It’s beginning to look a lot like… home.

I don’t know if it’s because of the holidays, or the change from student to employee, or maybe partially because of the new couch… But finally, after living in this apartment for over 8 months, it’s starting to feel like home.

I started classes before I even got a chance to move in, and well, if you remember, classes were intense. And they only got more-so. By the time the second quarter came around, there was no question that I was spending more time there than at home. (It also explained why on weekends I just crashed.) But that meant for the most part, my apartment was little more than a storage unit with a bed. A place to store and sleep.

I still technically haven’t finished unpacking, but at least I’ve taken the boxes out of the living room. So now I have a living room, and a bedroom/storage space. So, yeah, still work to be done, but I’m not as concerned with the bedroom since, well, it’s not like I’ve got anyone other than myself who’ll be spending time there.

Okay, so Kaija may beg to differ on that point… (She did not move from that spot from the time I made my bed until, like, 9pm. Seriously.)

I know I only have just over 3 months left in my lease, but I’m glad I finally put in some effort into my place. It’s now feeling like a home. Which, yeah, having a couch and using my living room like a living room rather than spending all my time in my bed… totally helps. If I do decide to move when my lease is up, hopefully I won’t take this long to settle in to my new place.

And well, because it’s the holiday season, figured I should share my Christmas decorations–which I’ve got to say, having a larger place all to myself, means I keep feeling I need more decorations! So hopefully I’ll post the updates as I continue to decorate my place.

My tree. I’ve had this for 3 years now, still love it. I looks nice right next to my tv…

The cats’ tree.. it’s fiberoptic! And yeah, they do try to eat it. Hence why it has a body guard. (Also, any one else notice I seem to store/stash my Nintendo stuff near my trees?)

*If I do decided to renew my lease, I’ll continue to make the place more homey, and I’ll get some photos up of that once it’s done.

settling in

When it comes to moving, I tend to wait until the last minute to get everything packed up.  Which generally means having disorganized boxes and bags.  I had papers, blankets, books, and a pair of shoes all in one bag.  And because I have some strange aversion to boxes, most things outside of books and kitchen stuff are in bags.  Which all leads to my current situation… unpacking… and how I put it off until it becomes ridiculous*.

I’ve gotten almost everything out of the boxes so far.  And well, despite the fact that life has things piled up, my living room’s not too bad.  My remaining bookshelf is still at dad’s, so all of my books are just piled up right now.  It actually doesn’t look bad, but well, it’s just stacks of books.  I’ve got posters, art, and even shelves on the walls.  Of course my tv and wii are set up — that got set up the first night!

My bedroom however… Yeah.  Not so good.  I’ve got a big pile of clothes on the floor — I borrowed three plastic storage tubs from my stepmom, so I had to empty them before they left.  And I just haven’t put them in the closet.  And then all the bags of papers and craft stuff and just miscellaneous STUFF that I own… it’s all piled up in my room.  And more bags of clothes.  (I own a lot.)  I mean, all of that stuff is in my bedroom because I wanted to clear out my living room.  More than likely if I have a guest over we’ll just be hanging out in the living room…  Though, well, if I want a bedroom visitor, I should probably get that room cleaned up sooner than later.  (I mean, if a guy likes me, he’ll hopefully look past my mess… but it really doesn’t add to the sexy-time…)

ANYWAY.  This is actually only the second full week I’ve lived in the apartment.  The cats seem to be getting used to it, and I’m trying to settle in as well.  Hopefully I can get more of the bedroom stuff to at least a somewhat tolerable level soon.  I think I’m going to go through some of that this week.  As well as finally getting dish soap so I can actually clean up my tiny kitchen.  And I’ve been told they’re going to fix the hot water in my shower early next week.

Once I clean up some of that “life stuff” I’ll get some better pictures up.  But you can see a little bit of it here… and don’t let the cat’s fool you, the floor isn’t really made of lava.

*My apartment in Lakeview, I never fully unpacked my clothes, I just left the boxes and suitcases open in front of my closet.  It was a mess.