Our New Home (Sneak Peak!)

We made it! We have officially spent our first night in our new apartment in downtown Washington D.C. We arrived during a torrential downpour which, coming from parched California, was lovely. The weather, the smells, and the general surroundings brought back so many fond memories of growing up in Virginia.

We ran into our new place completely drenched and were slightly nervous to open the door to our new home. We rented it sight unseen so, needless to say, there were butterflies. But not to worry! The place is amazing and I can’t wait to start getting everything in place and making it feel like a home. I shipped an air mattress that was waiting for us when we arrived since our bed won’t be here until Wednesday. I’m so glad we did that! It was a little rough but exponentially better than the floor for the time being.

Here are a few sneak peeks of our new little home! I’m filming an empty apartment tour that I will be posting this Saturday.

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My Favorite Podcasts

In California, you spend a lot of time in your car. In the last three years, I’ve become quite the fan of listening to podcasts while driving, or even while packing or cleaning! Since in the last two weeks my activities have been almost exclusively the latter two, I thought I would share the podcasts I’ve been listening to as I prep our place and lives for departure.

I use the Stitcher app to listen to all of these podcasts.

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This American Life - One of my favorite college professors brought up this podcast a lot in class. I started listening then, and haven’t stopped since. Each week on the show, they choose a specific theme and tell a variety of different stories on that theme. They are usually true stories, but not always. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I’ve loved every episode over the past 5 years.

Freakanomics – In the opening, they describe this show as “a podcast that explores the hidden side of everything.” I’d say that’s definitely accurate. From the economics of sleep to revolutionizing the sport of competitive eating, it’s something new and extremely fascinating each week!

Radiolab - Radiolab is “a show about curiosity where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Like Freakanomics, the topics on this show are vast and interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought up thoughts and ideas from this show in conversation with my friends and husband.

Note To Self - This show is all about the effect technology has on our lives. I spend a large part of my day on the computer and often contemplate this very idea. Topics range from the consequences of putting pictures of your kids online to what happens to your brain while online shopping.

Invisibilia – This is a show about the invisible forces that dictate human behavior. As someone who is considering going back to school for psychology, I find this show to be awesome. If you love learning about humanity and what makes us do the crazy things we do, this one is for you.

The Longest Shortest Time – This is a podcast about the ups and downs of parenting. I’m not a parent but I really enjoy the honesty that is shared on this podcast. There are so many inspiring moms and dads out there, and hearing their stories even before starting a family has been really wonderful.

30 Random Questions

Happy Saturday, everyone! My life is in boxes currently so no fashion or food videos this week. Instead, I answered a list of random questions! Hope you like it. I’d love to hear your answers to these!

What This Move Has Taught Me

In short. We have too much stuff. When we moved into this place three years ago we couldn’t imagine filling it up. But oh, did we. For the past week or so, no drawer has been left for a last minute chuck into a box. Each cupboard and cabinet has been cleaned, sorted, and most of the contents given to charity or friends. And it feels so good!

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It’s amazing how few things we actually need on a day to day basis, and how many things just needlessly fill space. This move will be a pretty big downsize, and I’m actually really excited about it. Our new apartment is practically a studio and we will be working from home for awhile — no clutter or this lady will go crazy!

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I’m not too worried about it though. Matt and I have been married almost four years now, and I think that now we really know the pieces and appliances we actually use and need. I have a feeling there won’t be as many impulse purchases at Crate & Barrel or Sur La Table for us. And that’s good. As a blogger it’s easy to think, “I need that pie pan for a blog post,” or, “This gigantic sun hat would look great in an outfit post,” but things like that usually end up getting one use and then take up space in a closet. You all as my witnesses, with this move I’m shooting for quality, not quantity. Hold me to it, Bougie people!

Okay, back to packing. Ten days to go!