dark wood.  Love it.

Bed and Berkley prints!

View of the bedroom. On the dresser is now my African Mask plant in an ecru pot (beautiful) and our sweet TV is mounted on the wall on the left with some additional tree prints from etsy. We love the wildlife apparently.

This is really for my friend Kate. Only she'll be proud of how I organized the laundry room. And I don't have pictures of the bathroom, it's awkwardly shaped and hard to photographed.

One of my favorite parts of our new place is our balcony.  Though it is MUCH smaller than our old balcony (we had to get rid of our table and chairs), it gets so much more sunlight so William let me take it over for my mini garden!  If I could have a garden on a balcony I would, but this is a close second.

Pretty. Just pretty.

View the other direction on our balcony.

Last but not least, I am still not thrilled with this room.  But it’s long and narrow and I am coming to peace with the fact that it may just always look awkward.  But I still have some ideas for it.  My computer is in this room which is nice to have my own little desk, but it gets lonely in there while writing blog posts.  Someday Mr. Fancy Pants and I will have a shared work space for blogging, drawing, creating, sewing, etc.  That day is clearly not today.  BUT, we love having guests and have two beds tucked away in here…so come on over y’all!

View 1 of the guest room/study

View #2. I do love the cut out in the wall that looks into the kitchen

Now y’all come and visit!

Austin City Limits

The line up has finally been released for the 2010 Austin City Limits!  I’m not sure why I write that to sound like I am a veteran attendee (because I’m not), but I have been excited about seeing the line up for this year.  I am happy to say, I was not disappointed!

There are a lot of people criticizing the line up for this year–to each his own I guess. I will say that I am a ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to music.  There is no type of music that I do not like, though it’s still a mystery to me the rhyme or reason to why I like what I do.  Call it good taste, call it bad, not really my problem but I like a little of it all.

Unlike most, music for me is about the melody, the lyrics, whether or not I could sing along with it really loud in the car with my best friend Kate, the memory a song/artist provokes, etc.  This is probably a bad way to judge taste in music but it seems to work for me.  I will say that I attribute two people to have developed my music sense; William and my Dad. William has introduced me to all things indie, off the beaten path, whatever you want to call it.  And my precious Dad continually reminds me that I was born in the wrong decade with our shared love for 60s, 70s, and early 80s rock & roll and country.  They’re like night and day but it compliments my personality.

ALL of that said, it’ll make a little more sense why I’ve taken Friday, October 8th off from work and will spend three days with thousands of people (fighting my claustrophobia…yikes) at ACL.  If you’re looking for Mr. Fancy Pants and I that weekend, here’s where we’ll be…well this is where I’LL be–Mr. Fancy Pants won’t be joining me to all of them I imagine:

  • The Strokes
  • Spoon
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Beach House
  • Two Tons of Steel (throw in a little country)
  • Pat Green
  • Girls
  • M.I.A.
  • The Temper Trap
  • The EAGLES!  (only my daddy will appreciate my excitement here)
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Norah Jones
  • Edward Sharpe
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Midlake

Now I just have to find a three-day pass that I won’t have to give away my first born child for!  Ha!  Ah, the price for hearing so much music in one place!

From time to time, Mrs. Fancy Pants will be bringing y’all some local eats here in Austin, TX that she’s fond of.  You’ll find these entitled: Il Critico di Cibo which is Italian for, The Food Critic.  Good combination of two things that Mrs. Fancy Pants loves; the Italian language (though her fluency is quickly leaving her) and food…maybe a little too much.

Wall outside of Frank (seen from 4th and colorado)

Wall outside of Frank (seen from 4th and colorado)

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My jungle

I am currently taking my ‘green thumb’ out for a test run.  I have always been convinced that I was bound to kill anything that was supposed to grow in a pot or in the ground.  Mainly because I would just forget about it eventually and the poor weed would die a slow and, what I imagine would be, painful death.  I can just hear them now–three weeks of silently crying out, in a very horse and scratchy voice of course, for water and what do I do?  Let it die.

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