The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Well well well, what a year this has turned out to be. In case you were wondering, I did survive the Chicago Marathon. I managed to complete it in a time of 3:50:18! Nearly 10 minutes under my four-hour goal. With that finished, I quit my job and started applying hard-core to jobs near Seattle, Houston, and DC. I have more friends in either Houston or DC, but Seattle is where I finally felt home. As my plane landed everything just seemed like it was in its right place. It was the feeling I was looking for all year. I even interviewed for a job for a company I’m genuinely excited about, rocking the teal interview dress that Alexandra made me buy. So who knows, but seriously the waiting is the hardest part.

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There hasn’t been a ton of DIY this year. My roommate came with a lot of stuff, so I have refrained from bringing home alley treasures. Also, I really want to move and I feel like I will have to get rid of a lot of stuff when that happens. I think a little “stuff purge” will be a good thing.

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I feel like I have been reading and writing more than I ever have before. (Maybe it’s one part due to the fact that I have more time, and one part because the potential of it all is exciting/terrifying/exhilarating). I suppose I’ve become a tad more anti-social, but I’m enjoying putzing around trying to figure things out. On January first, I knew everything had to change I just didn’t it would take the entire year for me to process. I traveled a lot this year: Los Angeles (and area around) CA, Ashville, NC, Carbondale IL, St. Louis MO, Southern Indiana (Best Nikki Surprise Weekend trip ever), DC area, Houston, TX, and lastly, Seattle, WA.

Seattle was lovely and I wish I had longer to stay and explore and spend time with a certain someone. I am trying not to over-think everything and remain positive and keep moving forward. I know its all about to happen, it has to. I’ve worked so hard. But seriously, the waiting is the hardest part.

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xoxo- Nikki

I’m Running The Chicago Marathon

Today I decided I’m running the Chicago Marathon and the only way to do that is through a charity. I went with Chicago Parks, because I feel this summer my daily jogs through Humboldt park are the only things which have been keeping me sane. To run this silly race, I need to raise $1,500! Please help. If only 100 people each give me $15 I can make my Windy City a better place!

Its so easy! Click here to donate!

xoxo-Nikki

Minor Adjustments

Bon Jour, mes amis! I know, I know what has been going on? Not much I’m afraid. I have made some minor adjustments to my living quarters, but I feel like I spend soo much time working that when I have the day off I need to spend it outside to make the most of this mellow Chicago Summer. After much debating and denial I have started online dating (per the advice of multiple, multiple friends) and while not quite sure how I feel about it, it is entertaining, none the less. Also! Today my adorable cat Tuesday is 9 years old! Nine! Tomorrow, well tomorrow marks the 10 year mark for when I brought the little orange bag of bones home. Bon Jovi, the snuggliest orange cat has *ahem kept me alive for 10 whole years.

The cutest cats in the world!

The cutest cats in the world!

 

As for the apartment, my roommate has SO MUCH STUFF. I have crammed some of my own furniture in the closest under the roof eaves and piled it into my bedroom. Because those red couches were so, red I ended up getting some neutral curtains from Ikea! look:

Before! Much too dark!

Before! Much too dark!

New curtains! And new rug too!

New curtains! And new rug too!

You may notice I also painted the lampshades again. They started a light green, and I went to “Catalina Mist” with the old curtains. When I hung up the nice neutral Ikea ones I spray painted them teal! (Remember from this post? Super easy DIY).

We also have a small jungle cultivating:

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Every picture I try to take has everything in silhouette… Just know that the plants are there!

I can’t help it when the roommate decorates when I am gone… you may have spotted a flag or a weird lamp or butterfly and I just have to live with these minor adjustments… I swear one day soon I am going to get out the gloss almond and make all our furniture match, but I guess I am just waiting for that rainy day…

xoxo-Nikki

 

I’m Back!

Hola amigos! I’m back! I had to take a little break from blogging while I dealt with all the fantastic feelings that accompany ex’s moving out (and other exes getting married and well, everyone in the facebook feed having babies or getting engaged). Also every time I find myself with 3 days off in a row I try to go somewhere (close and with a free bed to sleep in) and call it a vacation. Yes friends, I’ve been vacationing. From blogging, and from life. I did get a new roommate, and I have to admit I like her much more than the last one… Haven’t really started any new projects, but here are some pics of the space with our shared stuffs (and oh, is there so much stuff).

First off, to prove how much fun I’m having this summer, check out the fridge:

All of my impossible project polaroids!

All of my impossible project polaroids!

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The End is in Sight

In less than two weeks I will finally be able to get on with my life. After the most amicable break up that has somehow lasted 5 months I have won and am keeping the apartment! I have lined up a new person to move in and have already started experimenting with new decorations. Last week I tried to make some new curtains and while they are cute I just am not in love with them. They might look different with my future roomie’s furniture but I am just not in love…

You may remember my fabric ideas from this post. Well I went with the first option and just like my new sew DIY curtains I went about making them on the floor.

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Roommate Anticipation

Ok, I admit it. I haven’t done squat in terms of DIY apartment fixin’ uping. However, I have found my next roommate! (Now if the current one could just get the f* out!). I am excited to live with a female again, even though my last experience was the absolute worst. My new roomie is coming with lots of paintable furniture (yaaaay!!!)  and  a complete set of matching RED couches (not sure if I love or hate this) but in my roommate anticipation I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate my future cohabiter’s things with my own fun style.

I have been scouring fabric.com daily for deals on fabric. I have been meaning to switch up the no sew curtains. Since I get to live with a girl I am thinking FLOWERS! Whaaat? These are my two favorite options thus far:

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For some reason I really like poppy prints. I also like that these have a little teal (cause we all know about how much I love the color teal).

I think I will have to change up the green lampshades, but I am wondering if I can spray paint “Catalina Mist” successfully over the green… (Obviously I will try and let you know how that goes).

My new roommate is also coming with a giant kitchen table, a car (YAY!), and the best part three jobs so I don’t have to worry about her ability to pay the rent! I really hope she doesn’t mind driving me to Ikea once we figure out the furniture arrangement because I am thinking some new rugs are in order.  I will probably move the grey rug up into my bedroom. Not sure If I want to keep the crazy black and white one in the kitchen, or replace it with something a little more high-traffic friendly.

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The reason I can’t have nice things!

The past few months have been pretty nuts. I started a new job which i hate to admit that I enjoy, and I’ve made significant progress on starting my dream entrepreneurial career. Ok, I came up with the name and bought the URL, but that is a huge step in the scheme of things. I’ve met a ton of new people and despite a winter that refuses to leave I am beginning to love this windy city once again. I have more or less decided to stay at least another year. I’ve accumulated more polaroids for my project and even shown work in 2 shows. I’ve already traveled twice this year and I even filed my taxes! (Gold star, self).

I’m pretty pumped for the ex to get the heck out, and the roommate anticipation is encouraging me to creatively decorate once again. Spring is fighting her way in, and I know I already have a little in my step.

xoxo- Nikki