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For the past four months I've been neither here nor there. At the end of October, after over three years of living nomadically, I "finished" my travels, flew back to Chicago on a one-way ticket, and accepted a full-time job. But, in the four months since, I haven't really been "here." Not yet. I was living in a friend's spare bedroom. I was living off of a designated shelf in the cupboard, a designated shelf in the fridge, a borrowed bed, a borrowed pillow, a borrowed towel. All of my things were still in storage at my mom's. I couldn't join a...

February was a tough month. I spent most of the 28 days working, even on weekends where I worked anywhere from an extra hour or two to an extra twelve. And one of my best friends moved way. And didn't say goodbye. And hasn't talked to me since. And I've had to, more and more, come to the realization that maybe he was never a friend at all. Sigh. I'm just exhausted from it all. Anyways, here are a few of the things I got up to in February when I wasn't working or crying into my pillow...

Now that I've found an apartment it's time to start concentrating on what really matters: finding a couch. I know what you're going to say: "Just look on Craigslist." Or, alternately, "Just go to IKEA." And what you mean to say is, "Just get something cheap." Because, to you, maybe a couch isn't that important. But, here's the thing, I've been dreaming of buying my own couch since before I ever dreamed of traveling the world. And, while I was traveling, I'd often window shop online, lusting after what was out there, dreaming of someday decorating an apartment exactly how I've always...

I’ve moved everything out of my apartment. I only had a few boxes that I’d brought over from my mom’s place where I’ve been storing my life, but I’m now down to just my two backpacks. I promised Heather that I’d paint her room, and four coats of matte white later, it kind of looks OK. She’s moving soon, which is probably a good thing because, as my sister told me yesterday, “it felt like your apartment was going to cave in.” Our apartment leans. A lot. And it’s only gotten worse since I lived here last. Every time I...

Can we take a second to just look at how pretty this modern teal couch is? It's the Room and Board Anson sofa. Sigh, I want it so. Sigh, I should never be allowed to buy a $2,500 couch. I'd probably just rub my orange Cheeto dust fingers on it. And, I suppose, I'd have to put it right in storage anyways. But anyways. Yes I want a pretty teal couch! Sigh.     p.s. Here are more options for teal/turquoise/aqua sofas...

I live in Roscoe Village in a three bedroom apartment with my friend Heather. We each have a bedroom to ourselves and the third we use for storage. My bedroom is pretty. It is where I sleep most nights. The blue and brown color scheme is probably less pink than you would think. Photos of my blue and brown bedroom:   My bedroom has a light blue / teal blue / brown color scheme. It's small, but there is enough room for me and a full bed.   My bed. I sleep with six pillows, a monkey, and a stuffed jackalope I picked up at...